Friday, January 4, 2013

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ If you live in New York City or are planning a visit, consider how you might support the post-Hurricane-Sandy recovery of small businesses, including art-related businesses, via Support NYC Small Business. The interactive map at the link will help you identify local businesses that have reopened, including those that suffered severe damage. More than 1,100 small establishments are on the map. Your patronage will help improve their 2013 prospects for survival.

Support NYC Small Business on FaceBook

✦ American sound artist Bill Fontana is the recipient of the Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN, where he'll enjoy a one-month residency at Ars Electronica and a two-month residency at CERN, where scientists partner with inspirational figures from around the world. The international competition for digital artists is now in its third year.

✦ Freelance photographer Jon Crispin undertook in 2011 to document the contents of unclaimed suitcases of persons who had been patients at Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane, Ovid, New York (Finger Lakes region). The luggage, dating from the early to mid-20th Century, had been stored in an attic and is now part of New York State Museum collections. The poignant and fascinating results of Crispin's "Willard Asylum Suitcase Documentation" project are slated to go on exhibit this spring at the explOratorium, San Francisco's marvelous soon-to-be-waterfront museum of science, art, and human perception, according to this article at Collectors Weekly.

✦ Launched in 2012, Art Breaks comprises 30-second videos from emerging or "ascendant" artists broadcast to MTV's 600 million viewers worldwide. MTV collaborates with New York City-based Creative Time and MoMA PS1 to produce the program. 

"MTV Unveils NewArt Breaks Videos", Art in America, November 15, 2012

✦ At Studio Visit, you'll find virtual presentations of artists' studios. MoMA PS1 invites emerging artists in New York City's boroughs and the greater New York area to upload videos and still images of their studios and work. Submissions remain on the site for at least one month. A form to participate is found here. To date, more than 1,800 artists have created and submitted a virtual studio.

✦ Today's video features Los Angeles conceptual photographer Uta Barth, member of last year's class of MacArthur Fellows. For 14 years, Barth, who was born in Berlin, has been photographing exclusively in her home. Her work is beautiful, evocative, and thought-provoking.

MacArthur Foundation Profile of Uta Barth

Selection of Uta Barth Images at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Continuing through January 20 on three floors at New Museum, New York City, is "Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos". Described as an "imaginary universe" that maps Trockel's artistic interests, the retrospective exhibition showcases selections from some 30 years of remarkably varied work, ranging from films and videos, to knit paintings, to ceramics, drawings, collages, installations, furniture, clothing, and sculptures. 

Here's an overview of the show:

"An Artist's Solo Show Contains Multitudes", The New York Times, October 23, 2012

New Museum on Twitter

Six Degrees, New Museum Blog

✭ Work by Pakistan-born, Poughkeepsie, New York, resident Huma Bhabha appears at MoMA PS1 in "Huma Bhabha: Unnatural Histories", continuing through April 1. The artist's figurative works constructed of found materials, including Styrofoam and animal bones, and photo-based drawings evoke feelings of the ephemeral, the primitive, the industrial, and the post-apocalyptic. 

MoMA PS1 on FaceBook and Twitter

Inside/Out, MoMA PS1 Blog

✭ As part of its year-long focus on China, Asia Society Museum, New York City, is presenting through January 27 "Bound Unbound: Lin Tianmiao". Lin (b. 1961), who lives in Beijing, is known for "thread winding", her technique of winding silk or cotton thread around an object, enveloping it completely. Her The Proliferation of Thread Winding (1995) is included in the show, her first major solo exhibition in the United States. A selection of images of Lin's extraordinary artworks, a brief profile, and a selected bibliography is available at the link above (look to the left).

This video offers a preview and brief interview with Lin and the show's curator:

Max Weintraub, "On View Now | Cryptic Objects: Lin Tianmiao at the Asia Society Museum", art:21 Blog, November 1, 2012

Ken Johnson, "Common Threads, Uncommon Ties", The New York Times, September 6, 2012

Asia Society on FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube

Asia Society Blog

✭ Opening January 18 at St. Louis Art Museum is "Edward Curtis: Visions of Native America". The exhibition, an overview that will run through June 16, showcases just 11 photographs whose subjects include portraiture, landscape, and products of arts and crafts. Curtis (1868-1952), an amateur ethnologist, undertook in the early 20th Century to document Native tribes and effects of their forced relocations to reservations.

SLAM on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian at American Memory, Library of Congress (You'll find here published photogravure images.) Also see: Curtis Collection at LOC.

Edward Curtis "Shadow Catcher" at PBS (American Masters Series)


Hannah Stephenson said...

Great links to explore here! Thanks, Maureen.

Anonymous said...

Interesting stuff.
Midwest man could go see the photos of Edward Curtis.

Louise Gallagher said...

Isn't it amazing how much we learn in a 30 second video?

and... I loved being an unseen witness to the visitors at the Rosemarie Trockel exhibit -- that was cool!