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WNYC's Arts Datebook: June 2 - 8

Thursday, June 02, 2011 - 12:00 AM

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Artists' lists at the Morgan, the act of erasure at Magnan Metz, and a garden grows (inside a trailer) in Brooklyn. And since the mercury is rising and we could all use air-con, artsy films at IFC Center and the Museum of Arts & Design. There's lots going on in the arts world in the big, sweaty city. Here's what we'll be looking at.

Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists' Enumerations from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art at the Morgan Library I’m a total sucker for eclectic ephemera, which is why I’m totally excited about this show, which gathers together 80 lists produced by artists, architects and writers -- from detailed to-dos to inventories of odd autobiographical facts. The latter category offers a nice nugget from journalist H.L. Mencken: “I never have a head-ache from drink.” There are also lists that are historically significant (such as Picasso’s, at left) and relatively inconsequential (the liquor bill of Ab-Ex painter Franz Kline). But together, these bits of paper come together to form highly personal and idiosyncratic views of the artists who shaped them. (At the risk of appearing terrifically self-promotional: I interviewed the Smithsonian manuscript curator Liza Kirwin when the book came out related to this project. You can find that conversation here.) Opens Friday, in Manhattan.

Eraser at Magnan Metz in Chelsea. This week, we’re all about the “thought experiment” here at Gallerina -- which makes this group show about erasing rather than creating the perfect sort of thing to make you say, 'Whoa.' Organized by independent curator Rachel Furnari, the focus here is objects that have, in some way, been physically defaced, redacted or bleached. Expect photos that contain specters of liquid, newspapers that have been incised and street signs configured into entirely new forms -- all of it proving that, in many cases, less is usually more. Opens on Thursday, in Manhattan. An artists' reception will be held June 16 at 6 P.M.

Kim Holleman, Museum of (Un)Natural History at Work Gallery in Red Hook Environments that have been shrunken, distorted and manipulated are the theme of this one-woman show in Red Hook, which consists of 3-D miniature models of human-altered landscapes — such as empty lots, electrical towers ringed by vegetation and record players lined with sod. Whatever you do, don't miss the pièce de résistance: a mobile home parked outside, which contains a live garden within its doors. Thought experiment, indeed. Opens Friday at 6 P.M., in Brooklyn.

David Bowie, Artist at the Museum of Arts and Design The month-long cinema portion of a multimedia retrospective devoted to Bowie kicks off this weekend at MAD with D.A. Pennebaker’s concert film Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. Also on the line-up: The Last Temptation of Christ, The Man Who Fell to Earth and LOTS of zany music videos. Starts Friday, in Manhattan.

!Women Art Revolution screening at the IFC Center in the West Village The space that women artists have earned in museums has been hard fought. This documentary by Lynn Hershman Leeson looks at how politics and activism came together to launch the feminist art movement of the ‘70s. Featuring extensive interviews with artists such as Yoko Ono, Carolee Schneeman and the Guerrilla Girls, the film will also allow you to relive those heady days when various members of Congress got all worked up about Judy Chicago’s labial-dinner-plate piece, "The Dinner Party" (on view at the Brooklyn Museum). All of it makes me want to get my Helen Reddy on... Through next Thursday, in Manhattan.

PLUS: The Bushwick Art Park goes up this Saturday in Brooklyn as part of Bushwick Open Studios. The park is a pop-up sculptural space organized by the Factory Fresh gallery on an underutilized side street in Bushwick. Perfect for a little daytime art and hanging out! The Art Park gets rolling on Saturday at 1 P.M. Open studios kick off Friday afternoon. (Check individual listings for times.)

