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Here’s a New Museum-Shaped Skateboard

The New Museum has announced a collaboration with Chapman Skateboards on a limited run of 150 skate decks that are shaped like the museum’s Bowery building. The New York-based skateboarding company worked with the museum to create the $125 deck, which is inspired by the New Museum’s 2012 skateboard window installation by Canyon Castator and Richard Duff.

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Katie Paterson to Launch Artwork Into Orbit

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.

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Cory Arcangel’s New Project Collects Your Tweets

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.

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Art World Drinks: A Garry Winogrand Negroni

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.

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Christopher Williams Goes Label-Free at MoMA

At this morning’s press conference for Christopher Williams’s MoMA show “The Production Line of Happiness” — opening July 27 — curator Roxana Marcoci discussed the artist’s “truly cross-disciplinary” practice and how it encouraged “different ways of seeing.” Williams himself talked about how he felt uncomfortable being considered both a Conceptual artist and a photographer at all. Yet for some critics in attendance, the truly hot-button issue seemed to be the exhibition’s lack of wall labels; I observed one journalist railing to Marcoci herself about this decision, evincing a level of passion normally reserved for Middle Eastern politics.

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Smithsonian Gets J Dilla’s Synth

The late rapper J Dilla’s musical equipment, including his custom synthesizer, has been donated to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture by his mother Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey. As part an exhibition dedicated to music — one of 11 that will inaugurate the museum in 2016 —  Dilla’s equipment will be displayed with objects used by Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Chuck Berry, among others.

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Natural History Museum’s Blue Whale Gets Annual Scrub Down

Up on 86th street, the American Museum of Natural History’s 21,000-pound blue whale is undergoing its annual cleaning. With the aid of a vacuum and a cherry picker, museum staffer Brittany Janaszak will remove the thick layer of dust that distorts the 94-foot-long whale’s blue color to gray. Milstein Hall’s lower level will be closed for the entirety of the cleaning.

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Art World Drinks: A Vera Neumann-Inspired Flower Fizz

Even more refreshing than it is simple, this flowery variation on a gin fizz was inspired by Alexander Gray Associates’ blossoming summer group show of the artwork of designer and artist Vera Neumann. In a salon-style hanging, the gallery presents the flowery watercolors and drawings that were the basis for Neumann’s iconic Vera scarves. We found the cool, floral taste of this cocktail to be a perfect complement to the cheery works in “Vera Paints a Summer Bouquet.”

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Nail Art Salon Vanity Projects Debuts Jeremy Blake Animations Show

Today Vanity Projects — Rita Pinto’s nail salon to the art world — opens a show of artist Jeremy Blake, who is now more remembered for the strange events surrounding his 2007 suicide than the art he made.  A long time fan of his work, Pinto secured permission from the Blake Estate to show the complete archive of the artist’s animations made between 1998 and 2005. On view until August 3, the show is the latest exhibition of video works Pinto has organized in her nail art salon, where customers can watch pieces projected on the wall as they have their nails painted, bedazzled, and everything in between. We stopped by the salon to chat with Pinto about Blake’s videos and the work’s connection to nail art.

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Instagrams of the Art World: Koons Mania Hits New York, Hydra, Havana, and More

Although we couldn’t be more over it with the hundreds of Jeff Koons instagrams in our feed this week, it would be a serious omission not to include a few. Here’s Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis’s (elisabethtnt) hilarious pic of her mom Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis, posing in front of Koons’s terrifying purple sex sculpture from the “Made in Heaven” series.

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