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Big News for NYC Magnet

In Art, Fashion on April 7, 2009 at 5:43 pm

 

fend magazineWe are proud to announce NYC Magnet’s transition to a new design and name is now complete.  Check it out!  Fend Magazine


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Museum of Sex

In Art on March 19, 2009 at 11:24 pm

museum-of-sexSex, gender, pleasure, pain, anatomy, relationships- these we all relate to, we all have awareness of,  and we all have opinions on. Therefore, in 2002 when NYC opened the first museum dedicated completely to sex, the response was that of intrigue and fascination, winning awards for the opening exhibit, NYCSex.  Since then the museum has generated over 12 exhibits and has proven to be an incredibly unique institution completely dedicated to exploring the history, significance, and evolution of sexuality.

From interpretations of the human body to sex education, photography to technology the museum covers a wide array of works, including pieces by Pablo Picasso and Keith Haring.  The Museum of Sex is definitely not your “typical” museum but its worth a visit.

“Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective”

In Art on February 28, 2009 at 10:13 am

kippenbergerAs is the sad truth for countless artists, Martin Kippenberger did not receive wide recognition until after his death from liver cancer at the young age of 44.  Known for his “live fast and drink hard” life style, this German artist created a vertiginous range of works that have been since featured at prominent art museums such as the Tate Modern in London and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.  

Now Kippenberger’s pieces are being featured as a new retrospective exhibition in the Museum of Modern Art.  Starting March 1st the 6th floor of the MOMA will be filled with Kippenberger’s paintings, sculptures, works on paper, installations, multiples, photographs, posters, announcement cards, books, and music.  Make your way up to see all the brilliance and don’t forget about Target Free Fridays.

The Dome

In Art on February 21, 2009 at 3:33 pm

Prospect Theater Company is celebrating 10 years of existence with a spectacular theatrical collaboration.  Collage-like in essence, The Dome encompasses three separate story lines, monologues, solos, and inspiration from the very space in which the performance takes life.  

The West End Theatre on Manhattan’s upper west side has worked with Prospect since 2003 and is closely linked to the church residing within the same building.  The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul has housed various religious communities in need of space.  After gaining landmark status in the 1980’s the interest to develop the theater space grew but questions on how to fund the process became a major concern.  Benevolently enough, Paramount Pictures found the space and wanted to shoot the movie “Keeping The Faith” there which was a solution to the financial situation.  The architecture of the building became a major model for which The Dome was built on.  Cara Reichel, artistic director, expressed that the space is “designed both to allow us to escape ourselves, and to make us aware of our humanity” which coincides with the themes of universe and birth that saturate the performance and cause the audience to contemplate philosophies of the world all around us.  

I was continually impressed by the manor in which the very separate story lines and solo scenes flowed so naturally, as if we the audience were sitting on the outside of earth, looking in.  Was the audience sitting in the perspective of god, empathetically watching lives unfold where time and space all meshed into one or were we just a part of the bigger picture asking the unanswerable along with the characters in which we observed?  All that is certain is that life, whatever it may be, is the heart that continues to beat, beat… beat.

The Dome is playing through March 1st at the West End Theater. Get tickets, period.

Le Roi se meurt

In Art on February 19, 2009 at 7:05 pm

exit-the-kingExit The King, Le Roi se meurt, is an absurdist drama about King Berenger the First’s struggle to come to terms with his 400 year reign coming to an end.  Berenger was at one point able to command nature and force his will upon others, but when the audience meets Berenger he has been made aware that death is around the corner, his powers are slowly dwindling and his kingdom is falling.

 Exit the King sets itself apart from “the Berenger Cycle” in that as the play progresses the characters start to dwindle, where in every other play by Euguene Ionesco  progression leads to more and more characters and objects on stage.  Ionesco has said he wrote Exit the King while he was sick and frightened of death which could atone for its break away from the avant-garde and its lean more towards the classical.

March marks the play’s limited engagement back on Broadway.  Under the direction of Neil Armfield and music by John Rodgers, stars like Geoffrey Rush, Susan Sarandon, Lauren Ambrose and Andrea Martin are sure to make the 14 week engagement one you don’t want to miss.