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Thursday, October 30, 2014

NOTHING ELSE TO SAY, RIGHT?


GO SEE these Exhibitions at NYC's Museums this Autumn/Winter


Dog Star's mini-guide to the Fall/Winter museum exhibitions.

THIS IS A PRINTER-FRIENDLY POST.  Just the one image above and all text in black to make it easy to print the list.  

Keep it in your agenda or refer to it and make dates to see these exhibitions with family and friends.

All of the museums have a free or pay-what-you-wish (it can be just $1) night so be sure to check the website - it is linked in BOLD in the name of the museum.

GETTING TO THE MUSEUMS - MAKE IT EASY WITH FRIENDS
You may read about artists here that you've never heard of before - that's a good reason to check it out.  Read the list and make a plan to see at least three to start - pick one you are excited about seeing and invite your family.  Choose another one and invite two friends to join you!  On the third go by yourself - it will be an entirely different experience and you would be doing less socializing, less talking, less talking ABOUT the art and MORE LOOKING. 

PRETEND YOU'VE LOST YOUR PHONE
And always keep your phone in your pocket.  It's tough to make a real connection to the artwork if you are texting, taking pictures or researching.  Give yourself the chance to have a "phone-free" experience with art. 

DOG STAR'S TOP FIVE PICKS - DON'T MISS THESE SHOWS
While we encourage everyone to see as many of these exhibitions as possible we know that's not likely to happen.  (There are about 35 exhibitions listed here.)  Here's FIVE that we think are DO NOT MISS SHOWS.  If you had to be selective - because of work schedules and school - we recommend these FIVE TO SEE IN THIS ORDER OF PRIORITY:

1.  Matisse at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
2.  Romare Bearden at the Wallach Art Gallery (Columbia University)
3.  Nam June Paik at the Asia Society
4.  Sebastião Salgado at the International Center of Photography (ICP)
5.  Annie Leibovitz at The New York Historical Society

Finally, we've added one line called WHY GO? to encourage Dog Star readers to see an exhibition.


Under Another Name
Studio Museum in Harlem
Jul 17, 2014 - Mar 8, 2015
Under Another Name borrows its title from a line that appears in Renée Green’s letterpress print William Morris. In it, she cites William Morris, a 19th century English artist, writer, textile designer and socialist. In his novel A Dream of John Ball (1888), which Green quotes, he writes: “I pondered...how men fight and lose the battle, and the thing that they fought for comes about in spite of their defeat, and when it comes turns out not to be what they meant, and other men have to fight for what they meant under another name…” Under Another Name considers work in multiple media, focusing on the relationship of various genres and media to one another. Here, ephemeral sculptures are captured as photographs; letterpress prints invoke the aesthetics of video; performances are recorded as drawings; sound is captured in objects; and photographs are abstracted into paintings. Rather than privileging one medium over another, the exhibition looks at their interdependence and what happens when a work is understood through the context of a new medium.
WHY GO?  Don't miss the inventive and creative ways artists make images and objects.

PLAYING WITH FIRE: Political Interventions, Dissident Acts, and Mischievous Actions
El Museo del Barrio
September 4, 2014 – January 3, 2015
Tracing the founding of El Museo del Barrio by Raphael Montañez Ortíz at the end of the 60s, an era of social unrest and radical activism in the United States as well as throughout the Americas, the works in this exhibition target colonialism, imperialism, urban neglect, and cultural hegemony with a vast array of weapons, including irreverence and humor. The artists confront the status quo with a wide range of disarming conceptual strategies and aesthetic detonators. The fire that surfaces in some of the artworks points to an equally dangerous and alluring element that consumes and transforms, one that must be handled with care.
WHY GO?  Go to discover how activists expressed their rage and social agenda in their artwork.

Francesco Clemente: Inspired by India
Rubin Museum of Art
September 5, 2014 - February 2, 2015
The first museum exhibition devoted to the Indian influences in Clemente’s work and how they relate to the artistic practices and traditions of various regions in India features approximately 20 works, including paintings from the last 30 years, and four new, larger than life-size sculptures created especially for the exhibition. In contrast to leading conceptual art practices of the 1970s, Clemente refocused attention on representation, narrative, and the figure, and explored traditional, artisanal materials and modes of working.
WHY GO?  Don't miss this opportunity to see an amazing artist's paintings and sculpture inspired by the traditions of India - there will be a spiritual component to the whole exhibition.

