Philly’s Bottle Shops Boast Thousands Of Bottles Of Beer On The Wall

Craft beer is big business these days, particularly in Philadelphia, a serious beer town gaining accolades for its suds scene from notable publications like GQ, Draft magazine, Forbes, CNN Travel and others. So what makes the Philadelphia region’s beer scene so great? The bottle shops, for starters. These shops offer hundreds if not thousands of specialty beers to try individually and in “mix-a-six” format (that’s a six-pack of beer with six beers of the drinker’s choosing). What’s more, many of these shops fill growlers of draught beer to go and offer food to accompany the bountiful beer offerings.

Here’s a look at some of Philadelphia’s can’t-be-beat bottle shops:

Center City:

  • The Corner Foodery – The king of the local bottle shop chain known as The Foodery, Rittenhouse Square’s The Corner Foodery features wood paneling, booth seating and gourmet hot sandwiches. More importantly, this popular spot stocks 650 bottles and numerous draughts available to drink on site or to take home. This location offers online ordering, while the original, more basic locations have as much, if not more, beer, deli-style food and a casual feel. 1710 Sansom Street, (215) 567-1500,thecornerfoodery.com; 324 S. 10th Street, (215) 928-1111; 837 N. 2nd Street, (215) 238-6077; 6148 Ridge Avenue, (215) 238-6077; fooderybeer.com
  • Monde Market – This spot may look like a simple convenience store and take-out deli (with made-to-order breakfast sandwiches for a few bucks and change), but it offers one of the city’s best bottle selections. Rare finds are available here—and at prices that reflect the no-frills environment. 100 S. 21st Street, (215) 496-0564

South Philadelphia:

  • Beer Heaven – Locals don’t let the location in a South Philadelphia strip mall deter them from what may be the best craft-beer bargains in the city. The neatly stocked selections and clean layout provides a well-organized shopping experience for customers who spend less and get more in a wide array of 750 ml bottles from Europe and the U.S. 1100 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 271-5248,twitter.com/beerheavenphl
  • The Bottle Shop – This relative newcomer on the hip East Passyunk strip looks like a take-out spot, but acts more like a bar with cold bottles lining the wall. Customers can hang out and drink their purchases, play Quizzo, sample draught beers and mingle with brewery reps during tap takeovers. The shop sells gluten-free beers and ciders, along with beer glasses, T-shirts and even onsies. 1837 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 551-5551, bottleshopbeer.com
  • Brew/Ultimo Coffee – This Newbold bottle shop has even more going for it than its impressive several-hundred-strong bottle selection: It’s owned by the same restaurateur who opened the iconic South Philadelphia Tap Room, and it’s the site of Ultimo Coffee, named the best coffee shop in the country by The Daily Meal. Patrons can grab a coffee from the barista, grab a brew from the cooler or sample free monthly tastings led by brewery reps. 1900 S. 15th Street, (215) 339-5177,brewphiladelphia.com

West Philadelphia:

  • Bottle Shop at Local 44 – One of Philly’s favorite bar ownership teams (Leigh Maida, Brendan Hartranft and Brendan Kelly) opened one of the city’s most carefully curated bottle shops, right next to its destination beer bar/restaurant Local 44. Though the list is relatively compact at 500, managers take great care in selecting some of the world’s finest and rarest brews. Customers can drink a cask ale while they shop, and every Monday a brewery rep leads a happy hour tasting with discounts on bottles. What’s more, the quiet store stays open until midnight seven days a week. 4333 Spruce Street, (215) 222-CANS, local44beerbar.com

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SMIRNOFF® Vodka Banishes The “Velvet Rope” With The Launch Of New Campaign “Exclusively For Everybody”

Waiting in a standstill line that wraps around the block. Being at the mercy of the “bouncer’s discretion.” Blowing three months’ rent just to stand behind a velvet rope and hold a bottle with a sparkler. Sound familiar? Well, SMIRNOFF®, the world’s best-selling vodka, is here to remind people that fun nights out don’t have to be such a hassle. Exclusivity is out. It’s time to let everyone in. Introducing “Exclusively for Everybody” – SMIRNOFF’s new global marketing campaign.

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As the most awarded vodka brand in the world, SMIRNOFF has always been known for quality and is enjoyed responsibly in 130 countries around the world.  Additionally, vodka, at its core has always been the drink of the people; approachable and accessible for everyone. But somewhere along the way, the spirit became associated with exclusivity and pretension. As the leader in vodka, SMIRNOFF decided it was time for a change. While remaining rooted in promoting responsible drinking, the new campaign celebrates the brands belief that exclusivity for few is less fun than good times for all.

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We wanted to bring a fresh voice to vodka and break through some of the exclusive characteristics the category has come to be associated with.  SMIRNOFF was created to be enjoyed by everyone, from Czars andHollywood stars to you and your friends in the bar down the street. We want to celebrate that we’re there for good times, wherever and however they occur,” said Dan Kleinman, US Brand Director of SMIRNOFF.

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SMIRNOFF has created a digital film and six 30 second spots for the “The Party” which tells the story of two friends planning and hosting a party while poking fun at the elements that get in the way of honest, effortless good times. While house parties are always a good time for the many, SMIRNOFF recognizes that no party is complete without a safe ride home; that’s why one of the 30 second spots titled: Ride Home is dedicated to just that. Under the direction of the renowned Russo Brothers of Arrested Development and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, television superstars Alison Brie of NBC’s Community and Adam Scott of NBC’s Parks and Recreation play host to the epic house party. (Experience “The Party” now at www.youtube.com/smirnoffus.)

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When I read the script for ‘The Party’ I really liked the message and vibe that SMIRNOFF wanted to bring to the forefront,” said Brie. “A good time is always more fun when everyone is included and I think the playfulness of ‘The Party’ videos brings this to life.” Continue reading

Entertaining’s a Breeze with Spring Holiday Recipes from Olema Wines

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As spring arrives across the country, winter-weary wine lovers turn their thoughts and menus to fresh, seasonal flavors and celebrating spring holidays. Olema Wines are here to help you set the table with recipes and pairings that are great for Easter, Mother’s Day or simply embracing the welcome change in the air. Olema Wines was founded by the owners of Amici Cellars in Napa Valley, who were looking to highlight the excellence of Sonoma County’s vineyards with wines that offer both serious winemaking and serious value.

Olema Wines co-owner Celia Shepard invited California Chef John Adamson to create recipes that would make hosting a spring gathering  a breeze—and be a perfect match for Olema’s bright, food-friendly wines.

Spring 2014 Holiday Pairing Recipes

Cabernet Sauvignon

Pinot Noir

Sauvignon Blanc

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Chef Marcus Samuelsson Joins Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine As Host Of the Sixth Annual Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival July 25-27, 2014

Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City is proud to present the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival’s sixth annual celebration, beginning Friday, July 25, with events taking place throughout the weekend. The three-day culinary and spirits festival is the leading food and wine festival in the market and will feature a star-studded roster of some of the country’s most renowned culinary experts and TV personalities. Headlining chefs include returning celebrity Chef Robert Irvinea proven fan-favorite of festival guests; and the inaugural participation of James Beard award-winning chef and TV personality, Marcus SamuelssonCo-Creator and Executive Chef of the acclaimed Red Rooster restaurant in New York City. More celebrity chef

Caesars Entertainment’s Sixth Annual Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival. (PRNewsFoto/Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City)

announcements will be made in the coming weeks.

Additionally, in response to the success of the Beach Soiree event last year, the majority of the weekend’s events will be hosted in beachfront and courtyard locations, allowing guests to celebrate this iconic festival outdoors and under the stars. One of the signature outdoor events of the year will be the “Burger Bash,” a first-time event for the Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival and one that has risen to popularity at many of the other popular food festivals in the country such as South Beach and New York. Burger Bash presented by “The Beef Checkoff” will be tented on the beach, replete with a Beer Garden and live music.

