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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

HAVE YOU SEEN IT YET? Life doesn't always seem REAL, sometimes it appears SURREAL.

Dog Star says go see REAL/SURREAL at the Whitney Museum of American Art (more here) for a fantastic show American painters in the years just before, during and just after World War II (a surreal time in history already).  This exhibition, drawn entirely from the deep holdings of the Whitney Museum’s permanent collection, will focus on the tension and overlap between two strong currents in twentieth century art. Although the term “realism” has many facets, a basic connection to the observable world underlies all of them; the subversion of reality through the imagination and the subconscious lies at the heart of Surrealism.  It is on view until February 12.  Whitney Museum IS EASY TO REACH at 77th Street & Madison Avenue and ALWAYS FREE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, OPEN UNTIL 9PM ON FRIDAY NIGHTS.  Dog Star talks about two of the paintings in the exhibition below:

Marsden Hartley (1877-1943), The Old Bars, Dogtown, 1936. Oil on composition board

This painting, called "The Old Bars, Dogtown" by Marsden Hartley shows a fairly realistic (believable landscape) in mostly blue-green tones.  However, it does have these jagged "bars" - half-cut trees?  steel bars?  a broken cage of a giant beast? a trap that's been busted?  There is certainly some kind of enclosure formed by "old bars" like a fence.  This gives the painting a slightly off-kilter appearance, a little bit creepy because it's unknowable, really, what the full form and function becomes in this landscape.  What is clear is that it is not an entirely pleasant or idyllic landscape - the rocky terrain would be an uncomfortable setting for a picnic and there's not much view to love here at all except in the distance, beyond the row of trees there appears to be a calmer, gentler place free of this hardness and "cruelty" of subject.  The painting is perfectly comfortable - it's not "trying" to be a Salvador Dali painting (exclusively surrealism) or a Thomas Hart Benton painting (exclusively realism) and it's okay with itself and the world it shows.  We can also see this Hartley painting in another way when we know an important part of the painter's life story:  he was forced to live as a closeted gay man - he could never be fully comfortable in society and was forced to keep his desires, feelings and relations secret in case he was "exposed" and then  stigmatized and isolated by family and society.  We have always believed that a viewer can notice - with some insights - this troubled life in Hartley's paintings.  One of his most famous paintings is a portrait of his dead German army officer boyfriend.  Except it's not a typical portrait at all - to keep the man and the relationship hidden from view Hartley painted a military "masque" of banners, medals, insignia, numbers and initials (see it here).  It can be seen in person right now at the Met Museum as part of their Alfred Stieglitz show since it was owned by the gallery owner who was a good friend to Hartley.

George Tooker (1920–2011), The Subway, 1950. Egg tempera on composition board

In this painting - one of Tooker's most famous - we see a semi-realistic representation of the underground subway platforms (perhaps at 14th Street) that serve as the "middle plane" between the upper world (outside) and the subterranean world (subconscious? dream world?) of the subway tracks and trains.  The "cool" colors don't give away immediately that there is terror, paranoia, suspicion and potential danger present so strongly in nearly every corner of the painting.  This is a brightly lit subway station the better to be able to see ALL the figures and their eyes watching each other, watching the woman at center and watching us back (the viewer) and - us watching them.  And, yet, there is something slightly OFF about this "realistic image" in the way the figures and landscape have a "surreal" look and effect on the viewer.  We can easily begin with the woman at center in the red dress (color can always be taken for symbolic meaning - anger, hatred, blood, murder, violence, passion) and we have to say we usually avoid looking at her, perhaps because everyone else is staring at her and she looks visibly afraid of being there (in the center of all the attention).  Many people have written about how Tooker's paintings (and this one in particular) show the modern sense of alienation and isolation between people who have no more business with each other (as a community) and have only business that makes them consumers (buyers and sellers) in social transactions limited to he exchange of goods and money.  At this very moment captured in Tooker's painting, we wonder: What is everyone so afraid of getting caught doing or seeing?  What would happen if they walked up to each other and simply said, "Hello," and offered their hand.  Or a hug.  Sadly, we think Tooker's painting is just as relevant TODAY in 2011 as it was in 1950:  The terrifying lack of emotional and social interaction between the people in this painting is typically reflected in the subway platforms in our city every day.  For us this painting helps to remind us of something very important: I never want to become someone like the people shown in this painting.

