Dog Star / A Creative Arts Guide
ENTER YOUR EMAIL TO SUBSCRIBE AT THE RIGHT
BELIEVE YOU BELONG!
BE CURIOUS ABOUT THE WORLD!
AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE CLICK "OLDER POSTS" TO SEE MORE CONTENT!
DOG STAR NYC IS A CREATIVE ARTS GUIDE | ART + THEATER + CHEAP DATES + POP CULTURE + FREE EVENTS + CITY LIVING + DESIGN + MUSIC + PHOTOGRAPHY + SPORTS + VIDEO + FILM + STREET LIFE + WRITING + POETRY & LOTS OF FUN + MAKE ART OUT OF YOUR LIFE!
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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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, February 28, 2011
HAVE YOU SEEN IT YET? 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."
GO SEE IT THIS WEEK! Grab two friends and go to NYU's Grey Art Gallery for Esetban Vicente's Fantastic Collage & Paintings
DOG STAR thinks our devoted readers, especially artists, will enjoy this show of collage, paintings and sculpture by Esteban Vicente. Concrete Improvisations is the first major American museum exhibition to pair collages and sculptures by the noted abstract painter Esteban Vicente. A distinguished member of the first group of New York School Abstract Expressionists, Vicente (1903–2001) was, like Willem de Kooning, born in Europe, in his case, Spain. Unlike his Dutch contemporary, however, he has not received the large-scale recognition he deserves. On view only until MARCH 26 so go this week or you may forget!
ADDRESS: Grey Art Gallery, New York University, 100 Washington Square East, NYC 10003HOURS:
Tuesdays/Thursdays/Fridays: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
OPEN LATE Wednesdays: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturdays: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Closed Sundays, Mondays, and major holidays.
SUGGESTED ADMISSION: $3.00, Free to NYU students (You can pay $1.00!)DIRECTIONS: The Grey Art Gallery is located within the NYU Silver Center at 100 Washington Square East. Situated at the meeting point of SoHo and the East and West Villages, the Grey Art Gallery is easily reached by public transportation. SUBWAY: A, B, C, D, E, F, N, or V to West 4th Street; R or W local to 8th Street; 6 local to Astor Place; 1 local to Christopher Street. BUS: M1, M2, M3, M5, and M6 to 8th Street.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Have you seen the Houdini show yet? Discover Houdini: Art & Magic at The Jewish Museum - Find out about the amazing life and times of an American legend! (Make it a field trip with younger family members!)
DOG STAR likes this show because we discovered Houdini's world and learned a bit of magic, too!
Through impossibly daring feats Harry Houdini (1874-1926) captivated audiences worldwide and his legendary escapes still cause amazement to the day. This is the first exhibition on the master magician and features magic instruments, such as his straitjacket, handcuffs, milk cans, posters, photographs and period films to tell the story of an American legend. Here for more on Harry Houdini
Admission is FREE on Saturdays open 11:00am-5:45pm or $7.50 for students on other days (Closed on Wednesdays)
The Jewish Museum IS EASY TO REACH at 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street - Take the 4,5, or 6 train to 86th Street & Lexington Avenue. Walk west on 86th Street, turn right at 5th Avenue and walk north to 92nd Street. Here for Jewish Museum
Alberto also created a photo for the December issue of Playboy magazine (no, not that kind of photo spread!) and you can see it at his site here!
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Now, you decide!
Friday, February 25, 2011
ENTER OUR NEW PHOTO CONTEST
Brooklyn Academy of Music - any train to Atlantic Avenue/Pacific Street
Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 9pm
Have you met Houston-area You Tube Sensation LUAN LEGACY? He recounts his adventurous life and sprinkles in much-needed advice and wisdom!
Discover Richard Linklater's Animated Philosophical Film called WAKING LIFE in this Examination by New York Times Film Critic A.O. Scott
Aztec Serpent Office Building was designed by Manuelle Gautrand Architecture and is located close to the main train station in Saint-Etienne, France. The architecture of this building is daring and original, not to mention highly contemporary. According to French studio Manuelle Gautrand Architecture, the project is like a large ‘Aztec serpent’ rising on the lot. Its body has three identical outer faces, and an underside that is different: a skin of silvery transparent scales, and a bright yellow ‘throat,’ shiny and opaque. As reported by My Modern Met, a courtyard plays the central element of the structure, as the building loops around it. Parts of the imposing architecture project are cantilevered, which gives it a bold, spectacular appearance. The contrast between the rectangular windows and the yellow walls is of great visual effect. (Photo credit: Philippe Ruault)
Thursday, February 24, 2011
WARNING: The Timeline has very disturbing audio and video of the attacks!
NEW YORK, NY (AP).- Flight attendant Betty Ong couldn't tell exactly what was happening in the cockpit of American Airlines Flight 11, but it was clear to her that there was trouble.
"I don't know, but I think we're getting hijacked," she said in a phone call to an American Airlines reservation desk at 8:19 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001.
The audio recording of that call — her relaying that two other employees had been stabbed, that they couldn't get into the cockpit and didn't know who was in there, that someone had sprayed something into the air, the long stretches of silence on the other end of the phone as her listeners seemingly struggled to fully absorb what they were being told — is part of an online timeline that attempts to give a sense of order to that most chaotic of days.
The timeline, put together by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and launched Wednesday, incorporates audio recordings from phone calls on that day, oral histories from survivors and eyewitnesses and graphic photographs and video snippets arranged in chronological order. Viewers can use social media including Facebook and Twitter as well as e-mail to share links to the site and to particular photos and videos.
The timeline starts at 5:45 a.m., with photographs of hijackers Mohammed Atta and Abdulaziz al-Omari passing through airport security in Maine for a flight to Boston, where they would board Flight 11. It ends at 8:30 p.m., with President George W. Bush addressing the nation.
Along the way, it outlines the departures of all four fatal flights and shows images of their passenger manifests, video and photos of the World Trade Center's north and south towers after they were hit and heart-breaking moments such as when United Airlines Flight 175 passenger Brian Sweeney left a voicemail for his wife, Julie Sweeney.
"Jules, it's Brian. Listen, I'm on an airplane that's been hijacked. If things don't go well, it's not looking good, I just want you to know I absolutely love you," he said.
The timeline doesn't shy away from the starkest images of the day. In one video of the collapse of the south tower, an onlooker can be heard saying, "Oh, my God!" repeatedly as the tower falls. A video of the fall of the north tower carries a warning of mature language, as people can be heard screaming and cursing, including a man saying, "That's a (expletive) bomb!"
The president of the museum, Joe Daniels, said the project's organizers were sensitive to the nature of what they were presenting and took steps such as leaving it up to viewers as to whether they wanted to take closer looks at specific photographs and videos or listen to particular bits of audio.
"We are the institution that needs to preserve the history of what happened," he said. "That means taking on some of the difficult material. That means reminding people of some of the difficult stuff."
Charles G. Wolf, who lost his wife, Katherine Wolf, at the World Trade Center, said it was a good thing that the museum was putting this material out there.
"We don't want it to be sugarcoated," he said. "We want people to understand what it was like."
The images may be difficult for some Sept. 11 family members and others to look at, but they can choose not to, Wolf said. He contrasted that to what he expects the atmosphere will be like closer to the 10th anniversary in September, when it's likely images from the event will be more prevalent on television and elsewhere and will be more difficult for people disturbed by them to avoid.
"Unless you choose not to turn the television on, you're going to be hit by this stuff later this year," he said.
The destruction at the Pentagon, the evacuation of lower Manhattan and the few extrications of people trapped in the debris are all in the timeline, as are images of items including the dusty and dirty shoes that were worn by people as they left the stricken towers and political candidates' notices for the primary election New York City was expecting to hold that day.
Compiled from the museum's collection, the timeline is an effort to help people get a sense of how that life-altering day unfolded, Daniels said.
"It takes an incredibly chaotic day that changed the world and organizes it in a way that is accessible to large numbers of people," he said, pointing out, "No matter where you were, it was confusing."
The timeline's use of social media allows viewers to share it in a personal way, said Mike Lucaccini and Danny Riddell, founders of Archetype International, the San Francisco-area company that designed and developed it. If there's a particular moment of the day that someone wants to share, he or she can do that.
