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DANCE SPOTLIGHT -- Clytemnestra, choreographed in 1958, is the culminating piece of theater in Martha Graham’s Greek C...
07/08/2019

DANCE SPOTLIGHT -- Clytemnestra, choreographed in 1958, is the culminating piece of theater in Martha Graham’s Greek Cycle, a work of “giant stature,” according to New York Times critic John Martin. Commissioned by Bethsabée de Rothschild, Graham’s longtime benefactor, Clytemnestra has an original score by Halim El-Dabh. Isamu Noguchi designed a series of set pieces that transformed the stage from the underworld to a royal palace and then to the bedroom of a queen. The current production distills the original three-act ballet into one act. Clytemnestra was inspired by the Oresteia, Aeschylus’ famous trilogy of plays. Graham’s version recounts events from the perspective of Clytemnestra, the vengeful queen of Mycenae. As the dance begins, Clytemnestra is discovered in the underworld, where she argues with King Hades and relives the events of the bloody tale. She calls up images of the Trojan War and remembers the sacrifice of her daughter Iphigenia by her husband Agamemnon. She sees her children Orestes and Electra plotting to murder her as they seek vengeance for her murder of their father, Agamemnon. We then move in time to the eve of Agamemnon’s return from the Trojan War. The Night Watchman sees the signal announcing his return. The Furies anticipate the horrors to come. We see Clytemnestra’s lover, Aegisthus, suggest the murder of Agamemnon. We see Electra welcome her father and watch helplessly as Clytemnestra tricks him into stepping on to a red cloth that is reserved for the Gods. Cassandra the prophetess, Agamemnon’s mistress, warns us of the murders, and then we see them. Helen of Troy is seen lamenting all that her abduction has set in motion. Clytemnestra and Aegisthus have a drunken celebration. In the final section of the ballet, Clytemnestra is haunted by Agamemnon’s ghost who spurs Electra and Orestes to avenge his murder.

DANCE SPOTLIGHT -- Here are the pictures from this past weekend event on Governors Island. Traditional dance was perform...
07/08/2019

DANCE SPOTLIGHT -- Here are the pictures from this past weekend event on Governors Island. Traditional dance was performanced by Kiran Rajagopolan.

Here is information on the dances.

Shantakāram
Ragam: Mohana
Talam: Adi
Choreography: Kiran Rajagopalan

This invocatory dance was originally performed as a temple ritual but has now been adapted for the stage. The dancer creates an auspicious ambiance through an offering of dance. A brief prayer to Vishnu, the Hindu God of protection, follows to ensure an unhindered performance.

Alarippu
Talam: Misra Chapu
Composer & Choreography: Traditional

This pure dance item begins with minute movements of the eyes, wrists, and shoulders which then blossom into full-body movements.

OMI | NADI (Excerpt)
In dedication to Saraswati & Ganga

This is an excerpt from Daya Arts' signature Africa meets Asia production, Twin Rivers. Omi in the Yoruba language and nadi in Sanskrit refer to the flow and path of water, and this excerpt of an opening solo piece is a celebration of feminine divine energy through the iconography and rituals associated with two ancient river goddesses. Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, wisdom, and the arts, was once extolled in the Rig Veda as a mighty river whose majestic currents contained the flow of time, knowledge, creativity, and compassion. The physical location of her riverbed is uncertain as Saraswati is said to have vanished thousands of years ago, and desert sands now conceal the original trajectory of her course.

As populations migrated east from the Indus Valley to the vast, fertile Gangetic plains of northern India, Ganga became the holiest of rivers for millions of Hindus. Her sacred waters serve as the final resting place for those hoping to absolve the sins of lives past and to be liberated from earthly existence. She once threatened to flood the earth with her freefall, but her anger and ego softened when Shiva caught her in his matted locks.

OMI | NADI CREDITS
Choreography & Performance: Kiran Rajagopalan
Vocals & Soundscape: Chéredyn Martin & Priya Darshini
Music Production & Sound Mixing: Miles “NASTEE” Balgochian

With elements of “Purusa Sukta” from Chaturveda (2008); Music Composition: K. Hariprasad
With elements of “Ganga Aaye Kahan Se” from the Hindi movie Kabuliwala (1961); Music Director: Salil Chowdhury

Ninnu Juchi
Ragam: Punnagavarali
Talam: Tisra Triputa
Composer: Kshetrayya
Choreography: Kiran Rajagopalan

The padam, a particular genre of music for dance, highlights abhinaya, the mimetic aspect of Indian classical dance. Abhinaya, or poetry through movement, is the subtle use of hand gestures, facial expressions, and body language to bring alive nuances of text and subtext in a dance composition. Dramaturgically, it can be used as a device for narration, metaphoric elaboration, and character depiction.