At the Museum of Arts and Design: All things David Bowie, including a film festival. Above, a still from the music video 'Life on Mars.'
Image Courtesy of Virgin Records US/EMI
At the Museum of Arts and Design: All things David Bowie, including a film festival. Above, a still from the music video 'Life on Mars.'
MAD's Bowie film fest will go on for a whole month and will include feature films and music videos, such as
Image Courtesy of Virgin Records US/EMI
MAD's Bowie film fest will go on for a whole month and will include feature films and music videos, such as "Jean Genie," shown here.
Because too much Bowie is never enough: A still from 'Boys Keep Swinging.'
Image Courtesy of Virgin Records US/EMI
Because too much Bowie is never enough: A still from 'Boys Keep Swinging.'
At Magnan Metz: Pieces that are all about erasure — such as this work by Shanti Grumbine, from 2011, consisting of erased and cut newspaper.
Courtesy of the artist and Magnan Metz
At Magnan Metz: Pieces that are all about erasure — such as this work by Shanti Grumbine, from 2011, consisting of erased and cut newspaper.
Also part of 'Erased' at Magnan Metz: Christopher Michlig's 'Ecstatic Collage,' from 2011.
Courtesy of the artist and Marine Contemporary, Los Angeles
Also part of 'Erased' at Magnan Metz: Christopher Michlig's 'Ecstatic Collage,' from 2011.
A chemically-altered print by Curtis Mann titled 'New Monument.' Mann frequently strips a layer of color from found images, leaving ghostly shapes in their wake.
Courtesy of Kavi Gupta Chicago I Berlin
A chemically-altered print by Curtis Mann titled 'New Monument.' Mann frequently strips a layer of color from found images, leaving ghostly shapes in their wake.
'!Women Art Revolution' chronicles the confluence of feminism and the male-dominated art world in the 1970s (on view at IFC). Above, the Feminist Studio Workshop gathers in 1973.
Photo courtesy of Sheila Levrant de Bretteville Archives
'!Women Art Revolution' chronicles the confluence of feminism and the male-dominated art world in the 1970s (on view at IFC). Above, the Feminist Studio Workshop gathers in 1973.
Featured in the film: The gals behind the Guerrilla Girls, a collective of nameless artist-activists who raised awareness about the lack of women represented in mainstream arts institutions.
Photo courtesy of The Guerrilla Girls
Featured in the film: The gals behind the Guerrilla Girls, a collective of nameless artist-activists who raised awareness about the lack of women represented in mainstream arts institutions.
Work Gallery in Brooklyn has organized a show devoted to examining bizarre natural environments that will include a trailer with a park inside of it. Shown here, various miniaturized environments.
Courtesy Work Gallery
Work Gallery in Brooklyn has organized a show devoted to examining bizarre natural environments that will include a trailer with a park inside of it. Shown here, various miniaturized environments.
The Morgan Library has gathered an array of fascinating and unusual artist's lists, such as Janice Lowry's to-do list from August 9, 2003.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
The Morgan Library has gathered an array of fascinating and unusual artist's lists, such as Janice Lowry's to-do list from August 9, 2003.
Also at the Morgan, Abstract Expressionist painter Franz Kline's liquor bill -- likely for a New Year's party.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Also at the Morgan, Abstract Expressionist painter Franz Kline's liquor bill -- likely for a New Year's party.
A fastidious list by Oscar Bluemner from 1932 chronicles the artist's works of art
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
A fastidious list by Oscar Bluemner from 1932 chronicles the artist's works of art

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Carolina A. Miranda is a regular contributor to WNYC and blogs about the arts for the station as "Gallerina." In addition to that, she contributes articles on culture, travel and the arts to a variety of national and regional media, including Time, ArtNews, Travel + Leisure and Budget Travel and Florida Travel + Life. She has reported on the burgeoning industry of skatepark design, architectural pedagogy in Southern California, the presence of street art in museums and Lima's burgeoning food scene, among many other subjects. In 2008, she was named one of eight fellows in the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program for her arts and architecture blog C-Monster.net, which has received mentions in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. In January of 2010, the Times named her one of nine people to follow on Twitter. Got a tip? E-mail her at c [@] c-monster [dot] net

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