Friday, July 30, 2010

Lee Bontecou & Bruce Nauman @ MoMA through Aug. 23 & 30

Bontecou is an artist whose work caught my eye a few times while wandering through MOMA's permanent collection. I think I may have also seen her work in some other museums modern collections, but I can't remember where. Anyway, the work I saw, and that registered in my mind were the large, imposing canvas and metal wall sculptures that she is most known for. She made most of these pieces between 1959 and 1967. I liked them because they seem to fit into that late modernist school of painting that Frank Stella and Elizabeth Murray are part of, where the flatness of the canvas/picture plane literally morphs, and changes shape, so that the sheer physicality of the work causes it to subtly enter the realm of sculpture, but not quite. Unlike Stella and Murray though Bontecou's work seemed somewhat threatening, and ominous. Some look like giant mouths, or post apocalyptic vortexes. I'd only seen a few of her pieces though, and was intrigued to see what else she'd done.
I was more than a little disappointed to see that the whole show fit into one gallery. Apparently she moved to rural Pennsylvania in 1971, and the work she's made since hasn't gotten her much attention. There are a number of drawings and lithographs in the show that seem to be very surrealist or futurist inspired, at least in form. Some of the more interesting ones are made with the soot that was expelled from her blowtorch. But, those are really only interesting because the medium is so unusual. The drawings made from more conventional means are not so interesting, and look like studies for three dimensional work that's no where to be seen. In the middle of the gallery is a very dynamic spinning mobile that apparently she's been working on for 18 years. It's very beautiful, but I would have liked to have seen more of the big cavernous wall sculptures. Unfortunately there were only 2 in the show. I guess I was expecting more of a retrospective of sorts. Technically I suppose this is one, but I would have liked to have seen more work, and learned more about this artist. What I walked away with was that some 45 years ago she made some pretty arresting and important work, and everything since has been kind of a let down.

Bruce Nauman: Days, through Aug 23
This is a very impressive sound installation by one of Americas great living conceptual artists. As a rule I'm not a huge fan of conceptual art, but I am a fan of Nauman. It's kind of hard not to be. If you've ever seen his work, you remember it. This show consists of about a dozen thin white square speakers suspended by wire cables that reach from the floor to the ceiling. Coming out of the speakers are the recorded voices of children and adults reciting the days of the week on a loop. Some of the voices are men, and some are women. Some are old, and some young. Some recite the days in the correct order, and some don't. The speakers face one another from about 12 or 15 feet away, creating a path that the visitor is encouraged to walk through. There's also plenty of room to walk around or behind them. Nothing's hidden, or disguised as anything it isn't. Like most of Naumans work I don't know what the hell it's about, but it's a very elegant and hypnotic installation. If you get a chance you should get your ass over there. Good stuff!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

August 7 Castleton Twelve Group Exhibit

This is from Lisa Mackie and Peter Mackie.  

 Announcing the Opening Group Exhibit of
 Castleton Project and Event Space

Castleton Twelve

Exhibit continues through September 17, 2010


CPESPACE is a 9,000 sq, ft, artist owned and operated building located on the Hudson River seven miles south of Albany N.Y.
The space can accommodate up to ten creative artists with short-term residential and studio work spaces.  In addition, the second floor, and old silent movie theater, is an event space that seats 75
people and is ideal for dance, theater and mixed media productions.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Art Opening's tonight July 8th and in the next week

Image from Factory Fresh in Brooklyn

Thanks to C-Monster I heard about Factory Fresh and their group show in Brooklyn, Among Darkened Woods which looks pleasantly ominous.     That got me to thinking on what else will I be missing in NY.  So I looked into ArtCat found my list.   Funny how it all comes together!

ArtCat List - Opening in Next 7 Days

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Latin Alternative Music Conference - WNYC Culture

From WNYC Culture page:

Tuesday, July 6 through Saturday, July 10

The LAMC pairs industry panels with Latin artists performing on multiple stages throughout the city.
Wednesday, July 7
Showcase at Central Park Summerstage
Wednesday, July 7
Indie Showcase at Mercury Lounge
Thursday, July 8
Acoustic Showcase at Le Poisson Rouge
Thursday, July 8
Main Showcase at Bowery Ballroom
Friday, July 9
LAMC Showcase at Celebrate Brooklyn!

Latin Alternative Music Conference - WNYC Culture

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Where to Watch 4th of July Fireworks!!!

