A guide to art in NYC, with families in mind.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Charles Long: Pet Sounds

Today I stopped by Madison Square Park located between Madison Avenue and 23rd street to see the interactive art installation "Pet Sounds,"   by California artist Charles Long. The mixed-media sculptures have been hanging out  in the park for more than a month now and they seem well liked by all the passers by.  The scorching heat kept most adults  in the shade today, but the little ones gravitated enthusiastically to the biomorphic forms.  There is a playground in the park if the kids want to start climbing the art.   The installation will grace the park until September 9th, so there is still plenty of time to enjoy the soothing pet sounds and good vibrations these friendly forms emit.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Dogma: for the Dog days of Summer

Nina Beier 2012
Dogma a group exhibition at Metro Pictures Gallery in Chelsea examines our age old relationship with dogs.  The roster of artists include Martin Kippenberger,  Mungo Thomson, William Wegman, Christopher Wool and Nina Beier to name a few.    Nina Beier's piece is a performance in which a live dog plays dead on a Persian rug. The performance  entitled Tragedy occurs at intervals throughout the exhibition. Calling in advance can give you an idea of when it will happen on a given day.  There are plenty of other works that will mesmerize you. For example, the video by Wegman gets close enough to his subject (a dog of course) to see the space between the hairs on it's head.  Perfect for most, although the younger children will need major supervising.  
Metro Pictures Gallery 519 West 24th street