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James Franco



AIR's Alanna Heiss and Will Corwin speak with artist and actor James Franco, whose 2010 exhibition at AIR's Clocktower Gallery, The Dangerous Book Four Boys, is the artist's first solo exhibition.

Heiss speaks to what first attracted her to Franco's work and why she decided upon his work to be the subject of the first solo show at Clocktower. Franco speaks to his attraction to the numerous media with which he works--not just visual artistic media, but also acting and writing--and the artists and ideas that most acutely provoked him toward the work on display in his Clocktower exhibition--most of which artists are as untied to any genre or media as he is.

In addressing the exhibit, Franco broaches many of the topics explored in his work, such as narrative, domesticity, violence and sexuality, as well as his interests in experimenting with the pliability of archetypes and tradition. As further tantalization, he also offers candid assessments of his own work and the stories and creative impetuses behind his it--including the origins of Dicknose, America's latest sweetheart.
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James Franco



AIR's Alanna Heiss and Will Corwin speak with artist and actor James Franco, who made his first solo exhibition in 2010 at AIR's Clocktower Gallery, The Dangerous Book Four Boys. Heiss speaks to what first attracted her to Franco's work and why she decided to have his work be the first solo show at Clocktower. Franco speaks to his attraction to the numerous media with which he works--not just visual media, but also acting and writing--and the artists and ideas that most acutely provoked him toward the work on display. In addressing the exhibit, Franco broaches many of the topics explored in his work such as narrative, domesticity, violence, and sexuality, as well as his interest in experimenting with the pliability of archetypes and tradition. As further tantalization, he also offers candid assessments of his own work and the stories and creative impetuses behind his it--including the origins of Dicknose, America's latest sweetheart.
 

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Clocktower Exhibits & Events is home to an archive of interviews with artists, curators, musicians, organizers, and more who have participated in Clocktower exhibitions and events throughout our organization’s history.

Many of the below recordings were documented while Clocktower was in the midst of a transformation. The original name, The Clocktower Gallery, was given to the exhibition, residency, and performance space in TriBeCa, founded by alternative spaces movement pioneer Alanna Heiss in 1972. After 2001, the Clocktower Gallery re-inaugurated its exhibition programming in 2005 as part of MoMA/PS1 and, after 2008, under the auspices of Art International Radio. In 2013, we moved on from our downtown Manhattan location, and have since renamed the organization Clocktower Productions, a title which encompasses our radio, exhibition, and event programming.

For more Clocktower history, listen to The Clocktower Oral History Project, in which such figures as Vito Acconci, Bill Beirne, Colette, Jeffrey Deitch, Mary Heilmann, Jene Highstein, Ann Magnuson, Richard Nonas and Joel Shapiro reflect upon their experiences with this unique New York space. Organized by artist Nancy Hwang for the Fall 2009 AVANT-GUIDE TO NYC: Discovering Absence exhibition at apexart.


NB: Clocktower Radio was launched by MoMA/PS1 in 2004 as the Web's first art radio station. It has been independent since 2009 and is licensed to host content created under PS1 management. Programs produced prior to 2011 may refer to our earlier URLs and station IDs, including WPS1.org, artonair.org, and Art International Radio. For the complete history of Clocktower Radio, read our Mission & History section. 

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