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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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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!
Monday, January 31, 2011
OPEN NOW! Global Africa Project Features Over 100 Artists at MAD MUSEUM (59th Street Columbus Circle) Bring your friends!
HERE FOR MAD MUSEUM WEBSITE
An unprecedented exhibition exploring the broad spectrum of contemporary African art, design, and craft worldwide, The Global Africa Project premieres at the Museum of Arts and Design this November. Featuring the work over 100 artists working in Africa, Europe, Asia, the United States, and the Caribbean, The Global Africa Project surveys the rich pool of new talent emerging from the African continent and its influence on artists around the world. Through ceramics, basketry, textiles, jewelry, furniture, and fashion, as well as selective examples of architecture, photography, painting, and sculpture, the exhibition actively challenges conventional notions of a singular African aesthetic or identity, and reflects the integration of African art and design without making the usual distinctions between "professional" and "artisan."
Global Africa Project, MAD Museum, Museum of Art Design
Imaginary Dog Star Soundtrack: We're bumpin' to "One" with original by U2 and re-make with Mary J. Blige - Did I disappoint you or leave a bad taste in your mouth? / Well it's too late tonight to drag the past out into the light / One love!
Sunday, January 30, 2011
High 5 Tix for $5! Go with friends to see En El Tiempo De Las Mariposas (In The Time of the Butterflies) at Repertorio Espanol on East 27th Street
I could never say anything about my mother:
how she repeated, you'll regret it someday,
when I'm not around anymore, and how I didn't believe
in either "I'm not" or "anymore,"
how I liked to watch as she read bestsellers,
always turning to the last chapter first,
how in the kitchen, convinced it's not
her proper place, she made Sunday coffee,
or, even worse, filet of cod,
how she studied the mirror while expecting guests,
making the face that best kept her
from seeing herself as she was (I take
after her here and in a few other weaknesses),
how she went on at length about things
that weren't her strong suit and how I stupidly
teased her, for example, when she
compared herself to Beethoven going deaf,
and I said, cruelly, but you know he
had talent, and how she forgave everything
and how I remember that, and how I flew from Houston
to her funeral and couldn't say anything
and still can't.
Translated from the Polish by Clare Cavanagh.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
The End of the Negro Writer: Julian Mayfield, John Henry Clarke, and James Baldwin
Monday, February 7, 2011 at 6 pm
Join us for a discussion and book signing featuring Dr. Lawrence Jackson, Professor of English and African American Studies at Emory University and author of The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics, 1934-1960. Free. First come, first served.
Performances @ the Schomburg
Dr. Larry Ridley and the Jazz Legacy Ensemble
Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 7 pm
Don’t miss Dr. Ridley and the Jazz Legacy Ensemble in concert featuring special guests, talented young jazz artists representing Jazz Studies Programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Tickets: Members, $16; Non-members, $20. Call the Schomburg Shop (212) 491-2206 or buy your tickets now at Telecharge.com.
Films @ the Schomburg:
Harlem in Film: I Remember Harlem (1980)
Part 1 & 2
Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 4 pm
Part 3 & 4
Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 4 pm
Free. Reserve your seats for the film screenings email@example.com or call (212) 491-2229.
FIREWORKS! Lunar New Year Coming Up this Week! FREE Events and Chinatown Parade (Bring your camera and your friends!)
See Pictures from the Chinese Lunar New Year Parade
The parade usually winds throughout Chinatown along Mott, Canal, and Bayard streets, and along East Broadway. Time: 11:30 a.m. - 4 pm, Sunday, February 6, 2011 Place: Canal Street South The spectacle features elaborate floats, marching bands, lion and dragon dances galore, Asian musicians, magicians, acrobats and procession by local organizations. Over 5,000 people are expected to march in the parade, which will start at Mott Street and promenade through practically every street in of Chinatown, finally dispersing at Worth Street. The parade is expected to conclude at 3 pm, at which time an outdoor cultural festival will take place on Bayard Street featuring more performances by musicians, dancers and martial artists.
ANOTHER MOVIE? Take a date to Brooklyn Museum - Open until 10pm every Thursday & Friday (Pay just $1 for admission and enjoy great art!)
- Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)
Graphic Novels Rule! Discover Gene Yang's Wild & Wacky World of Math Geeks and Infant Tantrums in PRIME BABY
We came across Gene Yang when he was mentioned on another blog. He created a graphic novel exclusively for the New York Times magazine but the entire series can be read online. It's very funny!
Here for PRIME BABY at The New York Times
Here for Gene Yang's website and blog
Friday, January 28, 2011
FREE! Will Ryman's Roses are Blooming on Park Avenue! If you are uptown make a point to walk over to Park Avenue to see these sculptures in the traffic islands! A garden surprise with all this snow!
Have you been to the Hopper show yet?! 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
Read All About Shigeru Miyamoto - Master Visionary & Creator of Video Games in New Yorker Magazine Profile
As he got older, he wandered farther afield, on foot or by bike. He explored a bamboo forest behind the town’s ancient Shinto shrine and bushwhacked through the cedars and pines on a small mountain near the junior high school. One day, when he was seven or eight, he came across a hole in the ground. He peered inside and saw nothing but darkness. He came back the next day with a lantern and shimmied through the hole and found himself in a small cavern. He could see that passageways led to other chambers. Over the summer, he kept returning to the cave to marvel at the dance of the shadows on the walls. READ MORE HERE
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Dog Star's Winternight Pictures (We're going for "atmospheric" effects and artsy in this album, lol!)
Imaginary Dog Star Soundtrack: We’re bumpin’ to Pet Shop Boys “Being Boring” – We were never being boring (Mega band from 1980s with many, many hits!) – Video directed by Bruce Weber who photographed A & F catalogues (You’ll notice same style!)
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Discover STREB Teen Action Club for trapeze, high wire and acrobatics training just $10 each teen for 3 hours - Bring your friends for a great time to try it out or just watch what they do!
Teen Action Club is Back!
EXTREME ACTION COMPANY MEMBERS JACKIE, JOHN & DANIEL
DJ ZAIRE BAPTIST!
SPEND SATURDAY EVEING POPING, FLYING AND FALLING!
What: Extreme action! Trapeze, Trampoline, Pop Action, Food and fun!
Where: 51 North first street Brooklyn NY, 1
When: First Saturday of Every Month! 7-10pm
For: Just $10 per teen for the whole evening!
How: Take the L train to Bedford Ave (1st stop in Brooklyn) then a quick walk to North 1st Street between Kent and Wythe. Call 718.384.6491 to purchase or pay at the door.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Discover Italian Goods BEFORE Prada & Gucci: Painter Carravaggio's 400th Anniversary of His Death Celebrated in Berlin (See his paintings right here in NYC at the Met Museum, too!)
At left: Victory of Love, Above: Judith Cuts off the head of Holofernes (an Old Testament story)
DOG STAR is a fan of Caravaggio and have been lucky enough to see the painted shield with the Head of Medusa (below) at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. Caravaggio enjoyed hanging out with all kinds of people and paid thieves and hustlers to be his models. He took men and women as his lovers and became wealthy from his portrait commissions (when someone pays an artist to to paint a picture, usually of the person who is paying). Trained in Milan, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571–1610) was one of the most revolutionary figures of European art. His practice of painting directly from posed models violated the idealizing premise of Renaissance theory and promoted a new relationship between painting and viewer by breaking down the conventions that maintained painting as a plausible fiction rather than an extension of everyday experience. He died 400 years ago in 1610 in the city of Porto Ecole.
Here for more at Met Museum's great art history website
A show in Berlin brings together many of Caravaggio's paintings for a special birthday celebration exhibit. Here is more on this exhibit:
FREE! THIS SUNDAY! One-man show on the life and writing of giant American thinker and one of our nation's most influential African-Americans
Central Library, Dweck Center
Monday, January 24, 2011
FREE! THIS THURSDAY! Meet Haitian-American Writer Edwidge Danticat at Brooklyn Public Library (Bring your friends!)
Central Library, Dweck Center
THIS FRIDAY! Teen Movie Night at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) - Go for free pizza, free movies and free friends at MoMA! (Enter on West 54th Street, not main entrance on West 53rd - avoid the crowds!)
This Friday night program of pizza and a movie is a great and free alternative to hanging out in Union Square (it's too cold anyway) or sneaking in and out of Times Square screen.