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Image above: Vik Muniz
A Bar at the Folies-Bergère after Édouard Manet, from the Pictures of Magazines 2 series, 2012.
Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life. Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, painted in 1882, explores the treachery of nineteenth-century Parisian nightlife through the depiction of a bartender attending to a male patron reflected in the mirror behind her. Muniz plays on Manet’s style, replacing Manet’s visible brushstrokes with the frayed edges of torn paper and lending the work immense visual interest.
“Thank you for DogStarNYC, in general. The site speaks to so many kinds of interests; it discerns which qualities will appeal to many different tastes in a tremendous number of activities. I love how it encourages young people to pay attention to the unusual.
In New York we let so many teens walk around the periphery, mildly shell-shocked by life, while the information that they need to make sense of their world sits in the center of the room. DogStarNYC welcomes them into the middle of the room; the blog tells them how to walk there. ” - Stacy L.
DOG STAR is the creation of a high school English teacher in New York City. This blog began in 2008 as an online community for a journalism class and has since evolved into a curated site on the creative arts, arts-related news and a guide to free and low-cost events for teens. Our mission is to offer teens real-life options for enjoying all the creative arts in New York City. May wisdom guide you and hope sustain you. The more you like art, the more art you like!
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
North Hill is a Paris-based site featuring artists from around the world with original voices in music and design.
Our homie 21Quest is featured on the site - go here to see more.
Watch the interview from the North Hill / Art Is website below.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Dog Star re-posts this from New York Magazine. The excerpt below starts the article and then continue reading at the New York Magazine website. The headline really means "Is race ELASTIC?" meaning, is race and its definitions stretch and bend according to tastes and, in this case, money. The article explores the cosmetic surgery trends to "acquire" facial features of those who are not from one's racial or ethnic group. What a strange new world we live in.
Is Race Plastic? My Trip Into the ‘Ethnic Plastic Surgery’ MinefieldBy Maureen O'Connor
To some, Kwan’s assessment may seem offensive—an attempt to remove my mother’s race from my face as though it were a pimple. But to others, it will seem as banal as a dietitian advising them to eat more leafy greens—advice having nothing to do with hiding one’s race or mimicking another. Asian blepharoplasty belongs to a range of niche cosmetic procedures known colloquially as ethnic plastic surgery, the popularity of which has spiked in recent years—and is prone to heated arguments, major misunderstandings, alternating whiplashes of sympathy and disgust, and some intensely uncomfortable reckonings. (Including, perhaps, the ones in this article.) The issues at stake are loaded: ethnic identity, standards of beauty, the politics of diversity, what constitutes race, and whether exercises of vanity can reshape it.
CONTINUE READING HERE AT THE NEW YORK MAGAZINE WEBSITE
Monday, July 28, 2014
Dog Star says put this museum exhibition on your summer to-do list!
You haven't ever seen artwork like this before!
Jeff Koons is an American sculptor who comes up with the ideas for pieces and then pays for the very best specialists to create the works. In the photo above is a typical birthday party balloon dog. But this one is made of stainless steel polished with a mirror surface (and painted yellow).
The exhibition is huge! It's on FIVE FLOORS of the Whitney Museum and they WANT YOU TO SEE IT!
Whitney Museum is on Madison Avenue at the corner of 75th Street.
Hours and admission:
- Mon–Tues Closed
- Wed–Thurs11 am–6 pm
- Fri1 pm–9 pm
- Sat–Sun11 am–6 pm
The Whitney offers free admission for visitors ages 18 and under.
THIS MEANS IT'S FREE FOR KIDS AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!
Regular admission is $20.
Teen Event: Jeff Koons
Sat, July 19, 2014 2–4:30 PM
This event is free to attend, and no RSVP is required. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 570-7752.
Here's the fantastic review in The New York Times by Roberta Smith:
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Finding our fathers
Bringing dads back to their sons is the only honest answer to the crisis of young black men
For millions of black Americans, Barack Obama's legacy is not going to be Obamacare, nor his decision to move troops out of Iraq, nor what he does about immigration.
No, it will be the image of him as a black father - of him, for example, standing at the White House and declaring, after the 2012 racially charged killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin, "this could have been my son."
For all the accusations that Obama waffles and wavers when it comes to controversial issues affecting African Americans, there is a widespread perception of him as the model of black fatherhood. It is a view of him that I share, and it means a lot to me, because I know in personal ways the difference that the presence, or absence, of a dad can make in a young black man's life.
So much of my writing over the years has been about the disrespect and even viciousness with which police officers treat black and Latino men. The brutality against Eric Garner, who died 10 days ago after a white officer placed him in what seems to have been a chokehold, is just the latest case.
