Here at AFC, we’re big fans of Two Trees efforts to grow the cultural community in DUMBO by providing affordable workspace for artists and organizations. As a participants ourselves, we can testify to the fact that the below market rents offered to awardees can be transformative. The workshops, open house and ongoing programming we run simply wouldn’t be possible without it.
Each year, the organization reviews applications for the 50,000 square feet of space it’s set aside to be rented at below market rates. Two Trees has subsidized space for artists like Jeanine Oleson and Eric Lopresti (both are IMG MGMT alumni) as well as non-profit organizations like Art in General, Triangle and NYFA. We want to see DUMBO continue to thrive as a destination for community-focused art. If for no other reason, because we work here and we like having good neighbors.
You can see the full guidelines and apply here. You have until July 15th and will be notified by October 1st. There are simply too few of these programs in NYC, so get in there. The only thing you have to lose is your far too expensive workspace.
Gagosian Gallery is now representing the estate of Nam June Paik. The representation was initiated by its Hong Kong gallery staff, and will coincide with a fall exhibition there focusing on his later works. The move is obviously a huge blow to James Cohan Gallery, who originally represented the video art pioneer. [Art Newspaper]
On the Alphabetization of Google from a venture capitalist: “The way I see it, Google is the cash cow that finances all the big bets Larry and Sergey are making inside Alphabet…For $445bn, you get $70bn of cash, Google, which does $70bn of revenue and produces $20bn of operating cash flow (probably more now that is it not going to burdened by all of these other investments), and all of these big bets, including Google Ventures and Google Capital, which are about the biggest investors in the VC sector right now.” [AVC]
A newly-released security camera tape might hold clues to the case of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist, the largest art theft in American history. In 1990, a security guard let men dressed as police officers into the museum, who then bound him and his colleague in duct tape and made off with $500 million in paintings by the likes of Vermeer and Rembrandt. Sadly, many of artworks were cut from their frames during the heist—damaging them irreparably. [Live Science]
How on earth can you publish a discussion on why typing “haha” is for the olds and “hehehe” and “heh” are for the youngs, and without mention of the biggest “heh”-types of all, Beavis and Butthead? [The New Yorker]
For those rueful about start-up culture’s legacy of inflated fake job-titles, this etymological history of the term “rock star” reveals how the downward spiral began with boomer rock stars becoming corporate shills on the 1980s comeback concert circuit and then ended with the 28K-earning social-media rock star. [New York Times Magazine]
Amy Goodman interviewed Anne Pasternak and Nato Thompson, chief curator of Creative Time, about the organization’s democracy-centric summit at the Venice Biennale. [Democracy Now!]
There’s been a surge of censorship in the UK. Art exhibitions and theatrical productions that could strain ethnic tensions have been repeatedly cancelled or relocated due to police concerns that they could incite violence. [The Guardian]
Kanye West’s new adidas sneaker won’t be released until August 22, but here’s a list of all the shops in the entire human world that carry it. It also looks like a goth grandma knitted a shoe off a plumbing pipe. [HUH.]
New trend on YouTube: creating frames for the TV show you uploaded. Here’s Garfield and Friends, as seen within a Garfield-theme frame. [YouTube]
Melissa Chiu, the director of the Smithsonian’s Hirschhorn Museum, has come under fire for igniting a seemingly one-sided N.Y./D.C. rivalry. Offenses include appointing New York-based Gianni Jetzer as the museum’s curator at large and throwing the museum’s 40th anniversary party in Manhattan, instead of the District. [Washington City Paper]
Still need a vacay, people with money to spare? New York nonprofit Art in General is accepting slots for a $2,500 tour of Detroit in October. Price includes hotel, meals, but no airfare. [Art in General]
Robot Glockenspiel Performs Popcorn. [YouTube and above]
In contemporary art museums, columns are going the way of gluten. Both the Broad and the Whitney tout their soon-to-come “column-free” exhibition spaces. High-ceilinged, flexible spaces are one way to keep pace with changes in contemporary art practices, but, turns out, adding or adjusting moveable walls as needed is a giant pain in the ass. [The Art Newspaper]
Creative Time’s gesture of solidarity with Cuban artist and sometime political prisoner Tania Bruguera underwhelmed one journalist, who made note of how hashtags supplanted loudspeakers as the choice medium for transgressively involving the public, and how the public art project largely ignored the immediate public.You know that zen koan, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” Looks like the answer is yes, if enough people tweet about it. [Hyperallergic]
Wow. Art in General will leave it’s home in Tribeca after 34 years. Their lease is up. [Artnet News]
Google image searches may actually shape the way we perceive the world. Mostly because believing everything you see is the new believing everything you read. [The Atlantic]
According to UC-Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education estimated 25% of all adjunct professors receive some form of public assistance.* [Slate]
*Here’s a video of a bunch of kittens riding a roomba to help you through that last article. [YouTube]
Still no word on who will run the new .art domain, but .sucks up and working as of June 1st. Looks like ICANN, the group that manages domain name systems, figured out there’s a lot of money to be made from Internet trolls; the fact that this domain name event exists suggests they knew it would would be popular. Naturally, there is already controversy: The company that will administer the new domain, a Canadian-based company called Vox Populi, is charging $2,500 for the website names — far more than a typical website registration of $10 to $25. The Intellectual Property Constituency, an advisory group to the global Internet domain regulator, has already complained. Is this just a shakedown to get money from companies and others? After the June 1 deadline, online trolls or “cybersquatters” could buy up the names and then extort even higher prices, according to the group which includes film, software and music industry associations and other trademark organizations. [Yahoo]
“I do believe that there is cosmic synchronicity that we don’t understand,” Rachel Mason told me on a chilly night in her Long Island City studio. Eight years ago, she began researching an eighty-year-old newspaper story for her new opera “The Lives of Hamilton Fish”– the making of which, alone, is a long story.
AFC editors take panels by storm; Academy Award nominee Laura Poitras speaks at Artists Space; and the first U.S. retrospective of “one of the most prominent artists working in Southeast Asia” comes to the SculptureCenter.
Dave Hickey, by Dr. J Caldwell (Image courtesy of http://nasher.duke.edu)
Last Sunday, Stephanie Theodore tweeted a photo of a child resting on one of Donald Judd’s shelves at the Tate Modern, prompting a string of miffed tweets. The family has come forward to defend the child: “Their only crime was to be seduced by a ladder of jewel-coloured shelving. Sissi has always been anti-establishment but she would never hurt anybody.” The Tate attests that “[t]he situation was dealt with immediately.” [Evening Standard via ArtUpdate]
Carolina Miranda writes an account of Dave Hickey’s talk Wednesday night at the Museum of Contemporary Art. He claimed there are no critics…to a room full of critics. He also bemoaned art school as a place where most teachers are “big fucking failures” and complained that identity politics has done little more for the art world than tribalize it. [C-Monster]
Triple Canopy’s membership drive ends today. Do it. Also submit a proposal for their 2014 program. [Triple Canopy]
Art in General’s curator Courtenay Finn has been appointed curator of the Aspen Art Museum. [Artforum]
President Obama told folks on the floor of a General Electric plant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that they can potentially make more with skilled manufacturing than you can with an art history degree. Now the CAA is upset, saying, “Humanities graduates play leading roles in corporations.” Guys, get a grip. We spend a lot of our days complaining about the slim prospects for arts majors. Obama’s not that far out of line. [CAA via: Hyperallergic]
My theory on Sarah Sze’s installation at the United States Pavilion: The show is both a production-site and graveyard for the relics of an unnamed religion. Members of this cult worship reproduction technology and mass-produced items of any form.