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Image above: Vik Muniz
A Bar at the Folies-Bergère after Édouard Manet, from the Pictures of Magazines 2 series, 2012.
Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life. Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, painted in 1882, explores the treachery of nineteenth-century Parisian nightlife through the depiction of a bartender attending to a male patron reflected in the mirror behind her. Muniz plays on Manet’s style, replacing Manet’s visible brushstrokes with the frayed edges of torn paper and lending the work immense visual interest.
“Thank you for DogStarNYC, in general. The site speaks to so many kinds of interests; it discerns which qualities will appeal to many different tastes in a tremendous number of activities. I love how it encourages young people to pay attention to the unusual.
In New York we let so many teens walk around the periphery, mildly shell-shocked by life, while the information that they need to make sense of their world sits in the center of the room. DogStarNYC welcomes them into the middle of the room; the blog tells them how to walk there. ” - Stacy L.
DOG STAR is the creation of a high school English teacher in New York City. This blog began in 2008 as an online community for a journalism class and has since evolved into a curated site on the creative arts, arts-related news and a guide to free and low-cost events for teens. Our mission is to offer teens real-life options for enjoying all the creative arts in New York City. May wisdom guide you and hope sustain you. The more you like art, the more art you like!
Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
New York Anime Festival in New York City
Jacob Javits Convention Center
Here for event website!
Yoshiyuki Tomino, born November 5, 1941 in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan, began his animation career at Mushi Productions where he scripted and storyboarded the classic anime series Astro Boy. Going on to direct, Mr. Tomino has overseen numerous series including Aura Battler Dunbine, Brain Powerd, Overman King Gainer, and The Wings of Rean. His longest-lasting legacy is Mobile Suit Gundam, a genre-breaking series first broadcast in 1979, which is noted for defining the current realistic portrayal of robots in Japanese animation. The original Mobile Suit Gundam series has been followed by numerous sequels and spin-offs, and the saga continues today with its latest entry -- Mobile Suit Gundam UC (Unicorn) -- debuting this winter in Japan.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
“You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive.”
- Merce Cunningham
FROM ROCK DAILY BLOG: Influential and innovative choreographer Merce Cunningham died in his sleep last night. He was 90. In a career that spans seven decades, Cunningham frequently collaborated with avant-garde composer John Cage, who was Cunningham’s life partner until Cage’s death in 1992. After studying under the great Martha Graham, Cunningham established the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 1953.
Here for Rollng Stone magazine blog post with video of Cunningham's "Split Sides" dance
Here for the lengthy New York Times obituary
Easy to reach: 2/3 train to Eastern Parkway - museum is right upstairs when you exit the station.
While at the museum be sure to check out the multi-part show by Yinka Shonibare MBE, a Nigerian-born, London-based artist who works with headless mannequins and large-scale installations. See blog archive for an earlier post on this artist.
TARGET FIRST SATURDAYS
Saturday, August 1 5pm-11pm - FREE
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Many DOG STAR readers are natural storytellers. THE MOTH has been bringing together storytellers - of all ages, all backgrounds - for many years first here in NYC and now across the country. Check out their website for more information on being a storyteller (here) or go just to watch.
The Moth conducts six programs:
Stories at The Moth, our mainstage series, features celebrated writers and actors and other unique storytellers whose stories are developed and directed by The Moth.
The Moth StorySLAMs, now in LA as well as New York, are storytelling competitions where the stage is open to any and all with a story to tell on the evening's theme.
The Moth Outreach Program conducts storytelling workshops for underserved teens and marginalized adults.
The Moth On The Road, The Moth frequently travels outside New York City always on the quest to bring more true stories to even more people.
The MothShop offers corporate storytelling training for team-building and presentation purposes as well as corporate events and helps underwrite our other storytelling programs.
The Annual Moth Ball, our November gala, celebrates the year in storytelling and brings crucial funds to the organization.
How to Participate
You want to tell a story:
If you are one of the lucky 10 picked you'll have five minutes to woo the audience with tales of your on-theme escapades.
Unpicked? Fear not, some variation of your theme will surely rise again. All stories have multiple themes and stretching them to fit can be fun and even bring out elements you hadn’t recognized before.
See our story tips below.
Monday, July 27, 2009 - NY Moth StorySLAM
$6 at the door
at The Bitter End
147 Bleecker Street
(between Thompson and LaGuardia)
7:00pm Doors open
7:30pm Stories start on stage
$7 at the door
Monday, August 3, 2009 - NY Moth StorySLAM
at South Paw
125 Fifth Avenue
Park Slope, Brooklyn
7.30pm Doors open
8.00pm Stories start on stage
$7 tickets at the door
Monday, August 3, 2009
Featuring stories from the MothShop Community Program
at The Nuyorican
236 East 3rd Street
(between Avenues B and C)
7:30pm: Stories begin
$5 at the door
Saturday, July 25, 2009
And now the results are in. A bravura series of 12 large-format, technically complex color photographs will go on view at the Bronx Museum beginning Sunday, August 2, 2009 (through January 4, 2010) in Intersections: The Grand Concourse Commissions.
