Dog Star / A Creative Arts Guide






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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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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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!

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Go See Elaine Jackson's PUBERTY RITES - Bring your friends and family!

Dog Star knows the playwright and has seen early drafts of this wonderful new play!  Elaine Jackson, one of America's smartest talents, has written a play that needs to be seen by teens and their families.  Why?  Because these two teens - Keesha and Vesna - discover their worlds are not so different until the differences threaten to crush their friendship.  Two teenage girls, one Black and the other white, attempt to navigate the turbulent waters of growing up female in America. The contrasting outcomes bear grim witness to the continuing legacy of racism in America.  Tickets are available at the theater website (more here) - tell your family and friends!
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays and Sundays at 2PM.  The opens on October 27 and plays until November 20, 2011.

Dog Star Selects Kevin Hart's "Third Ball"

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Commercial with Surprise Ending

Dirt Devil-The Exorcist from MrPrice2U on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Dog Star Selects Faile @ Bowery & Houston Mural

Dog Star reports that artist collective Faile has contributed to the famed wall on the corner of Bowery and Houston in Manhattan. The large scale piece adds some color to the busy intersection, incorporating a very eclectic motif with layered pieces that include imagery seen from the Brooklyn-based art collective in the past. This distinct location has been home to murals by many other artists such as Shepard Fairey, Barry McGee, Os Gemeos and at one time a Keith Haring tribute.

The View from Dog Star's Kitchen Window

Haunted House Where Frights Come from AIDS, Abortion and DWI

Halloween Thriller - Really good! Watch the whole video!

Discover Great Photography @ ICP in Midtown

Dog Star sometimes wonders: How will we see everything offered this season?  We won't, of course, but we will try to get to the shows that will surprise us or show us something fresh and new.  We are good for a few years on seeing anything at all like the Alexander McQueen show.  It was so intense and overwhelming and in the context of Lee's suicide all the more heartbreaking.  Photography shows are often so varied and so diverse, though, that we could never tire or feel despair from them.  ICP in Midtown (more here) offers three medium-sized shows and we think at least one or more of them will appeal to our devoted teen readers - all on view until January 8, 2012.  ICP IS EASY TO REACH AT 43rd STREET & 6th AVENUE - GO ON FRIDAYS AFTER 5pm AND PAY JUST $1!
Remembering 9/11
In commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the International Center of Photography is collaborating with the National September 11 Memorial Museum on Remembering 9/11, a major exhibition of photography and video that addresses the issues of memory and recovery from disaster and explores how New Yorkers and volunteers from across the U.S. responded to this inconceivable tragedy.
Harper's Bazaar: A Decade of Style
In the ten years since Glenda Bailey became Editor in Chief of Harper's Bazaar, she and Creative Director Stephen Gan have carried on the magazine's tradition of publishing high-impact photography. This exhibition distills that decade into a 
choice group of nearly thirty images by some of the most important photographers working today, including Peter Lindbergh, Jean-Paul Goude, David Bailey, William Klein, Patrick Demarchelier, Sølve Sundsbø, Tim Walker, Mario Sorrenti, Hiro, Melvin Sokolsky, and Karl Lagerfeld. Among the artists represented are Nan Goldin, Ralph Gibson, and Chuck Close.
Signs of Life: Photographs by Peter Sekaer
The Danish documentary photographer Peter Sekaer (1901–1950) was one of the key contributors to U.S. government 
photographic projects during the Great Depression. Sekaer photographed alongside Walker Evans in the American South during the Farm Security Administration years, and photographs by the two are sometimes indistinguishable.


Dog Star Selects Nike Dunk Ceramic Sneakers, an Unusual Form of Modern Sculpture

DOG STAR knows sneaker heads will find these amusing. Korean artist Kang S. Lee has recently designed a sculpture collection that is particularly intriguing. Inspired by the Nike Dunk sneaker designs, the artist sculpted a series of similar ceramic pieces. But this is just the beginning. Lee is planning on making 50-100 such models and is also considering replicas of other famous brands, such as Vans Original, Converse, and Adidas Superstar. Here is a statement from the designer: My sneaker project, modeled from a limited edition of Nike Dunk from my own collection, participates in the urban sneaker culture through the creative possibilities of the sneaker-form. It also challenges its extremely fast-changing and fame focused scene by using ceramics, one of the most traditional and labor-intensive mediums. Viewers will be able to enjoy the details and patterns on the ceramic sneakers, whilst being able to question what is behind the form by observing the various deformations of the pieces that often engage our emotions.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

FREE! OPENS TODAY! Go See Great American Photographer Nan Goldin Paired with Classic Images from the Louvre in Paris - Bring your friends!