Egon Schiele: Portraits 
Neue Galerie 
October 9, 2014-January 19, 2015
This autumn Neue Galerie New York will open "Egon Schiele: Portraits," a special exhibition devoted to portraiture created by the masterful Austrian artist Egon Schiele. This is the first exhibition at an American museum to focus exclusively on portraiture in Schiele's work.
WHY GO?  Egon was the bad boy artist of his times - like Basquiat in 1980s New York City.  Life during Egon's time (end of the 19th century, early years of the 20th century) was very conservative but he had an open, fresh and liberal idea about how to show people and their personalities.  The twisted body shapes and the expressive line that characterize Schiele's paintings and drawings mark the artist as an early exponent of Expressionism.  He is a true original who died of the Spanish Flu at age 28.

Matisse:  The Cut-Outs
Museum of Modern Art 
October 12, 2014–February 8, 2015
Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs is a groundbreaking reassessment of this important body of work. The largest and most extensive presentation of the cut-outs ever mounted, the exhibition includes approximately 100 cut-outs—borrowed from public and private collections around the globe—along with a selection of related drawings, prints, illustrated books, stained glass, and textiles. The last time New York audiences were treated to an in-depth look at the cut-outs was in 1961.
WHY GO?  DO NOT MISS THIS EXHIBITION -  An opportunity to discover and re-discover this great modern master.  Go see his masterpiece "ZULMA" - completed at age 80!

Also at MoMA:
Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor - October 4, 2014–January 18, 2015
The Heart Is Not a Metaphor is the first large-scale survey of Robert Gober’s career to take place in the United States. Gober (American, b. 1954) rose to prominence in the mid-1980s and was quickly acknowledged as one of the most significant artists of his generation. Early in his career he made deceptively simple sculptures of everyday objects—beginning with sinks before moving on to domestic furniture such as playpens, beds, and doors. In the 1990s, his practice evolved from single works to theatrical room-sized environments. Featuring loans from institutions and private collections in North America and Europe, along with selections from the artist’s collection, the exhibition includes around 130 works across several mediums, including individual sculptures and immersive sculptural environments and a distinctive body of drawings, prints, and photographs. The loosely chronological presentation traces the development of this remarkable body of work, highlighting themes and motifs that emerged in the early 1980s and continue to inform Gober’s work today.

The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters - Through March 1, 2015
This exhibition is the first MoMA exhibition in 30 years dedicated solely to Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and features over 100 examples of the best-known works created during the apex of his career.

El Greco in New York
Metropolitan Museum of Art
November 4, 2014–February 1, 2015 To commemorate the four-hundredth anniversary of the death of El Greco, the Metropolitan Museum and the Hispanic Society of America are pooling their collections of the work of this great painter to provide a panorama of his art unrivaled outside the Museo del Prado in Madrid. The Frick Collection will display its paintings contemporaneously. This is a unique opportunity to see this artist's work, which exerted such a strong impact on modern painting and especially appealed to New York collectors.
WHY GO?  A unique opportunity to see in one place several paintings by the Greek painter ("El Greco") who moved to Toledo, Spain and painted with such power and energy.

Cubism: The Leonard Lauder Collection
Metropolitan Museum of Art
October 20, 2014–February 16, 2015
Cubism, the most influential art movement of the early twentieth century, still resonates today. It destroyed traditional illusionism in painting and radically changed the way we see the world. The Leonard A. Lauder Collection, unsurpassed in its holdings of Cubist art, is now a promised gift to the Museum. On the occasion of this exhibition, the Collection will be shown in public for the first time—eighty paintings, collages, drawings, and sculpture by the four preeminent Cubist artists: Georges Braque (French, 1882–1963), Juan Gris (Spanish, 1887–1927), Fernand Léger (French, 1881–1955), and Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973).
WHY GO?  DO NOT MISS THIS EXHIBITION -  It will be a very long time before you see this collection together again.  It will show the best of the best by these four Cubist artists.

