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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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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.
“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!
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Dog Star is telling everybody to go see Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe at the Brooklyn Museum. Few artists hit you with a glammed-up multicolored retinal blast as shocking and smart as Thomas’s. Her massive landscapes and portraits embellished with rhinestones, enamel, and paint exude sheer aesthetic gall and visual intelligence. As part of her exhibition, Thomas will be debuting her very first documentary, Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman—a celebration of the artist’s muse and mother, Sandra Bush, who has often figured in Thomas’s photos and paintings. We like that teh exhibition includes small collage work, giant 12 foot canvases and small room installations in her signature 1970s-inspired colors and decor.
Mickalene is a Brooklyn-based artist who glorifies the African American female form and she shows off the form, beauty and elegance by referencing classic paintings and Blaxploitation films.
Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe at the Brooklyn Museum is EASY TO REACH by taking the 2/3 train to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum
Hours Wednesday: 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Thursday: 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Friday–Sunday: 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Pay just $1 (suggested contribution. OPEN LATE ON THURSDAY NIGHTS until 10pm!
Dog Star admires F.D.R. and knows he is an important man during the Great Depression and at the start of World War II. He is also the former governor of New York State. His family's estate north of New York City - Hyde Park - is open to the public and a great way to spend a Summer or Autumn Saturday with your family. Of course, F.D.R.'s wife - Eleanor Roosevelt - is also an important figure and she had a huge role in drafting the Universal Human Rights delivered at the United Nations.
It's been 40 years since New York has been planning a memorial park for 32nd President Franklin D. Roosevelt on the east end of Roosevelt island. Originally designed by Louis Kahn in 1974, New York's almost bankrupt economy put the project on hold until the release of the documentary "My Architect" when enough support was fostered to fund the completion of the project carried out by local firm Mitchell Giurgola Architects.
The triangular site of the 'FDR Four Freedoms Park' funnels visitors along a white granite plinth lined in linden trees to an open-air courtyard, at the entrance to which is thick block with a 28-inch bronze bust of FDR's head, sculpted by Jo Davidson, facing the united nations headquarters only 300 meters away. On the backside, the four freedoms speech is engraved as a symbol of the president's legacy to the building blocks of contemporary democratic principles. The project is planned to expand in the future, transforming a 19th-century small pox hospital to an auxiliary visitor center. The park is now open to the public.
Read more about F.D.R. here.
Go here for directions to the Four Freedoms Park!
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park is an enduring tribute to the life and work of President Roosevelt. In the late 1960s, during a period of national urban renewal, New York City Mayor John Lindsay proposed to reinvent Roosevelt Island (then called Welfare Island) into a vibrant, residential community. The New York Times championed renaming the island for President Franklin D. Roosevelt and constructing a memorial to him, remarking: "It has long seemed to us that an ideal place for a memorial to FDR would be on Welfare Island, which...could be easily renamed in his honor... It would face the sea he loved, the Atlantic he bridged, the Europe he helped to save, the United Nations he inspired."
FDR's Famous Speech on The Four Freedoms On January 6, 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered a speech that shaped this nation, now known as the Four Freedoms speech. He looked forward to a world founded on four human freedoms: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. Today, by building Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, we have the opportunity to honor this man and these essential freedoms.
PAY JUST $1 - Go See London & NYC Street Photography @ Museum of the City of New York - Bring your friends!
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Dog Star is excited about this giant Warhol exhibition now open at the Metropolitan Museum. Called "Regarding Warhol," it investigates the premise that Warhol has influenced younger artists. From the museum website: Commentators on contemporary art have often claimed that Warhol is the most influential artist of the last half-century. No exhibition, however, has truly examined that assertion in depth. The exhibition is built around five broad themes ranging from vernacular subject matter to celebrity portraiture to issues of sexual identity. The presentation will include approximately 150 works of art in a broad range of media across five decades. A quarter of the selected works are by Warhol, and they will be juxtaposed with key examples by some sixty leading contemporary artists. The show will be arranged as a series of thematic vignettes, not simply to demonstrate Warhol's overt influence, but to suggest how artists both worked in parallel modes and developed his model in dynamic new directions.
What's most interesting about this exhibition is that they will display Warhol's work alongside the artwork of other artists to show connections and influences. It will be a great opportunity to add to your art education by seeing these works together for the first time.
The Metropolitan Museum is EASY TO REACH at 82nd Street & Fifth Avenue and is ALWAYS $1 FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS - Easy directions: take 4, 5, or 6 train to 86th Street & Lexington Avenue and walk west to Fifth Avenue. Walk up the cashier desk, hand a one dollar bill and say, "One, please." You will be given a metal button to put on your shirt or jacket to wear while inside the museum. On view until December 31, 2012.
