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‘Kin’ a Personal Look at South Africa

‘Kin’ a Personal Look at South Africa

BY NORMAN BORDEN | South African photographer Pieter Hugo’s newest book, unlike his others, is intensely personal. “Kin” is about family and about country and Hugo’s relationship with both. Photographed over the last eight years, Hugo calls this collection of color portraits, still lifes, cityscapes, and landscapes “an engagement with the failure of the South […]

Play Based on Classic Hitchcock is a Crock

Play Based on Classic Hitchcock is a Crock

BY TRAV S.D. | The theatre is Lucy Van Pelt and her football; I am Charlie Brown. I keep getting sweet-talked back, but it’s really just a trick, and this is what inevitably happens: I went to see “39 Steps” on assignment for this publication. The next day, I voluntarily opted not to write the review […]

Just Do Art

Just Do Art

IDEAS CITY Riffing on “The Invisible City” as its theme, this installment of the New Museum’s annual three-day event will explore transparency, surveillance, citizenship, suppression, participation, dissent, and expression — all within the context of how we strive to be a part of, disappear into, or define the ever-evolving urban centers we choose to call […]

Just Do Art

Just Do Art

| BY SCOTT STIFFLER THE FLATIRON HEX The Empire State Building has it beat on height — but mere blocks away, an equally iconic (and just as sexy) structure straddles Fifth & Broadway, has a district named after it and played The Daily Bugle in several “Spider-Man” films. Now, New York’s only building shaped like […]

Counterculture as Cure for New York’s ‘Sugar Coma’

Counterculture as Cure for New York’s ‘Sugar Coma’

BY TRAV S.D. | (travsd.wordpress.com) | One of the strongest links bridging the contemporary Downtown arts world with its avant-garde heyday of the late 1960s is the continued presence of performance art legend Penny Arcade. She was still a teenager when she moved to New York and had the good fortune to be immediately embraced […]

Buhmann on Art: New Museum’s 2015 Triennial

Buhmann on Art: New Museum’s 2015 Triennial

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN | 2015 TRIENNIAL: SURROUND AUDIENCE The New Museum’s Triennial signifies the only recurring international exhibition in New York City devoted to early-career artists from around the world. Besides providing an important platform for an emergent generation of contemporary artists, it embodies the institution’s 37-year commitment to exploring the future of culture through the art of today. This […]

At 30, Guerrilla Girls Still on Masked Mission

At 30, Guerrilla Girls Still on Masked Mission

BY PUMA PERL | The Guerrilla Girls are not ready to make nice. In all likelihood, they never will be. Celebrating three decades of feminist art, activism and protest, they continue to expand their vision — and they ARE a vision, continuing the tradition of masked avengers by exposing the dirty underside of cultural and […]

Just Do Art

Just Do Art

SVA’S 26th DUSTY FILM & ANIMATION FESTIVAL Some of our favorite film fests can be found at The School of Visual Arts’ wonderfully comfortable two-screen 23rd St. theatre (the pugilist-themed Shadow Box Film Festival, the Chelsea Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival). So it’s nice to see them rolling out the red carpet for some of their own. SVA’s Dusty […]

Author’s Dream Project Started in Sleep

Author’s Dream Project Started in Sleep

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | Longtime Chelsea resident David Finkle did not have a choice when it came to writing his new novel “The Man With the Overcoat” — the germ of the idea came to him in his sleep. “I didn’t decide to write a novel,” he said with a laugh. “I had a dream, […]

‘The Visit’ Will Stay With You

‘The Visit’ Will Stay With You

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | “I heard it’s really dark,” said a patron who stood underneath the marquee for “The Visit” on Tuesday night. Sadly, the tone suggested this was not meant as a compliment. It should have been. You’d think that somebody lucky enough to be attending on the very day the show earned five […]

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