Last Thursday, the theater at MoMA went back to the 20th century when Performing Difference: Gender in the 1980s Downtown Scene, a day of panel discussions presented in conjunction with the exhibit “Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978-1983.”, took over one of the museum’s spacious screening rooms.
In October of 1929, a New York Times headline announced: “Odd-Type Buildings to Overlook Church.” Those odd-type buildings would’ve been New York’s first glass skyscrapers, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright to surround St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bouwerie. Starting Monday, a meticulously restored model of his East Village towers will be exhibited for the first time in over 50 years, as part of a new retrospective at MoMA.
Selfies have become so ubiquitous that if your Instagram feed can’t claim at least one, it’s safe to assume you’re the hideous victim of a Korean rubber face mask gone horribly wrong, or you’re so vain that turning a lens on yourself for an arms-length shot is totally out of the question. In art, that lens has been swapped out for an electron microscope, aimed squarely at the self, but penetrating far beyond the puckering duck face.
We kind of nerded out here at B+B when we heard news that an IDNYC enrollment station was popping up in the East Village through the month of December. The municipal identification program — the groundbreaking pet project of Mayor Bill de Blasio and the largest program of its kind across the country — gives all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status, the right to an ID card. Of course, there are all kinds of perks to get us to develop some loyalty to these things and actually carry the cards around. Or maybe our lanky Mayor just loves us.
And actually, you might be inclined to think the latter now that we’ve been given the greatest holiday gift ever. The Mayor announced an extension of the free membership program linked to the card for at least another year. And just when we thought things couldn’t get any better, another IDNYC registration center is launching in Chinatown.
Holiday parties are usually a claustrophobic nightmare scenario where you’re crammed into a tiny space with everyone you’ve been avoiding all year, but the Judd Foundation’s was a different story. Last night, anyone who got tired of noshing on smoked fish from Russ & Daughters on the ground floor, where Donald Judd’s woodcut prints were on display, could mosey upstairs and tour five floors of the former textile building that the Soho artist purchased in 1968.
This classic summer party brings cutting-edge DJs and experimental music acts to the courtyard of MoMA PS1 for some beer-soaked festivities amidst art installations. The ticket price lets you peruse the art inside, as well.
Here’s this year’s lineup:
Pachanga Boys / Kompakt + Hippie Dance / Berlin, Germany + Mexico City, Mexico
Eclair Fifi / LuckyMe / Edinburgh, UK
Samantha Urbani (Live) / New York, NY + Los Angeles, CA
Amnesia Scanner (Live) / Amnesia Scanner / Amnesia Scanner
Black Madonna / Smart Bar + Argot / Chicago, IL
Nicky Siano / The Gallery – Music that created Disco / New York, NY
Virgo Four (Merwyn Sanders Live) / Rush Hour + Trax / Chicago, IL
Cut Copy DJs / Cutter Records / Melbourne, Australia
Galcher Lustwerk b2b DJ Richard / White Material / New York, NY + Berlin, Germany
Bobbito Garcia a.k.a. Kool Bob Love / Álata Records / New York, NY
Bok Bok / Night Slugs / London, UK
Corbin & Bobby Raps (Live) / St. Paul, MN
Jam City (DJ set) / Night Slugs / London, UK
Despot (Live) / Queens, NY
Helix / Night Slugs / Miami, FL
Sheen / Night Slugs / London, UK
Boys Noize / BNR / Berlin, Germany
Busy P b2b Boston Bun / Ed Banger Records / Paris, France
A.G. Cook / PC Music / London, UK
Danny L Harle / PC Music / London, UK
Lafawndah (Live) / New York, NY
Lotic / Tri Angle Records + Janus / Berlin, Germany
Baauer / LuckyMe / Brooklyn, NY
Skepta (Live) / Boy Better Know / London, UK
DJ Slimzee / Slimzos Recordings / London, UK
Sicko Mobb (Live) / Polo Grounds + RCA Records / Chicago, IL
Vision Fortune (Live) / ATP Recordings / London, UK
Dark0 / Lost Codes + Rinse / London, UK
Tiga / Turbo Recordings / Montreal, Canada
Bob Moses (Live) / Domino / Brooklyn, NY
Gavin Russom (Live) / Ecstatic + DFA Records / New York, NY
Jaakko Eino Kalevi / Domino + Beats In Space / Helsinki, Finland
Frank & Tony / Scissor & Thread / Brooklyn, NY
Moritz von Oswald / Basic Channel + Maurizio / Berlin, Germany
Atom™ (Live) / Raster Noton + The Bunker New York / Santiago, Chile
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (DJ set) / Nice Age / London, UK
Jlin / Planet Mu / Gary, IN
Dorian Concept / Ninja Tune / Vienna, Austria
Rabit / Tri Angle Records / Houston, TX
Untold (Live) / Hemlock Recordings / London, UK
Vessel (Live) / Tri Angle Records / Bristol, UK
Ninos Du Brasil (Live) / Hospital Productions + DFA Records / Vittorio Veneto, Italy
Cut Hands (Live) / Blackest Ever Black / Edinburgh, UK
French Fries b2b Bambounou / ClekClekBoom + 50 Weapons / Paris, France
Andrés (DJ set) / La Vida + Mahogani Music / Detroit, MI
Kyle Hall / Wild Oats / Detroit, MI
Pender Street Steppers / Mood Hut / BC, Canada
Hashman Deejay / Mood Hut / BC, Canada
Laraaji (Live) / All Saints + Warp Records / Harlem, NY
Matias Aguayo (DJ set) / Cómeme / Santiago, Chile
Kingdom / Fade to Mind / Los Angeles, CA
D∆WN (Live) / Our Dawn Entertainment / New Orleans, LA
Murlo / Mixpak / London, UK
FALSE WITNESS / #KUNQ / Brooklyn, NY
Additional Artists to be announced
Artists to be announced
What’s (possibly) more Brooklyn than Jay Z? Water towers. Or at least that’s what Boundless Brooklyn, a company that creates replica DIY model kits of the towers and other iconic New York City structures, would argue. Their water towers are featured in two upcoming art installations – one at MoMA Design Store and the other at a boutique that only sells Brooklyn-made goods, aptly named By Brooklyn.
This isn’t the water towers’ first appearance as an art installation – earlier this year they appeared at a MoMA Design Store show that featured the artists Zero Productivity and MURRZ.