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It's another exciting week for NYC culture cravers — whether you are craving a Broadway show, affordable art, or a crashcourse in the history of personal computing. CRAVE the events that tempt you to keep track of your cultural "to dos" and RATE them once you've seen them.
Here are our top picks of the new cultural events opening up just in time for the start of spring in New York City. From Wolf Hall on Broadway to a real life a cappella competition to flex dance at the Park Avenue Armory, there are so many great choices. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread buzz about what's new and exciting. RATE events once you've been.
It's a big week for Broadway in New York City, as Hand to God, An American in Paris, Finding Neverland, Skylight, It Shoulda Been You, and Gigi open — all in time for the TONY judges to consider them this year. Another highlight is the new Mad Men exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image. Our top picks of the week are below. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE events once you've seen them.
By ELLA LEVITT
This year the Armory Show presents a curated section on “MENAM,” the Middle East, North Africa, and the Mediterranean. Naturally, this mini-fair within a fair couldn’t possibly survey such a vast terrain. But it is nice to see this region highlighted, even if the highlighted cities have been showing up at international art fairs for years.
As I walked through the show, one large wall work, Ahmed Mater’s Cowboy Code II (2012), was particularly intriguing.
Mater creates a hazy red wash over the wall by covering it with toy gun caps. The gaps between caps spell out two parallel but presumably unrelated codes of law, Ten Commandment style: The Cowboy Code and laws from the Hadith.
The Cowboy Code is uplifting and inviting, evoking the playful spirit of a child admiring cowboys from Western films and implying simple, good ethics. Anyone can accept and respect these laws.
On the other side, the Arabic text is a heavier set, evoking religion, controversy, and, for Westerners, possibly darker, unknown elements of the Middle East.
It is an accessible glance to the West via a playful take on “Western” ethics vs. apparently incomprehensible Islam.
Mater’s piece reminds me of the savvy, tongue-in-cheek Middle Easterners who are veterans of international art fairs and graduate programs. Many grew up on Western culture and education, and offer outsiders a friendly and cool access point to the Middle East. Yet, with the Hadith, Mater also gives a nod to religious Muslims, who are less accommodating and accepting of Western culture.
Mater puts two different codes of conduct on display: two different takes on playing with guns, two real sides of the Middle East.
Ella Levitt is a Culture Craver, a critic, and a museum exhibition consultant living in Brooklyn. The picture at the top is Ahmed Mater, Cowboy Code II (2012) Plastic Gun Powder Caps. Photo Credit: BFA. It is on display in the Athr Gallery booth at the Armory Show.
This is a big week for NYC Culture Cravers, who can expect everything from art fairs to two new Broadway shows to a whole exhibition about Japanese cat art. CRAVE what excites you and RATE it once you've been.
Art dealers, collectors, and cravers from around the globe are about to descend on New York City for Armory Week 2015. It's perhaps the best few days of the year for art ogling. So, put on your fashionable shoes (weather be damned!) and head to the art fairs. The lineup of options is below. Remember to CRAVE what excites you and RATE it once you've been to share your (always savvy) point of view.
Park Avenue Armory
Park Avenue at 67th Street
March 4 – 8
It’s the 27th annual Art Show, organized by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA). It features curated exhibitions from 70+ of the nation’s leading art dealers. ADAA president and NYC gallerist Daria Daniel told ArtNet: “I think that galleries need to remain flexible, as the landscape is very complex. By that, I mean thinking about and responding to different ways to be seen and heard.”
Piers 92 & 94
12th Avenue at 55th Street
March 5 – 8
The Armory Show is an enormous contemporary and modern art fair that is the centerpiece of Armory Arts Week in NYC. Go to see important 20th and 21st century works.
299 South Street on the East River
March 6 – 8
It’s the inaugural Art on Paper, a fair put together by Art Market Productions, a Brooklyn-based production firm. Among other great things, literary world star Dave Eggers’ drawings will be on display. “Nobody has seen these before, ever,” San Francisco gallerist Noah Lang told The New York Observer.
From orchids at the Botanical Garden to the looks of Lauren Baccall, it's an exciting week for NYC culture cravers. Here are some of our top picks for the week ahead. Remember to CRAVE what excites you and RATE it once you've been.
From calligraphy by a 102-year-old master to Elisabeth Moss on Broadway to historic maps in downtown Brooklyn, this is an exciting week for New York City Culture Cravers. We've picked out our favorite events on the horizon to help you plan your culture going. Remember to CRAVE the events that excite you and rate them once you’ve been. Happy craving!