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The relative slowdown of arts-related matters in August recently prompted me to put together a long, admittedly meandering list of items you might want to add to what could nonetheless be quite a robust art agenda for the month. It included notes about some current and forthcoming shows—visual art, dance, music, film, et cetera—at many different venues, and it traveled around NYC's boroughs a fair bit before heading upstate. It even veered off at...
Artists, cultural critics and occasional collaborators Jennifer Dalton and Bill Powhida are launching a new public art project very soon, and it’s a most compelling one. It’s called MONTH2MONTH, and it’s an initiative that came out of artist-centric concerns, then gathered greater conceptual force and assumed more broadly public shape as it became a platform for potentially very crucial conversations regarding social justice. MONTH2MONTH will encourage, indeed demand that many of today’s most important...
First, there was news of a massive index finger—is it meant to unite? or provoke?—from Brooklyn artist Hank Willis Thomas, which will greet cars and pedestrians and cyclists entering Kings County from over the Brooklyn Bridge. Now, another ambiguously messaged and gigantic sculpture from self-described "provincial New Yorker," artist Deborah Kass, has been installed in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Depending on your perspective, facing Manhattan or Brooklyn, it reads, respectively, "OY" or "YO." Bemused exasperation, or...
What, exactly, constitutes public art and what, ideally, is its goal are questions with potentially controversial answers. But, a rough hypothesis: Public art is the placement of an object (or image or text or performance) in a public space that serves no practical purpose; rather, its raison d'être is to interrupt the onslaught of the normal—to make you think and feel. But you probably already knew this because Brooklyn is home to an abundance of public art, so we...

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