Monday, October 29, 2012
In praise of ... Junot Díaz
Dog Star says GO SEE Junot Diaz - It's FREE - Go here for more information.
Thursday, November 15, 7:30 PM
St. Joseph’s College, Tuohy Hall
October 23 - November 30, 2012
Open Monday - Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm
18 East 79th Street (between Madison and Fifth Avenues)
The gallery welcomes teens who are serious about exploring the art and agree to the following: remove all headphones, turn off cell phones, speak in a low voice and leave large bags at the front desk. Feel free to bring your friends who share your attitude and agree to be the very best teen art visitor!
From the gallery website:
Wayne Thiebaud is one of the most celebrated artists working today. Best known for painting everyday objects from gumball machines to bakeshop windows, Thiebaud uses tactile brushwork, saturated colors and luminous light for a range of subjects he describes as “people, places and things.” Although associated with Pop art of the 1960s, Thiebaud depicts subjects that reflect a nostalgia and reverence for American culture that sets him apart from the stark commercialism of Warhol and his contemporaries. Thiebaud takes a formal approach to issues of color, light, composition and space, stating that his only intention when he paints is to “get the painting to a point of resolution.” This formality lends itself to all of his many subjects and is one the reasons why the masterful quality of his paintings has remained consistent over sixty years. It is this consistency that Wilmerding hopes to highlight in the exhibition. "We are delighted to be representing Wayne Thiebaud, a major figure in the development of 20th century art whose work is just as relevant and impressive today as it was when he first gained critical acclaim in the early 60's," said Eleanor Acquavella.
Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920) lives and works in Sacramento, CA. He has been widely recognized for his achievements as an artist and has received various prestigious awards such as the National Medal of Arts from President William Clinton, 1994; the Lifetime Achievement Award for Art from the American Academy of Design, NY, 2001 and he was inducted into The California Hall of Fame in 2010 at The California Museum, Sacramento, CA. His work has been exhibited in major museums and institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne, Germany; Phoenix Art Museum, AZ and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA. Thiebaud’s works are also in permanent collections at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Crocker Art Museum, CA and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
‘Jazz & Colors’ to Fill Central Park With StandardsBy JAMES C. MCKINLEY JR.
The "Jazz & Colors" event is the brainchild of Peter Shapiro, the film producer and local concert promoter behind the Brooklyn Bowl and the Capitol Theater in Port Chester. It is being produced in partnership with the Central Park Conservancy, and Mr. Shapiro's company, Dayglo Ventures, is underwriting the production costs.
Mr. Shapiro said he hopes the event on Nov. 10, which is free and open to the public, will suffuse the park with jazz without temporary stages, fences, barriers, portable toilets and other trappings of large concerts. The project was inspired, he said, by "The Gates," the public art installation by Christo and Jeanne-Claude in February 2005 that involved 7,500 cloth-covered portals on the park's pathways.
"The goal is almost an audio version of 'The Gates,'" he said. "Jazz is the kind of music you can float around to. You can experience Central Park with a score."
The lineup has yet to be announced, but will feature big bands and small combos, emerging artists and established players, across a broad range of jazz styles, organizers said. They will set up and play at 30 well-known landmarks, among them the Naumburg Bandshell, the Delacorte Theater, the Harlem Meer, Duke Ellington Circle, the East Meadow and the Glade Arch. Other groups of musicians will play at the park's major entrances and next to several playgrounds.
Doug Blonsky, the president and chief executive of the Central Park Conservancy, said the concerts should lure people into parts of the park they may not have visited before. "This is a nice way to have people explore the park without inundating them with music," he said. "It's all going to be low-key, small performances, and small set-ups."
The organizers said they intend to separate the bands enough that a pedestrian strolling through the park will not be able to hear two combos at once, but will pass from one band's sphere of sound into another.
Brice Rosenbloom, a producer known for founding the Winter Jazzfest, is booking the acts for the Central Park event. He said the musicians are being asked to perform about 18 standards, all touching on autumn or the city as a theme. The set will include "Autumn in New York," "Take the A Train," "Nature Boy," and John Coltrane's composition "Central Park West."
The groups will play two sets, starting at noon and going to 4 p.m, with student soloists providing music between sets. As is to be expected in jazz, the interpretations of the songs will be all over the map, Mr. Rosenbloom said. "The majority of the groups will play the tunes in a recognizable fashion," he said. "Some will be a little more challenging. I have told every group we encourage them to put their own spin on the tunes."
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Marvels and Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986 and
Alt.Comics: Asian American Artists Reinvent the Comic
September 27, 2012 through February 24, 2013
Museum of the Chinese in the Americas (MoCA) - is EASY TO REACH at
215 Centre Street, New York (b/w Howard & Grand Streets; one block north of Canal Street)
By Subway N, R, Q, J, Z, and 6 trains to Canal Street; M9, M15, M103 buses.
