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The Holy Virgin Mary, 1996
Our girl Gaga was a few doors down from our new Standard last night!
Lady Gaga in the elevator at the New Museum #3
Give your nails the Dzine treatment.
If you break down New York City into little subatomic parts, what do you have? IDEAS. Passion brings people to this boiling pot of a city in order to execute their ideas to the fullest. Finally, there is an organization that encapsulated the cauldron of ideas into one cohesive festival. Today kicks off a major new collaborative initiative in New York called Festival of Ideas. It involves several downtown creative organizations - from universities to art institutions to community groups — all working together to effect change.
One of the events that we’re most excited about is Marco Brambilla’s piece, Civilization (which is featured in our elevators at The Standard, New York), which will premier in 3D at the Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The event will include a Midnight Organ Program of contemporary composers performing their work live until 3am. Clearly it’s an evening that you can’t miss - more details here.
We asked Karen Wong, the Festivals Director (and Associate Director for the New Museum) a few questions about the overall festival…
How did the Festival of Ideas come about and what is it?
The Festival was initially conceived by the New Museum three years ago as a natural outgrowth of its ongoing commitment to public education and civic outreach. A first for New York, the Festival will harness the power of the creative community to imagine the future city and explore the ideas destined to shape it. It will take place in multiple venues downtown and is organized around three central platforms: a three-day slate of symposia; an innovative StreetFest along the Bowery; and over one hundred independent projects and public events. The Festival will serve as a springboard for artists, writers, architects, engineers, designers, urban farmers, planners, and thought leaders to exchange ideas, propose solutions, and invite the public to participate. We are also asking people to share their feedback online using the hashtag #IdeasNYC.
How were Projects and StreetFest participants selected?
The projects were chosen through a combination of RFP, active solicitation, recommendation from Organizing Partners, and reviewed by a task force. The only qualification was that projects address the four Festival themes: The Heterogeneous City; The Networked City; The Reconfigured City; and The Sustainable City; and take place within the Festival’s footprint. The StreetFest participants were selected by a StreetFest Committee through RFPs, outreach to local organizations, and lots and lots of networking to assure that projects and vendors are as diverse as possible.
We hear the Festival will also seek to maintain a “green standard”?
The StreetFest strives to be a minimal waste event. We encourage participants to follow GreenHomeNYC’s Green Guidelines for street fairs. Also, Solar One with Build It Green and architect Desire Lee will construct a full-service garbage center to handle different kinds of Festival waste in addition to educating attendees about proper waste disposal, this includes recycling and composting.
The majority of the projects and StreetFest running Saturday and Sunday, can you tell us a little bit more about what’s going on before the weekend?
We are really excited about the conference of symposia, lectures, and workshops happening Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week. We will be welcoming influential visionaries and leaders- including mayors such as Antanas Mockus and John Fetterman; forecasters; architects like Rem Koolhaas, Vito Acconci, Joseph Grima; artists such as Pedro Reyes; economists; and technology experts including Jaron Lanier and McKenzie Wark-who will address Festival themes. These events are to take place at The Cooper Union, New York University, and the New Museum. These conferences are open to the public, who can buy tickets on the festival website - only $10 for each conference event.
Here are some other happenings taking place this week:
(“The Worms”, Family & PlayLab Worm Tent)
On May 7 from 11am - 7pm, is the The Family & PlayLab tent presents “The Worms”. “The Worms” by Family & PlayLab is the winning submission of a competition to rethink temporary outdoor structures for the street. Organized by Storefront for Art and Architecture, the New Museum, and NYC Department of Transportation.
(Trust Art Bushwick Art Park)
On May 7, from 11am - 7pm, is the Trust Art Bushwick Art Park. Come kick it at this street-inspired sculpture garden and philosophize on how to transform an underused street in Bushwick into a community art park.
(Spacebuster by Raumlabor)
On May 7, from 11am - 7pm is Spacebuster by Raumlabor. It’s presented by Storefront for Art and Architecture and the Audi Urban Future Initiative. Spacebuster is a mobile inflatable structure – a portable, expandable pavilion – that is designed to transform public spaces of all kinds into points for community gathering.
(After Hours: Murals on the Bowery)
On May 7 starting at 8pm: Art Production Fund & The New Museum present After Hours: Murals on the Bowery. Along the Bowery, artists create site-specific mural paintings on the last remaining roller shutters of the LES. You’ll find these works of art on the Bowery between Houston and Canal Streets. Expect to see the following artists: Judith Bernstein, Matthew Brannon, Ingrid Calame, Chris Dorland, Elmgreen & Dragset, Amy Granat, Mary Heilmann, Jacqueline Humphries, Deborah Kass, Glenn Ligon, Adam McEwen, Barry McGee, Gary Simmons, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Lawrence Weiner.
For exact locations, go to artproductionfund.org. The artworks will be up for 2 months and is made possible with the generous support of Sotheby’s.
For more information on all the events, visit The Festival of Ideas in New York City. All the activities begin May 8th. Events take place at The Cooper Union, New York University, and the New Museum.
George Condo is one of the heroes of the 1980’s East Village art scene. He was close buds with Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Schnabel. Along with these names, Condo was instrumental in the international revival of painting in the 1980s. He’s been a singular voice in American and European art for almost three decades.
The New Museum is finally assembling his career and gracing us with the collection in a show called George Condo: Mental States showing from January 26th to May 8, 2011 on the 3rd and 4th floors at The New Museum.
To use his own words, his paintings “reflect the madness of everyday life” with meticulous attention to naturalistic detail coupled with elements of the grotesque and the absurd.