Congratulations to the Whitney staff of artists, and to curators, Michelle Donnelly and Melinda Lang
July 21 – August 11, 2017
Wednesday – Sunday
12pm – 7pm
Discursive Selves explores the contested meaning of the Self Portrait. This collection of photography and film by eleven contemporary artists reveals nuanced definitions of selfhood that acknowledge the influence of one’s social environment on one’s inner sense of identity. These artists use the camera to navigate between both fluid and fixed perceptions of the Self, and are thus able to present who they are on their own terms.
The Self Portrait plays an essential role in the development and establishment of one’s identity— it informs and is informed, creates and is created, is both concrete and ephemeral. For some, it manifests as an artifact, a material body, or a form of testimony; for others, it is a projection, a speculation, or a performance. Working in a new genre of critical photography, these artists play with the paradox of “public intimacy” to explore the relationship between private life and public persona. Portrayals of the Self range from fictitious characters and imagined scenarios to biological self-studies or familial ties.
Discursive Selves dissects the myriad practices of formulating oneself as both an intimate ritual and a method of responding to one’s outer world. In a rapidly expanding global information society, this exhibition invites a moment of pause for contemplation in contemporary life.
Farah Al Qasimi
Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.
Paul Mpagi Sepuya
Curated by Eric Lawton & Daphne Takahashi
55 Bethune St
New York, NY 10014
This exhibition is made possible through the support of Art + Commerce
Three large works of Susan Berger have been included in a regional art exhibition,
Artists of the Mohawk and Hudson Region.
At: Albany Institute of History of Art at 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY
Open from Wednesday – Sunday (10AM – 5PM)
Exhibition Dates: June 17 – September 3, 2017
Judged by jack Shear
One Planet One Future is artist Anne de Carbuccias ongoing project using photography, videos, and conferences to create images of cultural and spiritual relevance that powerfully depict what we have and what we may lose. Climate change is decimating the habitats of Earth’s most beautiful and majestic creatures. The time to act is now. One Planet One Future aims to document the Earth’s beauty and frailty, and inspire sustainable behaviors and habitats.
Anne de Carbuccia’s photographs are taken on location and are both an homage to their subjects—water, disappearing environments, endangered species and cultures—and a hard examination of the often ruinous effects of pollution and war. They record what is fast disappearing for future generations while serving as a plea to reimagine a new world.
One Planet One Future’s permanent exhibition in the West Village of Manhattan is open to the public for free guided visits Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm.
ONE Art Space
461 West Street
between Bank and Bethune Sts
NY, NY 10014
or enter at Westbeth Courtyard at 155 Bank Street between Washington and West Streets.
Painter Paul Muranyi is a Manhattan based artist who grew up in Westbeth Artists Housing. Both parents were artists his father a Jazz Musician and mother a fine arts painter/teacher. It was a common event in his house hold for him to play catch with Louis Armstrong and borrow his mother’s paints to create artwork and displayed proudly in the apt.
Paul’s interest in his current series reflects his long- time curiosity of dramatic events. Paul’s earlier career as a heavy metal guitar player performing predominantly in the East Village and eventually transitioned to a quest for a more stable life as he joined Westbeth Artist painter Karen Santry in her company the High -Tech Design Loft.
Paul began experimenting with the computer parts and bright phone wires and plastic shapes working on 3-D collages. He began his studies at the School of Visual Arts resulting in his BFA in painting and had his first how with colleague Karen Young in the Westbeth Gallery. He has shown in over 28 galleries in group exhibitions throughout Manhattan and Florida.
Paul’s current show in the Westbeth Hallway Gallery celebrates his third production of small and large oil painting series: Weather Events 3. His choice of only the most dramatic events in weather depict arresting combinations of moody lighting featuring lightening, tornadoes, icebergs, starlight evenings with coincidental sightings of shooting stars, comets or aurora borealis. Paul Muranyi evokes a sense of charged mystery and beauty through his combinations which manipulate an adroitly intuitive balance between realism and abstraction- taking the viewer through the familiar and the unknown.
