Every restaurant in New York City is mandated to post a “First Aid for Choking” sign in a visible place by law, but now restaurant-goers might not have to get their Heimlich maneuver tips from the same dated poster. Instead, first aid tips could be found on a commissioned, one-of-a-kind, artist-designed reconsideration of the dining staple. Continue Reading
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This summer, New Yorkers will be tempted to travel to the far reaches of Long Island for an impressive lineup at the Watermill Center’s Scaler Lecture Series. The talks bring together leading voices in the arts, humanities, and sciences at artist Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, which provides renowned residencies and innovative programming across the arts. Beginning July 29, this summer’s lecture series opens with a conversation between Wilson and Gemeentemuseum Den Haag director Benno Tempel, focusing on the collaborations between American painter and sculptor Paul Thek and Wilson. On July 30, New Yorker theater critic Hilton Als will ruminate on the life and work of Diane Arbus. Other events will include talks with Hamptons-based artist Clifford Ross on his forthcoming MASS MoCA project with museum director Joe Thompson and a session with architect Daniel Libeskind. Continue Reading
Because solely exhibiting your artwork on planet Earth is so 20th-century, Katie Paterson will be sending one of her sculptures off into space tomorrow. “The unmanned cargo resupply spacecraft Georges Lemaitre ATV will launch from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, on a mission to resupply the International Space Station with propellant, water, air and dry cargo,” states a press release from the artist’s New York gallery, James Cohan.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles has announced plans to mount the biggest retrospective of the work of LA legend and artist Cameron in over 20 years. “Cameron: Songs for the Witch Woman,” is set to run October 11 through January 11, 2015 at MOCA Pacific Design Center. The show will feature 91 artworks and ephemera — some believed lost until now — including paintings, drawings, sketchbooks, poetry, and important letters between the artist and her husband Jack Parsons, as well as mythologist Joseph Campbell. The show will also importantly highlight the recent publication “Songs for the Witch Woman,” produced by Fulgar Esoterica, which brings together Parsons poems with Cameron’s transcendent illustrations. Continue Reading
Electric Literature tipped us off to the pending publication of Cory Arcangel’s “Working on My Novel,” which, quite simply, is composed of tweets from strangers that include those four words. “What does it feel like to try and create something new?” the artist ponders on his website. “How is it possible to find a space for the demands of writing a novel in a world of instant communication?” Like many of Arcangel’s best ideas — including the one in which he automatically appends the caption “What a misunderstanding!” to New Yorker cartoons — it’s simple and hilarious. We can’t wait to curl up on the couch and pore through these tweets — wearing a Surfware hoodie, naturally.
UK culture secretary Sajid Javid called the staff and students of the Glasgow School of Art an inspiration on a visit to the art school yesterday, July 24. The school’s historic Mackintosh Building tragically went up in flames on May 23, and both the building and student artworks inside were left seriously damaged. “The resilience shown by the staff and students since the terrible fire is a real inspiration,” Javid said.
News of more shifting around in the art blogosphere came through the wire today when Capital announced that Alexandra Peers has been named the next culture editor of the New York Observer. She will be taking over for Sarah Douglas, who recently moved over to ARTnews as the magazine’s new editor-in-chief. Continue Reading
In 1955, Garry Winogrand turned his camera on New York’s iconic nightclub El Morocco and captured the venue’s glamorous clientele in what we can only assume were alcohol-fueled nights of revelry. For an appropriately boozy companion to Winogrand’s bacchanalian (and slightly terrifying) photo, “El Morocco, New York,” we looked to an iconic drink of the era — the Negroni.
Tianlong Jiao has been named as the new curator of Chinese art at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum. Starting September 15, Jiao will organize special exhibitions for the museum and oversee its Chinese collection. He comes to the Asian Art Museum from the Hong Kong Maritime Museum where he was chief curator. Jiao is an expert in Chinese archaeology and early Chinese art history and has been part of more than thirty archaeological excavations in China.