Here we were writing about James Franco's return to soaps, when he's got a real life art exhibit coming up! (As opposed to the fake art exhibit, also a thing.) We just got word that the show will open this Saturday at PS1 in Queens, and will be a collaboration between Gus Van Sant and Franco—similar to their Gagosian show. But this time, James is bringing Professor Franco with him!
There will reportedly be "master classes taught by Gus Van Sant, James Franco and Francisco J. Ricardo, Ph.D. This new initiative includes lectures and discussions that bring students together to take part in a conversation around contemporary practice with artists, authors, musicians, curators, theorists, and scholars." What a natural fit seeing as how James Franco is all of those things. (Or will be, one day.)
The classes will be set up, we're told, "like summer school classes in Europe. They are intensive discourses. It will be more like a discussion than a lecture... speaking about specific works and art in general."
For Franco's visual contribution he's got a film titled My Own Private River, which will be played continuously during museum hours, and is comprised of "unused footage and dailies from Van Sant’s film My Own Private Idaho, and focuses on the character Mike, played by River Phoenix."