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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Dog Star Selects Sun King (Royal Logo)

Gilded “Sun King” Decorative Metalwork, Chateau of Versailles
“The symbol that I adopted and that you see all around you represents the duties of a Prince and inspires me always to fulfill them. I chose for an emblem the Sun which, according to the rules of heraldry, is the noblest of all, and which, by its unique quality, by the brightness that surrounds it, by the light it lends to the other stars that constitute, after a fashion, its court, by the equal and just distribution of this light to all regions of the world, by the universal good it does, endlessly promoting life, joy, and growth, by its perpetual and regular movement, by its constant and invariable course, is assuredly the most dazzling and the most beautiful image of the Monarch.”

-  King Louis XIV  



Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Disney's Frozen "Let It Go" Sequence Performed by Idina Menzel

"THE COLD NEVER BOTHERED ME ANYWAY." - from Let It Go

Is Elsa in FROZEN basically The Little Mermaid?  Anyway when I went out for the Sunday papers (newspapers, not Bambu) I heard a little girl singing LET IT GO.  I came home and looked it up.  Disney's video for it (already over 108 million hits - Jeesh!) is COOL (pun intended) - sung by Idina Menzel (gettin paid!) and she sings the word FRACTALS about snowflakes!  I'm weak.



Dog Star Selects Edo-period Japanese Artist Itō Jakuchū


From Wikipedia:
Itō Jakuchū (伊藤 若冲?, 1716–1800) was a Japanese painter of the mid-Edo period when Japan had closed its doors to the outside world. Many of his paintings concern traditionally Japanese subjects, particularly chickens and other birds. Many of his otherwise traditional works display a great degree of experimentation with perspective, and with other very modern stylistic elements.
Compared to Soga Shōhaku and other exemplars of the mid-Edo period eccentric painters, Jakuchū is said to have been very calm, restrained, and professional. He held strong ties to Zen Buddhist ideals, and was considered a lay brother (koji); but he was also keenly aware of his role within a Kyoto society that was becoming increasingly commercial.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Jon Stewart Goes Off On Fox Network's Black History Month Segment

In honor of Black History Month, Jon Stewart said it was time that some people got their facts straight on how history really went down. 

Stewart called out Fox Business Network's "tribute" to Black History Month Monday night by playing a clip of Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano claiming that President Lincoln hurt the nation by leading "the most murderous war in America" rather than letting slavery die a "natural" death. Napolitano argued that Lincoln should have tried "purchasing the slaves and then freeing them."

Here's how Stewart responded:
"Compensated emancipation, why didn't Lincoln think of that!? What's that? Oh, he did think of that? Oh! He spent most of 1862 trying to convince the border states of Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri and West Virginia to free their slaves in exchange for money and everybody said f*ck off...because it wasn't economically feasible and the slave states had a deeply vested socio-political interest in maintaining a two-tiered culture based on cheap forced labor."


QUOTE OF THE DAY

I never wish to be easily defined. I’d rather float over other people’s minds as something strictly fluid and non-perceivable; more like a transparent, paradoxically iridescent creature rather than an actual person."
- Franz Kafka.

He said "iridescent creature rather than an actual person" - I think this says a lot about his disconnection to the rest of humanity and his own human-ness.

First Openly Gay NFL Prospect Holds Press Conference at Combine (Workouts for Scouts)

Here's a reaction to the press conference in The Nation:

On Saturday, Missouri All-American Michael Sam took to the podium at the NFL combine to face a throng of reporters that gawked at him like he had just made the journey from Mars. Here he was: the man who would become the NFL’s first openly gay player. The size of the media swarm shows, if nothing else, that the right-wing media that have refused to cover the Michael Sam story by saying explicitly, to take one headline, “We really don’t care that you’re gay, gay people”, are living in a reality of their own making.

READ MORE OF THE ARTICLE HERE



Discover Artist JAMES CASTLE

ABOVE:  Dresser-head girl in blue plaid dress and red hat

Today I saw artwork made by James Castle - born completely deaf and never taught any kind of speaking or reading or literacy - not signing, writing - nothing. He lived on a farm in Idaho with a large family in 1950s but didn't do farm work so he made art out of anything - stove soot and saliva ink on cardboard and all kinds of paper that came through the family-run post office. Here's a slide show of some work but not the best examples.

So the first response many people have to outside art is an engagement with the eccentric life story (includes troubled family life, lack of formal education, lack of exposure to art traditions and museums) but what is more deeply interesting - after the first contact - is investigating and pondering the various ways these "outsider" and often isolated artists applied all kinds of conceptual strategies to produce the artwork - the innovative use of materials (resourcefulness), the inventiveness to resolve artistic challenges, the synthesis of various modes of expression and image making (pain and sewing or torn papers and collage).  So for me the fascination is that they are operating outside of the dominant art world bell jar and so there is a greater purity of vision that produces work not driven by market demands.

 ABOVE:  Blue Pitchers Side View (left) and Front View (right)

James Castle
Born Garden Valley, Idaho, 1899; died Boise, Idaho, 1977

James Castle worked at his art from the time he was a small child until the last day of his life. He was born completely deaf, and despite five years at the Idaho State School for the Deaf and the Blind, he did not acquire the tools of language such as lip-reading, finger spelling, or writing, though he may have learned other things more to his liking, in particular the allure of words and the making of books. Without his handicap, he would have had to join his brothers and sisters in working the small subsistence farms on which his family lived. Instead he was free to devote all his time to art. Castle created his art from the detritus of everyday life; things like discarded paper or cardboard, stovepipe soot mixed with spit and water, and string. Only when he was in his fifties was his work noticed regionally, and the first national attention came twenty years after his death.

Monday, February 24, 2014

FREE! OUT TO SEE ARTS FESTIVAL @ South Street Seaport




Visual and performing arts collide in the heart of the South Street Seaport on Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2 with a vibrant community initiative, "OUT TO SEE." Throughout the weekend, you'll be treated to a diverse array of work from local artists, all shown across 17 Seaport venues like Fresh Salt, Pasanella & Son, Nelson Blue, Keg 229, Barbalu and more.

What began as a grassroots effort to energize the community after Superstorm Sandy has blossomed into a full-scale opportunity to experience the arts in one of New York City's most distinctive neighborhoods. Come check out artists and musicians like Jonathan Durham, Mark Gagnon, and Django Voris, all while supporting your local businesses, artist communities, and the ever-evolving South Street Seaport.

Dog Star Selects Lemon Andersen @ Warriors Of Words

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Discover Eleagle Being's Amazing New EP!




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Photo above Eleagle Being by Alberto Vargas Photography

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Remed & Okuda @ Vineyard in Spain


Remed and Okuda recently got together for a joint project in Spain at the Campo Viejo vineyards. Along with a mural they worked on, the two Spanish artists also collaborated on several sculptures at the Logroño location including the large scale piece seen above.

“Campo Viejo proposed to Okuda and Remed to create a work inspired by the expressiveness of their wines… Here is the result. The sculpture of six meters high that have placed in the middle of the vineyard is, according to the creators, ‘a way to express their conception of life, and symbolizes a bridge between heaven and earth, primarily reflecting the will to live and be happy.’







Thursday, February 20, 2014

Five Paintings We Love @ The Frick - Bring your friends and family!

Dog Star enjoys The Frick Collection because it NEVER changes its permanent collection - it always has on view the paintings Henry Clay Frick selected and placed within his home.  

This does not mean the Frick doesn't have room for special exhibitions; it has separate spaces for temporary little shows.  We want devoted readers to visit the Frick to see these paintings in person - for yourself.  

