Although tomorrow is technically Friday Fun Day, Courtney is half way across the world and I thought I would post a day early. I couldn't resist.
There's a new collector in town and it's not your typical art lover. Barbie will now be showing off her new-found interest (is it love?) for the arts through fashion...naturally.
The Barbie Museum Collection will feature only the very best for the very best, wearing dresses featuring famous paintings. See who she is collecting/wearing here.
On a slightly more jiggly note, the Jello Takes New York competition looked for the most creative way of using Jello (is this a new art medium?). From molds of Obama to full summer picnic spreads, they have it all here.
High-profile artist and activist Ai Weiwei has been released by the Chinese government on “qubao houshen”. Common [mis]translation: bail. In China what does being out on bail really mean? It’s a face-saving measure. Having most likely come to a compromise privately with Ai, public authorities are trying to end the controversial case with a one-year probation. Lucky guy is off the hook—unless he leaves the confines of Beijing of course. Read more here.
Chelsea Muse luxury building has studios starting at $2,499. Here's a description of West Chelsea I never thought I'd see: "Perhaps the best amenity of all is living in such an artistic and exciting neighborhood of New York City with an incredibly diverse selection of activities, dining, and shopping."
SHOUT OUT to Joseph ("Joey"???) Lawrence for emailing The Pit with some improved Shark Facts:
"Not only can sharks not stop suddenly. They can not stop at all. To stay alive, sharks must swim continually to keep a flow of water going through their gills. They don't actually have true "gills" like other fish. By the way sharks are not considered fish either because they lack a true skeleton. Their skeleton is made up of cartilage. How do I know this? Must have studied sharks at some time in grade school."
We love shark snobs around here. Sharks are pretty cool. How do I know this? Must have watched Shark Week for 25 years.
I believe we're only 41 days out from SHARK WEEK 2011. I can hardly wait! In case you missed this story back in May, National Geographic's Shark Men caught Apache (and released him safe and sound). Apache is the largest Great White to ever be caught!
Read here (and hear!) Julianne Swartz's sound installations on the newly opened High Line!
I just paused for a drink at the northern-most water fountain, and the soothing digitized voice told me, "you deserve to relax". So I marched down the stairs to The Lot and picked up a slushie Arnold Palmer at Kelvin Natural Slush Co., because relaxation was in order.
Rob Carter: Artist Talk, Video Screening, and Q&A Recess @ Kidd Yellin
133 Imlay Street
Brooklyn, New York Tuesday, June 14 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Photographer and video artist, Rob Carter, will give an audio visual presentation of his work at the Red Hook outpost of Recess Activities, in collaboration with Kidd Yellin. He will discuss the evolvement of his work and screen several animations, including some new unseen projects.
Rob Carter uses stop-motion animation, time-lapse video and sound effects to spotlight political and iconic structures, especially sports stadia, skyscrapers, and churches. Cut photographic images and living plants are used to reengineer histories - morphing and recontextualizing architecture, urban development, and cultural traditions.
Rob Carter is a 2010 Artist Fellowship recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). This presentation is co‐sponsored by Artists & Audiences Exchange, a NYFA public program, funded with leadership support from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).
Humble Arts Foundation has announced a new photography grant: the Spring/Summer 2011 New Photography Grant. The $1,000 grant award will provide funding to one photographer to support project related costs.
Deadline: Friday, July 1, 2011, 11:59, PST Click here for more info and submission guidelines.
Gentle reminder that this weekend is Bushwick Open Studios. Click here for info on the many events (and a handy dandy map). In addition to open studios there are a number of exhibits and art related events, including Curbs and Stoops"Active Space". Check it out. And don't let the L-train-outage stop you (you can also click the main info link above for other train directions)
June 3 -5, all over Bushwick
Art Forum Berlin is apparently DUNZO. (uh...any word on reimbursement for application fees???)
You have exactly 51 days to contribute to Stas Orlovski's project, Nocturne, on United States Artists. This organization operates as sort of a supremo-Kickstarter-for-recognized-artists. The mission: "To invest in America's finest artists and illuminate the value of artists to society." What an awesome concept!!