The 2014 festival will present an acclaimed roster of both local and national talent and will once again showcase several of the world’s greatest culinary influencers as well as authorities in the wine, beer and spirits industry. With access to a multitude of outdoor events including delicious tastings and instructive demonstrations, the festival will offer delicacies for every palate. New and some returning festival highlights include:

  • Beach Soiree: It’s time to let loose and have some fun, when the sun goes down, the festival heats up. Enjoy an evening beachside party while savoring refreshing cocktails and gourmet passed appetizers.
  • Burger Bash: Underneath the festival’s signature white tents the region’s top burger maestros have been carefully selected to bring their best burger recipes and unique side dishes to the Atlantic City Food and Wine festival to compete for people’s hearts and stomachs. Each offering will be perfectly accented by refreshing Beer Garden and wine samples, grab a napkin, foodies, and dig in!
  • Clam Bake: Calling all seafood living foodies for this adventure! The Atlantic City Food and Wine festival is bringing the epitome of this New England tradition to the Jersey Shore with a full-blown Clam Bake. Bally’s Beach will be transformed into a New England backyard with this summer’s Clam Bake, fully equipped with traditional menu items like lobsters, clams, corn-on-the-cob and an atmosphere that feels like home while your feet are in the sand.   
  • The Grand Market: Foodies, prepare your palate for perfection! The signature event of the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival, The Grand Market will most certainly be the indulgence highlight of your year. Eat and drink your way through this eclectic tasting village. Featuring a wide selection of foods, wines, craft brews and liquors from world-renowned culinary masters, you will experience a true flavor adventure during your three-hour gourmet journey. And when you find something you love, take it home with you! Purchase your favorite flavors while culinary demos by celebrity chefs provide you with tips to enhance your home dining experiences.
  • Blues Brews & BBQ: Throw on your boots, food-lovers … this festival is taking a tasty trip to the south! Kick your feet up as BBQ vendors take over and cook up some the best ribs, chicken and brisket you’ve ever tasted. And let’s not forget about the ice-cold beer! While you’re here, you can purchase some of the latest BBQ merchandise around.

The Sixth Annual Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival will feature exciting chefs and an incredible new outdoor format, a true celebration of our beachfront location, that we are really proud to bring to our guests this year,” states Jason Spencer, Vice President of Entertainment, Nightlife and Lifestyle Marketing for Caesars Entertainment. “We invest significant time and thought into refreshing the festival year-over-year to reflect the interests of our ticketholders and provide a weekend of unexpected programming that folks can look forward to. With the festival moving outside along the Atlantic City Boardwalk, we are proud to showcase the beautiful beach outside our doors and host both new visitors and familiar faces.

Tickets for the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival will go on sale April 18, 2014 and can be purchased online at www.acfoodandwine.comwww.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-736-1420.

Kari Hill Unveiled As New Celebrity Hair Colorist for L’Oreal Paris

L’Oreal Paris has announced the addition of renowned celebrity hair colorist Kari Hill to its notable roster of experts. With more than fifteen years of experience coloring some of the most well-known manes in Hollywood, Hill’s artistic perspective lends to her mastery of varied hair coloring techniques and will join long-time L’Oreal Paris Global

Kari Hill, Celebrity Hair Colorist for L'Oreal Paris.  (PRNewsFoto/L'Oreal Paris)

Kari Hill, Celebrity Hair Colorist for L’Oreal Paris. (PRNewsFoto/L’Oreal Paris)

Consulting Colorist Christophe Robin in lending her insights and expertise to trend forecasting, product development, content creation and consumer education for the brand.

Throughout the course of her career, she has worked at Hollywood’s most premier salons including Frederic FekkaiChris McMillanJohn Frieda and Neil George. She has built an impressive roster of celebrity clients including Julia RobertsRenee ZellwegerZooey Deschanel and Anna Faris, among others. Her indelible reputation and innate talent have made her one of the most in-demand colorists in Hollywood, with her hair color work regularly gracing the covers and pages of top beauty and fashion magazines.

From show-stopping highlights and beautiful balayage to complete hair color transformations, Hill is also well-known for her diverse abilities to subtly enhance or completely transform hair. Gathering inspiration everywhere from the red carpet and runways to even her own clients, she loves experimenting with hair color and helping women achieve their most perfect hue. She believes in the power of hair color to help women feel their most beautiful and confident selves. In her new role, she will be sharing her wealth of knowledge and insider tips with all women to help them recreate trend-setting and salon-quality hair color results at home using Mousse Absolue.

We are thrilled to welcome Kari to the L’Oreal Paris family,” said Karen T. Fondu, President, L’Oreal Paris. “Her creativity and diverse coloring abilities married with her passion for education will help us further our mission of empowering all women to become their own beauty expert.

I am beyond excited and truly humbled to be working with L’Oreal Paris,” says Kari Hill. “Having the power to provide my clients with instant and tangible results is the most rewarding part of my job. I love the immediate effect it has on their confidence. I am excited to now take that to entirely new level by working with the brand to provide all women with the most innovative and accessible hair color tips and tricks.”

Kari currently works out of the famed Meche Salon in the heart of Beverly Hills, CA. She balances her busy salon schedule with client house calls and hair color work for red carpet events, premieres, film, TV and print.  She resides in Newhall, CA with her husband and teenage daughter.

Savannah College of Art and Design Unveils SCADpad, the Future of Urban Living

SCADpad micro-housing experiment transforms Atlanta parking structure into a sustainable community for artful living

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) today unveiled SCADpad, a unique micro-housing and adaptive reuse experiment that transformed the parking structure of its midtown Atlanta location into a sustainable community that proposes an answer to the world’s growing urban housing challenges.  The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor’s and master’s degrees at distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 majors.

The SCADpad community’s initial residents – 12 SCAD students from the Atlanta and Savannah locations – will move in on April 15.

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) today unveiled SCADpad, a micro-housing and adaptable reuse experiment that transformed its midtown Atlanta parking structure into a sustainable community, proposing an answer to growing urban housing challenges. Each unit features design themes inspired by SCAD locations: Asia, Europe and North America. This unit, SCADpad Europe, was inspired by the medieval landscape and history of SCAD Lacoste.  (PRNewsFoto/Savannah College of Art and Design)

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) today unveiled SCADpad, a micro-housing and adaptable reuse experiment that transformed its midtown Atlanta parking structure into a sustainable community, proposing an answer to growing urban housing challenges. Each unit features design themes inspired by SCAD locations: Asia, Europe and North America. This unit, SCADpad Europe, was inspired by the medieval landscape and history of SCAD Lacoste. (PRNewsFoto/Savannah College of Art and Design)

  • Over the next two decades, the global urban population is expected to rise to approximately 5 billion.  (Source: UN Report, “World Population to 2300”)
  • Eighty-one percent of the U.S. population resides in urban areas – a 6 percent increase over the last 25 years. (Source U.S. Census 2012; U.S. Census 1990)

SCAD is a global university, so we see firsthand the urban density issues that the world’s most populous cities face,” said Paula Wallacepresident and co-founder of SCAD. “In celebrating our 35th year, SCAD creates SCADpad, an entirely new vision of urban community that focuses the ideas of our students and the expertise of our faculty and alumni in disciplines ranging from urban design, adaptive reuse, and architecture to interior design, service design, interaction design, design for sustainability and fine art. The result is a now solution – a sustainable urban micro-housing community that projects relevance far beyond form and function to the Vitruvian principles of utility, strength, and delight. SCADpad creates an environment for inventive and artful living.”

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) today unveiled SCADpad, a micro-housing experiment that transformed its midtown Atlanta parking structure into a sustainable community, proposing an answer to growing urban housing challenges. Each unit features design themes inspired by SCAD locations: Asia, Europe and North America. This unit, SCADpad Europe, features blue lacquered wood panels resembling travertine tiles, copper roof tiles and a fold-up hammock bed to accommodate a desk underneath.  (PRNewsFoto/Savannah College of Art and Design)

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) today unveiled SCADpad, a micro-housing experiment that transformed its midtown Atlanta parking structure into a sustainable community, proposing an answer to growing urban housing challenges. Each unit features design themes inspired by SCAD locations: Asia, Europe and North America. This unit, SCADpad Europe, features blue lacquered wood panels resembling travertine tiles, copper roof tiles and a fold-up hammock bed to accommodate a desk underneath. (PRNewsFoto/Savannah College of Art and Design)

SCADpad was designed and developed by an interdisciplinary SCAD team of 75 current students, 37 alumni and 12 SCAD professors from 12 academic degree programs. The experimental community also features:

  • A work station built by SCAD furniture design students, featuring a hands-free intuitive 3D printer interface, which allows any SCADpad resident to issue a print command to create wall attachments without pressing a single button.
  • A community garden watered with filtered greywater from one of the SCADpad units and fed by a fiber optic sun harvesting system and high-efficiency composting systems.
  • A waste management center for recycling, composting and trash disposal dubbed NuBox. The NuBox is constructed of reclaimed wood and teaches residents to view traditional waste management as nutrient management.
  • A park featuring custom-designed furniture from SCAD students that helps to transform the uninhabitable parking deck into a livable space inspired by nature.