The descriptions of the paintings are taken from the museum's website.  

Here is a photo of the West Gallery - imagine having this room in your home as your private art collection.  It's just ONE of the rooms you will see at the Frick:
 


   
The Frick welcomes quiet and respectful teens who put away all electronics, check their coats and bags and enjoy this very special museum as if they are visiting a stranger's home.  The Frick is open to ALL NEW YORKERS!

The Frick Collection (more here) is EASY TO REACH at 70th Street and Fifth Avenue - take the 6 train to 68th Street / Hunter College and walk over to 5th Avenue from Lexington & 68th. Admission for teens is $10 (students with valid identification).  Dog Star says go early on Sundays and pay just $1!  On Sundays, pay what you wish from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Learn more about the Frick family and origins of the collection and museum here.  The museum was planned as a permanent art collection to be open to the public by its founder Henry Clay Frick!



PAINTING #1 - ABOUT THE PAINTING ABOVE:  Lodovico Capponi painted by Agnolo Bronzino. This proud young aristocrat is Lodovico Capponi (b. 1533), a page at the Medici court. As was his custom, he wears black and white, his family's armorial colors. His right index finger partially conceals the cameo he holds, revealing only the inscription sorte (fate or fortune) — an ingenious allusion to the obscurity of fate. In the mid 1550s Lodovico fell in love with a girl whom Duke Cosimo had intended for one of his cousins. After nearly three years of opposition, Cosimo suddenly relented, but he commanded that their wedding be celebrated within twenty-four hours.   

WHY WE LOVE IT: We like to think that Frick chose this painting of Capponi because of its association with one of the most powerful families in history.  The Medici family of the Italian Renaissance ruled over the region of Florence / Tuscany and nobody did anything without their permission.  They made a fortune owning farms, mills, textile (tapestry) companies and family members were even connected to the Vatican in Rome.  Frick most likely admired this young man and may have seen an aspect of himself in the picture:  bold, proud and ready for the upper classes!


PAINTING #2 - ABOUT THE PAINTING ABOVE: Gilbert Stuart  (1755 - 1828) George Washington, 1795-1796  Stuart earned a fortune producing replicas of the three portraits he painted from life of the first President of the United States. The Frick canvas is thought to be one of two copies painted by the artist for the Philadelphia merchant John Vaughan. It belongs to the group known as the “Vaughan type,” although it differs from the related versions in the color of the coat and in the treatment of the background. Stylistically the portrait recalls the work of Stuart’s English contemporaries, such as Romney and Hoppner.

WHY WE LOVE IT: The first thing to know is that the portrait of Washington on the one dollar bill is by Gilbert Stuart - same artist.  We like this painting because it shows our first president in a red velvet coat and we like to think Frick liked that, too.



PAINTING #3 - ABOUT THE PAINTING ABOVE: Johannes Vermeer  (1632 - 1675) Mistress and Maid, 1666-1667  The subject of writing and receiving letters, which recurs frequently in Vermeer’s work, is given an exceptional sense of dramatic tension in this painting of two women arrested in some moment of mysterious crisis. The lack of final modeling in the mistress’ head and figure and the relatively plain background indicate that this late work by Vermeer was left unfinished. Nevertheless, the artist seldom if ever surpassed the subtly varied effects of light seen here as it gleams from the pearl jewelry, sparkles from the glass and silver objects on the table, and falls softly over the figures in their shadowy setting. Bought by Mr. Frick in 1919, the year of his death, this painting was his last purchase and joined Rembrandt’s Self-Portrait, Holbein’s Sir Thomas More, Bellini’s St. Francis, and Velázquez’ King Philip IV among his favorite acquisitions.

WHY WE LOVE IT: Frick had exquisite taste and bought the very best paintings.  His taste in art is strongly conservative; by the time of his death in 1919 cubism and abstratcion were very popular but he would never have bought those kinds of pictures - he did not have a taste for "modern" art.  But there is just no disputing the beauty of a Vermeer - the way he handles the light so delicately!



PAINTING #4 - ABOUT THE PAINTER/ING ABOVE: Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn  (1606 - 1669) Self-Portrait, 1658.  Rembrandt first studied art in his native Leyden and later worked under Pieter Lastman in Amsterdam. Around 1625 he returned to Leyden, but in 1631/32 he settled permanently in Amsterdam. Although he enjoyed a great reputation and pupils flocked to him, he suffered financial difficulties that led to insolvency in 1656. By 1660 most of his debts were settled, and his last years were spent in relative comfort. Rembrandt painted many portraits, biblical scenes, and historical subjects.

WHY WE LOVE IT: This painting was completed about ten years before the painter died.  By the time he painted it his career had long been over.  And yet Rembrandt makes himself look so majestic, so regal like a king who is still at the top of his game.


PAINTING #5 - ABOUT THE PAINTING ABOVE: Jean-August-Dominique Ingres  (1780 - 1867) Comtesse d'Haussonville, 1845Louise, Princesse de Broglie (1818–82) and granddaughter of Madame de Staël, married at the age of eighteen. Her husband was a diplomat, writer, and member of the French Academy, and she herself published a number of books, including biographies of Robert Emmet and Byron. For her time and her elevated social caste, she was outspokenly independent and liberal. This portrait, begun in 1842, was the fruit of several false starts and a great many preparatory drawings, including full-scale studies of the raised left arm, the head, and its reflection. According to a letter written by the artist, the finished work “aroused a storm of approval among her family and friends.” Ingres appears to have surprised the young lady in the intimacy of her boudoir, where she leans against an upholstered fireplace, having just discarded her evening wrap and opera glasses.  


WHY WE LOVE IT: This painter's last name is pronounced eng-ah.  It's so easy to see why Frick would have loved this painting and why we love it, too.  The Comtesse is so beautiful and so charming in this portrait while also hinting that she is ready and willing to have an intelligent conversation.

New Year! New Art! Must-See Museum Shows of 2014

Dog Star knows everyone gets a little LESS busy as soon as the new year begins.  Maybe you'll make time to see one of these museum exhibitions?

It's a new year for new art!

This can be your guide to exhibitions at NYC's museums this Winter/Spring 2014 and a checklist to be sure you see the ones you want before they close.

THIS IS A PRINTER-FRIENDLY POST.  All text in black to make it easy to print the list and keep it in your agenda or to refer to it and make dates to see these exhibitions with family and friends.

All of the museums have a free or pay-what-you-wish (it can be just $1) night so be sure to check the website - it is linked in BOLD in the name of the museum.

You may read about artists here that you've never heard of before - that's a good reason to check it out.  Read the list and make a plan to see at least three to start - pick one you are excited about seeing and invite your family.  

Choose another one and invite two friends to join you!  

On the third go by yourself - it will be an entirely different experience and you be doing less socializing, less talking, less talking ABOUT the art and MORE LOOKING. 

And always keep your phone in your pocket.  It's tough to make a real connection to the artwork if you are texting, taking pictures or researching.  

Give yourself the chance to have a "phone-free" experience with art.

Finally, we've added one line called WHY GO? to express in a few words what's special, unusual or a rare opportunity to encourage devoted Dog Star readers to see an exhibition.

CLOSING SOON!
The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution
New York Historical Society
October 11, 2013 - February 23, 2014
Works by Duchamp, Matisse, Picasso, Cézanne, Gauguin, and Van Gogh will be on display in The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution, which revisits the famous 1913 New York Armory Show on its 100th anniversary.
WHY GO?  One hundred years ago the Armory Show was shocking to many Americans - find out why and discover how much our society has changed and not changed since then!

