Critical 5 art events this week in NYC: cultural icons, November 21-23
Let's be honest, NYC is the cultural capital of the United States. Are we right? Of course we are. Our apologies, anywhere else.
Art this week takes American culture to the exponential power. It's all about the big gun icons, baby.
Bob Dylan and his band will be at Barclays Center tonight along with special guest Mark Knopfler. And if there's a more iconic folk singer with a raspy voice that just won't quit, we'd like to know.
Nothing's more American, and we guess cultured, than television and the movies. Maybe. But how TV and movies were portrayed in the iconic pop art of the '60s, well that has some leverage. Dark and Deadpan: Pop in TV and the Movies highlights films, advertisements, and political campaigns of said iconic pop art of the '60s.
We can't talk cultural icons and pop art without talking about the man himself, Andy Warhol. Now at the Met, Regarding Warhol: Fifty Artists, Sixty Years celebrates the work of Warhol as well as the reinterpreted works of others inspired by the pop art icon.
Also at The Met, the exhibit Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop reminds us how culturally iconic digitally altered photos are to us great Americans. Depressing. But this exhibit showcases the ingenuity of those who "altered" pictures before the Photoshop tool arrived. Ambitious.
Just saying Broadway will move you up the cultured ladder. However, we can't leave you too high on your horse. The musical gets a bit of a makeover, or a roast, with the show Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking that takes you through the highs and lows of recent Broadway seasons with impressions, rewrites, and over the top costume changes.