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CBS Announces Stephen Colbert As The Next Host Of “THE LATE SHOW”

The CBS Television Network today announced that Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as the host of THE LATE SHOW, effective when Mr. Letterman retires from the broadcast. The five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert was announced by Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation, and Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment.

Letterman, the host of the CBS late night series for 21 years, announced his retirement on his April 3 broadcast. Colbert’s premiere date as host of THE LATE SHOW will be announced after Mr. Letterman determines a timetable for his final broadcasts in 2015.

Specific creative elements, as well as the producers and the location for the Colbert-hosted LATE SHOW, will be determined and announced at a later date.

Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” said Moonves. “David Letterman’s legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today’s announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night.”

Stephen is a multi-talented and respected host, writer, producer, satirist and comedian who blazes a trail of thought-provoking conversation, humor and innovation with everything he touches,” said Tassler. “He is a presence on every stage, with interests and notable accomplishments across a wide spectrum of entertainment, politics, publishing and music. We welcome Stephen to CBS with great pride and excitement, and look forward to introducing him to our network television viewers in late night.”

Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” said Colbert. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.”

Adding, “I’m thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.

Since its launch on Comedy Central in 2005, “The Colbert Report” has received widespread critical acclaim while earning two Peabody Awards and 27 Emmy nominations, including an Emmy win for Outstanding Variety Series (2013) and three Emmy wins for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program (2013, 2010, 2008). Prior to that, Colbert spent eight years as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” as an on-air personality and writer of news satire for the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series.

In addition, Colbert is an accomplished author, with two books, I AM AMERICA (and So Can You!) andAMERICA AGAIN: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t, appearing on the New York Times best-seller list. AMERICA AGAIN also won a Grammy Award for Spoken Word (2014).

In music, Colbert’s original holiday musical special on Comedy Central, “A Colbert Christmas,” won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album (2009) and Emmy nominations for Art Direction, Picture Editing and Original Music and Lyrics. In April 2011, Colbert starred as Harry in the New York Philharmonic presentation of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.”

After graduating from Northwestern University, Colbert was a member of Chicago’s acclaimed Second City improv troupe with Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello. The trio later created and starred in the CableAce-nominated sketch comedy series, “Exit 57,” and created the cult-hit narrative series “Strangers with Candy,” both for Comedy Central.

Colbert has appeared on series such as HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and NBC’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” He was also a cast member and writer on ABC’s “The Dana Carvey Show,” wrote for “Saturday Night Live” and voiced roles in DreamWorks’ animated films “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” and “Monsters vs. Aliens.”

THE LATE SHOW is broadcast weeknights on the CBS Television Network from 11:35 PM – 12:37 AM, ET/PT.

Fireworks Displays To Light Up The Philadelphia Skies All Summer Long in 2014

From the first sparkle to the last glimmer, it’s hard to resist the lure of fireworks. Luckily, Philadelphia has sparkle to spare this summer. Pyrotechnics fans who circle the Fourth of July on their calendars in anticipation of dazzling displays of sky art can add a lot more dates to their schedules. All summer long skies around the Philadelphia region glow with brilliant bursts of colors and shimmering lights, most accompanied by musical scores.

Fireworks light up the Philadelphia skies after many Camden Riversharks minor league baseball games in the summer. Viewers watching from the New Jersey side of the Delaware River enjoy a spectacular view of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and the Philadelphia skyline, along with the colorful pyrotechnic extravaganza. Credit: Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia™

Fireworks light up the Philadelphia skies after many Camden Riversharks minor league baseball games in the summer. Viewers watching from the New Jersey side of the Delaware River enjoy a spectacular view of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and the Philadelphia skyline, along with the colorful pyrotechnic extravaganza.
Credit: Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia™

Here are some places that will inspire ooohhs and aaahhs this summer in Philadelphia:

  • There’s no crying in baseball, but there sure are lots of fireworks. The Camden Riversharks minor league baseball team treats fans to pyrotechnics displays after every Friday and Saturday night home game and after special designated theme nights throughout the season at Campbell’s Field. May 2-September 18. 401 Delaware Avenue, Camden, NJ, (856) 963-2600, riversharks.com
  • The blooms aren’t the only things bursting with color at Longwood Gardens. Look up to see six seasonal fireworks shows, each choreographed to a different musical score. Before the show, enjoy the barbecues available on fireworks days. Then as twilight settles in, unfurl a blanket or lawn chair, and enjoy the pyrotechnics spectacle. Musical themes include Broadway, classical, ABBA, The Beatles and more. Additional fee for fireworks and barbecue. May 24, July 4 & 19, August 16 & 30 andSeptember 13. 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org
  • S is for sparkle, and Sesame Place sparkles with three fireworks shows throughout the season. Rock out with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster and Count von Count, as familiar Sesame Street music fills the air and the sky is covered with colorful bursts of brilliance. May 25, July 4 and August 31. 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, (866) 464-3566, sesameplace.com/en/langhorne
  • When it comes to fireworks, the Phillies score a homerun. Twice during the season at Citizens Bank Park, after the last out, fans are treated to an aerial display of lights and colors, all set to music and lasting almost 20 minutes. June 26-27. 1 Citizens Bank Way, (215) 463-1000,philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com
  • America’s biggest birthday party comes to a colorful and dazzling finale when Wawa Welcome America! takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for a massive concert and fireworks display called the Philly 4th of July Jam & Fireworks. With the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art as a backdrop and a lively musical soundtrack, this don’t-miss display dazzles. July 4. Benjamin Franklin Parkway,welcomeamerica.com
Fireworks light up the sky above the Philadelphia Museum of Art during the city’s Wawa Welcome America! Celebration. From June 24 through July 4, 2011, Philadelphia celebrates America’s birthday with parades, family activities, patriotic ceremonies, several spectacular fireworks displays and the nation’s largest free outdoor concert featuring top-name talent. Credit: Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia™

Fireworks light up the sky above the Philadelphia Museum of Art during the city’s Wawa Welcome America! Celebration. From June 24 through July 4, 2011, Philadelphia celebrates America’s birthday with parades, family activities, patriotic ceremonies, several spectacular fireworks displays and the nation’s largest free outdoor concert featuring top-name talent.
Credit: Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia™

  • Independence Day festivities last through the weekend along the Delaware River waterfront. People can enjoy the view from the Marina or the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing or pitch a blanket on the lawn at Wiggins Park in Camden, and then look skyward. Both sides of the river offer wide-open views ofAdventure Aquarium’s Waterfront Fireworks Celebration, an eye-popping pyrotechnics display made even more astounding by a powerful accompanying soundtrack pays tribute to America and the Armed Forces. July 5. Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Walnut Street; Wiggins Park, Mickle Boulevard, Camden, NJ, (215) 922-2FUN, delawareriverwaterfront.com/events
  • After cheering for the action on the soccer field, fans stick around PPL Park to cheer for the action in the sky. After the Philadelphia Union take on (and defeat) the Colorado Rapids, colorful fireworks honor our U.S. troops. July 12. 1 Stadium Drive, Chester, (610) 497-1657, philadelphiaunion.com

VISIT PHILADELPHIA, formerly known as Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, makes Philadelphia and The Countryside® a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases the number of visitors, the number of nights they stay and the number of things they do in the five-county area.