CLOSING SOON!
Art Spiegelman's Co-Mix: A Retrospective
The Jewish Museum
November 8, 2013 - March 23, 2014
This first U.S. retrospective celebrates the career of one of the most influential living comic artists. The exhibition spans Spiegelman’s career from his early days in underground comix to provocative New Yorker covers and artistic collaborations in new media. Included are over three hundred preparatory sketches, preliminary and final drawings, plus prints and other ephemeral and documentary material.
WHY GO?  Devoted Dog Star readers will discover a wider world of this artist's work beyond his graphic novels Maus I and Maus II.  Do not miss this exhibition!

CLOSING SOON!
Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey
Brooklyn Museum
October 11, 2013–March 9, 2014
Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey is the first survey in the United States of this internationally renowned, Brooklyn-based artist. Spanning from the mid-1990s to the present, the exhibition unites more than fifty pieces, including Mutu’s signature large-scale collages as well as video works, never-before-seen sketchbook drawings, a site-specific wall drawing, and sculptural installations.
WHY GO?  DO NOT MISS THIS EXHIBITION - You have never seen anything like this artists work and it will be an eye-opening and fresh experience!

CLOSING SOON!
WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY:
Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath
Brooklyn Museum
November 8, 2013–February 2, 2014
WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath explores the experience of war with an unprecedented collection of 400 photographic prints, books, magazines, albums, and camera equipment, bringing together iconic and unknown images taken by members of the military, commercial portraitists, journalists, amateurs, artists, and numerous Pulitzer Prize–winning photographers.
WHY GO?  Fans of photography and photographers will enjoy this historical look at war photos through the years - including more recent conflicts.

CLOSING SOON!
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier:
From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
Brooklyn Museum
October 25, 2013–February 23, 2014
The Brooklyn Museum is the only East Coast venue for The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, the first international exhibition dedicated to the groundbreaking French couturier. Playful, poetic, and transformative, Gaultier’s superbly crafted and detailed garments are inspired by the beauty and diversity of global cultures.
WHY GO?  Fans of fashion and fashionistas will want to see an extraordinary designer's career in one place - exciting and inspiring!

CLOSING SOON!
Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Lost Performance and the New Psychodrama - Manhattan
Whitney Museum of American Art
October 31, 2013-March 2014
This exhibition illuminates a radical period of 1970s performance art that flourished in downtown Manhattan, or what filmmaker and performance artist Jack Smith called “Rented Island,” and still remains largely unknown today. Working in lofts, storefronts, and alternative spaces, this group of artists, with backgrounds in theater, dance, music, and visual art, created complex new forms of performance to embody and address contemporary media, commercial culture, and high art.
WHY GO?  This exhibition will try to give a sense of the downtown performance scene in SoHo and the East Village in the 1970s - definitely for anybody who finds this time period and type of performance-based art fascinating.  This will be an eye-opening exhibition with installations, video and performance.

CLOSING SOON! 
The Shadows Took Shape
Studio Museum of Harlem 
Nov 14, 2013 - Mar 9, 2014
The Shadows Took Shape a dynamic interdisciplinary exhibition exploring contemporary art through the lens of Afrofuturist aesthetics. Coined in 1994 by writer Mark Dery in his essay “Black to the Future,” the term “Afrofuturism” refers to a creative and intellectual genre that emerged as a strategy to explore science fiction, fantasy, magical realism and pan-Africanism. With roots in the avant-garde musical stylings of sonic innovator Sun Ra (born Herman Poole Blount, 1914–1993), Afrofuturism has been used by artists, writers and theorists as a way to prophesize the future, redefine the present and reconceptualize the past. The Shadows Took Shape will be one of the few major museum exhibitions to explore the ways in which this form of creative expression has been adopted internationally and highlight the range of work made over the past twenty-five years.
WHY GO?  Discover artists who do bold, original and innovative work! 

Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China
Metropolitan Museum of Art
December 11, 2013–April 6, 2014
Featuring some seventy works by thirty-five artists in various media—paintings, calligraphy, photographs, woodblock prints, video, and sculpture—created during the past three decades, the exhibition is organized thematically into four parts: The Written Word, New Landscapes, Abstraction, and Beyond the Brush. Although all of the artists have challenged, subverted, or otherwise transformed their sources through new modes of expression, Ink Art seeks to demonstrate that China's ancient pattern of seeking cultural renewal through the reinterpretation of past models remains a viable creative path.
WHY GO?  Bust the stereotypes you may have of China and Chinese culture and discover another side to this diverse and creative place.

William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time
Metropolitan Museum of Art
October 22, 2013–May 11, 2014
At the center of the installation is a moving sculpture—the "breathing machine" or "elephant"—an organ-like automaton with a pumping bellows. Plans from the 1870s for copper pneumatic tubes under the streets of Paris that would pump regular bursts of air to calibrate the city's clocks reminded Kentridge of a passage from Charles Dickens's novel Hard Times (1854). Dickens describes a factory machine moving "monotonously up and down, like the head of an elephant in a state of melancholy madness"—a metaphor for the often convulsive developments in science and industry during the modern era and a reminder of the vain impulse to control time.
WHY GO?  You have never seen anything like this exhibition - it will inspire you!

The Little Prince: A New York Story
The Morgan Library & Museum
January 24 - April 27, 2014
This exhibition of the original manuscript and watercolor drawings—the most comprehensive ever mounted—explores the American origins of a story that reminds us that what matters most can only be seen with the heart.
WHY GO?  Anybody who knows the famous story or wants to discover a classic will want to see this wonderful little show.

A Collective Invention: Photographs at Play
The Morgan Library & Museum
February 14 through May 18, 2014
A Collective Invention: Photographs at Play signals the debut of photography as a curatorial focus at the Morgan. With over eighty works from more than two dozen collections arranged into a surprising chain of visual associations, the exhibition explores the many ways of interpreting a photograph and pays tribute to the unique role played by the creative collector. Each photograph in the exhibition's "collective invention" shares a visual or conceptual quality with the piece to its left, another with the one to its right. Embodying photography's rich history and wide range of applications in science, art, propaganda, journalism, and self-promotion, A Collective Invention celebrates a medium that mirrors the energy and complexity of modern life.
WHY GO?  Since the Morgan began as one man's collection and photography wasn't part of it originally, the curators have decided to use this as an advantage rather see it as a disadvantage.  It will be fun and engaging to see how these images "talk to each other."

Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties 
Brooklyn Museum 
March 7–July 6, 2014
Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties offers a focused look at painting, sculpture, graphics, and photography from a decade defined by social protest and American race relations. In observance of the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, this exhibition considers how sixty-six of the decade’s artists, including African Americans and some of their white, Latino, Asian American, Native American, and Caribbean contemporaries, used wide-ranging aesthetic approaches to address the struggle for racial justice.
WHY GO?  An amazing opportunity to engage with a time period of American history and culture that is so misunderstood!

City as Canvas
Museum of the City of New York
February 4 - August 24, 2014
Martin Wong (1946–1999), an East Village artist and visionary collector of graffiti art, amassed a collection of hundreds of works on paper and canvas just as street art was becoming a worldwide cultural phenomenon in the 1980s. Wong’s archive is a unique treasure that provides a window into a vibrant subculture and documents the process of young outlaws becoming mature artists. City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection highlights works in aerosol, ink, and other mediums by seminal figures in the movement, including Keith Haring, Lee Quiñones, Lady Pink, and Futura 2000, as well as photographs that capture work long since erased from walls and subways. Wong donated his collection to the City Museum in 1994.
WHY GO?  See original work by truly original NYC artists from an exciting time in the city.

