Museums

Post image for A Crocheted Phantasmagoria on the Hudson

YONKERS, New York — Blood falls over a compass rose circled slowly by turkey vultures, while in another room a pelican goddess spits out the Milky Way in a celestial swirl of beads and shredded fabric.

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Post image for Northwest Passages: Into the Modernist Mystic

SEATTLE — I believe what Wallace Stevens said: a mythology reflects its region. So in moving from New York City to Seattle in 1995, I was doubly anxious, knowing neither the region nor its mythology.

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Robert Heinecken,

The first work one encounters in Robert Heinecken: Object Matter, the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) retrospective of the renowned “para-photographer,” is a 1965 piece entitled “Visual Poem/About the Sexual Education of a Young Girl.”

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Self-published, cheaply-made, and disseminated after running through copy machines, zines — short for “fanzine” — have existed as simple and cost-effective creative soapboxes. Zines+ and the World of ABC No Rio, a current exhibition at the Center for Book Arts, presents publications from the archives of ABC No Rio, the art and activism collective founded on the Lower East Side in 1980.

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Christoph Schlingensief at MoMA PS1

The Christoph Schlingensief retrospective at MoMA PS1, titled simply Christoph Schlingensief, seeks to capture the career of an artist whose practice is particularly ill-suited to an exhibition.

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Swoon's Submerged Motherlands

In one of the largest galleries at the Brooklyn museum, the artist Swoon has erected Submerged Motherlands, a colorful installation cloaked in the language of fairy tale and myth.

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New Art in New Jersey

by Sharon Adarlo on August 22, 2014

LNY, Mata Ruda, and NDA,

NEWARK — New Jersey’s image is calcified with tired cultural signifiers. It’s old hat. So it was lovely to encounter the Newark Museum’s latest exhibition, Ready or Not: 2014 New Jersey Arts Annual, a show displaying works by 40 contemporary artists based in the state.

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Depending on Nan Goldin

by Joseph Nechvatal on August 20, 2014

“The Ballad of Sexual Dependency” book cover (1986).

PARIS — I used to abhor Nan Goldin’s “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency” (1979-1986), her famous 45-minute operatic show of 800 color slides set to a choppy 80s pop music soundtrack.

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Bill Manbo, Kodachrome print (1943-44)

LOS ANGELES — In August 1942, thousands of Japanese Americans from Los Angeles began their lives as prisoners on a wide stretch of prairie in northwestern Wyoming.

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David Bowie Is Everywhere

by Stephen Truax on August 18, 2014

'David Bowie' at Martin-Gropius-Bau

BERLIN — It was impossible, having been born in the 1980s, not to memorize David Bowie’s song with Queen, “Under Pressure” (1981), as well as Bowie’s first top-five hit, at age 22, “Space Oddity” (1969) — a song that went on to actually be the first played in space. But I never had a direct relationship with Bowie’s music, the way I did with some of his contemporaries.

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