Robert Delford Brown, MEAT SHOW, New York, 1964
Venue: Washington Meat Market, New York
Dates: October 23, 1964, 5–9 p.m., October 24–25, 1964, 1–6 p.m.
Dimensions: 14.9 x 22.7 cm
Further Information: For Robert Delford Brown, Meat Show functioned as an inauguration of a new religion founded by himself, the “First National Church of Exquisite Panic.” Brown explained, “I am attempting to bring religion, sex and art into the same vital relationship that existed prior to the degenerative plague that Jesus Christ, Mohammed, Moses, Gautama Buddha, and Lao-Tse visited upon humanity. The Meat Show will be created to induce startling spiritual, sexual and aesthetic revelations in the viewer.” The venue’s temperature was kept at just 38 degrees Fahrenheit (around 3.3 Celsius): “It is suggested that heavy clothing be worn, but blankets will be furnished to those who request them.”
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