On Friday I’m leaving for NYC with a bunch of my best pals. I’ve compiled a list of things I’d like to do along with some useful links for our benefit:
The Gershwin Hotel
7 E. 27th Street (right off Madison Ave.)
28th street station on the R or W line
Subway fares & maps.
PS 1 / warm-up series
E to 23 St/Ely Ave. Exit onto 44th to Jackson Ave. Walk two blocks south on Jackson to 46th Ave.
Chicken Lips (Steve “Fela” Kotey DJ set, Big Bear, U.K.)
Miles Maeda (World Evolution Productions, All World, San Diego)
+ a special guest
Now in its seventh year, Warm Up brings together music and visual arts with performances by local and international DJs and live bands, drawing thousands of people each week, including artists, families, and club-goers to dance, relax, and cool off in an innovative architectural installation in P.S.1’s outdoor galleries. Opening July 3, Warm Up 2004 will be held for 10 weeks, each Saturday afternoon through September 4, from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. Admission is $8.00.
E train to 23 St./Ely Ave., Queens. Follow the signs to the 7 Local train to 33 St.
This exhibition features nearly 120 simple objects, from Post-It® notes to paper clips, Band-Aids to Bic pens. We use items like these every day, but chances are we will not pay them much attention. While modest in size and price, these objects are indispensable masterpieces of design, deserving of our admiration.
Projects 81: Jean Shin
Jean Shin will use work garments donated by MoMA staff to create a site-specific mural and corresponding hanging sculpture in the lobby at MoMA QNS.
945 Madison Ave. at 75th Street
6 to 77th Street (walk two blocks west to Madison Avenue)
Evidence of Impact: Art and Photography 1963–1978
The 1960s and 1970s were a time of intense activity and transition in American art, when boundaries previously drawn between art and popular culture were crossed. Photography played an active role in the art of the period, as artists who did not consider themselves photographers—Wallace Berman, Paul McCarthy, Dennis Oppenheim, and Adrian Piper among them—used the medium to document actions, probe gender or racial identities, or address the nature of photographic representation itself.
Cotton Puffs, Q-tips®, Smoke and Mirrors: The Drawings of Ed Ruscha
This landmark exhibition will present more than two hundred of Ed Ruscha's original works on paper, ranging from depictions of vernacular objects, trademarks, and gas stations, to renderings of words and phrases in countless stylistic variations. His use of unusual media, including fruit and vegetable juices, gunpowder, blood, and tobacco juice, further attests to the ingenuity of this major American artist.
Ed Ruscha and Photography
Since the beginning of Ruscha’s career as an artist in 1961, photography has been both an inspiration and a source of discovery for the artist. This important exhibition of Ruscha’s photographs, curated by Sylvia Wolf, includes rare pictures that have been tucked away in boxes in the artist’s studio and have remained unpublished and unseen. This exhibition will provide over fifty vintage prints and photographic studies.
Pop/Concept: Highlights from the Permanent Collection
In the early 1960s, a group of young American artists, including Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, and Andy Warhol, captured the nation’s attention with works featuring images drawn directly from popular culture. The seemingly banal subjects and cool, detached techniques pioneered by the Pop artists overshadowed the conceptual attitudes that underlay their work. Conceptualism was seen as the exclusive purview of another group of artists, including Joseph Kosuth, Bruce Nauman, Lawrence Weiner, and the Fluxus artists, who used words and ideas as the materials of their art.
LOT-EK: Mobile Dwelling Unit
Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano, the founders of the architectural firm LOT/EK (pronounced “low-tech”), reinvent conventional space with the discarded materials of everyday life, infusing vitality into the Duchampian method of incorporating found objects into one’s art. For this installation presented in the Sculpture Court as part of the Contemporary Series, LOT-EK exhibits their architectural prototype, the Mobile Dwelling Unit (MDU), a functional living space converted from a standardized shipping container.
540 W 21st Street, (between 10th and 11th Avenues)
Prix Selection at Eyebeam offers a look into the development and history of interactive art by presenting eight award winning works in the Interactive Art category of the Prix Ars Electronica, the world's oldest and most important competition in the cyberarts. These installations demonstrate the realization of artistic concepts through the use of new technologies with the potential to expand the radius of human experience and environment, as well as establish interactive art as one of contemporary culture's most powerful emerging forms. The exhibit is accompanied by the elobby, a lounge-library-screening area containing a rare selection of DVDs, catalogs and web interfaces that offer comprehensive view of the evolution and diversity of artist's approaches to new media. The elobby will also feature a looped screening of groundbreaking animations from the Ars Electronica Computer Art prize winners. Visitors may investigate these materials at their leisure as well as take advantage of the free wireless connectivity in the elobby.
640 Fifth Ave at 51st St (212-489-0390). Subway: B, D, F to 47–50th Sts–Rockefeller Ctr; E, V to Fifth Ave–53rd St. Mon–Sat 10am–8pm; Sun 11am–7pm. AmEx, MC, V.
This trendy, inexpensive Swedish megamart opened in 2000. The three-story, 35,000-square-foot venue is constantly mobbed. Clothes are separated by various house brands, such as the trendy Impulse line and the sporty L.O.G.G. collection. You'll find a large selection of undies and accessories. There's also a makeup line and a plus-size women's collection.
15 E 4th St between Broadway and Lafayette St (212-477-8150). Subway: R, W to 8th St–NYU; 6 to Astor Pl. Mon–Fri noon–9pm; Sat noon–8pm; Sun noon–7pm. AmEx, MC, V.
This wee audio temple is dedicated to small-label, often-imported new and used CDs and LPs. It organizes music by arcane categories (for instance, "La Decadanse" includes lounge, Moog and soft-core soundtracks); and it sends out a free weekly e-mail with staffers' reviews of their favorite new releases.
535 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011
(at 12th street)
NY, N.Y. 10003
Untitled (Fine Art in Print)
159 Prince Street 212.982.2088
Probably the best Graphic Design Bookstore in the city. Usually has the latest design books as well as classics like Müller-Brockman's Grid Systems. Back issues of Emigre.
147 Grand St.
A very good selection of Design books and magazines - many from Japan. CD roms/fonts. Has a gallery space. Collectables (Toys).
St. Mark’s Books
31 Third Avenue New York, NY 10003
St. Mark's Bookshop was established in 1977 in New York's East Village, a community of students, academics, arts professionals and other eclectic readers. Our specialties include Cultural Theory, Graphic Design, Poetry & Small Press Publishers, Film Studies and Foreign & Domestic Periodicals & Journals.
According to my conversation with Wesley yesterday and the rest of the guys on Sunday, my (very-loose)predicted itenerary is as follows:
Meet up with Wes
Clubs on the West Side
Galleries in Chelsea
PS 1 / Warm-up
We'll end up out late somewhere afterwards
BBQ at Wes/Stephen's
Out in Brooklyn afterwards?
Woohoo!! I am fully stoked. As usual I will be snapping tons of photos for all to see.