Arts Watch: Emergency Glitter Opens at Abrons Arts Center

Festival TBD Photo courtesy Abrons Arts Center

This week marks the inaugural edition of Festival TBD, a five-day series of dance and performance at Abrons Arts Center. Conceived by downtown dance impresario Thomas Benjamin Snapp Pryor as a series of “loosely related curatorial endeavors.” Festival TBD brings together a new generation of like-minded choreographers and performance makers, and asks them to take a stab at something new.

Arts Watch: Dutch Artist Harm van den Dorpel’s First U.S. Solo Show Comes to Abrons


Harm van den Dorpel, Silence Baby.

Abrons Arts Center (466 Grand St.) will be hosting esteemed Dutch artist Harm van den Dorpel‘s first solo show in the U.S., opening this Friday.  The title of the exhibit, Release early, release often, delegate everything you can, be open to the point of promiscuity, references a philosophy used by computer programmers in the open source movement.  The artist is trained in computer programming and artificial intelligence as well as fine art, hence the cross-over language. (He is also often considered a key figure of “Post-Internet art.”)

The show promises to “introduce the artist’s spherical Perspex sculptures, web-based work, and collages, the latter appearing at once high-Modernist yet akin to melancholic, mass-produced hotel lobby art.”  The opening reception is from 6 – 8pm on Friday and the show will run through June 1st. There will be an Artist’s Talk on Sunday, April 21st at 3pm.

Weekend Kid’s Pick

Student Art Party at the Abrons this Saturday

The Abrons Art Center at the Henry Street Settlement (466 Grand at Pitt) is hosting a Student Art Party for children and parents on Saturday, May 21, starting at 10:30 a.m. The party will display artwork of visual arts students and students from the performing arts training programs will perform selections throughout the day. Refreshments will be served and art making activities will be available for the entire family. A free screening of animated short films will take place in the Underground Theater from noon-2 p.m. Check here for the schedule of events.

The 2011 Student Art Exhibit features artwork by students in the Abrons Arts Center Visual Arts and Arts-in-Education programs, Henry Street’s Youth Services programs, and neighborhood schools in the Lower East Side. This annual exhibition showcases the achievements of a broad range of talented young artists, from toddlers to teens. Painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and photographic works will be included in the show, as well as book making projects and fiber arts.

Architects + Demolition Men at Abrons Free Urban Lawn Concert


Abrons Arts Center will host a FREE "Urban Lawn Concert" featuring Architects + Demolition Men (ADM) on Thursday, July 23rd at 6:30p (weather permitting) in their outdoor amphitheater (the steps in front of 466 Grand Street between
Pitt and Bialystoker). ADM, a band "straight outta Brooklyn", combines
the spirit of Bad Brains' hard-core punk
and The Roots' masterful hip-hop musical orientation to create their authentic sound which includes
dual-vocalists, percussion, horn, guitar, bass,
and piano.
The show is all-ages.