Porsche to Debut the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show (China) in Beijing

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Porsche AG is celebrating the world premiere of the Boxster GTS (Fuel consumption: urban 12.7 – 11.4 l/100 km; extra-urban 7.1 – 6.3 l/100 km; combined 9.0 – 8.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 211 – 190 g/km; efficiency classes: G, F) and Cayman GTS (Fuel consumption: urban 12.7 – 11.4 l/100 km; extra-urban 7.1 – 6.3 l/100 km; combined 9.0 – 8.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 211 – 190 g/km; efficiency classes: G, F) at the Beijing Auto Show in Beijing. Porsche will present the two new top models for the first time at its press conference on April 20, 11:30 a.m. local time (5:30 a.m. CEST) in Hall E5, booth 05. 

 

Prototypes of the new Porsche Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS

Prototypes of the new Porsche Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS (Courtesy: Porsche) 

Along with the new GTS sports cars, four exclusive new products for the Chinese market are also making their debut. Two new race cars, the 919 Hybrid and the 911 RSR, together with the 918 Spyder Hybrid super sports car round out the sporty showing by Porsche in Beijing. 

Cayman GTS

Cayman GTS

Boxster GTS

Boxster GTS

This exceptionally sporty appearance reflects the rapidly growing interest of Chinese customers in high-end sports cars. Porsche has a presence unlike that of any other brand in the still young sports car market in Asia with its extremely appealing two-door luxury segment cars – the 911, Boxster and Cayman. China is the second largest single market for Porsche after the USA. In 2013, the sports car manufacturer boosted its sales by 19.9 per cent to a total of 37,425 vehicles delivered.

Having establishment in 1990, Auto China is now the dominant auto show in China with positive impact to the global automotive and exhibition industry and plays an active role in strengthening the exchanges and cooperation between Chinese and foreign automotive circles and in enhancing the development of the automotive industry of China. In 2014, Auto China 2014, the 13th Beijing International Automobile Exhibition (hereinafter referred to as the 2014 Beijing Auto Show) will be held again from April 21, 2014 to 29 at Beijing China International Exhibition Center Exhibition Hall.
The 2014 Beijing auto show is organized by the China Machinery Industry Federation, China International Trade Promotion Committee, jointly sponsored by China National Machinery Industry Corporation, China Automobile Industry Association, China International Trade Promotion Committee of automobile industry branch, China Automobile Industry International Cooperation Corporation, CIEC-China International Center Group Co, China Society of automotive engineering contractors.
The car make the future better” is the 2014 Beijing auto show‘s theme. According to the introduction, the 2014 Beijing auto show will use the Beijing China International Exhibition Center Exhibition Hall of the new, old 16 indoor exhibition hall and outdoor temporary exhibition. 

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On View Now: Guggenheim Museum Presents Unprecedented Survey of Italian Futurism

First Comprehensive Overview of the Influential Movement to Be Shown in the U.S.

Featuring Over 360 Works, Including Several Never Before Seen Outside of Italy

Exhibition:                 Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe
Venue:                         Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York
Location:                   Full rotunda and ramps, High Gallery, Annex Levels 5 and 7
Dates:                           February 21–September 1, 2014

From now through September 1, 2014, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe, the first comprehensive overview in the United States of one of Europe’s most important 20th-century avant-garde movements. Featuring over 360 works by more than 80 artists, architects, designers, photographers, and writers, this multidisciplinary exhibition examines the full historical breadth of Futurism, from its 1909 inception with the publication of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti’s first Futurist manifesto through its demise at the end of World War II. The exhibition includes many rarely seen works, some of which have never traveled outside of Italy. It encompasses not only painting and sculpture, but also the advertising, architecture, ceramics, design, fashion, film, free-form poetry, photography, performance, publications, music, and theater of this dynamic and often contentious movement that championed modernity and insurgency.

Installation view: Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, February 21–September 1, 2014 Photo: Kris McKay © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Installation view: Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, February 21–September 1, 2014
Photo: Kris McKay © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Futurism was launched in 1909 against a background of growing economic and social upheaval. In Marinetti’s “The Founding and Manifesto of Futurism,” published in Le Figaro, he outlined the movement’s key aims, among them: to abolish the past, to champion modernization, and to extol aggression. Although it began as a literary movement, Futurism soon embraced the visual arts as well as advertising, fashion, music and theater, and it spread throughout Italy and beyond. The Futurists rejected stasis and tradition and drew inspiration from the emerging industry, machinery, and speed of the modern metropolis. The first generation of artists created works characterized by dynamic movement and fractured forms, aspiring to break with existing notions of space and time to place the viewer at the center of the artwork. Extending into many mediums, Futurism was intended to be not just an artistic idiom but an entirely new way of life. Central to the movement was the concept of the opera d’arte totale or “total work of art,” in which the viewer is surrounded by a completely Futurist environment.

Installation view: Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, February 21–September 1, 2014 Photo: Kris McKay © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Installation view: Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, February 21–September 1, 2014
Photo: Kris McKay © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Installation view: Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, February 21–September 1, 2014 Photo: Kris McKay © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Installation view: Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, February 21–September 1, 2014
Photo: Kris McKay © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

More than two thousand individuals were associated with the movement over its duration. In addition to Marinetti, central figures include: artists Giacomo Balla, Benedetta (Benedetta Cappa Marinetti), Umberto Boccioni, Carlo Carrà, Fortunato Depero, and Enrico Prampolini; poets and writers Francesco Cangiullo and Rosa Rosà; architect Antonio Sant’Elia; composer Luigi Russolo; photographers Anton Giulio Bragaglia and Tato (Guglielmo Sansoni); dancer Giannina Censi; and ceramicist Tullio d’Albisola. These figures and other lesser-known ones are represented in the exhibition.

Futurism is commonly understood to have had two phases: “heroic” Futurism, which lasted until around 1916, and a later incarnation that arose after World War I and remained active until the early 1940s. Investigations of “heroic” Futurism have predominated and comparatively few exhibitions have explored the subsequent life of the movement; until now, a comprehensive overview of Italian Futurism had yet to be presented in the U.S. Italian art of the 1920s and ’30s is little known outside of its home country, due in part to a taint from Futurism’s sometime association with Fascism. This association complicates the narrative of this avant-garde and makes it all the more necessary to delve into and clarify its full history.

Installation view: Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, February 21–September 1, 2014 Photo: Kris McKay © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Installation view: Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, February 21–September 1, 2014
Photo: Kris McKay © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Installation view: Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, February 21–September 1, 2014 Photo: Kris McKay © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Installation view: Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, February 21–September 1, 2014
Photo: Kris McKay © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Italian Futurism unfolds chronologically, juxtaposing works in different mediums as it traces the myriad artistic languages the Futurists employed as their practice evolved over a 35-year period. The exhibition begins with an exploration of the manifesto as an art form, and proceeds to the Futurists’ catalytic encounter with Cubism in 1911, their exploration of near-abstract compositions, and their early efforts in photography. Ascending the rotunda levels of the museum, visitors follow the movement’s progression as it expanded to include architecture, clothing, design, dinnerware, experimental poetry, and toys. Along the way, it gained new practitioners and underwent several stylistic evolutions—shifting from the fractured spaces of the 1910s to the machine aesthetics (or arte meccanica) of the ’20s, and then to the softer, lyrical forms of the ’30s. Aviation’s popularity and nationalist significance in 1930s Italy led to the swirling, often abstracted, aerial imagery of Futurism’s final incarnation, aeropittura. This novel painting approach united the Futurist interest in nationalism, speed, technology, and war with new and dizzying visual perspectives. The fascination with the aerial spread to other mediums, including ceramics, dance, and experimental aerial photography.