In this padam, Krishna suddenly returns to his beloved after several months of separation. Astonished, overjoyed, and in utter disbelief, she asks him, "Muvvagopala, am I really seeing you after four or five months?" She poignantly adds: "My dreams of you seemed so real, and I searched for you each time I woke up. My heart broke and my body withered away without you. Did you even think of me while you were gone? Was it my ceaseless longing, incessant praying, or steadfast faith that finally brought you back to me?"

New Museum summer exhibitions -- State of the Arts NYC loved the Marta Minujin's exhibition La Menesunda. Folks will hav...
06/25/2019

New Museum summer exhibitions -- State of the Arts NYC loved the Marta Minujin's exhibition La Menesunda. Folks will have a blast with this interactive exhibition.

Our tasting kitchen & room is done. Thanks to artist Tomo Mori for this stunning installation.
06/23/2019

Our tasting kitchen & room is done. Thanks to artist Tomo Mori for this stunning installation.

More photos from yesterday's gallery talk.
06/23/2019

More photos from yesterday's gallery talk.

Yesterday, Radio podcast hot Savona Bailey-McClain, State of the Arts NYC, conducted an artist talk with Leonardo Drew a...
06/23/2019

Yesterday, Radio podcast hot Savona Bailey-McClain, State of the Arts NYC, conducted an artist talk with Leonardo Drew and Deputy Director of Madison Square Conservancy and US Commissioner for Venice Biennale Brooke Kamin Rapaport at Galerie Lelong in Chelsea. Also joining us was Harlem based artist Dianne Smith and sculptor Martin Puryear who is representing the United States at the Venice Biennale.

Timothy Taylor, New York presents ILACIONES, a summer group exhibition organized by Danny Baez showcasing nine artists w...
06/19/2019

Timothy Taylor, New York presents ILACIONES, a summer group exhibition organized by Danny Baez showcasing nine artists who are either from or influenced by Latin America, connected through their use of traditional techniques and materials informed by their cultural history.

Each artist’s implementation of material, personal discourse, and theory explores how the creative process is intertwined with manual work, while contextualizing it within a historical dimension. The works deal closely with identity in an era defined by globalization, collectively constituting a political discourse, reinvigorating the exertion and ritual process associated with each artist’s practice.

Eduardo Terrazas presents a work from the series Possibilities of a Structure, in which he employs techniques inspired by the Huichol people of Jalisco, Durango and Nayarit in Mexico, whereby colored yarn is arranged into geometric forms on wax-covered boards. Claudia Peña Salinas’ practice similarly combines indigenous thought with modern and minimalist structures. Her hanging sculpture Titla uses natural fibers while at the same time relating to the symbols, colors, and materials used by pre-Columbian people. Luis Flores crotchets full-length, life-size figurative sculptures out of yarn, complicating the concept of masculinity through the use of materials and craft techniques traditionally associated with the feminine. Joiri Minaya’s work deploys clichés of tropical representation, using textiles to question the performance of tropical identity as cultural production. Jorge Eielson’s work addresses the physicality of material through traditional artisanal techniques of stretching and knotting the canvas. Engel Leonardo’s works engage with the cultural production of objects and the inherent psychological and sociological discourses implicit within them, presenting a tiled work inspired by pre-Columbian patterns grounded in geometry. Gerd Leufert’s work draws on his background in graphic design. The monochromatic, organic forms simultaneously allude to modernist abstraction and pre-Colombian figures; their symmetrical compositions also redolent of Rorschach tests. Claudia Martínez Garay’s work is in dialogue with the impact of colonialism on cultural artifacts, questioning their preservation, transformation and eventual circulation. Solange Pessoa’s sculptures make reference to her homeland of Brazil, both in tradition and in medium, often using soapstone from local quarries to carve biomorphic shapes representing both the body as well as ancestral landscapes. Her works evoke the metaphysical meaning of the first human tool.

This exhibition honors El Museo del Barrio’s 50th anniversary and the important and pivotal role of Latinx cultural production in the United States.

In the studio today, we have Timorhy Greenfield-Sanders, the director of the new Toni Morrison documentary, the Pieces I...
06/18/2019

In the studio today, we have Timorhy Greenfield-Sanders, the director of the new Toni Morrison documentary, the Pieces I Am. We will have a lovely chat about the making of this film.#PiecesIAm #TimothyGreenfieldSanders #ToniMorrison #sotartsnyc #SavonaBaileyMcClain

Swiss filmmaker Sophie Huber was in the studio to talk about her new documentary-- Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes. ...
06/13/2019

Swiss filmmaker Sophie Huber was in the studio to talk about her new documentary-- Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes. There was a lot of fun at BRIC Media Arts in downtown Brooklyn.

These antiques truly complement the exhibition TRACES on Governors Island at NP/10 (Nolan Park/Building 10B).
06/10/2019

These antiques truly complement the exhibition TRACES on Governors Island at NP/10 (Nolan Park/Building 10B).

