A stunning visualization of melancholy & nostalgia
felt at the passing of an era
This weekend the Museum of the Moving Image will be holding screenings of the classic grande epic, The Leopard, as part of its See It Big!series. Long hailed as thee film to see by Luchino Visconti, The Leopard, chronicles the fortunes of Prince Fabrizio Salina and his family during the unification of Italy in the 1860s and the dissolution of 19th century Sicilian nobility.
Based on the acclaimed novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, the film is a remarkable cinematic achievement superbly illustrating a refined way of life; elaborate and luxurious, but internally cramped, dour, and confined by rigid restraints. Visconti translates di Lampedusa's book seamlessly with brilliant pictures, almost like paintings, illustrating the autumnal mood of change and decay that the onrush of social revolution brought to one family and to the spirits of one strong man. A more than 40 year old evocation of an era now some 150 years in the past, we can still feel the ache, sentiment, and sadness deeply felt by the Prince of Salina.
SIGNATURE STYLE DUSTY / DECAYING / TEXTURE CALLING OUT TO BE TOUCHED
A mix of stop motion, live action, graphic effects / sensually emotional content and intellectually stimulating subjects. Get lost with the Brothers Quay in a beautifully twisted world as they find expression in diverse genres.
MoMa is serving up the chills and thrills this August with a fascinating exhibit of work from internationally renowned American artists, the Quay Brothers. Their first major retrospective encompassing a full range of their work. The exhibit titled, Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist's Prescription for Lip Reading Puppets, incorporates an impressive amount of mediums; including animated & live action films, puppets, decor, drawings, paintings, graphic art, calligraphy work, installations, and never before seen early work.
This summer the traveling retrospective of Yayoi Kusama's work is making its final stop at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The exhibit offers an overview of the artist's work spanning 60 years of her practice and featuring more than 300 works. An intimate and entertaining examination of the artists life, the retrospective has been sparking the interests and imaginations of viewers across the globe as it's traveled from the Tate Modern in London, to the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte in Madrid.
On view at the retrospective you can expect Kusama's beautifully dense dot patterns, her Accumulation sculptures; which feature everyday objects (chairs, sofas, suitcases, and shoes) covered in an overwhelming mass of protruding phallic-like fabric. Photo collages, new paintings, and large-scale environments will also envelop the viewer within Kusama's surreal world. In the main lobby of the museum, art seekers can enter a wonderfully immersive and celestial environment entitled Fireflies on the Water. Entering one by one, Kusama’s dazzling den is an experience of seemingly endless space with mirrored walls, 150 hanging lights, and a pool of water.
Park Avenue Armory presents Trisha Brown Dance Company’s reconstruction of Astral Converted, a groundbreaking work by acclaimed choreographer Trisha Brown. This highly anticipated revival marks the first time in 18 years the piece will be presented in its entirety in the soaring 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall.
The re-staging of Astral Converted brings back collaborators, Robert Rauschenberg, visual and costume design, with original music by John Cage. Astral's dark and cosmos like set is anchored by Rauschenberg's motion sensored towers which activated by the dancers’ movements initiate the performance’s light and sound. The movement combines sudden bursts of gravity-defying plunges and crashes with fluid leaps and falls creating an unpredictable, understated, and powerful choreographic work. With moving bodies appearing as stars amid an illimitable darkness Astral Converted is the perfect performance piece for contemporary art fans with a bent for architecture or geometry.
This week BAMcinématek presents a special week long viewing of the surrealistic feminist polemic par excellence; Daisies / Sedmikrásky, directed by Vera Chytilová. Released in 1966 and later banned, this quintessential piece of Czech New Wave Cinema is an endlessly inventive and formally radical ode to rebellion; featuring a pair of colorful and uncommon young women rebelling against the structures of communist orthodoxy. Odds against the world, our (anti)heroines manifest a uniformly destructive approach to the world around them with disdain for all other company… male and female. Playing pranks, indulging in pyromania, and equally wasteful of food and alcohol; companionship is more than enough to sustain them, as they share a world where nothing is allowed to make sense and nothing is sacred.
Watch the world decay in a most decadently amusing way in Daisies, with BAMcinématek. From July 6 th - 12th.
The duo, Marie I & II, embark on a journey of social mayhem as they decide
- The World is spoiled. So shall we be -
Warm Up at MoMa PS1 is officially kicking off the summer season with the installation of Wendy the winning design for the annual Young Architects Program.
The program, now in it's 13th Edition, has been committed to offering emerging architectural talent the opportunity to design and present innovative projects by challenging each year’s winners to develop creative designs for a temporary outdoor installation that provides shade, seating, and water.
Wendy, the winning project by HWKN (Matthias Hollwich & Marc Kushner) is an experiment that tests how far the boundaries of architecture can expand to create ecological and social effect. Wendy is composed of nylon fabric treated with a ground breaking titania nanoparticle spray to neutralize airborne pollutants.
During the summer of 2012, Wendy will clean the air to an equivalent of taking 260 cars off the road. Her spiky arms will also reach out to Warm Up attendees with blasts of cool air, music, water cannons, and mist to create social zones throughout the courtyard.