Also at the Met:
Madame Cézanne - November 19, 2014–March 15, 2015
Madame Cézanne, the first exhibition of the paintings, drawings, and watercolors by Paul Cézanne (1839–1906) of his most painted model, Hortense Fiquet (1850–1922), will open at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on November 19. The exhibition will trace Cézanne’s lifelong attachment to the woman who was his model, his wife, and the mother of his son, Paul. She profoundly inflected his portrait practice for more than two decades, yet despite this long liaison, she was not well received—by either his family or his friends.

Paul Cézanne: Drawings and Watercolors from the Metropolitan Museum’s Collection will be on view from November 18, 2014 through March 15, 2015.
WHY GO?  Cézanne is the "godfather" of European modern art and had a big influence on Picasso, Matisse and the Cubist painters.  Go to enjoy a painter who has one foot int he 19th century and the other foot in the forward-looking modern age of the 20th century.

Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey
Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University
November 15–December 13, 2014 and January 21–March 14, 2015
Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey presents and explores the artist's 1977 cycle of collages and watercolors based on Homer's Odyssey. One of the most esteemed and beloved African American artists of the 20th century, Romare Bearden (1911 – 1988) underscores the epic text in the service of his most significant artistic theme: searching for a way home. Bearden works with and against Homer, translating the ancient stories through a 20th–century visual voice while considering their enduring relevance. Bearden's black characters raise the issue of race, inviting us to consider the Odyssey as a truly global classic.
WHY GO?  DO NOT MISS THIS EXHIBITION -  Bearden is a true American original - an artist with his own vision and style and always engaging.  Go to see his incredible use of collage to create scenes from this mythical tale.

Sebastião Salgado: Genesis 
International Center of Photography (ICP) 
September 19, 2014–January 11, 2015 Genesis is the third long-term series on global issues by world-renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado (born Brazil, 1944), following Workers (1993) and Migrations (2000). The result of an eight-year worldwide survey, the exhibition draws together more than 200 spectacular black-and-white photographs of wildlife, landscapes, seascapes, and indigenous peoples—raising public awareness about the pressing issues of environment and climate change.
WHY GO?  Salgado is one of the great masters of large-scale photography and this exhibition will be engaging and informative.

Two Exhibitions at The Frick Collection

Frick Collection
El Greco at The Frick Collection
November 4, 2014 to February 1, 2015
To celebrate the 400th anniversary of El Greco’s death, the Frick continues its 2014 focus on the artist, which began with Men in Armor: El Greco and Pulzone Face to Face (August 5–October 26, 2014), with an installation organized in conjunction with El Greco in New York, opening in November at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Frick will unite its three remarkable El Greco paintings — Purification of the Temple and portraits of Vincenzo Anastagi and St. Jerome — showing them together, for the first time, on one wall of the East Gallery.
WHY GO?  Not sure why the Frick didn't loan these El Grecos to the Met for the big show up the block but they have agreed to put their El Grecos on display at the same time.  Think of this as El Greco Part 2 for the Met exhibition.

Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery
November 5, 2014 to February 1, 2015
In November, The Frick Collection will be the first venue to present a touring group of masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland. The ten paintings to be featured in New York include a Botticelli never before on public view in the United States.
WHY GO?  Because you have never seen these paintings unless you've been to Scotland.

The Morgan Library - Fall/Winter Exhibitions

The Morgan Library
From Here to Here: Richard McGuire Makes a Book
September 25 through November 9, 2014
The exhibition combines original drawings for the strip and the novel with source photographs, books that influenced the form and content of McGuire's invention, and collages and sketchbooks that afford glimpses into his creative process.

The Untamed Landscape: Théodore Rousseau and the Path to Barbizon 
September 26, 2014 through January 18, 2015
Comprising seventy works from private and public collections, including the Morgan Library & Museum, this exhibition will consider the artist's wide-ranging achievements as a draftsman and his particular approach to the open-air oil sketch.

Cy Twombly: Treatise on the Veil 
September 26, 2014 through January 25, 2015
This exhibition showcases Cy Twombly's monumental painting Treatise on the Veil (Second Version), executed in Rome in 1970, and its related drawings, all from the Menil Collection in Houston.

