Archive | July, 2014
NYC Summer Streets

Summer Streets is a NYC Block Party of Epic Proportions

If this summer’s premier artworks and public installations had one common theme, it would have to be big. Kara Walker’s “A Subtlety” at the Domino Sugar Factory was anything but, and Bignik’s massive picnic blanket installation and Water Above All’s sky-high, artistic water tank takeover are just a few examples of projects that pushed the […]

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Elaine Stritch

Showbiz Wisdom from the Late, Great, Elaine Stritch

Earlier this month, Broadway lost one of its most legendary performers when Elaine Stritch passed away at 89 years old. Stritch, an award-winning actress and comedian who was beloved for her crass, audacious persona, has undoubtedly influenced countless contemporary actors and artists and left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry. Throughout her decades-long career, […]

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Stations of the Elevated graffiti NYC

Stations of the Elevated Returns to the Big Screen

Global graffiti culture is decidedly subversive, and a genre of art that has been notoriously under documented throughout its history. This is likely because few documentarians have been willing to risk the legal ramifications of following graffiti artists, and because of the elusive nature of these daring artists themselves. One filmmaker who dared to explore […]

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Frida Kahlo cultural icon

The MCA Examines How Frida Kahlo Changed the Art World Forever

The late Frida Kahlo is inarguably one of the most famous artists in the world. Her work is recognizable on a global level; her signature self-portraits are beloved by people from all walks of life, and have undoubtedly influenced many contemporary artists working today. Though the immortalization of this remarkable woman through her art is […]

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beautiful scenery in Aspen Colorado

Cultural Hubs: Aspen, Colorado

Aspen, Colorado is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in America, and it’s one of the most culturally rich as well. Here are three reasons (of many) why Aspen is a true cultural hub: Aspen Ideas Festival Since 2005, the Aspen Ideas Festival has served as an opportunity to gather the world’s leaders in […]

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Bignik in Switzerland

Bignik is the Picnic Dreams are Made Of

Earlier this month, Swiss artists and twin brothers Frank and Patrik Riklin hosted what has to be the world’s largest picnic in a massive, inherently interactive art installation called Bignik. Bignik is the realization of 160,000 sprawling square feet of sewn-together patchwork panels; when combined, the cloth panels became a picnic blanket of epic proportions. […]

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50 States of LEGO

50 States of LEGO is Toy-Sized Americana

Contemporary sculpture artists have been known to incorporate inventive materials in their art; everything from trash, stuffed animals, to chicken wire and fishing nets can be repurposed into something more visually compelling. LEGO have served as a playful, lighthearted material to use in modern art. Artists such as Nathan Sawaya and Sean Kenney have made […]

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National Portrait Gallery upcoming exhibitions

Coming Soon: ‘Staging the Self’ at the National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery, a historic art museum that was founded as part of the Smithsonian Institution, offers the country’s most expansive collection of portraits and has a handful of highly anticipated exhibitions scheduled to launch soon. One of these upcoming exhibits is titled “Portraiture Now: Staging the Self,” and is representative of the museum’s […]

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Dan Graham at the Met Museum

Dan Graham Delights Visitors in Site-Specific Rooftop Exhibition

One of the most exciting museum exhibitions to visit in New York City this summer isn’t actually in a museum at all, rather, it’s on the roof of one. As soon as the weather is permitting, the Metropolitan Museum of Art curates a special exhibition for its rooftop garden. The Roof Garden Commission has hosted […]

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