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BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  A TRIBUTE TO THE TREDWELLS’ IRISH SERVANTS at MERCHANT’S HOUSE MUSEUM For a place that’s been living in the past since before most of us were born, Merchant’s House Museum has a knack for appealing to contemporary tastes. So whether you’re suffering from “Downton Abbey” season five withdrawal or just looking for one […]

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BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN  (stephaniebuhmann.com)  |  This exhibition, which marks the artist’s first U.S. retrospective, begins with his childhood drawings and concludes with his mature political and satirical campaigns as well as animations, among others. Born in Alsace, France, in 1931, Ungerer is best known as the award-winning author and illustrator of such beloved 1960s children’s […]

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BY MICHAEL LYDON | Robin Hirsch sipped thoughtfully on a glass of red wine in a quiet corner of the Cornelia Street Café. For an hour or more, with many a twinkle in his eye, he’d told tall tales of his four decades as the Café’s fearless leader — the legendary toaster oven that served […]

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BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN  (stephaniebuhmann.com) | Featuring some of the largest work Goldberg has made recently, this ambitious exhibition continues the artist’s exploration of his signature vocabulary. Held in a grisaille palette, the latter consists of playful images of dogs, birds or ducks, for example, which are characterized by a graphic clarity reminiscent of billboard signs. These […]

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BY PUMA PERL  (pumaperl.blogspot.com)  |  When I decided to take a look at the current state of Slam Poetry, I immediately knew that NYC-Urbana, which now meets at the Sidewalk Cafe, was the team to follow. As host and current Slam Master Jared Singer says, they are “the winningest” team in the nation. Urbana, founded […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Whether brightening local burlesque stages as her slinky and sweet alter ego Cherry Pitz or exposing her true self on the storytelling circuit, Cyndi Freeman has an uncanny knack for coaxing epic images from intimate moments. The two-time NY Fringe Festival award-winning solo performer — whose work as an instructor with […]

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BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN    (stephaniebuhmann.com)  | In the past, Lee has recast components of painting through a variety of experiments such as cutting, dismantling, slicing and sculpting. Testing the surface and structure of his canvases to the extreme, he questions their traditional physicality and the general sense of preciousness that can be associated with the medium. Stapled […]

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BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN   (stephaniebuhmann.com)  | NANCY GRAVES  | An internationally acclaimed conceptual artist, Graves (1939–1995) has been featured in hundreds of notable exhibitions and her work is in the permanent collections of major art museums. Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Graves earned her MFA in painting at Yale in 1964, where her classmates included Robert and Sylvia […]

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BY TRAV S.D.  (travsd.wordpress.com)  |  “There is no new thing under the sun,” went the wisdom of Solomon. And so it is that among the more novel diversions to be had in the city now are silent films, a form that last enjoyed mainstream popularity nearly 90 years ago. From Feb. 17–20, WNYC’s “New Sounds […]

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BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN  (stephaniebuhmann.com)   |  As if to advocate a year of rich diversity ahead, this eclectic group show brings together 20 contemporary artists. Here, subjects vary as much as the styles in which they are depicted, covering figurative, abstract and some nuances in-between. While the sculptural installation by Gabriel Specter, Richard Hambleton’s figurative […]

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