Friday, July 24, 2009
FREE! - Just One Week Left to See Giant Twisting Snake Exhibit by Huang Yong Ping in Chelsea Gallery (Last day next Friday, July 31)
Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow will tell the story of Jewish academics from Germany and Austria who were dismissed from their teaching positions in the 1930s. After fleeing to America, some refugee scholars found positions at historically black colleges and universities in the Jim Crow South.
|Museum is FREE on Saturdays!|
Man Ray grew up in Brooklyn!
A trailblazing figure in 20th-century art, Man Ray (1890-1976)
revealed multiple artistic identities over the course of his
career – Dadaist, Parisian Surrealist, international portrait
and fashion photographer – and produced many important
and enduring works as a photographer, painter, filmmaker,
writer, sculptor, and object maker. Relatively few people
know that he was born Emmanuel Radnitzky to Russian
Jewish immigrants. In fact, he spent a lifetime suppressing
his background to the point of denying he was ever called
anything but Man Ray.
The Jewish Museum will present Alias Man Ray:
The Art of Reinvention from November 15, 2009 through
March 14, 2010, a major exhibition considering how the
artist’s life and career were shaped by his turn-of-the-century
American Jewish immigrant experience and his lifelong
evasion of his past.
The exhibition explores the deliberate cultural ambiguity of
Man Ray who became the first American artist to be accepted
by the avant-garde in Paris. It also examines the dynamic
connection between Man Ray’s assimilation, the evolution
of his art, and his willful construction of a distinctive artistic
persona, as evidenced in a series of subtle, encrypted self-references
throughout his career.
Visitors to Alias Man Ray will be privy to the artist’s endless
experimentation in over 200 works including photographs, paintings,
sculptures and objects, drawings, films and a selection of his writings.
Best known as a photographer, Man Ray in fact moved from one
medium to another as he defied aesthetic boundaries.
The Jewish Museum show does not confine itself to one period of the
artist’s career or a single medium, such as photography. This approach
is essential to illustrating how Man Ray continuously broke with aesthetic
tradition and forged a new artistic identity.
He came of age at the beginning of the 20th century and the rise of abstract art.
Man Ray grew up in Williamsburg , Brooklyn . His father worked as a
tailor and his mother was a seamstress. After being introduced to New York
art circles by photographer and gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz, he went off to Paris
—the center of experimental art—and was embraced by the avant-garde.
The year was 1921 and Man Ray was 31. In Paris , he was perceived as
neither Jewish nor a New Yorker but as a free-thinking American who
quickly gained notice.
To make ends meet, he took assignments photographing a broad spectrum
of literary and artistic figures. That group now reads like a modernist pantheon
—André Breton, Jean Cocteau, Marcel Duchamp, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway,
Marcel Proust and Gertrude Stein, among others. These innovative portraits,
all on view in the exhibition, provide a chronicle of the social milieu in which
Man Ray thrived.
Man Ray engaged in a constant process of self-inscription and erasure,
managing to outwit anyone who wanted to label him. Like his fellow
Dadaist and close friend Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray took delight in playing
games and confounding expectations. With his steadfast independence and his
need to explore every artistic avenue, Man Ray forged a vision that changed
the very way art was conceived.
JOIN US THIS WEEKEND:
SAT. 7/25 LANGSTON HUGHES COMMUNITY LIBRARY & CULTURAL CENTER/QUEENS LIBRARY, QUEENS, 1-5 PM FREE
100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona
1 pm: THE OTHER SIDE OF HIP HOP: THE SIXTH ELEMENT. Film screening and panel discussion with producer, writer, and director Dion Michael Ashman, Hip Hop Photo Activist Brother Ernie Paniccioli, Kangol Kid of UTFO, and Lin Que (formerly known as Isis of X-Klan)
3:30 pm: IT'S BIGGER THAN HIP HOP: THE RISE OF THE POST-HIP-HOP GENERATION. Author talk and book signing with author, filmmaker, and professor M.K. Asante, Jr.
Go to http://www.facebook.com/l/;www.dancinginthestreets.org and click on Directions to find out how to get to the Langston Hughes this Saturday, July 25th.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
#7 train to Mets-Willets Point Station: transfer to the special event bus.
E, F, R trains to Jackson Heights/ Roosevelt Avenue: transfer to the Flushing bound #7 train to Mets-Willets Point Station.
Saturday, July 25 from 1pm-9pm
On McKibben Street between White Street and Bushwick Avenue
L train to Morgan or Montrose
Link to event website here!
A devoted DOG STAR (awesomesauce!) reader provides today's post. He suggested we spread the word on this group called "New York 2 New Orleans" or ny2no. This group organizes FREE community service and activism programs for teenagers in New York City with an emphasis on New Orleans projects.
This summer ny2no will send nine "brigades" (or volunteer teams of teens and chaperones) to New Orleans for community outreach and service. Awesomesauce is waiting to hear if his application has been accepted for one of these summer trips.