The Crusader Bible: A Gothic Masterpiece 
October 17, 2014 through January 4, 2015
The spectacular Crusader Bible is one of the greatest illuminated manuscripts in the world, renowned as much for its unrivalled and boldly colored illustrations as it is for its fascinating history.

NY Historical Society - Two Exhibitions

New York Historical Society
Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion
September 26, 2014 - April 19, 2015
Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion explores the centuries-long history of trade and immigration between China and the United States—a history that involved New York from its very beginnings—and will raise the question “What does it mean to be an American?” The exhibit narrative extends from the late eighteenth century to the present and includes all regions of the country, thus interpreting the Chinese American saga as a key part of American history.
WHY GO?  An important history that deserves to be told - this museum always does a superb and complete job of presenting all kinds of history and this will be an eye opening and engaging experience.

Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage
November 21, 2014 - February 22, 2015
Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage charts a new direction for one of America’s best-known living photographers. Unlike her staged and carefully lit portraits made on assignment for magazines and advertising clients, the photographs in this exhibition were taken simply because Leibovitz was moved by the subject. The images speak in a commonplace language to the photographer’s curiosity about the world she inherited, spanning landscapes both dramatic and quiet, interiors of living rooms and bedrooms, and objects that are talismans of past lives.
WHY GO?  Go to discover what happens when a legendary portrait photographer takes a new path to investigate new subjects and new experiences in her photography.

The Jewish Museum - Two Exhibitions

The Jewish Museum 
From the Margins: Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, 1945–1952
September 12, 2014 - February 1, 2015
Through select paintings by both artists, this exhibition offers a revealing parallel view of two key Abstract Expressionists. Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, a woman and an African American, each experimented with approaches that joined abstraction and cultural specificity. Their work similarly brims with gesture, image, and incident, yet was often overlooked by critics in their time.
WHY GO?  Finally we have an exhibition that honors the place of both women and African-American men in the story of abstract expressionism.  Most exhibitions of these painters have only the circle of white men who huddled together at the Cedar Tavern.

Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power
October 31, 2014 - March 22, 2015
This is the first museum exhibition to focus on the cosmetics entrepreneur Helena Rubinstein (1872 – 1965). Rubinstein – as businesswoman and arts patron – helped break down the status quo of taste by blurring the boundaries between commerce, art, fashion, beauty, and design. Her innovative business and style challenged conservative taste and helped usher in a modern notion of beauty, democratized and accessible to all. Beauty Is Power will reunite much of Rubinstein’s famed collection, including modern artworks by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Elie Nadelman, and Joan Miró, among others, as well as her iconic collection of African and Oceanic sculpture, miniature period rooms, jewelry, and fashion.
WHY GO?  Go to find out more about a powerful female role model who used his wealth to collect great modern art.

Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond
Brooklyn Museum
October 3, 2014–January 4, 2015
Reflecting the rich creative diversity of Brooklyn, Crossing Brooklyn presents work by thirty-five Brooklyn-based artists or collectives. The exhibition and related programming take place in the galleries and on the grounds of the Museum, as well as off-site in the streets, waterways, and other public spaces of the borough. While acknowledging Brooklyn’s heightened profile, Crossing Brooklyn presents a multigenerational picture that recognizes the borough’s long-established role as a creative center. Other themes explored in the exhibition include history and memory, place and geography, community, nostalgia, exchange, ephemerality, and politics, both local and remote.  
WHY GO?  Brooklyn artists get much respect in this borough-wide exhibition that features new and long-time artists in a giant show together.  Go to see the wide talent and creative expression coming out of Brooklyn.

Also at the Brooklyn Museum:
Judith Scott - October 24, 2014-March 29, 2015
Born in Columbus, Ohio, with Down syndrome, Scott (1943–2005) was also largely deaf and did not speak. Judith Scott’s work is celebrated for its astonishing visual complexity. In a career spanning just seventeen years, Scott developed a unique and idiosyncratic method to produce a body of work of remarkable originality. Often working for weeks or months on individual pieces, she used yarn, thread, fabric, and other fibers to envelop found objects into fastidiously woven, wrapped, and bundled structures.
WHY GO?  Don't miss an opportunity to see the work of an unconventional artist - Scott is not someone we normally think of as being artistic or an artist and yet she creates powerful and strange work.  She demands we respect all kinds of expression from the fullest range of human beings.