Dog Star is excited to go see this incredible new show of photography at Matthew Marks Gallery (more here) by Nan Goldin called "Scopophilia."  A term that means "love looking or gazing, like a voyeur."  Nan is one of the most famous and interesting post-World War II American photographers and has been influential on a generation of younger photographers who have copied her gritty, raw and very personal style.  It's exciting to see her go in new directions and this time she gets to pair older images with newer ones for interesting and engaging combinations.  Scopophilia, which consists of over 400 photographs culled from Goldin’s career, pairs her own autobiographical images with new photographs of paintings and sculpture from the Louvre’s collection. For example, in the pair of images at the top, she pairs her own image at left with one with similar theme and composition from the Louvre's painting collection.  Organized around themes of love and desire, Scopophilia, which means “the love of looking,” reflects on Goldin’s intensely personal photographs, as well as the unique permission given to the artist to photograph freely throughout the Louvre Museum. Of this project, Goldin explains, “Desire awoken by images is the project’s true starting point. It is about the idea of taking a picture of a sculpture or a painting in an attempt to bring it to life.”  Here is a story about it online when the exhibition was in Paris last year (more here).  On view from October 29 until December 23, 2011.  Open Tuesday through Saturday 11am-6pm.  Matthew Marks is EASY TO REACH at 522 W 22 Street, New York, NY 10011 between 10th and 11th avenues.  While you are in Chelsea, be sure to visit The High Line Park nearby (more here).

The Crevasse (Making of 3D Street Art)

OPEN NOW! Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties at the Brooklyn Museum (Bring your friends!)

Brooklyn Museum
October 28, 2011–January 29, 2012
Dog Star knows there is so much to see this Fall that it will be tough to see a lot the great shows (remember those long lines when McQueen closed in August at the Met?)  Dog Star says GO EARLY, GO OFTEN.  Why is this show important and entertaining?  It's a great way to time travel and discover a time when America was in a much better mood.  Brooklyn Museum (more here) welcomes teens and it's open late on Thursday nights (pay just $1!).  How did American artists represent the Jazz Age? The exhibition Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties brings together for the first time the work of sixty-eight painters, sculptors, and photographers who explored a new mode of modern realism in the years bounded by the aftermath of the Great War and the onset of the Great Depression. Throughout the 1920s, artists created images of liberated modern bodies and the changing urban-industrial environment with an eye toward ideal form and ordered clarity—qualities seemingly at odds with a riotous decade best remembered for its flappers and Fords.  Artists took as their subjects uninhibited nudes and close-up portraits that celebrated sexual freedom and visual intimacy, as if in defiance of the restrictive routines of automated labor and the stresses of modern urban life. Reserving judgment on the ultimate effects of machine culture on the individual, they distilled cities and factories into pristine geometric compositions that appear silent and uninhabited. American artists of the Jazz Age struggled to express the experience of a dramatically remade modern world, demonstrating their faith in the potentiality of youth and in the sustaining value of beauty. Youth and Beauty will present 140 works by artists including Thomas Hart Benton, Imogen Cunningham, Charles Demuth, Aaron Douglas, Edward Hopper, Gaston Lachaise, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Luigi Lucioni, Gerald Murphy, Georgia O’Keeffe, Alfred Stieglitz, and Edward Weston.

