It's Friday! Yay! Here's a rundown of some news and upcoming events...
~Bushwick Open Studios (BOS) - Check out BOS '10 which will feature over 275 open artist studios, group shows, and events taking place in over 140 buildings occupying more than 4 square-miles of Bushwick as well as bordering 'hoods East Williamsburg, Bed-Stuy, and Ridgewood, Queens. Learn more at bos2010.artsinbushwick.org. June 4th-6th.
~Atlantic Avenue ArtWalk - Over 100 artists and 75 galleries and art spaces will participate in the Atlantic Avenue ArtWalk this Saturday and Sunday. Mosey along Brooklyn's Atlantic Ave between Fourth Avenue and Furman Street and peek into private studios, watch artists paint a rooftop mural, listen to live music, and refuel with deals from participating bars and restaurants. Learn more at atlanticavenueartwalk.com. June 5th and 6th.
~Brooklyn Museum's Target First Saturdays - It's time for another installment of the Brooklyn Museum's FREE Target First Saturdays. In honor of the new exhibit, American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection, the theme of the evening is Brooklyn Chic. Hear Chief Curator Kevin Stayton discuss the fashionable exhibit, see a screening of the Audrey Hepburn/Fred Astaire flick Funny Face, and stick around for a dance contest and dance party! More info at brooklynmuseum.org. June 5th.
~Museum Mile - Tuesday evening welcomes another installment of the yearly Museum Mile fest which offers 3 hours of FREE admission to nine major museums along Fifth Avenue between 82nd and 105th Streets. The avenue will be closed to auto traffic and there will live bands and "art-in-the-street." The nine participating museums include (starting from the northernmost): El Museo del Barrio, Museum of the City of New York, The Jewish Museum, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, The Guggenheim, Neue Galerie (check out the excellent Otto Dix exhibit!), Goethe-Institut/German Cultural Center, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. More info at museummmilefestival.org. Tuesday, June 8th from 6-9pm.
~Work of Art Premieres - Art-loving couch potatoes rejoice! Bravo's latest competitive reality show Work of Art premieres on Wednesday. The show pits 14 aspiring, contemporary artists against each other for the chance to win an exhibition at The Brooklyn Museum, a cash prize, and bragging rights. Actress/art fan China Chow hosts and judges, alongside NY Mag Art Critic (and Face Booker extraordinaire) Jerry Saltz, and gallery owners Bill Powers and Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn (Salon 94). Playing the Tim Gunn/mentor role will be Simon de Pury of Phillips de Pury auction house. Read more about the show at bravotv.com. Premieres Wednesday, June 9th.
~The Artist Has Left the Building - This past Monday, Marina Abramovich completed her 700 hour/3 month interactive performance The Artist is Present at MoMA. To celebrate, Givenchy and the label's Creative Director, Riccardo Tisci, hosted a celeb and model packed party at the museum Tuesday night. Click on wwd.com and style.com to see pics of the artist looking refreshed and glam in Givenchy.
~Kehinde's Kicks - New York-based artist Kehinde Wiley has teamed up with PUMA Africa to create a line of footwear and apparel featuring a bomber jacket, hoodies, and t-shirts in West African textile prints that were inspired by his work, The World Stage: Africa Lagos-Dakar. In honor of the upcoming World Cup, Wiley has also created four portraits featuring three of Africa's top football players. Read more at tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com and see the collection at africa.puma.com.
~Darcel Doesn't Disappoint - Check out darceldisappoints.blogspot.com to see the adorable, spectacled cyclops Darcel live "one disappointing moment after another" while covering art and fashion events. The site's creator, Australian-born, New York-based blogger/artist/animator, Craig Redman recently had a show exhibited at Paris' crazy cool boutique Colette. Read more about Darcel and Redman at nowness.com.
~Pieter Hugo Pics in Paris - Speaking of Colette, South African photographer Pieter Hugo currently has an exhibit at the Paris shop. Check it out if you happen to be strolling along Rue Saint-Honore. Learn more at colette.fr. Through July 3rd.
~R.I.P. Tobias Wong - And lastly, another sad loss for the art/design world. Tobias Wong passed away on Sunday at the age of 35. The witty, provocative, and innovative Wong designed cool, beautiful objects teeming with social commentary. His dollar bill notepad, sun jar, inverted diamond ring, gold-plated McDonald's coffee stirrer/coke spoon, Warhol print gift wrap, and rubber-coated chandelier were just a few of his notable works. In 2007, he staged The Wrong Store in Chelsea, a fully stocked and functional shop that was never open. Read his NYT's obit at nyt.com, read Core 77's tribute to Wong at core77.com, and see a selection of his amazing work at ifitshipitshere.blogspot.com.