Guggenheim Museum - Two Exhibitions

Guggenheim Museum
V. S. Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life
October 24, 2014–February 11, 2015
Comprising 45 major paintings and works on paper drawn from 30 leading public institutions and private collections across Asia, Europe, and the United States, this is the first retrospective exhibition dedicated to the work of celebrated Indian modern painter Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde (1924–2001).

Wang Jianwei: Time Temple
October 31, 2014–February 16, 2015
Wang Jianwei: Time Temple comprises an intricately designed exhibition space, a film, and a performance art event, exploring the role of time-based art practices in contemporary Chinese art for the first commission of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative at the Guggenheim Museum. Wang Jianwei was born 1958 in Suining, Sichuan Province, Southwest China, and is widely recognized for his bold experiments in new media art.

Nam June Paik: Becoming Robot
Asia Society
September 5, 2014 through January 4, 2015
Nam June Paik (1932–2006) was a visionary artist, thinker, and innovator. Considered the “father of video art,” his groundbreaking use of video technology blurred past distinctions between science, fine art, and popular culture to create a new visual language. Paik’s interest in exploring the human condition through the lens of technology and science has created a far-reaching legacy that may be seen in broad recognition of new media art and the growing numbers of subsequent generations of artists who now use various forms of technology in their work.
WHY GO?  Don't miss this show - this guy practically invented video art and everything we have today such as arena sized video projections and music videos comes directly from his pioneering ideas and artwork.

Chris Ofili: Night and Day
New Museum of Contemporary Art
Ocgtober 29, 2014 through February 1, 2015
“Chris Ofili: Night and Day” will span the artist’s influential career, encompassing his work in painting, drawing, and sculpture. Over the past two decades, Ofili has become identified with vibrant, meticulously executed, elaborate artworks that meld figuration, abstraction, and decoration. In his extremely diverse oeuvre, Ofili has taken imagery and inspiration from such disparate, century-spanning sources as the Bible, hip-hop music, Zimbabwean cave paintings, blaxploitation films, and William Blake’s poems.
WHY GO?  Go because this is going to be fun.  Chris has a bad rep but this will show peopel he does more than one kind of artwork.  (Go here to see why he got into trouble - at the link scroll down to New York section.)

New Territories:  
Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America
Museum of Art & Design (MAD)
November 4, 2014 to April 6, 2015
The term “new territories,” as evoked by Italian architect and designer Gaetano Pesce, refers to the state of making in today’s globalized society, a phenomenon that has helped to spur a confluence of art, design and craft. The exhibition New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America will examine this trend in several distinct cities throughout Latin America, where some of the most pertinent new directions in arts and design are emerging today. New Territories explores the collaborations between small manufacturing operations and craftspersons, artists, and designers, and demonstrates how the resulting work addresses not only the issues of commodification and production, but also of urbanization, displacement and sustainability. The exhibition will explore a number of key themes, including: the dialogue between contemporary trends and artistic legacies in Latin American art; the use of repurposed materials in strategies of upcyling; the blending of digital and traditional skills; and the reclamation of personal and public space.
WHY GO?  Don't miss this opportunity to see inventive new forms and materials.

Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art
Queens Museum of Art
September 21, 2014 through January 4, 2015
Anonymous is an exploration of changing attitudes towards self-expression, attribution, and identity in contemporary Tibetan art. Traditional Tibetan culture placed little emphasis on individuality or artistic self-expression. Art adhered to a formal system of production to support the transmission of Tibetan religious culture and was, by and large, unattributed” artists remained anonymous. However, in the global contemporary market, the creativity of the individual has become the primary basis by which we produce, interpret and consume art. Innovation and novelty are often valued more highly than technique and tradition. Attribution ”the artists name” has become a fundamental aspect of the work. Within the new social reality as part of the Peoples Republic of China, art is becoming a vital medium of self-expression for Tibetans. Artists are increasingly focused on the experience of the individual and a cautious 21st-century visual language steeped in irony, metaphor and allusion has fully emerged.
WHY GO?  We don't always get the chance to see Tibetan art and this show will offer a chance to experience this culture in a large exhibition.

