Way Bay 2

Linda Mac and Michael LaBash in front of Patti Smith paiting

Mikee and I were in Berkeley yesterday and finally got to go to the Way Bay 2 show, which we loved, and saw Frank’s “Patti Smith” painting on display!

It was a very moving, kind of surreal experience for us … it is great!

The photo was taken by Frank, one of the museum staff people, who we ended up talking with for 1/2 hour!!

Linda & Mikee

Frank Moore’s oil painting in Museum show

One of Frank’s oil paintings, “Patti Smith”, is included in the current exhibition , “Way Bay 2” , at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA).

“Way Bay 2” is the second exhibition in a series covering artwork from the San Francisco Bay Area over two centuries. Way Bay 2 runs from June 13 – September 2, 2018.

See https://bampfa.org/program/way-bay-2 for more information.

Two of Frank’s oil paintings, “Patti Smith” and “Mariah” were added to the museum’s permanent collection earlier this year.

Photo by Keith Wilson

Photo by Keith Wilson

Photo by Keith Wilson

Photo by Keith Wilson

BAMPFA picked up Frank’s two paintings today for their collection!

The BAMPFA crew of Scott and Mike came this morning with their large truck to pick up Frank’s two paintings for the museum’s permanent collection.

See all of the photos from today plus a short video:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/eroplay/albums/72157690367098080

“Mariah” from Frank’s studio wall

“Patti Smith” in our living room

The two paintings secured in the large truck!

“Living Sculpture”

A live performance by Frank Moore 1982-1983
U.C. Berkeley Art Museum, Bancroft Way

From Frank: In “Living Sculpture” I sat for six hours in my position in the museum, waiting for people who were willing to take the time and the energy to talk to me on my word board, letter by letter. I do my art to be with people in a deeper, slower way than normal, polite, social interaction allows. My body is a great tool in this.

See more photos and read reviews of the performance on Frank’s website:
http://www.eroplay.com/Cave/living-sculpture/index.html

Excerpt from “Gestures Intro”

from Frank Moore’s performance, Journey to Lila:


“WE ARE IN THE CAVE OF DREAM. WE ARE IN A BATTLE OF AN UNDERGROUND WAR AGAINST FRAGMENTATION. ART IS WAR AGAINST FRAGMENTATION. THE BATTLE IS ON ALL REALITIES. THE CONTROLLERS HAVE ALWAYS TRIED TO FRAGMENT US. FRAGMENT US FROM EACH OTHER. IMPRISON US IN ISLANDS OF SEX, COLOR, RELIGION, POLITICS, CLASSES, LABELS, ETC., ETC., ETC., ETC., ETC. THEY FRAGMENT OUR INNER WORLDS, THEY BLOW OUR INDIVIDUAL REALITIES APART, AND PLAY THE PIECES AGAINST ONE ANOTHER. THEY ARE US, OR A PART OF US.”

“THEY ARE THE CONTROLLERS, THE POLITICIANS, THE SEXISTS, THE WOMEN’S LIBBERS, THE PORNOGRAPHERS, THE CENSORS, THE MORALISTS, THE CHURCH, THE MEDIA, THE BUSINESSMEN, EDUCATORS, THE VICTIMS AND THE POWERFUL.”

“THEY ARE US. THEY HAVE DIVIDED US FROM OUR POWER, FROM OUR BEAUTY, FROM OUR LUST OF LIFE AND PLEASURE. THEY HAVE DIVIDED US FROM MOST OF REALITY…DYING FROM LIVING…SEX FROM LIVING, SEX FROM PLEASURE. WE ARE KEPT IN BOXES OF FEAR, OF MISTRUST. WE ARE KEPT WAITING…KEPT WAITING TO DO WHAT WE WANT…WAITING FOR ENOUGH MONEY, ENOUGH SCHOOLING, FOR EVERYTHING TO BE RIGHT. WE ARE KEPT WAITING AND PROTECTING AND HIDING AND SUFFERING.”

“TIME TO DO BATTLE WITH THE BOXES.”

“OUR TOOLS ARE MAGIC, OUR BODIES, AND DREAMS.”


The complete text of the “Gestures Intro” is available in the book Frankly Speaking: A Collection of Essays, Writings and Rants by Frank Moore: http://www.eroplay.com/franklyspeaking/

Frank’s Paintings to BAM/PFA

Mikee and I have been aware that we need to make some arrangements for Frank’s amazing oil paintings for after we are gone.

