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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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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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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!
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Dog Star is excited about Monet's Garden at the New York Botanical Garden (more here). When Claude Monet (more on his life here) earned enough money from selling paintings in Paris he moved to the countryside village of Giverny (about an hour away). On this property he built a large house for his large family (children, wife, mistress, servants) and began a 40-year project to landscape his fantasy garden. He designed the ponds, the pathways, and introduced the specific plants that would bring out different colors at different times of year. It all became the source for some of his most famous paintings. In the Bronx - at the Botanical Garden - they're doing quite a few things to bring Monet's garden to us: inside the large conservatory they've recreated the "impression" of the cottage house with a small pond and footbridge. They have also planted seasonal flowers that mimic what you would see in Giverny. They also have artifacts on view as well as two of Monet's paintings of the garden.
We strongly recommend taking the Metro North "Getaways" package from Grand Central Station - unless your family lives in the Bronx and owns a car. The train stop is BOTANICAL GARDEN and the price of the ticket includes the train and the admission to ALL of the garden. Watch the video below for easy directions on how to take Metro North from Grand Central to the Botanical Garden. Monet's home in Giverny was the center of the French and American Impressionist painter colony - read more about it here. For more information on Metro North Getaways go here.
A reader asks: Why do you sometimes post the same thing several times? Dog Star responds: Once it's posted readers may or may not get the chance to go see or do something. We want to re-post to remind everyone of a terrific exhibition or activity!
Sunday, July 29, 2012
PAY JUST $1 - Go See London & NYC Street Photography @ Museum of the City of New York - Bring your friends!
Toulouse-Lautrec in the bordello he frequented in Rue des Moulins, shown with his paintings of its "residents", 1894.
One of the most spectacular accidents of the age occurred at the Montparnasse railway station: a train from Granville, traveling at somewhere between 40 and 60 kph, was unable to stop: it careered through the buffers, off the platform and through the façade of the building, from which it fell onto Place de Rennes below, 1895.
The actress La Pradvina, Avenue du Bois de Boulogne, 1911. Photographie JH Lartigue
Saturday, July 28, 2012
See below for workshops description and directions on how to sign up. We hope you'll decide to join us for the next two weeks.
Session 1: MONOLOGUE WORKSHOP and a PLAY Tuesday, July 31, 2:30 PM – 9:00 PM Friday, August 3, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM Taught by Theater TRaC Instructor Winter Miller
In this two-day workshop you’ll be producing an original monologue AND attending an Off-Broadway show under the guidance of veteran TRaC Instructor (and brilliant playwright) Winter Miller. On Tuesday, July 31st, you’ll learn the basics of creating an original monologue for the stage, do some theater/writing exercises, eat some pizza and then head over to Second Stage Theatre to see DOGFIGHT, a brand new musical about the last night out for three American serviceman about to be deployed. It’s a New York Times Critics Pick, so hopefully, you’ll be inspired and it’ll give you some ideas for your own stories……which you’ll be writing over the next few days! On Friday, August 3rd, you’ll bring in the writing you’ve composed and workshop/perform (?) the pieces with your fellow teens. You decide whether you’d like to film it, publish it on The High 5 Review, or lock it away for its eventual Off-Broadway debut. Someday, perhaps….
Session 2: TEEN REVIEWERS AND CRITICS WORKSHOP Tuesday, August 7, 3:00 PM – 7:15 PM Thursday, August 9, 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM Taught by Multi Arts TRaC Instructor Brian McCormick On Tuesday, August 7th, you’ll travel with veteran TRaC Instructor and New School Professor extraordinaire, Brian McCormick, from Chelsea across midtown for a range of art experiences that we know will blow your collective minds. You’ll choose a show or a piece of work to write about, comment on, Vlog about —- then, on Thursday, August 9th, you’ll workshop your writing and discuss the work as a group. Everyone’s work with be published on THE HIGH 5 REVIEW. A little about the exhibition pictured above: the largest sound installation to date by artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, "The Murder of Crows" is a compelling “sound play” that envelops the audience in an unexpected physical and aural environment. Moving and weaving through ninety-eight speakers mounted within the cavernous Drill Hall, the work narrates a captivating and confounding melodrama, investigating concepts of desire, intimacy, love and loss. The multifaceted soundscape uses a fluttering of voices and sounds, from crashing waves to the hubbub of a factory floor, to transport the listener to an unexpected dream-like world. The Armory’s presentation of "The Murder of Crows" marks the work’s U.S. premiere. And this is only ONE of the two art experiences you’ll have in this workshop. The other will be a surprise….. (what fun is it if we give everything away???)
HOW TO SIGN UP... Don't wait! There's limited space available! Check your schedule, make sure you are available, and then email the following information to Eric Ost, TRaC Program Director, at TRaC@high5tix.org: Session Choice: 1 or 2 (if you write BOTH, please indicate which is your preference) Name Age School Grade in Fall ’12 Cell phone number or other contact number And 3-sentence statement of interest (why are you interested in doing this??) There is LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE so sign up as soon as possible! Participants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis, and notified by phone. More detailed directions and info will be emailed after acceptance. Need more information? Visit the TRaC Homepage to learn more about the Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) progarm and for future updates about the 10-week Fall TRaC program. Additonal questions? Email the TRaC Director, Eric Ost at TRaC@high5tix.org.
Dog Star re-posts this from the NY Times:
For Money or Just to Strut, Living Out Loud on a Transgender Stage
By SARAH MASLIN NIR
Friday, July 27, 2012
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Do you feel that your work is optimistic?
No, I don’t feel my work is optimistic. Each piece of work is a condensation of my life.
Dog Star says take your friends to the Whitney this Summer to see Yayoi Kusama's incredible art show! It's FREE for teens!
At the center of the art world in the 1960s, she came into contact with artists including Donald Judd, Andy Warhol, Joseph Cornell and Claes Oldenburg, influencing many along the way. She has traded on her identity as an ‘outsider’ in many contexts - as a female artist in a male-dominated society, as a Japanese person in the Western art world, and as a victim of her own neurotic and obsessional symptoms. After achieving fame and notoriety with groundbreaking art happenings and events, she returned to her country of birth and is now Japan’s most prominent contemporary artist.
We will re-post this every two weeks until the exhibition closes to remind devoted readers to go see Kusama!