Critical 5 art events this week in NYC: your childhood's calling, Sept. 26-29
Art this week makes playing pretend and dressing up age appropriate for anyone over 5. Score, adulthood blows.
Who says drawing lipstick all over your face is something only a little girl can do? Celebrate the art of makeup and transformation at Bushwig, a drag queen festival happening in Bushwick. Get your daily fill of BBQ, beers, traveling drag queens, and dress up. Plus it's five dollars off if you show up in drag yourself. Pull out the costume box.
Maybe a little more wholesome, rekindle your childhood love for the nanny who shoveled out spoonfuls of sugar. Mary Poppins is now playing at the New Amsterdam Theatre. We can't think of anything more make believe than the lovely Mary Poppins. Here's to pretending it would be socially acceptable to break out in song and dance in the real world.
Chinese Gardens Pavilions, Studios, Retreats is an installation of 80 some works from different artists that explore the garden's magical place in Chinese history. Including a 13th century scroll by Zhao Cangyun that illustrates a Rip Van Winkle-like tale, this collection circles around the world of the imaginary. We wouldn't want to sleep through that.
This exhibit won't give you Big Bird or Elmo but that's okay with us. Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist's Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets features some of the Quay Brothers' work of stop-motion puppet animation and live-action movie-making like The Streets of Crocodiles. Some one hand us a sock puppet stat.
Finally, end your childhood blast to the past with a trip to the moon. Pictures from the Moon, at the New Museum, includes holographic works that, okay aren't of the moon, but are inspired by pictures astronauts took of earth from the moon. Exploring unknown terrain, this exhibit plays with holograms as a new kind of technology in art. Time to look the future we guess, and maybe grow up too.