Ghost of a Dream is an art duo comprised of Lauren Was and Adam Eckstrom. Their “Price of Happiness” piece was recently featured in No Longer Empty’s “How Much Do I Owe You?” Exhibition. Untapped Cities sat down with Was and Eckstrom to learn about the inspirations behind Ghost of a Dream’s pieces and the thought process behind documenting society’s hopes and dreams. (more…)
Our curated events list for this week: Ugly Holiday Sweater Party at Bryant Park, spontaneous Bach on the G train, Brooklyn Night Bazaar & more.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 17: The second annual Ugly Holiday Sweater Party is the perfect way to celebrate the season. Get dressed up in your goofiest holiday garb and come on down to the Southwest Porch to toast the holidays. Show off your wonderfully ugly woolen wear at the party, as you enjoy ‘wichcraft‘s festive cocktails (hello, adult spiked eggnog!), and stay toasty warm around the fire pit and heat lamps. While you’re here, be sure to take a photo in our Ugly Sweater Photobooth. We’ll even have some spare props and sweaters on hand to enhance your gaudy holiday creativity. The ugliest sweater with the most votes wins a pair of tickets on Southwest Airlines. 6-8pm at the Southwest Porch at Bryant Park. FREE.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18: The Last Supper Club by Underground Eats. Just in case the Mayans were right and the end of the world arrives on Dec. 21st, Chef Charles of “One World One Kitchen” is preparing one last grand feast of 2012 as part of his New York supper club. On December 18th, grab your friends and enjoy six courses inspired by flavors and traditions from around the world. 7:30-10:30pm at Devi Restaurant, 8 East 18th Street. $89. UGE members will receive a complimentary cocktail in addition to wine. Buy tickets here.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The spanish dancer Carlos Renedo will be performing with this all-male troupe whose brilliant pointe work and hilarious parodying produce paroxysms of giggles and wild applause throughout the world. A highlight of the company’s Joyce season is the New York premiere of an excerpt from the final act of Laurencia, a 1939 piece about a peasant revolution, originally choreographed by Vakhtang Chabukiani. The programs also feature favorites like Paquita and Go For Barocco, and a must see Dying Swan. 7:30pm at The Joyce, 175 8th Ave. $50-$75. Buy tickets here.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20: On the third Thursday of every month Materials for the Arts offers art-making studio workshops focused on repurposing everyday items to create art. In this collaboration with No Longer Empty, Materials for The Arts has invited artists Ghost of a Dream to lead the workshop The Writing’s on the Wall. Based on their site-specific installation In Banks We TRUST, this session the artists will be asking everyone to contribute their thoughts, ideas and writings to create a series of text-based drawings. 6:30-8:30pm at The Clock Tower, 29-27 41st Avenue, Long Island City, Queens. FREE. Reservations required. RSVP here.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21: If you are riding in the front car of any G-train (from any station) between 2-3pm, you will experience what might feel like an episode of the Twilight Zone. Imagine riding the train and suddenly a musician begins playing Bach; it’s not a big deal. But what if that musician stepped OFF the train at the next stop and a different musician stepped ON and began playing the same piece? And then this happens over and over again at every single station — one musician leaves, one arrives, always playing the same unforgettable music. This is Thru-Line, part of Make Music Winter, a full day of performances all over the city. 2-3pm on the G train. FREE. See Make Music Winter’s full schedule here.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22: Inspired by Night Markets across Asia, the Brooklyn Night Bazaar brings together the borough’s most creative independent vendors, musicians, artists, chefs and breweries to vast indoor and outdoor spaces. The Mezzanine Restaurant series will feature Roberta’s Pizza on Dec. 21st & 22nd. 6pm-12am at 45 N. 5th Street, Brooklyn. FREE.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23: Visual artist Ann Hamilton combines the ephemeral presence of time with the material tactility for which she is best known to create a new large-scale installation for the Wade Thompson Drill Hall. Commissioned by the Armory, the event of a thread references the building’s architecture, as well as the individual encounters and congregational gatherings that have animated its rich social history. A multisensory affair, the work draws together readings, sound, and live events within a field of swings that together invite visitors to connect to the action of each other and the work itself, illuminating the experience of the singular and collective body. Ongoing until January 6, 2013. Tuesdays-Sundays, 12-7pm at The Park Avenue Armory. $12 / $10 students / FREE for children & Armory members. Buy tickets here. Check back soon for our review and photos.
The theme for No Longer Empty’s exhibition opening on Wednesday is broad and anything but simple. In a way, the title says it all. ‘How Much Do I owe You?’ A straightforward question we use in our everyday lives. Yet, if we delve a bit deeper, it could take on a vast array of different meanings, depending on the social and political context. Each artist featured in No Longer Empty’s upcoming exhibition in the abandoned Bank of Manhattan in Long Island City was asked to create a site-specific work commenting on financial exchange.