From The Artists Studio by Susan Hartenstein
Looking for something a little different this summer? Something that’s not the usual impressionist, expressionist, neoclassic fare? Well, here are several ideas to fulfill your wishes and send you exploring in interesting directions.
- At the Brooklyn Museum of art through September 2 is "Digital: Printmaking Now." This is the 27th exhibit in the series "Print National", which periodically surveys important developments in printmaking. This year’s exhibit features about 84 works. Some use both traditional techniques and computer manipulation, some are entirely computer generated. Others, by artists such as Warhol and Durer, are classic prints created solely by traditional means. Among the artists included are Baldessari, Close, Paik and Rauschenberg. On view through October 7 is "My Reality: Contemporary Art and Culture of Japanese Animation," which includes work in various media by 18 artists. Running through August 19 is a retrospective of the political paintings of Leon Golub. The museum is at 200 Eastern Parkway at Prospect Park. Their website is www.brooklynart.org
- P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center always pushes the envelope in its "envelope-pushing" environment. "Buzz Club: News from Japan" presents works by over 100 artists, commercial designers and inventors in a 70 foot-long beehive structure. It explores the sensibilities of contemporary urban Japanese culture. "Mira Segal: Circular Acts" presents video projections by this Israeli artist, which examine the border between the original and the dream. Both exhibits run through September 3. P.S. 1 is located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue in Long Island City. Log onto www.ps1.org for more information.
- The Museum for African Art at 593 Broadway presents "African Forms" through August 8. Included are over 400 objects of decorative art from 34 African countries and 156 ethnic groups. Objects of adornment, textiles, containers, furniture and more are on display. Not only does the exhibition highlight the aesthetic and cultural context of the works. It creates a setting to examine how these items of individual use help to define traditions and cultures. For more information you can check out their website: www.africanart.org
- The American Craft Museum affords an opportunity to examine the art of craft. "Origamic Architecture" presents works by Masachiro Chatani and others and runs through September 2. It features everything from architectural structures to everyday objects created from origami and other paper "engineering" techniques. Also running through that date are "Radiant Geometries: Fifteen International Jewelers" and "Light Screens: The Leaded Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright." Many of these windows that Wright created have never been seen before by the public. For the famous architect, these "light screens" visually united landscape and interior and were engineered for the sculpting of dancing light. The museum is located at 40 West 53rd Street. For more information log onto www.americancraftmuseum.org
- "A Room with a View: Landscape and Wallpaper" at Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2 East 91st Street, offers over 200 selections from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. (Did you know that artist Charles Burchfield designed wallpaper)? It runs through October 14.
- One of the most pleasurable places to see art during the summer, or any other time of year for that matter, is Wave Hill in Riverdale, 675 West 252nd Street. Wave Hill is a magnificent estate that boasts varied gardens and tranquil settings. Running through August 19 at Glyndor Gallery is the group show "Verging on Real."
So there you have it. Around and about the city, several ideas for broadening horizons and enjoying your days.
Do not forget that this is the opening weekend for "Guys and Dolls" presented by the Rockaway Theatre Company in association with Gateway National Recreation Area. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Post Theater in Fort Tilden. Support your local theater and enjoy yourself at the same time.
Open mike for poets! On Saturday, August 18 from 12 – 3 p.m., RAA is holding the opening reception for its member exhibit "Summer 2001." The event will include an open mike for poets. So if you have an original work you wish to share with a creative and supportive audience, come to the reception in sTudio-6 in Fort Tilden. RAA celebrates artists of all kinds.
Come celebrate with us.
After leaving his editorial job at The Wave, and suffering the interminable mockery of his fellow artists, Aaron Ziedman "took out" five of them at last Friday’s art evening! Just kidding. Good luck Aaron.