Krazy! Anime + Manga + Video Games @ Japan Society, through 6/14

•April 19, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Delirious World of Anime + Manga + Video Games

Japan Society
Through June 14

KRAZY! is New York’s first major show dedicated to the Japanese phenomenon of Anime, Manga, and Video Games—three forms of contemporary visual art that are exercising a huge influence on an entire generation of American youth. The exhibition, organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery, is presented in an environment designed by cutting-edge architectural practice Atelier Bow-Wow, featuring life-size blowups of popular figures from the worlds of anime and manga within an intriguing sequence of spaces that evoke Tokyo’s clamorous cityscape. Co-curated by leading North American and Japanese specialists, KRAZY! gives visitors a direct experience of new forms of cultural production and offers fresh insight into the interdependence of three art forms of the future.

View a full exhibition checklist (PDF)

KRAZY! Catalogue Order Form (PDF)

View KRAZY! architectural diagrams (PDF)

Anime Film Screenings

The anime films that are featured in KRAZY! are shown full-length in the recently upgraded—with digital projectors and 5.1 surround sound—auditorium at the Japan Society. The films are:

Katsuhiro Otomo’s classic, Akira (1988); Masaaki Yuasa’s Mind Game (2004); Satoshi Kon’s, Paprika (2006); Patlabor 2: The Movie, by Mamoru Oshii (1993); The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004), by Makoto Shinkai; and Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Episode 9, 17, 18, and 27 (1982-83), designed by Ichiro Itano.

Screenings begin Saturday, March 14 and will continue until June 14, 2009. Viewing times are Friday: 3:00 to 9:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 to 5:00 pm in the Japan Society Auditorium.

Gallery hours:
Tuesday through Thursday 11 am – 6 pm
Friday 11 am – 9 pm
Saturday & Sunday 11 am – 5 pm
The gallery is closed on Mondays and major holidays.


Jem Cohen: New York, Still and Moving, through April 18

•April 9, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Jem Cohen: New York, Still and Moving

Robert Miller Gallery
524 West 26th Street
Through April 18

Cohen works in film, video, installation, and photography. He collects street images, portraits, and sounds. The projects built from his ongoing archives thrive on the collision between documentary, narrative, and experimental approaches. Some are personal/political city images and portraits of friends and artists. Many center around daily life and ephemeral moments, seen out of the corner of the eye and pulled into the center. This special project at Robert Miller will include previously unseen stills uniting his interest in the transient with a disappearing format, the discontinued Polaroid. Departures from traditional street photography, they are distillations of a city marked by demolition and disappearance — buildings and people passing through and held in place.

The Alchemy of Tin: The Cultures of Jazz in Downtown New York in the 1970s — April 22 @ 6:30pm

•April 8, 2009 • Leave a Comment

LeBoff Lecture with Brent Hayes Edwards
The Alchemy of Tin: The Cultures of Jazz in Downtown New York in the 1970s

Wednesday, April 22
6:30pm – 8:00pm
NYU Silver Building, Hemmerdinger Hall
(32 Waverly Place, lobby level)

In jazz history, the 1970s have habitually been overlooked or dismissed as a period when the music went into severe decline. But in fact there was a remarkable ferment of activity in the decade, especially in New York — much of it underground, in small clubs, musician-run “lofts,” and independent theaters — and jazz played a central role in the arts scene that developed in NoHo, SoHo, and the East Village. This lecture considers the social and musical space that developed around the Tin Palace, a nightclub that provided from its perch on the Bowery a crucial hub for cross-fertilization among the arts.

A reception will follow the lecture.

Speaker’s bio: Professor Edwards is the author of The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism (Harvard University Press, 2003), which won the Gilbert Chinard Prize from the Society for French Historical Studies. With Robert G. O’Meally and Farah Jasmine Griffin, he co-edited the collection Uptown Conversation: The New Jazz Studies (Columbia University Press, 2004).

The Geography of Buzz: Visualizing Cultural Space in New York and Los Angeles – April 7 @ 6:30

•April 3, 2009 • Leave a Comment


Elizabeth Currid (University of Southern California, School of Policy, Planning, and Development) and Sarah Williams (Columbia University, GSAPP) took a unique dataset, the Getty Image Database, and transformed it to explain the spatial patterns of cultural industries. By geo-referencing, coding, and performing statistical analysis on 6,000 events and 300,000 photographs taken in New York and Los Angeles, the team has shown that cultural industry events tend to cluster spatially. While the data might illustrate what we already know—that certain “hot spots” in the city exist—investigating them in this way allowed them to gain a better understanding for why clustering occurs in certain localities.

Analysis of the data showed that those actors not conventionally involved in city development (paparazzi, marketers, media) have unintentionally played a significant role in city development. They also argue that the findings on the cultural industries may tell us something important about the geographical form of industrial social clustering more generally. The use of Getty data provides a new spatial dimension through which to understand both cultural industries and city geographical patterns.

To launch this exhibit, Currid and Williams have organized an opening and panel discussion, featuring:

-Erin Aigner, Graphics Editor, New York Times
-Elizabeth Currid, USC School of Policy, Planning and Development
-Harvey Molotch, NYU, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, Sociology
-Jamin Brophy Warren, Wall Street Journal
-Sarah Williams, Director, Spatial Information Design Lab, Columbia University GSAPP

Sponsored by IZZE Sparkling Juice and Original Sin Hard Cider

The exhibit will be on display from April 7 – May 8, 2009.

