The power of an attentive hand is ages old, but here has a peculiar contemporariness. These images not only represent our world as it looks today, but also reflect our current technological tools for image-gathering and our specific ways of combining old and new. How we see has changed as much as what we see, so even the basic art tools (pencil, oil paint) have new jobs to do to reestablish their validity.

Urgent!! Urgent!! Check out Shepard Fairey’s exhibition “Mayday” at Dietch Projects opening Satuday May 1stNot only detailing a distress signal, “Mayday” represents rebirth and also is observed in many countries as an International Worker’s Day. All of these themes are vibrant in Fairey’s collection of portraits of artists, musicians, and political activists that he most admires. 

Explore poet Poe through the tales of historian Dr. Gary Hermalyn, executive director of the Bronx County Historical Society. He’ll be presenting tonight at NYU from 6-7 PM.  Dr. Hermalyn will discuss the famous American writer's final years (1846 -1849) spent in a simple frame cottage in Fordham village, which today is a part of the Bronx. Poe Cottage, built ca. 1812, is a historic house museum famous for being the location where Poe wrote such works as "The Bells," "Eureka," "Annabel Lee," and "The Cask of Amontillado."


The New York Academy of Art boasts one of the finest MFA programs in the country and here’s your chance to see why. On Friday, April 23rd the Academy will be opening its doors to the New York Community to allow us to see what an emerging artist’s workspace really looks like. There will be over a 100 artists including faculty, students, and alumni will be present to discuss their work and the Academy’s programs in painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking. Take the tour and learn why its called a Masters of Fine Arts. 


Since its creation in 1947 the Central Intelligence Agency has held the responsibility of providing our Federal Government information to sustain our country’s safety and well being. With such a vital role, it seems astounding that the agency along with other intelligence groups in our government are essentially made up of just a handful of operatives, ordinary people. These folks must be highly intelligent with a shrewdness to ensure their survival and the protection of American secrets. Their successes must be clandestine and their thoughts concealed— well mostly. It often comes as a surprise (though why should it) that these brilliant few are often artists, painters, writers and poets. And they have stories to tell.

The days when bohemians sat in Fanelli’s sipping whisky and discussing art and politics, (still our main theme here at SoHo Journal Magazine) may be gone but our Woody Allen like fascination hasn’t ended and at times the streets feel the same as they did; very early on a Saturday morning or very late on a Thursday night the ghosts of modern thinkers and revolutionaries still haunt the ragged cobblestones.  Fortunately for us a handful of the original renegades still remain and we were lucky enough to pin them down for a chat about how things used to be! As part of an ongoing series we chatted with oldtimers Jim Stratton, Penelope Grill, and Mimi Smith about the glory days.

Want to see toothsome people in sticky situations? Ahhh, caught your attention. Well attend the SMOOTH HOTEL fashion/art show on Monday, May 3rd from 6 to 8 PM. It features Barbara Nitke’s photographs of provocative people misbehaving in anonymous hotel settings in collaboration with New York fashion designers Tom and Linda Platt. Opening night will feature smooth drinks and Nitke's models, overdressed at the bar in their photo wardrobe. Sexy. 

“Massive state-funded mental hospitals, many of them among the largest and most elaborate structures ever erected in America, were a prominent feature of the American landscape for more than a century. Once sources of civic pride before becoming warehouses of neglect, the asylums were emptied towards the end of last century, and now sit crumbling, keeping their secrets.” Check out Christopher Payne’s haunting photographs at Clic Gallery from April 13 to May 23rd, 2010.  There will be an opening reception from 6 to 9 pm on Thursday, April 15.

Carriage Trade is re-opening as a non-profit at 62 Walker Street (near Broadway) with a benefit to raise funds for its upcoming programming. The artwork can be previewed from 2-6 pm Wednesday, April 14 - Saturday, April 17, the day of the raffle event. The number of tickets sold will equal the number of donated works. On the night of the raffle, ticket holders are entitled to choose an artwork once their numbers have been randomly drawn. The artworks will be presented anonymously, with the identity of the artist revealed only after the ticket holder acquires the piece.

In his first solo exhibition at the Feldman Gallery, Jason Salavon will exhibit photographic prints, video work, and real-time software installation. A new media artist, Salavon’s custom digital processes reconfigure masses of communal material, from the private to the canonical, to create a visual idiom that calls into question the boundaries of representation in the digital age. The exhibit will open Thursday, April 8th at 6 PM.

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