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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tell Me Something Good

Dog Star remembers being in 4th grade and the whole class started to dance to this when we heard it on a car radio from our open classroom window...we all sang, "TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD!" This is Chaka Khan's original group - RUFUS - and they broke up after she left the group, duh! Song is written by Stevie Wonder!

Lupe Fiasco - Double Burger With Cheese (UnOfficial Video)

Dog Star thinks this old track by Lupe Fiasco shows just how offensive he finds these Hollywood images of black males.  For a long time Lupe has been really disgusted by the glorification of black-on-black gun violence and the song (and now this well-edited video of the film clips) is intended - by Lupe - to show images of BLACK FUTURES. 

Sadly, guys like Chief Keef (and there are too many like him) think this IS the way to live (and die) and they have such bleak futures. I think the video is excellent but I'm not convinced that by making a mashup of all of Lupe's references that the video makers understand that Lupe is being CRITICAL not glorifying this violence.

Words to Live By

FREE! New City Park Honors F.D.R. & His Famous Speech "Four Freedoms"

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.

Monday, April 29, 2013

True Source of Saggin Pants? NOT Prison Culture!

Dog Star says look at the meme circulating on blogs, tumblrs and Facebook.  It's not true.  As a teacher in a public high school teens tell me all the time it is directly rappers who influence this "fashion trend" and NOT prison culture.  It is a disgusting stereotype to assign - even its birth story - to prison culture.  It's also degrading to gays to assign the saggin' pants phenomenon to a prison rape culture.  Whether or not it is true IN PRISON does not make it true or the source for young males saggin' their pants today.

Of course, we ALL want young black and Latino males to be ready to enter the workforce dressed appropriately and in a way that is acceptable in a civil society.  Those who refuse to wear their pants the "right" way make a choice to be independent, oppositional, anti-social and cling to self-expression as a weak rationale for saggin' their pants.  

By the way - some have attempted to justify this meme by citing Wikipedia as a source for the information.  This is horrible, homophobic, and perpetuates stereotypes about young back men. Using gay guys to try and shame straight guys into pulling up their pants is appalling.

But, please, let's not degrade gays and minimize the serious crime of rape culture in an effort to promote better civic engagement with our youth.

Positive Black Male Role Models: NBA player Jason Collins Comes Outs of the Closet

Dog Star says you probably already know...JASON COLLINS of the Washington Wizards has become the FIRST openly gay player ACTIVELY PLAYING in the NBA and in all the major league sports.

He is this week's cover story in Sports Illustrated.

Jason Collins, an 11-year NBA veteran who played for the Washington Wizards this season, just became the first openly gay athlete in one of North America's four major men's professional sports leagues. 
Collins, now 34, was an All-American at Stanford University before being taken in the first round of the 2001 draft by the Houston Rockets. He's played for a half dozen NBA teams during his career, and is much more of a journeyman than a star. (He's averaged fewer than 4 points-per-game as a pro, and played only sparingly in recent seasons).

Still, that matters little today. He made it official in a first-person piece in Sports Illustrated:

"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay.

I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, "I'm different." If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand."

Collins played alongside his twin brother, Jarron, at Stanford. Jarron, also an NBA vet, apparently had no idea of his brother's secret until last year:

"I didn't come out to my brother until last summer. His reaction to my breakfast revelation was radically different from Aunt Teri's. He was downright astounded. He never suspected. So much for twin telepathy. But by dinner that night, he was full of brotherly love. For the first time in our lives, he wanted to step in and protect me."

Bill Clinton, meanwhile, wasted no time weighing in on the big news, offering his praise for his daughter's college classmate:

"I have known Jason Collins since he was Chelsea's classmate and friend at Stanford. Jason's announcement today is an important moment for professional sports and in the history of the LGBT community. It is also the straightforward statement of a good man who wants no more than what so many of us seek: to be able to be who we are; to do our work; to build families and to contribute to our communities. For so many members of the LGBT community, these simple goals remain elusive. I hope that everyone, particularly Jason's colleagues in the NBA, the media and his many fans extend to him their support and the respect he has earned."

Ancient Twitter (Wisdom from Ancient Greeks)

“Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.”

― Socrates
(Yes, this was written before 399 BC)

Words to Live By

Dog Star Art Breaks: Don't Miss these Great Museum Shows!

Dog Star is excited about all the great art exhibitions happening around the city this year!  We strongly urge devoted teen readers to start with just ONE of these shows - go to something open right now - and plan a visit for this weekend.  Don't make it complicated and simply go.  Then, choose another one.  What's most important is that you go and discover the art and artists.  Make 2013 the year you really take art seriously as another source of inspiration, creativity and as a different lens to see the world than the lens you already use every day.

Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatusi at the Brooklyn Museum
(February 8-August 4, 2012)
Admission for teens: By suggested donation so pay just $1 all times, open Weds. through Sunday and until 10pm on Thursdays

The first solo exhibition in a New York museum by the globally renowned contemporary artist El Anatsui, this show will feature over 30 works in metal and wood that transform appropriated objects into site-specific sculptures. Anatsui converts found materials into a new type of media that lies between sculpture and painting, combining aesthetic traditions from his birth country, Ghana; his home in Nsukka, Nigeria; and the global history of abstraction.

Included in the exhibition are twelve recent monumental wall and floor sculptures, widely considered to represent the apex of Anatsui’s career. The metal wall works, created with bottle caps from a distillery in Nsukka, are pieced together to form colorful, textured hangings that take on radically new shapes with each installation. Anatsui is captivated by his materials’ history of use, reflecting his own nomadic background. Gravity and Grace responds to a long history of innovations in abstract art and performance, building upon cross-cultural exchange among Africa, Europe, and the Americas and presenting works in a wholly new, African medium.
Art above: El Anatsui (Ghanaian, b. 1944). Earth’s Skin, 2009. Aluminum and copper wire, 177 x 394 in.

The Rising Phoenix at the The Queens Museum of Art (until May 12, 2013 CLOSES SOON!)

Admission for teens: Suggested donation - pay just $1
The Queens Museum of Art (QMA) proudly announces The Rising Phoenix: A Dialogue Between Modern and Contemporary Indian Art (working title), the first full-scale exploration of Indian artists and their legacy at an American institution. This will be the third QMA project focusing on modern and contemporary Indian art. 

Degas, Miss La La, and the Cirque Fernando at The Morgan Library & Museum (Until May 12, 2013 CLOSES SOON!)
Admission for teens: Best time to go is Fridays at 7pm - FREE for everyone (museum is open until 9pm, other times $10 for students with I.D.)
Degas, Miss La La, and the Cirque Fernando (February 15 through May 12, 2013) The exhibition brings together for the first time Degas's remarkable painting, on loan from the National Gallery, London, and nearly all of the related preparatory works.

American Legends at the Whitney Museum (until May 2013)

Admission for teens: ALWAYS FREE FOR 18 and younger!

We think devoted teen readers will really enjoy this traditional art exhibition because it will be an introduction to a few of the GREATS!  American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe showcases the Whitney’s deep holdings of artwork from the first half of the twentieth century by the eighteen leading artists: Oscar Bluemner, Charles Burchfield, Paul Cadmus, Alexander Calder, Joseph Cornell, Ralston Crawford, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Charles Demuth, Marsden Hartley, Edward Hopper, Gaston Lachaise, Jacob Lawrence, John Marin, Reginald Marsh, Elie Nadelman, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Joseph Stella. Organized as one- and two-artist presentations, this exhibition provides a survey of each artist’s work across a range of mediums.  In May 2013 the museum will rotate the "legends" on view and install different artists from their collection but still those who are considered legendary American artist.  Art above: Marsden Hartley, Madawaska, Acadian Light-Heavy, Third Arrangement, 1940.

TAKE AN ART BREAK WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS: We will re-post this every two weeks to remind devoted readers of these wonderful art exhibitions. Plan ahead and invite 3-4 people to join you. Check websites before going for opening times (museums are closed on certain days and some have late hours until 8 or 9pm).


Sunday, April 28, 2013

Novels of the 1920s American Experience

Dog Star found this interesting - I was looking for other novel titles to suggest to my students as companion to The Great Gatsby - I thought of Toni Morrison's JAZZ (which isn't even included on their list for 1920s but they are listing it by date of publication...Just as Michael Gold's JEWS WITHOUT MONEY published in 1930s would really be about the 1920s since the '30s hadn't happened yet). 
So I think a reading list for AMERICA IN THE 1920s might look like this 

Wharton's AGE OF INNOCENCE (old money aristocracy, historical context for culture Daisy is coming from) 
Fitzgerald THE GREAT GATSBY (post-Gilded Age aristocracy, "old money vs, new money," how the other half lives) 
Toni Morrison JAZZ (Harlem, working class, African American, jazz) 
Either JEWS WITHOUT MONEY or BREAD GIVERS for an immigrant experience 
Passo's MANHATTAN TRANSFER (experimental-modernist collage anti-consumerism, anti-big society's industrialization)

Go See Wild World of Kara Walker

Dog Star says Kara Walker has new work on view at Sikkema Jenkins in Chelsea until May 22 at 530 West 22nd Street, Tue - Sat 10am - 6pm. 

