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The New York Botanical Garden Transports Visitors to Key West

The New York Botanical Garden Transports Visitors to Key West

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“To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.” – George Santayana

In New England, each of the seasons has its own distinct, somewhat maddening identity. And while I know it’s silly to prefer one to another, as they do change so quickly, I must admit that after the winter we just endured, I am already falling…

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Annual Zine Fest Returns to Brooklyn

Annual Zine Fest Returns to Brooklyn #BZF #zinefest #zines

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Later this month, the third annual Brooklyn Zine Fest returns to NYC in an “exposition of self-published magazines in the greatest borough in the greatest city in the world.” The enthusiastic zinesters and event co-creators Matt Carman and Ksenia Yarosh are proud to announce, “This third annual event will feature 150 writers, artists, and publishers from the five boroughs and beyond, including a…

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The New York Philharmonic Opens Carnegie Hall’s Spring for Music Festival

The New York Philharmonic Opens Carnegie Hall’s Spring for Music Festival #requiem #music

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The New York Philharmonic’s Composer-in-Residence, Christopher Rouse.
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News just broke that the New York Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the opening concert during the fourth annual Spring for Music Festival at Carnegie Hall. According to Broadway World, “Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct the New York Philharmonic in the New York Premiere of the Marie-Josée Kravis…

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New York City’s Creative Time Presents ‘A Subtlety’ by Kara Walker


Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 9.45.50 AMCreative Time is one of the leading forces for the creation of public arts in New York City. Since 1974, Creative Time has presented some of the most innovative, engaging art in the public realm in NYC as well as nationally and internationally. This incredible nonprofit organization has worked with more than 2,000 artists, and has helped to change the way that New Yorkers and visitors from…

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New York City Museums to Acquire Rauschenberg Works

New York City Museums to Acquire late Rauschenberg Works #art

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Collection (Formerly Untitled), 1954-1955
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The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation recently announced that six major American museums will acquire nine works by the legendary artist, and a handful of them are in New York City. Says Randy Kennedy for The New York Times, “for many years after his groundbreaking pieces of the 1950s and ‘60s, the art world paid a lot less…

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NYC’s Public Art Offerings

NYC’s Public #Art Offerings

Image: Garret Ziegler via Flickr CC

Image: Garret Ziegler via Flickr CC

We all made it! Spring is officially here! New York City boasts some of the most extraordinary public art displays in the world, so I suggest commemorating the occasion (and the promise of warmer weather on the horizon) with an outdoor arts excursion. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Keith Haring: Crack is Wack

This two-sided mural, created in 1986 by…

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“I do have to step back and realize that it is not the end of the world if it’s not perfect,” explains Brooklyn-based illustrator Mary Kate McDevitt
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Everyone goes through periods where they experience a kind of creative block. You don’t even have to be a famous painter, sculptor, or writer to feel creatively arrested in this way. The Huffington Post recently collected a list of tips and daily habits from artists, and I think that many of them are valuable and worth sharing. Here are a handful of daily rituals and tips from artists to help you get over a creative block:

“I do have to step back, take a breather, and realize that it is just a project and not the end of the world if it’s not perfect,” explains Brooklyn-based illustrator Mary Kate McDevitt on letting go of your idea of “perfect.”

“It is when I find myself playing more than trying that I find my way out of a block,” says Aris Moore, a teacher and artist from New Hampshire, about having fun with your project.

“Don’t put barriers up that aren’t there – just get to work and make something,” suggests Portland, Oregon-based painter Lisa Golighty, who has to remind herself that she can be her own hardest critic sometimes.

“Intimacy, cocktails and music are excellent lubricants in and out of a rut,” says Peregrine Honig, an artist from Kansas City who suggests indulging in your vices when you’re feeling creatively stuck.

“I could easily go around in endless circles with myself, questioning whether or not I’m on the right track with something. I just have to stop myself, and ask for help,” explains Milwaukee-based artist Cassandra Smith about knowing when to ask for help.

Here’s one last tip from me that works perfectly whenever I’m feeling stuck: get outside, go to an art gallery, or just find anything to look at that is visually inspiring. We live in one of the most beautiful, unique cities in the world; it won’t take long to discover something remarkable to help you get over a creative block!

What are your best tips for getting out of a creative rut?

Unlock (Or Dust Off) Your Inner Creativity With These Tips #ArtTips #writersblock Everyone goes through periods where they experience a kind of creative block. You don’t even have to be a famous painter, sculptor, or writer to feel creatively arrested in this way.

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Some of Swoon’s remarkable installation work.
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The Brooklyn Museum is a place where you can always count on finding something incredibly inspiring to explore. This winter, escaping to local museums to take my mind off of the chill outdoors has been fun (and somewhat necessary), and it looks like we can all expect some awesome new exhibitions to open just in time for spring. Of all the upcoming art shows and installations at the Brooklyn Museum, I think I’m most excited about Red Hook-based artist Swoon.

Swoon: Submerged Motherlands is an exhibit that will feature the most recent works of the local artist, including a site-specific installation for the Brooklyn Museum’s rotunda gallery. According to the museum, “Swoon celebrates everyday people and explore social and environmental issues with her signature paper portraits and figurative installations,” of her most notable work. Swoon is also known for her large, intricately cut prints that she wheat pastes on the sides of industrial buildings across Brooklyn and Manhattan.

For the site-specific portion of the installation, the Museum describes the way that Swoon will transform the rotunda gallery into “a fantastic landscape centering on a monumental sculptural tree with a constructed environment at its base, including sculpted boats and rafts, figurative prints and drawings, and cut paper foliage.” Swoon’s work will really come alive at the Brooklyn Museum, where her works on cut paper and large-scale drawing will be represented in new, 3-dimensional ways. You can expect to find some kind of social commentary on contemporary world events from the artist, which she teases out and is renowned for exploring in fascinating ways.

Learn more about the incredible artist on her website.

Swoon: Submerged Motherlands

April 11th-August 24th, 2014

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery, 5th Floor

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Coming Swoon: New Art at the Brooklyn Museum The Brooklyn Museum is a place where you can always count on finding something incredibly inspiring to explore.

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Isa Genzken: Retrospective at MoMA

Isa Genzken: Retrospective at MoMA

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One of Isa Genzken’s installation pieces.
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Isa Genzken, arguably one of the most influential contemporary female artists of the last few decades, is currently being featured at the Museum of Modern Art in the exhibition, Isa Genzken: Retrospective. Genzken, a German artist based in Berlin, works primarily with sculpture and installation, using a wide array of…

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