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For six days in September 2012, artists Nathan Kensinger, Sarah Nelson Wright and Laura Chipley invited people to come sail toy boats with video cameras attached through Newtown Creek, one of the most polluted bodies of water in the U.S. This small body of water between Brooklyn and Queens is a dumping ground for raw sewage and industrial waste. It’s also the site of the Digester Eggs at Newtown Creek’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, which process about 1.5 million gallons of sludge per day. Newtown Creek is often overlooked, but it’s an essential part of the city’s infrastructure, and, surprisingly, has a nature walk attached.  (more…)

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Visitors to James Turrell’s monumental light installation currently on view at the Guggenheim Museum probably noticed that Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous rotunda has been completely transformed. Rather than quickly passing through on the way to exhibits on the upper floors, people gather in the rotunda, lounging on the nearly 360 degree benches or standing around and staring up at the light emanating from the five concentric rings installed for Aten Reign, the largest of Turrell’s installations that make up the exhibit.  (more…)

Thanks to their overwhelming presence on the World Wide Web, it has been postulated that cats will, one day, rule the entire world. And what would that cat-astrophic world look like? Well, we got a preview of that last Saturday at Kitty City, a miniature metropolis designed exclusively for members of the feline species by a team of highly talented humans. The project, which was organized by, and hosted at, Flux Factory in Long Island City, was developed over a course of four weeks, with artists, architects and children collaborating to build the perfect urban environment for cats.  (more…)

Celebrating Times Square’s Seedy Past: Artist Nayland Blake’s Installation at the ICP Triennial

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One of the most attention-grabbing exhibits at the International Center for Photography’s Triennial (through September 8) isn’t really a work of photography at all. In Knee-deep in the Flooded Victory, artist Nayland Blake has assembled photos, posters, zines, coffee mugs and voodoo dolls in an installation that explores the changing meaning of public space in New York City, and especially, what it has meant for New York’s queers, activists and other outcasts.  (more…)

James Turrell Retrospective in Los Angeles, Houston and New York City

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The artist James Turrell is a master manipulator of the way people experience space. His all consuming installations are like space age optical illusions. They will immerse you in a seemingly infinite light field. Since the 1960s, Turrell has been fascinated by light—he first had this revelation while looking at the rays of light pouring off a slide projector during an art history class at Pomona College. Ever since then, he has been exploring ways to make light the focal point of his artwork rather than using it to illuminate something else. He told the New York Times, “I’m interested that light has thingness itself, so it’s not something that reveals something about other things you’re looking at, but it becomes a revelation in itself.”  (more…)

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We all have our favorite watering holes, but German artist Tobias Rehberger seems to have taken his fascination with Frankfurt’s Bar Oppenheimer to a whole new level: he has created an exact replica of the bar right here in New York City at Chelsea’s Hotel Americano. Located in the hotel’s basement, one has to navigate a kind of maze to get to this bar, and once you get there, prepare to be bowled over (and maybe even a little disoriented) with the dazzling psychedelic design of this space. (more…)