The Very Best Of NYC Art (November 2009)

Slash: Paper Under the Knife, Lost Astronaut, and more!

Slash: Paper Under the Knife at the Museum of Arts & Design until Apr. 4 takes the pulse of the international art world’s renewed interest in paper as a creative medium and source of artistic inspiration, examining the remarkably diverse use of paper in a range of art forms. Slash is the third exhibition in MAD’s “Materials and Process” series, which examines the renaissance of traditional handcraft materials and techniques in contemporary art and design. The exhibition surveys unusual paper treatments, including works that are burned, torn, cut by lasers, and shredded.

Artist Alicia Framis will present her new installation Lost Astronaut as part of “Performa 09” now through Nov. 17. On the 40th anniversary of mankind’s landing on the Moon, Framis’ performances are a reflection on the role of women in the contemporary world and living on the Moon, based on irony, performance, architecture and art. Framis will be dressed in a spacesuit and will work every day in New York City spaces as varied as streets, avenues, the subway, on buses, in stores, and in karaoke bars, while communicating with the public and following the instructions written for her by more than a dozen invited writers, artists and intellectuals. All the projects can be followed on Twitter and Facebook.

The Brooklyn Museum and guest curator Gail Buckland present Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present now showing through Jan. 31. This is the first major museum exhibition on rock and roll to put photographers in the foreground, acknowledging their creative and collaborative role in the history of rock music. From its earliest days, Rock and Roll was captured in photographs that personalized, and frequently eroticized, the musicians, creating a visual identity for the genre. The photographers were handmaidens to the rock and roll revolution, and their images communicate the social and cultural transformations that rock has fostered since the1950s.

The Museum of Modern Art presents the artwork of Tim Burton Nov. 22 through Apr 4. This major career retrospective consisting of a gallery exhi- bition and a film series, considers Burton’s career as a director, producer, writer, and con- cept artist for live-action and animated films, along with his work as a fiction writer, photographer and illustrator. The exhibition explores the full range of his creative work, tracing the current of his visual imagination from early childhood drawings through his mature work in film.

The Brooklyn Museum invites you to the Seventh Annual Women in the Arts Awards celebration on Nov. 19.This year’s award recipient is Kiki Smith, one of the most significant artists of her generation. In a career spanning more than three decades, Smith has produced an oeuvre unique in its engagement with social and political mores, particularly as they relate to the physical experiences and emotional lives of women. A major installation of her work, “Kiki Smith: Sojourn”, will open at the Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art on February 5, 2010. The event includes a discussion with the artist and the award presentation, followed by a reception and luncheon in the Museum’s Beaux- Arts Court.

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