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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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Go to Brooklyn Museum this Sunday, Jan 2 for FREE ADMISSION for everybody ALL DAY! (Start the new year with great art in Brooklyn!)
DOG STAR will likely be here since this is the last day for the Fred Tomaselli show. A holiday gift to the community: FREE admission for everyone at the Brooklyn Museum (here) and many great shows to see.
One thing to see - on permanent view - is THE DINNER PARTY: Judy Chicago and her collaborators created a giant dining table with places set for women through history - she gives historical figures (all female) "a place at the table." See picture above and go to the link (here). It's an incredible display of artistic and intellectual hard work coming together for something grand and beautiful. And yes! You CAN walk around it entirely and see the place mats, dinner ware and tiles which are all hand made by female artists and crafts women. Bring family members and show them all this cool stuff!
Attention All Science Fans & Future Doctors! Check out BRAIN: THE INSIDE STORY at American Museum of Natural History
DOG STAR thinks this is a great field trip with younger family members! It's on view until August 15, 2011! (Here for website!) Devoted readers who are also science fans or future doctors will enjoy the interactive and immersive displays on all things BRAINY - including how our brains will change in the coming years! AND YOU REALLY CAN PAY JUST $1 TO GET IN SO DON'T HESITATE TO WALK UP TO THE DESK AND PAY $1 PER PERSON! Step into your brain. In this exhibition, explore how the brain—a product of millions of years of evolution—produces thoughts, senses, and feelings; experience how the brain is continually changing at different stages of life; and discover how new understanding of the workings of the brain may help scientists repair and reverse declines in brain function.
An installation at the beginning of Brain: The Inside Story will immerse visitors in the nonstop communication that occurs among the brain's tangled forest of 100 billion interconnected neurons, or brain cells. Throughout the rest of the show, visitors will explore how the nervous system processes information from the senses and how the brain creates perception, how brain imaging and advances in biochemistry are deepening the understanding of the emotional brain, and how the highly developed neocortex allows humans to make plans and predictions as well as engage in symbolic thought. Visitors will also learn how the brain's plasticity allows changes at different stages of life and how 21st century science can repair and improve the brain. Throughout the exhibition, challenge your brain with interactive puzzles and games that probe neural connections and pathways.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
FREE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS FOR TEENS AT MoMA! Many art classes still available but applications due Jan 14!
Museum Studies offers students a chance to explore curatorial and museum work while directing their own exhibition of teen artwork. The sixteen-week program introduces students to various careers in the arts through conversations with curators, exhibit designers, artists, and other museum staff.
This class meets in the spring. Applications will be available in late December 2010 and are due in January 2011. This class is open to NYC high school students. Students must apply. For more information or to apply, download the application in PDF format (Adobe Acrobat Reader required).
THIS ONE IS FOR ANYBODY WHO HAS EVER HAD A BREAK UP: Comedian Margaret Cho Performs a Faux-Cabaret Number Called "Eat Shit & Die"
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
HAVE YOU SEEN THIS? Halftime show from Uconn - Real dancer / puppet performance with bad songs including the worse song from the 90's.
Discover THE LIVES THEY LIVED - Special Series on NY Times Website Features Short Bios of People Who Lived Lives with Passion & Brio (It's not an obituary series but more like an "appreciation" series!)
HERE FOR LINK TO THE NY TIMES WEBSITE
HAVE YOU SEEN THIS? Wall Street Bull Gets Guerilla Art Make-Over Before Shedding Crochet Coat (No permit!)
Imaginary Dog Star Soundtrack: We’re bumpin’ to New Order “Blue Monday” – How does it feel / To Treat me like you do?
Monday, December 27, 2010
Only a wool-hatted fool would skip this movie.By Dana Stevens
CLOSES SOON! How did artists respond to their world between the two World Wars? Discover how many tried to make sense of it all in a new show at the Guggenheim!
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Discover photographer Kevin Bauman's "100 Abandoned Houses" on the slow death of Detroit's communities
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Dog Star Selects: Jan Davidsz de Heem's Painting VASE OF FLOWERS from 1660 - It hangs in the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. - We think calling this a "vase of flowers" is like calling Michael Jordan "a basketball player" (Just doesn't seem right, huh?)