Two Exhibitions at International Center of Photography (ICP)
International Center of Photography (ICP)
Both have same exhibition dates January 31–May 4, 2014

Capa in Color 

This exhibition presents Robert Capa’s color work for the first time. Capa regularly used color film from the 1940s until his death in 1954. Some of these photographs were published in magazines of the day, but the majority have never been printed, seen, or even studied. Over the years, this aspect of Capa’s career has virtually been forgotten. With over 100 contemporary color prints by the famous photojournalist, Capa in Color presents this work an integral part of his post-war career and fundamental in remaining relevant to magazines.
WHY GO?  Add a special show to your photography education and discover Capa!

What Is a Photograph?
Organized by ICP Curator Carol Squiers, What Is a Photograph? will explore the intense creative experimentation in photography that has occurred since the 1970s. Conceptual art introduced photography into contemporary art making, using the medium in ways that challenged it artistically, intellectually, and technically and broadened the notion of what a photograph could be in art. A new generation of artists began an equally rigorous but more aesthetically adventurous analysis, which probed photography itself—from the role of light, color, composition, to materiality and the subject. What Is a Photograph? brings together these artists, who reinvented photography.
WHY GO?  Discover artists who do bold, original and innovative work! 


“For Forgetting,” Laure Provoust
New Museum
February 12 – April 13, 2014
The non-linear narratives of Turner prize winner Laure Prouvost’s films often  create moving experiences through startling manipulations of sound and imagery. For her first solo museum presentation in the U.S., the artist will show a new work in the Lobby Gallery of the New Museum, “For Forgetting,” an immersive multichannel video installation that explores “slippages in memory and arbitrary distinctions of power and possession.” While her work “Wantee” was the sleeper hit of the 2013 Turner Exhibition, this new installation will likely come much higher expectations.
WHY GO?  It's fresh and engaging and it will be totally new for you!

The 2014 Whitney Biennial
Whitney Museum of American Art
March 7 – May 25, 2014
The last Biennial to take place at the Whitney’s Marcel Breuer-designed home at 975 Madison Avenue will feature works and projects by 103 artists and collectives, and will be shaped by three curators not affiliated with the Museum.  This Biennial will have more artist collectives than ever before, and will include performances throughout the building, along with sound pieces and a contemporary opera. There will be much experimentation across disciplines — writers painting, filmmakers creating sculpture, drawings by photographers — and projects by new media ventures like Triple Canopy. And some of the exhibition will extend beyond the walls of the museum, like artist Tony Tasset’s outdoor sculpture, to be shown in Hudson River Park.
WHY GO?  Such a giant exhibition will have many, many surprises - some bad but mostly good!

Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video
The Guggenheim Museum
January 24 – May 14
Over the last thirty years, Carrie Mae Weems has been created a diverse and affecting body of work — beginning with documentary photography and broadening out into a range of mediums including text, audio, digital imagery, fabric, installation, and video — in an ongoing exploration of class, race, sexism, politics, and gender. This show, the first comprehensive retrospective for the artist (which kicked off in January at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nahville), will present more than 200 works, with a focus on photography and video. It will include some of Weems’s earliest documentary series, like a group of as-of-yet unpublished images inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Roy DeCarava, as well as her well-known 1990 set “The Kitchen Table Series.”
WHY GO?  A hugely talented artist who deserves more attention for her work!

Maria Lassnig
MoMA PS1
Opens March 9
Fresh from her lifetime achievement award at the 2013 Venice Biennale, nonagenarian German painter Maria Lassnig will be the subject of this 50-painting survey focused on her sustained practice of metaphysical self-portraiture. Lassnig's dark and playful renderings of her own body, made up of loose brushstrokes in soft greens, reds, pinks, and blues against stark white backdrops, are often ominously distorted or accompanied by strange, symbolic accessories, from a dancing skeleton to a hamster.
WHY GO?  Go see what she's about and discover her world!

Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937
Neue Galerie
March 13 – June 30
The Neue Galerie is putting on an exhibition of works that were originally part of Adolf Hitler’s infamous 1937 exhibition of modern art, which presented paintings and sculptures condemned as degenerate by the Nazi party. The new show, curated by scholar and Neue Galerie board member Dr. Olaf Peters, will be the first large-scale take on this subject in the U.S. since the highly regarded 1991 show “Degenerate Art: The Fate of the Avant-Garde in Nazi Germany” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. At the Neue Galerie, the so-called degenerate art will be presented alongside officially sanctioned art of the period.
WHY GO?  A unique way to view history - through an art show the Nazis presented that was actually more popular with the public that the "acceptable art" show!

Zhang Huan
Storm King
Opens May 3
The starting point for this exhibition — organized by Storm King director David R. Collens and the Asia Society’s museum director, Melissa Chiu — is the Chinese contemporary artist Zhang Huan’s “Three-Legged Buddha” (2007). Weighing over 12 tons, this gargantuan copper and steel sculpture, which Storm King acquired in 2010, will be the centerpiece of a display of outdoor sculptures similarly inspired by the subject of the Buddha — Zhang is a Ju Shi Buddhist. Other works will fill the rooms of the Museum Building.  The works in this show, mostly created since 2005, were inspired by Zhang’s travels through Tibet, where he viewed remnants of Buddhist statuary destroyed during the Cultural Revolution.
WHY GO?  A special sculptor in a very special setting!

Other Primary Structures
The Jewish Museum
March 14 – August 3
Revisiting the Jewish Museum’s 1966 show “Primary Structures: Younger American and British Sculptors” — a watershed exhibition that brought artists like Carl Andre, Donald Judd, and Sol LeWitt their first major attention — this show will revisit that cultural moment however from a far more global perspective. The first exhibition at the museum curated by its deputy director, Jens Hoffmann, it will include artists from Latin America, Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. Exploring the legacy of the mostly American and British abstract sculptors in the first show, the new show will examine their influence on artists who worked at the same time in other countries, whose work has been little known or seen in the US.
WHY GO?  Opens up the idea of who is a "Jewish artist" by including many who work outside the United States.

Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New
Museum of Modern Art
December 21, 2013–April 21, 2014
During a career spanning half a century, Ileana Sonnabend (1914–2007) helped shape the course of postwar art in Europe and North America. A gallerist and noted collector, Sonnabend discovered and championed many of the most significant artists of her time. Among the important works she owned is Robert Rauschenberg's Combine Canyon (1959), which the Sonnabend family donated to The Museum of Modern Art in 2012. In celebration of this extraordinary gift, Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New explores Sonnabend’s legendary eye through selected works of art that she presented in her eponymous galleries in Paris and New York.
WHY GO?  Celebrates a woman who had a big influence on how we see art from the 1960s through the 1980s because her gallery influenced what collectors bought and what museums put on display.

Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal
Museum of Modern Art
February 1–June 1, 2014
Through an initial selection of drawings, films, and large-scale architectural models, the exhibition examines the tension in Wright’s thinking about the growing American city in the 1920s and 1930s, when he worked simultaneously on radical new forms for the skyscraper and on a comprehensive plan for the urbanization of the American landscape titled “Broadacre City.” Visitors encounter the spectacular 12-foot-by-12-foot model of this plan, which merges one of the earliest schemes for a highway flyover with an expansive, agrarian domain. Promoted and updated throughout Wright’s life, the model toured the country for several years in the 1930s, beginning with a display at Rockefeller Center. This dispersed vision is paired with Wright's innovative structural experiments for building the vertical city.
WHY GO?  We need to better understand how to plan city living for the future - and Wright helps us do that by showing alternatives.