Installation view: Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, February 21–September 1, 2014 Photo: Kris McKay © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Installation view: Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, February 21–September 1, 2014
Photo: Kris McKay © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Installation view: Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, February 21–September 1, 2014 Photo: Kris McKay © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Installation view: Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, February 21–September 1, 2014
Photo: Kris McKay © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

The exhibition is enlivened by three films commissioned from documentary filmmaker Jen Sachs, which use archival film footage, documentary photographs, printed matter, writings, recorded declamations, and musical compositions to represent the Futurists’ more ephemeral work and to bring to life their words-in-freedom poems. One film addresses the Futurists’ evening performances and events, called serate, which merged “high” and “low” culture in radical ways and broke down barriers between spectator and performer. Mise-en-scène installations evoke the Futurists’ opera d’arte totaleinterior ensembles, from those executed for the private sphere to those realized under Fascism. Continue reading

Annual Exhibition of Artwork by New York City Public School Students on View at the Guggenheim Museum

Exhibition:    A Year with Children 2014
Venue:         Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York 
Location:      Annex Level 3
Dates:          May 9–June 18, 2014 

A YEAR WITH CHILDREN 2014 Student artwork 3rd grade, PS 144, Queens, 2014 Photo: Kris McKay © 2014 Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

A YEAR WITH CHILDREN 2014
Student artwork
3rd grade, PS 144, Queens, 2014
Photo: Kris McKay © 2014 Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Now in its 43rd year, Learning Through Art (LTA), the pioneering arts education program of the Guggenheim Museum, presents A Year with Children 2014, an exhibition organized by the Sackler Center for Arts Education at the Guggenheim Museum, May 9–June 18, 2014. The annual exhibition showcases select artworks by students in grades two through six from 11 public schools who participated in LTA during the 2013–14 school year, representing each of New York City’s five boroughs. Approximately one hundred creative and imaginative works, including collages, drawings, found objects, prints, paintings, sculptures, and photographs will be on display during the six-week installation.

A YEAR WITH CHILDREN 2014 Student artwork 3rd grade, PS 48, Staten Island, 2014 Photo: Kris McKay © 2014 Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

A YEAR WITH CHILDREN 2014
Student artwork
3rd grade, PS 48, Staten Island, 2014
Photo: Kris McKay © 2014 Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

A Year with Children is an annual exhibition that presents art by students participating in the Learning Through Art program which places professional teaching artists in New York City public elementary schools. The teaching artists collaborate with classroom teachers to develop art projects that teach students art skills and techniques while exploring ideas and themes related to the school curriculum. The program encourages curiosity, critical thinking, and ongoing collaborative investigation. Additionally, LTA immerses students in the artistic process, encouraging them to view themselves as artists. Each student is given a sketchbook and an artist’s apron. Throughout the program, teaching artists model practices and explorations similar to those that they use to spark their own creativity. Students’ investigations are also inspired by the exhibitions they visit at the Guggenheim during the school year. When viewing art, students participate in inquiry-based discussions that encourage careful observation and interpretation.

LTA STUDENTS IN THE CLASSROOM 4th grade, PS 86, Bronx, 2014 © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

LTA STUDENTS IN THE CLASSROOM. 4th grade, PS 86, Bronx, 2014
© The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

In the LTA program, students investigated local and world communities, history, nature, change, and identity. While engaged with these themes, students explored a variety of materials, as reflected in the works on view in A Year with Children 2014. For example, Lotería Character Cards created by the students at PS 88 in Ridgewood will be grouped onto boards so visitors may interact with the Mexican Lotería game of chance. Invented board games and characters created by the fourth graders at PS 9 in Prospect Heights will also be on display, as will mixed-media sculptures inspired by the characters in books read by fourth graders at Chinatown’s PS 42.

LTA STUDENTS IN THE CLASSROOM 3rd grade, PS 8, Brooklyn, 2014 © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

LTA STUDENTS IN THE CLASSROOM. 3rd grade, PS 8, Brooklyn, 2014
© The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

LTA was founded in 1970 by Natalie Kovner Lieberman in response to the elimination of art and music programs in New York City public schools. Since its inception, LTA has served nearly 150,000 children and their families, primarily in New York City public schools.

2013–14 School Year
Nearly 1,500 students in grade grades two through six at 11 public schools participated in 20-week projects led by 16 LTA teaching artists, who reached 55 classes during the 2013–14 school year. The participating schools are: in Manhattan, PS 28 (Washington Heights), PS 184 (Lower East Side), and PS 42 (Chinatown); in the Bronx, PS 86 (Kingsbridge); in Staten Island, PS 48 (Grasmere); in Queens, PS 88 (Ridgewood), PS 144 (Forest Hills), and PS 317 (Rockaway Park); and, in Brooklyn, PS 8 (Brooklyn Heights), PS 9 (Prospect Heights), and PS 676 (Red Hook).

LTA STUDENTS IN THE CLASSROOM 3rd grade, PS 8, Brooklyn, 2014 © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

LTA STUDENTS IN THE CLASSROOM. 3rd grade, PS 8, Brooklyn, 2014
© The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

A Year with Children 2014 is organized by the Education Department at the Guggenheim Museum: Greer Kudon, Senior Education Manager; Lindsay Smilow, Associate Manager; and Emmy Goldin, Education Associate. Continue reading

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and The UBS MAP Global Art Initiative Presents UNDER THE SAME SUN: ART FROM LATIN AMERICA TODAY, Opening June 13

Curator Pablo León de la Barra Investigates Contemporary Art Practices in Latin America in Exhibition of Artists from 16 Countries 

Exhibition: Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today
Venue: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York
Location: Annex Levels 2 and 4; Monitor 4; Thannhauser 4; and the New Media Theater
Dates: June 13–October 1, 2014

From June 13 through October 1, 2014, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York will present the exhibition, UNDER THE SAME SUN: ART FROM LATIN AMERICA TODAY, which marks the second phase of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. Organized by Pablo Leon de la Barra, Guggenheim UBS MAP CuratorLatin America, the exhibition features works by 37 artists and collaborative duos from 16 countries, including ArgentinaBoliviaBrazilChileColombiaCosta RicaCubaEcuadorGuatemalaHondurasMexicoPanamaPeruPuerto Rico (United States), Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Jonathas de Andrade  Posters for the Museum of the Northeast Man (Cartazes para o museu do homem do nordeste), 2013 77 chromogenic prints, mounted on acrylic panels, 10 inkjet prints, and 6 photocopies on acetate with overhead projector, edition 2/5, overall dimensions variable, chromogenic prints 28 3/8 x 19 5/8 x 11/4 inches (72 x 50 x 3 cm) each; inkjet prints dimensions variable; photocopies 8 1/2 x 11 inches each Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund Installation view, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Jonathas de Andrade: Posters for the Museum of the Northeast Man, June 20–August 17, 2013 Courtesy the artist and Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo. Photo: Jonathas de Andrade

Jonathas de Andrade
Posters for the Museum of the Northeast Man (Cartazes para o museu do homem do nordeste), 2013
77 chromogenic prints, mounted on acrylic panels, 10 inkjet prints, and 6 photocopies on acetate with overhead projector, edition 2/5, overall dimensions variable, chromogenic prints 28 3/8 x 19 5/8 x 11/4 inches (72 x 50 x 3 cm) each; inkjet prints dimensions variable; photocopies 8 1/2 x 11 inches each
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund
Installation view, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Jonathas de Andrade: Posters for the Museum of the Northeast Man, June 20–August 17, 2013
Courtesy the artist and Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo. Photo: Jonathas de Andrade

The Guggenheim UBS MAP online platform encourages a cross-cultural dialogue about contemporary art and cultural practice in the initiative’s three regions of focus. Guggenheim.org/MAP features videos about and featuring the artists, curators, public programs, and exhibitions; access to learning tools, such as Curriculum Guides and Family Guides; archival transcripts and audio from symposia and workshops, in-depth artist profiles, and three blog series which examine cultural production, research, and dialogue in the regions. Perspectives includes written texts, audio, and video from curators, art historians, artists, and regional experts who share their viewpoints about artistic production and everyday life in their respective countries; Dispatches highlights research visits by Pablo León de la Barra across the region; and On the MAP features upcoming programming, insights, and highlights from the Initiative, as well as links to events relevant to the MAP regions.

Regina José Galindo  Blind Spot (Punto ciego), 2010 Digital color video, with sound, 17 min., 2 sec., A.P. 1/3, edition of 5 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund Courtesy the artist and prometeogallery di Ida Pisani, Milan/Lucca, Italy

Regina José Galindo
Blind Spot (Punto ciego), 2010
Digital color video, with sound, 17 min., 2 sec., A.P. 1/3, edition of 5
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund
Courtesy the artist and prometeogallery di Ida Pisani, Milan/Lucca, Italy

With a selection of nearly 50 works including installations, mixed media works, paintings, photographs, sculptures, videos, and works on paper, Under the Same Sun surveys the most significant contemporary art practices in Latin America today. This presentation is the second of three exhibitions for the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. The artworks in the exhibition, along with others acquired as part of the initiative, will become part of the Guggenheim’s permanent collection under the auspices of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund.

