Chris Todd – Open for Business

November 18, 2010 at 7:32 pm 17 comments

Chris Todd
Title – America’s Toughest Jukebox
Business – Sucker Punch Sally’s* 

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America’s Toughest Jukebox “takes requests.”  It plays a selection of cover songs performed by Joe Arpaio, whose identity has been fictionally re-cast from controversial sheriff to gruff lounge singer.  In this alternate existence, Mr. Arpaio is a versatile crooner whose repertoire includes a number of memorable tunes. America’s Toughest Jukebox affords customers a special opportunity to consider how things might have been if Sheriff Joe had chosen a different “calling” and to contemplate his sociopolitical impact in a poetic, casual and humorous light.  The Scopitone, a film-based juke­box popular in Europe in the 1950s and 1960s, provides inspiration for the exterior of America’s Toughest Jukebox.

*Todd’s piece was originally set to appear at the Sucker Punch Sally’s location at Mill Avenue and University Drive before they closed their doors in June of 2010. This jukebox is now available for loan to businesses in downtown Tempe, with certain guidelines.  Please contact the ASU Art Museum to make arrangements.

Open for Business Artist Spotlights:
Marco Rosicelli – Buffalo Exchange
Saskia Jorda – The Shoe Mill
Peter Bugg with Ryan Peter Miller – ASU Art Museum Store
Mary Lucking – Rúla Búla
David Tinapple – Cartel Coffee Lab
Cyndi Coon –  Downtown Tempe Community, Inc. (DTC)
Jon Haddock – The Headquarters
Tania Katan – The Library Bar & Grill*
Adam Murray – Caffe Boa
Wendy Furman – BrandX Custom T-Shirts
Matthew Mosher – Fascinations
Erin V. Sotak – La Bocca
Chris Todd – Sucker Punch Sally’s*
Jen Urso – The Bicycle Cellar
Nic Wiesinger – Monti’s La Casa Vieja


Related Links:
Chris Todd’s Website
Open for Business Printable Map
Open for Business

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