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Scott Campbell & Chances with Wolves: Keeping Current with the Past

Brooklyn artist Scott Campbell is a typical New York creative in that he’s passionate about his eclectic tastes and interests. One of his loves is a Monday night radio show on East Village Radio by the hilariously named Chances With Wolves (DJs Justin Cox and Kenan Juska). The musical duo excavate some of the most obscure, funkiest, and freakiest soul and R&B records you can imagine, and their beats, Campbell says, are great because “they never play the obvious.”

Chances With Wolves posts their playlist and program on their blog and reading the names are like looking into a portal you never knew was there.

“I really like the idea that there are these people that didn’t know how beautiful their records were for some reason,” Justin Cox explains in this latest video from The Avant Garde Diaries

It’s nice to know that every Monday night there’s a little tribe that follows the beats and aural musings of some forgotten artists who deserve another listen. It really does sound pretty avant garde.

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The Politics of Taste: Expanding Your Palate

Out of all the human senses, taste is often the least understood. Some of us eat purely to sustain ourselves, while others eat as a central joy in their lives. Now a new interdisciplinary conference seeks to focus on desire’s palate, and taste is being placed under the microscope as an important part of not only the culinary arts but also art history and theory, sociology, anthropology, as well as the cognitive, material, and biological sciences.

Molecular Cuisine: The Politics of Taste is a three-day symposium taking place October 19–21 at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) that will target the intersections between taste and value. While taste is the key concept in new cooking technologies, it also connects us to our passions, predilections, and taboos.

Visit molecularcuisine.sva.edu for full details..

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Go for stillspotting but Stay for the Bronx: 10 Great Things to See

This weekend, Oct 13-14, The Guggenheim Museum will be hosting the fifth and final edition in the stillspotting nyc series, stillspotting nyc: bronx.

For this installment, Guggenheim has teamed up with Charlie Todd and Tyler Walker of the prankster pop-up theater troupe Improv Everywhere and audiologist Tina Jupiter, to present Audiogram, a unique 65-minute interactive audio experience and theatrical group hearing test designed for the South Bronx. Participants will don mp3 players pre-loaded with sound compositions designed to heighten awareness of city’s latent audio background and wander around the neighborhood’s Joyce Kilmer Park while being led on a sensory journey through city space.

To make things even more exciting, on Saturday October 13, Hyperallergic has partnered with The Guggenheim Museum to host a stillspotting Bronx Art Adventure! We’ll start the day with the final stillspotting nyc event and continue on an art adventure across New York’s northernmost borough, including a trip to the Marcel Breuer-designed Lehman Gallery and a visit to Arthur Avenue, aka Bronx’s Little Italy, and Emilia’s Restaurant for a traditional Italian dinner (with wine!) to cap off the day.

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Thank You to Our September Sponsors

We would like to take a brief moment to thank this month’s sponsors. These are the organizations and companies that keep us publishing, so be sure to check them out!

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Brooklyn Museum — NYU Steinhardt — Creative Time — Vera List Art Project — International Center of Photography — Association of Public Art — Norte Maar  — Guggenheim — Vilcek Foundation — Ripley Auctions 

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Art Systems — Scott Chasse Art Panels  TNC Gallery — Safety: An Art Exhibition — TheBowerbirds — Brooklyn Comics Festival — Waterfront Toronto

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Imagining A Post-Capitalist Society with Ton Matton

Tom Matton is a rare kind of designer and architect who looks past the commercial life of objects to explore the underlying realities of their existence. And like many adventurous creators, he took a chance.

His exploration led him far from the life he knew in The Netherlands, and the growing discomfort he had with suburban building practices. He proudly makes no apologies for his thinking that this is the time to challenge the logic of “greedy capitalism,” something that has impacted his work from the beginning.

“If you don’t have a job in the big city, then you’re a loser,” he says bluntly. In the countryside, he explains, things are different, but you’ll have to watch this latest video from the Avant/Garde Diaries to hear his wonderful explanation.

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Thank You to Our August Sponsors

We would like to take a brief moment to thank this month’s sponsors. These are the organizations and companies that keep us publishing, so be sure to check them out!

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Brooklyn MuseumSchool of Visual ArtsVilcek Foundation — Artnet

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The Avant/Garde Diaries: Aaron Rose Talks Watts Towers

It’s impossible to forget the first time you visit Simon Rodia’s Watts Towers in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. I remember being confronted by the beauty of the spires that look dreamlike and fragile at first until you realize how strong and robust they in fact are upon closer inspection.

They are one of the masterpieces of 20th C. folk architecture but also so much more than that label entails.

In the latest installment of The Avant-Garde Diaries, Aaron Rose, of “Beautiful Losers” fame, shares his love for this monument far ahead of its time.

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Thank You To Our July Sponsors

We would like to take a brief moment to thank this month’s sponsors. These are the organizations and companies that keep us publishing, so be sure to check them out!

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Asia Society Museum — Parrish Museum — Art Southampton — Saatchi Online

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Art Systems — The Wassaic Project – Summer Festival 

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Art Southampton Attracts Young Collectors

The Inaugural Edition of Art Southampton, presented by Art Miami July 26–30, is proving to be catnip for savvy young collectors and groups from up and down the East Coast. Many of the individuals and groups are very familiar with the Art Miami style of presentation and are eagerly looking forward to the fair. But there is also great excitement among first-timers, many of whom are too busy to fly down to Miami mid-winter and relish the idea of a world class art fair right outside New York City.

Art Southampton has already won the support of numerous prominent collectors, philanthropists and major art world figures who call the Hamptons home, many of whom are serving on its prestigious Host Committee. They have also made a concerted effort to reach out to the next generation of collectors.

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The Avant/Garde Diaries: “Jonathan Jones & Cockatoo Island – Dialogue for the Future”

The Avant/Garde Diaries is a digital portrait magazine that invites leading creatives to talk about the cutting edge of art, design, fashion, music and film.

The Avant/Garde Diaries’s most recent entry, “Jonathan Jones & Cockatoo Island – Dialogue for the Future” follows the contemporary site specific installation artist, Jonathan Jones, as he explores his native Sydney Harbor’s largest landmass, Cockatoo Island.

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Thank You to Our June Sponsors

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Brooklyn Museum — Parrish Museum — Art SouthamptonSaatchi OnlineInternational Center of Photography — MassArt — Danube University – Leonardo Scholarship — Corey Helford Gallery

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Lumen Festival — Storefront Bushwick — New York Studio School — Claremont Graduate University MFA — Art Systems

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The Avant/Garde Diaries: “Redirect Our Medium”

The Avant/Garde Diaries is a digital interview magazine that documents artists on the forefront of their creative field. In each article a featured diarist speaks about people or individual works of art they consider to be ahead of their time. Through their eyes we experience uniquely personal profiles that celebrate and inspire the avant-garde. Check out the complete video portrait library: theavantgardediaries.com.

The most recent entry, “Redirect Our Medium,” shines the spotlight on Adam Green and Todd Diciurcio. Adam Green is a musician and artist and most recently released the independent film The Wrong Ferrari, starring Macaulay Culkin. Todd Diciurcio is a painter, sculptor and music-video director. His often large-scale drawing and paintings are created within and respond to the context of the staged live performance and special event. The two met in London to share their zest for exploring outside the proverbial box and asking “why not”?