Federico Herrero  Pan de azucar, 2014 Acrylic, oil, spray paint, and felt-tip pen on canvas, 65 x 59 inches (165 x 150 cm) Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund Courtesy the artist. Photo: Isaac Martinez

Federico Herrero, Pan de azucar, 2014, Acrylic, oil, spray paint, and felt-tip pen on canvas, 65 x 59 inches (165 x 150 cm), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund
Courtesy the artist. Photo: Isaac Martinez

Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, stated: “The Guggenheim has a long history of engagement with Latin American art, beginning with The Emergent Decade: Latin American Painters and Painting in the 1960s, an exhibition organized by former Guggenheim Director Thomas Messer in 1964. With Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative adds to our growing collection of contemporary Latin American art and provides the opportunity to engage visitors in meaningful dialogue about the many variations of identity and culture in Latin America.”

Marta Minujín Statue of Liberty Laid Down I (with Public Watching) (Estatua de la Libertad acostada I [con público que la mira]), 1979 Ink on paper vellum, 31 1/2 x 43 1/2 inches (80 x 110.5 cm) Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund Courtesy the artist and Henrique Faria Fine Art, New York. Photo: Glenn Castellano

Marta Minujín
Statue of Liberty Laid Down I (with Public Watching) (Estatua de la Libertad acostada I [con público que la mira]), 1979. Ink on paper vellum, 31 1/2 x 43 1/2 inches (80 x 110.5 cm)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund
Courtesy the artist and Henrique Faria Fine Art, New York. Photo: Glenn Castellano

The Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative helps provide a holistic view of some of the world’s most dynamic and fast-changing regions,” says CEO, UBS Wealth Management Jürg Zeltner. “With this collaboration we align a global, cultural perspective with our experience in the emerging markets.

GUGGENHEIM UBS MAP GLOBAL ART INITIATIVE Design by Johnson Banks © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

GUGGENHEIM UBS MAP GLOBAL ART INITIATIVE
Design by Johnson Banks
© Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today is organized by Pablo León de la Barra, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America. Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York, and Joan Young, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, provide curatorial oversight for the entire initiative. Continue reading

New York City’s School of Visual Arts Announces All-star Line-up of Presenters for the 25th Annual Dusty Awards, Celebrating Filmmakers and Animators

The School of Visual Arts (SVA), celebrating its 25th Annual Dusty Film & Animation Festival and Awards, taking place May 10-13, 2014, will culminate with an awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 13 at 6:30 pm at the SVA Theatre (333 West 23rd Street, New York City) and features a full roster of names from the world of film and animation.

School of Visual Arts  NYC.  (PRNewsFoto/School of Visual Arts)

School of Visual Arts NYC. (PRNewsFoto/School of Visual Arts)

 

Awards presenters include: Randall Emmett (Lone Survivor,  End of Watch, Two Guns) presenting the Outstanding Film Award; Yvette Kaplan (Ice Age, King of the Hill, Beavis and Butthead) presenting the Outstanding Animated Film Award; Michael Moore (Roger & Me, Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11), who was a presenter at the first Dusty Awards 25 years ago, presenting the Outstanding Documentary Award; Ralph Bakshi (Fritz the Cat, Wizards, Lord of the Rings (Animated)), presenting Outstanding Achievement in Character Animation and Production Design; Michael Cuesta (Homeland, Dexter, Elementary) presenting the Outstanding Achievement in Directing Award; Frank Prinzi (The Blacklist, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Night of the Living Dead) presenting the Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Award; three-time Oscar winner Chris Newman (The Exorcist, Amadeus, The English Patient) presenting the Gotham Sound Grants; New York Women in Film & Television President Alexis Alexanian (Pieces of April, Tadpole, Chelsea Walls) presenting the New York Women in Film & Television Award; and media personality Valerie Smaldone, returning to emcee the ceremony. Two of the presenters—SVA alumni Randall Emmett and Yvette Kaplan—will also be honored with the inaugural Dusty Alumni Awards. Additional presenters are to be announced. 

We are thrilled to announce this year’s Dusty presenters,” said Reeves Lehmann, chair of the BFA Film and Video and BFA Animation departments at SVA. “With these, our 25th annual awards, we celebrate the many successes of our filmmakers and animators of tomorrow, along with an illustrious roster of SVA friends and allies from the world of film and animation.” “Our annual festival, culminating with our awards ceremony, receives industry-wide recognition and is considered one of the top student film festivals in the country,” stated Annie Flocco, festival producer, SVA faculty member and independent producer. “Year after year, the program brings attention to extraordinary work by SVA students and proves to be a launching pad for many professional careers.

The annual Dusty Awards boasts an illustrious list of presenters each year. Past presenters include Melissa LeoEd BurnsJames GandolfiniKevin KlineKaren AllenViveca LindforsArthur PennMark RydellPatricia ClarksonPhil DonahueJohn Turturro, Doug Liman, Danny AielloEllen BurstynSean CombsLee GrantWes CravenGriffin DunneHarvey KeitelDavid KoeppMira NairBill Plympton and Treat Williams.

The 25th Annual Dusty Film & Animation Festival screenings are scheduled for Saturday, May 10 through Monday, May 12, with a red carpet event on Tuesday, May 13. All festival screenings are free and open to the public and will take place at the state-of-the-art SVA Theatre, located at 333 West 23rd Street. The four-day event showcases more than 100 films and animations from thesis students graduating this spring.

This year’s Headlining Sponsors include: AbelCine; Act Zero Films; Adorama Rental Company; Animation Magazine; B&H Photo; Bryan SingerCarlos Saldanha/BottleCap Productions; Channel Frederator Network; Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films; Feature Systems/Kits and Expendables; Foto Care; Gotham Sound & Communications, Inc.; Independent Filmmaker Project; New York Women in Film & Television; Nice Shoes; Rota6; SCS Agency, Inc.; Squarespace; SVA Campus Store; and Technicolor-PostWorks New York. One hundred percent of the sponsors’ donations will benefit thesis students in the form of grants and in-kind awards. For more information, visit: dusty.sva.edu.

The School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers, and creative professionals for more than six decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, dynamic curriculum, and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. BFA Film and Video and BFA Animation alumni have received accolades from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Sundance Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, International Animated Film Festival in Annecy, France, American Film Institute, New York Women in Film & Television, Venice International Film Festival and the National Board of Review, among many renowned institutions and organizations. For information about the College’s 32 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, visit: sva.edu.

LIVE STREAMING LINK FOR THE TUESDAY, MAY 13 AWARDS GALA

FROM NEW YORK CITY, beginning at 6:30pm EST:

www.youtube.com/SVANewYorkCity

World Premiere of UFOTOG to Headline Seattle Cinerama’s Science Fiction Festival

Special effects legend Douglas Trumbull presents premiere of UFOTOG at Cinerama, along with dozens of science fiction classics and attendance of celebrity guests

Seattle Cinerama Sci-Fi Film Festival including world premiere of UFOTOG.  (PRNewsFoto/Seattle Cinerama Theater)

Seattle Cinerama Sci-Fi Film Festival including world premiere of UFOTOG. (PRNewsFoto/Seattle Cinerama Theater)

Microsoft Co-Founder Paul G. Allen‘s iconic Seattle Cinerama Theater announces its second annual Science Fiction Festival, running from May 1-12, with 12 days of special programming. The festival will be highlighted by the world premiere of Douglas Trumbull’s short film, UFOTOG, along with screening of over three dozen of the genre’s most beloved movies and celebrity appearances by Jonathan FrakesTom Skerritt, and Sam J. Jones.

The Festival’s banner event is Douglas Trumbull‘s forward-looking film, UFOTOG. The 12-minute science fiction adventure was written and directed by Trumbull and demonstrates his new technical process, MAGI − a new cinematic language that invites the audience to experience a powerful immersion in the story that is not possible using conventional film standards. Christie Digital will provide a special digital projector to premiere the footage, which was captured in 4k 3D at 120 frames per second.

Seattle Cinerama logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Seattle Cinerama Theater)

Seattle Cinerama logo. (PRNewsFoto/Seattle Cinerama Theater)

Trumbull is legendary for his ground-breaking visual effects work on films such as 2001: A Space OdysseyClose Encounters of the Third Kind, and Blade Runner, as well as his directorial achievements on Silent Running and Brainstorm.