New works at our Governors Island location from the Throckmorton Fine Arts Gallery in midtown. #ThrockmortonFineArtGallery #NP10 #GovernorsIsland #NolanPark #WestHarlemArtFund

Cai Guo-Qiang Brings His Gunpowder Art to Ohio in 'Cuyahoga River Lightning'CLEVELAND, OhioCai with his gunpowder work C...
06/10/2019

Cai Guo-Qiang Brings His Gunpowder Art to Ohio in 'Cuyahoga River Lightning'
CLEVELAND, Ohio

Cai with his gunpowder work Cuyahoga River Lightning (2018). Photo: Wen-You Cai, courtesy Cai Studio

Creation of a gunpowder work. Photo by Kazuo Ono, courtesy Cai Studio

Pine Forest and Wolf (detail), 2005. Cai Guo-Qiang (Chinese, b. 1957). Exploded gunpowder, fuse, burned paper backed on wood panels; 230 x 308 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of Agnes Gund, 2006.134
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Exhibition marks the first time works by the acclaimed Chinese artist are shown in Cleveland

Cai Guo-Qiang: Cuyahoga River Lightning features three monumental gunpowder works by the internationally acclaimed, Chinese-born artist Cai Guo-Qiang, known for his explosion events, gunpowder drawings and installations, at the Cleveland Museum of Art. All three works address humanity’s relationship with nature and the planet’s diminishing resources of water. Presented as part of Cuyahoga50, a citywide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the last Cuyahoga River fire and celebration of the progress made toward clean water for all, Cai Guo-Qiang: Cuyahoga River Lightning is on view now through September 22, 2019, in the Julia and Larry Pollock Focus Gallery.

The exhibition borrows its title from the work Cuyahoga River Lightning: Drawing for the Cleveland Museum of Art, created especially for this show. In the drawing created in 2018, Cai chose to depict an aerial view of the Cuyahoga River from the bend where it burned to the point where it feeds into Lake Erie. He emphasized the waterway’s meandering form by extending the river beyond the canvas. Additional gunpowder amassed at the stretch of the river where the fire took place left a dense conglomeration of burned, dark spots and sparks, marking an increased intensity of the fiery ignition. The ignition of the drawing, recorded on video, is part of the exhibition.

“Cai is the first and foremost artist who makes use of the medium of gunpowder,” said Clarissa von Spee, chair of Asian art and James and Donna Reid curator of Chinese art. “An explosive mixture of sulfur, charcoal and saltpeter—gunpowder is a Chinese invention known in China as ‘fire-medicine’ (huoyao). By directing the destructive forces of the explosion, Cai creates unique works of art, with outcomes often beyond his control. We are delighted that Cai Guo-Qiang agreed to collaborate with us on a project that commemorates a historic moment in Cleveland that had national repercussions and inspires awareness about our endangered planet today.”

Cai choreographed the fireworks for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and has exhibited his gunpowder works in color at the Prado Museum in 2017 and the Uffizi in 2018.

https://untappedcities.com/2019/06/10/new-york-botanical-garden-opens-largest-exhibit-ever-on-modernist-landscape-artist...
06/10/2019
New York Botanical Garden Opens Largest Exhibit Ever, on Modernist Landscape Artist Roberto Burle Marx

https://untappedcities.com/2019/06/10/new-york-botanical-garden-opens-largest-exhibit-ever-on-modernist-landscape-artist-roberto-burle-marx/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_campaign=63668cb3d9-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_6_6_2019_11_58_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c04245c7de-63668cb3d9-1205537057

This should be quite spectacular. The Jewish Museum did an exhibition on this designers work recently.

Explore the work of Brazilian Modernist landscape artist Roberto Burle Marx in the New York Botanical Garden’s biggest exhibit to date, encompassing the whole garden.

The FLAG Art Foundation presents Sam Gilliam: New Works on Paper on its 10th floor. The foundation is located at 545 W. ...
06/10/2019

The FLAG Art Foundation presents Sam Gilliam: New Works on Paper on its 10th floor. The foundation is located at 545 W. 25th Street in Chelsea.

Sam Gilliam (b. 1933, Tupelo, Mississippi) is an artist living and working in Washington, D.C. Gilliam was the subject of a solo survey exhibition at Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland in 2018, and in the summer of 2019, a semi-permanent installation of his work will open at Dia:Beacon. In addition to a traveling retrospective organized by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. in 2005, he has also presented solo shows at the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. (2011); J.B. Speed Memorial Museum, Louisville, Kentucky (1996); the Whitney Museum of American Art, Philip Morris Branch, New York (1993); the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (1982); and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1971), among many other institutions. Current and recent group exhibitions include Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983, Tate Modern (2017), which traveled to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas (2018), Brooklyn Museum (2018), and is currently on view at The Broad, Los Angeles through September 2019; Viva Arte Viva, 57th Venice Biennale (2017); Not New Now, Marrakech Biennale 6, Morocco (2016); Black: Color, Material, Concept, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2015); Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, Brooklyn Museum, New York (2014). Gilliam’s work is included in over fifty public collections, including those of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark; Tate Modern, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the Art Institute of Chicago.

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