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Delicious Eye Candy at Socrates Sculpture Park

The Emerging Artists Fellowship Exhibition at the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City is certainly worth the trek to Queens. The whimsical sculpture show, which launches a yearlong celebration of the park’s 25anniversary, was an excellent showcase for young talent. The diverse sculptures work in congress with the amazing view of Manhattan’s skyline to create an art viewing experience that is at once soothing and sublime.

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Pop Goes the Wardrobe: Hally McGehean’s “Wearable Art”

In the 1960s, Paco Rabanne subverted traditional dressmaking techniques in his fashions, eschewing the needle and thread for pliers and wire and replacing fabric with metallic discs and panels. The so-called “space age” dresses constructed solely of inflexible paillettes revolutionized how women could adorn their bodies. Now, Etsy-extraordinaire Hally McGehean continues the trajectory of this alternative dress style in her work, with some über-conceptual 21st Century touches.

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Hunter Reynolds Wraps Up The 9/11 Memorials

Living blocks from Ground Zero since 2004, I’ve never been a fan of the September 11 tribute overload with its countless ceremonies, blocked streets, morbidly curious tourists and nutty 9/11 Truthers. This year, I spent 9/11 watching visual and performance artist Hunter Reynolds in a 9/11 tribute Mummification performance, which was an intensely powerful experience.

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A Painter Revists the Images of 9/11 at 7 World Trade Center

Let the avalanche of September 11 exhibitions begin. As the tenth anniversary of the attack approaches, the art world gears up to remember and reflect with some of the bigger (and most intriguing) shows slated to run at blockbuster institutions like the Met, MoMA PS1 and the New Museum, as well as the opening of the Memorial Museum itself at the World Trade Center site on September 12. This Wednesday, I attended a small and intimate show at 7 World Trade Center that was a bit of quiet before the storm

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A Marriage of Food Truck Culture and a Gallery on Wheels

In the era of food trucks, pop-up shops and temporary restaurants, when even underground dance parties are thrown in the bays of parked U-Haul trucks, it’s surprising that more of the art world isn’t getting on board with this wonderfully lo-fi business model that optimizes exposure through social media and the Internet and requires minimal entry costs. Enter Show and Tell, an ambitious foray into the world of the DIY mobile gallery organized by Sierra Stinson, a Seattle-based artist and part-time gallerist, and Victoria Yee Howe, a New York-based conceptual artist and former pastry chef.

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A Photo Show Begs the Question, Groupie or Guru?

I have to admit it, summer is almost over, and I’m kind of disappointed. This season is arguably the best time to see live music, and initiatives like Celebrate Brooklyn make it easy and (sometimes) free, something I unfortunately missed out on this year. For those like me who have neglected their musical cravings, “Longwave and Hurricane Bells” is a newly opened must-see show of musical-inclined photography by Mayumi Nashida at Williamsburg’s Graphite Gallery.

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Reflecting on Nurture Art’s “We Are” Summer Experiment

We Are is Nurture Art’s summer innitative. All summer the nonprofit has lent its gallery space out to a number of Brooklyn-based artists, curators and galleries. According to the organization’s website: “This hybrid between art festival, short-term residency program and neighborhood jamboree is a honest statement of identification with the people that make our community.”