Daily Archive: November 8, 2017

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Happy fall!

Bwog is finally back from fall break and we sure got up to a lot this past weekend. From being wholesome to being dangerous, read on to find out what Bwog did this break!

Bwog chills:

  • Fell asleep on a bed while a party raged around me.
  • Stayed up late watching Riverdale and now my Archie comics childhood is ruined.
  • Ended up taking shots with my geeky prom date and singing on a table.
  • Watched the sun rise and set without moving from my bed all day.
  • Went wake swimming in Vermont.
  • Had a few drunken conversations with my parents.
  • Baked one and a half pies because my friend dropped one while taking it out of the oven.
  • Had an impromptu sleepover with some friends because we were eating pie and talking and then suddenly it was 4am.
  • Was kind of drunk and almost cried when a waitress gave me syrup to go with my pancakes.
  • Rebuilt my town in Animal Crossing (& hate my new neighbors).
  • Got a tattoo.
  • Went to a George Washington University frat party with my best friend from childhood.
  • Started and finished the Stranger Things series so I could understand the memes.
  • Talked about Beyonce’s Halloween costume with someone different every single day of the break.

What else did Bwog do?

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Need more art in your life? Couldn’t handle just one article from Bwog today regarding museum visits? Luckily, Bwog Staffer Thomas Saenz is here to save the day with a detailed description of MoMA’s new exhibition, Club 57.

The entrance to the exhibit, lit up by neon lighting and warning signs telling off the faint-hearted and young children.

With the history of New York City being dynamic and defining of the emergence of certain American cultural trends, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Club 57, a new exhibit at the MoMA depicting the rise of the East Village to nationwide prominence between 1978 and 1983, can be considered the Renaissance of the countercultural movement. I decided to visit this exhibit over fall break, expecting whimsical and lighthearted depictions of rebellious young adults; this was far from the truth.

Upon taking the escalator downstairs to the first floor of the exhibit, my senses were overwhelmed as the walls were adorned with dozens of flyers depicting party crews and events that were held at Club 57, a hotbed of alternative nightlife and culture that juxtaposed mainstream lifestyles of the 70s and 80s. Founded in 1978 as a venue for art and film, Club 57 slowly developed into a center that explored the realms of gender, identity, and sexuality in context of the shaping 20th century. The surfacing defiance against mainstream cultural standards is reflected through all the art on display, including a television blasting distorted film of Club 57 members, purposely edited to give a nonsensical, eerie message that did not formulate actual sentences. To my right, a virtual gallery displayed photoshoots of drag queens inside the club. On the left wall, drawn images of sexual acts performed in different environments and contexts were displayed, alluding to the sexual nature of the club and its inhabitants. The combination of multiple mediums of art – film, print, oil on canvas, multimedia instillations and drawing – help truly characterizes the scene Club 57 participated in throughout the 70s and 80s.
What art was in the lower level of the exhibit?

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Oh MoHi!

It’s easy to get too used to the familiar sights we see around Morningside Heights: that one Indian food truck, that gang of pigeons, that other gang of pigeons… We here at Bwog believe that these familiar sights may still have hidden gems. Whether you’ve walked past this shop a hundred times and never been in, Bwog has compiled a list of those MoHi stores you love to pretend don’t exist. Maybe you should go into one next time.

  • Amir’s: Their hummus is so good, also the people that work there are great.
  • Book Culture: Sell your books here, buy your books here.
  • Franny and Fanny’s: They have creepy baby dolls on like 112th and Broadway.
  • Häagen-Dazs: Expensive ice cream.
  • International
  • Jack’s Art Gallery: Their frames always look so nice… but so expensive.
  • Mondel Chocolates: Katharine Hepburn’s go to choc!
  • Park’s Shoe Repair: Mr Park’s a really good cobbler and gives you discounts if you’re Korean!
  • Pressed Juicery: Gentrification exemplified, but their Freezes are so good.
  • That bakery place under the Heights
  • That one flower store on Broadway and 112th
  • The party store
  • Shaking Crab
  • SubsConscious: Subalicious delicious!
  • Vitamin Shoppe: On 110th and Broadway… what even is this store?

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Mortal Coils (1994-1995)

Bwog loves art and Bwog loves to love art. Our very own Bwog Staffer, Layla Alexander, went on down to MoMA PS1 to take a look at their new Carolee Schneemann “Kinetic Painting” exhibit. Read on to see Alexander’s experience!

On Friday morning, I decided to kick off my fall break with a trip to MoMA PS1, where “Kinetic Painting,” an exhibit dedicated to the works of Carolee Schneemann, had recently opened. Schneemann is notable for the extensive number of objects utilized in her work, including paint, rope, old photographs, handwritten letters, and strings of beads. Her work ties together issues of sexuality, sensuality, violence, and more. The exhibit consisted of six decades worth of work, spanning over two dozen rooms and two floors in the gallery.

The first floor of the exhibit was devoted to the artist’s later work, which was also her darker, more brutal work. Thus, my first taste of Schneemann reflected a cynical side of the artist. In one room, obituaries were plastered on a single wall. “We miss your laughter and love,” read one. “It has been fifty years, we still miss you and love you,” read another. Two hanging light bulbs illuminated the flyers, creating a haunting environment. Slightly unsettled, I shuffled into another room, where two large screens stood. One of the larger screens depicted visual static, while the other was a short looped clip. The clip depicted news footage of a woman lying limp on the ground, her head indistinguishable due to a mass of blood and debris surrounding it. In the forefront of the room were four small television sets, depicting various looped scenes, such as an airplane taking off and a baby sucking on a nipple.

More on the exhibit below!

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Soon they will control us!

Happening In The World: Syrian Deputy Environment Minister announces that Syria will join the Paris climate agreement, which leaves the United States alone in disagreement. The Paris Agreement is a climate accord that “unites the world’s nations in tackling climate change”. (BBC)

Happening In The Nation: In Minnesota, a drone helped save the life of an 84 year old man. The man had left at 3:45pm for a hunt, but when he did not return hours later, his wife grew concerned. After searching for about an hour with numerous false alarms, the drone located the man. The man was found face down and semi-conscious in a wet, swampy area. (CBS)

Happening In NYC: Bill de Blasio re-elected mayor of New York City; this will be his second term as mayor. Public opinion on de Blasio is divided, partly due to his corruption scandal and his feud with Governor Cuomo. After voting, de Blasio stated that he hoped his re-election would “restore the idea that this is a consistent, Democratic, progressive town.” (NYP)

Happening On Campus: There will be an opening reception for “Currents“, an art exhibition by Barnard students, tonight from 6 to 8pm in the Louise McCagg Gallery in the 4th floor of the Diana Center. “Currents” is a space for Barnard artists’ to share their “pressing visual and conceptual concerns”. The exhibition is open from October 31 to November 13.

Overheard: [Trying to pronounce the name Jacques] “Ja quease? Ja kwee?”

This man’s beautiful form via BLMOregon

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