The 4th Annual LIC Arts Open

When 17 May 2014 - 18 May 2014
Where 54 locations across Long Island City
Cost Everything is FREE except the Queens New Music Festival ($20/show , $30/day; $50/2 - day); the Sunhwa Ch ung/Ko - Ryo Dance Theater ($15) and the Queens Secret Improv Club (QSIC) ($5 - 7)
Enquiry (718) 581-6477

LIC – May 12, 2014. Over 250 artists are transforming Long Island City into a cultural adventureland of galleries, performance spaces and open studios. With 85-plus exhibitions and events, and over 160 artists opening their studio doors, LIC Arts Open will likely be the biggest event happening in the five boroughs that week.

“The reality is that the art-going public rarely comes to Queens except to see the international artists in the museums, which we are certainly proud to have,” noted Festival Director Richard Mazda. “But Queens itself is home to a community of talented artists, from the emerging like Stef Duffy, to rising stars like Luba Lukova, to celebrities like Matthew Barney and Joel Shapiro. Our goal with the festival is to raise the profile of our local artists, to ensure they have a platform, too.”

Huffington Post called her one of 15 women artists who have left their mark on modern design. Luba Lukova’s striking images are currently on view at MoMA and the Denver Art Museum. Her Social Justice poster portfolio has garnered her international acclaim. Don’t miss her exhibition, Drama on Paper: Posters for the Stage. Reception: May 14, 7pm-10pm. The Local, LIC, 13-02 44th Ave.

On the 8th floor of the glass tower that curves around LIC’s iconic Pepsi sign, four vacant apartments overlooking Manhattan are being transformed into pop-up galleries to exhibit works by sculptor Toshiaki Noda’s otherworldly clay vessels; photographer Orestes Gonzales’ striking portraits and landscapes; Sharon Florin’s vibrant city scenes; painter Donna Levinstone’s mesmerizing skyscapes; and Paula Elliott’s stormy abstract paintings. May 14-18; 8am-8pm. Reception May 14; 5:30-7:30pm. 46-10 Center Blvd.

Photographer and World War II veteran Tony Vaccaro is best known for the images he captured during and immediately after the war as well as his fashion and lifestyle photography for magazines like Life and Look. The Golden Age of Formula One: Through Tony’s Lens, features his work spanning the 1950s and in recent years. May 14-31, 12pm-6pm. Reception May 14, 8pm. Evandro Tech Motors, 10-01 45th Ave.

Sunhwa Chung/Ko-Ryo Dance Theater, whose 2012 piece “Arirang” was a Washington Post editor’s pick that the New York Times called “in constant danger of boiling over,” will premier “Life is Every Day: So Close Yet So Far Away,” another unique fusion of modern and traditional Korean dance. Inspired by events in Chung’s life, the performance depicts the dramatic changes Korean transplants face as they adapt to a foreign culture. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., #301.

Artwork that normally sells for thousands will go for as little as $110 as over 100 artists create original pieces for the festival with one thing in common: each will be confined to a10x10 wood panel, to be unveiled at the 10Squared exhibition. During the Closing Party, the works will be sold at a silent charity auction, with proceeds going to help fund the Queens Council on the Arts ‘High School to Art School’ program and LIC Arts Open. Bidding begins May 14 and ends at 9pm on May 18. Reception: May 16, 6pm-9pm, Gotham Center, at the corner of Queens Plaza South and 28th St.

After laboring for years as an art fabricator for artists like Frank Stella and Louise Bourgeois, Bernard Klevickas is emerging as an artist in his own right, with a talent for taking the detritus of conspicuous consumption and turning into art, such as his twisted bicycle planters, featured in the New York Times, and his recent solo show of metal sculptures, that caught Hyperallergic’s attention. Reception: May 16, 6-8pm at Material for the Arts, 33-00 Northern Blvd, LIC.

Eleven of Matthew Barney’s assistants formed the Crew, and created an interactive exhibition that pits sculptures, drawings and installations against live action as they throw themselves into their work. “Our art practice is a reflection of everyday life within imaginative aspects,” says one. “It is a statement, critique and observation on social structures and today’s environment.” 5-25 46th Ave, next to LIC Flea.

Accompanying the Whitewash exhibit on 5 Pointz, several graffiti artists will discuss their start in the aerosol art world. The panel will talk about the effect of working on walls and the scale of their work, 
the impact of their art on the street, 
and the challenges of moving to canvas. Jeffrey Leder Gallery, May 15, 8-10pm, 21-37 45th Rd.

A massive multimedia event, Big Whirlygig will feature live music, dance, art, installations, a DJ and even a light show. Special musical guests include Gary Lucas (Captain Beefheart), Ernie Brooks (Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers), Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate), Peter Zaremba (Fleshtones), and Little Embers. Special performance by multimedia rap artist Jason Lalor. May 17, 8pm at 5-25 46th Ave, next to the LIC Flea.

The Pop Culture Pop-up Art & Shop is taking over Coffeed’s rustic funky warehouse space to bring together artists, arts&crafters, fashion designers and poets, all weaving their way through art installations while listening to music and poetry, and sipping on beer, coffee, and wine. Expect homemade eats from the one- acre rooftop farm overhead! An event for the hardcore localvore culturephile. First 10 guests receive a complimentary drink and gift bag. May 16, 6:30pm–until everyone’s coffeed out. Coffeed, 37-18 Northern Blvd.

Named a ‘Critics’ Pick in TimeOut NY, a Village Voice ‘Voice Choice’ and one of the “Best Things To Do In NYC” by CBS New York, BATSU! is NYC’s only live Japanese game show. Four ‘warriors’ – all performers from the acclaimed comedy group Face Off Unlimited, battle to avoid electric shocks, paintball guns, and other jaw-dropping punishments. Until now it could only be seen in the East Village but for one night only BATSU! will perform for free at the LIC Arts Open. May 17, 8pm, The Local. 13-2 44th Ave.

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