Junot Diaz was invited to speak at Summerstage this evening. Among the amazing things he said about process, inspiration, empathy...he also addressed having a voice for the dead, and the many, many people from his culture that could have no voice. Art is a privilege, a complicated privilege.
The Exhibition Confrontation at the Guggenheim is Bourgeoise' foray into installation/performance in the late 1970s. The website has a video to help us understand how the parts move. Through Sept 28 http://www.guggenheim.org/exhibitions/exhibition_pages/bourgeois/index.html
For the next week, eleven NYC-area artists are displaying work on the theme: "Chinoiserie and other Follies." A diverse group took on different aspects of our cultural views of China. Topics such as inter-country adoption, Marxism, bird patterns, and former 20c singing stars came up. Worth at view at the Thomas Hunter Project Space, Lexington between 68-69th, lower level, until July 17th.
Today the picnic-ers chose their East River spot before noon, EV hipsters started drinking at noon, then I see in Central Park the Granny Peace Brigade and Rev. Billy read from the Bill of Rights and Constitution...oh yeah, that is the spirit of the 4th.
A nice summer stroll near the South Street Seaport area is made more interesting with the opening of Eliasson's Waterfalls. The four vary height and backdrop. The most stunning might be the tallest one north. The least interesting is the one leaning against an industrial site in Brooklyn. Want a free ride on the water to see most of them? Take the Ikea Water Taxi...a happy boat.
Oh, I just spent some time customizing my iGoogle page. Wow, it does not take much to psychoanalyze me--- National Geographic pic of the day, a virtual aquarium, NYC weather, current news, a Michael Graves theme (although I have not really committed). AND I can remember what day it is...amazing.
There is a Tibetan Sand Painting Event at the Gershwin Hotel in New York City
Friday 4/25 from 2-5, Saturday 4/26 from 9-6, Sunday 4/27 from 9-1 Reception on Friday April 25 8pm
Dismantling ceremony will be on Sunday April 27 around 1.The Gershwin Hotel is on 7 East 27 Street, just off Fifth Avenue