Cool Urban Furniture: Bike Rack Shaped Like a Giant Comb

Dog Star thinks we should have bike racks like this one in new York City!  As seen on Monkeyzen, this wooden Giant Comb Bike Rack wights a total of 400 lbs and was ”handcrafted out of Mangaris using full mortise and tenon construction, while the hair is made from powder coated steel.” The project was achieved by the Knowhow Shop LA, as a public art installation for the city of Roanoke. We absolutely love this idea and hope to see many more similar projects in the future. After all, what better way to stir up the use of bicycles in the city, than providing residents with a cool and original infrastructure?

Carousel Horse Race

Monday, November 28, 2011

NYC Isn't Alone with Our Subway Ranters - Britain Has Racist Ones, Too! (How To Get Arrested In Britain)

Dog Star says this is pretty tough to watch. And the other passengers show incredible restraint in NOT physically assaulting this woman - perhaps because she is holding a child. We think she would get a serious World Star beat down if she acted this way on a train car in Brooklyn!  Before you watch it:  A British woman riding public transit has been charged with inciting racial hatred after her vicious rant was posted to YouTube. Police were told about the YouTube video called My Tram Experience, in which a woman with a child on her knee launches a foul-mouthed tirade against her fellow travellers. Swearing repeatedly in the two-and-a-half minute video, she accuses others on the Croydon Tramlink of not being British. Viewers disgusted at her comments brought it to the attention of the British Transport Police. Here in America, we have no such crime as "racially aggravated public order offence." I'm sure many of you wish we did. I'll admit, it's hard to remain a staunch free speech advocate after watching the below clip.

Dog Star Selects "Being American"

Dog Star says RUN, DON'T WALK to this fantastic new exhibition! FREE! FREE! FREE!  School of Visual Arts presents "Being American," an exhibition surveying responses by visual artists to some of the most pressing social issues in America today. Culled from various forms of contemporary visual culture, the works address topics ranging from recent environmental catastrophes to the pervading effects of the economic crisis; from the long shadow of 9/11 and two overseas wars to the home-front debates surrounding religious tolerance, gay marriage, capital punishment and firearms possession. Curated by Visual Arts Gallery Director Francis Di Tommaso, the exhibition (more info here) will be on view at the Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26 Street, New York City, from November 22 - December 21. Curator Francis Di Tommaso explains, "The twenty artists in this show have twenty stories to tell about the experience of being American today. Though many would not normally exhibit in the same venue-the work of some is almost never seen outside of the printed page-they all have immediately accessible and also exquisitely nuanced commentaries to make on American culture."  Gallery is open Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm.

Go See the "Radical Camera" @ The Jewish Museum - Bring your friends!

Dog Star knows there is so much to learn about the history of photography in New York City.  Happily for devoted teen readers and others, many photography shows this season help us discover more of the story and how NYC artists made art out of their urban experience.  One of these shows is called The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, 1936-1951 at The Jewish Museum (more here) on view from November 04, 2011 - March 25, 2012.  We look forward to seeing this show because it will provide images of "old New York" - the way it used to be before the world changed so much.  We especially like this image (shown at the right in this post) called "Butterfly Boy," taken by
Jerome Liebling in 1949 on the streets of Harlem.  The boy looks nervous and confident at the same time and has assumed a kind of superhero pose for the photographer with his caped jacket.  Here's what the museum says about the show:  In 1936 a group of young, idealistic photographers, most of them Jewish, first-generation Americans, formed an organization in Manhattan called the Photo League. Their solidarity centered on a belief in the expressive power of the documentary photograph and on a progressive alliance in the 1930s of socialist ideas and art. The Radical Camera presents the contested path of the documentary photograph during a tumultuous period that spanned the New Deal reforms of the Depression, World War II, and the Cold War.  The Jewish Museum is EASY TO REACH - you don't have to be Jewish to go there! - at 5th Avenue & 92nd Street.  Go on Saturdays @ 11am when it's FREE for everybody!

