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The DART Board: 07.16.2020

By Peggy Roalf   Thursday July 16, 2020

Typographics: A Design Festival for People Who Use Type—the marquee event presented by Type@Cooper—goes on as scheduled, but online for the first time in its six-year run. Speakers include Paula Scher (Pentagram), Julian Alexander (Slang, Inc.), Cybele Grandjean (Area of Practice), Tre Seals (Vocal Type Co.), Javier Viramontes (format.xyz), Nontsikelelo Mutiti (Black Chalk & Co), and Silas Munro (Poly-Mode), among others.

The Online Conference runs from July 24-26 and is free and open to the public. Register
Workshops and Tours, covering everything from micro-typography to creative coding, continue through July 27 Register

The Typographics festival also includes the Typographics Book Fair, with a diversity of material relating to typography, lettering, design and more, from a host of design booksellers. Info The typefaces used for the design of Typographics 2020 are Infini, designed by by Sandrine Nugue for cnap, and Minérale, designed by Thomas Huot-Marchand for 205TF. More about Typographics here

Yossi Milo Gallery, among the many in NYC who have opened by appointment, is hosting a “Curbside Book Signing” for Alison Rossiter's new monograph, Compendium 1898-1919, on Wednesday, July 29, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. In honor of Anna Atkins, the first person to illustrate a book with photographs, Rossiter produced a chronology of twelve assemblages made from the earliest expired photographic papers in her collection. Co-published by Radius Books, New York Public Library and Yossi Milo, the publication reproduces all twelve pieces exhibited and then acquired by The New York Public Library.

For more information about the book signing or to have copies inscribed & signed in advance, please contact info@yossimilo.com.

View Substance of Density 1918-1948, Alison Rossiter’s current show at Yossi Milo Gallery, here

James Welling, whose work was most recently seen in NYC at David Zwirner Gallery last spring, is now honored with a solo show of his Choreograph series at the George Eastman Museum.

“By choosing to use ‘choreograph,’ drawing with space, as a noun, I am noting its similarity to ‘photograph,’ drawing with light.” — James Welling

Welling’s recent body of work integrates several strands of his artistic exploration over the past forty years. Each work in the series is a large inkjet print combining images of dance, architecture, and landscape in layers of distinctive, luminous color. The works prompt associations with bodies in motion, eliciting sensations of momentum, force, and rhythm.

Every work in the series begins with three black-and-white photographs, each digitally entered into one of three color channels—red, green, or blue—in Photoshop and combined into a single image. Welling makes adjustments until the picture resolves to its final form, which he secures by making an inkjet print. The result is a dense visual field infused with the science of color perception, the psychosomatic experience of physical space, and the history of photographic representation.

James Welling (American, b. 1951) emerged as an artist in the 1970s with the Pictures Generation. Since then, he has become internationally renowned for his deep exploration of photographic techniques, processes, practices, and history..

The George Eastman Museum is opening to the public this Sunday, with preview days for members on Friday and Saturday. Info The Museum will continue to present its online offerings, including hands-on workshops, artist talks, and film streaming. Info


’T’ Space Rhinebeck celebrates it’s first ten years with a livestream virtual opening party this Saturday.  Ensemble Studio's Antón Garcí­a-Abril and Débora Mesa present an interactive virtual exhibition commissioned by 'T' Space of their latest work on Ca'n Terra. Architecture of the Earth transforms an abandoned quarry in Menorca to make imaginative architectures about reading space, recycling landscape and quarrying light rather than building from ground up. The architects propose "a trip to the interior being of matter, and recognize the freedom with which it gives us spaces to live.” Ca’n Terra lives in nature and builds with it. Equal parts shelter, earthwork and home, Ca'n Terra offers a memorable space to reconcile human actions on the environment with those of nature, to learn to live and to build more lightly, to redefine what comfort is and how to achieve it with sensibility.

Anton Garcí­a-Abril and Débora Mesa will present a talk with a complementary reading by the poet Marie Howe and an immersive percussive performance by Fast Forward on Saturday, July 18 at 3 pm. RSVP

Intimate tours limited to 15 people per are being offered by Anton Garcí­a-Abril and Débora Mesa on July 31 at 2 pm RSVP and August '4 at 2 pm RSVP

Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful (Dir. Gero von Boehm), starring Grace Jones, Isabella Rossellini, Anna Wintour, Charlotte Rampling, Marianne Faithfull, Claudia Schiffer, Nadja Auermann and more, opens July 24, in virtual cinemas. 

As one of the 20th century’s masters of photography, Helmut Newton made a name for himself exploring and elevating the female form through his striking, often nude images. Newton imbued fashion imagery with narrative depth and gave context to his subjects by creating stylized, dreamlike scenes that were disturbing, ambiguous, and bold. Critics questioned whether the women in his photos were treated as powerful icons or as submissive erotic objects - or as both. The film is an eye-popping romp through five decades filled with treasure troves of rare home videos, behind-the-scenes archival footage, and countless, strikingly beautiful photographs that track his beginnings in Berlin to eventual cult status. In New York with Film Forum; in LA with Laemmle Theatres. Info

After Civilization, a free, month-long film series presented by Maysles Documentary Center, explores broader questions of what if and what now. From an “an Afrofuturist leapfrog between Africa, Detroit and outer space” (John Akomfrah’s The Last Angel of History) to a haunting meditation on failed capitalist experiments in the Brazilian Amazon (Susana de Sousa Dias’s Fordlandia Malaise), After Civilization presents 12 films of varying lengths that pose the question, “when the modern idyll of ‘civilization’ is threatened — whether through active resistance, environmental disaster, or structural collapse — what follows?” The series streams free of charge from July 16 through August 15.. For the complete lineup, go to the Maysles Documentary Center

As galleries and museums cautiously re-open, many of the art-starved are asking, “should I stay or should I go.” From going to a library or museum to visiting a concert, the Texas Medical Association created a graphic to assess the scale of risk, on a scale of one to 10. Nothing is risk free, so I’ll be going to the Met on July 29th. See the rest of the chart, courtesy of Hyperallergic.

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