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August 22 2014

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3 posts tagged "Creative Time"

What’s Kurt’s Is Yours:
Own Cobain’s Own Nirvana Albums

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Next week, James Franco, Yoko Ono, Marina Abramovic, and more hit the legendary nightclub AREA—no matter that it closed in 1987. The New York nightspot is being recreated for Creative Time’s spring gala by its original owners and creative directors, Serge Becker and Eric Goode. (Becker went on to create The Box and La Esquina; Goode, the Bowery Hotel and the Jane Hotel.) The scene won’t be the only vintage part of the evening. As part of the silent auction, Creative Time fan Courtney Love has donated a selection of vinyl from her late husband’s collection to be sold for the cause. Cobain’s own copies of Smells Like Teen Spirit, Talking Heads’ Talking Heads:77, and an EP single of Nirvana’s “Come as You Are” are set to hit the block. Fair warning, they’re sold as-is. Or should that be As They Are?

For tickets, visit Creativetime.org.

Photo: Courtesy of Creative Time

Your In-Room Flicks: The Hangover, Julie & Julia, And…Marilyn Minter?

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With a dozen fairs, countless openings, and thousands of collectors in New York for Armory Arts Week, the Standard probably wasn’t the first place aficionados were looking to find compelling art on Friday. But that’s exactly what was on display at the launch of the hotel’s new StandArt channel. Curated by Creative Time, this seasonally updated in-room video installation, which also bowed in L.A. and Miami, includes ten films by international art stars including Mika Rottenberg, the anonymous (and ubiquitous) Bruce High Quality Foundation, and Marilyn Minter. “It’s so rare that you have time to watch art films,” says Creative Time curator Meredith Johnson. “So we chose pieces that are more hypnotic and durational so you can turn it on at different times of day.”

Among those are Minter’s lush Green Pink Caviar, which went on tour with Madonna last summer and is also playing in the MoMA lobby. “I love doing this type of stuff,” Minter told us; she’ll soon do it again, with a forthcoming video project that will “look like silver.” Equally seductive is BHQF’s 75-minute black-and-white fictional tribute to Godard, L’eau de vie un film de Jean-Luc Godard, which follows a group of character types (actor, art consultant, agitator) as they hunt down elusive truths at 2005′s Art Basel Miami. Elsewhere, Lee Walton acts out his friend’s Facebook statuses in F’Book: What My Friends Are Doing on Facebook and the Neistat Brothers race a Ducati against a Dutch city bike in the hilarious Yogurt vs. Gasoline.

“The competition for this is cable TV and you have to make this better than that, and it’s tough because Jersey Shore is soo good,” said Casey Neistat, wearing a towel with his blazer and tie after a jump into the pool earlier in the evening. (He’d mistakenly assumed the water was at “bathwater” temperature.) While the plunge provided a shock to his system, the installation is already paying dividends. “I’m doing a crazy Lazer Tag movie and I’m shooting here next Sunday,” he said. “Think Jason Bourne meets 1986, Worlds of Wonder Lazer Tag.” Just another Sunday at the Standard.
Check out a selection of the films, below.


Cotton’s Candy

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The It accessory for Spring 2010 just might be the cupcake headband, if Will Cotton has anything to do with it. The confection-loving artist—whose burlesque-ish ladies-in-Candy Land paintings have made him a hot commodity on the young art scene—created sugary headpieces and candy-covered PJs for Creative Time’s fundraiser-cum-slumber party last night at (where else?) the Ace Hotel. “Cotton’s paintings are so delicious, it’s just the kind of thing I want to go to bed in,” CT’s Anne Pasternak said. The whole party, in fact, was a Cotton painting come to life, with fantastical spreads of macaroons, meringue, and a whole lot of Campari. The dress code for this dessert buffet: despite all those calories, quite a bit of skin. Ruffian’s Brian Wolk showed off his skivvies (topped with a Schnabel-worthy silk smoking jacket) while partner-in-crime Claude Morais cozied up in some plaid flannels. Everyone congregated downstairs for sets by Fischerspooner and DJ-about-town Matt Creed. As bedtime approached, Luke Wilson popped in, but according to our sources, the real action was upstairs, where Jack White and Karen Elson were having a private slumber party of their own. Pillow fight, anyone?


Cotton’s limited-edition pajamas will be available at Barneys New York just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Photo: Nick Hunt / Patrick McMullan