Here is the full title of this room-sized paper cut out:
 "The Nigger Huck Finn Pursues Happiness Beyond the Narrow Constraints of your Overdetermined Thesis on Freedom - Drawn and Quartered by Mister Kara Walkerberry, with Condolences to The Authors, 2010"

Youth Ambassadors Internship (YAI) Program

Please help to spread the word to High School students in the hope they might like to participate in the Museum for African Art 2013 Summer Youth Ambassadors Internship (YAI) Program.

Join, lets move students to a training opportunity that will equip them to:
  • Work with family audiences during the summer
  • Learn about African Art, history and culture
  • Write blogs and create their own digital media pieces
  • Practice public speaking and develop useful workplace skills
  • Learn about career, such as being a curator or working in marketing
  • Earn community hours
  • Receive a generous stipend
Please call if you have any further questions.

Best regards

Lawrence Ekechi
Community Outreach Liaison

Museum for African Art

Administrative Offices

1280 Fifth Avenue, Suite 20A

New York, NY 10029

Discover STREB Teen Action Club

Teen Action Club is Back! 

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. 


Words to Live By

SWOON's Konbit Shelter Project

Dog Star is a huge fan of street artist Swoon!  In the video, the NY-based artist talks about how she enjoys working on things outside of her studio, which can be confining at times. By moving her work outdoors (like with her street work), it allows her to increase her interactions with people and led to projects like the Swimming Cities of Serenissima and now Konbit Shelter.  The new project for Bigones-Leogane, Haiti includes a community center to hold workshops, house the works of local stone carvers, and educate the village in the techniques of earth bag building.

GO SEE Jane Alexander: Surveys (from the Cape of Good Hope) @ Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Alexander's "Custodian."

Dog Star is incredibly excited about this new art installation at one of New York City's most famous sites.  Jane Alexander's figures challenge us to see ourselves better than animals in the face of horrific violence and global atrocities.

The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights calls itself the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Traversing its length of more than two football fields beneath a roof almost half as tall can be disorienting and humbling.

In the Cathedral’s East End, a new installation by the South African artist Jane Alexander, organized by the Museum for African Art, adds another layer to the experience. ”Jane Alexander: Surveys (from the Cape of Good Hope)” is a spellbinding and somewhat unsettling collection of humanoid sculptures and photomontages of these perplexing figures captured in stark, often banal landscapes.

The creatures — made of fiberglass — are simultaneously foreign and familiar, formed from a hodgepodge of disparate animal parts. They are imaginary beings, but “you have the sensation that you know that animal,” says Josep Subirós, a Spanish writer and philosopher who curated the exhibition and who is a longtime admirer of Alexander’s work.

Apartheid had just ended in 1994 when Subirós traveled to South Africa to report on the transition for a Catalan newspaper, La Vanguardia. He found that “apartheid was disappearing, but psychologically and socially it was there as strong as ever.” It wasn’t until he discovered one of Alexander’s sculptures at the South African National Gallery that he was able to intellectually bridge the gap between the official dissolution of apartheid and its continued pervasiveness in the South African consciousness.

While much of Alexander’s art reflects that continued “double reality” in South Africa, her work at St. John — which has been repurposed from past shows but rearranged to fit the site — also addresses the polarity of our natures in the day to day, and when confronted with systems of power and control like immigration, security and surveillance.

In “Infantry,” rows of Alexander’s creatures are arranged in perfect military formation and outfitted in black found shoes on a red carpet in the cathedral’s towering Germanic chapel. In the neighboring Chapel of St. James, black and white photos taken in and around Cape Town are projected digitally onto a bare wall. While the images first appear to depict an ordinary community, the addition of Alexander’s disquieting figures remind us of the inhuman imbued in the everyday.

While Alexander's figures are, in many ways, emblems of monstrosity, they are oddly beautiful. Her creatures expose the human animal for all it is and all it could become. Though clearly concerned with social issues, Alexander's sculptural installations and photographs do not judge, nor do they convey a particular political or moral standpoint.

"There is no glorification of human misery here, only recognition of human tenacity and will, dignity among the wretched, a hint of the thread that connects us all and beyond." (Ash Amin, On Being Human) Alexander's artworks have a formal and technical excellence and deliver a potent emotional impact, sending warnings about historical consequences and carrying hints of things to come.

The overwhelming grandeur of the cathedral’s architecture brings Alexander’s work into sharp focus. “We didn’t want to invade,” Subirós explains. “We wanted to invite the space to interact with the art.”

Surveys (from the Cape of Good Hope) is the first major North American survey of tableaux, sculptures, and photomontages by important South African artist Jane Alexander. Her artwork speaks of lasting disfigurations in her native South Africa, yet raises issues about human nature that resonate with viewers internationally. This site-specific exhibition at the Cathedral allows audiences to experience the familiarity and mutability of Alexander's universe.

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City April 18 - July 29, 2013 Hours: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm; limited access on Sundays. There is a suggested donation of $10 per person.

Read the review here in the NY Times.