Date: Sunday May 21, 2017 at 3PM
Location: 92nd Street Y
A Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Fridays at Noon Dance program !
“All dances are too long,”
proclaimed Doris Humphrey in 1938,
92Y’s first dance director (1945)
Choreographers show works from 1-7 minutes over three performances:
May 19 1987-1996
May 20 1997-2006
May 21 2007-2017
Jane Kosminsky, the originator of Fridays at Noon will introduce the festival, Joan Finkelstein, former director of the dance center and Amy Kail, former director of Fridays at Noon will introduce Saturday and Sunday, the first performance, “New Companies, New Worlds” with choreography by Mark Haim, Katherine Howard, Judy Landis and Michael Schumacher will be screened, ‘Remembrances’ will be read, and each performance will conclude with a lively (short) group improvisation.
Friday, May 19, 8pm: Sydney Ireland, Laura Shapiro, Jody Oberfelder, Sue Bernhard, Martita Goshen, Gloria McLean, Kathleen Isaac, Jessica Nicoll and Barry Oreck, Parijat Desai, Lynn Needle, Samantha Geracht, Janis Brenner, Carlos Fittante, Rae Ballard, Mark DeGarmo, Carolyn Dorfman, Kate Thomas, Regina Nejman, Jared Stern, Amber Sloan, Ellen Cornfield
Saturday, May 20, 8pm: Sara Joel, Anna Sperber, Ara Fitzgerald, Ursula Eagly, Barbara Mahler, Mariko Tanabe, Nancy Zendora, Ian Spencer Bell, Lynn Parkerson, Sasha Spielvogel, Beth Jucovy, Jennifer Conley, Julia Gleich, Alice Teirstein, Mary Seidman, Bill Young, Catherine Tharin, Lori Belilove, Maxine Steinman, Catey Ott Thompson, Tiffany Mills, Valerie Green, Kate Digby, Heather Harrington, Chris Ferris, Douglas Dunn
Sunday, May 21, 3pm: Christopher Caines, Carol Nolte, Sue Hogan, Celeste Hastings, Johari Mayfield, Dages Juvelier, Aileen Passloff, James Waring (NYTB), Annie Sailer, Colleen Thomas, Carolyn Dorfman, Amy Kail, James C Martin, Suzanne Beahrs, Sandra Rivera, Catherine Gallant, Esme Boyce, Rebecca Stenn, Christopher Williams, Benjamin Lang, Heidi Latsky, David Parker, Michael Goldstein
Opening Reception: May 24th, 6:30 PM- 9:30 PM
Show Dates: May 24 – July 15, 2017
90 West Broadway
corner of Chambers
“I have always tried to make paintings that are beautiful and arresting. Paintings that stop you in your tracks. Whether by the use of color and composition or odd juxtaposition of subject matter.
The idea is to make the viewer do a double-take and then get drawn in and perhaps ask questions.
These new paintings are motivated by the current political climate. As Joe Strummer once said: “If you want to tell the truth, you’ve really got to be specific”.
I AM BEING MORE SPECIFIC!
The total disregard of human rights via the increasingly militarized police force, immigration policies, and environmental prospects our planet faces leads me to realize that in the US and globally, we have a conflict of interest.” – Stephen Hall
A renowned painter who focused on views of Lower Manhattan, Ruta painted for nearly seventy years and had lived in Westbeth since its opening in 1970 when he passed away in late 2016. Born in Germany, he fled to Italy to escape Hitler’s rise to power, finally ending up in NYC. In this interview he discusses his time served as an American soldier in WWII and the painting career that followed, as well as memories of raising a family in Westbeth with his wife, Suzanne.
Here is the link to the full tanscript of the Peter Ruta Interview
From 1979 to 2008,
Florent, the all night eatery located in the city’s Meat Packing District was prime stomping crowd for a
surprising mix of A-list celebrities, tourists, families, and club kids.
This wildly entertaining documentary chronicles the history and final days of this outrageous icon.