Monthly Archives: June 2012

Yayoi Kusama — July 12th-Sept 30th, 2012 — Whitney Museum of American Art

Yayoi Kusama
July 12th-Sept 30th, 2012
Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue
whitney.org

Well known for her use of dense patterns of polka dots and nets, as well as her intense, large-scale environments, Yayoi Kusama works in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance, and immersive installation. Born in Japan in 1929, Kusama came to the United States in 1957 and quickly found herself at the heart of the New York avant-garde. After achieving fame through groundbreaking exhibitions and art “happenings,” she returned to her native country in 1973 and is now one of Japan’s most prominent contemporary artists. This retrospective features works spanning Kusama’s career and includes Kusama’s immersive installation Fireflies on the Water (2002), a work in the Whitney’s collection.

 
Image credit: Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), Accumulation, c. 1963. Sewn and stuffed fabric, wood chair frame, paint, 35 1/2 × 38 1/2 × 35 in. (90.2 × 97.8 × 88.9 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase 2001.342. © Yayoi Kusama. Photograph by Tom Powel

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Aquarium from Austronesia — NYC Pier 25

Aquarium from Austronesia

Aboard the Historic Lilac Steamship
Pier 25, New York, NY | June 16th, 23rd and 30th, 2012 | 8:00PM-11:30PM
http://www.austronesian-institute.org/

“The boat has…been for our civilization, from the sixteenth century until the present…the greatest reserve of the imagination.” – Michel Foucault

In a series of summer Saturday soirees under the orchestration of artist Beatrice Glow, and in­ collaboration with new media artist Matt Romein, the Aquarium from Austronesia will arrive on the Hudson River. The historic Lilac Steamship, built in 1933 and currently berthed at Pier 25 in Tribeca, will be transformed by a site-responsive installation consisting of video and illuminated sculptures that map and visualize Austronesia — the region that shares linguistic roots originating from Taiwan, spanning west to Madagascar and east to Easter Island.

The art work celebrates five thousand years of transpacific human interconnectivity and migration through the visual metaphor of illuminated drawings of fish from Austronesia that conjoin islands to islands, continents to continents, and cultures to cultures. By approaching Austronesian prehistory on the Lilac Steamship, the romanticized Gauguinesque Pacific is juxtaposed against the backdrop of the colonial aesthetics of WWII era maritime instruments. The exhibition seeks to re-envision the possibilities of dissolving long engendered prejudices and fomenting new spaces for reflections.
Each evening will feature a live art programming with new work and improvisations by Angelica Negron’s musical ensemble Arturo en el Barco, Masami Tomihisa and musicians, Peptalk (Preshish Moments and Shayna Dunkleman), Chuck Bettispresenting Silver Process, and conceptual butoh performance by Sindy Butz.

Special Thanks to the Generous Support of: The Lilac Preservation Project and its Museum Director, Mary Habstritt; Steve Macfarlane, The Special Consultant; Gerry Weinstein; David Hodgson; Reid Bingham; Wei-Chuan Chiang “Riyar” at the Fisheries Research Institute, COA; John Zorn; Anne and Andy Guo; Jeremiah Cymerman; Joaquin Goldstein of ZonaTreinta; Mauricio Montesinos; Christina Sun; Sean Galagan; Helaine Gawlica; Hiroshi Shafer.

Please RSVP at austronesian.institute@gmail.com.

Listen HERE for a flavor of DJ Peptalk!!!

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Events

*On-going: Sound Installation by Peptalk, Video installation by Beatrice Glow and Matt Romein,  Illuminated Installation byBeatrice Glow  

*Admission is free. This is a 100% artist-run project. Donations and proceeds from beverage sales during the event will benefit the Lilac Preservation Project, whose mission is to restore the ship to set sail again.

 

June 16th

8PM: DJ Peptalk

9PM: Masami Tomihisa. Aki Goto, Andrew Lafkas, Lary Seven, Patrick Holmes, and Barry Weisblat at the Main Deck

10PM: Peptalk at the Main Deck

11PM: DJ Peptalk

 

June 23rd

8PM: DJ Peptalk

9PM: Chuck Bettis

10PM: Sindy Butz, Conceptual Butoh

11PM: DJ Peptalk

 

June 30th

8PM: DJ Peptalk

8:30PM: Sindy Butz, Conceptual Butoh

9:00PM: Arturo en el Barco in the

Petty Officer’s Room

10:00 PM: Masami TomihisaMia Theodoratus,

and Lary Seven in the Engine Room

11:00PM: DJ Peptalk

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