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Venus in Furs on Broadway: The Velvet Underground Experience


Sure, the streets have been considerably cleaned up, going to CBGB’s today means getting a nice shirt instead of taking your life into your own hands, and the Chelsea Hotel is now a museum, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate the past sleaze and style of New York’s past. And what band better encapsulates the convergence of sleaze and style than The Velvet Underground? The Velvet Underground Experience runs October 10 to December 30, at 718 Broadway in Manhattan. The multimedia experience encompases the illustrious careers of the legendary band/burnouts.

The exhibit features six films on the band produced  by Edward English, Alexander Keewatin Dewdney, Gerard Malanga, Marie Menken, Barbara Rubin, Andy Warhol, and Danny Williams. Additionally there will be a plethora of portraits of the band members and other 1960s/70s NYC pop culture luminaries. The exhibition tracks the history of the band, the foundation of their sound, and the impact they had on music for decades to come.

To learn more, go to:

The Velvet Underground Experience
October 10 - December 30, 2018

718 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

Egon Schiele Retrospective at New York's Galerie St. Etienne & Others

(Detail from Egon Schiele, Self-Portrait with Peacock Waistcoat, Standing. 1911, gouache, watercolor and black crayon. Collection Ernst Ploil, Vienna)

100 years since his passing in 1918, the art of Egon Schiele is still intensely gripping and fascinating to this day. Raw, grotesque, passionate, shocking and sexual, Schiele’s art is unlike any other artist of the 20th century.

To celebrate his life and art, galleries around the world are also mounting similar exhibitions.

New York’s Galerie St. Etienne (24 West 57th Street #802) will be presenting Egon Schiele: In Search of the Perfect Line from November 1, 2019 through March 2, 2019. Galerie St. Etienne has the distinction of being home to Schiele’s first American one man show in 1941, and their new loan exhibition planned to coincide with the release, by the Kallir Research Institute, of an updated, digitized version of Jane Kallir's catalogue raisonné, Egon Schiele: The Complete Works.

Other exhibitions include:

Egon Schiele

Fondation Louis VuittonParis

The first monographic presentation of Schiele’s work ever mounted at a French museum, this exhibition features over 100 works by the Austrian artist. It includes loans organized by the Galerie St. Etienne and an exhibition catalogue essay by gallery co-director Jane Kallir. The show runs concurrently with a retrospective of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
October 3, 2018, through January 14, 2019

Egon Schiele: The Making of a Collection
This centenary exhibition takes an in-depth look at Schiele’s works as they relate to the collecting history of the Viennese institution. Including preliminary studies and sketches, the show reveals new findings about Schiele’s painting technique and working methods. With loans organized by the Galerie St. Etienne and an exhibition catalogue essay by gallery co-director Jane Kallir who will deliver an opening address on October 18.
October 19, 2018, through February 17, 2019

Klimt/Schiele: Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna
Royal Academy of Arts in London
Featuring close to 100 works, this exhibition provides an rare look at the Albertina's unparalleled collection of drawings by Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. Join Galerie St. Etienne co-director Jane Kallir at the RA on Friday, November 9, for a special examination of Schiele’s mysterious watercolor “The Cellist.” An essay by Ms. Kallir appears in the exhibition catalogue.
November 4, 2018, through February 3, 2019

To learn more, go to:

Egon Schiele: In Search of the Perfect Line
November 1, 2019 - March 2, 2019.

Galerie St. Etienne
24 W 57th St #802
New York, NY 10019

The Museum of Broken Windows Covers a Legacy of Brutality


The New York Civil Liberties Union will be organizing the Museum of Broken Windows, an upcoming pop-up exhibition featuring over 30 artists from across the country, running September 22 to the 30th. The exhibition will showcase the ineffectiveness of broken windows policing, which disproportionately impacts communities of color.

The museum will be opened at 9 West 8th Street near Washington Square Park and uses art to express how fundamentally broken methods of policing have affected New Yorkers.  "Broken Windows policing, which treats minor 'quality-of-life' infractions like jumping a turnstile or smoking marijuana as crimes, has turned neighborhoods into occupation zones," said NYCLU advocacy director Johanna Miller. "While stop-and-frisk, a hallmark of broken windows policing, has been significantly reduced, the criminalization of communities of color for minor offenses continues. The goal of the Museum is to bring the emotional, physical and societal impacts of this style of policing to life for all New Yorkers, and elevate a critical conversation about what it means to be and feel safe in this city."

