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The DART Board: 03.18.2020

By Peggy Roalf   Wednesday March 18, 2020

For anyone born after 1996, or new to New York City, prepare yourself for the kind of resourcefulness that rose to the front after 9/11. The kindness and reaching out that seemed to come out of nowhere has become habit, so following is a sample of how people and businesses are carrying on—big time—in the age of COVID-19. Above: Jacob Lawrence, from The Great Migration. Watch human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson speak about the power of art to communicate justice, here

Dick Blick is now the main purveyor of art supplies apart from a few multi-purpose craft and toy stores around the city. And Blick has come up with a social distancing plan that will protect its employees and customers alike. For the most personal attention you could possibly have as a shopper, just call in your order to the store of your choice, pay with a card, and pick it up curbside two hours later. I usually shop at Sixth Avenue and 20th Street, Info and I need some markers and watercolor brush pens, so I’ll let you know how it went on Instagram. To find a store near you, go here

With galleries, museums, schools and universities shut down, in addition to other major forms of entertainment, one art fair management team has come up with a menu of ideas for “getting it together” while filling the off hours in new ways. The organizers of Superfine quote Neil Gaiman, “The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before,” as they offer their Shortlist for Quarantined Creatives. At the top of the list, Up Your Social Media Game, presents Ekaterina Popova, artist, curator, entrepreneur who heads Create! Magazine. Her first words are "be authentic, and be consistent". More here

Even better is Superfine!’s Artist Business Plan How To, which will guide your through seven-steps that will get an artist ready to be seen when the art fairs emerge from the shadows. Info For now, Superfine!, a Brooklyn-based art fair organizer, will launch an online-only E-Fair for NYC artists and galleries in May. Info

Left: Daffodils from my plot, © Peggy Roalf

Miss those quiet hours at your favorite museums? Enliven your quiet hours at home with MoMA, which invites you to stay connected online, with resources including their digital publication Magazine; several YouTube channel; free online courses on Coursera; a podcast collaboration with the BBC, The Way I See It; and a trove of audio with insight from artists, curators, and others.

Artist, illustrator and DART subscriber DashaTolstikova has begun a weekly newsletter offering tips on getting through it with arty and healthy distractions, including an online yoga and meditation practice with yogini Sarah Capua. Dasha also offers a list of Instagram features, including book readings with @sophieblackall @macbarnettand @thyraheder Thanks Dasha!

James Luna: Take A Picture With A Real Indian, scheduled to open at Garth Greenan Gallery tomorrow, has been cancelled. But you can view the artist's searing takedown of institutionalized racism here. You can read James Luna's piece, "I've Always Wanted to be an American Indian in Aperture 139Strong Hearts: Native American Visions and Voices, which I edited in 1995.

The New York Studio School, like other colleges and universities, has suspended its twice-weekly lecture series. But past events, including Randall Griffey, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Met, on Marsden Hartley & Paul Cezanne; artist Matt Bollinger on his work; Artists Cecily Brown & Phyllis Tuchman in conversation, and much more, here.

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