In our SIXTY cities this week, it’s all about “really big shows!” In New York, where the arts season is now in full swing, go check out veteran art provocateur Robert Longo’s overtaking of the Hunter College sky bridges with his rebel-yell public art installation. In Miami, a splashy retrospective of Art Deco-era advertising posters by graphic design icon Julius Klinger overtakes the Wolfsonian Museum. And in L.A., there’s a rock show at the Hollywood Bowl that will make you declare your indie-pendence for The National.
NEW YORK CITY
This Thursday, go high up above Lexington Avenue to walk through Hunter College’s two sky bridges, both transformed into a site-specific art installation by Robert Longo. It’s entitled “American Bridge Project,” and consists of vinyl renderings, some seen from the street, of the original First Amendment document and the American flag through Longo’s looking-glass. The politically charged artist, who gained fame in the 1980s, is designed, as the New York Times put it, “to provide a daily reminder of the importance of unity and free speech.” Apt, heady, spectacular stuff up there on E. 68th Street. The installation, which opened Wednesday, will be up through Dec. 1.
This Wednesday, go to the Wolfsonian-FIU to marvel at the bold and oh-so-sophisticated advertising posters created through post-WWI Austria by genius commercial graphic artist Julius Klinger. The museum lobby itself is being reworked by a Viennese design studio to appear like a double-vision, Klinger-inspired work. Famous for his fashion magazine covers, particularly for Wiener Mode, as well as his upscale ads for champagne brands and items such as Tabu cigarette rolling papers, Klinger entered the world of anti-Hitler propaganda as the rarefied realm he visually escalated soon faced persecution and descent. “Crush the Germans” is one of his striking Vienna posters. Klinger, who was Jewish, was killed in 1942 during the Holocaust. His work went on, however, to inspire Madison Avenue design gurus such as George Lois and countless New Yorker cover illustrators. The show, entitled Julius Klinger: Posters for a Modern Age, opened last week. There’s a $10 admission fee for adults.
This Wednesday night, show your alt-rock patriotism and go see the raging, anthemic The National at the Hollywood Bowl, backing the recent release of the Grammy Award-winning quartet’s seventh album, Sleep Well Beast, already they’re biggest chart-topping record. This is going to be a Radiohead-level show, with the moody altie-band becoming increasingly diverse while keeping the sonic blast in check. There’s some surprises too, like a little shanty piano tune we’re addicted to. It will be one of the best concerts to see this year, no less, in the iconic Bowl arena.
Illustration by Julius Klinger