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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Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life.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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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!
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Friday, August 29, 2014
This is Dog Star's list to use if you have three hours on a Saturday morning/afternoon and want to start at 18th Street and walk up and down the blocks until you reach 36th Street (last gallery on the list.) Most galleries are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Most are open Tuesday-Saturday 10-6. Best to check websites (not linked in this list) before going to be sure the exhibition is open. See the post DOG STAR PICK THE BEST OF CHELSEA'S GALLERY SHOWS for a smaller, more selective list of a dozen exhibitions to see in 90 minutes.
Restoration Hardware Gallery - 437 West 16th Street
Fall for Dance Festival starts in the park!
Delacorte Theater in Central Park
Sep 12 - 13, 2014
All tickets are free
Free tickets for the two performances at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, on September 12–13 (rain date, September 14) will be distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte Theater on the day of the show, and via the Virtual Ticketing lottery.
The free performances at The Public’s Delacorte Theater will feature: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Lil Buck, and New York City Ballet, each performing both nights. Here's how it works: On Friday and Saturday - people will begin to get in line by 7am for tickets that will be distributed at 12pm. The only way to see this FREE performance is to stand on line for tickets. Enter at 81st St & Central Park West or 79th Street & Fifth Avenue - The Delacorte Theater is in the center of the park. Ask people for directions. Once you have taken your place on the line you may not leave it - so go with a friend. You'll need to leave your spot to use the bathroom or to buy snacks at a nearby deli. EACH person on the line is given TWO tickets (so if two of you wait in line you will get 4 tickets). Then return to the theater by 7:30pm for the 8pm performance. Your tickets will be for a specific seat number. It is not general admission seating.
from Amazon's description of the book titled
GOING INTO DARKNESS: FANTASTIC COFFINS FROM AFRICA
A giant wooden sardine is carried above the heads of a jostling throng. Realistically carved and highly painted, it is both symbolic and functional, for this is the coffin of the chief sardine fisherman of Teshi.
Funerary art has many expressions, but seldom as surprising as among the Ga, the dominant people of the Ghanaian capital Accra and its region.
Here, a remarkable contemporary folk art of coffin-building has developed, combining remembrance, respect, humour and celebration. The coffin may take almost any form - onion, cow, fishing boat, car, eagle - reflecting the occupation, status or particular attribute of the deceased.
This is a record of a variety of these sculptures. It shows the making of the coffins, the funeral rites, the burial, and explains the history and background of the subject. The main protagonists are introduced: the artist-craftsmen, the mourners, and the central characters whose souls are being sent off in style.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
PHOTO ABOVE: At fourteen, Skylar, born a girl, adopted a boy’s name; at sixteen, he started taking testosterone and had a mastectomy. Not concerned with being a “macho bro,” he plans to date boys. Photograph by Pari Dukovic.
Transgender surgery at 16.
I don't know how I feel about this - I don't think anybody should be blocked from getting the surgery. Life is filled with choices and we embrace the consequences of these choices. Age 16 does seem like such an early age to begin such dramatic changes to one's body!
My own experience with a "trans man" - (a biological female transitioning to a male) is that he suffered psychologically and emotionally for so many years before he could FULLY transition (yes, that) to a man in his late 30s. Maybe he would have been happier in life if he could have transitioned sooner.
So I am torn. And yet...am I fully trying to be compassionate and understanding?
When WE ALL SAY say, "Hey, this freaks me out a LOT but I will read this article" then we are really starting to confront our personal biases, fears and sexual insecurities. I think this really tests a person's level of TRUE tolerance, acceptance and open-ness. Do you make room for all kinds of people in the world?
When we intentionally STOP thinking of transgender folks as freaks and embrace everyone's humanity then we are another step toward peace and harmony in the world.
The New Yorker had this article LIMITED to subscribers only. Margaret Talbot’s piece on transgender surgery and teens is now unlocked. Read it.
BTW there is a very famous celebrity couple with an openly TRANS son (F.T.M. - female-to-male) referenced in the article. Some may already know this - for others it will be a surprise.
About a Boy
Transgender surgery at sixteen.
by Margaret TalbotSkylar is a boy, but he was born a girl, and lived as one until the age of fourteen. Skylar would put it differently: he believes that, despite biological appearances, he was a boy all along. He’d just been burdened with a body that required medical and surgical adjustments so that it could reflect the gender he knew himself to be. At sixteen, he started getting testosterone injections every other week; just before he turned seventeen, he had a double mastectomy.
GO HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE FOR FREE AT THE NEW YORKER MAGAZINE SITE
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Stewart takes Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, and other Fox commentators to task for trying to downplay the role of race in the Ferguson situation, and failing to acknowledge that the experience of living in America while black might be a wee bit different from their own experiences as rich white people.
"You really do have no fucking idea, do you?" Stewart asks, after playing a clip of Hannity lecturing about how to handle being stopped by the police.
"Race is there, and it is a constant. You're tired of hearing about it? Imagine how fucking exhausting it is living it."
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
"Two years ago, I [searched] YouTube for a main-stream music video that depicted a lesbian relationship. I was disappointed, shocked and a little hurt that I couldn't find a single one. Sure, there were hot girls rolling around in lingerie, girls briefly holding hands, or something involving a man. Lesbians used as shock value.
This video came to fruition with an all queer, female crew, who shared my vision. It was an incredible experience.
Everyone has had the butterflies of love: the giddiness, the quick heartbeats, the sweaty palms. It's important to remember that love is universal... no matter what gender you're attracted to.
Additionally, it's important to acknowledge the fact that I, a plus-size femme, co-starred in the video. So often curvy women's bodies are a novelty. They provide a comical relief to a romantic scene. Our bodies are not allowed to be sexy in media, and it's part of the reason there's an epidemic of poor body image in our society.
I don't think that's okay.
I think that's screwed up. I'm sexy and romantic, and I deserve to feel that way. Every woman does."