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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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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.
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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!
Thursday, June 30, 2011
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OPEN NOW! Go See "Pretty on the Inside" Art Show at Paul Kasmin Gallery in Chelsea (Bring your friends!)
FREE! OPENS TODAY! Go See Lyonel Feininger at the Whitney Museum for His Wild Way of Seeing the World (Bring your friends!)
DOG STAR knows there's so much art out there to explore, so we're glad the Whitney Museum (here) is introducing Lyonel Feininger to a whole new generation of art and culture fans. Lyonel had an unusual life - at age 16 he MOVED TO GERMANY to study art music (one assumes this is unusual since 19th century travel was more likely to be FROM GERMANY to NYC) and his life would never be the same. He essentially grew into his adult years as a German and was deeply influenced by the trends and culture around him. There's a nice presentation of his artwork with several samples of paintings at the Mid-Centuria Blog (here). Born and raised in New York, Lyonel (1871–1956) moved to Germany where he became one of the leading practitioners of German Expressionism and the Bauhaus. In the late 1930s, when the Nazi campaign against modern art forced him to flee back to New York after an absence of fifty years, his marriage of abstraction and recognizable imagery made him a beloved artist in the United States. Long acknowledged as a major figure of the Bauhaus, Feininger is renowned for his romantic, crystalline paintings of architecture and seascapes. Less well known are the whimsical aspects of his work: his pioneering comic strips; his figurative, Expressionist compositions; his photographs; and his miniature hand-carved wooden figures and buildings, known as "City at the Edge of the World." This retrospective is the first in Feininger’s native country in more than forty-five years, and the first ever to include the full breadth of his art. WHITNEY MUSEUM is ALWAYS FREE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS! EASY TO REACH at 75th Street & Madison Avenue, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. This exhibit is on view until October 16.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
- BrooklynThurs, June 2, 2011 – Thurs, Aug 4, 2011Click here for the full R&B Festival schedule.
This free outdoor summer concert series features an eclectic roster of legendary trailblazers and emerging musical visionaries of R&B and world music. More
- ManhattanTues, June 7, 2011 – Fri, Sept 2, 2011Click here for the full SummerStage 2011 schedule.
SummerStage presents an eclectic mix of the finest musicians, dancers and spoken word artists from around the world in an exciting series of both free and benefit performances. More
- ManhattanTues, June 7, 2011 – Fri, Sept 2, 2011Click here for the full Citywide SummerStage Festival schedule.
SummerStage presents an eclectic mix of the finest musicians, dancers and spoken word artists from around the world in an exciting series of both free and benefit performances. Concerts take place in parks in the Bronx, Red Hook in Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens and some parts of Manhattan. More
- BrooklynFri, June 10, 2011 – Sat, Aug 6, 2011Click here for the full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule.
This summer's free performances at the Prospect Park Bandshell span not only numerous Brooklyn artists and groups, but approximately 50 artists from across the United States, plus artists from across Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and other parts of the world. More
- ManhattanSun, June 19, 2011 – Sat, July 16, 2011Click here for the full River to River Festival schedule.
The River to River Festival is Lower Manhattan’s largest free summer arts festival featuring music, film, dance, theater, art and play elements in a variety of public venues that canvases the backdrop of Downtown New York. More
- ManhattanWed, June 22, 2011 – Sat, July 30, 2011Click here for the full Ice Factory Festival schedule.
Soho Think Tank's Ice Factory is an annual festival that presents plays by emerging and established downtown companies, as well as national and international groups. More
- ManhattanWed, June 22, 2011 – Wed, Aug 10, 2011Click here for the full Oval Lawn Series schedule.
Madison Square Park hosts this ninth-annual free music series, which presents performers in an eclectic range of genres, including folk, country, bluegrass and jazz. Concerts take place rain or shine at 6 pm (for double bills) or 7 pm (for single acts) each Wednesday from June 22 to August 10. More
- ManhattanMon, June 27, 2011 – Sat, July 16, 2011Click here for the full Midsummer Night Swing schedule.
