I just realized that Pan had an anniversary this month. The Great God Pan Is Dead is officially five years old. Now if you look over in the right hand column, you will see posts going as far back as December, 2006. But that is a little deceptive.
I started a personal blog (initially called Boyd's Blog, later renamed Wha' Happen?) back in May 2006. I occasionally wrote about art on it, increasing in frequency as I made more of an effort to see more local art events and exhibits. Finally, in August 2009, I decided to spin off an art blog separate from my personal blog. My first post official post was posted on August 21, 2009. But I imported a bunch of art posts from Wha'Happen? into this blog, which is why it seems to start much earlier.
The first five posts after that introductory post were:
- An explanation of the title of the blog from a piece by William Burroughs.
- A post on Herb and Dorothy Vogel (with notes on the Menils and Glenn Bray).
- A post relating a dream I had about James Turrell.
- A description of some of the acts at the Frenetic Theater Fringe Festival, including Jim Pirtle's wine enema.
- A post about James Surls giving a talk at Lawndale (featuring art by Emily Sloan and Elaine Bradford).
As for Wha'Happen?, it gradually diminished as The Great God Pan Is Dead expanded.
To celebrate our fifth birthday, I'm going to re-post my five favorite posts, perhaps with a little introductory commentary, over this Labor Day weekend.
I want to thank everyone who has read The Great God Pan Is Dead for the past five years, and I especially want to thank the writers who contributed over the years: Dean Liscum, Virginia Billeaud Anderson, Betsy Huete, Brian Piana, Paul Mullan, Pete Gershon and Carrie Marie Schneider. Thank you all so much!