Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Blinky the Friendly Hen with Jeffrey Vallance at CSUN
January 29, 2019
California State University, Northridge Art Galleries is honored to present Blinky the Friendly Hen: 40th Anniversary Exhibition. Comprised of a Relic Chamber, a Blinky Theatre, Blinky book editions (1979-2019), chapel, gift shop, stained glass, and historical artifacts, this fourth retrospective exhibition celebrates historical and contemporary works relating to four decades of the Blinky phenomenon. A curated group exhibition of works by international artists, CSUN faculty and staff, as well as a student show component, will acknowledge Blinky’s legacy.
Built in the style of a cathedral dungeon, the Relic Chamber will have early first-class relics on display from the collection of Barry Sloane; other reliquaries will contain third-class relics produced over the years. The Blinky Theatre will screen Blinky-related videos, including a 1983 clip from “Late Night with David Letterman,” Bruce and Norman Yonemotos’ 1988 video documenting Blinky’s exhumation, a MOCA TV episode, and a punk rock video dedicated to Blinky. The Blinky Gift Shop installation will offer affordable handmade Blinky souvenirs and collectibles
The exhibition will include several events including walkthroughs and an artist performance.Opening Reception: Saturday, February 2 | 4-6 PM at CSUN Main Art Gallery Artist Talk: Monday, February 4 | 10 AM at CSUN Main Art Gallery Artist Walk-through: Saturday, February 16 | 1 PM at CSUN Main Art Gallery Blinky's Graveside Performance: Saturday, February 23rd, 1 PM at the LA Pet Cemetery, with reception to follow at CSUN Main Art Gallery