CLOSED ON MONDAYS - Free on Thursdays - Go here for more!
MOCA is pleased to present two connected exhibitions that trace the complex relationship between Asian Americans and comics: Marvels and Monsters examines the history of stereotypical and politically charged depictions of Asians and Asian Americans, while Alt.Comics presents contemporary Asian American artists using the medium to craft and present their own narratives.
Marvels and Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986 — The William F. Wu Collection showcases a selection of potent and indelible images of Asians and Asian Americans in mainstream comics from four defining decades of American history. The images are placed in historical context and in a discourse with contemporary Asian American writers and creators including Ken Chen, Larry Hama, David Henry Hwang, Vijay Prashad, and Gene Luen Yang. The exhibition also contains elements designed to encourage direct engagement with the archetypes, such as life-sized cutouts that allow visitors to put themselves "inside the image" and an installation called "Shades of Yellow" that matches the shades used for Asian skin tones in the comics with their garish PantoneTM color equivalents.
Science fiction author and cultural studies scholar William F. Wu painstakingly gathered an archive of comics distinguished not only by its size and reach, but by its scope: It is perhaps the world's only, and certainly the largest, collection of comic books featuring images of Asians and Asian Americans. Marvels and Monsters draws from this important collection, recently donated with the help of A/P/A Institute to the NYU Fales Library & Special Collections.
Wu's archive offers a unique and fascinating look at America's evolving racial and cultural sensibility — showing how images that began as racist and xenophobic propaganda during times of war and nativist unrest have coalesced into archetypes that still define America's perception of Asians today.
Alt.Comics extends the conversation of Marvels & Monsters into the present, when sequential art has become a dominant cultural force and communications medium, driven in no small part by Asian American creators. The exhibition will explore how Asian Americans have used the comic book medium to both critique old representations and relate their stories to a wide audience, featuring new and early original artwork from artists Gene Luen Yang, Derek Kirk Kim, Thien Pham, Lark Pien, Jason Shiga, GB Tran, Jerry Ma, Larry Hama, Alex Joon Kim, and Christine Norrie.
The exhibition focuses on alternative and independent comics spaces, showing the work and relationships between different creators from this community. A specific focus will be the San Francisco Bay Area’s and New York City’s Asian American alternative comic scenes, which fostered some of the most talented and high-profile artists working today.
A library of notable works from all represented artists will be available for the visitor to browse. The exhibition will coincide with the launch of Secret Identities Volume 2: Shattered, a follow up to the groundbreaking original compilation using the comic format “to upend, re-envision, reimagine — to shatter — the distorted and negative images that have shadowed Asian Americans since the earliest days of our arrival in this country.” Secret Identities features many of the same artists in the exhibition.
Marvels & Monsters is curated by Jeff Yang and organized by the A/P/A Institute at NYU; it was originally exhibited at NYU Fales Library, and was recently shown at the Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia. Alt.Comics is curated by Jeff Yang for the Museum of Chinese in America.
Jeff Yang is a cultural studies scholar and the editor of Secret Identities; he writes a column for the Wall Street Journal online called Tao Jones.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Dog Star likes these kinds of exhibitions because they teach us about the real connections between cultures. In this case, the Met's new exhibition "African Art, New York, and the Avant-Garde" shows how African artifacts and objects influenced the ways modern artists made their paintings and sculptures. We have heard people say "modern artists stole from African art" and "African artists were doing 'modern art' before Picasso and others." These are misguided statements because they make some faulty assumptions. Let's take a look at these assumptions and the truths behind them:
African artists were NOT doing 'modern art' before Picasso and others. Modern art is a term invented by European art critics and art historians. No artist ever called himself or herself a 'modern artist.' No African artisan who created masks, sculptures, pottery or totems was ever creating what we call "art." So it is impossible to label any African art or artisan as "modern art" or as a "modern artist."
It is important to understand that African cultural objects are ALWAYS intended to be used in an active role in a ceremony. Art objects (paintings, sculptures, tapestries, pottery) are solely intended to be appreciated, studied and admired for their artistic qualities. So this is an important distinction. Members of an African tribe were not called "artists" in the way makers of art objects in Europe and America (referred to as "Western") are called artists. In fact very often it isn't even known who made an object such as a mask because that kind of "authorship" or claim to artistic ownership is a Western concept. A member of an African tribe was trained and worked his entire life to make masks for certain ceremonies. He didn't "sign" the back of the mask so others know he takes credit for it. It is only in the very late 19th century when ethnographers and other colonial "explorers" visited tribes that actual people could be identified as the maker of an African object.
