Since the recent launch of PopUpSpaceNY at 159 Bleeckerstreet in September by Matt Khatamov from KVNY, this event place has hosted a few major events that shook Greenwich Village. Among those are Brisk Bodega event, Fight Lab 159, Art Battles, and Brucennial that is currently running.Brisk Bodega was a pop up exhibit of Shady Records’ historic “artifacts”, including “claymated” Eminem puppet, artwork from Yelawolf’s tour bus, and custom art from ArtekNYC.
The Shady museum was opened to public on September 17, 11AM-5PM, after which Brisk Bodega held a special invitation-only event featuring live performance of Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse.
Fight Lab 159 was a 1-week pop-up display of the new Nike product – The Melo M8sneakers. Carmelo Anthony in association with Jordan Brand released this product after he joined New York Knicks. The whole space was occupied by a projection of the exploding basketball court with a huge screen installed in two semicircles in the middle, where the visitors could see a short film about Carmelo Anthony’s life on and off the basketball court.
ArtBattles was created as a reaction to the growing graffiti culture of 1990s and further grew into a contest of modern pop culture. This pop up event, hosted by PopUpSpaceNY in January 2012 was a unique gallery that in epic scale showcased floor to ceiling 300 works of innovative and rising artists from US, France and Spain. All the exhibited works were painted live on stage in front of hundreds of people in the audience. All these works were available for sale through the auction.
The current event in PopUpSpaceNY is Brucennial, which will be there through April 20th. Brucennial is an enormous art exhibition created by The Bruce High Quality Foundation & Vito Schnabel. This exhibit challenges the famous Whitney Museum’s Biennial, the art event. PopUpSpaceNY walls are covered with works of 380 artists from ceiling to floor, as well as the 3 levels of mezzanine. Some of the large scale paintings that are presented on the barn-like walls are by such prominent artists as Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Julian Schnabel, Kathryn Kerr, and David Sherry.
A few of many advantages of PopUpSpaceNY are the size, large walls, mezzanines, and location. Many well-known artists in different fields have seen a great fit in PopUpSpaceNY, from art galleries to flea markets, so this venue space has a promising potential.
High Quality, and Quantity: Here Are the 376 Artists Participating in the 2012 Brucennial at www.popupspaceny.comRead Now
This Wednesday the artist collective the Bruce High Quality Foundation will stage “Harderer. Betterer. Fasterer. Strongerer.,” the next edition of the Brucennial, its sometimes-annual biennial, at 159 Bleecker Street. “Harderer. Betterer. Fasterer. Strongerer.” will feature 376 artists, up from the last edition’s 322. The full list is available below and new participants range from the very emerging to the super-established, with Damien Hirst and Jean-Michel Basquiat making appearances, along with a few enlightened additions that fall somewhere in-between, like Richard Prince.
“The slogan of the Brucennial is about embracing maximalism for the sake of creating a giant, rambunctious community of artists,” the organization wrote in an email, its standard method of communication. “The show is really a celebration of people more than an exhibition.”
Though “Harderer. Betterer. Fasterer. Strongerer.” opens just one day before the Whitney Biennial, few comparisons should be made between the two events. Just for starters, participation in the Brucennial, which began in 2008, and then had editions in both 2009 and 2010, is guaranteed for all attendees of the organization’s free classes at the Bruce High Quality Foundation University.
“The Brucennial happens every two years, or really, you know, whenever we feel like it, and it’s a moment of celebration of the history of the people—of the reason why the people exist, of the nature of the people,” reads a quote about the 2010 edition attributed on the BHQF website to Francesco Bonami.
This weekend, as part of the Brucennial, the organization will stage a musical titled Animal Farmthat envisions a fictional battle between the BHQFU and its trustees (chickens), who, like the real-life trustees of the Cooper Union, are considering charging tuition.
The complete list of participants is available below.
Basquiat, Jean-Michel & Warhol, Andy
Casper, Michael & Ewen-Campen, Ben
Frank, John Aaron
Gauld, John Gordon
The Glorious Way
Henkel, Calle & Pitegoff, Max
Hess, Clara Chapin
Hoffmeister Peter J
Horn, Rebecca Watson
Howard, Aliza Stone
Jones, Benjamin A.
Martirosian, Emil & Shoshensky, Nikita
Oakes, Ryan & Trevor
Roberts, Allison Sloan
Roesing, David Battle
Rosenblum, Theo & Seltzer, Chelsea
Sherry, David Benjamin
St. John, Michael
Whitney Barnes, Julia
Zhu, Ye Qin
“We expect a handful more before the opening,” the organization wrote in an email detailing the list, “but this should do. xo BHQF.” The show runs until April 20.
by: Dan Duray
The Bruce High Quality Foundation, in collaboration with the curator Vito Schnabel, presents the Brucennial 2012, which opened February 29 at www.popupspaceny.com
The enormous group exhibition, calledMiseducation, includes over 150 contemporary artists from all over the world and is a part of The Bruce High Quality Foundation's ongoing public arts program. The opening drew an extremely broad and excited crowd and commenced with live performances
Reception: February 29, 6-9pm
February 29 - April 20
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