Special screenings feature audience Q&As with celebrities Jonathan Frakes (actor/director, Star Trek: First Contact), Emmy award-winning actor Tom Skerritt (celebrating the 35th anniversary of Alien), Sam J. Jones (actor, Flash Gordon) and Douglas Trumbull (Oscar award-winning visual effects director).

Seattle Cinerama is one of the few theaters in the nation that can still run all film formats (35mm, 70mm, DCP and Cinerama). The diverse line-up of festival films includes 2001: A Space Odyssey and War Of The Worlds(both refreshed and reprinted in 2012 courtesy of Paul G. Allen); classics (Forbidden PlanetWhen Worlds Collide); cult favorites (DuneA Clockwork OrangeBrazil); the iconic (Alien2001: A Space OdysseyClose Encounters of the Third Kind); the rare (Logan’s RunAkira), and over 30 other titles.

Cinerama Operator Greg Wood said, “This festival represents what is so special about Seattle Cinerama: we can bring 800 people together to honor classic films in a grand movie palace while also demonstrating the future of cinema with Douglas Trumbull’s world premiere of new technology.”

Tickets and the full schedule are now available on the Cinerama website at www.cinerama.com.

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART TO PRESENT CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS: THE PRODUCTION LINE OF HAPPINESS

THE FIRST MUSEUM RETROSPECTIVE OF THE INFLUENTIAL PHOTOGRAPHER’S 35-YEAR CAREER

The Museum of Modern Art announces Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness, the first retrospective devoted to Christopher Williams (American, b. 1956), spanning the 35-year career of one of the most influential cinephilic artists working in photography. Organized by MoMA in collaboration with the Art Institute of Chicago, the exhibition brings together about 100 works that engage the conventions of photojournalism, picture archives, and commercial imagery, presented within their sociopolitical contexts. Williams has pursued an artistic direction that examines the theoretical and political history of photography within the larger context of image production. On view from August 2 through November 2, 2014, in the International Council of The Museum of Modern Art Exhibition GalleryChristopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness is organized at MoMA by Roxana Marcoci, Senior Curator, with Lucy Gallun, Assistant Curator, Department of Photography.

Christopher Williams (American, born 1956). Erratum / AGFA Color (oversaturated) / Camera: Robertson Process Model 31 580 Serial #F97-116 / Lens: Apo Nikkor 455 mm stopped down to f90 / Lighting: 16,000 Watts Tungsten 3200 degrees Kelvin / Film: Kodak Plus-X Pan ASA 125 / Kodak Pan Masking for contrast and colour correction / Film developer: Kodak HC-110 Dilution B (1:7) used @ 68 degrees Fahrenheit / Exposure and development times (in minutes): / Exposure Development / Red Filter Kodak Wratten PM25 2´30˝ 4´40˝ / Green Filter Kodak Wratten PM61 10´20˝ 3´30˝ / Blue Filter Kodak Wratten PM47B 7´00˝ 7´00˝ / Paper: Fujicolor Crystal Archive Type C Glossy / Chemistry: Kodak RA-4 / Processor: Tray. 2000. Chromogenic color print. Paper: 14 × 11″ (35.6 × 27.9 cm); framed: 29 3/4 × 25 3/8″ (75.6 × 64.5 cm). Kravis Collection. Courtesy of the artist; David Zwirner, New York/London; and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne © Christopher Williams

Christopher Williams (American, born 1956). Erratum / AGFA Color (oversaturated) / Camera: Robertson Process Model 31 580 Serial #F97-116 / Lens: Apo Nikkor 455 mm stopped down to f90 / Lighting: 16,000 Watts Tungsten 3200 degrees Kelvin / Film: Kodak Plus-X Pan ASA 125 / Kodak Pan Masking for contrast and colour correction / Film developer: Kodak HC-110 Dilution B (1:7) used @ 68 degrees Fahrenheit / Exposure and development times (in minutes): / Exposure Development / Red Filter Kodak Wratten PM25 2´30˝ 4´40˝ / Green Filter Kodak Wratten PM61 10´20˝ 3´30˝ / Blue Filter Kodak Wratten PM47B 7´00˝ 7´00˝ / Paper: Fujicolor Crystal Archive Type C Glossy / Chemistry: Kodak RA-4 / Processor: Tray. 2000. Chromogenic color print. Paper: 14 × 11″ (35.6 × 27.9 cm); framed: 29 3/4 × 25 3/8″ (75.6 × 64.5 cm). Kravis Collection. Courtesy of the artist; David Zwirner, New York/London; and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne © Christopher Williams

The exhibition is presently on view at the Art Institute of Chicago  through May 18; and after its presentation at MoMA, the exhibition travels to Whitechapel Gallery, London.

Williams studied at the California Institute of the Arts from the mid to late 1970s under the first wave of West Coast Conceptual artists, including Michael Asher, John Baldessari, and Douglas Huebler, eventually becoming one of his generation’s leading Conceptualists and art professors—he is currently professor of photography at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Deeply invested in the histories of photography and film, Williams has produced a concise oeuvre that furthers a critique of late capitalist society in which images typically function as agents of spectacle. For the title of this exhibition, Williams has taken a line from a documentary by French director Jean-Luc Godard in which an amateur filmmaker compares his daily job as a factory worker with his hobby of editing his films of the Swiss countryside as “the production line of happiness.” In Williams’s hands the phrase appears to refer to the function of much photography in postwar consumer society, in which it not only pictures but also produces so many experiences and objects to be consumed.

Christopher Williams (American, born 1956). Mustafa Kinte (Gambia) / Camera: Makina 67 506347 / Plaubel Feinmechanik und Optik GmbH / Borsigallee 37 / 60388 Frankfurt am Main, Germany / Shirt: Van Laack Shirt Kent 64 / 41061 Mönchengladbach, Germany / Dirk Schaper Studio, Berlin / July 20, 2007. 2007. Gelatin silver print, paper: 20 × 16″ (50.8 × 40.6 cm); framed: 33 3/4 × 29 1/4″ (85.7 × 74.3 cm). The Art Institute of Chicago, restricted gift of Artworkers Retirement Society, 2013.1097. Courtesy of the artist; David Zwirner, New York/London; and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne © Christopher Williams

Christopher Williams (American, born 1956). Mustafa Kinte (Gambia) / Camera: Makina 67 506347 / Plaubel Feinmechanik und Optik GmbH / Borsigallee 37 / 60388 Frankfurt am Main, Germany / Shirt: Van Laack Shirt Kent 64 / 41061 Mönchengladbach, Germany / Dirk Schaper Studio, Berlin / July 20, 2007. 2007. Gelatin silver print, paper: 20 × 16″ (50.8 × 40.6 cm); framed: 33 3/4 × 29 1/4″ (85.7 × 74.3 cm). The Art Institute of Chicago, restricted gift of Artworkers Retirement Society, 2013.1097. Courtesy of the artist; David Zwirner, New York/London; and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne © Christopher Williams

The Production Line of Happiness welcomes visitors with an installation of extensive vinyl “supergraphics” covering the walls outside the exhibition space. These supergraphics, in black letters on a red oversaturated AGFA color ground, feature elements taken from the exhibition catalogue, such as the checklist, graphics, and selected writings—so that the show appears to unfold from the book. The exhibition presents Williams’s early and little-seen Super-8 shorts, and major projects from the 1980s to the early 1990s, such as: SOURCE (1981), a work of appropriation and re-photography that subverts conventions of photojournalism; Angola to Vietnam* (1987–89), an installation of 27 photographs crossing taxonomies of scientific and political inquiry, which is being shown in its entirety for the first time in the United States in decades; and Bouquet for Bas Jan Ader and Christopher D’Arcangelo (1991), a single photographic still life of a bouquet mounted on a free-standing wall just beyond the main wall of a room, which pays tribute to two under-recognized artists from the 1960s and 1970s who met tragic ends. Williams calls art a dialogical exercise, each work forming part of a conversation with other artists and traditions, in his case with Neue Sachlichkeit,photo-Conceptualism, and the films of Godard, Harun Farocki, Georges Franju, and Jean Painlevé, among others. Other photographs in the exhibition include images of works by artists Claes Oldenburg, John Chamberlain, and Daniel Buren.