4th of July Weekend

Where to watch go here

Photos of 4th July

What is happening in NY from the latin community go here 

Friday, July 2, 2010

NY Philharmonic Concerts: Tuesday, July 13 through Monday, July 19

Ripped from WNYC!
The NY Philharmonic In The Park series features free performances ending with fireworks in some of the best outdoor venues in the city. Sorry Queens, due to construction, no fireworks for you. And to you Staten Island and Bronx, your free shows are held indoors.
Tuesday, July 13
The Great Lawn, Central Park. 8pm
Wednesday, July 14
The Great Lawn, Central Park. 8pm
Thursday, July 15
Cunningham Park, Queens. 8pm
Friday, July 16
Prospect Park, Brooklyn. 8pm
Saturday, July 17
Center for the Arts, Staten Island. 7.30pm
Monday, July 19
Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, Bronx. 7.30pm

Albert Ayler Festival on Roosevelt Island

From their web page:

The 1st Annual 
Albert Ayler Festival
Record Fair & Musical Celebration

Saturday July 10th, 2010

Highly influential jazz label teams up with leading experimental curators
to honor Albert Ayler on the anniversary of his 74th birthday 

with a free outdoor day-long tribute concert on Roosevelt Island.

"Music Is the Healing Force of the Universe"

In celebration of the life and music of legendary free-jazz tenor-saxophonist Albert Ayler, ESP-Disk’ and Issue Project Room, in conjunction with Roosevelt L!ve have curated a day-long free concert, Saturday July 10th from 2-10pm, in honor of the groundbreaking musician’s 74th birthday.  With performances by some of the most prolific artists dedicated to pushing the boundaries in the avant-jazz world the same way Ayler did over 40 years ago, this festival will feature sets from The New Atlantis Sextet with Marshall AllenWilliam HookerCharles GayleGunter HampelGiuseppi Logan, and more all taking place at RiverWalk Commons on picturesque Roosevelt Island: NYC's Best Kept Secret. 

The outdoor festival will also feature a record fair with a variety of new and used vinyl vendors hosted by ESP-Disk's own in-house retail operation, ESP Records.

Great live music, a great selection of vinyl & CDs, great food from the local Roosevelt Island restaurants and a view of Manhattan that can't be beat. What more could a music lover want on a summer day?

Williamsburg Concerts! June 20 to Sept. 30

I know this is a little late but.....  it is still going on!  Great music in NYC.

June 20 – Band of Horses, with Grizzly Bear and Karen ElsonGET TICKETS
June 25 – Silversun PickupsGET TICKETS
July 2 – Faith No MoreGET TICKETS
July 5 – Faith No MoreGET TICKETS
July 16 – WeezerGET TICKETS
July 23 – Modest MouseGET TICKETS
July 30 – Primus / Gogol BordelloGET TICKETS
July 31 – Nas & Damian MarleyGET TICKETS
August 6 – KeaneGET TICKETS
Sept. 19 – PavementGET TICKETS
Sept. 30 – Belle & SebastianGET TICKETS

Target Passport Fridays at the Queens Museum

Ripped from WNYC
Friday, July 9 through Friday, August 27
The Queens Museum of Art, located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and famously home to the Panorama of New York City, is hosting a summer event series titled Target Passport Fridays. Every Friday, starting on July 9 and going through August 27, the museum will present live music, dance, and film from different regions of the world, celebrating the diversity of New York's largest borough. The events will be held outdoors in front of the museum, and are free and open to the public.  Each event begins at 6:30pm.
Here are the countries/regions being represented:
July 9 - South Africa
July 16 - 
Colombia and Ecuador
July 23 - 
South Korea
July 30 - 
August 6 - 
Middle East
August 13 - 
August 20 - 
August 27 - 

P.S. 1 Warm Up! - WNYC Culture

Ripped from WNYC!

Saturday, July 3 through Saturday, September 4
Every year, one of the steamiest of New York's summer festivals is held at P.S. 1. Warm Up! combines the elements of sultry pool party with high-concept art to great effect. The Museum will present concerts every Saturday in its front yard, a large concrete expanse cluttered with sculpture installations that change year-to-year. Each performance will feature an adventurous line-up of bands and DJs, and go from 2pm to 9pm. Admission is $15.
Here's some shows not to miss:
July 3rd
Delorean / True Panther Sounds, Barcelona, Spain (live)
Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang / Sierra Leone/Brooklyn (live)
Glasser / True Panther Sounds, Los Angeles/New York (live)
John Talabot / Permanent Vacation/Hivern, Barcelona, Spain (DJ set)
Korallreven / Acéphale Records, Sweden (DJ set)
July 17th
Air France / Something In Construction/Sincerely Yours, Gothenburg, Sweden (DJ set)
Ratatat / XL Recordings, New York (DJ set)
ARP / Smalltown Supersound/RVNG Intl, USA (live)
August 14th
?uestlove (DJ set)
These Are Powers / RVNG Intl/ Dead Oceans, New York (live)
Treasure Fingers / Fools Gold, Brooklyn (DJ set)
Kingdom / Fools Gold/Night Slugs, Brooklyn, New York (DJ set)
P.S. 1 Warm Up! - WNYC Culture