The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art
July 12, 2011, 4pm
The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art (ongoing) is a parenthetical circumstance for people to drink beer, get a nice good mental ring tone going, lower their guards and less mind their manners until errors are made. I was not present, but I was told there was jazz music.
In his memoir Beer, Art and Philosophy, Marioni brings up the dialectic pickle, “What is art for?…for beauty…for decorating apartments…for imitating nature…for seeing in a new way?”
Marioni first presented The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art in 1970 at the Oakland Museum, CA, and continued the action as a weekly event in various incarnations held at Marioni’s own Museum of Conceptual Art, San Francisco. Since 1973, he has hosted friends on Wednesday nights at the bar in his studio.