Christopher Williams (American, born 1956). Pacific Sea Nettle / Chrysaora Melanaster / Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific / 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, California / July 9, 2008. 2009. Pigmented inkjet print. Paper: 14 x 14″ (35.6 x 35.6 cm); framed: 28 3/4 x 28 1/4″ (73 x 71.8 cm). Collection of Constance R. Caplan. Courtesy of the artist; David Zwirner, New York/London; and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne © Christopher Williams

Christopher Williams (American, born 1956). Pacific Sea Nettle / Chrysaora Melanaster / Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific / 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, California / July 9, 2008. 2009. Pigmented inkjet print. Paper: 14 x 14″ (35.6 x 35.6 cm); framed: 28 3/4 x 28 1/4″ (73 x 71.8 cm). Collection of Constance R. Caplan. Courtesy of the artist; David Zwirner, New York/London; and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne © Christopher Williams

Christopher Williams (American, born 1956). Bergische Bauernscheune, Junkersholz / Leichlingen, September 29th, 2009. 2010. Pigmented inkjet print. Paper: 20 x 24″ (50.8 x 61 cm); framed: 32 7/8 x 37 1/16″ (83.5 x 94.1 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Committee on Photography Fund. Courtesy of the artist; David Zwirner, New York/London; and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne © Christopher Williams

Christopher Williams (American, born 1956). Bergische Bauernscheune, Junkersholz / Leichlingen, September 29th, 2009. 2010. Pigmented inkjet print. Paper: 20 x 24″ (50.8 x 61 cm); framed: 32 7/8 x 37 1/16″ (83.5 x 94.1 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Committee on Photography Fund. Courtesy of the artist; David Zwirner, New York/London; and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne © Christopher Williams

From 1993 until 2001, Williams worked on a single photographic series known as For Example: Die Welt ist schön (The World Is Beautiful), which he describes as an “essay on modernity and modernization.” One inspiration for the series is Albert Renger-Patzsch’s 1928 book Die Welt ist schön, which contains 100 pictures of natural and human creations. Similarly, Williams’s series brings together various subjects in the world—Japanese models who have undergoneWestern-style hair and makeup changes; a tropical beach in Cuba, carefully maintained for foreigners; a travel poster with International Style buildings constructed in Africa; an overturned Renault recalling the student unrest in Paris—to address the aftereffects of decolonization, histories of avant-garde art, and the radicalism of May 1968. Like Renger-Patzsch, Williams attempts to create an atlas of the world while enacting a critique of photography’s role in the history of the Cold War that defined much of the second half of 20th century. Continue reading

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART ANNOUNCES THE FIRST MAJOR U.S. MUSEUM RETROSPECTIVE EXPLORING THE WORK OF LYGIA CLARK

The Museum of Modern Art announces a major retrospective devoted to the art of Lygia Clark (Brazilian, 1920–1988), the first comprehensive exhibition in North America of her work, from May 10 through August 24, 2014Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948–1988 comprises nearly 300 works, ranging from the early 1950s to the early 1980s, including drawings, paintings, sculptures, and participatory works.

Lygia Clark (Brazilian, 1920–1988). Planes in Modulated Surface 4. 1957. Formica and industrial paint on wood. 39 1/4 x 39 1/4″ (99.7 x 99.7 cm).  The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund in honor of Kathy Fuld  © Courtesy of World of Lygia Clark Cultural Association. Photo: © Thomas Griesel

Lygia Clark (Brazilian, 1920–1988). Planes in Modulated Surface 4. 1957. Formica and industrial paint on wood. 39 1/4 x 39 1/4″ (99.7 x 99.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund in honor of Kathy Fuld © Courtesy of World of Lygia Clark Cultural Association. Photo: © Thomas Griesel

 

Drawn from public and private collections, including MoMA’s own, this survey is organized around three key themes: abstraction, Neo-Concretism, and the “abandonment” of art. Each of these axes anchors a significant concept or a constellation of works that mark a definitive step in Clark’s career. While Clark’s legacy in Brazil is profound, this exhibition draws international attention to her work. By bringing together all parts of her radical production, the exhibition seeks to reinscribe her into current discourses of abstraction, participation, and a therapeutic art practice.

Lygia Clark (Brazilian, 1920–1988). The Inside Is the Outside. 1963. Stainless steel. 16 x 17 1/2 x 14 3/4″ (40.6 x 44.5 x 37.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund in honor of Adriana Cisneros de Griffin. © Courtesy of World of Lygia Clark Cultural Association. Photo: © Thomas Griesel

Lygia Clark (Brazilian, 1920–1988). The Inside Is the Outside. 1963. Stainless steel. 16 x 17 1/2 x 14 3/4″ (40.6 x 44.5 x 37.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund in honor of Adriana Cisneros de Griffin. © Courtesy of World of Lygia Clark Cultural Association. Photo: © Thomas Griesel

From her earliest production, Clark’s work was in dialogue with landmark predecessors of modern geometric abstraction, including Paul Klee, Fernand Léger, Piet Mondrian, Vladimir Tatlin, Max Bill, and Georges Vantongerloo. This first group of Clark’s paintings and graphic works (1948– 59) underscores the breaking of the flat surface and points towards athree-dimensional mode of abstraction. The first section of the exhibition deals with Clark’s discovery of what she called the “organic line,” an opening of conceptual—and eventuallyactual—space within the surface of her work that led her from early abstract compositions(1952–53) to the series of multilayered, painting-like compositions known as Superfícies moduladas (Modulated Surfaces), Planos em superfícies moduladas (Planes in Modulated Surfaces) and Espaços modulados (Modulated Spaces) (1956–58).

Lygia Clark (Brazilian, 1920–1988). Óculos. 1968. Industrial rubber, metal, glass. 11 7/16 x 7 1/16 x 2 15/16″ (29 x 18 x 7.5 cm). © Courtesy of World of Lygia Clark Cultural Association. Photo: © 2014 Eduardo Clark

Lygia Clark (Brazilian, 1920–1988). Óculos. 1968. Industrial rubber, metal, glass. 11 7/16 x 7 1/16 x 2 15/16″ (29 x 18 x 7.5 cm). © Courtesy of World of Lygia Clark Cultural Association. Photo: © 2014 Eduardo Clark

The period embraced by the Neo-Concrete moment (1959–66) includes most of the final “formal” works done by Clark when she was identified as a Neo-Constructivist artist. For Clark, Neo-Concretism initiated an investigation that led her to a practice beyond the limits of conventional artistic forms. The conception of the elasticity of space materializes later in her repertoire of sculptural forms. The selection of works in this second section comprises her series Bichos (Critters/Animals) (1960–63), Abrigos poéticos (Poetic Shelters) (1964), and Trepantes (Grubs) (1965). Two key works from the Trepantes seriesO Dentro é o fora (The Inside Is the Outside) (1963) and O Antes é o depois (The Before Is the After)(1963)—and her first quasi- performative work, Caminhando (Walking) (1963), are featured.

Lygia Clark (Brazilian, 1920-1988). Sundial, 1960. Aluminum with gold patina. Dimensions variable, approximately 20 7/8 x 23 x 18 1/8” (52.8 x 58.4 x 45.8 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros in honor of Rafael Romero. Courtesy Associação Cultural “O Mundo de Lygia Clark,” Rio de Janeiro

Lygia Clark (Brazilian, 1920-1988). Sundial, 1960. Aluminum with gold patina. Dimensions variable, approximately 20 7/8 x 23 x 18 1/8” (52.8 x 58.4 x 45.8 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros in honor of Rafael Romero. Courtesy Associação Cultural “O Mundo de Lygia Clark,” Rio de Janeiro

Between 1966 and 1988, a period that coincided with a personal crisis and subsequent long period of exile in Europe, Clark achieved a radical conclusion to the concepts and practices that she had confronted during the 1960s. During this period she delved into new forms of collective action and therapeutic practice with the help of her objects and creations, which would prepare the body for the analysis of the mind. Clark did produce some objects during this period for artistic contexts and for events that were framed within the “art world,” including her landmark installation A Casa é o corpo (The House is the Body)created for the Venice Biennale in 1968. Continue reading