LIVE: Lights @ Central Park’s Summer Stage, NYC, 6/29/13

July 5th, 2013, 12:00 pm by Greg

Lights (photo by Jess Ayotte)

Review and photographs by Jess Ayotte

On Saturday, Manhattan’s Central Park hosted Canada Day International 2013, a festival of events held to showcase the best of Canadian music, culture, food and attractions. This year, Canadian artists performed at Central Park’s Summer Stage in Rumsey Playfield, a City Parks Foundation that offers over 100 free concerts throughout the summer.

Headlining the celebration was electro-rock singer/songwriter Lights. Originating in Toronto, Lights released her debut album, The Listening, in 2009, introducing the Canadian music scene to a new blend of alternative rock and synth pop. After receiving the 2009 Juno Award for New Artist of the Year, Lights’ popularity spread across Canada and into Europe. In 2011, she released Siberia, featuring a more mature sound than her debut. More recently, she released Siberia Acoustic, transforming 10 of the 14 tracks from Siberia into acoustic melodies with a transitional sound from the original songs.

Back on May 14, Lights performed at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom, playing all acoustic songs in a tranquil and composed setting. Since everyone was seated, there was not much energy from the crowd, but Lights picked up the energy on stage. Although the set-up was out of the ordinary, she managed to put on a powerful and engaging performance that left me satisfied with the experience. After seeing Lights back in May on her Siberia Acoustic tour, I wasn’t too sure what to expect from a live synth-pop performance.

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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.

ArtBeat: Abe Nover: “Found Out” & Other NYC Exhibits

September 14th, 2010, 9:51 am by Greg

They say that good things come to those who wait.

Well, Abe Nover has certainly been waiting long enough, and now the 93-year-old artist is finally about to have his first one-person New York City art exhibition. Nover’s found art assemblages will be on exhibit at Gallery 307, a Seventh Avenue art gallery in Manhattan whose mission is to showcase the work of older artists.

Nover’s exhibition opens on Thursday, September 16, with an artist reception form 6-8pm. “Found Out” will remain on view through Thursday, October 7.

And, yes, Abe Nover just happens to be the father of Nippertown’s uber music fan, concert-goer and bongo player extraordinare Steve Nover.

If you do happen to find yourself in NYC on Thursday with art on your mind, you can also stop by the Pelavin Gallery, where there will be a reception from 6-8pm for Valatie artist Tara Fracalossi’s exhibition, “A Space of Time So Small.” The exhibit remains of view through Saturday, October 23.

And finally, Nippertown artist Gina Occhiogrosso has two pieces of work currently showing in “Hemispheres,” a group exhibition at the Lana Santorelli Gallery in NYC. The exhibit runs through Saturday, October 16.

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