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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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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!
Thursday, January 31, 2013
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.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
1. We live in Brooklyn and support the place with a membership.
2. We like their inclusive programming - this means they think and care about their community and don't just do things the Manhattan art world will like.
3. They are open until 10pm on Thursday nights for dates with friends.
4. It's such a big place that it rarely feels like a crush of people the way MoMA and the Met always do no matter when you go.
5. They regularly have live music - jazz, hip hop and classical - in their giant lobby area called the Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion.
Brooklyn Museum is EASY TO REACH: Take 2/3 train to Eastern Parkway and the museum is right up the stairs - at the turnstile take a left to leave the station. Admission is by Suggested Donation - we suggest you pay just $1.
Go on FIRST SATURDAYS for crowds of teens and college students - more information here - free admission from 5-11pm.
THURSDAY NIGHTS @ the Brooklyn Museum
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Film Screening: The Outs 7:00 PM
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor
Join us for a screening of this collaborative, community-based web series, shot on location in Brooklyn and featuring a soundtrack by local musicians.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
BrooklyNites Jazz 7:00 PM
Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor
BrooklyNites Jazz: Joe Alterman with Alexis Cole Join jazz pianist Joe Alterman and vocalist Alexis Cole for a special evening of music.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
New Ways of Seeing: Drop-in Drawing Workshop 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Meet in the Rubin Lobby, 1st Floor New Ways of Seeing: Drop-in Drawing Workshop Join us on the third Thursday of each month for drawing in the Museum’s galleries. All ages and skill levels are welcome.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Film Screening: La Playa D.C. 7:00 PMIris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor
Bets of the African Diaspora International Film festival: La Playa D.C. (Juan Andres Arango, 2012, 90 min). And Afro-Columbian teenager, a refugee of war, battles exclusion ans racism. Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival 2012.
Dog Star saw this last Fall outside the Centre Pompidou in Paris. A sixteen foot-high bronze statue portraying French soccer player Zinedine Zidane's head-butting incident against Italian Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup Final was temporarily erected in front of the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Created by Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed, the larger version of Abdessemed's earlier 'coup de tête' depicts the incident that marked the end of one of France's greatest athelete's career. The public sculpture had been installed to accompany Abdessemed's solo show at the museum. "The statue goes against the tradition of making statues in honour of certain victories. It is an ode to defeat," said exhibition organizer Alain Michaud. Here is a video of the incident, too. (Pics, video and edited content from Design Boom).
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Financial Aid Workshop
SUNY Center for Student Recruitment (33 West 42nd Street, New York) will be hosting their SUNY's Statewide Student Financial Aid Day on Saturday February 9, 2013. The programs are offered as a service to all prospective college students and their families. The programs are designed to answer questions and provide assistance regarding the financial aid application, types of aid available, and the award process. FAFSA is required for all financial aid, including New York State assistance. To pre-register: suny.edu /student
Saturday, March 16th, 2013 from 12pm-3pm
at New York University's Kimmel Center next to Washington Square Park
(It’s open to EVERYBODY, not just Latinos!)
Sunday, April 28, 2013 from 11am-3pm
NACAC College Fair – Jacob Javits Convention Center – 34th Street & 11th Avenue
Register for the May SAT Exam
Exam Date is May 4th / Deadline for Registration is April 5th
Website to Register: www.collegeboard.org
Apply for FREE SAT Prep Classes
Saturday Academy at Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) – Upper East Side
Take SAT Prep inside this great NYC history museum – Registration starts Feb. 1 http://www.mcny.org/education/Saturday_Academy.html
Saturday Academy at New York Historical Society – Upper West Side
Take a history class with FREE SAT prep classes – Registration starts Feb. 1 http://www.nyhistory.org/education/students/saturday-academy
JUNIORS: Start collecting writing samples, copies of Recommendation letters and do research on colleges and scholarships! Take SAT prep and May 4 exam!
Have you been to the Flea lately? Brooklyn Flea inside the Williamsburg Savings Bank building at One Hanson Place
DOG STAR enjoys flea market options and now that's cold outside, it's better to have flea markets indoors. In warmer months the Brooklyn Flea takes up residence at a schoolyard in Ft. Greene. Now the flea market is in the lobby of the old Williamsburg Savings Bank building.
Monday, January 28, 2013
ALMOST FREE! Enjoy Ice Skating at The Pond at Bryant Park (See details on how to make it free and keep the costs down!)
DOG STAR grew up ice skating on a REAL pond in the woods. Fell on the ice many times.
- Admission IS FREE.
- Bag check is $7.00-$10.00
- If you do not bring your own skates rental cost $14.00.
- Bring a lock for your stuff. Locks cost $9 of you don't have a lock.
- Lockers are FREE.
- Hours: Open Daily until March 3, 2013, Sunday-Thursday: 8am-10pm, Friday & Saturday: 8am-Midnight
Sunday, January 27, 2013
With no homework or tests, these courses offer fun and interesting information on the bits of history that don’t always find their way into the classroom.
The Application for the Spring 2013 Saturday Academy will be available beginning February 1, 2013.
Please go here after February 1st to apply. Please note: The SAT Prep classes are open only to students currently enrolled in 10th, 11th or 12th grade.
Dog Star knows that transgender teens and adults face a difficult path of acceptance by our wider society.