"It's such a personal experience for everyone," Lucaccini said. "A specific moment in time may mean something to someone in particular."
Alice Hoagland, who lost her son Mark Bingham on United Airlines Flight 93, is thrilled to be part of the timeline. It includes a voicemail message she left for her son, telling him that terrorists would probably be trying to use the plane to hit a site on the ground and to do what he could to prevent it.
"I would say go ahead and do everything you can to overpower them because they're hell-bent," she said in the message.
Reached Tuesday in Los Gatos, Calif., Hoagland told The Associated Press that she hadn't seen the timeline yet but that "it's a tremendously good teaching tool for people who want to understand the events of that day."
While the general content of the timeline is similar to material about Sept. 11 that has been seen before, the project organizers focused on trying to use specific items that haven't been in the public eye previously, said Jan Ramirez, chief curator at the museum.
"What we wanted to do was try to avoid the more iconic . material that has been out on the Web and in films," she said, in favor of "evidence that was documented by the everyday people who were entangled in this event."
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.
HAVE YOU SEEN IT YET? The Lod Mosaic: The Discovery of an Ancient Roman Mosaic (Now on view at the Metropolitan Museum until April!)
First discovered in 1996 during construction on the Jerusalem–Tel Aviv highway in Lod (formerly Lydda), Israel, this large and impressive mosaic floor has only recently been uncovered and was displayed briefly in situ to the public in Israel during the summer of 2009. Believed to belong to a large house owned by a wealthy Roman in about A.D. 300, the mosaic comprises a large square panel with a central medallion depicting various exotic animals and two rectangular end panels, one of which represents a marine scene of fish and ships. The floor, which adorned a richly appointed audience room, is extremely well preserved and highly colorful. It has now been removed from the ground and is being first exhibited to the general public here at the Metropolitan Museum. The Lod Mosaic is on loan from the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Center.
This four-minute video produced by the Metropolitan Museum from footage provided by the Israel Antiquities Authority documents the initial discovery of the Lod mosaic in 1996 and its lifting and conservation in 2009. The work in 2009 produced some dramatic results that shed light on the way the mosaic was laid some seventeen hundred years ago.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
DOG STAR says you will want to CLICK ON THIS PICTURE TO SEE IT LARGER! We will give you a guided tour of this 1941 photo and you will be amazed at how much has changed in this scene!
Start at the top left corner where you will spot a circular paved area in City Hall Park. Use your finger to trace this path:
Come down on the left along the street to the small domed building, that's at Park Row. The low black shed roof is where Pace University now stands. This roof covers the old elevated subway tracks of City Hall Station that went ACROSS THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE!
Next, locate the roof and tracks just to the right and it brings you down the lower center behind the tall Municipal Building. This is the old elevated Bowery line and it will come to Chatham Station (no longer exists) slightly out of view off the picture.
Now, everything in that triangle between the two track lines (in the lower left of the photo) has been demolished to make way for what stands there today: One Police Plaza, Murry Bergtraum High School, Verizon tower and Chatham Green co-operative apartment - none of these newer buildings are shown in the photo since these were built after all the buildings shown in the picture were destroyed! You will also notice that traffic seems to be coming through the roadway directly beneath the Municipal Building - this is also no longer an active street since it now empties onto the plaza for police headquarters.
Finally, move to the lower right corner: See that pentagon-shaped building? That's the former city jail called "The Tombs" it was also torn down and replaced by another version (still standing today) in 1951.
Quite a time travel through changing New York City!
High 5 Offers $5 Tickets for New Show SPY GARBO with Incredible Special Effects to Make History Live & Murderers Come to Life!
Spy Garbo explores the narrative possibilities created by digital technology, trespassing the borders that separate stage, cinema, historical documentary, spy thrillers and political commentary. With a 130-foot curved HD screen and a full stage holographic video projection system, Spy Garbo takes the audience from history's limbo into the winding trenches of World War I, to the Spanish Civil War, along the Nazi hall of triumph, down the vast sewers of Vienna, and through WWII -- to decide what makes an iconic figure a hero or a villain. Visit www.3leggeddog.org for more!
HERE FOR $5 TICKETS AT HIGH 5