Nalini Malani: Transgressions
Asia Society 
February 19, 2014 - August 3, 2014
Nalini Malani (b. 1946 in Karachi, Pakistan; lives and works in Mumbai, India) is one of the foremost contemporary women artists from India. Her practice utilizes allegory and symbolism as metaphors to explore issues relating to gender, class, and race in a post-colonial world. Formally, her work spans the mediums of painting, sculpture, installation, performance, and works on paper. This exhibition will feature Transgressions II (2009), a multimedia installation from the Asia Society Museum Collection. This three-channel video integrates the folk sensibility of traditional shadow plays with new technology, creating a mesmerizing projection of colors and shadows. The exhibition will also feature a selection of Malani's artist books. This presentation will represent the artist's first solo museum exhibition in New York in over a decade.
WHY GO?  Discover non-European art in a special place on Park Avenue.

Two Exhibitions at the New York Historical Society
New York Historical Society

Bill Cunningham: Façades 
March 14, 2014 - June 15, 2014
In 1968, photographer Bill Cunningham embarked on an eight-year project to document the architectural riches and fashion history of New York City. Scouring the city’s thrift stores, auction houses, and street fairs for vintage clothing, and scouting sites on his bicycle, Cunningham generated a photographic essay entitled Façades, which paired models—in particular his muse, fellow photographer Editta Sherman—in period costumes with historic settings.
WHY GO?  Enjoy NYC landmarks in a unique way!

The Black Fives
March 14, 2014 - July 20, 2014
This exhibition covers the pioneering history of the African American basketball teams that existed in New York City and elsewhere from the early 1900s through 1950, the year the National Basketball Association became racially integrated. Just after the game of basketball was invented in 1891, teams were often called “fives” in reference to their five starting players. Teams made up entirely of African American players were referred to as “colored fives,” “Negro fives,” or black fives—the period became known as the Black Fives Era.
WHY GO?  Sports history doesn't usually get this kind of exhibition - it will be fascinating. 

Two Exhibitions at Schomburg Center in Harlem
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution
February 5 - June 14, 2014
From 1900 to 1960, Hollywood’s greatest animators and biggest studios produced more than 600 cartoon shorts featuring black characters. These films reflected the racial stereotypes of the pre–Civil Rights Era, portraying blacks as less than human and as minstrel caricatures. It wasn’t until the late 1960s and early 1970s that Saturday morning television cartoons featured black animated characters in a positive and realistic manner. Funky Turns 40, from the Museum of Uncut Funk, explores these black animated characters and the impact they had on a generation of young folk.
WHY GO?  Discover a whole generation of TV that started ti include African American characters!

Motown: The Truth Is A Hit
February 1 - July 26, 2014 Courtesy of the Motown MuseumMotown founder Berry Gordy is quoted as saying “The truth is a hit.” And in truth, Detroit’s Motown Records became the voice of an entire generation. Our upcoming Motown exhibition, The Truth Is a Hit seeks to explore Gordy’s notion of the truth by tracing black Music from its African roots through slavery, Jim Crow, the Great Migration, urban America, the Civil Rights and anti-war movements, up to the present day.
WHY GO?  Music history is always fun and this exhibition will be fascinating to discover singers and songwriters again or for the first time.

The Lee Family of New York Chinatown Since 1888
Museum of Chinese in America
October 23, 2013 - April 13, 2014
The Lee Family of New York Chinatown Since 1888 showcases Harold L. Lee and Sons, Inc., a cornerstone of Chinatown. Founded in 1888, this year marks the company’s 125th anniversary. MOCA will present a selection of photographs and artifacts from the business, tracing its rise from a small foreign exchange business to national insurance brokerage. The exhibition will take place in MOCA’s recreated general store: a space fashioned to represent an old New York storefront with tin ceilings, built-in wooden cabinets, and brick walls.
WHY GO?  What a special way to learn about how one family reflects a culture!

Anders Zorn: Sweden’s Master Painter
February 27 - May 18, 2014
National Academy
By the turn of the 20th century, the success of Anders Zorn (1860-1920) rivaled that of the most famous artists of his day, including John Singer Sargent. A virtuoso watercolorist, bravura painter, and etcher, Zorn had risen from humble beginnings in the Swedish countryside to travel the world, captivate American artists and politicians alike, and paint some of the most sought after portraits of America’s Gilded Age. This major retrospective features more than 90 rarely seen works and brings to light the work of a master, long overlooked in America.
WHY GO?  Sargent is a master so to compare Zorn to Sargent means he is a BEAST!  Go see it!  It will be very traditional paintingbut it will also add much beauty to your life!

The Art of Video Games
Hudson River Museum - Yonkers 
February 15 - May 18, 2014
One of the first major exhibitions to explore the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, The Art of Video Games focuses on the medium’s striking graphics, creative storytelling, and player interactivity.  The Art of Video Games features the most influential artists and designers across five eras of game development, from early pioneers to the contemporary artists, who created some of the best games for 20 gaming systems that range from the Atari VCS to PlayStation 3.
WHY GO?  Discover or re-discover the world of video games.  And EASY TO REACH from Grand Central Station!

Metro-North Hudson Line from Grand Central Terminal to Glenwood Station. Walk 1 block east on Glenwood Avenue; turn left onto Ravine Avenue . At the end of Ravine Avenue , turn left into Trevor Park. Follow path to museum entrance.  Make your visit a One-Day Getaway, and get a combined rail and admission discount ticket. Click here for details.


Street Art (Brooklyn)


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Amazing Places on Earth: The Moses Bridge

How do you ‘hide’ a bridge?!
The Moses Bridge (Get it?  Parting the sea!) across the Netherlands’ West Brabant Water line was designed in the 17th Century as a way for Dutch soldiers to access Fort de Roovere. By sneaking across this amazing ‘bridge’ they managed to avoid being spotted by Spanish and French invaders!
Now the bridge is a popular historical tourist spot! 
(via Amazing Places on Earth)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Devil With Many Faces (Medieval Icons)

In the medieval iconography of the devil, he was often depicted with faces all over his body to emphasize his counterintuitive nature.


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Diosver PENN STATION Before Madison Square Garden Replaced It



"The Rise and Fall of Penn Station," from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE from Gothamist on Vimeo.

Path of Beauty

A women walks in the Musée du Louvre, alone.
The museum is completely empty.
We follow this young woman in her dreamlike journey through the different rooms of the museum, between amazement and beauty, art and poetry.




Path of Beauty from Florent Igla on Vimeo.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

N.F.L. Prospect Michael Sam Announces He's Gay

So I asked a 10th grade football player from our school's city-wide championship team if he heard the news about Michael Sam, the college draft pick for the NFL. He said, "Yes but he's gay."
Me: "He's going to to be the first gay dude in the NFL."
E: "He's gay though. That's not cool."
Me: "Would that make you uncomfortable to be on a team with a gay player?"
E: "Hell yeah."

...and then we had to all settle down to begin the Do Now, pass out papers and begin the lesson...

from the New Yorker sports blog:
No matter what happens next, Sam has proven what we already knew: that football, or any sport, isn’t somehow in itself hostile to the breadth of human sexuality. At Outsports, in a great behind-the-scenes explanation of how Sam’s announcement was planned and timed, Cyd Zeigler writes that Sam has no plans to become an activist anytime soon: “His role in the movement toward LGBT equality in sports will be simply playing the sport as an out gay man.”

