This Summer, our TRaC teens visited The Frick Collection. Check out what they saw after reading what they said:
I’ve got two important announcements for you as we approach September and get ready for an amazing fall, full of art, writing and adventure at High 5. (Don’t worry, you’ve still got a few days of summer left!)
After seven action packed years at the helm of the Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) program, I’m going to be stepping down from my post and heading back to school to pursue a Master’s Degree at Hunter College. (Any alumni who are there now, I’ll see you in the library!) I’ve loved this job, this role, this entire experience. It’s been an incredible seven-year arts odyssey filled with an brilliant cast of characters: students, artists, educators, critics, teachers and friends. I’d like to thank everyone who’s been a participant in TRaC or the Freelancers Corps, a regular at Pizza and a Movie Night, and all the additional people out there who supported our mission and helped make this whole thing possible. I’m gonna miss ya. Of course, as I always say, High 5 is just the beginning. This is not even a goodbye, but more like a “see you around.”
So, a new chapter is opening up at High 5, and I’m thrilled to announce that the Teen Reviewers and Critics program, now entering it’s 10th year (say what!), is going to be in excellent hands for the foreseeable future. Please join me in welcoming Diane Exavier and Ella Metuki to the High 5 Team!
Diane is a playwright and educator from Brooklyn who has presented work at PS122’s 9th Space, Space on White, Independent Curators International, and more. She has studied theater at Amherst and Smith Colleges. Diane joins the Arts Connection / High 5 Tickets for the Arts team as the new Teen Reviewers and Critics Program Manager after spending two years assisting in the coordination of Youth Insights at the Whitney Museum, a teen program she participated in as a high school student in 2004. Having been familiar with High 5 as an arts-loving teen, Diane is excited to now be taking over the direction of the TRaC program!
Originally from Israel, Ella is a recent graduate of NYU Tisch’s Drama Department, where she minored in Applied Theatre and became involved in the work of non-profit organizations such as Apple Arts and Daytime Moon Creations. Ella is currently working on a career as a theatre actor, and is very excited to be joining the ArtsConnection staff as the new High 5 Program Assistant!
See ya’ll out there. At the shows, galleries and exploring the streets of New York City. 🙂
peace n’ always art,
For me, what I do is an artistic expression which is channeled through me. Fashion is just the medium.
As I waited the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s winding line that took me from Japanese ceramics through Hellenistic vases and into the House of McQueen, I marveled at the fact that an exhibition of one fashion designer’s work could draw a two-hour wait, every single day for months. There are a million and one visceral artistic experiences one can find in this incredible city of ours. Yet, here we were, tourist and taxpayer alike, waiting a line of epic proportions, drawn to the Savage Beauty of Alexander McQueen, like lemmings creeping to the edge of a great precipice. What is it that captivates us so? Curiosity? Glamour? Repulsion? The tragic demise of a prolific designer? Or some convoluted combination of these?
My questioning mind was blissfully silenced as I crossed the threshold of the exhibition. I instantly knew I was on hallowed ground, stepping into the Church of McQueen. The chilling music and Gothic decor of the first room set a romantic, yet harrowing and macabre atmosphere that followed the viewer throughout the exhibition. It was almost as if the specter of the tragic genius was lurking about every beautifully designed corner of the room. Curator Andrew Bolton captured the essence of McQueen with painstaking precision in a way that honored not just the clothing, but the artist himself. This was clearly a labor of love.
Alexander McQueen’s true creative genius is apparent through the entire conceptualization of his clothing, from vision to execution. He transformed runway shows into cathartic pieces of performance art that didn’t just showcase his collection, but screamed its statement. (Many of the runway shows can be experienced through video installation pieces of the exhibition.) There is nothing subtle about McQueen, who drew upon a variety of inspirations from his Scottish heritage to Victorian England and even Jack the Ripper. The examination of Alexander McQueen the Romantic permeated Savage Beauty and is outlined in the carefully placed text and quotes from McQueen himself throughout the exhibit. I found myself relishing these placards, rich with literary references and words from McQueen, giving this display a refreshing depth that high profile exhibitions often lack. It is through this perfectly balanced combination of text and art that the designer himself is unveiled.
But, on to the clothes. The clothes — le sigh — the clothes. From billowing midnight black capes to a cascading crimson gown adorned with ostrich plumes, McQueen transforms clothing into walking works for art. I could wax poetic about these fantastic pieces for hours, but I’ll spare you and let the clothing speak for itself. McQueen’s diversity of collections range from the haunting Highland Rape to the fairy tale fashions of The Girl Who Lived in the Tree and McQueen takes us on journeys from the jungle and into the future. Each collection is more aggressively avant-garde than the last and leaves the viewer revived, transformed and haunted.
Nothing summed up Savage Beauty for me like a video from the finale of McQueen’s Spring/Summer 1999 runway show. A demure model enters the stage wearing a flowing white dress. The stage revolves and two spray paint guns are pointed threateningly at our heroine. As the stage spins faster and the guns splatter her dress with paint we see the beautiful model become more and more vulnerable as the purity of her dress becomes tainted. It is this masochistic process of creating art that forces us to see ugliness in beauty and darkness in the artist, and ourselves.
So, I urge you, I entreat you, I beg you. Go to the Met before August 7th . Wait the line. Experience McQueen as you never have before or will again. Because Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is more than a display of the textiles that cover the glossy pages of Vogue. McQueen’s Savage Beauty is living, breathing art. And it is this art that truly makes Alexander McQueen immortal.
When we hear the word “opera” we think large dramatic sopranos in Viking helmets singing at the top of their lungs, right? At least that’s what I used to think. It wasn’t necessarily the most appealing genre of music, considering I could barely hear what notes they were singing amidst all that vibrato. This was, of course, before I got completely sucked into the world of opera and discovered that in reality, there is so much more to it than the old-fashioned stereotypes. It only took going to see one live opera – needless to say, it was love at first sight.
The world of music is changing at an incredibly fast paced, and opera is miraculously managing to evolve just as fast. Shows are flashier; singers are better looking; and the quality of musical performances is improving. Just to prove a point here, I’ll give you a few examples of the new things I’ve seen that have completely blown my mind. [Read more…]
“To me, photography is the art of observation.” -Elliott Erwitt
One of the prolific photographers of the 2oth century, Elliott Erwitt captured some of the most famous events of modern history with his poignant eye and subtle wit, forever etching his perspective to our national memory.
Yesterday afternoon, I had the pleasure of attending a press preview of Erwitt’s latest exhibition, (Personal Best), opening today at the International Center of Photography. The exhibition is a selection of 100 photographs that Erwitt has called his “favorites”. From somber reflections on world-changing events to witty juxtapositions that find humor in the everyday, the freshness and vitality of Erwitt’s images transcend time and communicate universal truth and beauty in way that can be appreciated by all.
But, a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ll let the images speak for themselves. I’ve selected my three favorite from the exhibition. If you like the images you see below, check out (Personal Best) on view at ICP until August 28th. (Hit up High 5 for 2-for-$5 passes!)