Art Buzz: Seriously hairy stairs & Malcolm Mclaren get his own award

Article: Art Buzz: Seriously hairy stairs & Malcolm Mclaren get his own award

The Sensorium: Beauty retailer Sephora and fragrance manufacturer Firmenich have teamed up to bring downtown New Yorkers the “Sensorium,” a pop-up museum of scents and smells complete with a “scent deprivation chamber” and a scent-mixing bar. This could either be totally amazing or totally gaggy—just come armed with a hankie to cover your nose in case you need a break from sensory overload…

Cirque du Soleil performers: before-and-after

Article: Cirque du Soleil performers: before-and-after

Los Angeles Times photographer Jay L. Clendenin took these portraits of the talented performers in the new LA-based Cirque du Soleil show “Iris,” before and after their make-up and costume transformations (like Caroline Lauzon, pictured above). There’s something so consistently fascinating about before-and-after photograph (which is probably why it’s a staple in the direct marketers’ tool bag, as in all those weight loss, anti-acne and hair loss infomercials). While we understand that there’s a technical explanation for how the transformation took place, we’re still always amazed at the makeover. On a slight tangent, but related to hair loss, one of my favorite jokes on this topic was delivered by comic Sheng Wang: “I’m a positive person. To me going bald isn’t about hair loss. It’s about FACE GAIN. It’s exciting.”

Spike Jonze Presents: Lil Buck and Yo-Yo Ma

Article: Spike Jonze Presents: Lil Buck and Yo-Yo Ma

Over at Opening Ceremony’s blog, Spike Jonze posted this video he recorded of famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma accompanying this kid, Lil Buck smoothily dancing at a “bring the arts to schools” event. Natalie Portman doesn’t have anything on this dancer. Finger snaps to whoever had these two artists’ names in their Rolodex. [Via]

School is in session

Article: School is in session

An Art History lesson at BHQFU.

Even though the Bruce High Quality Foundation has exhibited at places both high and low, from the W Hotel to P.S.1 MoMA and the upcoming Whitney Biennial, they still, quite often, have to explain themselves. One such example is the BHQFU, the Bruce High Quality Foundation University, a series of classes open to the public in subjects such as Philosophy of Motion Pictures, What’s a Metaphor and Occult Shenanigans in 20th/21st Century Art. More explanation defying courses are listed here, the most stupefying being the BHQFU Detective Agency (just try making sense of the website). But if you’re really interested and you want to know more, BHQFU, like a proper institution of higher learning, is having another open house this evening.

Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale

Article: Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale

The World Science Festival has just begun to release some clips from this year’s festival which was held in June 2009. One of the most notable is from “Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus” where Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale, using audience participation. World Science Festival 2009: Bobby…

Science and the city

Article: Science and the city

Brian Greene, festival co-founder and theoretical physics professor at Columbia University, with the respected Dr. Bunson Honeydew

From June 10-14, New York City will host the second annual World Science Festival, a series of programs and lectures that highlight the big questions in science and how they influenced the big questions in other fields, like philosophy, ethics, and the arts. The festival’s primary mission is “to cultivate and sustain a general public informed by the content of science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future,” a reminder that that science part of all of our lives, from the philosophical to the practical, and is worth knowing about.