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‘LET’S GO LET GO: IN MEMORIAM HUDSON’ AT 33 ORCHARD

ISABELLA KIRKLAND, We Were So Lucky, 2014, acrylic, four-leafed clovers, oil paint on rag board, 15½" x 24". COURTESY 33 ORCHARD, NEW YORK

ISABELLA KIRKLAND, We Were So Lucky, 2014, acrylic, four-leafed clovers, oil paint on rag board, 15½” x 24″.
COURTESY 33 ORCHARD, NEW YORK

LET’S GO LET GO, an inspiring tribute to the late Hudson, who died suddenly on February 10, included approximately 70 works by artists who showed at his gallery, Feature, Inc.

Feature opened in Chicago in 1984 with a show of appropriated photographs by Richard Prince. The gallery moved to New York in 1988, at which point the program evolved toward quirky abstractions and sexually provocative photography by Richard Kern, homoerotic drawings by Tom of Finland, and creepy surrealist oils by Alexander Ross.

Curator Jane Kim began this tribute with four small tantric paintings made by an anonymous Rajasthani artist in 1985—a reminder of Hudson’s indifference to distinctions between folk art, fine art, and design. His attraction to meditative forms was also evident in Sam Gordon’s Untitled (Sweepings), 2011, a representation of circled chain links on mirrored Plexiglas adorned with debris from Gordon’s studio floor. Among the memorial pieces was Anne Doran’s poignant Untitled (2011). Knitted for Hudson, an unfinished green-and-brown sock was fastened to the wall with a shocking-pink pushpin—a tribute to Hudson’s unique color sense.

Hudson was once a dancer, and a video played of his 1978–79 performance Poodle Theater Part 1, in which he rolls on the floor and displays the humor that endeared him to everyone.

BY Elisabeth Kley

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LET’S GO LET GO: In Memoriam Hudson

ANONYMOUS TANTRA, BILL AUGUSTUS, MICHAEL BANICKI, GARY BATTY, LISA BECK, HUMA BHABHA, DIKE BLAIR, RICHARD BLOES, JESSE BRANSFORD, MAI BRAUN, DAVID BRESKIN, BRUCE BROSNAN, ALEX BROWN, JARED BUCKHIESTER, TODD CHILTON, LUCKY DEBELLEVUE, LORENZO DE LOS ANGELES, DAVID DEUTSCH, ANNE DORAN, EVIE FALCI, VINCENT FECTEAU, DANIEL FEINBERG, CARL J. FERRERO, ROBERT FONTANELLI, JASON FOX, TOM FRIEDMAN, SAM GORDON, DANIEL HESIDENCE, MAMIE HOLST, BILL JENKINS, CLINT JUKKALA, STEVE KEISTER, RICHARD KERN, SELENA KIMBALL, ISABELLA KIRKLAND, KINKE KOOI, BILL KOMOSKI, TODD KNOPKE, STEVE LAFRENIERE, MICHAEL LAZARUS, JUDY LINN, ALEJANDRO, LOUREIRO LORENZO, GINA MAGID, ANDREW MASULLO, DOUGLAS MELINI, TRACY MILLER, DAVID MORENO, NAOTO NAKAGAWA, DARINKA NOVITOVIC, JOSH CRISCIONE NUSBAUM, KYLIN O’BRIEN, BOBBIE OLIVER, JEFF ONO, JI YEON PARK, JIM PEDERSEN, JERRY PHILLIPS, JASON REPPERT, RICHARD REZAC, NATHANIEL ROBINSON, KAY ROSEN, ALEXANDER ROSS, NANCY SHAVER, DAVID SHAW, RICK SIGGINS, AARON SINIFT, CARY SMITH, BEN SNEAD, NED SNIDER, TOM OF FINLAND, JOHN TORREANO, LILY VAN DER STOKKER, TYLER VLAHOVICH, SALLY WEBSTER, ALAN WIENER, KEVIN WOLFF, B. WURTZ, TAMARA ZAHAYKEVICH

Through 26th July

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