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Planting the Seeds of Revolution in DUMBO

Even the ambitious curators of Can’t Hear the Revolution at Kunsthalle Galapagos admit that revolutions tend to happen slowly. But that doesn’t mean they’re not determined. With the debut show for the new Kunsthalle Galapagos curators, they are fixing the roots of what they hope will grow into an initiative where, above all, art will have a purpose.

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Getting Your Fix with Art-o-mat

While in Rochester I stopped by the George Eastman House the former home of Kodak film founder George Eastman, and now home to a pretty unique photography museum. The real treasure though, was both unlikely and unexpected. On my I encountered a vintage cigarette machine, cheerily out of time and place. I was delighted to see not tobacco, but art advertised in its tiny little windows.

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Franco Fatigue

Saturday, August 6, marked the opening of James Franco’s latest venture into the art world. High/Low Rob Lowe opened at Terence Koh’s Asia Song Society on Canal Street, but closed indefinitely the day after opening. We know many of you have been suffering from Franco fatigue. Thoughts are definitely mixed about the actor’s rise in the commercial gallery world. Is he the real deal or just an over privileged famous guy? Honestly, he seems genuine, but that doesn’t mean he deserves the coverage he has gotten. Whatever you think, this whole Franco art thing doesn’t seem to be going away.

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I Didn’t Hear The Revolution in Galapagos

Since their doors opened in 1995, Galapagos Art Space (aka Kunsthalle Galapagos) has been a place for musicians, performers and generally cool but poor artists of any kind. Enter their newest venture, Kunsthalle Galapagos, the organization’s brand new venue that is now hosting the group show Can’t Hear the Revolution. It was an interesting but overwhelming exhibition.

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Easy, Breazy Art from the Aljira Collection

Aljira: A Center for Contemporary Art, has a delightful summer show, titled “Interstice & Emphasis: Artists from the Aljira Collection.” The exhibition, now on view till September 24, features artwork acquired over the institution’s 27-year tenure. The work on view is neither groundbreaking nor provocative, but it is appealing and downright charming at some moments, with the overall tenor of the show being low-key. As the song goes, it’s summertime and the living is easy.

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Oh, Knitta Puh-leze

Urban Knits, a small book of colorful photographs, explores a relatively new kind of graffiti called “urban knitting,” self-proclaimed to be the most “inoffensive” type of urban graffiti. Like most books of its kind, a collection compiled by theme, Urban Knits unintentionally shows the wide discrepancies in quality that exist in all forms of art, but that are especially prevalent in graffiti and street art. When the impetus for making art is not exclusively about the quality of the work itself but rather about the act of leaving a mark, the results are often less than imaginative. This seems to hold true for tagging as well as knitting.

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How Comfortable Are You in the City, Really?

Can anyone ever be truly comfortable in New York? I’ve lived here my whole life and still feel the daily stresses of subway rides, traffic, overcrowding and of course insanely high prices (tickets to MoMA cost $25 now?). These Manhattan blues are part of the reason I was both intrigued and skeptical of the BMW Guggenheim Lab, a pop-up event space in the East Village that will present a series of lectures, film screenings and interactive programs all based around the idea of confronting comfort in our cities and urban development. With corporate sponsoring shoved right into its very title, I wondered if the Lab would stick to a privileged, glossy view of urbanization or actually offer legitimate “solutions for city life,” as the program’s website states. Even the word “comfort” suggested to me that these solutions would be targeted only towards a particular social class who has the resources to take advantage of them.

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Office Space: The Conceptual Art Show?

In 2011, the American Dream has deteriorated to looking like an empty office space with abandoned cubicles, lone water fountains and abandoned family photographs of the past employees. On two floors of the midtown Manhattan Lipstick Building, and only an elevator ride away from Bernie Madoff’s old office, a group of artists transformed an empty office into an art exhibition, 14 & 15, by placing conceptual art around the lavish office, playfully moving objects that had been left in the offices and changing how viewers understand office space. However, much like the current economic state with the gap between the wealthy top 1% and everyone else, only the select few seem to be able to experience this exhibition.