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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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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, April 30, 2010
Hundreds of photographers are getting ready to take a picture at one moment on Sunday, May 2. Here's how you can join the project.
Lens: Photographers Prepare for a Moment in May
All images © Alexa Meade. - Click on any image to see a larger view!
DOG STAR finds Alexa Meade's version of "portrait painting" to be fun and inetresting - reminds us of a time when live action and performance art were very popular in museums and galleries. We first saw this post on the blog Accidental Mysteries (here) and have edited a copy below:
ALEXA MEADE IS ON TO AN INTERESTING CONCEPT. By “blurring” the edges between the real world and what has been traditionally a 2-dimensional painting, Alexa Meade has created “virtual paintings,” a sort of reverse trompe l’oeil (pronounced tromp loy, French term for a style of painting that "tricks the eye" as when fake marble pillars are painted on a wall) work of art.
Instead of painting her subjects, Meade is actually painting on her subjects. What occurs is part performance art and a work of art that is to be viewed as you see it here—a photograph. What do you think?
See more of Alexa Meade's work here!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
after Lucille Clifton
By DeLana Dacameron
Frequented in dreams
by fresh-dead loves, so I have seen
with these eyes the eyes of a spirit
who's crossed, seen the body reject
its coffin bed and climb right out
onto the church's plank floor
seen the dove at the bed's foot
calling out all names, or the red eyes
of the flesh, abandoned. Do not say
I should be grateful for perfect eyes
or their ability to see such distances.
Say I should be grateful for sight,
for open and shut.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
We were surprised, then, to be so drawn to the wildly popular world of fashion shows and especially this one of a recent Alexander McQueen production.
Sadly, McQueen's recent death by suicide means we will no longer have his creative work or his life as a blessing to those who loved and knew him.
Watch how this incredible stage production - really simple in its staging although high-tech and quite creative.
Alexander McQueen - Plato's Atlantis from SHOWstudio on Vimeo.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Her show last night at Royal Albert Hall in London shows how she out-Gaga's Lady Gaga!
A report from DOG STAR's London office:
Double Picasso Around NYC! Discover one of the most influential artists of the 20th century in three different museum shows!
- DOG STAR is a devoted Picasso fan and runs, runs (trips, gets up) and runs some more to ALL Picasso shows. Perhaps at one of these exhibitions the secret of Picasso's talent and genius will be revealed to Dog Star?
- More realistically, DOG STAR joined a field trip to see the Themes & Variations show at Museum of Modern Art to discover Picasso's printmaking and techniques. This shwo is strictly about the different ways Picasso employed printmaking in his artmaking.
Picasso: Themes and Variations at Museum of Modern Art
Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art
April 27, 2010–August 1, 2010
Special Exhibition Galleries, 2nd floor
Here for Metropolitan Museum
Monday, April 26, 2010
DOG STAR knows many young poets and this event is a great platform to get out the word! Spoken word demands a lot of practice to fine tune delivery, volume and pacing of the poetry. Consider joining this event as a participant - or just go to enjoy the poetry in the audience.
Ken Siegelman's Brooklyn Poetry Outreach Hosted by Tina Chang
Please join Brooklyn Poetry Outreach for an evening of open mic poetry hosted by Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang.
The featured poet is Hilde Stone.
Barnes & Noble Store in Park Slope
267 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215, 718-832-9066
Sign-up begins at 6:00 pm.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
DOG STAR stunned friends at a quiet party recently when we showed this video. Some had never seen tilt-shift photography before - the effect is like a tiny version of the city captured in one day!
Tilt-shift photography projects have been gaining popularity of late, but this short film titled “The Sandpit” by Sam O’Hare uses the technique to its finest.
The film used 35,000 photographs, shot over five days in New York to produce, with music composed by Human and co-written by Rosi Golan and Alex Wong.
Sam O'Hare explains how he made the film here
The Sandpit from Sam O'Hare on Vimeo.
Friday, April 23, 2010
FREE! Open Mic for HS students at Greenlight Bookstore in Ft. Greene - Take C train to Lafayette Street or any train to Atlantic
|Friday, April 30, 7:00 PM|
Youth Open Mic for High School and College Performance Poets
Hosted by Mo Beasley
High school and college students are invited to show off their slammin' poetic skills at Greenlight Bookstore's first ever open mic night!
Host Mo Beasleyis an award-winning Brooklyn performance poet, spoken word artist, published playwright, educator, and recording artist. He has featured at legendary stages from the Blue Note to the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and teaches performance poetry to high school students. Beasley will MC this evening's open mic, which is open ONLY to performances by poets from 9th grade to college seniors, though all ages are invited to attend. Signup for the open mic begins at 7:00 PM, and performances will begin at 7:30.
RSVP on Facebook(optional)
DOG STAR sees many, many shows at The Public and we know that once you've been inside, you'll return again!
A long tradition of theater comes out of this place - founded by Joseph Papp in the 1960s - and presents new plays by writers who need an audience to really find out what works an, what's funny, what's not funny and where to do a re-write!
One way to do this is to stage a reading fo the play with actors, sometimes sitting in chairs and reading through the script. A director has staged the reading to maximize the actor's gestures, the delivery of the dialogue and to present an interpretation (or staging) of the script's language. In other words, do not expect a whole production but do expect surprises and maybe the next big thing!
In a few weeks they'll present NEW WORK NOW! - click here for the link, call or visit for your FREE tickets to the shows that sound like they'll be fun for you!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Legend is the nephew of Achilles (his sister, Lady Kira, is the mother of Legend!)