So, Mikee went online and got an email for UC Berkeley’s Art Museum, now known as BAMPFA (Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive). We introduced ourselves and Frank, and included pictures of some of Frank’s paintings. Of course, we name dropped Bancroft Library!!

Much to our amazement they wrote back and said the director, Larry Rinder, would like to come to the house and see Frank’s paintings and talk! It was surreal. Our wonderful Keith Wilson was here to film it all. (It turns out that Keith and Larry know each other.)

Larry loved Frank’s paintings and picked two paintings (Patti Smith & Mariah) that he would love to add to their collection. He explained that because of storage issues, they can’t take the entire collection. It now goes to two committees for approval. The deal is the two paintings would go to BAMPFA when Mikee and I die, but until then they can borrow them if/when they would like to include them in shows. He recommended some other local museums that may also be interested in adding some of Frank’s paintings to their collections.

Amazing!

Frank must be totally cracking up!!!

We forgot to take some photos (!), but Keith sent us these great stills from the footage that he shot.

These are the two paintings:

Mariah by Frank Moore

Mariah, oil on canvas, 40” x 34”, 1977 by Frank Moore

Patti Smith by Frank Moore

Patti Smith, oil on canvas, 34” x 38”, 1979 by Frank Moore

See more of Frank’s paintings here: http://www.eroplay.com/Cave/paintings/index.html

The Blind Lemon

Mutants at the Blind Lemon

We just ran into this poster for the Mutants show at our club, The Blind Lemon. Here’s something Frank wrote about the Blind Lemon:

We got the little theater that I named THE BLIND LEMON (because there was a painting of Blind Lemon Jefferson in the lobby) on San Pablo Ave in Berkeley in 1979. In the thirties it was the communist center. In the sixties it was a hippie club at which Bob Dylan once played. Obviously it also had been a blues club. So I continued the tradition! I did a lot of different things in the space. Including having bands play on Fridays. I was doing THE OUTRAGEOUS BEAUTY REVUE at the San Francisco punk club, THE MABUHAY GARDENS on Saturdays. So I booked bands that played at the Mab at my club. It was an all-ages club before all-ages club was a popular concept! Sure, no drugs/booze. But also no smoking! I actually made the scary hard-core chain smoking band, THE MUTANTS, to not smoke! Hey, I have always been a mother fucking bad ass, not a “harmless” guy as Kevin described me below. Would Kevin write the below great piece thirty years after I only booked him. Not ripped off his clothes and licked his nipples! But I am flattered. The work just is that powerful! Thanks, Kevin !

We ended having bands play at THE LEMON because we thought we were doing too many different projects. Which seems silly considering how much we are doing now!

Here is the link to read Kevin’s piece:
http://www.eroplay.com/Cave/blindlemon.html

Blind Lemon poster

Tots at The Blind Lemon

Frank Moore‘s Shamanistic Apprenticeship Readers

In 1987 Frank started putting together Readers for his apprentices. He called them Frank Moore‘s Shamanistic Apprenticeship Readers. We put together the last reader, #26, in 2013, the year Frank passed away.

Here are the contents of the first two readers. The complete list of contents for all of the readers is below as a download link.

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Frank Moore’s Apprenticeship Reader #1

“Statement of Principles” chapter from Towards a Poor Theatre (pgs. 255-262) by Grotowski.

Chapter 5 “Performer Training Interculturally” from Between Theater and Anthropology by Richard Schechner.

Chapter 30 “What Paradise?” from The Living Theatre (pgs. 167-175) by Pierre Biner.

“Tu es le fils du quelqu’un” [You are someone’s son] (pgs 30-41) by Jerzy Grotowski from TDR Fall 1987.

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Frank Moore’s Apprenticeship Reader #2

Chapter “Nakedness” from Environmental Theater (pgs. 87-124) by Richard Schechner.

“Karen Finley A Constant State of Becoming” an interview by Richard Schechner (pgs. 152-158) September 1987 from TDR.

“The Decline and Fall of the (American) Avant-Garde” chapter from The End of Humanism (pgs. 13-128) by Richard Schechner.

Chapter 37 “PARADISE NOW: The Revolution of Transformation” from The Living Theatre (pgs.205-223) by Pierre Biner. “A Night at the Symposium” (pgs.31-47) by Robert Brustein.

“From Ritual to Theatre and Back” (pgs. 90-91) from Essays on Performance Theory by Richard Schechner.

“Selective Inattention” & “Ethology and Theatre” (pgs. 147-179) from Essays on Performance Theory by Richard Schechner.

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Download the complete list of contents here (pdf)

Frank’s bookshelf in his studio, Berkeley, California.