"Chasing Aphrodite," a Gettywatch website, interested in DUL!

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Below is an interesting email from Mark Miner:

Dear Mike, (& Bill)

Hope the habilitation agonies are over, and that you are formally ordained & installed (as we Presbyterians say of Deacons and Elders) at MU!

I'm directing Seneca's Phaedra in Irvine, in April, IN LATIN, a tragedy very much concerned with Male Beauty. "Beauty is given to few men without disaster . . . etc." The Latin (8/13th, anyways) is up at www.cyparissus.com --> SOUNDS

DUL has so far failed to set the world on fire, BUT!!!! I think I have a "live wire" here as far as publicity for DUL. Boston wanted NOTHING to do with publicizing Warren, but a big MFA exhibit on Aphrodite is coming to Los Angeles, to the Getty in fact, and half the pieces in it have an EPW connection. The Getty (Mary Hart) wrote me a nice note saying they would try to stock DUL in their bookshop --- though who knows if they will. My ASSUMPTION, based on my experience trying to hype DUL elsewhere, is that the Getty, unless their hand is forced, will maintain the same policy of discreet silence as the MFA. (Though the MFA's Dr. Kondoleon is slowly but surely moving towards a posture of accepting and acknowledging the MFA's debt to EPW-- with all the ramifications that entails!)

BUT, and here's where things get interesting, there is a "Gettywatcher" website, "Chasing Aphrodite," which likes to provide interesting, i.e., alternative, i.e., muck-racking, coverage of "the world's richest museum." "Felch and Frammolino" (Gotta love those names!) seem to have made a good connection to the kind of people who HAFF to know all the juicy details about art and art-collectors -- exactly the kind of people who could be expected to be interested in BUYING DUL, if they knew about it.

Check this notice from CA:EVENTS:

"The Westwood Woman’s Bruin Club will be hosting Jason Felch for a noon discussion of Chasing Aphrodite at noon at the UCLA Faculty Center."

That's EXACTLY the kind of gaggle of well-heeled, middle-aged biddies I could keep giggling for HOURS with tales of Warren & Classical Life. Talk about "the possibility of alliteration on 'v' ("w" sound) to express vast, empty space..."

The exhibit opens in 28 March, (i.e., REAL SOON!) and the LA Times will be wanting stories, all the more so as SB 48 mandates openness about Gay and Lesbian History in California schools k-12, as of THIS JANUARY. So you can see that the stars are aligning -- Warren's 100 year old vision, and California's contemporary Gay Politics, which opens the door just a bit too wide . . . wide enough, that is, for the "camel" of paederasty to sneak into the tent.... ;)

Anyways, let me know what you think! I would not send him any DUL materials w/out your approval. I DO THINK that this is the classy and influential venue for a public airing of DUL that I've been looking for since 2009, and my assumption is that any material on DUL will move very easily from the Chasing Aphrodite blog, to the front page of the L.A. Times. WHICH IS WHERE I WANT TO SEE DUL!

---mark miner, practitioner of the "higher vaudeville," & vulgar huckster & showman on behalf of KULCHA!


My emphasis on the HALF quote:

"Curatorial statements When I conceived of this exhibition I was inspired by the eye of an earlier collector and benefactor, Edward Perry Warren—half the objects in the show can be traced to him, including the much admired Bartlett head of Aphrodite and especially works related to Aphrodite’s son, Eros. But I must admit I was surprised to realize that our collection was rich enough to put together an entire show on Aphrodite. Our special relationship with Italy over the last 5 years also has allowed us to borrow extraordinary works from Rome and Naples. For these reasons, the MFA is uniquely poised to present the first ever exhibition dedicated entirely to the goddess. Christine Kondoleon George D. and Margo Behrakis Senior Curator of Greek and Roman Art"

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