Nao Bustamante Heads to MoMA

January 13th, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg

Nao BustamanteNao Bustamante didn’t win the art competition last summer on cable channel Bravo’s “reality” TV show, “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist.”

But she is getting a night of her own at NYC’s Museum of Modern Art, “An Evening With Nao Bustamante,” and that sure ain’t a bad consolation prize.

Nao Bustamante – Troy artist and associate professor of New Media and Live Art at RPI – will present a performance/lecture that includes selections of her performance-based video works at MoMA’s Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2 at 7pm on Monday, February 28.

The evening is part of the museum’s Documentary Fortnight festival, as well as the Modern Mondays series.

In the meantime, Bustamante’s work is also featured in the group art exhibition with the rather unweildy name of “Readykeulous: The Hurtful Healer: The Correspondance Issue” at Invisible-Exports in NYC. Other artists whose work is featured in the show include Carolee Schneeman, David Wojnarowicz, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Kara Walker, Kathleen Hanna, Kathy Acker, Bernadette Mayer and others. The exhibition – which opens on Friday with a reception from 6-8pm – remains on view through Sunday, February 13.


Five Fall Faves: Off the Wall

September 24th, 2010, 12:01 pm by Greg

Ryder Cooley

Ryder Cooley

All this week, we’ve been highlighting some of the fall season’s most promising arts, music and entertainment events around Nippertown. Mark your calendars.

Today’s spotlight is on unusual, unclassifiable, off-the-wall events:

Ryder Cooley @ Hudson Opera House, Hudson. Saturday, October 9. Artist-trapeze performer-accordionist-musical saw player Ryder Cooley presents her new installation “Faunal Respirations” (12noon-5pm Friday-Monday, October 8-11), as well as a special performance from 6:30-9pm Saturday, October 9. FREE. (Related story: Fall Harbor concert review)

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Nippertown: Artist Hotbed

June 25th, 2010, 4:23 pm by Sara

Bustamante T-ShirtIt’s like watching a trainwreck, although I have to confess I can’t look away. Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, the American Idol of the art world, just aired their third episode on Wednesday.

Honestly, I don’t know who to feel sorrier for. This week, the contestants were reduced to marketing shills for Penguin Books, but the judges, with the exception of Jerry Saltz, constantly come off as the worst type of shallow hipster sharks.

Perhaps they’re not that bad and it’s all in the editing. Yes, I’m sure that’s it.

The biggest, best-est, cheering-est moment so far was back in week one, when RPI professor Nao Bustamante sweetly replied to the judges criticizing the abstracted nature of her piece, “I’m not responsible for your experience of my work.” Yeah, baby! She even has T-shirts for sale on her website.

And now former Nippertown resident Judith Braun has some interesting photos on her Facebook page:

Judith Braun T-Shirt

Previously: Bravo, Nao Bustamante!

Bravo, Nao Bustamante!

June 7th, 2010, 3:01 pm by Greg

Yes, let’s just call it what it is – “American Idol” for artists.

“Work of Art: The Next Great Artist” – the latest “reality” TV competition – airs its premiere episode on the Bravo cable channel at 11pm on Wednesday.

And performance and video artist Nao Bustamante – who teaches New Media and Live Art at RPI in Troy – is among the 14 artists on the show competing for the grand prize – a solo exhibition at the prestigious Brooklyn Museum, as well as $100,000.

Actress/model/art fan China Chow is hosting the new series, and she’ll also serve on the panel of judges alongside Bill Powers (Half Gallery owner and literary art contributor), Jerry Saltz (art critic at New York Magazine) and Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn (art curator and owner of Salon 94 gallery) and a different weekly celebrity judge.

In each episode, the 14 artists face the challenge of creating artworks in a variety of mediums – painting, sculpture, photography, collage and industrial design.

On her website, Bustamante has also posted a helpful guide for “Work of Art” viewing parties. For instance, purchase a Nao Bustamante t-shirt – three different designs are currently available – and proudly wear it to the party to proclaim your allegiance. As Bustamante astutely points out, “Remember, I can’t sell out, if I don’t make money.”

In addition to the debut airing at 11pm Wednesday, the debut episode will also be shown at 2am Wednesday (really Thursday morning), 3am Saturday (Sunday morning) and 9am Sunday.

And if you happen to be out on the west coast later this month, Bustamante’s next art exhibition opens at Baer Ridgway Exhibitions in San Francisco on Saturday, June 19. The exhibit runs through Saturday, July 17.

Good luck, Nao. Nippertown is rootin’ for ya!

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