It's August already and it seems as though the summer has gone by fairly quickly. One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to check out the dope art scene in New York City. From street art murals, local graffiti or exhibits in the galleries or museums it is always something good to see. I feel as if I haven't had an "art day" recently so I plan to visit as much as I can in the next few weeks. I have put together a list of cool art exhibits that are a must see. If you are in New York please be sure to check these out and let me know what you think.
'Beyond The Streets'
Twenty Five Kent Williamsburg, Brooklyn
This exhibit is the perfect curation of graffiti and street art over the years. Curated by the graffiti historian Roger Gastman, 'Beyond The Streets' is a celebration of the New York City subway graffiti culture and all of the art that was inspired by the movement. It features over 100 artists work on display including Futura, Jenny Holzer, Shepard Fairey, Keith Haring, Lady Pink and many more.
'African Spirits '
Yossi Milo Gallery New York, NY
'African Spirits' is a photo exhibit illustrating studio portraits taken in Africa as the art scene began to change. Photography from 1950s through 1980s show portraits with minimal sets and patterned or bold backdrops. The subject of the portraits are highlighted while contrasting the various backgrounds. Artists whose work is on display include Samuel Fosso, Malick Sidibe' and Seydou Keïta.
'The Art of Woodstock'
C. Parker Gallery Greenwich, CT
This year marks the 50th year since the 1969 Woodstock music & arts festival. Although the Woodstock festival for this year was cancelled, you can still visit the exhibit to view one of the greatest festivals ever. The exhibit features photographs and art including Janis Joplin, The Who, Sly & The Family Stone, Santana, of course Jimi Hendrix and more. Woodstock was one of the greatest cultural phenomenons and this exhibit is something I must visit before it's over.
'Camp: Notes on Fashion'
Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, NY
Through September 8
This exhibit is one eccentric ensemble after another, from the 18th century to present day. Highlighting contemporary fashion showcased in a colorful, whimsical display. Camp is all about originality and unique individual taste. Curation of the exhibit features pairing the subject matters with varying phrases from the essay "Notes on Camp" by Susan Sontang. This essay is a good read to fully understand all things "camp". Take a read of the essay and then visit the exhibit to experience camp and fashion.
'Shoebox Musesum: Icons and Innovators in Sneaker Packaging'
Shoebox Musesum New York, NY
August 29 - 31
One of the most overlooked items in sneaker culture may be the shoebox. It is the first thing you see when you purchase shoes but yet no one gives it the attention it deserves. The Shoebox Musuem has put together an exhibit that explores the world's most iconic packaging in the sneaker head experience. You can view shoeboxes by big name brands such as Jordan, Nike, Adidas, Vans and more as well as artists and collaborations. If you are a snearkerhead this would be a great art exhibit to see and you may think twice about not giving the shoebox the attention it warrants on your next purchase.