On Copying & Creativity

Everything is a Remix Part 3 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

Imaginary Dog Star Soundtrack: We're bumpin' to Simply Red's STARS - So many hearts are broken / A lover's promise never came with a maybe!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Private Home with Legendary History (Wright House for Sale)

Dog Star recently found out that Frank Lloyd Wright‘s “Kenneth Laurent” House is currently up for auction. The residence is located in Rockford, Illinois and was especially designed by the architecture legend for a wheelchair bound veteran, during the years 1949 and 1952. The one-story house showcases a lovely ellipse shape and occupies an area of 2500 square meters. Featuring three bedrooms and two bathrooms, the crib has flowing and gently curved spaces, perfect for family living. The Kenneth Laurent house displays a custom made interior design, with several intriguing items, all included in the sale. Some of the unique elements that this home comes with, are a pair of barrel chairs, panel armchairs, six hassocks, various tables, wrought iron fireplace grates, slatted wall lights and decorative screens. So if you are on the lookout for a one-of-a-kind residence, this genuine Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece can be yours, but it will take you back about $700,000.  While much of the house lacks the "bling" of newer homes, it's important to remember that many of the things we expect in a house today were introduced to American home design by Wright:  open floor plans, integrated indoor/outdoor living space, larger windows for enjoying the views and a general open-ness and removal of interior walls that make up the typical house of little boxes of rooms.  Wright is an amazing American - find out more here!

Discover Isamu Noguchi

DOG STAR missed his birthday last week but it's always a good time to mention Isamu Noguchi (Nov. 17, 1904-1988) - Japanese-American sculptor and designer (more here).  Noguchi was a vibrant presence in European, American and Japanese art for six decades, and he left many public works behind that can be enjoyed for free by all to this very day.  His mother was a white Kansas school teacher who met his father - a Japanese poet on the rise - in Southern California.  They had a brief affair, he returned to Japan and she remained in the States and gave birth to Isamu.  While still a young boy mother and son moved to Japan where he was ridiculed for being mixed-race. His mother, concerned about his formal education, sent him to a school in the Mid West at age 13.  He showed early talent for art and moved to NYC to study and later opened a studio. His most important life-changing moment (after many earlier ones) was a move to Paris where he worked as Brancusi's studio assistant and learned about abstraction in sculpture.  Noguchi would never go back to making art the same (traditional) way again.  We are lucky to have his former studio open as a public museum in Long Island City (more here) and many resources on their website to learn more about this great American artist.  Many will recognize the Red Cube on lower Broadway in lower Manhattan - one of his most famous works (but not his best).  Above: Isamu Noguchi with "Glad Day," ca 1930 photographed by Berenice Abbott (herself an impressive American artist - more here).

Go See Picasso's Drawings @ The Frick - Bring your friends! (Go on Sundays and pay just $1)

Dog Star knows that many people have one or more pre-conceived ideas about Pablo Picasso:  he was a womanizer (true). He was a giant ego who only cared about himself (possibly true).  He can't draw (definitely not true).  Most people have an image of Picasso's work in their mind that, more or less, matches the image shown in the photo at right.  This happens because people often have a very limited view of Picasso's work and may not know he covered nearly every visual media except filmmaking and photography.  He created work in ceramics, tapestry, sculpture, painting, printmaking, and even commercial product design (household good and rugs).  Picasso was a child prodigy who outgrew his father's tutoring in art before he was a teenager and, most likely, found academic drawing boring to do because he could do it so well.  Picasso is as influential on 20th century art as Steve Jobs's influence on 21st century technology.  Now we get the chance to see Picasso shine in drawing in this very special show now on view now at the Frick (more here) until January.  Make plans with your friends to see this show - it will change the way you think about Picasso and will definitely be an inspiration for your creative expression.  Click through to the Frick show and watch a video tour that guides you through the exhibition.  Small children under 10 years old are not allowed in the museum.  Best time to go is SUNDAY WHEN YOU CAN PAY $1 @ 11am and the Frick IS EASY TO REACH AT 70th STREET & FIFTH AVENUE (6 train to 68th Street & Lexington Avenue).  Here are some samples out of a hundred of Picasso's drawings from the exhibition:

The House of Vans “Andy Kessler Day”

Andy Kessler Day (2011) from NY Skateboarding on Vimeo.

Dog Star Selects Baryshnikov Dances Sinatra

Dog Star has watched Mikail Baryshnikov dance (awesome!) and he is considered one of the world's finest ballet and modern dancers. These days he runs his foundation and arts organization but we remember him when he performed shows like the one shown in today's video.  His dance partner is the amazing Elaine Kudo and the choreography is by Twyla Tharpe.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Poking Fun at Apple Marketing Suckas

Best line: "If it looks the same, HOW will people know I upgraded?"

