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BY TRAV S.D. | (travsd.wordpress.com) | One of the strongest links bridging the contemporary Downtown arts world with its avant-garde heyday of the late 1960s is the continued presence of performance art legend Penny Arcade. She was still a teenager when she moved to New York and had the good fortune to be immediately embraced […]

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BY TRAV S.D. | The theatre is Lucy Van Pelt and her football; I am Charlie Brown. I keep getting sweet-talked back, but it’s really just a trick, and this is what inevitably happens: I went to see “39 Steps” on assignment for this publication. The next day, I voluntarily opted not to write the review […]

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BY NORMAN BORDEN | South African photographer Pieter Hugo’s newest book, unlike his others, is intensely personal. “Kin” is about family and about country and Hugo’s relationship with both. Photographed over the last eight years, Hugo calls this collection of color portraits, still lifes, cityscapes, and landscapes “an engagement with the failure of the South […]

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IDEAS CITY Riffing on “The Invisible City” as its theme, this installment of the New Museum’s annual three-day event will explore transparency, surveillance, citizenship, suppression, participation, dissent, and expression — all within the context of how we strive to be a part of, disappear into, or define the ever-evolving urban centers we choose to call […]

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| BY SCOTT STIFFLER THE FLATIRON HEX The Empire State Building has it beat on height — but mere blocks away, an equally iconic (and just as sexy) structure straddles Fifth & Broadway, has a district named after it and played The Daily Bugle in several “Spider-Man” films. Now, New York’s only building shaped like […]

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BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN | 2015 TRIENNIAL: SURROUND AUDIENCE The New Museum’s Triennial signifies the only recurring international exhibition in New York City devoted to early-career artists from around the world. Besides providing an important platform for an emergent generation of contemporary artists, it embodies the institution’s 37-year commitment to exploring the future of culture through the art of today. This […]

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SVA’S 26th DUSTY FILM & ANIMATION FESTIVAL Some of our favorite film fests can be found at The School of Visual Arts’ wonderfully comfortable two-screen 23rd St. theatre (the pugilist-themed Shadow Box Film Festival, the Chelsea Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival). So it’s nice to see them rolling out the red carpet for some of their own. SVA’s Dusty […]

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BY PUMA PERL | The Guerrilla Girls are not ready to make nice. In all likelihood, they never will be. Celebrating three decades of feminist art, activism and protest, they continue to expand their vision — and they ARE a vision, continuing the tradition of masked avengers by exposing the dirty underside of cultural and […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  | On Tues., May 19, the Museum of Jewish Heritage will premiere a never-before-seen 1945 documentary directed by Alfred Hitchcock. However, unlike a typical film by the master of suspense, this isn’t a psychological thriller that will leave viewers wondering until the mystery is finally unraveled at the last minute. Rather, the […]

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BY SEAN EGAN | “Six Rounds of Vengeance,” the latest offering from “geek theater” company Vampire Cowboys, is set in “Lost Vegas” — a post-apocalyptic spin on the city of sin. The stage is set with the remnants of once lively and bustling attractions and businesses abandoned and falling into disrepair, surrounded by rough-hewn wooden […]

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