New Yorker sports blog link:
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/sportingscene/2014/02/michael-sam-gay-football-player-nfl-draft.html

Outsports link:
http://www.outsports.com/2014/2/9/5396036/michael-sam-gay-football-player-missouri-nfl-draft

New York Times article link:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/10/sports/michael-sam-college-football-star-says-he-is-gay-ahead-of-nfl-draft.html?_r=0

New Year! New Art! Must-See Museum Shows of 2014

Dog Star knows everyone gets a little LESS busy as soon as the new year begins.  Maybe you'll make time to see one of these museum exhibitions?

It's a new year for new art!

This can be your guide to exhibitions at NYC's museums this Winter/Spring 2014 and a checklist to be sure you see the ones you want before they close.

THIS IS A PRINTER-FRIENDLY POST.  All text in black to make it easy to print the list and keep it in your agenda or to refer to it and make dates to see these exhibitions with family and friends.

All of the museums have a free or pay-what-you-wish (it can be just $1) night so be sure to check the website - it is linked in BOLD in the name of the museum.

You may read about artists here that you've never heard of before - that's a good reason to check it out.  Read the list and make a plan to see at least three to start - pick one you are excited about seeing and invite your family.  

Choose another one and invite two friends to join you!  

On the third go by yourself - it will be an entirely different experience and you be doing less socializing, less talking, less talking ABOUT the art and MORE LOOKING. 

And always keep your phone in your pocket.  It's tough to make a real connection to the artwork if you are texting, taking pictures or researching.  

Give yourself the chance to have a "phone-free" experience with art.

Finally, we've added one line called WHY GO? to express in a few words what's special, unusual or a rare opportunity to encourage devoted Dog Star readers to see an exhibition.

CLOSING SOON!
The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution
New York Historical Society
October 11, 2013 - February 23, 2014
Works by Duchamp, Matisse, Picasso, Cézanne, Gauguin, and Van Gogh will be on display in The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution, which revisits the famous 1913 New York Armory Show on its 100th anniversary.
WHY GO?  One hundred years ago the Armory Show was shocking to many Americans - find out why and discover how much our society has changed and not changed since then!

CLOSING SOON!
Art Spiegelman's Co-Mix: A Retrospective
The Jewish Museum
November 8, 2013 - March 23, 2014
This first U.S. retrospective celebrates the career of one of the most influential living comic artists. The exhibition spans Spiegelman’s career from his early days in underground comix to provocative New Yorker covers and artistic collaborations in new media. Included are over three hundred preparatory sketches, preliminary and final drawings, plus prints and other ephemeral and documentary material.
WHY GO?  Devoted Dog Star readers will discover a wider world of this artist's work beyond his graphic novels Maus I and Maus II.  Do not miss this exhibition!

CLOSING SOON!
Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey
Brooklyn Museum
October 11, 2013–March 9, 2014
Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey is the first survey in the United States of this internationally renowned, Brooklyn-based artist. Spanning from the mid-1990s to the present, the exhibition unites more than fifty pieces, including Mutu’s signature large-scale collages as well as video works, never-before-seen sketchbook drawings, a site-specific wall drawing, and sculptural installations.
WHY GO?  DO NOT MISS THIS EXHIBITION - You have never seen anything like this artists work and it will be an eye-opening and fresh experience!

CLOSING SOON!
WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY:
Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath
Brooklyn Museum
November 8, 2013–February 2, 2014
WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath explores the experience of war with an unprecedented collection of 400 photographic prints, books, magazines, albums, and camera equipment, bringing together iconic and unknown images taken by members of the military, commercial portraitists, journalists, amateurs, artists, and numerous Pulitzer Prize–winning photographers.
WHY GO?  Fans of photography and photographers will enjoy this historical look at war photos through the years - including more recent conflicts.

CLOSING SOON!
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier:
From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
Brooklyn Museum
October 25, 2013–February 23, 2014
The Brooklyn Museum is the only East Coast venue for The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, the first international exhibition dedicated to the groundbreaking French couturier. Playful, poetic, and transformative, Gaultier’s superbly crafted and detailed garments are inspired by the beauty and diversity of global cultures.
WHY GO?  Fans of fashion and fashionistas will want to see an extraordinary designer's career in one place - exciting and inspiring!

CLOSING SOON!
Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Lost Performance and the New Psychodrama - Manhattan
Whitney Museum of American Art
October 31, 2013-March 2014
This exhibition illuminates a radical period of 1970s performance art that flourished in downtown Manhattan, or what filmmaker and performance artist Jack Smith called “Rented Island,” and still remains largely unknown today. Working in lofts, storefronts, and alternative spaces, this group of artists, with backgrounds in theater, dance, music, and visual art, created complex new forms of performance to embody and address contemporary media, commercial culture, and high art.
WHY GO?  This exhibition will try to give a sense of the downtown performance scene in SoHo and the East Village in the 1970s - definitely for anybody who finds this time period and type of performance-based art fascinating.  This will be an eye-opening exhibition with installations, video and performance.

CLOSING SOON! 
The Shadows Took Shape
Studio Museum of Harlem 
Nov 14, 2013 - Mar 9, 2014
The Shadows Took Shape a dynamic interdisciplinary exhibition exploring contemporary art through the lens of Afrofuturist aesthetics. Coined in 1994 by writer Mark Dery in his essay “Black to the Future,” the term “Afrofuturism” refers to a creative and intellectual genre that emerged as a strategy to explore science fiction, fantasy, magical realism and pan-Africanism. With roots in the avant-garde musical stylings of sonic innovator Sun Ra (born Herman Poole Blount, 1914–1993), Afrofuturism has been used by artists, writers and theorists as a way to prophesize the future, redefine the present and reconceptualize the past. The Shadows Took Shape will be one of the few major museum exhibitions to explore the ways in which this form of creative expression has been adopted internationally and highlight the range of work made over the past twenty-five years.
WHY GO?  Discover artists who do bold, original and innovative work! 

Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China
Metropolitan Museum of Art
December 11, 2013–April 6, 2014
Featuring some seventy works by thirty-five artists in various media—paintings, calligraphy, photographs, woodblock prints, video, and sculpture—created during the past three decades, the exhibition is organized thematically into four parts: The Written Word, New Landscapes, Abstraction, and Beyond the Brush. Although all of the artists have challenged, subverted, or otherwise transformed their sources through new modes of expression, Ink Art seeks to demonstrate that China's ancient pattern of seeking cultural renewal through the reinterpretation of past models remains a viable creative path.
WHY GO?  Bust the stereotypes you may have of China and Chinese culture and discover another side to this diverse and creative place.

William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time
Metropolitan Museum of Art
October 22, 2013–May 11, 2014
At the center of the installation is a moving sculpture—the "breathing machine" or "elephant"—an organ-like automaton with a pumping bellows. Plans from the 1870s for copper pneumatic tubes under the streets of Paris that would pump regular bursts of air to calibrate the city's clocks reminded Kentridge of a passage from Charles Dickens's novel Hard Times (1854). Dickens describes a factory machine moving "monotonously up and down, like the head of an elephant in a state of melancholy madness"—a metaphor for the often convulsive developments in science and industry during the modern era and a reminder of the vain impulse to control time.
WHY GO?  You have never seen anything like this exhibition - it will inspire you!

The Little Prince: A New York Story
The Morgan Library & Museum
January 24 - April 27, 2014
This exhibition of the original manuscript and watercolor drawings—the most comprehensive ever mounted—explores the American origins of a story that reminds us that what matters most can only be seen with the heart.
WHY GO?  Anybody who knows the famous story or wants to discover a classic will want to see this wonderful little show.