Pedigree Dogs ad shot 1000 FPS using the Phantom camera. It's dogs in slow-mo catching treats. What could be better. From TBWA Toronto.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
On Thursday, April 22 at 5pm, Enron stars Norbert Leo Butz and Stephen Kunken will join playwright Lucy Prebble and director Rupert Goold in conversation with Tom Santopietro, to talk about the play, which begins Broadway performances this month.
Barnes & Noble at Lincoln Center - 66th Street & Broadway
Monday, April 19, 2010
Have you seen THE COVE? Oscar-winner for best documentary sends alarming message about dolphin slaughter in Japan but also world wide threat to all endangered species
Nearly forty years ago, Ric O'Barry helped create the television show "Flipper" and helped start and spread the world-wide business of marine animal entertainment. As a young man then, he caught dolphins in Florida's Biscayne Bay to sell to aquariums and to use on his shows.
He is a different man today. He is older and wiser. In tis Oscar-wining documentary THE COVE, he is joined by committed activists to expose the annual dolphin slaughter in Japan.
Nothing prepares you for the incredible pain and suffering you will witness in the film. It is now out on DVD and must be seen by all DOG STAR readers and your friends! Spread the word!
Here for Save the Japan Dolphins
At the end of the film, David Bowie is heard singing his song "Heroes," which includes the lyrics below. Scroll down to see a performance of Bowie performing the song.
The Cove Trailer on YouTube
In closing credits of The Cove, David Bowie is heard singing his song "Heroes"
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Christian the Lion Reunited with Human Rescuers After Return to the Wild (Fake or Not It's Still a Cool Story!)
Creative Coffee Report in the NY Times Today: Southeast Asian Market Sells Dung from Coffee-Eating Cat-like Creatures
DOG STAR knows this story will sound like something from "The Onion" - that terribly funny newspaper that satirizes everything. Unfortunately, for lots of reasons, this one is too true: harvesters collect the droppings (dung! shit!) from a nocturnal creature that enjoys feasting on coffee cherries at night.
The coffee cherries ferment in the creature's stomach (the creature is the cat-like civet) and this fermenting removes the bitter aftertaste found in coffee. These are then, presumably, roasted and ground for coffee. Seriously.
The best part? Finding out someone thinks it is cool to spend $200 a pound on coffee-flavored shit from an animal. The worst part? It is so popular that people have started caging civets and feeding them coffee cherries overtime to increase poop production. Caffeinated civets probably prefer to run wild through the trees, wouldn't you agree?
In the photo above a caged civet peers out through its cage and a collection basket of coffee-filled poop is ready for collection.
The story starts out with a description of a really strange and unsusual funeral tradition...makes you want to read it, right?
Here for the full New York Times story
In truth it is Berenice Abbot who discovered Eugene Atget and promoted his work in the United States. In fact, exhibitions of his prints had a huge influence on photographers Walker Evans, Lee Friedlander and Abbot herself.
Before and during World War I, Atget packed up his 50 lb load of camera equipment and walked the streets of Paris until he had exhausted himself. In 1920, he wrote a letter to the French government and declared, "Finally, I own Paris." What he meant, of course, is that eh had photographed ALL of Paris - from the fancy mansions to the dirty alleyways.
While Berenice Abbot worked as Man Ray's assistant in Paris she met Atget before he died in 1927. He left behind 25,000 prints and 850 negative plates.
Now, the International Center of Photography will present 31 vintage ("old") prints from their collection.
They begin a new exhibition series with three other shows opening at the same time. Stop by and take a look. If you're a big fan of Paris like we are you'll want to know about Eugene Atget!
International Center of Photography is EASY TO REACH:
1133 Avenue of the Americas (6th Ave) at 43rd Street
Fridays after 5pm FREE admission!
Here for International Center of Photography
Here for Eugene Atget on Wikipedia
Here for Berenice Abbot on Wikipedia
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Experience Culture Shock at Japan Society: Graphic Heroes, Magic Monsters / Japanese Prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi
DOG STAR is excited about this show featuring woodblock prints from 19th century master Utagawa Kuniyoshi. All manga fans will run to this show to see the origins and progression of Japanese illustration through the years.
Kuniyoshi's vivid scenes from history and legend, wildly popular 150 years ago, are a major influence on the work of today's manga and anime artists. This exhibition features over 130 dramatic depictions of giant spiders, skeletons, and toads; Chinese ruffians; women warriors; haggard ghosts; and desperate samurai combat. On view until June 13!
Here to view an online gallery of the exhibition
Japan Society is EASY TO REACH
students & seniors $10;
Japan Society members and children under 16 FREE.
Admission is FREE to all on Friday nights , 6-9 PM.
Tuesday through Thursday 11 AM - 6 PM
Friday 11 AM - 9 PM
Saturday & Sunday 11 AM - 5 PM
The gallery is closed on Mondays.
Here for Japan Society
Friday, April 16, 2010
Transit Museum: First time or Fifth Visit? See what's happening in our Transit Museum gallery spaces!
The Transit Museum in Dowtown has a wonderful show of photos of an out-of-service subway line called the Myrtle Avenue L or Elevated line. Great peek into more recent New York history!
Here for Transit Museum website
New York Transit Museum, Brooklyn Heights, Art Gallery Space
New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store at Grand Central Terminal
|New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex & Store at Grand Central Terminal|
|Hours||Monday – Friday: 8 AM to 8 PM|
Saturday – Sunday: 10 AM to 6 PM
Closed: major holidays and for special events
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Antony Gormley has brought his naked male sculptures to New York's rooftops and in your face in Madison Square Park on 23rd Street.