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Datebook: Aug. 19, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 06:00 AM

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I Am a Passenger: A 1997 photograph by Doug Aitken at the Met Museum's exhibit of photography, "Between Here and There." (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Photographers depict states of transition at the Met Museum, another dose of reality TV art (this time in Manhattan) and a birthday party (with cake!) for abstract art in Brooklyn — not to mention a full menu of regular events on Governors Island. Get it while it's hot, because with summer coming to a close, some of these happenings won't be around for long.

Between Here and There: Passages in Contemporary Photography, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. If you’re experiencing a serious case of wanderlust or perhaps just a deep sense of dislocation (it happens!), take some time to explore this tight little show on the Met’s second floor. Photos, by 20th century figures including Ed Ruscha, Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Rineke Dijkstra, among many others, explore the idea of transition and rootlessness. Andrew Russeth at 16 Miles of String, provides a helpful overview of the show. Through Feb. 13, on the Upper East Side.

Weekends on Governors Island. Summer is rapidly coming to a close, which means that there are only a few weeks left to explore Governors Island’s myriad installations and events, which include everything from free bicycle rides to kayaking to art mini-golf and concerts. This Sunday at 7 p.m., in fact, Diddy and Dirty Money, featuring special guests such as Ciara and Fat Joe, will be taking the main stage. For more information on art installations, see the website for No Longer Empty, which organized site-specific projects inside some of the island’s historic buildings. And for a list of artist talks and other events taking place at the artists’ studio space, Building 110, see the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Find directions on how to get there at the Trust for Governor's Island. Through Oct. 10.

Miles Mendenhall, at Half Gallery. Because too much is never enough: the gallery owned by Work of Art judge Bill Powers is hosting an exhibit by OCD-plagued contestant/finalist Mendenhall. Expect process-obsessed abstractions and lots of curious onlookers. Opens next Tuesday, Aug. 24 at 6 p.m., in Manhattan.

Plus: Storefront Gallery in Bushwick is having a birthday party for Abstract Art this Sunday at 4pm. There will be cake. And there will be art nerds! Sounds like a must-do to me. I’ll be the one in the Pollock tee and Mondrian pants…

Charim Gallery Vienna
Moments of Transition: Valie Export's 1976 photograph "Encirclement" at the Met.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Also at the Met: Weng Fen's "Bird's Eye View: Haikou V" from 2002.
Half Gallery
Another Bravo "Work of Art" contestant gets a show. Works by Miles Mendenhall -- such as "Good and Lonely Luminous Structure no. 2," above -- will be on dispay at Half Gallery.
Half Gallery
"Light Bank" (2010), another abstract work by Mendenhall at the Lower East Side gallery Half.
Hrag Vartanian
Honor abstract art with cake at Storefront Gallery in Brooklyn, this Sunday.
The Trust for Governor's Island
The countdown is on until the end of the season. Be sure to check out the artsy scene on Governor's Island in the coming month. Events will come to a close on October 10.

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About Gallerina

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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