A Collective Invention: Photographs at Play
The Morgan Library & Museum
February 14 through May 18, 2014
A Collective Invention: Photographs at Play signals the debut of photography as a curatorial focus at the Morgan. With over eighty works from more than two dozen collections arranged into a surprising chain of visual associations, the exhibition explores the many ways of interpreting a photograph and pays tribute to the unique role played by the creative collector. Each photograph in the exhibition's "collective invention" shares a visual or conceptual quality with the piece to its left, another with the one to its right. Embodying photography's rich history and wide range of applications in science, art, propaganda, journalism, and self-promotion, A Collective Invention celebrates a medium that mirrors the energy and complexity of modern life.
WHY GO?  Since the Morgan began as one man's collection and photography wasn't part of it originally, the curators have decided to use this as an advantage rather see it as a disadvantage.  It will be fun and engaging to see how these images "talk to each other."

Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties 
Brooklyn Museum 
March 7–July 6, 2014
Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties offers a focused look at painting, sculpture, graphics, and photography from a decade defined by social protest and American race relations. In observance of the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, this exhibition considers how sixty-six of the decade’s artists, including African Americans and some of their white, Latino, Asian American, Native American, and Caribbean contemporaries, used wide-ranging aesthetic approaches to address the struggle for racial justice.
WHY GO?  An amazing opportunity to engage with a time period of American history and culture that is so misunderstood!

City as Canvas
Museum of the City of New York
February 4 - August 24, 2014
Martin Wong (1946–1999), an East Village artist and visionary collector of graffiti art, amassed a collection of hundreds of works on paper and canvas just as street art was becoming a worldwide cultural phenomenon in the 1980s. Wong’s archive is a unique treasure that provides a window into a vibrant subculture and documents the process of young outlaws becoming mature artists. City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection highlights works in aerosol, ink, and other mediums by seminal figures in the movement, including Keith Haring, Lee Quiñones, Lady Pink, and Futura 2000, as well as photographs that capture work long since erased from walls and subways. Wong donated his collection to the City Museum in 1994.
WHY GO?  See original work by truly original NYC artists from an exciting time in the city.

Two Exhibitions at International Center of Photography (ICP)
International Center of Photography (ICP)
Both have same exhibition dates January 31–May 4, 2014

Capa in Color 

This exhibition presents Robert Capa’s color work for the first time. Capa regularly used color film from the 1940s until his death in 1954. Some of these photographs were published in magazines of the day, but the majority have never been printed, seen, or even studied. Over the years, this aspect of Capa’s career has virtually been forgotten. With over 100 contemporary color prints by the famous photojournalist, Capa in Color presents this work an integral part of his post-war career and fundamental in remaining relevant to magazines.
WHY GO?  Add a special show to your photography education and discover Capa!

What Is a Photograph?
Organized by ICP Curator Carol Squiers, What Is a Photograph? will explore the intense creative experimentation in photography that has occurred since the 1970s. Conceptual art introduced photography into contemporary art making, using the medium in ways that challenged it artistically, intellectually, and technically and broadened the notion of what a photograph could be in art. A new generation of artists began an equally rigorous but more aesthetically adventurous analysis, which probed photography itself—from the role of light, color, composition, to materiality and the subject. What Is a Photograph? brings together these artists, who reinvented photography.
WHY GO?  Discover artists who do bold, original and innovative work! 


“For Forgetting,” Laure Provoust
New Museum
February 12 – April 13, 2014
The non-linear narratives of Turner prize winner Laure Prouvost’s films often  create moving experiences through startling manipulations of sound and imagery. For her first solo museum presentation in the U.S., the artist will show a new work in the Lobby Gallery of the New Museum, “For Forgetting,” an immersive multichannel video installation that explores “slippages in memory and arbitrary distinctions of power and possession.” While her work “Wantee” was the sleeper hit of the 2013 Turner Exhibition, this new installation will likely come much higher expectations.
WHY GO?  It's fresh and engaging and it will be totally new for you!

The 2014 Whitney Biennial
Whitney Museum of American Art
March 7 – May 25, 2014
The last Biennial to take place at the Whitney’s Marcel Breuer-designed home at 975 Madison Avenue will feature works and projects by 103 artists and collectives, and will be shaped by three curators not affiliated with the Museum.  This Biennial will have more artist collectives than ever before, and will include performances throughout the building, along with sound pieces and a contemporary opera. There will be much experimentation across disciplines — writers painting, filmmakers creating sculpture, drawings by photographers — and projects by new media ventures like Triple Canopy. And some of the exhibition will extend beyond the walls of the museum, like artist Tony Tasset’s outdoor sculpture, to be shown in Hudson River Park.
WHY GO?  Such a giant exhibition will have many, many surprises - some bad but mostly good!

Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video
The Guggenheim Museum
January 24 – May 14
Over the last thirty years, Carrie Mae Weems has been created a diverse and affecting body of work — beginning with documentary photography and broadening out into a range of mediums including text, audio, digital imagery, fabric, installation, and video — in an ongoing exploration of class, race, sexism, politics, and gender. This show, the first comprehensive retrospective for the artist (which kicked off in January at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nahville), will present more than 200 works, with a focus on photography and video. It will include some of Weems’s earliest documentary series, like a group of as-of-yet unpublished images inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Roy DeCarava, as well as her well-known 1990 set “The Kitchen Table Series.”
WHY GO?  A hugely talented artist who deserves more attention for her work!

Maria Lassnig
MoMA PS1
Opens March 9
Fresh from her lifetime achievement award at the 2013 Venice Biennale, nonagenarian German painter Maria Lassnig will be the subject of this 50-painting survey focused on her sustained practice of metaphysical self-portraiture. Lassnig's dark and playful renderings of her own body, made up of loose brushstrokes in soft greens, reds, pinks, and blues against stark white backdrops, are often ominously distorted or accompanied by strange, symbolic accessories, from a dancing skeleton to a hamster.
WHY GO?  Go see what she's about and discover her world!

Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937
Neue Galerie
March 13 – June 30
The Neue Galerie is putting on an exhibition of works that were originally part of Adolf Hitler’s infamous 1937 exhibition of modern art, which presented paintings and sculptures condemned as degenerate by the Nazi party. The new show, curated by scholar and Neue Galerie board member Dr. Olaf Peters, will be the first large-scale take on this subject in the U.S. since the highly regarded 1991 show “Degenerate Art: The Fate of the Avant-Garde in Nazi Germany” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. At the Neue Galerie, the so-called degenerate art will be presented alongside officially sanctioned art of the period.
WHY GO?  A unique way to view history - through an art show the Nazis presented that was actually more popular with the public that the "acceptable art" show!

Zhang Huan
Storm King
Opens May 3
The starting point for this exhibition — organized by Storm King director David R. Collens and the Asia Society’s museum director, Melissa Chiu — is the Chinese contemporary artist Zhang Huan’s “Three-Legged Buddha” (2007). Weighing over 12 tons, this gargantuan copper and steel sculpture, which Storm King acquired in 2010, will be the centerpiece of a display of outdoor sculptures similarly inspired by the subject of the Buddha — Zhang is a Ju Shi Buddhist. Other works will fill the rooms of the Museum Building.  The works in this show, mostly created since 2005, were inspired by Zhang’s travels through Tibet, where he viewed remnants of Buddhist statuary destroyed during the Cultural Revolution.
WHY GO?  A special sculptor in a very special setting!