FAME Festival 2011: Ericailcane Mural

Friday, October 28, 2011

HAVE YOU SEEN IT YET? Discover One of the Kings of Post-War American Art: de Kooning on View Now at Museum of Modern Art

DOG STAR knows this artist's work very well and is excited about the opportunity to see so much of the work together in one place.  Devoted readers who have been enjoying the art education from this blog will make a point of seeing this incredible new exhibition at the Museum of Modern art (more here). This is the first major museum exhibition devoted to the full scope of the career of Willem de Kooning (more here), widely considered to be among the most important and prolific artists of the 20th century. The exhibition, which will only be seen at MoMA, presents an unparalleled opportunity to study the artist’s development over nearly seven decades, beginning with his early academic works, made in Holland before he moved to the United States in 1926, and concluding with his final, sparely abstract paintings of the late 1980s. Bringing together nearly 200 works from public and private collections, the exhibition will occupy the Museum’s entire sixth-floor gallery space, totaling approximately 17,000 square feet. Representing nearly every type of work de Kooning made, in both technique and subject matter, this retrospective includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints. Among these are the artist’s most famous, landmark paintings—among them Pink Angels (1945 and shown above in this post), Excavation (1950), and the celebrated third Woman series (1950–53)—plus in-depth presentations of all his most important series, ranging from his figurative paintings of the early 1940s to the breakthrough black-and-white compositions of 1948–49, and from the urban abstractions of the mid 1950s to the artist’s return to figuration in the 1960s, and the large gestural abstractions of the following decade. Also included is de Kooning’s famous yet largely unseen theatrical backdrop, the 17-foot-square Labyrinth (1946). ALWAYS FREE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!

America's Got Talent - Silhouettes

Before there was "Superbad" there was "The Breakfast Club"

At right:  Matthew Broderick as Ferris in scene from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" when he leads the parade in downtown Chicago.

DOG STAR says that before "superbad" there was "The Breakfast Club" and many other '80s films by director John Hughes.  The death '80s film director John Hughes (heart attack) brings back memories for those of us raised on the director's eight films.  The best ones and all available on DVD:  The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The haircuts, the music, the clothes — it’s all there, and also something of the buoyancy and confusion of being young in those days when VCRs were still a novelty, and vinyl records were not yet obsolete, when text was not a verb, and the potential of the Internet was something not even the nerds of Weird Science could intuit.  More...

Thursday, October 27, 2011

FREE! Go See CREEPY Artwork at Last Rites Gallery - Bring your friends!

Dog Star knows devoted readers who like Tim Burton will rush to this FREE art show at Last Rites Gallery for it’s fourth annual The 13th Hour group exhibit celebrating the spirit of the Halloween season.  In it’s annual exhibit, Last Rites sets out to present a broad-spectrum representation of Dark Surrealism. Held during Halloween weekend, the show is the gallery’s largest group exhibit, and features renowned artists from around the globe- working in an array of mediums including painting, photography, and sculpture. From gothic elegance to finely crafted grotesquery, the beauty within the darkness is embraced and brought into the spotlight. We especially like Leslie Ditto's work (more here) and Sarah Joncas (artist in this post and more here) and so many artists are included you will find a few to like yourself.  Last Rites Gallery is EASY TO REACH at 511 W. 33rd Street between 10th & 11th Avenue (3 blocks from Penn Station), 3rd floor, New York, NY 10001.  Open Tues-Sat 2-9pm, Sun 2-6pm.  On view NOW until November 27th!  Plan to see it with your friends!  More here!

FREE! Youth Poetry Slam @ Cooper Union SAT NOV 5 - Bring your friends and arrive early!

Come watch NYC youth compete in the final round of the #YouthpoetlaureateSlam to gain their own BOOK DEAL and earn the title of 2012 NYC Youth Poet Laureate SAT. Nov. 5th, 7pm The Great Hall at Cooper Union 7 East 7th Street (at 3rd Avenue) FREE to the public.  More here!


Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Imaginary Dog Star Soundtrack: We're bumpin' to Andy Grammer's "Keep Your Head Up"

Dog Star Selects Painter Cat M.T. from Portland

DOG STAR really likes the fresh voice of this visual artist from Portland, Oregon.  Cat M.T. (or Catherine  M. Thompson) is a young painter living and working in the live music scene and also creates posters, t-shirts and band artwork.  Find out more and see her work here - read her inspiration page, too!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Discover Heroic Africans in Major Met Museum Exhibit - DO NOT MISS IT! Bring your friends!