Meet Photo Journalists and Women Featured as Young Girls in New York Times Photo

The Jump Rope Girls
Wednesday, November 30, 7:00PM
Brooklyn Central Library
Dweck Center (here)
Twenty-three years ago, Susan Hartman, reporting for The New York Times, profiled a group of talented jumpers on her troubled Brooklyn block. For the past two years, she has been documenting the amazing young women they’ve become (find out more here). Hartman will present the ongoing project, including two short videos, followed by an on-stage talk with the young women. Hartman has written for The New York Times, Newsday, and The Christian Science Monitor, often following her subjects for months. She teaches journalism and nonfiction at New York University, and is also on the faculty of the International Center of Photography (ICP).

Imaginary Dog Star Soundtrack: We're bumpin' to HERE COMES THE SUN by The Beatles (Plus two more covers!) - Proper credit to George Harrison!

Dog Star Selects Gloria Swanson's famous last scene in the film SUNSET BOULEVARD

DOG STAR knows many devoted readers are old-movie fans and some of you will know this film.  Norma Desmond, played by Gloria Swanson (here), is an aging movie star who lives in the past and blurs the lines between illusion and reality.  In one last attempt to reach her and get her out of her reclusive life, the studio pretends to film a movie in her home.  This scene is the source of the famous line, "Alright Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close up!" Which he does not give her, of course, and the director fades to a blur.

It is such a strange film to see in light of the current and excessive fascination with reality television.  The "stars" of today's reality TV shows are, like Norma, always ready for their close-up shot and have also blurred the lines between reality and illusion.  Some of the viewers have blurred these lines, too, and insist their watching "real lives."  Strange, indeed!

As an interesting, unrelated side note:  Gloria Swanson became a vegetarian in 1928 and was an early advocate for macrobiotic foods.  She was known to bring her own vegetarian meals to parties in a paper bag!


Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.
Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Tim Burton x Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

DOG STAR will be watching some of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and you, too, keep your eyes open for a balloon from director, artist, illustrator, photographer, and writer Tim Burton, whose retrospective exhibition recently showed at the LACMA. Last year, it was Takashi Murakami who grabbed the attention of art-loving parade-goers, this year it will be this B. Boy inflatable made from (according to Burton) the leftover balloons used in children’s parties at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, Frankenstein’s monster-style.

Poem for Thanksgiving

Fire Dreams
by Carl Sandburg

(Written to be read aloud, if so be, Thanksgiving Day)

I remember here by the fire,
In the flickering reds and saffrons,
They came in a ramshackle tub,
Pilgrims in tall hats,
Pilgrims of iron jaws,
Drifting by weeks on beaten seas,
And the random chapters say
They were glad and sang to God.

And so
Since the iron-jawed men sat down
And said, "Thanks, O God,"
For life and soup and a little less
Than a hobo handout to-day,
Since gray winds blew gray patterns of sleet on Plymouth Rock,
Since the iron-jawed men sang "Thanks, O God,"
You and I, O Child of the West,
Remember more than ever
November and the hunter's moon,
November and the yellow-spotted hills.

And so
In the name of the iron-jawed men
I will stand up and say yes till the finish is come and gone.
God of all broken hearts, empty hands, sleeping soldiers,
God of all star-flung beaches of night sky,
I and my love-child stand up together to-day and sing: "Thanks, O God."

ANOTHER MOVIE? Take a date to Brooklyn Museum - Open until 10pm every Thursday (Pay just $1 for admission and enjoy great art!)

DOG STAR likes these new late hours at the Brooklyn Museum (mostly because all the little kids are home in bed and they're not running through the galleries!) so you will be able to take a date here, too! Pay $1.00 (it's suggested contribution, so Dog Star "suggests" you pay $1 and do not hesitate to do it!)


Happy 3rd Birthday to Dog Star!

Dog Star began three years ago today!  The blog began as a way to spread the word about programs for teens to our classes in a Manhattan high school.  We're happy to still be doing this blog and wish we had more time to devote to it!  Let us know what you like and what you look forward to on this blog!  Email us at

Let the Arts Roam: El Mac + RETNA in L.A.

Let The Arts Roam from I Am Los Angeles on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Junot Diaz Answers Questions from Teen Writers

And now for one of our favorite pieces of writing advice in recent memory:
“You don’t become a good writer by only working on the pieces that smell good from the beginning.”
That gem comes from the wondrous Junot Díaz himself. You asked him about his writing process, how he creates complex characters, and for his thoughts on throwing around the occasional curse word. Check out his answers to those probing questions and more, sure to inspire you whether you’re working on a sweet-smelling tulip of a story or a particularly funky, malodorous tale.

EPIC FAIL for Psychic Drawing Man's Portrait (We think Psychics are fake anyway!)