Other Primary Structures
The Jewish Museum
March 14 – August 3
Revisiting the Jewish Museum’s 1966 show “Primary Structures: Younger American and British Sculptors” — a watershed exhibition that brought artists like Carl Andre, Donald Judd, and Sol LeWitt their first major attention — this show will revisit that cultural moment however from a far more global perspective. The first exhibition at the museum curated by its deputy director, Jens Hoffmann, it will include artists from Latin America, Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. Exploring the legacy of the mostly American and British abstract sculptors in the first show, the new show will examine their influence on artists who worked at the same time in other countries, whose work has been little known or seen in the US.
WHY GO?  Opens up the idea of who is a "Jewish artist" by including many who work outside the United States.

Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New
Museum of Modern Art
December 21, 2013–April 21, 2014
During a career spanning half a century, Ileana Sonnabend (1914–2007) helped shape the course of postwar art in Europe and North America. A gallerist and noted collector, Sonnabend discovered and championed many of the most significant artists of her time. Among the important works she owned is Robert Rauschenberg's Combine Canyon (1959), which the Sonnabend family donated to The Museum of Modern Art in 2012. In celebration of this extraordinary gift, Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New explores Sonnabend’s legendary eye through selected works of art that she presented in her eponymous galleries in Paris and New York.
WHY GO?  Celebrates a woman who had a big influence on how we see art from the 1960s through the 1980s because her gallery influenced what collectors bought and what museums put on display.

Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal
Museum of Modern Art
February 1–June 1, 2014
Through an initial selection of drawings, films, and large-scale architectural models, the exhibition examines the tension in Wright’s thinking about the growing American city in the 1920s and 1930s, when he worked simultaneously on radical new forms for the skyscraper and on a comprehensive plan for the urbanization of the American landscape titled “Broadacre City.” Visitors encounter the spectacular 12-foot-by-12-foot model of this plan, which merges one of the earliest schemes for a highway flyover with an expansive, agrarian domain. Promoted and updated throughout Wright’s life, the model toured the country for several years in the 1930s, beginning with a display at Rockefeller Center. This dispersed vision is paired with Wright's innovative structural experiments for building the vertical city.
WHY GO?  We need to better understand how to plan city living for the future - and Wright helps us do that by showing alternatives.

Nalini Malani: Transgressions
Asia Society 
February 19, 2014 - August 3, 2014
Nalini Malani (b. 1946 in Karachi, Pakistan; lives and works in Mumbai, India) is one of the foremost contemporary women artists from India. Her practice utilizes allegory and symbolism as metaphors to explore issues relating to gender, class, and race in a post-colonial world. Formally, her work spans the mediums of painting, sculpture, installation, performance, and works on paper. This exhibition will feature Transgressions II (2009), a multimedia installation from the Asia Society Museum Collection. This three-channel video integrates the folk sensibility of traditional shadow plays with new technology, creating a mesmerizing projection of colors and shadows. The exhibition will also feature a selection of Malani's artist books. This presentation will represent the artist's first solo museum exhibition in New York in over a decade.
WHY GO?  Discover non-European art in a special place on Park Avenue.

Two Exhibitions at the New York Historical Society
New York Historical Society

Bill Cunningham: Façades 
March 14, 2014 - June 15, 2014
In 1968, photographer Bill Cunningham embarked on an eight-year project to document the architectural riches and fashion history of New York City. Scouring the city’s thrift stores, auction houses, and street fairs for vintage clothing, and scouting sites on his bicycle, Cunningham generated a photographic essay entitled Façades, which paired models—in particular his muse, fellow photographer Editta Sherman—in period costumes with historic settings.
WHY GO?  Enjoy NYC landmarks in a unique way!

The Black Fives
March 14, 2014 - July 20, 2014
This exhibition covers the pioneering history of the African American basketball teams that existed in New York City and elsewhere from the early 1900s through 1950, the year the National Basketball Association became racially integrated. Just after the game of basketball was invented in 1891, teams were often called “fives” in reference to their five starting players. Teams made up entirely of African American players were referred to as “colored fives,” “Negro fives,” or black fives—the period became known as the Black Fives Era.
WHY GO?  Sports history doesn't usually get this kind of exhibition - it will be fascinating. 

Two Exhibitions at Schomburg Center in Harlem
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution
February 5 - June 14, 2014
From 1900 to 1960, Hollywood’s greatest animators and biggest studios produced more than 600 cartoon shorts featuring black characters. These films reflected the racial stereotypes of the pre–Civil Rights Era, portraying blacks as less than human and as minstrel caricatures. It wasn’t until the late 1960s and early 1970s that Saturday morning television cartoons featured black animated characters in a positive and realistic manner. Funky Turns 40, from the Museum of Uncut Funk, explores these black animated characters and the impact they had on a generation of young folk.
WHY GO?  Discover a whole generation of TV that started ti include African American characters!

Motown: The Truth Is A Hit
February 1 - July 26, 2014 Courtesy of the Motown MuseumMotown founder Berry Gordy is quoted as saying “The truth is a hit.” And in truth, Detroit’s Motown Records became the voice of an entire generation. Our upcoming Motown exhibition, The Truth Is a Hit seeks to explore Gordy’s notion of the truth by tracing black Music from its African roots through slavery, Jim Crow, the Great Migration, urban America, the Civil Rights and anti-war movements, up to the present day.
WHY GO?  Music history is always fun and this exhibition will be fascinating to discover singers and songwriters again or for the first time.

The Lee Family of New York Chinatown Since 1888
Museum of Chinese in America
October 23, 2013 - April 13, 2014
The Lee Family of New York Chinatown Since 1888 showcases Harold L. Lee and Sons, Inc., a cornerstone of Chinatown. Founded in 1888, this year marks the company’s 125th anniversary. MOCA will present a selection of photographs and artifacts from the business, tracing its rise from a small foreign exchange business to national insurance brokerage. The exhibition will take place in MOCA’s recreated general store: a space fashioned to represent an old New York storefront with tin ceilings, built-in wooden cabinets, and brick walls.
WHY GO?  What a special way to learn about how one family reflects a culture!

Anders Zorn: Sweden’s Master Painter
February 27 - May 18, 2014
National Academy
By the turn of the 20th century, the success of Anders Zorn (1860-1920) rivaled that of the most famous artists of his day, including John Singer Sargent. A virtuoso watercolorist, bravura painter, and etcher, Zorn had risen from humble beginnings in the Swedish countryside to travel the world, captivate American artists and politicians alike, and paint some of the most sought after portraits of America’s Gilded Age. This major retrospective features more than 90 rarely seen works and brings to light the work of a master, long overlooked in America.
WHY GO?  Sargent is a master so to compare Zorn to Sargent means he is a BEAST!  Go see it!  It will be very traditional paintingbut it will also add much beauty to your life!

The Art of Video Games
Hudson River Museum - Yonkers 
February 15 - May 18, 2014
One of the first major exhibitions to explore the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, The Art of Video Games focuses on the medium’s striking graphics, creative storytelling, and player interactivity.  The Art of Video Games features the most influential artists and designers across five eras of game development, from early pioneers to the contemporary artists, who created some of the best games for 20 gaming systems that range from the Atari VCS to PlayStation 3.
WHY GO?  Discover or re-discover the world of video games.  And EASY TO REACH from Grand Central Station!

Metro-North Hudson Line from Grand Central Terminal to Glenwood Station. Walk 1 block east on Glenwood Avenue; turn left onto Ravine Avenue . At the end of Ravine Avenue , turn left into Trevor Park. Follow path to museum entrance.  Make your visit a One-Day Getaway, and get a combined rail and admission discount ticket. Click here for details.