Thursday, October 27, 2011

Mickaline Thomas: More Than Everything

The glitter disco queen is back!
Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Lower East Side

All photos courtesy my own iPhone.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

DIA Beacon

Some of the most fun I've ever had on a Sunday- at DIA Beacon. Only an 80 minute drive (or MetroNorth ride) from Manhattan (which, this weekend, was full of peak foliage) and only $10 entry fee. If you have the means, I highly suggest going. It is ENORMOUS. Words cannot begin to describe the mammoth size of this sculpture house. It took me three and a half hours of walking around to even cover the whole place once, and I'm still not sure if I even saw everything.
3.5 hours for 3.5 floors. The ground floor is the largest, and has the most work. The basement is dark and creepy, as basements are, and full of video art. I've said before, I am not the medias biggest fan, and this day was no different. Too many pieces in one space, and all very disorienting. There should be a warning for anyone with epilepsy in the elevator. The top floor had very few pieces compared to the other levels, and did not grab my attention as much. My favorite floor was the Mezzanine, dedicated entirely to Richard Serra pieces. Beyond incredible.

Here are some highlights of the day, I took entirely too many photos to post them all, and there were dozens and dozens of artists, so these are the choice pics that most successfully captured the overall feel of the space. Check it out!

.Ground Floor.

Dan Flavin

Blinky Palermo


Richard Serra

Walking through Serra's pieces is like being in the grand canyon- in a museum.


A beyond eerie video installation. Sorry, I did not get the artists name.
I was kind of freaked out and left quickly.

Video of me spinning around in one of the chairs.
Notice the group of people on the first spin
who vanish into thin air the second time around?

Had a horror movie-type feel to it. See below.

Ghost Adventures. Have you seen this show?
It's good, it will make you a believer!

Did I mention I saw Paranormal Activity 3 this week?

So close to Halloween!!!
.Top Floor.
Very terrifying enormous metal spider sculpture upstairs.

An hours drive south, I found myself in Nyack...
All Hallow's Eve is a mere week away, so in celebration of this holiday:


Or treat?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Jim Henson's Fantastic World

Jim Henson

Muppets galore at this show!

Like a virgin?

Rowlf!!! LOVE this dog.

Animal, of course.


Muppet sketches

Early sketches of Big Bird concept

I never noticed that one of his arms just... never moved.

Okay, moving into the real heavy nostalgia now:

This is THE dress the girl gelfling wore in The Dark Crystal.

Ahhhhh YES!!!!

All the behind the scene business!
Go see this show if you've seen this movie even ONCE.

Skeksi sketches.

Have you ever seen anything scarier
than these vulture/turkey/dinosaurs
in royal robes from the underworld?

This show is running until January, so please haul ass to Queens and see it before it's gone. I was lucky enough to see this show in the middle of the night during open bar promoting a grapefruit and some kind of vodka cocktail I can't recall the name of (shocker?). Muppets and DJs all rolled into one! Long live the legacy of Jim Henson : )

Friday, October 14, 2011

Museum of the Moving Image: Signal to Noise

Signal to Noise Party, after hours at the Museum of the Moving Image

Awesome sculptural chairs. Beautiful, yes. Comfortable, no.
Christopher Bakers Video Installation:
Hello World! or: How I Learned to Stop Listening and Love the Noise

Over 5000 snippets of video diaries.

From YouTube and MySpace.

I looked for the Britney guy, but to no avail.

Screen test looking things from the intro to.....

Modal Kombat!
As promised, vids and pics from the dynamic dueling guitar duo.
Say that five times fast- go!

Coming soon: Jim Henson exhibit, featured upstairs at the museum. Everything from Labyrinth to The Dark Crystal to early sketches of Sesame Street Muppets`