Summer Art Events NYC

Dan Graham with Gunther Vogt: Met Roof Garden- open until November 2nd, 2014.

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Jeff Koons: A Retrospective at the Whitney- open until October 19, 2014.

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Tara Donovan at Pace Gallery- open until August 15, 2014.

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All photos belong to The Basis NYC.

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A Bittersweet Goodbye to Roseland Ballroom: Lady Gaga Performs

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The last time I saw Lady Gaga live was at her 2011 Monster Ball tour at Madison Square Garden. Since then, she has released a new album and has gained insane amounts of international fame. Also since then, it has been announced that the historic NYC music venue Roseland Ballroom will close. The venue, which has had artists like Beyonce, Lorde, Phish, Imagine Dragons, etc.,  will be closing after 95 years.

Last November, Lady Gaga announced her intentions to headline 6 shows at Roseland which would be the final performances ever at the venue, and after selling out in minutes, a 7th show was added. Last night, I got to attend the 4th show Gaga was playing at Roseland, which was also the 3rd to last show ever at the Ballroom.

Going in, I understood why Gaga was chosen to do these shows- she is a talented artists, a native New Yorker, and has a liberal outlook on life- but it wasn’t until the end of the night that I fully grasped the unique touch that only Gaga could add to the Roseland Ballroom.


The show wasn’t about Gaga’s crazy yellow wig or her costume changes, it was about the music and Roseland, and she knew that. The whole stage was decorated in giant plastic roses and each pole was covered in fake, colored flowers. Gaga ran around the whole room, using every part of Roseland as her stage. She climbed up a ladder to the top-tier while singing “Bad Romance” and ran to a side stage while singing “Dope.” Each song was so beautiful and the crowd was so into it.

Gaga has 3 more performances at the Roseland Ballroom until it closes its doors for good! (April 4, 6, and 7) The last show on April 7th will be live-streamed on YouTube so make sure you don’t miss it!

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Spring Break Week 1 in Instagram Pictures

1. On Monday I stopped by the Dover Street Market on 30th Street and Lexington avenue. The store was beautifully set up with a glass elevator making stops on all 7 of the floors. Perhaps my favorite part of the Market, which sells Comme des Garçons and Supreme, was this giant colorful sculpture pictured below.Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 3.40.16 PM 2. Cronuts! They were SO worth the wait. I woke up at 6:45am and got on line at the Soho Dominique Ansel Bakery at 7:15am. The bakery opens at 8am and there is a 2 per person cronut limit! This month’s flavor is milk and honey with lavender sugar. It was unreal. Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 3.39.58 PM 3. I finally got a GoPro! I had been meaning to get one of these for the longest time, and even though I’m not sporty I think I’ll be able to take some awesome pics and videos with it. I can’t wait to bring it with me to Arizona and New Mexico next week. Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 3.40.25 PM 4. The David Zwirner Gallery, which previously housed the Kusama show, now has a new show by Doug Wheeler and it is totally underrated! You have to make an appointment to see the room, and slip on a pair of booties, but then you get to walk inside a giant light purple infinity room dome. No words or photo could do it justice. It was just really cool! Directly upstairs was this awesome piece of art, which I snapped a pic of my friends in front of. Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 3.40.06 PM

2 Murals 1 Day

Mural 1: The Bowery Mural- located on the corner of Houston Street and the Bowery.
Artist: Maya Hayuk. The wall has previously hosted murals by Kenny Scharf, Swoon, Pose, Revok, and many other famous street artists.

02_6 01_5Getting to Mural 2: Walk to Bleecker Street downtown 6 Subway stop. Change at Brooklyn Bridge to the 5 train. Change at Fulton to the A train (8th Ave Express). Get off at High Street! Total travel time: 20 minutes.

Mural 2: DUMBO Walls // That Rainbow Wall
Artist: All throughout DUMBO, artists like artists CAM, MOMO, Stefan Sagmesiter, Yuko Shizimu, Shepard Fairey, Eltono, and Faith 47 helped to transform the dull brick into magical works of art.

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Richard Serra: Gagosian Gallery Madness

I have always been such a big fan of the art of Richard Serra. His sculptures are enormous and completely mind boggling. They force you to question how sculptures so big could fit into a room so small. How does Serra mold the large blocks of steel & bronze? Why do the sculptures balance and are they attached to the ground? These are the questions that only Mr. Serra can answer. His work takes over huge gallery spaces, and recently has been moved into the famous Gagosian Gallery. The show, Richard Serra: New Sculpture, takes over both Gagosian spaces in Chelsea. Unfortunately,  part of the show closed last week, but there is still some of Serra’s work in the gallery on West 24th Street. The show closes March 15th! Go Go Go!!

Gaultier at the Brooklyn Museum

I have always loved the costume institute at the Met, so when I heard about the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, I knew I had to check it out. The exhibit is all about the life of designer Jean Paul Gaultier and  features over 130 haute couture ensembles. Everything in the exhibit is free of glass and ropes, and the mannequins look down at you with full human emotion. The whole exhibit is curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot and is divided into 7 separate themes.

I highly urge you to make a trip to the Brooklyn Museum this weekend, as I believe this exhibit will not disappoint! However, if you can’t make it before the show’s closing on Sunday, check out some of Gaultier’s clothes in my film photos below.  11_16 13_18 14_19 12_17“The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” runs through Feb. 23 at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, at Prospect Park; 718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org.

Mike Kelley at MoMA PS1

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The Mike Kelley show at MoMA PS1 is just too awesome to miss. The show snakes throughout the whole PS1 building and takes up 40,000 square feet of gallery space.  It showcases Kelley’s work in the video, printmaking, painting, sculpture, and performance art mediums. The whole show is an homage of sorts to Kelley, who committed suicide last year at the age of 57. His work deals with social class, pop culture, and uses the recurring image of the spine.

Screen Shot 2014-02-01 at 12.55.03 AMOne of my favorite pieces in the show is this sculpture, which MoMA bought for more than $4 million dollars. 

The show is indescribable. It is eerie, and something that you truly have to go and experience for yourself.

Although Mike Kelley at MoMA PS1 is only open until February 2nd, I recommend that you try to make a trip there this weekend! It’s worth it!