The father of video art and Fluxus co-founder, Wolf Vostell disrupts typical art historical assumptions of the founding of video art. Creating Sun in your head in 1963, Vostell is the creator of video art even though he did not see himself exclusively as a video artist. Finishing a two part retrospective of Vostell’s video art, Rooster Gallery inserts Vostell back into the New York scene with the show Wolf Vostell: A Possible Survey on Video (1983-1993). On view from January 22 until February 22, the show is dedicated to the last decade of video works before his death in Berlin on April 3, 1998. Continue reading
Sweet Sugar Hill, is the epicenter of the Harlem Renaissance and was immortalized in songs by greats such as Duke Ellington and later by The Sugar Hill Gang. This cultural hotbed has not stopped inspiring artists since the 1920s, but how many times have you gone to visit? No Longer Empty’s 12th take over of an iconic space shows specially commissioned work by 25 artists responding to Sugar Hill’s past, present, and future. Located within the soon-to-be-opened Sugar Hill apartment complex, designed by David Adjaye, “If You Build It” brings in the energy of the community to a building in progress.
Culling from the historical past of the neighborhood, works shown focus on themes of ancestry, home, placement, and identity. The instrumental impact of the neighborhood is visually expressed by Radcliffe Bailey’s Windward Coast (2007-2014) consisting of a plaster bust bobbing in a torrent of piano keys, referencing the impact of Jazz and the oppressive middle passage of millions across the Atlantic Ocean.
This past weekend was the third installment of the Dumbo Arts Festival, showcasing over 400 artists, 50 plus galleries and at least 100 studios. The Festival might have been bigger than ever but unfortunately not better. Well, what do we expect from a spectacle that draws masses of people who ultimately are there for consumption and entertainment. Nevertheless, Station to Station‘s Jamie Kulhanek and Susanne Boswell ventured out to discover a full range of artistic productions, from the trivial and rather mundane to the unexpected and even sublime. Here are our choices for the three categories.
It all started in 2002 as an apartment window display on Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Since then, Dave Herman has turned a few local objects into a non-profit museum dedicated to relics of the five boroughs. Focusing on displaying local history through a multitudinous collection, the City Reliquary is best described as a mix of your grandparents’ basement and a natural history museum. Brimming with paraphernalia, dioramas, and geological specimens, City Reliquary is a peculiar stop for submerging oneself in New York’s eclectic history.
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