The Very Best Of NYC Art (February 2010)
Nobody Gets to See the Wizard. Not Nobody. Not Nohow, Mission to Mars, and More!
Anna Kustera Gallery is pleased to present Nobody Gets to See the Wizard. Not Nobody. Not Nohow running now through Mar. 6. The group exhibition curated by Doug McClemont features over a dozen artists who draw inspiration from The Wizard of Oz. The 70-year old MGM fantasy has become a much-loved part of our collective memory. Its complex themes, including the promise of a Utopian OZ, remain artistically vital. Our adult imaginations still thrive on Technicolor invention, despite the symptoms of life in the current Kansas in which we reside. Artists showcased include Charles Atlas, Kathe Burkhart, Daphne Fitzpatrick, Deborah Kass, Caroline Polachek, Stuart Semple, Susanne M. Winterling and more.
A full-scale model of the current Mars Rover highlights the new exhibition Mission to Mars, now showing at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The exhibit presents a timeline of the American space program from President John F. Kennedy’s race to the moon speech to the current Rovers on Mars, and even introduces the next Mars probe, Curiosity, which will launch in March 2011. On weekends, museum educators will lead interactive, multimedia demonstrations where visitors can touch objects that include Rover artifacts, a piece of a solar panel and parachute material while videos and robotics demonstrations illustrate how Rover operates in space.
Don’t miss Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum, an anniversary benefit exhibition running Feb. 12 to Apr. 28. Since its opening in 1959, the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed Guggenheim building has served as an inspiration for invention, challenging artists and architects to react to its eccentric, organic design. The central void of the rotunda has elicited many unique responses over the years, which have been manifested in both site-specific solo shows and memorable exhibition designs. For the building’s 50th anniversary, the Guggenheim Museum invited more than two hundred artists, architects, and designers to imagine their dream interventions in the space. The exhibition features the renderings of these visionary projects in a salon-style
installation that will emphasize the rich and diverse range of the proposals received.