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This Week’s Must See Events: The Biennials Are Upon Us

by Paddy Johnson on March 4, 2014
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If fair overload doesn’t kill you this week, the events will. Get ready for the Whitney Biennial, the Last Brucennial, and a throwdown show by Anthony Antonellis at Transfer this weekend. Don’t count on sleeping this week.

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Venus Over Manhattan Delivers Art in the Form of Cars

by Corinna Kirsch on December 7, 2013
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Take an elevator to the 7th floor of an open-air parking garage, and you’ll find Piston Head, an exhibition of over a dozen artist-designed cars, motorcycles, and trucks shipped from all over the world.

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Friday Links: A Fight for the Library, and A Mixed Bag of Fireworks

by Whitney Kimball on July 5, 2013

Screen shot of confiscated fireworks, from the TSA's first Instagram post

  • Good news for stemming the tide in New York City: opponents of the New York Public Library’s imminent renovation have filed suit against the plan in New York State Supreme Court. Patricia Cohen reports: “The suit…accuses the library of violating its charter and the state’s Constitution by dismantling seven floors of stacks and removing books from the site. It also says the library failed to conduct an environmental impact review.” Critics have called the plan drastic and hasty, so if nothing else, this will at least force a conversation. [Times]
  • Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron have won the contract to design the Hong Kong contemporary art museum M+, beating out competitors Toyo Ito and Renzo Piano. The museum’s expected to be Hong Kong’s Tate Modern. [LA Times]
  • Hrag Vartanian’s very informative review of the Bruce High Quality Foundation’s Brooklyn Museum show is a must-read for the uninitiated. In his opinion, the show itself could use some more of that clarity. [Hyperallergic]
  • In case you missed all the excitement, the TSA’s on Instagram! So far, they’re posting photos of confiscated weapons, all willy-nilly. As of this writing, they’ve posted 11 photos and amassed over 31,000 followers. #knives #grenades #travel. [Instagram]
  • The Times reviews are in. Karen Rosenberg writes that Ellen Gallagher’s survey is spread too thin, between the Tate and the New Museum. Not a huge surprise for a two-part retrospective of a mid-career artist. [Times]
  • People like cats, and Roberta Smith does, too. She reviews “The Cat Show” at White Columns, the second New York art event this summer to hold an adoption drive– the other being Flux Factory’s “Kitty City.” [Times]
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BHQF University Is Back in Session, Life Skills Offered

by Whitney Kimball on January 8, 2013
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“You Watching Me Googling You” is a course where students watch Jonah Emerson Bell google them until they talk about surveillance. It’s free!

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The Bruce High Quality Foundation’s “Animal Farm”: This One Ends Well

by Whitney Kimball on March 8, 2012
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The first floor of the Brucennial's pop-up gallery was transformed last Sunday into a pop-up musical theater. Packed with the type of people you'd expect to see at an art school reunion, and helped by the free beer and an artists-only hanging of work, it felt like a homecoming, and the musical joined the exhibition as a big, fun, familial show of pride.

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