180 Varick Street, Suite 1610
Between King and Charleton Streets

1 train to Houston Street

Free and open to the public

Talks About Buildings w/ TripleCanopy @ The Kitchen, April 7 @ 7pm

•March 29, 2009 • Leave a Comment

More Talks About Buildings

An Evening with Triple Canopy

The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY · April 07, 2009

For this event, expanding on an issue devoted to new and old forms of urbanism, Triple Canopy excavates real, unrealized, and potential spaces: a planned mega-eco-city in the desert Southwest, a grand Utahan suburb nurtured by coal-mine tailings, an aerial view of the architecture of Texas oil fields, the spiraling sprawl of Mexico City, the coincidences of megachurches and office spaces, and more. Participants include the Center for Land Use Interpretation, Joseph Clarke, Nine 11 Thesaurus, Lucy Raven, Emily Richardson, Melanie Smith, the VPL Authority (Thomas Moran & Rustam Mehta), and Zs.

Also available: Wrong Place, Right Time (2009), a digital print by José Leon Cerrillo in an edition of 100.

7 pm
Free and open to the public

Literature programs at The Kitchen are made possible with generous support from the Axe-Houghton Foundation and with public funds from The National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

By Way of Broadway: NY Photographs by Cervin Robinson, 3/25-5/6

•March 27, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Municipal Art Society
457 Madison Avenue
Gallery Hours: M-Sat 11am-5pm

MAS is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition, By Way of Broadway: New York Photographs by Cervin Robinson, next Thursday, March 26. One of the most widely-published architectural photographers working today, Cervin Robinson began taking photographs at the encouragement of his father, an architect, when he was twelve, and this collection explores New York’s visual landscape comprising thirty views of the 17-mile length of Manhattan’s main street taken over the course of three decades.

The exhibition opens with a reception at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, at MAS. The event is free but reservations are required. RSVP online or call 212-935-2075. By Way of Broadway will be on display at MAS galleries through Wednesday, May 6, and the galleries are open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and closed at all other times.

Robinson gravitated toward architectural subjects at a time, in his words, “when the only serious subject to most photographers was people, [and] because pictures of buildings seemed to me as satisfying as pictures of people were frustrating.”  By the mid-1950s, he was working for photographer Walker Evans in New York.  His first magazine commission was a monument of post-war modernism, the Seagram Building.  He was later commissioned to photograph the city of Cleveland for an exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art.  The place that has figured most prominently in Robinson’s work is the street where he lives, Broadway.

This exhibition has been curated by Gary Van Zante and organized by the Wolk Gallery at MIT School of Architecture and Planning in Cambridge, MA.  Support for exhibitions at MAS is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York Council on the Arts, a State Agency.   Additionally, MAS gratefully acknowledges the 42nd Street Fund for underwriting this exhibition.

Beka Goedde . Phototropic Dormancy . March 05–29

•March 19, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Beka Goedde . Phototropic Dormancy

Glowlab is pleased to announce Phototropic Dormancy, a solo exhibition by up-and-coming New York artist Beka Goedde. Installed as a site-specific environment at Glowlab, Goedde’s mixed-media sculptures, hand-cast plaster and works on wood panel focus the viewer’s ability to read and create passages through a landscape. Her work provides a three-dimensional point of entry into a dense field of vision marked by layers of textured plywood and plaster, etchings, graphite, pigment and earth-toned encaustic wax.

This exhibition of new works is a study of landscape as time, and the ways movement and decay affect our spatial and psychological construction of imagery. The title refers to the latent potential in plants to obtain energy from and grow toward sources of light. Goedde’s research brings her to ruins in the American southwest, as well as the southeast and other locations where natural disaster or change has inscribed new areas of settlement; the use of building materials reflects the poverty of the inhabitants, who build over unstable ground or water.  By studying the structures built by the very people living within them, and communities that exist together with available resources under local shelters, Goedde finds re-invented stories of creation, patterns of building and natural occurrences of life. She literally constructs her experience by, as she explains, “building a house around myself.” On a more formal level, her pieces often reference the structure of Chinese scroll painting as presence and void, of the painter’s movement across a landscape and the time passed during a journey between places. In this new installation where changes in daylight, pattern and perspective bring forth new spatial experience, the artist’s work re-inscribes our memory with embodied knowledge of the built environment.

Beka Goedde (b. 1982, Seattle) studies the concept of the landscape as a time-frame and movement as the natural decay of structural material. She received her BA from Columbia University, Barnard College, in 2004, with a concentration in behavioral neuroscience and philosophy. Her thesis work focused on the sense of touch, specifically a non-dualist way of conceiving of the space of one’s body and the space surrounding oneself, on both a phenomenal and neurophysiological level. Goedde’s work has been exhibited in New York at the International Print Center, Cheim & Read, Glowlab and Leo Kesting Gallery. Her work is included in numerous private collections, including the Beth Rudin DeWoody collection.

Glowlab is an innovative art gallery and creative catalyst located in New York, collaborating with and presenting the work of artists exploring the convergence of art, technology and the urban environment.