On the most basic level - whether or not one understands or embraces trans-people - we must respect the dignity of a fellow human being and never, ever say or do anything to harm another person based on gender or perceived gender or sexual orientation.
Go ahead and watch “Assigned Sex: Episode 1: Ringing the Bell,” which chronicles
the lives of young transgender New Yorkers and their families (below).
The first video introduces us to Kyrie, a 23 year-old FTM who is an
aspiring basketball coach (spoiler alert, if you watch “Assigned Sex:
Episode 2: Families,” you’ll very soon find out that Kyrie was a badass
women’s college basketball player who was kicked off the team after
transitioning); Angel, a 22 year-old MTF aspiring singer; Lala, a 21
year-old MTF aspiring model; Jay’Lin, a 24 year-old FTM substance abuse
counselor; and L, a 21 year-old FTM teacher.
FTM = Transitioning or fully transitioned (biological)Female-to-(transgender)Male
MTF = Transitioning or fully transitioned (biological)Male- to-(transgender)Female
Clocking in at a little
over eight minutes, the video intertwines these youths’ narratives with
sobering statistics about transgender suicide rates and discrimination,
and serves as a great introduction to the larger project behind
Produced by Ira Hackney and Andrew Fair, and directed by Shaun Dawson, these short episodes are a behind-the-scenes
look at what viewers can expect from “Assigned Sex,” a full-length
documentary that will be submitted to The Human Rights Watch
International Film Festival, The Tribeca Film Festival, The Atlanta Film
Festival, Sundance, and Cannes in the coming year.
although the film has not yet reached its final stage, it is very clear
from these two online episodes that “Assigned Sex” can serve as a much
needed rupture in the silence that continues to permeate the lives of
transgender people in New York State and across the country.
Highlighting issues that transgender individuals face daily, such as
discrimination (in housing, healthcare, employment and public
and family acceptance, the film is a great opportunity for those
unfamiliar with transgender issues to
learn more and for other questioning or transitioning youth to see that
they are not alone, that they are loved, and that they too will find
their path toward meaningful and rich lives with loving family, friends and love partners.
You can view the “Assigned Sex” webisodes on
Youtube (Episode 1: Ringing the Bell, and Episode 2: Families). The
other webisodes are forthcoming.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
1. Learn to love your veggies.
2. Protect your skin.
3. Limit your sugar intake.
4. Get active.
5. Get serious about sleep.
6. Stop worrying.
8. Maintain a healthy weight.
9. Develop strong relationships.
10. Floss regularly.
11. Monitor your screen time.
12. Eat breakfast.
13. Put safety first (i.e. seatbelts).
14. Drink lots of water.
15. Ditch the processed food.
16. Stay away from smoke.
17. Listen to your body.
18. Protect yourself (i.e. condoms).
19. Learn when to say "no."
20. Accept your body.
We're going to post this every few weeks to remind devoted teen readers (and some who aren't teens anymore but like the reminder to stay healthy) of these great healthy tips!
Friday, January 25, 2013
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.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Teen Action Club is Back!
with EXTREME ACTION COMPANY SPEND SATURDAY EVENING POPPING, FLYING AND FALLING!
SLAM is hosting a teen social networking event the 1st Saturday of every month Feb-June from 7:00-10:00PM.
Learn extreme action moves, fly on the trapeze, jump on the trampoline, meet new people and hang with your friends!
Who: Teenagers ages 13-18
What: Extreme action! Trapeze, Trampoline, Pop Action, Food and fun!
Where: 51 North First street Brooklyn NY
When: First Saturday of Every Month! 7-10pm
For: Just $15 per teen for the whole evening!
How: Take the L train to Bedford Ave (1st stop in Brooklyn) then a quick walk to North 1st Street between Kent and Wythe.
Call 718.384.6491 to purchase or pay at the door.
HERE FOR STREB TEEN ACTION CLUB WEBSITE
Dog Star knows that devoted teen readers are looking for something REALLY fresh and engaging to do - not the same old dinner, movie and walk around Times Square. Why not go see live Afro Latin Jazz performed by the best in the country? High 5 offers $5 tickets - go here for tickets!
The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra returns to Symphony Space with East Meets West, an electric night of the complex, profound and passionately alive born and breed in the sunny climate of California.
Fri., Feb. 1 @ 8:00 p.m. Sat., Feb. 2 @ 8:00 p.m.
Symphony Space 95th & Broadway, Manhattan
1 train to 96th St. St.
Dog Star saw this story in the NY Times this morning...Eddie is very funny and boldly shares his life story in a new memoir about NOT fitting in. He also has a great life story to share about going after what you really want in life - be brave, be bold - to make yourself happy.
Read a review of his memoir here.
The Daily News has a profile here.
Readers and fans can meet Eddie at Greenlight Bookstore next
Thursday, January 31 at 7:30pm.
Greenlight Bookstore: Discussion With Eddie Huang (Thursday) Mr. Huang, the owner and chef of the East Village restaurant Baohaus, will discuss his colorful life and new memoir, “Fresh Off the Boat,” with Sam Sifton, the national editor for The New York Times, who also writes about food for The Times Magazine. The discussion, at 7:30 p.m., will be followed by a reception with food from Baohaus. 686 Fulton Street, at South Portland Avenue, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, (718) 246-0200, greenlightbookstore.com; free.