Now, when African OBJECTS began to arrive in Europe and were put on display so that the general public could see them, people began to see artistic qualities to copy in their own art. Paul Guillaume is a famous Paris art gallery owner who collected an extensive African mask and sculpture collection. Picasso and all his friends saw Paul's collection, bought objects from him and shared them with visitors and friends. There IS a direct connection between the directions of modern art and the African influence but it is one of inspiration - or artistic borrowing / stealing - not a failure to credit African tribes for inventing modern art. If you want to learn more read the article below by Carol Kino (from the New York Times) and definitely make a point of visiting the Met Museum exhibition from November 27-April 14, 2013.
The Metropolitan Museum is EASY TO REACH at Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street - Take the 4, 5, or 6 trains to 86th Street & Lexington Avenue, then walk west to Fifth Avenue and then south to the Met Museum on the right hand side. Access tip: Walk a bit past the grand staircase in front of the museum to a street level entrance where the lines for entry, coat check and admission are much shorter. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS get in FREE with high school I.D. card and get a free Audio Guide - simply ask for it at the Admissions Desk.
When Artifact ‘Became’ Art
By CAROL KINO
Back in New York, de Zayas persuaded Stieglitz to mount the African art survey. In 1915, de Zayas opened his own gallery, where he built the collections of the Dada salonistes Walter and Louise Arensberg; the lawyer John Quinn, a major backer of the Armory Show; and Agnes E. and Eugene Meyer, who had previously been Stieglitz’s patrons.
De Zayas went on to curate exhibitions for Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney at the Whitney Studio Club, the precursor to the Whitney Museum, the first of which was “Recent Paintings by Pablo Picasso and Negro Sculpture” in 1923.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Dog Star re-posts this from Gothamist:
Turns out nothing inspires fear in the hearts of hulking athletes like POETRY. Yesterday, the Nuyorican Poets Café posted a picture of the Knicks' new ad campaign, which reads: "It's Friday Night. You can either watch East Village poets do battle or see real artists slam." Poets, or as they're known in sports, "Not real artists," were pissed. Hundreds of arts supporters shared the post, and their outrage. "I'm ashamed to be a Knicks fan right now," said Byron Jackson. Nicole Sweeney added with flavor straight out of a slam poem: "This ad is STRAIGHT WACK!"
MSG Networks, which ran the campaign, was approached by Urban Word NYC, a non-profit which offers free literary and slam poetry education to youths in the city. In a rare poets-beat-big-business moment, MSG Networks "promised to have the ads taken down, rapidly. Most importantly the Knicks and MSG will also continue to support youth poetry programming in the NY area," wrote Fish Vargas, a representative for Urban Word, on Nuyorican's Facebook page.
The posters, created by agency Silver + Partners, came as a big surprise in light of the Knicks' past support for slam: "For the past ten years, the Knicks had funded the Knicks Poetry Slam program," Daniel Gallant, director of the Nuyorican Cafe told us. "But they very recently decided to cancel that program (after having committed three months ago to continue funding it). They have agreed to continue their support of full-ride college scholarships for rising student poets at universities ... But the loss of the Knicks Poetry Slam will be felt this year throughout NYC's spoken word community, and this ad campaign - on the heels of such an adverse funding decision - was a kick in the teeth to the city's poets and arts educators."
Poesy may have won this battle, but the Knicks may get the last laugh, as we're guessing the poor poets will be left in the cold without $800 for tickets to next week's game.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
FREE! Halloween Art Event for TEENS ONLY @ Whitney Museum (75th Street & Madison Avenue - Bring your friends!)
The Haunted Studio:
Teen Halloween Event with Artist Tom Thayer
For teens in grades 9–12
The Whitney’s Youth Insights Leaders invite teens to join them in the Whitney Studio for an evening of frightening sights and sounds at the Museum. Enjoy an interactive installation created by YI Leaders and artists Tom Thayer and John Jines. Create your own transfer prints, tour the galleries, dress like your favorite dead artist, and enjoy supernatural refreshments.
Dog Star is raving to everybody about this giant Picasso exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum (here). If you've seen other Picasso shows or if you think you know what Picasso is all about - thunk again! This Picasso show presents the Master in a fresh light by focusing (almost) exclusively on Picasso's use of black/white for special effects, for contrast, for dramatic interest and simply because he felt that in some paintings the composition (the way it is put together, the forms and images and how they are combined) is better without color.
Go on Saturdays at 5:45pm to get on line for the Pay-What-You-Wish (pay just $1)
“Picasso Black and White” continues through Jan. 23 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, (212) 423-3500.
Guggenheim is EASY TO REACH at 90th Street & Fifth Avenue - take 4, 5, 6 to 86th Street and Lexington Avenue then walk west to Fifth Avenue and north to 90th Street.
Dog Star re-post this review from The New York Times: