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CheckItDance2015bCheckItDance2015dCheckItDance2015cCheck It Dance Festival: A Celebration of Female Choreographers was held today along the East River, with dance choreographers and companies from around the country.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

ZerenBadarTurkish artist Zeren Badar at the opening of Fresh, a group show at Jankossen Contemporary through August 15, 2015,

Photograph: Stephen Wise

JohnMolloyGalleryMelinda Hackett’s Sea Garden paintings at John Molloy Gallery are a riotous, and intensely colorful, blend of natural and fantastic forms — Redonesque, that left at least one viewer feeling rejuvenated.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

StreetArt2015-CorriasIn front of a vacant commercial space on Madison Ave,, artist Roberto Corrias placed one of his works in the hopes of raising spirits and revenue.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

ArtEric Cahan at Benrubi Gallery through August 22, 2015.

Zombie Formalism?

White-NatchezMississippiThe Studio Museum in Harlem announced plans last week for a $122 million expansion of its 125th Street home, to supposedly better meet their needs and deliver on their mission of: ‘fostering and displaying works by artists of African descent’ (NYT 7/6/15). The City of New York is contributing $35.2 million to the project.

An American art museum, receiving taxpayer funding, that discriminates against artists based on race is anathema and should be halted immediately. Such a project is divisive, rather than edifying, for individuals and society — plus it deprives the community of important (society changing) ‘African-American art’ made by white folks, like Margaret Bourke-White.

Photograph: Margaret Bourke-White, You Have Seen Their Faces, 1937

SecretIdentitiesDriscoll Babcock Galleries presents Secret Identities: Suoerheroes and Selfhood, a group exhibition featuring artists whose works address how identity is experienced, constructed and performed (July 9–August 14, 2015).

Artwork: Jason Bard Yarmosky

Photograph: Stephen Wise

Bonhams-Maritime4Bonhams-Maritime2Bonhams-MaritimeBonhams in New York is auctioning Fine Maritime Paintings and Decorative Arts on June 25, 2015.

LifeLines-Morgan7Life Lines: Portrait Drawings from Durer to Picasso is at The Morgan Library & Museum through September 8, 2015.

Also at The Morgan this Summer: Hidden Likeness: Photographs by Emmet Gowin, and William Caxton and the Birth of English Printing.

VictoryDanceProject-JordanVictoryDanceProject-RobinsonJordanOn a night that saw another New York City pedestrian struck and critically injured by an MTA bus, Amy Jordan, hit by a New York City bus “six years and thirty-two days ago,” lead her dance troupe, The Victory Dance Project, in an inspiring performance: “People, Power & Possibility” — where the impossible becomes possible with the “power of movement.”

The evening included Renee Robinson, formerly of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, receiving the First Annual Artist for Peace Award.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

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