Street Art No.2

Found in Nolita on Kenmare & Mulberry St. 

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By hanksy

@hanksynyc

 

 

 

Warming up at MoMA PS1

IMG_2109Warm weather is here and outdoor concert season is upon us!  MoMA PS1 (affiliated with MoMA, Museum of Modern Art) just released their Warm Up line up for summer sixteen.  Warm Up is an outdoor concert series, which takes place in the courtyard of this well-known art establishment located in Long Island City, Queens.  Warm Up features an array of music genres and artists, both local and international.  You’ll be able to experience anything from techno to live drummers, and if you get there before 6pm, take a stroll around the art exhibitions!

Warm Up starts Saturday, June 11th and runs every Saturday through August 27th.  Hours are 3pm-9pm, doors open at 12pm.  Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 the day-of.  Cocktails and snacks are available for purchase.

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What a fun and upbeat way to spend a Saturday!

Click here for the lineup and more info about MoMA PS1.

P.s. It’s called MoMA PS1 because the building was previously a school, and it now attracts over 150,000 visitors a year!

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Throwback Thursday: “China: Through the Looking Glass”

I haven’t been to my favorite museum (the Metropolitan Museum of Art) in a long time, so I thought I’d do a throwback post on my favorite art exhibit to date: “China: Through the Looking Glass.

Last spring and summer, the Met exhibited this combined fashion and art exhibit which examined the “impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion and how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries” (Metropolitan Museum of Art).

The exhibit was divided into smaller galleries presenting different themes of Chinese culture.  These rooms were filled with haute couture, avant-garde, and even ready-to-wear fashion paired along with pieces of Chinese artworks and culture.

This exhibit was truly breath-taking.  Through music, film, lighting, and technology, I felt as if I was transported into a different space and era each time I walked into a different room.  Many times I caught myself thinking, “It’s hard to believe I’m still at the Met right now!”

My favorite room was the Porcelain Room, where high-fashion dresses incorporated blue and white porcelain patterns as well as actual Chinese porcelain.  Of course my favorite piece was the stunning ball gown created by Chinese designer Guo Pei (6th photo featured below).

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I am so excited to see what the Met’s current exhibit, “Manus x Machina,” has to offer!

#ChinaLookingGlass #MetMuseum #TBT

Sources:

“China: Through the Looking Glass.” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, I.e. The Met Museum. Web. 24 May 2016. <http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2015/china-through-the-looking-glass&gt;.

Fairy Tale Fashion

Cinderella, was your glass slipper Louboutin? Is Little Red wearing an Alexander McQueen cape? Wait–is that the Snow Queen in haute couture?!

Fairy Tale Fashion is an enchanted display where fantasy fairy tales meet realistic, high fashion garments and accessories (dating from the 18th century to present day). This fashion exhibit highlights 15 classic fairy tale stories including “Cinderella,” “Snow White,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “Rapunzel.” Ornate, embellished, and playful, each piece is also truly unique. Designers include Alexander McQueen, J. Mendel, Christian Louboutin, Noritaka Tatehana, Charles James, Thierry Mugler, Manish Arora, and many more. In this exhibit, one is able to appreciate the magical blur between fantasy and reality through a high fashion perspective.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fairy Tale Fashion is on display through April 16, 2016. Learn more about the exhibit here. #fairytalefashion

Sources: The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology

Jeff Koons “Gazing Ball”

The Gagosian Gallery recently exhibited Gazing Ball, a series of paintings by Jeff Koons. Through these paintings, Koons connects his work with legendary artists of the past, including Monet, Manet, Titian, El Greco, Rembrandt, Klimt, Van Gogh, and more. Koons, known for his stainless steel pieces with mirror-polished, reflective surfaces (i.e. Balloon Dog), exhibits glass, blue “gazing” balls paired with paintings from the past. These gazing balls sit on small painted aluminum shelves, which are attached to the front of the painting. Similar to Koons’ other mirror-polished works, viewers are able to interact with the work, as both the viewer and the painting are reflected in the gazing ball.

Having seen “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” last fall at the Whitney Museum, which featured the Balloon Dog (Yellow) (1994-2000) and a range of works from his past, including Bananity (1988), Equilibrium (1983-93), and Made in Heaven (1989-91), I had high expectations for this exhibit. Jeff Koons is one of my favorite artists, but honestly, I was a bit disappointed, as the exhibit was not what I expected. Each ball was placed in the center or slightly below the center of the painting. Every painting was paired with the same blue ball and relatively in the same place. I was hoping for a bit variety in terms of size and placement of the gazing balls, perhaps to give viewers a different perspective among each work. Although I love the relationship Koons creates with renowned artists from the past, the exhibit was overall a bit mundane compared to “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective,” exhibited at the Whitney Museum last year. Please note that this specific exhibit at the Gagsonian Gallery solely featured Koons’ paintings. Koons also pairs his gazing balls with statues, such as Gazing Ball (Belvedere Torso) (2013) and Gazing Ball (Farnese Hercules) (2013), which I personally would have enjoyed seeing. Regardless, taking a selfie in Koons’ works always makes for a great photo.