Showbiz Wisdom from the Late, Great, Elaine Stritch

Showbiz Wisdom from the Late, Great, Elaine Stritch #quotes

Elaine StritchEarlier this month, Broadway lost one of its most legendary performers when Elaine Stritch passed away at 89 years old. Stritch, an award-winning actress and comedian who was beloved for her crass, audacious persona, has undoubtedly influenced countless contemporary actors and artists and left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry.

Throughout her decades-long career, Stritch amused and…

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Stations of the Elevated Returns to the Big Screen

Stations of the Elevated Returns to the Big Screen #graffiti #art #NYC

Global graffiti culture is decidedly subversive, and a genre of art that has been notoriously under documented throughout its history. This is likely because few documentarians have been willing to risk the legal ramifications of following graffiti artists, and because of the elusive nature of these daring artists themselves.

One…

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The MCA Examines How Frida Kahlo Changed the Art World Forever

The MCA Examines How Frida Kahlo Changed the #Art World Forever @mcachicago

Frida Kahlo cultural icon

Image: Yuan Tian via Flickr CC

The late Frida Kahlo is inarguably one of the most famous artists in the world. Her work is recognizable on a global level; her signature self-portraits are beloved by people from all walks of life, and have undoubtedly influenced many contemporary artists working today.

Though the immortalization of this remarkable woman through her art is significant, art critics…

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Cultural Hubs: Aspen, Colorado

Cultural Hubs: Aspen, Colorado #art #culture

beautiful scenery in Aspen Colorado

Aspen, Colorado is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in America, and it’s one of the most culturally rich as well. Here are three reasons (of many) why Aspen is a true cultural hub:

Aspen Ideas Festival

Aspen Art Museum installation

Part of Ernesto Neto’s exhibition “Gratitude” on display at the Aspen Museum of Art. / Image: via Instagram

Since 2005, the Aspen Ideas Festival has served as an opportunity to gather…

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Bignik is the Picnic Dreams are Made Of

#Bignik is the Picnic Dreams are Made Of

Bignik in Switzerland

Earlier this month, Swiss artists and twin brothers Frank and Patrik Riklin hosted what has to be the world’s largest picnic in a massive, inherently interactive art installation called Bignik. Bignik is the realization of 160,000 sprawling square feet of sewn-together patchwork panels; when combined, the cloth panels became a picnic blanket of epic proportions.

Set against the bucolic,…

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50 States of LEGO is Toy-Sized Americana

50 States of LEGO is Toy-Sized Americana #LEGO #America #art

50 States of LEGO

Contemporary sculpture artists have been known to incorporate inventive materials in their art; everything from trash, stuffed animals, to chicken wire and fishing nets can be repurposed into something more visually compelling. LEGO have served as a playful, lighthearted material to use in modern art. Artists such as Nathan Sawayaand Sean Kenney have made a name for themselves for the way they…

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Coming Soon: ‘Staging the Self’ at the National Portrait Gallery

Coming Soon: ‘Staging the Self’ at the National Portrait Gallery #LatinoArt #culture #portraiture

National Portrait Gallery upcoming exhibitions

Michael Vasquez, “Garage Stack 6,” 2012

The National Portrait Gallery, a historic art museum that was founded as part of the Smithsonian Institution, offers the country’s most expansive collection of portraits and has a handful of highly anticipated exhibitions scheduled to launch soon. One of these upcoming exhibits is titled “Portraiture Now: Staging the Self,” and is representative of the…

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Dan Graham Delights Visitors in Site-Specific Rooftop Exhibition

Dan Graham Delights Visitors in Site-Specific Rooftop Exhibition @metmuseum #summer #NYC #art

Dan Graham at the Met Museum

One of the most exciting museum exhibitions to visit in New York City this summer isn’t actually in a museum at all, rather, it’s on the roof of one. As soon as the weather is permitting, the Metropolitan Museum of Art curates a special exhibition for its rooftop garden. The Roof Garden Commission has hosted some remarkable artists in the past; Imran Qureshi left his mark on the 8,000 square…

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Welling Court Mural ProjectEarlier this month, the Welling Court Mural Project commemorated its fifth annual celebration of “streets, solidarity, community, and culture,” in an arts event that brought graffiti artists from around the world together in Astoria, Queens. Explains the event’s organizers, “The Welling Court Mural Project began in 2009 when Ad Hoc Art was invited by the community of Welling Court to slay some aesthetic blights in their neighborhood.” Each year since then, the Mural Project has attracted groundbreaking artists who have helped to transform the mostly working class, residential neighborhood into a vibrant graffiti and paint-covered mecca.

In its first year, the Welling Court Mural Project yielded more than 40 murals. Each year since, more and more artists have been eager to participate in the event, if not for the chance to leave their mark on a diverse community, then to immerse themselves in the energetic presence of likeminded artists and welcoming neighbors and residents. Some artists that have participated in the Mural Project include Queen Andrea, Caleb Neelon, Cake, Vera Times, Zam, SeeOne, Topaz, Damien Mitchell, and many others.

According to Brooklyn Street Art founders Jaime Rojo and Steven Harrington, “We look forward to this annual event for a number of reasons, among them: the unpretentious spirit of community creativity at work as [artists] straddle ladders and stepstools side by side painting walls, the friendly inquisitive neighbors who hang out and discuss the art and prepare a variety of foods to share on folding tables in the middle of the street, and the unbridled enthusiasm of the kids who race through the neighborhood on foot, bicycle, scooter, even grocery cart,” of the energy and sense of community that exudes from the annual arts event.

Though the actual live painting event took place on June 14th, Ad Hoc Art happily points out that the resulting murals are on view 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Images: via Flickr user Wally Gobetz.

Welling Court Mural Project Honors #Community and #Culture in Fifth Annual Event @AdHocArt Earlier this month, the Welling Court Mural Project commemorated its fifth annual celebration of “streets, solidarity, community, and culture,” in an arts event that brought graffiti artists from around the world together in Astoria, Queens.

Required Reading: The Best New Novels to Bring to the Beach

Required Reading: The Best Novels to Bring to the Beach This Season #Girlboss #beachbooks #summer

the best new novels to bring to the beachAh, summer. For the next few months we can all look forward to longer, warmer days, outdoor arts and cultural festivals, and many sunny afternoons spent at the beach. This summer, don’t forget to pack the newest, most acclaimed books of the season when you head out to catch some rays. Here are a few more suggestions to add to your summer reading list:

Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 8.29.20 AM“Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty. New York…

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