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Monday, March 3, 2008

The Arts - Live and on Videotape

Old School Subway
Photo by myself in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The skeletons of some old school above-ground trains live in a park along the water.


For photography lovers who live in the US and have cable, turn on The Sundance Channel this month.

Films featuring Henri Cartier-Bresson, Helmut Newton, Robert Maplethorpe and William Eggleston, among others, will be shown.

I have a renewed interest in the Sundance Channel. Today Mark and I saw part of a show on Jeff Koons. He was interviewed by Tom Ford, the fashion designer, who walked through Koons' huge studio. Multiple painting and sculpture projects were underway.

Incidentally, Mark and I planned on touring Koons' studio last October through the New Yorker Festival. The event was sold out before it even went on sale. Very upsetting. I was on Ticketmaster the moment the tickets were available, and I'd like to know whether any non-media people actually made it in.

Many New Yorkers say they live here because of the arts, however, most admit that they rarely attend arty events. They love the having the opportunity to go if they had the sudden inspiration to do so.

I have to admit that I'm one of those (lame, slacker) people. It's sad. Mark and I drive past the revolving sign outside BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) all the time.

'We should go,' I say.


'Look, they're playing The Kite Runner.'


Friday Mark and I were all set to go to MoMA. Admission is free after 4pm, and they have what looks like a cool design exhibit going on.

But one thing led to another and our plans changed. We wound up on the couch with Playstation 3, losing to twelve-year-olds online.

Anyway, this is will be my belated New Year's resolution, to stop being one of the lame-o people. Why not experience art that's right here, instead of only living next door to it? On the list besides MoMA and BAM are the inspiring ICP (International Center of Photography) and the Brooklyn Museum.

It's time to get up off the couch, shake off winter and carpe diem, already!

For a Times article on the Sundance films, click here.

Related posts: For Your Viewing Pleasure.


Damien Franco said...

I already have my DVR set to record those. I always do searches on photography to see what's coming up on the tube! Great image by the way. Love that shade of green.

Tammy said...

I don't think I get that channel, but I don't get to watch much TV unless you count cartoons with Aidan. LOL! Hope you had a good weekend!

Fredrik said...

The attitude you describe is so common I think. Outside of Copenhagen, there's a gallery called Louisiana (world known for their amazing exhibitions) Now they show works of Matisse and Chagall and it really looks great. It's only one and a half hour away. But do we go? No, instead we end up in the couch with a DVD and pass out before the end.

Spandrel Studios said...

When I got a job in Center City Philadelphia, I was thrilled, thinking I'd take advantage of all the cultural offerings. But at the end of the day, I'd just want to get home! That MoMA exhibit looks really interesting - it maybe just the thing that gets me to visit the city!

Kitty said...

Damien, welcome and thanks!
I love how proactive you are.

Your photos are beautiful, btw. I am inspired. Making my images black and white is the next frontier. I'm really excited.

Tammy, you're such a good mom. And you were up late. Geez!

Hallo Fredrik!
I'll have to look into that gallery.

It's good to know there are other like-minded (lazy) people out there, lol.

Spandrel, I'll let you know how the MoMa exhibit is worth going to! btw their normal entrance fee is now up to 20 bucks. Eek.

I'm not sure if that's a suggested donation or not!

CHEWY said...

We got stuck in the elevator at BAM going up to see Laurie Anderson multi-media show.

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens will be blooming in no time.

Kitty said...

ahhhh...note to self, do not take elevator at BAM.

I love the Botanical Gardens. Not too huge and overwhelming. Lovely pathways.

Ming the Merciless said...

Am going to the Asia Society next Thursday to attend a slide show/lecture/book signing by a photographer who photographs elephants in Asia.


Okay, I was invited to attend the event. Same thing. :-)

Kitty said...

Cool, Ming, I haven't heard about this.
I love elephants. Will have to check it out!