Dan Graham with Gunther Vogt: Met Roof Garden- open until November 2nd, 2014.
Jeff Koons: A Retrospective at the Whitney- open until October 19, 2014.
Tara Donovan at Pace Gallery- open until August 15, 2014.
All photos belong to The Basis NYC.
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.
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!
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. 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. 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. 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.
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.
Getting 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.
I am weirdly obsessed with this man and his beard. He has devoted a Tumblr, Instagram account, and Youtube channel all to his love of stuffing different things in his facial hair. Check out a few of my favorite Will It Beard pictures below from his tumblr.
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!!
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. “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.
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.
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!