Dog Star knows that sometimes African art is a struggle for people because context is often missing from the viewing:  What am I looking at, exactly?  How was this object used? Who made it? What does the tradition look like with this object (mask, bowl, headdress) in a ceremony?  The Met Museum now presents a remarkable exhibition that literally puts names to faces by identifying the African leaders whose portraits are seen in these figures, masks and sculptures.  DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW!  The Met is EASY TO REACH at 82nd Street 7 5th Avenue and ALWAYS FREE FOR H.S. students.
Heroic Africans: Legendary Leaders, Iconic Sculptures
September 21, 2011–January 29, 2012
This major international loan exhibition challenges conventional perceptions of African art. Bringing together more than one hundred masterpieces drawn from collections in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Portugal, France, and the United States, it considers eight landmark sculptural traditions from West and Central Africa created between the twelfth and early twentieth centuries in terms of the individual subjects who lie at the origins of the representations. Analysis of each of these considers the historical circumstances and cultural values that inform the artistic landmarks presented. The works featured are among the only tangible links that survive, relating to generations of leaders that shaped Africa's past before colonialism, among the Akan of Ghana, ancient Ife civilization and the Kingdom of Benin of Nigeria, Bangwa and Kom chiefdoms of the Cameroon Grassfields, the Chokwe of Angola and Zambia, and the Luluwa, Hemba, and Kuba of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Harnessing materials ranging from humble clay, ubiquitous wood, precious ivory, and costly metal alloys, sculptors from these regions captured evocative, idealized, and enduring likenesses of their individual patrons whose identities were otherwise recorded in ephemeral oral traditions. Read more about the exhibition here.  Shown above in this post: Commemorative figure (detail), 19th–early 20th century. Hemba peoples, Niembo group; Sayi region, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Private collection.

Pumped Up Kicks (Dubstep)

Discover the Frick

DOG STAR enjoys Sunday afternoons at The Frick Collection (more here) and it's a perfect spot for a quiet date with a special person or just go with friends.  Remember our DOG STAR ADMISSION TIP: Pay $1 every Sunday from 11am-1pm! (The Frick's policy is "pay-what-you-wish" during these hours!)

Dog Star Time Machine: Oh, to be a bug on the wall when these people met in a room!

DOG STAR found these images on a tmblr called "Awesome People Hanging Out" (more here)

Above:  Simone de Beauvoir, Jean Paul Sartre and Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara (Cuba, 1960)

Above: Madonna, Sting and Tupac

Above: Bob Marley, Mick Jagger and Peter Tosh

Above: William S. Burroughs and Kurt Cobain

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Discover UK Singer Will Young - "Come On"

DON'T MISS IT! Dog Star Selects Rashaad Newsome's "Herald" @ Marlborough Gallery - Free and bring your friends!

Dog Star knows many devoted readers will enjoy Rashaad Newsome's new exhibition at Marlborough Gallery in Chelsea (read the press release here).  For his first solo exhibition at Marlborough Chelsea, Rashaad Newsome will debut a series of new collages, videos and installations, as well as a performance to be held on November 2nd in conjunction with Performa 11. The exhibition, entitled Herald, represents the continuation in the artist's fictive quest to attain the status of King of Arms.  He blends hip hop imagery with medieval arts to create modern "coat of arms" - one of them features a tribute to Niki Minaj called "Black Barbie" (of course).  Our favorite is the collage-on-canvas piece "Let Them Eat Cakes" - shown above - and an obvious reference to all things booty-licious.  Definitely click on the image to embiggen to see the "cake" details!  See more images from the exhibition here!  We first saw Newsome's video work in a P.S. 1 show and more video is include din this new gallery show.  The New York Times has also "discovered" Newsome (read the article here) and one of the most interesting things he says in the article is about the lack of visual art in hip hop culture, "...he expressed frustration that, aside from the Warhol and Basquiat references in Jay-Z and Kanye West’s album “Watch the Throne, the art scene is not part of mainstream hip-hop culture. “You start to meet these collectors and things like that — there’s so many people in the world of my reference point that don’t participate in that,” he said, “and I would like for them to participate. I think it would really drastically change the artwork.”  In his studio, surrounded by cutout images of booties and gems, heads of rappers 
and gold chains, he voiced a quiet hope that his work would serve as an invitation. As he makes his way to being a self-appointed king of arms, that, he said, is part of his quest."  Of course, as everybody knows visual art has always had a primary place in hip hop culture with the advent of graffiti and street art in the 1970s.  We do agree with Newsome that it has gone off in it's entirely own direction and hip hop itself no longer seems to have a place for visual culture.  On the NY Times website is a video called "Swag the Mix Tape" and features Newsome's digital "samples" made in collaboration with dancers and musicians.  The first piece called "Rain Has Fallen" is an obvious visual reference to Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair" song and video.  Newsome's version is dark and foreboding like something treacherous is about to happen to the woman in the video.  See it here!  Marlborough Gallery is EASY TO REACH AND ALWAYS FREE at 450 West 25th Street between 10th & 11th avenues - take trains to 23rd Street and walk west. Open Tuesday through Saturday 10am-5:30pm.  This exhibition is on view only until December 3, 2011.  Don't miss it!