Participating artists and photographers include Jesse Krimes, Dread Scott, Hank Willis Thomas, Molly Crabapple, Gabe Kirchheimer and Jordan Weber.

To learn more, go to:

NYCLU: Museum of Broken Windows
September 22 - 30, 2018

9 West 8th Street
New York, NY 10011

This July Celebrate Liberty Gallic Style


While July 4th celebrates one earth-shaking revolution, another world shattering event took place in France on July 14th 1789 — the storming of the Bastille. That event led to the undoing of the French monarchy and the establishment of the French Republic which was more less ratified at the Fête de la Fédération a year later in 1790. In English-speaking countries, Bastille Day is the common name given to the French National Day, which is celebrated on the 14 each year. In France, it’s formally called La fête nationale

Here in New York it’s acknowledged by several interconnected events such as French Restaurant Week and Bastille Week both created/sponsored by MPB Agency. Finishing up this week, the 3rd annual France Rocks Summerfest, presented by The French music Bureau Export, — which had started on June 1st 2018 — and closed on July 5th with a selection of bands in both Manhattan and Brooklyn. It is the largest French music festival in the US and showcases the multifarious native French talent as well as international artists who draw their inspiration from France. The lineup had included 25 artists spanning genres from indie pop, rock, world and electronic music. Info can be found #FranceRocksFest2018 where one can view the artists bios.

Since its creation in 2011, French Restaurant Week® has been supported by over 211 participating restaurants. In partnership with the ordering system, OpenTable®, this week offers customers the opportunity to consume special prix-fixe menu options during either dinner, and in some cases, lunch. Previously, wines were also highlighted within the dining spots as sponsors. 

This celebration is also part of Bastille Week, which not only recognizes the other major global revolution of the late 1700s but also offers an online media resource which lists events that spotlight the French Independence Day and it highlighting events during July. 

This year, New York’s 9th edition returned July 2nd and runs through Bastille Week, dovetailing into various celebrations on July 15th, 2018. And, from July 16th to the 22nd, Chicago’s French Restaurant Week takes place. In both cities special promo prices run from $17.89 (the bar option), $25 (the lunch option), $38 (the basic dinner option) and $178.90 (the dinner option for 2), so priced in honor of the French Revolution.

Among the 22 Restaurants participating this year are such favorites as A.O.C East, Troquet, Le Bateau Ivre, La Sirene, Bistro Vendôme, A.O.C. L’aile ou la Cuisse, Brasserie 8 1/2, Café du Soleil, Café Centro, Boucherie, Match 65 Brasserie, Excuse My French, Bistrot Leo, Fig & Olive, Petite Boucherie, Boucherie Park, Perrine, Le Rivage, Pardon My French, Deux Amis, Maison Harlem, and Jubilee.
For more information go to: www.FrenchRestaurantWeek.comand/or

In addition, Bastille Day can be celebrated through the French street fair sponsored by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), on Sunday, July 15, 2018, from noon to 5 pm. This summer’s fête offers booths with an afternoon’s selection of French food, wine, culture, musique, dance, and other entertainment on east 60th Street, within three blocks — from Fifth Avenue to Lexington. For over 20 years, Bastille Day on 60th Street has been the city’s largest public celebration of France’s national holiday and honors the country’s historic friendship with the USA. The day recalls the storming of the Bastille — the birth of the modern French nation. 

Highlights include a live screening of World Cup Final; a champagne and jazz party (inside the FIAF building from 1:30pm & 3:30pm); a South of France Tasting, a “Sneak Peek” screening of “Le Brio” at 5:30pm; and at 4:45pm a prize drawing to win trips to Paris and Martinique. For more info: phone or email 212-355-6100/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Finally, on Saturday, July 14th is the 5th Annual NYC Bodypainting Day. Though not directly related to the other events by date — unless they present the the French tri-color flag — fully nude men and women will spend four hours of live painting, accompanied by Washington Square Park pianist Colin Huggins and will hold a unity song circle which follows at 4:15pm. Promoting acceptance of all people, regardless of race, gender and political affiliation, the songs will include Imagine by John Lennon and This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie. Other activities include a photo shoot at the Fountain, a march to Union Square Park, a double-decker bus tour over the Manhattan Bridge, and the Bash After-Party, benefiting Human Connection Arts, producer of Bodypainting Day and other public art events.
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