But I have to say - and this isn't easy, because tough love never is - that our collective shortcomings as African-American fathers also cause me great distress. Unlike the beatings, chokings and shootings our black youngsters are too frequently victims of - from the police, yes, but often from other black males - the pain of paternal abandonment is a dull ache in the heart that, in the end, can do as much damage as a bullet.
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Saturday, July 26, 2014
Black and Latino males must be exposed to a broader range of experiences and positive role models. Too often the prevalent image in their lives is glorified drugs / gun violence / misogyny.
It's important for everybody to truly know and appreciate the experiences of all kinds of people. It's especially important for young Black and Latino males to understand that not everybody grows up the same way just because you share the same skin color.
It's also important to teach young Black and Latino males that the good and poor choices they make have lasting consequences for their lives. We hope you'll help get these books into the hands of young Black and Latino males in your life.
Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead
Benji Cooper is one of the few black students at an elite prep school in Manhattan. But every summer, Benji escapes to the Hamptons, to Sag Harbor, where a small community of African American professionals have built a world of their own. The summer of ’85 won’t be without its usual trials and tribulations, of course. There will be complicated new handshakes to fumble through and state-of-the-art profanity to master. Benji will be tested by contests big and small, by his misshapen haircut (which seems to have a will of its own), by the New Coke Tragedy, and by his secret Lite FM addiction. But maybe, just maybe, this summer might be one for the ages.
The Brothers Torres by Coert Voorhees
Frankie Towers has always looked up to his older brother, Steve, and with good reason. Steve is a popular senior who always gets what he wants: girls, a soccer scholarship, and--lately--street cred. Frankie, on the other hand, spends his time shooting off fireworks with his best friend Zach, working at his parents' restaurant, and obsessing about his longtime crush, Rebecca Sanchez. Frankie has reservations about Steve's crusade to win the respect of the local cholos. He doesn't think about them, though, until he gets into a fist fight John Dalton the richest, preppiest kid in his New Mexican high school, and longtime nemesis of Steve. After the fight, Steve takes Frankie under his wing and Frankie's social currency begins to rise. The cholos who used to ignore him start to recognize him; he even lands a date to Homecoming with Rebecca. The situation with Dalton continues to simmer, and after another incident Steve is bent on retaliating. Frankie starts to think that his brother is taking this respect thing too far. He may have to choose between respecting his brother and respecting himself. In an honest and humorous debut novel, Coert Voorhees uses a coming of age story to look at where loyalty ends and the self begins.
Discovering Wes Moore by Wes Moore
Wes Moore is the author of Discovering Wes Moore, an autobiography for young readers based on his bestselling adult memoir The Other Wes Moore. Exploring factors that contribute to success—and failure—he compares and contrasts his life story with that of a man who shares his name, is almost the same age, and, like the author, grew up fatherless in Baltimore but who is serving a life sentence for murder. Upon learning about this other Wes Moore, the author was compelled to write to him and was surprised to receive a reply. That reply gave birth to a friendship as letters turned into visits and the two men got to know one another. This compelling story about the challenges of growing up and accepting responsibility for our choices is sure to inspire.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.
The Pact by Davis, Jenkin & Hunt
Chosen by Essence to be among the forty most influential African Americans, the three doctors grew up in the streets of Newark, facing city life’s temptations, pitfalls, even jail. But one day these three young men made a pact. They promised each other they would all become doctors, and stick it out together through the long, difficult journey to attaining that dream. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt are not only friends to this day—they are all doctors. This is a story about the power of friendship. Of joining forces and beating the odds. A story about changing your life, and the lives of those you love most...together.
Reallionaire: Nine Steps to Becoming Rich from the Inside Out by Farrah Gray
A remarkable teenager who went from public assistance to a million dollar net worth shares his story and offers 9 key principles to success. Farrah Gray is no ordinary teenager. He wears a suit and tie; he has an office on Wall Street and another one in Los Angeles . . . and he sold his first business at the age of 14 for more than a million dollars. He invested that money in a partnership with Inner City Broadcasting, one of the most prominent African-American owned businesses in the country, and now is heading the relaunch of their signature magazine, InnerCity. According to People magazine, Farrah is the only African-American teenager to rise from public assistance to a business mogul without being in entertainment or having a family connection. Reallionaire tells Farrah's extraordinary and touching story. When he was just six, Farrah's mother became seriously ill, prompting his decision to provide for this family, and he spent the first $50 he ever made taking them for a real sit-down dinner. At the age of eight, he founded his first business club. By fourteen, with a million dollars in his pocket, Farrah was well on his way to business success. Each stage of Farrah's progress is marked by one of the principles of success he learned along the way, creating not just an extraordinary story but also a step-by-step primer for others to create success in their own lives with honor; charity and compassion. In the tradition of great motivators and leaders, this is both an instructional book and a story to inspire others to live life to the fullest. And readers don't have to be interested in business to enjoy it. In fact, Farrah is a role model for everyone.
