by Dan Graham
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Dan Graham’s migratory approach to media was on full view in his recent traveling retrospective, where you could see many an “artwork,” published in a commercial magazine, that later became an “essay,” reproduced in a museum publication or critical anthology. Same thing with Rock/Music Writings: A number of the texts here (there are thirteen in all) didn’t originate on the page or are better known in other forms.
The most famous, “Rock My Religion,” from the early ’80s, started off as a video juxtaposing, with Godardian ruptures, the histories of rock music and the Shakers, religious dissidents who emigrated to America in the late eighteenth century. “New Wave Rock and the Feminine” began as a lecture accompanied by audio clips at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in 1980. Both are successful
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