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This Week: Must-See Arts in the City

WNYC's Arts Datebook: July 21 - 27, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 12:00 AM

Technology that begs to be played with at MoMA, punk graphics at Steven Kasher, carved characters at the Morgan Library and redecorated airplane nose cones out in the Hamptons. Here's what's on our radar in the arts world this very steamy weekend:

Talk to Me: Design and the Communication Between People and Objects at the Museum of Modern Art Set aside a good chunk of time for this one, because this is an exhibit that begs to be studied, played and interacted with. This includes digital tablets that can be used as musical instruments, lost cardboard robots that wander the halls and a set of USB drives, embedded in the wall, that allow visitors to the museum to share files with one another. (I left a couple of digital gifts on two of these. Hopefully they’ll be around for a bit.) There is even a working MTA metro card machine that dispenses actual metro cards — for a fee, of course. The show, overall, is an intriguing look at the ways in which people interface with one another and technology. For the tech nerds, this is an absolute must-see!!! Opens Sunday, in Midtown.

Rude and Reckless: Punk/Post-Punk Graphics, 1976-82 at Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea Just in time for the summer music season is this graphic design show at Kasher, which includes vintage zines, posters and flyers from a wide array of punk and New Wave bands operating on both sides of the Atlantic. Expect to see iconic designs for flyers and album covers for tons of era bands, including the Buzzcocks, Ramones, Cramps, Sex Pistols, Blondie, B-52s and Joy Division, among countless others. The pieces are heavy on collage and borrow liberally from commercial graphic design — though the slickness of the latter is subverted with plenty of rips, tears and grainy imagery. This promises to be an intriguing look at a style of design that has been widely copied since. Opens on Thursday, in Manhattan.

Xu Bing: The Living Word at the Morgan Library & Museum This new site-specific installation by Xu Bing was commissioned specifically for the museum’s glass-enclosed atrium and features more than 400 carved and painted Chinese characters that appear to take flight from the gallery floor. Though the artist has created similar installations in the past, this is the largest such piece he has created to date. While you’re at the museum, make sure you don’t miss two other worthwhile exhibits: one devoted to medieval fashion, the other to artists’ lists. Through October 2, in Midtown.

Nose Job, a group show at Eric Firestone Gallery on Long Island. Follow the Jitney hordes to this unusual and crafty collection of vintage Air Force airplane noses that have been recycled into works of art. Curator Carlo McCormick (of Paper Mag fame) and gallerist Eric Firestone have invited a diverse gang of artists -- including Richard Prince, Retna, and famed Brooklyn street sculptor JJ Veronis -- to re-imagine these flying relics. Expect pin-up gals and plenty of cartoon-y characters. Dan Colen has covered his piece in pink lipstick kisses and visitors are encouraged to add to the piece. Because what women really want to be doing is kissing Colen’s cone. Through August 21, in Easthampton.

For the Musically Minded: Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea is examining punk and post-punk graphics. Above, Jamie Reid's seminal 1976 design for the Sex Pistols' <em>Anarchy in the U.K.</em>
Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery, New York
For the Musically Minded: Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea is examining punk and post-punk graphics. Above, Jamie Reid's seminal 1976 design for the Sex Pistols' Anarchy in the U.K.
A poster for the Ramones from 1977. The show at Kasher features vintage posters, zines and flyers, all embodying a wide array of artistic styles, including pop and commercial design.
Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery, New York
A poster for the Ramones from 1977. The show at Kasher features vintage posters, zines and flyers, all embodying a wide array of artistic styles, including pop and commercial design.
A Blondie poster from 1976, also at Kasher. The graphics of the era were all done without the aid of computers.
Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery, New York
A Blondie poster from 1976, also at Kasher. The graphics of the era were all done without the aid of computers.
Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery, New York
"Au Plan K," a poster for a Joy Division concert in Brussels in 1980. The graphics were often intentionally crude, a way of deconstructing slick commercial imagery.
In the Hamptons: Nose Job, an exhibit featuring redecorated airplane nose cones, including this lipstick-covered number by Dan Colen, which gallery goers are welcome to add to. So gleefully sexist!
Courtesy Eric Firestone Gallery
In the Hamptons: Nose Job, an exhibit featuring redecorated airplane nose cones, including this lipstick-covered number by Dan Colen, which gallery goers are welcome to add to. So gleefully sexist!
At the Morgan Library, artist Xu Bing is creating a floating cloud of calligraphy in the museum's glass-enclosed Gilbert Court.
Courtesy Xu Bing Studio
At the Morgan Library, artist Xu Bing is creating a floating cloud of calligraphy in the museum's glass-enclosed Gilbert Court.
Xu Bing's Chinese characters -- made of carved and painted acrylic -- will appear to emerge from a text on the floor.
Courtesy Xu Bing Studio
Xu Bing's Chinese characters -- made of carved and painted acrylic -- will appear to emerge from a text on the floor.
At MoMA's tech-design show 'Talk To Me,' visitors can expect to run into Kacie Kinzer's 'Tweenbots' on occasion — cute cardboard robots that require a viewer's help in navigating the galleries.
Carolina A. Miranda
At MoMA's tech-design show "Talk To Me," Kacie Kinzer's "Tweenbot."
Photo by Evan Roth. Courtesy Museum of Modern Art
"Talk to Me" contains objects, programs and data visualizations. Among the more conceptual pieces is this graffiti taxonomy, created by Evan Roth, of Graffiti Research Lab.
The entrance to MoMA's exhibit features the hypercute digital character
Carolina A. Miranda
The entrance to MoMA's exhibit features the hypercute digital character "Talking Carl," who reacts to touch (visitors can tickle his belly on a screen) and will repeat what you say.
Yours truly, at the entrance to the
Rebecca Taylor, Museum of Modern Art
Yours truly, at the entrance to the "Talk to Me" exhibit, leaving digital goodies for future visitors on artist Aram Bartholl's public USB ports.

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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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