MERRY CHRISTMAS! Plan a visit to a wild and wonderful place filled with holiday spirits: Met Museum's Upper Manhattan site THE CLOISTERS
Visit the Cloisters, a museum devoted to the art of the Middle Ages, primarily of the Romanesque and Gothic periods from the 12th through 15th century. Peter Barnett, curator in charge of the Department of Medieval Art in the Cloisters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, gives a tour of the Langon Chapel. With elements carved in the 12th century, the chapel typifies what the Cloisters is all about.
Friday, December 24, 2010
2. BRAIN exhibit at American Museum of Natural History
3. Houdini at The Jewish Museum (free on Saturdays)
4. Elegant Sunday Afternoon (with mom or others) at The Frick (FREE!)
5. Chelsea gallery hopping (always free)
6. Visit the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on the Upper West Side (free to visit, concerts cost more)
7. Finally go inside the main building of the New York Public Library and up to the top floor and see the football field sized Rose Reading Room with clouds painted on the ceiling (always free to visit the reading room and exhibitions - on view now: THREE FAITHS on Islam, Judaism, and Christianity)
8. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Heights Promenade for spectacular skyline views of Manhattan (we see it, we say we will, but if not now, when?)
9. Go to the bottom of Manhattan - Bowling Green station - and visit the Museum of the American Indian (always free)
10. Sunday, Jan 2 FREE ADMISSION ALL DAY at Brooklyn Museum
LAST TWO WEEKS! Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody’s Fool at the Asia Society on Park Avenue between 70th & 71st Streets (FREE on Friday nights from 6pm!)
Exhibition dates: Sept. 9, 2010–Jan. 2, 2011
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday, 11:00 am–6:00 pm
Cost: $10; $7 for seniors and $5 for students with ID; free for members and persons under 16.
Location: Asia Society Museum, 725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street), New York, NY
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THIS SUNDAY! Kwanzaa Celebration at American Museum of Natural History (80th Street & Central Park West) - bring your friends and family - Pay $1 each!
HERE FOR WEBSITE
An international marketplace is also part of the celebration.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
OPEN NOW! FREE FOR TEENS! Discover the Whitney Museum's new show "Modern Life: Edward Hopper & His Time" (On view until next April 2011) - Bring your friends and stay late on Fridays until 9pm
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Imaginary Dog Star Soundtrack: We're bumpin' to kd lang's CONSTANT CRAVING (We want you to see concert video and see link below for official music video!)
Watch the music video for the song it is quite interesting with a vaudevilian production design. (What is "vaudevillian"? Click here!)
Here for kd lang's CONSTANT CRAVING (Warner Brothers Records blocked the code to post the video!)
FREE! Bring your family for the holidays! Enjoy the Met Museum's incredible Christmas Tree in the Medieval Art Gallery (You must see this in person to get the full effect!)
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
GREAT FRENCH ART! Go see Edgar Degas at Morgan Library - He did what you do now: He kept a sketchbook and created little scenes and figures in pencil, watercolor and pastel nearly every day (Bring friends on a Friday for free admission!)
Edgar Degas (1834–1917), founding member of the Impressionist group who was distinguished by his Realist tendencies, is renowned for his vigorous images of dancers, performers, and theater scenes in paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. Throughout his career, he used drawing in dynamic and varied ways to explore these recurring subjects.
The exhibition features some twenty exceptional drawings by Degas, along with two of his sketchbooks, demonstrating the iconic artist's characteristic daring and inventiveness. The show includes works depicting quintessential Degas subjects—from his earliest portraits of himself, family members, and friends to his later intensive studies of dancers and performers.
We have posted previously about the Morgan Library about another exhibit - read more about the place here.
The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street
SEE THIS SHOW BEFORE IT CLOSES JAN 9! Women Pop Artists at the Brooklyn Museum finally get their own museum show and you don't want to miss it!
Monday, December 20, 2010
Discover The High Line Park (Next Phase to Open in Spring 2011) - Get ready for a big outdoor adventure and it's free!
DOG STAR has posted about The High Line Park, especially this past summer when the weather was nicer and bit warmer. One of our students visited the High Line as part of his photography workshop at the Art Directors Club and reported that it was one of the most eye-opening experiences he has ever had in New York City.
And we can all look forward to a great big outdoor adventure next Spring when another 20 blocks or so of the elevated railway line opens in a new section north of Chelsea. Today's New York Times has a big story on the wildly different landscape we can expect from this next phase as well as how the city views change as we move north into this section of the park.