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Datebook: July 1, 2010

Thursday, July 01, 2010 - 06:00 AM

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A photographic exhibit devoted to female bodybuilders, an acerbic look at the life of Walt Disney and a gathering of Cuban contemporary works in Katonah. Your guide to what's happening now.

Land Use Survey, at Jen Bekman. If the oil spill doesn't have you pondering the ways in which humans have left their fingerprint on the planet, this just-opened group show at SoHo's Jen Bekman Gallery will provide you with plenty of food for thought. Included in the exhibit are paintings of sprawling suburban developments (such as the one at left) and photographs of littered landscape, including work by celebrated Magnum shooter Alec Soth. Through Aug. 15, in Manhattan.

Defrosted: A Life of Walt Disney, at Postmasters Gallery. Organized by artists Adam Cvijanovic David Humphreys, and produced with the assistance of almost a dozen other artists, this gallery-sized installation at Postmasters in Chelsea examines the life and legacy of Walt Disney, a figure whose last name is synonymous with happy artifice. Through Aug. 6, in Manhattan.

Martin Schoeller, Female Bodybuilders, at Hasted Hunt Kraeutler. In this stark gathering of pictures, the German-born photographer examines a group of women whose physical ideals -- they're all pumped up -- are at odds with the beauty standards set by society. The images are at once garish and tender, and a unique view of women who see their own physiques as on-going works of art. Opens Thursday, in Manhattan.

Cuba Avant-Garde: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Farber Collection, at the Katonah Museum of Art. Works that look at questions of identity and politics form part of this survey of Cuban art from the Miami-based Farber Collection, which covers more than two decades worth of output by Cuban and Cuban-born artists. Look for pieces by key international figures such as Los Carpinteros, Jose Bedía and Tania Bruguera. Through September 19, in Katonah, N.Y.

Cuba Avant-Garde Inc.
At the Katonah Museum of Art, an exhibit devoted to contemporary Cuban art. Above: Armando Mariño's watercolor painting 'The Raft,' from 2000.
Cuba Avant-Garde Inc.
Hailing from a small island nation locked down by politics, boats figure prominently as symbols in Cuban art. This piece, 'Self-Portrait as a Boat (Four Pyramids), is by an artist named Tonel.
Courtesy the artist and Jen Bekman Gallery
The most recent exhibit at the Jen Bekman Gallery surveys the ways in which humans have transformed the landscape. Above, a painting by Sarah McKenzie, 'Aerial #62.'
Courtesy the artist and Jen Bekman Gallery
'Luxura, Arkansas,' by photographer Alec Soth, captures the way in which even wild areas are inexorably altered by human presence.
Postmasters Gallery
An installation view of 'Defrosted', the Walt Disney-inspired show at Postmasters Gallery -- which includes a 90-foot long mural
Postmasters Gallery
Another view of David Humphreys' and Adam Cvijanovic's 'Defrosted.'
Martin Schoeller/Hasted Hunt Kraeutler, NYC
Extreme Beauty: Kim Harris, a female bodybuilder, as depicted by Martin Schoeller at Hasted Hunt Kraeutler.
Martin Schoeller/Hasted Hunt Kraeutler, NYC
Schoeller says the women in the pictures see their bodies as evolving sculptures. Above, 'Marja Lehtonen, Female Bodybuilders,' 2007.

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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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