In November of 2013, the Whitney Museum of American Art announced that Molly Zuckerman-Hartung was included in its 2014 Biennial.
In 2009, Molly invited Mecca Normal to Chicago to present our classroom event “How Art and Music Can Change the World” at the school of the Art Institute of Chicago where she teaches. At that time, I invited Molly to be on the board of The Black Dot Museum of Political Art and she accepted.
Back in February of 2013, Molly submitted a studio playlist that included “Throw Silver” by Mecca Normal to a Walker Art Center blog. She also included this quote from my novel “The Ghost of Understanding.”
“I used to be very careful about how I represented myself. I was responsible for everything I did and said. I learned that humour didn’t translate well. No matter how clear I thought I was I noticed that I was still misunderstood. In fact, the clearer I was, the larger the degree of misinterpretation. I regained control by deciding that I could allow that to happen. Then I was in the same position. In control. In order to get beyond this I needed to explore the dark. I would like to work my way back from the darkness taking slow steps, breathing in everything I missed along the way.”
-Jean Smith, from The Ghost of Understanding 1998