Tattoos We Question

Dog Star is no fan of tattoos but we do LOVE bad tattoos.  Some recent discoveries include cheetah print on the shoulder to match underwear (Really?), Olde English lettering of the Serenity Prayer (here), gang tats, a chest-wide depiction of victory laurel wreath, fake Asian-inspired face tats with robe (Really?), a chest "x-ray" that reveals a rib cage and the owner's grandmother peeking through the bones? and, finally, our favorite:  the random "grim reaper-hearts and roses-ex-girlfriend's name on neck" tattoo.  All of this is presented to discourage any more thoughts of getting even the smallest tattoo.

Imaginary Dog Star Soundtrack: We're bumpin' to EVERYBODY EVERYBODY by Black Box

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Go See "Youth & Beauty" @ Brooklyn Museum (Bring your friends! Pay just $1!)

Dog Star is excited about seeing so many of our favorite artists in this exhibition.  The Brooklyn Museum (more here) will present the first wide-ranging exploration of American art from the decade whose beginning and end were marked by the aftermath of World War I and the onset of the Great Depression. Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties, which includes some 138 paintings, sculptures, and photographs by 67 artists, will be on view from October 28, 2011 through January 29, 2012 prior to a national tour.

American life was dramatically transformed in the years following the Great War, as urbanization, industrialization, mechanization, and rampant materialism altered the environment and the way people lived. American artists responded to this dizzying modern world with works that embraced a new brand of idealized realism to evoke a seemingly perfect modern world. The twenties saw a vigorous renewal of figurative art that melded uninhibited body-consciousness with classical ideals. Wheareas images of the modern body were abundant, artists represented American places and things as distilled and largely uninhabited arrangements of pristine forms. Encompassing a wide array of artists, Youth and Beauty celebrates this striking and original modern art and questions its relation to the riotous decade from which it emerged.

The first section of the exhibition’s two primary thematic sections is Body Language: Liberation and Restraint in Twenties Figuration, which investigates the realist portrait, naturally erotic figure subjects, and heroic types. Throughout the twenties, motion pictures, advertising, “healthy body culture,” and the theories of Sigmund Freud all contributed to an era of physical liberation, sensuality, and a near obsession with bodily perfection. Many artists celebrated the modern physical ideal in nude subjects that pictured the newly exposed body freed from conventional restrictions and empowered through fitness or liberating forms of dance. Artists also responded to the rising influence of urban black culture with representations of the idealized black body. Although startlingly direct, these images are also restrained in a way that suggests an uneasiness with the accelerated energy and action of modern life. Works that celebrate this controlled modern physicality include George Wesley Bellows 1924 Two Women, in which a nude and a fully clad figure are juxtaposed in a domestic setting; and Thomas Hart Benton’s 1922 Self-Portrait with Rita, which portrays the bare-chested artist beside his wife, who sports a daring body-revealing swimsuit. Works such as Alfred Stieglitz’s Rebecca Salisbury Strand, a voluptuous nude subject for which the wife of photographer Paul Strand served as a model, display a direct and frank sensuality. John Steuart Curry’s 1928 Bathers, a scene of robust male nudes cooling themselves in a water tank, channels heroic proportions and Renaissance ideals to foreground healthy physicality in an age of rampant automation and urbanization.

The new realism was also apparent in portraits that portray natural beauty with decisive clarity and assertive immediacy. Often cast in the format of the newly popular “close-up,” twenties portraiture emerged from a culture in which advertising prompted rigorous self-scrutiny and current theories of psychology suggested complexly layered personalities. The portraits on view will include Luigi Lucioni’s magnetic 1928 likeness of the young artist Paul Cadmus; Imogen Cunningham’s intimate photograph of the seminal writer Sherwood Anderson; and Romaine Brooks’s stark 1924 portrait of Una, Lady Troubridge, lover of the English novelist Radclyffe Hall.

The exhibition’s second half, Silent Pictures: Reckoning with a New World, explores subjects as diverse as still life and industrial and natural landscapes while highlighting their shared qualities of compositional refinement and muted expression. Painters and photographers depicted the ready-made geometries of industrial towers, stacks, and tanks, and the webs of struts and beams, with little reference to their utilitarian actualities or to human activity. In his masterful 1927 composition My Egypt, Charles Demuth transformed the functional architecture of a massive grain elevator complex into a transcendent composition swept by fan like rays. Charles Sheeler paid homage to modern engineering in his pristine 1927 photograph Ford Plant, River Rouge, Blast Furnace and Dust Catcher, commissioned by Ford’s advertisers. In George Ault’s 1926 Brooklyn Ice House, the artist’s reductive treatment of the industrial buildings and playful description of a black smoke plume result in a compelling combination of the modern and the naive.