FREE! Thursdays is FREE Day at Museum of the Chinese in the Americas

DOG STAR stopped by this new small museum recently and we want to remind devoted readers that the Museum of the Chinese in the Americas is a wonderful place to visit (more here).  And Thursdays is still the free day from 11am-9pm!  Only a few blocks from Canal Street, it's an easy and engaging way to spend some after-school time!  "With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America," MOCA’s new core exhibit, will bring to life the Museum’s unique historical content and birth a compelling art work by fusing itself with the architectural heart of its new home designed by Maya Lin (more here) on Centre Street. Metaphorically and literally, this “heart” will ground visitors, and be the focal point of the “new MOCA experience.” This presentation is an innovative approach to museum and exhibition design. It will facilitate a new way of interacting with content: through the evocative use of space that stirs visitors’ emotions and breaks down barriers to deeper learning and understanding.


A God that can be understood is no God. Who can explain the Infinite in words?
W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Monday, October 24, 2011

FREE! Celebrate Latina Writers!

Wednesday, November 9, 7:30 PM
Greenlight Bookstore - 686 Fulton Street (at South Portland) Brooklyn, NY 11217 (718) 246-0200
Hours: 10 AM - 10 PM Every Day!
Latina Voices: Sharing Our Experiences
Featuring Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa, author of Daughters of the Stone; Lyn Di Iorio, author of Outside The Bones; Toni Margarita Plummer, author of The Bolero of Andi Rowe
Introduction by Tracy Y. Smith
In observation of Puerto Rican Heritage Month in November, Greenlight is honored to host three authors who share the unique life experiences of Latin women as reflected in each of their books. Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa's Daughters of the Stone details five generations of Afro-Puerto Rican women from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. Outside The Bones, the debut novel by Lyn Di Iorio, weaves Afro-Caribbean history witchcraft rituals with the mystery of a woman's disappearance, creating a ghost story set in both present-day New York and Puerto Rico. And finally, Toni Margarita Plummer's debut collection of interrelated stories The Bolero of Andi Rowe gives an intimate account of one family's passage from the immigrant story to the American story drawn against a Los Angeles landscape. The authors will be introduced by Tracey Y. Smith, founder of the marketing agency More Than Words, which is hosting a series of Latino literary events throughout the season.

Go See Elaine Jackson's PUBERTY RITES (Opens this week!)

Dog Star knows the playwright and has seen early drafts of this wonderful new play!  Elaine Jackson, one of America's smartest talents, has written a play that needs to be seen by teens and their families.  Why?  Because these two teens - Keesha and Vesna - discover their worlds are not so different until the differences threaten to crush their friendship.  Two teenage girls, one Black and the other white, attempt to navigate the turbulent waters of growing up female in America. The contrasting outcomes bear grim witness to the continuing legacy of racism in America.  Tickets are available at the theater website (more here) - tell your family and friends!
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays and Sundays at 2PM.  The opens on October 27 and plays until November 20, 2011.

