For those of you without a student membership in the AAM…Kyle Chayka at Hyperallergic just noted a great online chart of major NYC museums by Dan Nguyen, with a special focus on the hours that entry to these museums is free and/or for a suggested donation!
For Sergej Jensen’s “first American museum survey,” MoMA PS1 has put on an exhibition of over twenty recent works that Jensen constructed with many types of fabric and colorants, from burlap to cashmere and chlorine bleach to acrylic paint. Most of Jensen’s textiles are found, and his use of them is analogous to his use of found conventions, as he interprets inherited modernist traditions through scavenged fabrics. This acknowledgment of disorder and process renders Jensen’s works moving in their honest exploration of fraying edges and uneven seams.
The 2008 piece Blessed presents this function most directly. Two pieces of cashmere are sewn together and pulled taut, unevenly stretching the warp and weft. At the single horizontal seam, which is neatly stitched, the irregular end of each piece is clearly visible through the thin textile. Fabric edges are usually hidden and tucked away—similar to folding the end of wrapping paper, hemming is a way to disguise the imperfect sides of cut or torn material. But here Jensen displays both realities simultaneously: the polished product and its unrefined components.
Ann Lauterbach and Paul Foster Johnson Poetry Reading
Readings in Contemporary Poetry at Dia:Chelsea
Thursday, February 17, 2011, 6:30pm
535 West 22nd St.
New York City
$6 general admission; $3 Dia members, students, and seniors
Tickets are available at the lecture only. Reservations recommended.
More information at http://diaart.org/events/main/370.