Challenged by the sensory assault of the modern urban-industrial world around them, artists also portrayed American landscape settings as precisely distilled and largely uninhabited. Intent on maintaining their own individuality in a new era of mass-production and mass-market advertising, they described the features of more remote American places with a marked intensity and austerity. In Edward Hopper’s 1927 Lighthouse Hill, the forms of architecture and landscape are stripped of incidental details and cast in a transcendent raking light. Georgia O’Keeffe’s 1927 Lake George Barns (one of seven works by the artist in the exhibition), offers a similar hybrid realism, as does Ansel Adams’s 1929 photograph of the sculptural Church at Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico.

In their still-life compositions, American artists of the twenties applied a modernist penchant for essential form to exacting arrangements of insistently simple things. Objects as disparate as flowers, soup cans, razors, eggs, and cocktail shakers, appear in compositions that suggest the new tensions between the traditional and the modern in art and in life. Twenties images such as Peter Blume’s Vegetable Dinner, in which one modern woman enjoys a cigarette while her counterpart peels some humble vegetables, prompts consideration of the individual’s relationship to the larger material world. Imogen Cunningham’s 1929 photograph Calla Lilies embodies a precise, natural perfection akin to modern body ideals, while Gerald Murphy’s 1924 Razor employs a hard-edged billboard aesthetic to foreground the required accessories of the well groomed modern man.

Artist in this post from top to bottom: Gerald Murphy, Aaron Douglas, George Cadmus,  George Ault - All of these paintings are included in the exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum!



He was like a cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow.
George Eliot (1819-1880)

Dog Star Selects FULL BLEED X Ace Hotel

FULL BLEED x ACE HOTEL: Room #1022 (2011) from NY Skateboarding on Vimeo.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Mega '80s Band THE PET SHOP BOYS

Teen Town Hall for World AIDS day

Dog Star knows that many teens are active in your communities, schools and church groups.  This fantastic forum will give like-minded teens who want to live in a better world (free of fear, intolerance and disease) a chance to hear great speakers and to make new friends.  Thanks to Tyrone for the tip!
Teens Helping Each Other/AEP Presents World Aids Day 2011
Teen Town Hall Meeting
Speak Your Mind: Speak Out or Be Spoken For!
DATE: Friday, December 2nd, 2011
TIME: 5:30pm — 8:00pm
LOCATION: SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Health and Science Building
395 Lenox Road
Between East 34th Street & New York Avenue
CONTACT PERSON: Orissa Ramsumair @ (718) 270-3898 / Christine Rucker @ (718) 270-3203

Bee Yourself

Go See Carsten Höller: Experience @ New Museum on the Bowery - Bring your friends for lots of things to do!

Dog Star knows many devoted readers will really enjoy this exhibition at the New Museum (more here).  This Swedish artist Carsten Höller creates "museum environments" as a Conceptual artist.  What this means is he tries to find ways to alter the typical museum experience of "visiting and looking at art on the walls."  He is a former scientist who left his career in the lab in 1993 to be a full-time artist who explores interactivity, environments and participatory installations.  One of the things he will create at the New Museum is a giant slide like the one he did at the Tate in london (see videos below).  Here is how it is described on the museum's website:  "Functioning as an alternative transportation system within the Museum, one of Höller’s signature slide installations will run from the fourth floor to the second, perforating ceilings and floors, to shuttle viewers through the exhibition as a giant 102-foot-long pneumatic mailing system."  Basically he is going to build a giant slide - can't they just say that!  We have heard it will be a much safer experience than at the Tate and include helmets and other safety gear.  Be sure to go for the bruises.  As you can see in the videos the Tate is a giant space because it is a former power station.  Unfortunately, the New Museum is much smaller and will not be as open as the Tate space.  It will still be worthwhile and IT IS ALWAYS FREE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS and EASY TO REACH ON THE BOWERY JUST TWO BLOCKS SOUTH OF HOUSTON STREET.  Museum si on the corner of Bowery & Prince Street.  Opens October 26 until January 15, 2012.

See the city in a different light! Autumn in New York (Photo Set by John Berno)

More on Central Park here More on Bethesda Fountain (shown below) here - this fountain also plays an important role in the Tony Kushner play "Angels in America" / See opening scene of "Angels in America" in first two minutes here