On Jane Alexander's `Surveys (from the Cape of Good Hope)': A Conversation with Pep Subirós from Museum for African Art on Vimeo.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Health Tips: 20 Healthy Habits To Adopt Before You Turn 20

Dog Star likes this very sensible "slideshow" from HuffingtonPost Teen (go here for details).  From the post:  Your teenage years are often when you're at your healthiest: You're young, probably haven't experienced a big health scare yet, and any unhealthy habits may not taken a toll on your body. But that doesn't mean that you should take good health for granted. Adolescence is arguably the most important time in your life to start developing healthy habits that will benefit you years down the road. From the annoying stuff you've been told a million times (remember to floss! eat your veggies!) to big preventative measures that can set the stage for great health later in the life, we've compiled 20 nutrition, fitness and wellness habits that everyone should adopt by the age of 20.

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.
7.  Moisturize.
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!

Words to Live By

Imaginary Dog Star Soundtrack: We're bumpin' to Mika's "Underwater"

Friday, April 26, 2013

Dog Star Selects RON MUECK on View Now in Paris

Dog Star says here's an installation view of the RON MUECK exhibition at Fondation Cartier in Paris. I have seen his work with at the Brooklyn Museum - it is really incredible to see in person. Ron plays with scale (very, very large or very, very small) and presents very realistic portraits of humanity and mortality.

Imaginary Dog Star Soundtrack: We're bumpin to Mase's LOOKIN' AT ME

What's On at the Met Right Now!

The Metropolitan Museum (Fifth Avenue & 82nd Street) is ALWAYS FREE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS - Show your school I.D. at the admissions / cashier desk.

CLOSES IN DAYS! Can you feel the room shaking? Go see SEISMIC SHIFTS at the National Academy - Bring your friends!

Dog Star likes the line-up in this great new show at the National Academy!

Seismic Shifts: 10 Visionaries in Contemporary Art and Architecture featuring works by Nick Cave, Thornton Dial, Tom Friedman, Greg Lynn/FORM, Vik Muniz, Wangechi Mutu, Kate Orff, Betye Saar, Moshe Safdie, and Bill Viola, highlighting some of the most important artists of today, known for challenging conventions.

It would have been nicer if the curator split the male/female balance 50/50 but we'll take the three female artists (Wangechi, Kate and Betye) because they are heavy weights and outstanding masters in executing their creative visions.  It is worth noting, too, that four artists of color (all African - or African-American) are among the ten selected for this exhibition:  Wangechi, Betye, Thornton and Nick.  Vik is BrazilianAnd it's also inclusive of age as well:  Thornton and Betye are both born in the 1920s and Wangechi is born after 1970.

Wow!  There's just so much to say about this really spectacular and international group - and seeing their work together will be an eye opening and once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Greg and Moshe will show wildly different but very imaginative and futuristic designs for architecture.  Betye (pronounced betty)
and Wangechi both address womanhood, race and stereotypes but in vastly different ways.  Thornton is a self-taught "outsider" artist from Alabama who creates fantastic abstract and multi-media pieces on very large canvases.  Tom is in his own category:  he makes very detailed figures and objects out of everyday materials.  We once saw an enormous Star Wars-type spacecraft made up of plastic detergent bottles and painted bright white - it was very cool.  In the picture below is a "splattered body" Tom made out of construction paper!  Nick is most famous for his Soundsuits (pic above and video below) and he was also a dancer with Alvin Ailey!

We STRONGLY urge devoted readers to make a point of visiting this exhibition!  You will not be disappointed! 
On view until May 3, 2013.

Here are examples of work by Nick Cave (top of the post - the trio of figures) and below Wangechi Mutu (top), Vik Muniz (second), Betye Saar (third) and Tom Friedman (bottom) :

National Academy Museum is located at 1083 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street) New York, NY 1012

Directions by subway: Lexington Avenue 4, 5, or 6 lines to 86th Street Station

Directions by bus: M1, M2, M3, or M4 buses on Fifth and Madison avenues to 89th Street Museum Hours. Wed – Sun, 11 AM – 6 PM; Closed on Mon  & Tues

Museum Admission:
Adults $15
Seniors (65+) and students with valid ID: $10

Words to Live By

Dog Star Selects the Milky Way in New Mexico

Dog Star says spend a few minutes looking at this absolutely spectacular image of the Milky Way. Taken in the Jemez Mountains, New Mexico.  Photograph by Knate Myers Photography, see more here:  We have included the stats because devoted Dog Star readers who are also photographers will like it  - Alberto? - although it doesn't mean anything to us.  We're just not that technical - but, hey, wow LOOK AT THIS PHOTO!
Focal Length 10.5mm
Shutter Speed 30 sec
Aperture f/2.8
ISO/Film 3200