It's (Probably) Great To Be In Los Angeles for Honor Fraser Show

Honor Fraser Gallery in Los Angeles will be holding a punk rock panel this Saturday followed by the opening of two punk-themed exhibitions, “Loud Flash: British Punk on Paper,” curated by Toby Mott, and “It’s Great To Be In New Jersey,” curated by Gardar Eide Einarsson. In addition to the two curators, critic Simon Reynolds and the so-called “Punk Professor,” NYU’s own Vivien Goldman, will be panelists. “Loud Flash” is a show of new wave and punk rock posters, flyers and “political ephemera” from the 1970s and 80s. The more mysteriously titled, “It’s Great To Be In New Jersey,” will feature works by Albert Oehlen, Raymond Pettibon and Linder, who designed some of the posters in Loud Flash.

“There are a lot of works that I am happy we were able to get for the show and who I feel represent a punk rock attitude and aesthetic without falling into the many pitfalls that surround an idea for a show,” Mr. Eide Einarsson told The Observer via e-mail. “I think the DIY graphics and production modes of the punk scene have been hugely influential on the aesthetics of contemporary art today. It is hard to imagine someone like for example Christopher Wool, who we are fortunate to have a great piece by in the show, without the flyers and fanzines of punk rock.”

So why is an exhibition in Los Angeles called “It’s Great to Be In New Jersey?” The name comes from a performance by the band Fear on Saturday Night Live in 1981. They introduced their second song by telling the New York crowd, “It’s great to be in New Jersey,” eliciting boos from the audience.

Both shows will be on view through August 27.

It's (Probably) Great To Be In Los Angeles for Honor Fraser Show