Mayor de Blasio Wants Your (Concise and Family-Friendly) Poems!

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Katie Toth for the Village Voice
Hizzoner wants to read your poems.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Office of Cultural Affairs are asking us to take to Twitter in honor of National Poetry Month.

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See These Ten Wonderfully Strange Public Artworks Before They're Gone

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NYC Parks
You've touched it, sat on it, squinted at it from across the street. The abundance of public art is one of New York City's best features, and when the snow melts and the air warms, there's nothing better than walking by that weird, bulbous sculpture you pass on your way to work every day and actually noticing it. The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation's Art in the Parks program puts artwork of all stripes in parks across the boroughs. Here's a roundup of the most wonderfully strange art installations that are coming down this spring and summer. Catch them before they disappear!

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Here's How Mayor de Blasio Hopes to Educate Your Toddlers in the Future

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courtesy of Kristin Eno
"If we want social cohesion, if we want hope and possibility, do even more for early childhood education. That's what Reggio Emilia taught us. That's what we can carry on today." — Mayor Bill de Blasio

"What is that noise?" Evelyn Salzman asks her mother. She is listening to the tip-tap of shoes on a stairway.

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Meet the Artist Who Created a Map of Brooklyn With Litter Collected From Each Block

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Courtesy of Jennifer Maravillas
Jennifer Maravillas and her 71 Square Miles
In February 2012, Jennifer Maravillas set out on foot to every corner of Brooklyn in a bid to collect litter for an art piece titled 71 Square Miles. The colossal ten-by-ten-foot map is a penciled outline of the borough filled in with pieces of loose paper — food menus, church bulletins, newspapers, handwritten notes, lottery tickets, even a dried leaf — with each bit of ephemera standing in for the block on which she found it.


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Hippies Say Goodbye to UWS Sculpture With Interpretive Dance, Yoga Ceremony

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Courtesy Isadora Wilkenfeld
Visitors flocked to visit Phoenix in the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine on February 19. The sculpture's year-long run will soon come to a close.
Yoga in New York is not an unusual activity.

But yoga in chairs? In a 123-year-old Episcopal church? Under a giant, turquoise-lit sculpture of a floating pair of birds? That doesn't happen every day.

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Young Mexican Designer Achieves Dream of Showcasing Works at New York Fashion Week

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Courtesy of Ryan Smith, The Art Institutes
Yalary Fuentes

Yalary Fuentes's life as a fashion designer started at age six in her native Mexico. She wasn't necessarily making clothes from scratch, but she became quite adept at acting out dressmaking scenes from Disney cartoons by draping blankets on her grandmother.

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The MOMA Is Open All Night to Appease Rabid Matisse Fans

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Henri Matisse, courtesy of Museum of Modern Art press release
If you cut it, they will come.

Apparently that's the Museum of Modern Art's new motto. Its latest exhibit, "Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs," closes at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10. But before that, it'll be available to view 24 hours a day now through 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 8.

All day. All night. Fifty-six hours straight.


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Bushwick Community Darkroom Looks to Expand as Analog Shooters Invade

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Courtesy Bushwick Community Darkroom
Alejandro Quintero stands in front of the array of chemicals available for the film photography process at Bushwick Community Darkroom.
When Wilson Novitzki decided to start taking photos in 2011 while on tour with his band, his first instinct was to reach for a 35-millimeter film camera.

"I'm a technology pessimist," he says. "I get overwhelmed with too many choices. I'm a fan of having a few restrictions."

So he started setting up a tripod and taking long exposure photos of the scenes he saw on late-night walks after he played shows. Now, he's a member and volunteer at Bushwick Community Darkroom, where he also makes prints of a photo project he did in the Balkans during 2014.

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The Ten Strangest Museums in New York City

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Image from the Transport Workers Union Local 100 website
The New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn
Let's be real: February in New York leaves much to be desired. It's cold, it's gray, and it's snowy. It's a time to hide from the world in a museum. But while classics like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters, and the Guggenheim are great, you're not limited to them. In fact, New York City has more than 115 museums.

That's right: You don't have to keep visiting the Museum of Natural History over and over again, hoping this time to see Neil deGrasse Tyson so that you two can finally fall in love (not that, you know, there's anything wrong with that).

You can go somewhere else. But where? To answer this question, the VIllage Voice interviewed Allison Amend about the ten strangest museums in New York. Amend is qualified, too: She's the writer behind This Is a Really Serious Piece, which chronicled her every visit to every museum in New York, a tour she completed in 2013.

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A New Company Is Framing and Selling 'Ownership' of NYC Street Art

Categories: Art, Culture

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Wall-(m)Art
A curious splash of color in the concrete jungle?
Who in New York City doesn't have $150 or so kicking around that they want to blow on something crazy? I mean, we're all trust fund kids and Russian oligarchs at this point, right?

So thank God for Wall-(m)Art, a mysterious online gallery/performance art project/racket that will take any graffiti you see on the street, frame it, and put up a plaque declaring its new owner: you! Shell out from about $100 to $300 and you can make like a dog and metaphorically pee all on your favorite street art in the city.

So far the company has sold four pieces to friends -- two have been framed in Williamsburg (ugh), the other two in Bushwick (ughhhhhhh) -- and one to the Voice. We purchased the cheapest work available -- a $111 job titled Ouch, Charlie, Ouch that features a sketch of half of Charlie Chaplin's face -- to see if Wall-(m)Art would make good on its promises.

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