Dark Dude by Oscar Hijuelos
He didn't say good-bye. He didn't leave a phone number. And he didn't plan on coming back - ever. In Wisconsin, Rico could blend in. His light hair and lighter skin wouldn't make him the "dark dude" or the punching bag for the whole neighborhood. The Midwest is the land of milk and honey, but for Rico Fuentes, it's really a last resort. Trading Harlem for Wisconsin, though, means giving up on a big part of his identity. And when Rico no longer has to prove that he's Latino, he almost stops being one. Except he can never have an ordinary white kid's life, because there are some things that can't be left behind, that can't be cut loose or forgotten. These are the things that will be with you forever.... These are the things that will follow you a thousand miles away. For anyone who loved The Outsiders -- and for anyone who's ever felt like one -- Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Oscar Hijuelos brings to life a haunting choice and an unforgettable journey about identity, misidentity, and all that we take with us when we run away.
The Afterlife by Gary Soto
You'd think a knife in the ribs would be the end of things, but for Chuy, that's when his life at last gets interesting. He finally sees that people love him, faces the consequences of his actions, finds in himself compassion and bravery . . . and even stumbles on what may be true love. A funny, touching, and wholly original story by one of the finest authors writing for young readers today.
A Latino booklist - here
A blog called READING IN COLOR - Reading in Color is a book blog that reviews YA/MG books about people of color (poc). There is a serious lack of books being reviewed by teens that are YA/MG about people of color, I hope my blog is one step closer to filling in this void.
A blog called The Happy Nappy Bookseller has a post on Young Adult (YA) black male fiction - here
Friday, July 25, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
The NFL needs to stop worrying about whether or not gays and their allies are a distraction and pay more attention to the misogyny among its players. Ray Rice gets a 2-game suspension for beating his girlfriend unconscious!
Vikings coach and his homophobia: http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11260324/minnesota-vikings-special-teams-coordinator-mike-priefer-apologizes-homophobic-remark
Giants hire anti-gay former player http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelangelo-signorile/new-york-giants-david-tyree-anti-gay_b_5617183.html
Dog Star recently visited the HERE & ELSEWHERE exhibition at the New Museum on the Bowery in Manhattan. It's an incredible journey through Arab cultures as seen through the eyes of artists and filmmakers from the region. All of the artwork is related in some way to challenging stereotypes about the "Middle East" and the ways images are used as propaganda.
One of the things that makes the exhibition so engaging - and worth seeing - is that there are many kinds of artwork: video, painting, sculpture, dioramas, photography, drawings and collage. Another reason to see the exhibition is to be exposed to different points of view and cultures than what we typically see in American media.
See a slideshow of artwork and read more about the exhibition in this New York Times review here.
NEW MUSEUM is EASY TO REACH - go here for directions.
Thursday Evenings 7 p.m.–9 p.m.: Pay-What-You-Wish
Suggested Minimum: $2
ALL TIMES FREE for 18 and under accompanied by an adult.
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
“Here and Elsewhere” runs through Sept. 28 at the New Museum
Our favorite work in the exhibition is the discovery of a photographer Van Leo. His self-portraits reminded Dog Star of the work of Claude Cahun (here) and Cindy Sherman (here) to other artists who also use self-portraits to create alternative identities.
Van Leo (here) was an Armenian-Egyptian photographer who became known for his numerous self-portraits and portraits of celebrities of his time.
Here are some images of Van Leo:
from the New Museum website:
The exhibition brings together more than forty-five artists from over fifteen countries, many of whom live and work internationally. In keeping with the New Museum’s dedication to showcasing the most engaging new art from around the globe, “Here and Elsewhere” is the most recent in a series of exhibitions that have introduced urgent questions and new aesthetics to US audiences.
“This exhibition continues the New Museum’s commitment to looking at art from beyond the confines familiar to the New York art world,” said Massimiliano Gioni, Associate Director and Director of Exhibitions. “‘Here and Elsewhere’ brings new works and new voices to our audiences, presenting many artists who are showing in New York for the first time.”
Combining pivotal and under-recognized figures with younger and midcareer artists, “Here and Elsewhere” works against the notion of the Arab world as a homogenous or cohesive entity. Through the original and individualized practices of a multigenerational constellation of artists, the exhibition highlights works that often have conceptual or aesthetic references to the Arab world, yet also extend well beyond.
Masterpieces & Curiosities: Diane Arbus's Jewish Giant continues a new series of exhibitions focused on individual works in The Jewish Museum’s world-renowned collection.
