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You can’t make this shit up

Jim at FFTF Photo by Arthur S. Aubry

The Arts Catalyst, a contemporary art agency in London that commissions contemporary art that experimentally and critically engages with science, is hosting an evening to remember Jim’s life and work: James Acord: A Life in the Nuclear Age “You Can’t Make This Shit Up.”

The evening will include an exhibit of work by James Acord, stories of his work, film clips, photos, and a reading from ‘The Book of Ash’, a novel based on Acord’s life, by the author James Flint.

The Arts Catalyst
50-54 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5PS

29 March, 20110

Thanks to Nicola Triscott, Rob La Frenais, and everyone else at the Arts Catalyst.

You can see more on Jim’s work with The Arts Catalyst on their site:

Memorial, March 12

There will be a public memorial for James Acord on Saturday March 12, 3:00 – 6:00pm, at the New Orleans in Pioneer Square, Seattle.

View the Evite Invitation to RSVP

Please join us to remember and celebrate the life of James L. Acord who passed on January 9 in his Seattle apartment.

It is a testament to his life that his friends–his surrogate family–have banded together to handle his final affairs, honor his life, and preserve his artistic legacy. It is through his art and through his community that Jim will live on.

Food and soft drinks will be provided; beer, wine and spirits may be had from the cash bar.

Come to share stories of Jim with others who love him and to be surrounded by his drawings, paintings, sculptures, and photos of his work.

We are asking for donations in lieu of flowers to cover legal and funeral expenses and memorial arrangements. Any funds collected above cost will be donated to a charity patronized by Jim. Cash or checks written out to Sandra Bauer will be collected at the memorial.

Memorial for James L. Acord
New Orleans
114 First Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104

Saturday March 12, 3:00 – 6:00pm


In 1991, Philip Schuyler wrote a two-part profile on Jim for the New Yorker.

Today they posted a postcript on Philip’s piece, a thoughtful obituary.

James Acord, Alchemist for the Nuclear Age, by Jon Michaud

Photo update

New photos are being added to the James L. Acord flickr group every day. For some reason, they are not all showing here on the photos page yet, but we will fix it. In the meantime, check out the group often for updates.

Some amazing history is being compiled, thanks to Arthur S. Aubry, Phil Munger, Fred Moody, Joey King, Barry Messer, Tom Putnam, Nick Vroman, Linley Storm, and others. There are over 100 photos and counting. Please share your bit of history with others by adding your own.


We are just getting this site up and running… it will serve as a way to remember James Acord, his life and work. More soon.

Please click on the “Thoughts” tab above and leave a comment or a memory.

You are also encouraged to contribute photos to the James L. Acord flickr pool.