April 12, 2004

Art attack

The Brooklyn Museum is celebrating the completion of its remodeled entrance with two days of activities this weekend. Rose and I will be there Saturday evening (after Music Club lets out); why not you? (Disregard that last question if you live in another state.) Some Saturday highlights I'd like to call attention to:

6:308:30 p.m.
Hands-On Art: Plan, construct, and decorate your own three-dimensional structure.
(I want to make an ostrich. And then wrap it. That will be for a future project, the Holy Tango of Art: "Ostrich", by Christo.)

78 p.m.
Curator Talk: Charlotta Kotik, chair of Contemporary Art, and Tumelo Mosaka, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, discuss Open House: Working in Brooklyn.
(I mention this one mostly because I peripherally know Charlotta Kotik, the wife of the excellent composer Petr Kotik, with whom I interned back in my college days. It is because of him that I can do a passable Czech accent.)

910 p.m.
Film/Performance: Williamsburg-based artist Brian Dewan presents his I-Can-See Filmstrips, satirizing the once-ubiquitous educational strips screened in school cafeterias from the 1920s to the 1970s.
(You will cry and cry if you miss this.)

I don't think I'll be able to make this event on Sunday, but I dearly wish I could:

34 p.m.
Performance: The artist and musician Ken Butler creates and performs on hybrid instruments, including a rubber-band trumpet, double-axe cello, hammer-bridge violin, golf-club sitar/tabla, and snowshovel.

If you can't make that either, you can hear a sample of Ken Butler's instruments on this collection, or you can visit his website to just, you know, be amazed.

Posted by Francis at 03:07 AM

See you there.

Posted by: Ugarte at April 12, 2004 11:01 AM