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This Week: Must-See Arts in the City

WNYC's Arts Datebook: April 11 - 17, 2012

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 12:00 AM

The earliest Egyptian art at the Met, a house grows in the Brooklyn Museum, an igloo made of coal on the Lower East Side and a Brazilian artist's climb-able piece in Chelsea. Plus: an art video tribute to Mike Kelley in Chelsea and an experimental new ballet in Williamsburg. There's lots to choose from in New York City this week. Here's what we're looking at:

The Dawn of Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Before Egyptian art congealed into a seemingly relentless parade of monumental sculptures and walls of hieroglyphic symbols, it was small in scale, rich in its depiction of animal life, abstracted and stylized. The Met has gathered some 180 objects from these pre-Dynastic periods, which date all the way back to 4400 BC, providing a rich look at the dawn of an art-making tradition that would last more than 5,000 years. Through August 5, on the Upper East Side.

Ernesto Neto at Tonya Bonakdar Gallery The last time we got a good taste of Ernesto Neto in New York was in 2009, at the Park Avenue Armory, when the Brazilian artist unveiled a massive immersive sculpture that looked like the ethereal digestive system of a gargantuan monster — except it smelled like clove and turmeric and was laced with cozy environments that coddled the viewer into a fetal stupor. Well, now Neto is back — but with a much smaller (and more active) piece. His latest will consist of a bridge-like structure crafted from netting and bright plastic balls, which can be entered, climbed and explored. Opens Saturday, in Chelsea.

Alejandra Prieto, Invisible Dust, at Y Gallery This Lower East Side space known for showing Latin American artists has teamed up with the CCU Art Grant to show a project by Chilean artist Alejandra Prieto, who likes to craft recognizable objects out of unlikely materials. In this exhibit, she is working with coal to make paintings, igloos and even mirrors. Opens on Wednesday at 6 P.M., on the Lower East Side.

Heather Hart, part of the Raw/Cooked series at the Brooklyn Museum The latest in the museum’s series devoted to showcasing the work of Brooklyn artists will be the massive sculpture of a home’s rooftop by Bed-Stuy artist Heather Hart. The piece will occupy most of the museum’s airy fifth floor atrium and visitors will be allowed to enter it. Opens Friday, in Brooklyn.

Plus: Bushwick's Norte Maar is debuting The Brodmann Areas, a new collaborative ballet featuring contributions by various Brooklyn visual artists. The theme is all about the brain, the mind and all those myriad points of connectivity. Bushwick Daily has a backgrounder -- along with some excellent GIFs. Performances run this Thursday through Sunday at the Center for Performance Research in Williamsburg.

Plus plus: Electronic Arts Intermix and the Dia Art Foundation are teaming up for a day-long tribute to the video works of the recently deceased artist Mike Kelly. This Saturday, from 10 A.M. to 10 P.M. in Chelsea.

Courtesy of the artist and Y Gallery
At Y Gallery on the Lower East Side, Chilean artist Alejandra Prieto is showing a series of works made from the humblest of materials: coal. Seen here: 'Coal Igloo.'
Courtesy of the artist and Y Gallery
The Prieto show is a collaboration between Y Gallery and the CCU Art Grant, which helped fund the project. Prieto's 'Studio view with Convex Coal Mirror' is shown above.
Courtesy of the artist and the Brooklyn Museum
The Brooklyn Museum's 'Raw/Cooked' exhibitions have focused on artists from Brooklyn. Heather Hart, the fourth artist in the series, is building an elaborate rooftop in the fifth-floor atrium.
Courtesy of Norte Maar
The Bushwick non-profit Norte Maar debuts a new ballet at the Center for Performance Research in Williamsburg this week. 'The Brodmann Areas' is inspired by activity in the brain.
Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, UC Berkeley
The Met's Egyptian art exhibit will show an array of rare and delicate works that go back to the earliest days of art-making. This statue of a jackal is from c. 3300 – 3100 BC.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Also in the Egyptian art show at the Met: this palette depicting a pair of turtles, which dates back to c. 3650– 3300 BC.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Harvard University
Animals figure prominently in the Met's exhibit, such as this bowl (c. 3700– 3450 BC), showing stylized drawings of hippopotami.
Courtesy Brooklyn Museum, New York
An amulet in the shape of an elephant's head (c. 3650-3300 BC) shows a pair of eyes peering out in wariness or surprise.
Carolina A. Miranda
Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto is back with a new solo installation at Tonya Bonakdar. He is best known in NYC for his massive intestinal installation at the Park Avenue Armory in 2009, shown above.
Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery. Photo by Nikolas Koenig
Neto's new show is comprised of netting and bright plastic balls, forming a 'bridge' that viewers can climb.

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shadeed ahmad from new york city

The ancient Egyptian art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art always rocks my modern soul into a state of reverence, amazement and something akin to ancestral callings.

Apr. 15 2012 04:26 AM

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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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