Mac Conner: A New York Life
Museum of the City of New York (MCNY)
September 10, 2014 - January 11, 2015
The New York saga of one of the original "Mad Men."
McCauley (“Mac”) Conner (born 1913) grew up admiring Norman Rockwell magazine covers in his father’s general store. He arrived in New York as a young man to work on wartime Navy publications and stayed on to make a career in the city’s vibrant publishing industry. The exhibition presents Conner’s hand-painted illustrations for advertising campaigns and women’s magazines like Redbook and McCall’s, made during the years after World War II when commercial artists helped to redefine American style and culture.

Also at the Museum of the City of New York:
Assembled Realities: Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao's New York
October 15, 2014 - February 15, 2015
Assembled Realities: Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao's New York features more than 40 works by this Taiwanese artist, who came to New York at 18 to study photography. Pushing the boundaries of traditional documentary photography, Liao (b. 1977) creates large-scale panoramas by combining multiple exposures of the same location taken over the course of several hours. The resulting composite photographs are often fantastical; complex, hyper-real views that no single shot—or the eye—could capture. Liao has spent the past decade honing his distinctive style, making images of his adopted city from the Grand Concourse to Coney Island, the old Shea Stadium to the 72nd Street Subway.
WHY GO?  Don't miss the old time "Mad Men" artwork and the wild photos.

Ernest Cole: Photographer
NYU - Grey Art Gallery
September 3 through December 6, 2014
Ernest Cole (1940–90), one of South Africa’s first black photojournalists, compassionately but unflinchingly portrayed the lives of black people as they negotiated apartheid’s racist laws and oppression. Ernest Cole: Photographer features over 100 rare black-and-white gelatin silver prints from Cole’s remarkable archive. While many of the photo-graphs expose segregation, destitution, and violence, others depict intimate moments of children at play, mothers smiling, couples dancing, and friends joking. Cole was arrested and fled South Africa in 1966, never to return. This is the first major solo museum show of his striking images, which are illuminated by incisive captions from his book House of Bondage (1967).
WHY GO?  Don't miss this chance to see the photos of an important South African photographer.

Garden of Unearthly Delights:
Works by Ikeda, Tenmyouya & teamLab
Japan Society
October 10, 2014 through January 11, 2015
A monster tsunami uproots a city. Modern tough guys lock samurai-style in battle. Candy-colored streams of animals and flowers hyperpixilate. These dramatic visual moments are among many to be encountered this fall in our new exhibition Garden of Unearthly Delights. The featured artists Manabu Ikeda (b. 1973, Saga Prefecture), Hisashi Tenmyouya (b. 1966, Tokyo) and the art and technology collective teamLab (est. 2001) are today's takumi, or master artisans, taking pride in the execution of dense and precisely detailed works requiring time and contemplation to grasp. Their creative imaginations travel through time, finding inspiration in a range of styles; from medieval Buddhist paintings to contemporary anime and manga. Come stroll through their fantastical visions.
WHY GO?  Go to see current artwork by major Japanese artists!

Beyond the Supersquare
Bronx Museum of the Arts
May 1, 2014 to January 11, 2015
Beyond the Supersquare explores the indelible influence of Latin American and Caribbean modernist architecture on contemporary art. The exhibition features over 30 artists and more than 60 artworks, including photography, video, sculpture, installation, and drawing, that respond to major Modernist architectural projects constructed in Latin America and the Caribbean from the 1920s through the 1960s. Beyond the Supersquare examines the complicated legacies of modernism through architecture and thought—as embodied by the political, economic, environmental, and social challenges faced by countries throughout Latin America—through the unique perspective of artists working today. This exhibition is co-organized by Holly Block (New York City) and María Inés Rodríguez (Colombia), and designed by Benedeta Monteverde (Mexico).
WHY GO?  This place is amazing and it's so easy to reach on the Grand Concourse - go discover it for yourself!