Kick off the summer season ofWarm Upwith Wendy this Saturday at MoMA PS1
This Sunday a reconstructed bit of animation rarely seen, tremendously entertaining, and historically significant will screen at BAM. The Adventures of Prince Achmed, by pioneering, avant-garde, and often overlooked German filmmaker and female artist Lotte Reiniger, employs silhouetted black cardboard cutouts on illuminated glass to craft this dreamlike homage to The Arabian Nights.
Developed using stop animation and originally released in 1926, this special closing day event, hosted by BAMcinemaFest, has enlisted two founding members of the Irish ambient rock band 3epkano's and avant-garde cellist Erik Friedlander to arrange and perform a new score as they find their muse in the oldest surviving animated feature film to date.
More than eighty years later, what's most surprising about The Adventures of Prince Achmed is still how extraordinarily beautiful it is. Just as it must have been for viewers back in 1926. Film director, Jean Renoir, son of the famous painter Pierre Auguste Renoir, is said to have been an early admirer of the film and instrumental in facilitating its general European release as a work of rare artistry and fluid beauty.
Tonight more than a dozen of the most iconic digital signs in Times Square will be made into an immense display of art, while a street party erupts below to mark the occasion. The scale of this exhibition is extraordinary, with signs that reach as high as 23 stories. The works will be on display for several weeks to the half-million people who cross through Times Square daily.
In collaboration with the Times Square Alliance and the non-profit group Chashama, Artists Wanted has produced Art Takes Times Square, a worldwide call for entries searching for inspired works by artists, designers, photographers and all creative talents from across the globe to curate one creative vision and an opportunity of a lifetime - as chosen artists receive a radiant presentation on Times Square’s digital billboards before millions of observers this summer.
"It’s been a fantasy of ours, and of many artists, to turn Times Square into an awe-inspiring art experience," said William Etundi Jr., Founder and Director of Artists Wanted. "It’s an honor to work with the Times Square Alliance and Chashama to turn that fantasy into reality."
Join host QuestLove, of the Roots, and the thousands of expected art enthusiasts tonight on 43rd Street from 7pm to 11pm to kick off this huge and historic exhibition.
Acclaimed photographer Christer Strömholm (1918-2002), though little known outside of Europe and his native Sweden, is considered one of the great photographers of the 20th century. His most renowned series of photographs are now on display at the International Center of Photography, marking the first presentation of Strömholm's work in an American museum.
The exhibit Les Amies de Place Blanche, originally published in 1983, is a journey deep into the red light district of Paris in the late 1950's - 1960's and focuses on young transgendered "ladies of night" who worked the streets of the Place Blanche district in hope of raising money to complete their gender transformation. The portraits both glamourous and gritty capture a sleazy yet stylish Paris long gone and recall the photography of Brassai with subjects in lush night scenes; lounging in hotel rooms, bars, and working the streets of Paris.
As Strömholm wrote in 1983: “These are images of people whose lives I shared and whom I think I understood. These are images of women—biologically born as men—that we call ‘transsexuals.’ As for me, I call them ‘my friends of Place Blanche.’ It was then—and still is—about obtaining the freedom to choose one’s own life and identity.”
Les Amies de Place Blanche is on view till September 2nd at ICP The Book, now a cult classic, has also been reissued in English and French.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of Austrian painter Gustav Klimt's birth. Consequently, museums across Vienna are in the throes of celebration. Luckily for New Yorkers, the beautiful Neue Galerie is joining in the commemoration.
Neue Galerie's collection of Gustav Klimt's work may not be as bountiful as say, the Palace of Belvedere in Vienna. However, the galerie does have one of Klimt's most famous, beloved, and instantly recognizable works on display; the alluring and Byzantine like portrait of Viennese socialite Adele Bloch-Bauer. Other works on exhibit include the comparatively toned down Pale Face, as well as Klimt's visually stunning landscapes, along with rare never before seen photographs from the painter's private life.
Gustav Klimt: 150th Anniversary is now on view atNeue Galerie, through August 27. If you are lucky enough to be in Vienna over the summer, you can find the worlds largest collection of Gustav Klimt's work atBelvedere Palace, on view beginning July 13th.
This past weekend theMetropolitan Museum of Artopened it's rooftop to visitors with a curious sculpture of sixteen stainless steel framed… "bubbles"? Standing at 54 feet wide and almost 30 feet high, Cloud City, is part of the Met's rooftop sculpture program, currently in its 15th year.
The cutting edge brainchild of Argentinian artist Tomas Saraceno, Cloud City is a constellation of large, interconnected modules constructed with transparent and reflective materials which visitors may enter to experience panoramic views of central park and a high rise vision of manhattan's cityscape; all from within the various interiors of the modular structures. The alternately reflective, shined and transparent glass components create dizzying spatial illusions and a stunning aerial perspective of our picturesque city.
"What inspired me was the geometry of the soap bubbles or the foam, of how they connect one sphere to the other," says Saraceno. When asked about her experience inside Cloud City a visitor stated "It's pretty disconcerting. I keep losing my center of gravity and feeling like I am going to fall. It's very cool, but I wouldn't recommend having a drink before you get in here."
The exhibit is open, weather permitting, during regular museum hours till
November 4th 2012