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The Very Best of NYC Art
by Michelle Barnwell
February 5, 2009
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On display now through mid-April at the Guggenheim Museum is The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989.  Featuring some 250 works of art by over 100 artists, the exhibition highlights Asian art’s impact on American art, literature, music and artistic philosophy. Encompassing a broad range of media from painting to live performance, the show challenges the idea that “American modern art developed simply as a dialogue with Europe,” and illuminates Eastern religion’s influence on the genre.

Also at the Guggenheim, opening on Feb 6 is an exhibition by Emily Jacir, winner of the Hugo Boss Prize for significant achievement in contemporary art. The exhibition will feature a selection of pieces from Jacir’s diverse range of media, including photography, video, and performance. Various themes are explored, ranging from repressed historical narrative to resistance, as well as movement, both forced and voluntary.

Beginning on Feb 21 at the Rubin Museum of Art is Brainwave. Now in its second year, the festival encompasses over 50 events including screenings, performances and discussions about the influence of music and meditation on the human mind. Brainwave kicks off with a screening of Dalai Lama Renaissance, which follows “innovative thinkers” on their visits to the Dalai Lama and their quest to leave ego behind. Highlights include a talk by actor Edward Norton about how “green” consumerism fools consumers, as well as a screening of the Rolling Stones’ classic film, Gimme Shelter.

In conjunction with the California Institute for Integral Studies, the Ceres Gallery, which is dedicated to the promotion of contemporary women in the arts, opens a new exhibition on Feb 21 entitled Ineffable Woman: a Bi-Coastal Conversation about Women's Art. The show, which will run concurrently on the West Coast, raises the question: “Does women’s art have a unique dimension?”
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