Archive: Art Stars

Why to Hit the Whit! Whitney Biennial is in full swing!

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It’s Whitney Biennial time! The walls of the Whitney are filled with interesting, beautiful, thought provoking works that make a great outing with kids. The idea of the Biennial is that all of the works have been made within the last 2 years, so they’re “hot off the presses!” Different textures and techniques make it an engaging time–we  loved the tent made of lace and beaded curtain hung with ordinary objects by Joel Otterson as well as an impressive room installation that reflects the outside architecture and cityscape by Zoe Leonard.

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On upcoming Saturdays, kids have the added opportunity to meet some of the artists in their Family Programs. The Whitney is slated to move downtown in 2015 so this is the last Biennial in its current home, and not to be missed. Pop over to the park afterwards for a really “New York” day! Enjoy!

PS: Check out kids’ audio downloads here.

 

A Family that Tags together Stays together!

Visit the Museum of the City of New York on Saturdays in May (10th, 17th, 24th and 31st) and make a large scale mural, as a companion activity to the Museum’s exhibition, City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection.

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And, closer in time (this Thursday) – but what I think will be more of an adult event than kid-fun, the museum is screening “Wild Style” and hosting a chat with the movie’s director Charlie Ahearn, who will also speak about graffiti artist celebrated in the museum’s current exhibit City as Canvas, Martin Wong. “Wild Style” was the world’s first hip hop motion picture. Also on hand for the evening will be street artists Zephyr & Sharp. Light refreshments will be served.

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Wild Style is free for Museum members; $12 students/seniors; $16 general public.  6:00pm, Thursday, March 20 @mcny.

 

Banksy vs. Pransky No.9

We loved the idea of taking Banksy’s old skool  and replacing with our new skool (which is an awesome San Fran based brand, btw!). We borrowed this super cool BoomCase in lieu of the classic boom box (refashioned from a vintage suit case), and a Fresco loft high chair in lieu of the metal stool.And of course, instead of the luggage, we wheeled in Bugaboo’s newest ride, the Classic Cameleon 3, which we promptly tagged. Photographer: Katrina Tang Style Director: Michel Onofrio Hair & Makeup: Laura Castellano

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Banksy vs. Pransky No. 8

Causing mischief perched on the shoulders of a willing friend. . . Pranksy adds a mustache to a local wild posting. Recognize it?

Photographer: Katrina Tang Style Director: Michel Onofrio Hair & Makeup: Laura Castellano

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Banksy vs. Pranksy No. 6

This gorgeous girl was brave enough to take on one of the most provocative shots, that made a great ending to the shoot (and beginning to whatever happens next). We blended two of our favorite iconic Banksy images, the finger-in-the-nose Statue of Liberty and  ”Laugh now, but someday we’ll be in charge”, something ever true about our toddler models.

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To Do in NY: Street Art Exhibit at MCNY

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We’re totally excited about the exhibit City as Canvas at the Museum of the City of New York going on now. The robust art collection of street artist Martin Wong (1946-1999) is on display until July 27th, and it’s something to see. Wong, who was a noted East Village artist, had amassed a collection of his contemporaries’ work in the 70s and 80s, including art by Keith Haring, Lee Quiñones, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lady Pink, Futura 2000 and more. His collection, as well as Wong’s own work, much of which has never been seen, will be on display at this encyclopedic exhibit of street art styles and techniques. The show is a celebration of urban self-expressionism, housed in the lovely and bite-sized Museum of the City of New York, strategically located right next to Central Park at 103rd. Runs February 4–July 27, 2014.

Shown: A-OneThe Spirit of the Soul (1989), Keith Haring artwork, Keith Haring Foundation; City as Canvas (Rizzoli). Photos courtesy of the Museum of the City of