Where Art meets Fashion: “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” at the Met

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If you haven’t been to the Met to catch “Charles James: Beyond Fashion,” it’s time to go. The exhibit closes Aug. 10 — a mere two weeks away. Designer Charles James revolutionized the post-war fashion world by updating romantic silhouettes into modern statements. Influenced by the Avant-Garde, he borrowed the biomorphic lines of Surrealism and the dramatic energy of Abstract Expressionism to engineer sculptural looks with artful appearances. “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art showcases 65 looks of this influential American couturier.

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Travis LaMothe and the Uncanny Domestic

"Phenolic Birch Chair," 2013 (all photos courtesy of the artist)

“Phenolic Birch Chair,” 2013 (all photos courtesy of the artist)

WhoTravis LaMothe

Where: Travis is a traveling man. He lives and works in Dallas, but travels to NYC for exhibitions and to visit friends in Bushwick. What: From hand-crafted furniture to minimalist paintings, Travis borders the fine-line between product and artwork. A master of mediums, Travis chooses materials as ideas transform into full-force projects. This mixed-media artist does not shy from unconventional materials either, as he often works with utilized inkjet prints, steel furniture, soap, cotton clothing, and drywall compound. He creates paintings and sculptures and all things in between, but one theme continually emerges from his art—his interest in what defines a ‘domestic’ space.

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Koons-a-pa-looza: Jeff Koons takes NYC

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From Kitsch to Culture, artist Jeff Koons has been transforming the everyday into the extraordinary since his first NYC exhibition in 1980. Decades—and millions in revenue—later, Jeff Koons: A Retrospective is taking over the Whitney Museum of Art and is showcasing this superstar artist’s 35-year career.

This chronological survey exhibits over 130 sculptures and paintings to unfold Koons’ rise to art stardom as the second most valuable living artist today. This saga is of an artist whose career-defining trademark is the transformation of popular culture into art—from lowbrow commodities to highbrow aesthetic objects, Koons’ multimedia career continually uplifts mass media into as the artist describes, “proletarian luxuries.”

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Lady Liberty Deconstructed: Danh Vo “We The People” in NYC

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See this review published on Metro New York June 18, 2014

A lunchtime stroll this week through either City Hall or Brooklyn Bridge Park will be less about smelling the roses and more about viewing the first large-scale public exhibition in NYC by Vietnamese artist Danh Vo. Sponsored by Public Art Fund, “We The People” is an interactive installation of oversized copper sculptures sharing the quiet terrain of a downtown Manhattan park.

In varying sizes and shapes, spanning the length of the two parks, the pieces slowly emerge from disparate abstractions into a conceptual puzzle. As viewers playfully put the pieces together, “We The People” becomes more than an “Alice in Wonderland” world of gargantuan lawn ornaments. It’s a 1:1 replica of Frederic Auguste Bartholdi’s Statue of Liberty.

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Video Killed the Radio Star: Art by Matthew Caron

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Who: Matthew Caron

Where: Matthew has lived in New York on and off since attending NYU for Film and Television Production. He lives his life making art and editing videos out of his studio space in Brooklyn Brush Studios (BBS203).

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Sugar, Baby: Kara Walker at Domino

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See this review published on Metro New York June 9, 2014

The public art organization Creative Time joined forces with Kara Walker to create her first large-scale project on view in the industrial relic of Williamsburg’s 90,000-square-foot Domino Sugar Factory. Kara Walker is best known for her black stencils of antebellum scenes that critique Civil War-era ethics.

Ripe with gallows humor, “A Subtlety: or the Marvelous Sugar Baby” tackles the powerful topic of race politics. The installation is homage to the unpaid and overworked laborers who refined sugar in the factory from its conception in 1856 to its closure in 2004.

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Making the Universe Real: “Star Talk” with Neil deGrasse Tyson and special guest His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa

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His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa is invited to a special “StarTalk” Radio show discussing water, climate change and sustainability with the radio’s hosts, TV’s “Cosmos” Dr. Niel deGrasse Tyson and Comedian/Writer Eugene Mirman. The Gyalwang Drukpa is the head of Drukpa Linage and is the honorific title of the independent Sarma (new) schools of Vajrayana Buddhism. He has received the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Award for his environmental initiatives. The live radiobroadcast will be at The Beacon Theater on Thursday, June 5th. Tickets are limited, so listen to the program stream live on http://www.startalkradio.net.

His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa and Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke to me about sustainability and ways NYCers can curb climate change:

What regions are most affected by climate change?

His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa: The Himalaya, coined as the “Third Pole” of the earth, is particularly affected by climate change. The Himalaya is home to the largest field of glaciers outside of the polar caps and provides a water source for almost half of the world’s population in Asia. With global warming accelerating the rate of glacier melting in the Himalaya, Asia could experience a water crisis in the years to come.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Our civilization will be most impacted by the effect of climate change on coastal cities.

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