All Today's Parties
WheelHouse Art Group Show
And what costume shall the poor girl wear
To all tomorrow's parties?
Why silks and linens of yesterday's gowns
To all tomorrow's parties?
And what will she do with Thursday's rags
When Monday comes around?
She'll turn once more to Sunday's clown
And cry behind the door
--from “All Tomorrow’s Parties,” Lou Reed
“All Tomorrow’s Parties” is a song performed by Nico & The Velvet Underground on their debut studio album recorded in 1967. The song was a favorite of Andy Warhol and was inspired by a petite, blonde groupie named Darryl, whom Lou Reed observed at Warhol’s Factory.
The main character of the song is a reference to Thursday’s Child, who according to the Monday’s Child nursery rhyme, has “far to go.” While she chases the bright, glitzy parties at the Factory, Thursday's Child still has far to go to finding herself, her place, and that which truly feeds her soul.
This scene chaser, this person looking to tomorrow’s party, the next “it” thing, is not unlike many people who jumped onto the Non-Fungible Token (NFT) bandwagon, filling the space with trivial digital assets, pumping and dumping for quick profits or seeking easy money.
That was yesterday's news. All Today's Parties is here to celebrate art happening today, returning to the core essence of digital art with its own intrinsic value as artwork. While digital art's roots go as far back as the 1960s, the world of blockchain technology and NFTs has opened a whole new world of opportunities providing artists and collectors secure, certifiable ownership and provenance of this growing artistic media.
This exhibition is about where we are here and now, actively living in yesterday’s tomorrow. What was dreamed of before is now a reality. All Today’s Parties is celebrating this beautiful moment in our cultural lifetime where we can we view a collection of NFT digital artwork hanging side by side with artwork created by more traditional methods and materials. The artwork and artists in this exhibition display a reverence of our past as they move us forward.
This exhibition will be one of, if not the, first exhibition featuring numerous works of NFT digital art featured in Louisville, Kentucky. Exhibiting NFT digital art is a driving force behind this exhibition, but it’s more than that. Offering an introduction to this movement with an exhibition mixing the digital with the physical provides audiences an experience of what's possible. Many visitors coming to view an exhibition of digital NFT fine art for the first time will be able to see how well digital art can fit within already established art collections. Today we begin our journey walking into a new era. Welcome to All Today's Parties.
Artists featured in All Today's Parties include:
Matthew & Mitchell Bradley
Valerie Sullivan Fuchs
Thaniel Ion Lee, appearing courtesy of Moremen Gallery.