Also at the Bronx Museum:
Here I Am: Photographs by Lisa Leone
September 11, 2014 to January 11, 2015
The Bronx - Paris - Los Angeles - early 1990s - hip hop. This culture of music, dance, art and fashion is forever in its nascent and most authentic in Here I Am: Photographs by Lisa Leone. From Nas in the first studio recordings for what would become his iconic debut album Illmatic, to Snoop on the set of his first video, from ingénue Debi Mazar on the subway to Grandmaster Flash at a RockSteady reunion, Leone’s photographs open portals to the sounds, places and, most importantly, the people who forged and continue to influence the energy that is hip hop.




Giant Buddha

The Leshan Giant Buddha is the world's largest stone Buddha statue located in the Sichuan province of China, near the city of Leshan. The monumental structure was first carved out of a cliff where the Minjiang, Dadu, and Qingyi rivers meet during the Tang Dynasty (618-907AD) and continues to stand tall today, proving to be a tourist attraction for spiritual followers and art enthusiasts.

Despite the fact that the seated Maitreya Buddha remains embedded in the natural environment, centuries since its initial construction, it has inevitably weathered down over the years. In fact, the giant figure was originally adorned with a thirteen-story, gold-plated, wooden structure meant to serve as a sort of shelter from extreme weather conditions. It has since been destroyed, leaving the 233-foot-tall Buddha to fend for itself. It is now as much a part of the environment as the mountain it is carved into. Locals even say, "The mountain is a Buddha and the Buddha is a mountain."
 





 

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Hood Mentality: Russell Wilson isn't black enough

Reports: Some teammates think QB Russell Wilson isn't black enough

Earlier this week, Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman wrote about the ongoing saga in Seattle in the wake of the Percy Harvin trade. Specifically, some Seahawks players think third-year quarterback Russell Wilson is too close to the front office, and doesn't always take blame for his mistakes.

Then there's this: "There is also an element of race that needs to be discussed," Freeman wrote. "My feeling on this -- and it's backed up by several interviews with Seahawks players -- is that some of the black players think Wilson isn't black enough."

READ THE REST OF THE STORY HERE AT CBS

DOG STAR SAYS:  Next to the offensive, "You sound too white" or "You talk like a white person" is the pernicious phenom that never dies, "You aren't black enough."

Both of these attitudes, I believe, come out of what I will call the "narcissism of the ghetto" - it's when the loyalty to the 'hood is so deeply ingrained that if you live in the hood you're supposed to remain in the hood.  Anything less is a betrayal of the hood.

Middle class values are forbidden under this philosophy.  One black male student - whose family named him Jacob - was raised in the projects in East New York by his grandmother until he was in 8th grade and the family bought a home in Marine Park.  His best friend - Malik - told him he was going to have to cut him off because, well, he was moving to a white area, Jacob would be acting too white and he wouldn't be black enough to hang out together anymore.  And, anyway, Jacob would be taking the exam for a specialized high school and, well, Malik, would be going to his zone high school.

Malik's role model for this attitude is his older brother who did graduate from both high school and college and landed a job at financial services firm in Midtown but refuses to have any white friends.  In fact, his older brother refuses to move out of his mother's NYCHA apartment because of his loyalty to the hood, the hustle he can "maintain" by living in the hood and being able to afford the lease on his Lexus and maintain his hood cred. 

For Mailk and his brother their blackness is entirely defined by whether or not they have aligned themselves with the hood mentality:  scheme (defraud NYCHA since you can afford a Lexus), remain loyal to the block, resist appearing or acting in any way that looks like white power or whiteness or white values or white social acceptance.  The only worthy social acceptance is the ghetto and its inhabitants. 

While it is surely more complex than the little that is mentioned in the article on Russell Wilson, his alignment with the team's front office- white power elite - is seen as a betrayal by his black teammates.  Maybe Russell had something to do with the trade of his teammate and this angered other black players.

But, like Malik and his older bother, Wilson's teammates express that Russell isn't "black enough" because they resent and dismiss Wilson's alignment with white power brokers at the expense of his allegiances to other blacks, the black struggle and the "block" (in this case an NFL playing field and locker room).


