Experimental Edifices: Artist Elizabeth Velazquez’ Installation at Long Island City’s AlterWork Studios

Artist Elizabeth Velazquez creates abstracted portals into alternate dimensions, where visitors are invited to delve into both site-specific installations and the farther reaches of their subconscious. Drawing from ritualistic and primal imagery and constructing highly technical, immersive environments for participants, Velazquez creates pathways to new planes of experiential art. With an Master’s in Painting and background in Arts Education, Velazquez is an interdisciplinary artist and … Continue reading Experimental Edifices: Artist Elizabeth Velazquez’ Installation at Long Island City’s AlterWork Studios

BLACKOUT Film Festival Burns Brightly in the Hudson Valley Firmament

BLACKOUT lives up to its namesake as an undeniably fascinating event. Taking place on Thursday, July 26th from 7-9 pm at Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, the festival is a triumphant collaboration with the Peekskill Film Festival organized by Alicia Morgan. BLACKOUT, curated by HVCCA’s Michael Barraco, features a series of short experimental films navigating the trenchant landscape of gender, race, and various political concerns. BLACKOUT … Continue reading BLACKOUT Film Festival Burns Brightly in the Hudson Valley Firmament

Cleanse Yourself at DETOX, Presented by The Blue Rose at The Ear on 7/21

  It’s not every day that emerging stars from across visual arts, performance art and literary arts join forces. However, Saturday, July 21st is that day.  The Blue Rose presents: DETOX at The Ear, 255 Boerum Street (#1) in Brooklyn, beginning at 8 pm. Multidisciplinary artists, storytellers and image makers are presented over the course of a single, magical evening. Curated by Polina Riabova, a … Continue reading Cleanse Yourself at DETOX, Presented by The Blue Rose at The Ear on 7/21

Prescient Presence: Your Presence is Requested Opens Thursday, June 28 at 131 Chrystie Street

  Solitude and displacement rub elbows on the confluence of the fault lines defining Your Presence is Requested. This group exhibition, featuring painting, sculpture, mixed media and more, investigates the presence of self both internally, physically and even in the case of absence: the vestiges of self that can linger in the outlines of landscapes, or in abstracted self-portraits. Opening on Thursday, June 28th from … Continue reading Prescient Presence: Your Presence is Requested Opens Thursday, June 28 at 131 Chrystie Street

A Pleasant (Re)introduction: Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself Opens June 21st in Long Island City, Queens

Legacy speaks volumes, and in Long Island City, who better to reintroduce the stunning former DeNobili Cigar Factory space as a brand new arts center than two established curators: Krista Scenna of Brooklyn’s Ground Floor Gallery and Caroline Peñafiel of Local Project in Queens. Scenna and Peñafiel are well known on the local scene, and have carefully selected a cohort of contemporary artists to christen … Continue reading A Pleasant (Re)introduction: Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself Opens June 21st in Long Island City, Queens

Onel Naar’s Evocative Works Sustain Morir Soñando at Knockdown Center

  Traversing the trenchant territory between identity, hybridity and ambuity, Morir Soñando marks a cutting-edge look at mixed media in the post-colonial era. Opening Friday, June 22nd from 6-9 pm, the group exhibit features artists Penn Eastburn, Valery Jung Estabrook, Hein Koh, Joiri Minaya, Kristianne Molina, Onel Naar, Esther Ruiz, Cristina Tufiño, and Woolpunk and is curated by Alex Santana. Referencing the popular yet tricky to create Dominican beverage of the same … Continue reading Onel Naar’s Evocative Works Sustain Morir Soñando at Knockdown Center

Chashama Gala and Art Party Shakes Up Spring Art Gala Season

“This isn’t your grandmother’s charity fundraiser.” Arts patron and Chashama Artistic Director Anita Durst sets the stage with this quip for the upcoming Chashama Gala, billed as the most outrageous art party of the year. The event takes place on Thursday, June 7 with the gala running from 6 pm-9 pm and the Afterparty from 9 pm-12 midnight. Over 30,000 square feet of unused office space … Continue reading Chashama Gala and Art Party Shakes Up Spring Art Gala Season

Amref Art Ball Honoring Toyin Ojih Odutola Set to Dazzle at A/D/O on April 28

Toyin Ojih Odutola took over the Whitney Museum in early 2018, and now she’s taking over at Amref Health Africa’s 2018 ArtBall takes place at A/D/O in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on Saturday, April 28th at 7:30 pm. Tickets are still available for the event, celebrating the award-winning Nigerian-American artist and featuring art world superstars Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys and Solange Knowles among others. The event puts a … Continue reading Amref Art Ball Honoring Toyin Ojih Odutola Set to Dazzle at A/D/O on April 28

Dorit Chrysler & Her Theremins Take Over at Reece School

Internationally renowned musical artist Dorit Chrysler is no stranger to making a theremin sing. Theremins, the odd yet aptly tech-friendly device that can be manipulated by movements carefully choreographed around the device (see here a basic guide to handling the theremin), may have existed for ninety years already but that is relatively young in terms of the musical instrument invention timeline (for reference, both the guitar … Continue reading Dorit Chrysler & Her Theremins Take Over at Reece School

Triumphant LiC-A Artists Exhibition Opens at Atlantic Gallery Feb 1st

LIC-A@Atlantic Gallery 548 West 28th St., Suite 540, NY, NY 10001 Opening reception: Thursday, Feb 1, 6:00-8:30 pm Exhibition on view Jan 30th-Feb 17th The talented artists of Long Island City will all be together under one roof for LIC-A@Atlantic Gallery, hosted from 1/30-2/17 at 548 West 28th St #540 in Chelsea. Carol Crawford, fellow artist & president of the board at LICA, shares one … Continue reading Triumphant LiC-A Artists Exhibition Opens at Atlantic Gallery Feb 1st