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The Magic of Making Clouds

We challenge you to not be impressed with Berndnaut Smilde’s cloud works which, as he describes, exist between “reality and representation.” In this video from The Avant/Garde Diaries he activates a smoke machine in the Green Room of the Veterans Building in downtown San Francisco, and the result is billowing smoke that forms luscious, cotton candy-like masses that are simultaneously building up and at the same time falling part.

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New Grant from CAA Supports Scholarly Publications in the Arts

The Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Award, a new grant from the College Art Association (CAA), provides funds to emerging authors of monographs on the history of art and related subjects. The purpose of the award is to reduce the financial burden that authors carry when acquiring images for publication, including licensing and reproduction fees for both print and online publications. The fall application deadline is September 15, 2013.

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New International Leadership Program in Visual Arts Management – ILPVAM: Three intensive modules in Bilbao, New York, and Abu Dhabi

The new International Leadership Program in Visual Arts Management – ILPVAM is an advanced art and business executive certificate program offered by three leading institutions with specialties in visual arts, global markets, and business: the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, Deusto Business School (University of Deusto, Spain), and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

ILPVAM comprises three five-day modules taught in English by experts in their respective fields over seven months, and is conducted in Europe, the U.S., and the Middle East. These locations provide an exceptional immersive on-site experience.

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Three Summer Indies to Watch on SnagFilms

SnagFilms is a free video-streaming site where moviegoers and film aficionados alike can connect, discover and share titles. But you won’t find the same old multiplex fare here. With a library that houses an impressive collection of independent films curated by a team of dedicated and talented editors, SnagFilms is a place for those looking to experience a heartfelt documentary or a film critics’ favorite.

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Klein Artist Works Helps Artists Take Control of Their Career

Klein Artist Works is a 12-week online course that empowers artists by demystifying the art world via a series of live webinars with 25 art world experts (gallery owners, art critics, museum directors, curators, art consultants, successful artists, and others).

The course consists of 2 one-hour-long, live webinars every Monday evening and provides both group sessions and one-on-one counseling to introduce artists to powerful information from an array of the world’s top art professionals. Everyone gets personal attention and individualized assistance with strategy and artist statements, and a real or virtual studio visit.

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The Hannah Arendt Prize: Call for Submissions

The Hannah Arendt Prize in Critical Theory and Creative Research is a $5,000 essay prize awarded in an annual competition for those interested in the juncture of art and creative research and in the principles at the heart of the arts and humanities, including sense-based intelligence; the reality of singular, nonrepeatable phenomena; ethical vision; and consilience between inner and outer, nature and reason, thought and experience, subject and object, self and world.

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Peripheral Visions: Contemporary Art from Australia at Garis & Hahn

Distilling the ethos of a national avant-garde is a daring act, but curator Marissa Bateman’s goal is to accomplish just that in Peripheral Visions: Contemporary Art from Australia at Garis & Hahn. The exhibition aims to showcase the most effervescent artists of Australia’s contemporary art scene, marking the New York debut of the participants. Artists include Australia’s Venice Biennale representatives Vernon Ah Kee, Claire Healy, and Sean Corderio as well as Joel Beerden, Stephen Bird, Nicholas Folland, Dan McKewen, Amanda Marburg, and Phoebe Rathmell.

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Mana Fest at Mana Contemporary, Saturday May 4th, 1-7PM

Mana Contemporary is new to the NYC contemporary art scene. A 1.8 million square foot former tobacco warehouse transformed into one of the largest artist-designed and run facilities in the nation, Mana currently houses more than 70 contemporary artist studios, four galleries, a dance studio, a beer garden, several photography studios, workshops, a café and more.

Doors are open to the public on weekdays, and quarterly, on weekends for major events. One of these quarterly openings is this Saturday May 4, from 1 – 7 p.m.