Friday Nights at Guitar Center explores the predominately male customers of musical instrument stores via their impromptu in-store performances. It is an examination into the loneliness that is somehow abated and accentuated by spending time in American chain stores, the packaging and stereotyping of identities that these stores perpetuate, the fantasy of rock stardom, the human desire to be seen and recognized, and the simultaneity of exhibitionism and vulnerability.
Allison Kaufman is a photo and video artist living in New York City. She received her BFA in Film and Television Production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2000 and her MFA in Photography, Video, and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in 2008. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States at the Aqua Miami, VOLTA, and Affordable Art Fairs, Hendershot Gallery, Moore College of Art and Design, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and Artists Space, as well as Galerie Scherer8 in Berlin. Kaufman is the recipient of the Paula Rhodes Memorial Award and an Alumni Scholarship Award from the School of Visual Arts, has been an artist-in-residence at Yaddo, the Constance Saltonstall Foundation of the Arts, and Penland School of Crafts, and was recently a fellow at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists. Her work has been reviewed in the Huffington Post, the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review, and Bomb Magazine’s BOMBlog. Kaufman teaches at a variety of institutions and is currently an adjunct professor at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.