Andrea Callard

Barn Theater
1985

screen print
edition: 28
image: 22"w X 30"h
11 colors on Somerset
enlarge print

$500

Barn Theater commemorates a special summer evening in Lexington, NY. It was opening night for Green Plays, a theater group in creative retreat from the Hollywood film wars. A few fabulous thespians from the WOW Café on New York City’s Lower East Side were paid to paint the porch and alleviate the long term deprivation of maintenance. This preparation flaunted a country superstition about bad luck and the removal of the nests of a community of barn swallows. An eager waiting audience of ninety eight people was standing on the porch when it dropped four feet. No one was injured. No one went home early.

Andrea Callard’s interdisciplinary cultural practice moves through fine art, communication media, education, and other areas of inquiry. Callard founded and directed Avocet in collaboration with Jolie Stahl. She received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Callard was an early leader and documentarian in the artists group COLAB. The Museum of the Chinese in America, the New Museum, the Whitney Museum, the New York Foundation for the Arts and many others have published or presented her work.