FREE! Cool Culture Offers City-wide Arts Programs for Families

Dog Star is real excite to discover Cool Culture - it's just the kind of program our city needs!  Cool Culture provides 50,000 underserved families with free, unlimited access to 90 cultural institutions—so that parents can provide their children with educational experiences that will help them succeed in school and life. Most families sign up by obtaining a Family Pass if your child's school is a Cool Culture partner.  Admission is usually free with the Family Pass.  Everything you need to know about the programs and activities is on the website.  On the site a video has "testimonials" including the rapper Fab 5 Freddy who remembers visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art when he was a kid growing up in the city. To learn more about Cool Culture, go here!

Wild World of Street Art in NYC

Imaginary Dog Star Soundtrack: We're bumpin' to BRASS IN POCKET by The Pretenders

Got brass in pocket 
Got Bottle, I'm gonna use it 
Intention, I feel inventive 
Gonna make you, make you, make you notice

Got motion, restrained emotion 
Been driving, Detroit leaning 
No reason, just seems so pleasing 
Gonna make you, make you, make you notice

Gonna use my arms 
Gonna use my legs 
Gonna use my style 
Gonna use my sidestep 
Gonna use my fingers 
Gonna use my, my, my imagination

'Cause I'm gonna make you see 
There's nobody else here 
No one like me 
I'm special, so special 
I gotta have some of your attention, give it to me

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Dog Star Time Machine: Brooklyn in the 1970s

Dog Star says this was originally on Gothamist (more here) and it's pretty interesting:  Travel back to New York City in 1974—these photos are all courtesy of the U.S. National Archives, and focus on what they deem "Inner City life" in both Manhattan and Brooklyn. The Brooklyn photos all include this text in their original captions: "Brooklyn remains one of America's best surviving examples of a 19th century city. Some of the best architecture survives in her 'worst' neighborhoods that haven't been demolished." How do you think that sentence would be written in 2011?  Original photo caption for pic above:  "Man Lounging on a Park Bench with His Radio on the Reis Park Boardwalk in New York City. 07/1974" (via the U.S. National Archives).

Discover Collage in "Connections" Series Online

DOG STAR likes this CONNECTIONS series on the Met Museum's website because it provides interesting insights into the art in their collection.  Each week the Met asks someone either on staff or a visitor to talk about the artwork that makes a difference to them or has some special appeal or quality that they appreciate.  Here for the CONNECTIONS on collage!  Here is a sample from the series (and in the Met's collection), a famous collage by British artist Richard Hamilton "Just what was it that made yesterday's homes so different, so appealing?" (1992):

Dog Star Selects Mayan Ruins in Mexico

More on Mayan culture and ruins here

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Scientist: Humans are less violent than ever (Really?)

Dog Star was struck by this headline on another website:  "Humans are less violent than ever."  Really?  Scientist Steven Pinker is interviewed in the magazine New Scientist (more here) - it begins:
What got you interested in the history of violence?
I was struck by a graph I saw of homicide rates in British towns and cities going back to the 14th century. The rates had plummeted by between 30 and 100-fold. That stuck with me, because you tend to have an image of medieval times with happy peasants coexisting in close-knit communities, whereas we think of the present as filled with school shootings and mugging and terrorist attacks.

Facebook Convo w/El (Rashaad Newsome @ Marlborough Gallery)

This is a slightly edited version of a convo in Comments after I posted about the Newsome exhibition on Facebook:
ME: just walked out of Rashaad Newsome at Marlborough in Chelsea - hybrid medieval arts and hip hop collage! Fantastic - very fun and inspiring! Top of his "game"!
EL: its open now?
ME: @El - make a point of getting over to Chelsea to see this exhibition - it's great! Then you come up with a collabo with the artist. Of course you can always swing by HIGH LINE Park while you are in that hood!
EL: well your white, and older, so i figured it was open to you before us, lmaooooo
ME: "open to you before us"? Who is the US?
EL: the young and the colored
EL: lmao i sound like i lived in the 60s
ME: Yeah - is that a new prime time show on the cancer of Black America B.E.T. "The Young & the Colored"? Tune in to find out how five struggling hip hop players in the rap game overcome the odds, bad bitches and gold diggers to rise to the top!
ME: Nah, I know about it FIRST 'cuz my name is SWAG and not because I'm white and "older."

