Bob Bongard “Coming Home”
June 20 - July 16, 2011 at Tillie’s
Bob Bongard has been a fixture in Clinton Hill for most of his life. As the only child of vaudeville performers, he was given the gift of infinite creativity, first as a jazz musician, comic and singer, and now as a self-taught artist with a singular vision. Using primarily found objects, ink and pen, his work is truly of the street, and features a variety of subjects he knows and loves, including chorus girls, musicians, buildings and gardens. His detailed drawings from memory of famous buildings and local architecture balance obsessive detail with a human quality, garnering fans and collectors around the neighborhood.
Bob was recently hospitalized, and this benefit exhibition is being presented by a consortium of his local friends and admirers to honor his artistic achievements. All work will be cash and carry with all proceeds going directly to the artist.
Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 22, 7 - 9 p.m.
FREE EVENT with special performance by the artist himself
See you there.
Kanye West, Marc Jacobs, and the Whole Art World* Fêted George Condo’s Leering Grotesques at the New Museum
*Also in attendance, some nobody blogger and her +1
The Secret Science Club presents the 5th-annual Carnivorous Nights TAXIDERMY CONTEST, Tuesday, December 7, 8 pm @ the Bell House, $5
From the website:
The contest will be judged by our panel of taxidermy enthusiasts, including Robert Marbury of the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists; Dorian Devins, co-founder and curator of the Secret Science Club; and beast mistress Melissa Milgrom, author of Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy plus SPECIAL GUEST: Purveyor of scientific wonders and star of the inimitable new show Oddities on the Discovery Channel, Mike Zohn joins the judging panel and presents an illustrated lecture on (yes!) taxidermy.
See y’all at the dead animal party.
This weekend I visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art, home of the world’s coolest museum mascot. Not a lot of competition in that category, I realize, but still. Worth noting. Apologies to our runners-up: the Art Institute Chicago lions and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts foo dogs.
During my first temping gig at the beautiful New York Palace Hotel (tech support 2010 Needham Healthcare Conference wut wut!), one of my fellow temporary employees turned me on to a fantastic artist project by Stephanie Diamond. Known for her intermedia social practice, based primarily in photography, Diamond also maintains an active listserv for her friends, colleagues, and random acquaintances like me who are looking for studio space, temporary or permanent housing. Subscribers to the Listings Project receive a weekly email update on available spaces in the NYC area, all offered by like-minded artistic types. Great art - great alternative to the craigslist crapshoot.
Most disturbing info graphic of the day, courtesy of NYMag.