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The City Reliquary Adds Relics From Brooklyn’s Distant and Not-So-Distant Past

Paintings by Ivan Koota (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Paintings by Ivan Koota (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Perhaps you haven’t been to City Reliquary in a minute. And if you’re too cheap to cough up five measly bucks, then maybe you just haven’t been at all. A place for tourists, you ask? Maybe cool ones. But for real, if you’re even slightly intrigued by Brooklyn history, you should pay attention to what this mini-museum has lined up for programming, because chances are it’ll be something fascinating.

Ben Wigler, who goes by the long-winded title of “volunteer and visitor experience director,” greeted me jovially from his perch behind the front desk when I walked in today and was happy to give a run-down of one rather, er, gangster exhibition and a newly expanded gallery space in the front. Oh, and if you’re still too cheap to drop five bones, you can check out a series of really amazing paintings by Ivan Koota living in the front room — where the Huntress Home pop-up closed last month — for exactly zero cents.

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A Beer-Splashed Showcase For Emerging Photographers Takes Root in Brooklyn

(Photos: Hannah McCarthy)

(Photos: Hannah McCarthy)

“We didn’t want it to be a party,” said Sarah Reynolds, a director at Root Studios, as a crowd gathered outside of the North 14th Street photo studio and Narragansett flowed freely in what’s normally its echoing room. “We wanted people to be able to talk and show their work.” But that didn’t stop over 300 from showing up to the first Works in Progress on word-of-mouth and a last-minute email blast alone.
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John Waters Exhibit Draws Gasps From Unsuspecting Chelsea Tourists

(Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York,  © John Waters)

(Photo: Beverly Hills John, courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, © John Waters)

When I stopped by the Marianne Boesky Gallery on an exceedingly chilly Saturday afternoon, just one day after the opening of John Waters’ Beverly Hills John exhibition– the raunchy filmmaker’s been featured in a number of solo shows across the country since 2000– the place was packed with an awkward mix of tourists and people who seemed to be in the know. One woman snapped a photo of a sculpture depicting a mini-living room, a memorial dedicated to the late Mike Kelley, an artists who continues to be an inspiration to Waters. In a speech given at UCLA, Waters dubbed Kelley a “terrorist and a hero.”
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This Exhibit of Radical Art Speaks to the Power of the Pen

Mabel Dwight, "Danse Macabre," c. 1934. Lithograph, 11 3/8 x 15 3/4 in. Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 1995.59.

Mabel Dwight, “Danse Macabre,” c. 1934. Lithograph, 11 3/8 x 15 3/4 in. Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 1995.59.

Anyone needing a crash course in the ways the pen can confront the gun should head over to NYU’s Grey Art Gallery, where a decade’s worth of revolutionary art celebrates immigrants, denounces tyrants, ennobles workers of every race–and even illustrates the very idea of terror.
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The First Snowman of the Season Isn’t Sweating the Rain

(Courtesy of frosch&portmann)

(Courtesy of frosch&portmann)

Snowmen have become a bit of a thing on the Lower East Side, but it usually takes a snowstorm for them to appear. Not in this case. Portland-based artist Bruce Conkle has been creating frosty fellows inside of refrigerators since 2002, and last week he brought a so-called “Captive Snowman” to frosch&portmann on Stanton Street. (And you thought the Art Basel crowd was having all the fun.)
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Buy Some Cheap Art Inspired By Brooklyn’s Bodegas and Boardwalks

"Mermaid Parade Golden Girl" by Nicole Whelan

“Mermaid Parade Golden Girl” by Nicole Whelan

There are two things Brooklynites universally love: talking about Brooklyn, and affordable art.

ArtPhotoArt gallery in Bushwick taps into these needs with an exhibit that opened Friday night. “My Muse, Brooklyn” collects photography that was inspired by the borough and created by artists living in it (with the exception of one photog from the Bronx).
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Watch ‘Marwencol’ With Mark Hogancamp, at an Exhibit of His Work

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

(Photos of Hogancamp's prints by Daniel Maurer)

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We have to agree with New York’s verdict that Marwencol is one of “The 20 Essential Documentaries of the Century,” so it’s kind of exciting that the film’s subject, Mark Hogancamp, will be making a rare NYC appearance at a screening that accompanies an exhibit of his latest work.
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Punks, Dunks and Free Beer at the Opening of This Photo Show

Henry Rollins from Black Flag.

Henry Rollins from Black Flag.

Before Pete Kuhns became the Village Voice’s sports photographer, he covered Seattle’s punk scene during the ’80s for the biweekly Seattle music newspaper The Rocket. The difference between documenting Black Flag and yellow flags isn’t as big as you’d think: Kuhns’s high-endorphin action shots of The Clash, X, Dead Kennedys, and Public Image Ltd are all printed in black-and-white for maximum drama, and there are plenty of fit, bare-chested men, if you’re into that.
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Tonight, An Evening of Scumball Art at Scumbags & Superstars

Everyday is Halloween at this shop (Photo: Scumbags & Superstars)

Everyday is Halloween at this shop (Photo: Scumbags & Superstars)

Scumbags & Superstars is a newish Bushwick storefront that opened up this summer and stocks the brand’s own horror, skate inspired street-wear and other merch. But lately the shop has transformed into something of a gallery space as well. Tonight the shop will host an opening for “Panic Attack,” a solo exhibition curated by local artist Worm Carnevale featuring the work of Keith Caves.
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Richard Kern’s New Book, Exhibit Is a ’90s Grunge Version of a Barbershop Lookbook

unnamedYou know those cheeseball lookbooks you see at places like Supercuts, that show you how you’d look with a bowl cut? Well, none other other than photographer Richard Kern, the thinking man’s Terry Richardson, has teamed up with an uber-hip Williamsburg hair salon to make a grunge- and porn-inspired version of them.
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Dig These Fossilized Bics, Picks and Drumsticks

(Photos: Claudia Prat, unless noted.)

(Photos: Clàudia Prat, unless noted)

Let’s face it, CBGB is long gone — even if organizers of this month’s CBGB Festival are trying to bring it back in the form of a LES club and, um, a microdistillery. But across the street from its old location, rock and roll can never die — thanks to some ceramic microphones, drumsticks and bottles of Jack.
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