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The Red Side by M. Roberto Orduna

This piece takes its title from the only painting in the exhibit, a piece by artist Alfred Leslie. Here, the actor animates the painting, which comes to life to describe its experience being created, its essence as art and expression, and its feelings about being in storage in the Blanton Art Museum. A work of abstract expressionism, the painting is prone to emotional outbursts as it ponders the changing reception of art over time and its place in art history.

Image: Detail from a snapshot of Peter Orlovsky and Allen Ginsberg in India, 1962.