ME: I guess if you wait for Hypebeast to tell you what to go see and buy you will be last to get it lmao.
ME: Damn I went in. LMAO.
ME: Sorry.
ME: LOL white America...
EL: each comment built a greater laugh, fuck you. we out to see it again soon my dude, hopefully we'll get in being that we are with you lol

Happy Birthday Bob Rauschenberg! - Pop Art King Would Have Been 86 Years Old!

Dog Star is a huge fan Robert Rauschenberg (more here) was born today, 22 October 1925. He was an American artist who came to prominence in the 1950s transition from Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art. Rauschenberg is well-known for his "Combines" of the 1950s, in which non-traditional materials and objects were employed in innovative combinations. Rauschenberg was both a painter and a sculptor and the Combines are a combination of both, but he also worked with photography, printmaking, papermaking, and performance.  He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1993.  Rauschenberg lived and worked in New York City as well as on Captiva Island, Florida until his death from heart failure on May 12, 2008. Do you agree with his comment that "A pair of socks is no less suitable to make a painting with than wood, nails, turpentine, oil and fabric"?  He used ANY materials he found, bought and believed would help him express his creative energy in a visual way - such as collage, combines, photostat prints and giant canvases.  We are a real fan of his "Gluts" (more here) because they use everyday objects (mostly wood and metal) and the artist's combining with paint makes for a fresh, new object.  Gagosian Gallery (here) on Madison Avenue & 77th Street welcomes respectful, quiet and gallery-ready teens (headphones off, cellphones silences, minimal talking) to enjoy a new exhibition featuring Bob's own artwork and works from his private collection including some of his best friends in a show called "The Private Collection of Robert Rauschenberg" opening November 3 until December 23, 2011.  
Where can I ALWAYS see Rauschenberg's art in NYC?
Metropolitan Museum of Art (here) - Galleries 923-925 on the second floor
Museum of Modern Art (here) - 4th floor gallery called "Painting & Sculpture II"

CURIOUS ABOUT THE TWIN TOWERS? The Twin Towers and the City @ Museum of the City of New York - Bring your friends!

Dog Star knows there will be many, many events and exhibitions around the city this Fall to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11.  This one will be different because the focus is on the physical space and the meaning of the loss of the Twin Towers in our skyline and in our daily lives.  The Museum of the City of New York knows that the towers were a powerful force in our lives and presents two visual art shows to express this in different ways (photography and painting) in a duo show called "The Twin Towers and the City."  Museum of the City of NY (more here) is EASY TO REACH at 103rd Street and Fifth Avenue.  On view until December 4.  Admission is $6 for students!
The Twin Towers and the City: Photographs by Camilo Jose Vergara
MacArthur award-winning photographer Camilo Jose Vergara’s four decades-long study of the World Trade Center captures the Twin Towers’ place in the history of the city, their colossal presence on New York’s skyline, and their surprising gracefulness. Beginning in the 1970s, the photographer repeatedly turned his lens on the towers from vantage points throughout the metropolitan area. The resulting images, showing Brooklyn, New Jersey, the Bronx, or Manhattan in the foreground with the towers in the distance, are a startling and poetic reminder of how ubiquitous the towers were in the landscape of city life, even in spots far removed from Lower Manhattan. The exhibition will also highlight multiple sequences – many never before exhibited -- showing changing views from the 1970s, 1980s, 2001, and 2011. Together, they document the remaking of the city's skyline as well as surrounding neighborhoods, shedding new light on the ever-transforming metropolis. 
The Twin Towers and the City: Paintings by Romain de Plas
The Twin Towers and the City features eight oil paintings by the artist Romain de Plas (1971- 2002). De Plas, trained at Brown University and the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, spent the year after September 11, 2001 painting this series of expressionist paintings – a tribute and a meditation on the events of that day – from his studio on Rivington Street in downtown Manhattan. The artist died suddenly before the series was complete, but the surviving eight paintings, never before exhibited, depict the towers in a range of moods, from calm to agitated, poignantly paying homage both to the buildings and to those who lost their lives there.