Every summer, dance bands turn Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park into New York’s outdoor ballroom for pros and newcomers alike, with the electrifying sounds of swing, salsa, samba, tango and more. More
- ManhattanMon, July 11, 2011 – Thurs, July 28, 2011Click here for the full Summer Recital Series schedule.
The Met's Summer Recital Series, first presented in 2009, returns with six performances in the parks of all five boroughs. The series kicks off with a concert at Central Park SummerStage on July 11. More
- ManhattanThurs, July 14, 2011 – Thurs, Aug 11, 2011Click here for the full RiverRocks performance schedule.
RiverRocks is Hudson River Park's signature, free concert series staged on the Pier 54 waterfront adjacent to New York City's Meatpacking District (at 14th Street). The three performances this summer feature tUnE-yArDs performing with Austra, Metronomy with Class Actress, and Deer Tick with Dom. More
- BrooklynSat, May 14, 2011 – Sat, Sept 17, 2011Click here to view the Rock & Roll Summer film schedule. Free screenings of rock and roll films take place at the Coney Island Museum all summer from May 14–September 17, 2011. All tickets are $6. Doors open at 8 pm with pre-show entertainment, featuring classic drive-in trailers, short films, old commercials and more, begins at 8:15 pm. The feature begins at 8:30 pm. More
- ManhattanFri, May 27, 2011 – Fri, Aug 19, 2011Click here to view the Intrepid Summer Movie Series schedule. The USS Intrepid celebrates heroes from the movies with its third annual, free Intrepid Summer Movie Series on the flight deck. After the May 27 kick-off, dates are June 24 to August 19. More
- ManhattanMon, June 20, 2011 – Mon, Aug 22, 2011Click here to view the Bryant Park film schedule. For the 19th year, Bryant Park hosts outdoor film screenings at sunset on Monday evenings. Snacks, meals and refreshments are available at Bryant Park food kiosks and restaurants. The lawn opens at 5 pm. More Alliance for the Arts, Summer 2011, summer film festivals
- ManhattanThurs, June 30, 2011 – Thurs, Sept 1, 2011Click here to view the Tompkins Square Park film schedule. This free movie series in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village, running on Thursdays from June 30 to September 1, is sponsored by EPIX. More
- QueensWed, July 6, 2011 – Wed, Aug 17, 2011Click here to view the Outdoor Cinema 2011 film schedule. These free, Wednesday film screenings offer ample grass on which to stake out a claim with a blanket or a chair, performances by local musicians and dancers (at 7 pm) and international films on a large-format screen—all set against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline. More
- ManhattanWed, July 6, 2011 – Wed, Aug 17, 2011Click here to view the RiverFlicks film schedule. RiverFlicks for Grown-Ups returns for another summer. This year, the free outdoor film series is screening blockbuster films from 2010, giving everyone a chance to see last year's hits that they may have missed, or maybe just want to watch again. More
- BrooklynWed, July 6, 2011 – Wed, Aug 10, 2011Click here to view the McCarren Park film schedule. This free movie series in McCarren Park, running on Wednesdays from July 6 to August 10, shows classic hits from the 1990s with two outliers, Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) and Ghost World (2001), thrown in for good measure. More
- BrooklynThurs, July 7, 2011 – Thurs, Sept 1, 2011Click here to view the Movies with a View schedule. The 12th season of Brooklyn Bridge Park's movie series takes place this summer on Thursdays at Pier 1's Harbor View lawn. Each screening consists of a New York-themed movie, a short film curated by BAMcinématek, DJs from Brooklyn Radio to kick off the evening and bike valet parking provided by Transportation Alternatives. More
- ManhattanWed, July 13, 2011 – Wed, Aug 17, 2011Click here to view the Movies Under the Stars schedule. Riverside Park's Pier 1 at 70th Street plays host to a chronological (and free) series of horror films spanning the 1930s-90s. Movie goers can bring a picnic, if desired. The outdoor screenings begin at sunset. More