Photo above is a ny2no team member visiting a Hurricane Katrina site in Summer 2008.
Here for link to group's website!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
- A feature film about a Latino ex-con (played by Benjamin Bratt) whose love for his son is tested when the son reveals he is gay (La Mission - here)
- A documentary about the Fania All-Stars who joined Celia Cruz and others for concerts in the same week as the Ali-Foreman fight in Africa. This will be a FREE screening (here) in East Harlem as part of "Cinema Under the Stars."
- A new film - called "Don't Let Me Drown" - critics and audiences loved it at Sundance - about two teenagers confronting loves and loss after 9/11 (here) - We will probably skip this screening since this film is expected to get a wide theatrical release in the fall or winter!
- A tribute to actor John Leguizamo who will receive and award and appear at the screening of his new film "Where God Left His Shoes" (here)
Saturday, August 1, 8:30pm - East Harlem
watch Trailer 1... 1 picture
Run time: 60 min. USA color
In 1974 Celia Cruz & The Fania All Stars were invited to take part in a 3-day festival in celebration of black sports and entertainment in Kinshasa, Zaire. Their original performance on the first day caused such a hysterical response from the audience that they were invited back two days later for an encore performance. The concert was part of the famous Rumble in the Jungle title fight between the reigning champion George Foreman and the greatest, Muhammad Ali. Their phenomenal performance to an audience of 80,000 people at the Stadu du Hai was shot in 35mm on sic camaras by director Leon Gast (who won an Academy Award for When We Were Kings.) Featuring Johnny Pacheco, Cheo Felicano, Hector Lavoe and Roberto Roena.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The Day Obscenity Became Art
TODAY is the 50th anniversary of the court ruling that overturned America’s obscenity laws, setting off an explosion of free speech — and also, in retrospect, splashing cold water on the idea, much discussed during Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings, that judges are “umpires” rather than agents of social change.
The historic case began on May 15, 1959, when Barney Rosset, the publisher of Grove Press, sued the Post Office for confiscating copies of the uncensored version of D. H. Lawrence’s 1928 novel “Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” which had long been banned for its graphic sex scenes.
Most lawyers of the time would have advised Mr. Rosset that he had a weak case. Back in 1873, Anthony Comstock, the former postal inspector who founded the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, had persuaded Congress to pass a law outlawing obscenity, which state and federal courts came to define over the decades as works that “community standards” would regard as “lustful,” “lewd,” “lascivious” or “prurient.”
Hazel Ying Lee’s remarkable but relatively anonymous life story as a pioneer Chinese American woman aviator during the 1930’s and 1940’s is brought to the fore through the Museum’s recent acquisition of items donated by Frances M. Tong and Alan H. Rosenberg.
Hazel Ying Lee was born in 1912 in Portland, Oregon to immigrant parents from Shanghai, China. Despite facing obstacles and discrimination for being female and Chinese American, Hazel pursued, trained, and achieved her dream of becoming a pilot. In 1943, she became the “first Chinese American woman to fly for the U.S. military” as part of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program. The WASP program was started by the U.S. military to draft female pilots to remedy the shortage of male pilots. Hazel Ying Lee was among a group of over one thousand women involved with the program and its first Asian American member. A month before the termination of the program in 1944 and towards the end of the war, Hazel Ying Lee’s life came to an abrupt end when her plane collided with another plane in Montana while in flight. She died at the age of 33. Leaving a legacy of heroic endeavor, Hazel Ying Lee’s story is an integral and significant part of our collective history.
For many years the Museum of the Chinese in America operated in a cramped space on a corner of Mulberry Street. Now they've moved to brand new facilities on Centre Street, just north of Canal Street. They don't officially open their doors until late September but are offering FREE preview Thursdays. Plan a visit with friends and see a truly engaging and fascinating presentation and exhibits on the role of Chinese Americans in building our nation as well as Asian-themed programming. Unfortunately, we have missed last week's special presentation on the film "Gran Torino" with Hmong actors from the Detroit area.
Here for website link!
Thursday, July 30, August 6, 13, 20 & 27 11:00 am - 9:00 pm Target Free Thursday
Tuesday, September 22 GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION
Location & Directions
MOCA is located at 215 Centre Street (between Howard and Grand Streets) and is one block north of Canal Street.
N, R, Q, W, J, M, Z, and 6 trains to Canal Street; M9, M15, M103 buses.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Serious film fans - and those interested in self-education on classic cinema - should check out the Film Forum festival on 1950s director Nicholas Ray. Although most famous for James Dean-starring film "Rebel Without a Cause," Ray directed many worthwhile films. Photo at top of this blog post is a collage of film stills from Ray films. Here for NYTimes article on the film series and here for Film Forum link.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Q-Tip, Chester French, Little Dragon, Benji B
Saturday, July 18, 2009
From 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Central Park SummerStage
Alpha Blondy & The Solar System, Lee "Scratch" Perry & Dubblestandart, & Subatomic Sound System
Sunday, July 19, 2009
From 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Central Park SummerStage