GO HERE FOR A NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE CALLED "A CLOSE READ" ON THE BACKGROUND OF THE PHOTO
On view from April 11 to August 3, 2014, this exhibition focuses on Diane Arbus's A Jewish giant at home with his parents, in the Bronx, N.Y., 1970, using ephemera, sound recordings, and family photos to provide an intimate look into one of Arbus's most recognized yet least understood subjects.
In 1959 the photographer Diane Arbus (1923–1971) visited Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus, a Times Square basement phantasmagoria. One of its main attractions was Eddie Carmel, a man who supposedly stood over nine feet tall, billed as “The World’s Tallest Man.”
In April 1970, a year before her death, Arbus visited him at the home he shared with his parents, and shot her iconic portrait. Carmel was the son of immigrants from Tel Aviv. He had lived a normal life in mid-century New York until age fifteen, when he began to suffer from acromegaly, a hormonal condition causing extreme growth. He soon needed custom-made clothing, and was unable to finish college or pursue a typical career because he realized that people could not look beyond his physical appearance.
Feeling like a social outcast, he embraced a life in show business, celebrating and even exaggerating the feature that made him unique. A Jewish giant at home with his parents, in the Bronx, N.Y., 1970 shows an ailing Eddie, age 34, struggling to stand upright just two years before his death.
Photographs and ephemera on view chronicling Eddie Carmel’s life and career include family snapshots from the 1940s, a pair of his custom-made size 24 shoes, an example of the oversized rings sold at his sideshow performances, and a novelty album Carmel recorded as part of his efforts to find greater fame.
The exhibition also features works from The Jewish Museum’s collection depicting the biblical giant Goliath and the Jewish legendary figure of the Golem; a selection of memorabilia of two famous giants from popular culture, the Incredible Hulk and the wrestler Andre the Giant; as well as a photograph by Lisette Model – one of Arbus’s influences and teachers – depicting the gender-bending performer Albert-Alberta, who appeared alongside Eddie Carmel at Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus.
Diane Arbus’s photographs often explore the tension between normalcy and aberrance. In A Jewish giant at home with his parents, in the Bronx, N.Y., 1970, she touches on the popular obsession with superhuman height – a recurrent theme in folklore and popular culture.
Her image and its mesmerizing subject may be seen in both historical and metaphorical terms. Artists and audiences have long marveled at any deviation from a supposed norm, but the allure of the extraordinary is deeply intertwined with unease about the human body, its unpredictable abnormalities, and their attendant difficulties.
In this way, gigantism and its mythology offer lessons about the infinite range of human experience, poignantly emphasized by Arbus’s photograph.
DOG STAR'S CHEAT SHEET
The Jewish Museum in on the corner of Fifth Avenue & 92nd Street
CLOSED ON WEDNESDAYS
Admission is $7.50 for students (with school I.D.) and $15 for adults
Dog Star recommends going on a Thursday night from 5pm to 8pm when everybody can pay just $1 or go on Saturdays when it's FREE all day for everybody. Check website for opening and closing times.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
85th member Matt Cronin stands out on HOME COOKED MEALS and the track sneaks in a fine conscious-raising spoken word performance by poet Janine Simon.
On LADY LIBERTY 21 enlists the incredibly talented and mesmerizing Candace Lee Camacho for an intoxicating hook. Switched on beast mode, 21's comrades-in-arms Eleagle Being and DC make appearances to remind listeners of this crew's hard swagger in full effect.
All listeners familiar with the alchemy of producer Ken-I will lay offerings at his feet for this one. As the Executive Producer of WHERE I'M FROM, Ken-I shows himself to be the high priest of the temple in the hills. We imagine he lives in a far away palace with rooms filled with turntables and libraries with sounds he'll put into service of fresh and original tracks like potions from an ancient spell book. Below Ken's temple palace beautiful near-naked priestesses guide pilgrims who have come from miles and miles to lay their headphones at the temple doors. He is truly on some next-level shit. You will recognize.
BUTEONINE Resembling a buzzard.
DELPHINE Delphine is an obsolete adjective referring to the dolphin.
DIDELPHINE It’s a variant of didelphian (double uterus) and refers to a subclass of marsupials including opossums.
HIPPOCAMPINE A rarely used adjective relating to seahorses.
LIMACINE Of, relating to, or resembling a slug, slime.
MACROPODINE Refers to kangaroos or wallabies.
MURINE Relating to a mouse or mice.
MUSTELINE Of or belonging to a weasel.
PHOCINE Rresembling a seal.
PICINE Like a woodpecker.
So, I'll get you started:
"You know the one I mean...the one with the hunch back and phocine body?"
"I was so creeped out on the train by these two guys and the limacine way they hung close to the door..."
"She wouldn't sit still; she'd dart around the room like a murine creature in search of some cheese. I think she stole the stapler off my desk, too!"
Monday, July 21, 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014
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!