A reader responds to our Facebook post:

This was a very interesting read. Thank you for tagging me in this post. As an African-American male who was raised in a "ghetto" but was never defined as "ghetto", I can totally and completely agree with your resentment toward the phrase: "Not black enough." I feel like its a part of the crabs-in-the-barrel mentality that banes the black community. It's sort of ironic that the same African American family, friends, neighbors that preached that I should make something out of myself, are the same ones that despise me for "selling out" or "sounding white." The key to success of mankind as a whole is cooperation, and on the microcosmic level, African Americans, I find (in my experience), have a hard time cooperating, or even being happy with those who are successful. It seems that the success of the few is met with jealousy and malcontent, as reflected by the words of the Seahawk teammates and also the friend of the young man in the comments.

Former NBA player Charles Barkley responds to the Russell Wilson/Seahwks story:

Never one to shy away from candid comments, former Auburn Tiger and NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley told Philadelphia radio hosts too many black people are caught up in a culture that's more concerned with street cred than intelligence.

Speaking on the radio show "Afternoons with Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis," Barkley was asked his opinion on Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson, who was the subject of an article detailing allegations he wasn't "black enough."

Barkley fired back:

"We as black people are never going to be successful, not because of you white people, but because of other black people. When you are black, you have to deal with so much crap in your life from other black people," Barkley said.
 
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Sunday, October 26, 2014

UPDATE! Famous Living Black Males Who ARE NOT Rappers or Athletes


Read an article about Brian Thompson here.




ABOVE:  MSNBC journalist Touré and his son Hendrix on 14th Street in Manhattan - Photographed by Brandon Stanton who is Humans of New York (a street photographer who posts on Facebook)


Dog Star says that too often the black male role model is limited to the long-dead Malcom X and Dr. King - there are, of course many, many successful black men - even famous living ones - who are not athletes or rappers.  

In fact, when the photo above first appeared on HONY's Facebook page, some posted comments like "Pursuit of Happyness" in reference to the Wil Smith film.  So the only reference for an image of a successful black man is from a Hollywood movie (although it is based on a true story).

There is something called the "national narrative on black males" in which the dominant themes are nihilism, apathy, high school dropout, fathering children with unwed mothers, and joblessness.  In this post we want to offer a "counter-narrative" that speaks out against these stereotypes.  There are as many different ways of being a black man in America as there are black men!

We had Kevin Hart on the list but we decided he was too easy to include - a popular comedian and already well-known.  So we have avoided entertainers not just rappers and athletes.

We also considered doctor and writer Ben Carson but dropped him from the list after he made homophobic remarks against gay marriage.

Making anti-gay jokes or expressing anti-gay beliefs says a lot about a man's characterIt announces to other people that a man is intolerant, ignorant, fearful of the unknown and disrespectful of others who are different.

Our list has a very important dominant theme: the importance of education.  It's one thing all these men have in common!  They know that education is the game changer.  Getting ahead in life means getting an education.

After we state the OBVIOUS LIVING BLACK MAN, President Barack Obama, who else?   

Here's TEN MORE.  Let's take a closer look:


Guion S. Bluford - Astronaut, scientist, engineer



Wes Moore - (photo above) Elite Army veteran, author, motivational speaker

Neil Degrasse Tyson - President of the American Museum of Natural History, astrophysicist

Dr. Cornel West - Philosopher, activist, author, minister

Tavis Smiley - Author, activist, television and radio host


Thomas Chatterton Williams - (book cover above) writer, activist

Peter Henry - Dean of N.Y.U.’s Stern School of Business (read a NY Times interview here)

Touré - MSNBC journalist, writer, music critic

Don Thompson - CEO of McDonalds Corp. - one of five black male CEOs of a Fortune 500 company - the others are Kenneth Frazier of Merck, Kenneth Chenault of American Express, Clarence Otis of Darden Restaurants, and  Roger Ferguson, who heads privately held TIAA-CREF, as the African-Americans in the nation's top 500 companies.



Shayne Oliver - (photo above) fashion designer (Hood by Air) - Go here to read a NY Times story in him

Famous black scientists - go here.

Read this article - The Weight of Being a (Young and Successful) Black Male