There is a new basketball team in New York!…The Brooklyn Nets. The Nets recently moved over from the Hudson River to Brooklyn with the help of rapper Jay-Z. The Brooklyn Nets are one of the most talented NBA teams with stars like Deron Williams and Joe Johnson along with newcomers to the team Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Collins. Even if you are not a basketball fan, visiting the Barclays Center where the Nets play is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The arena is the newest and most modern of the 32 arenas in the NBA. Once there, one cannot help but notice the parquet floors (this means they have cool geometric patterns.) The next game will be on Friday, March 21st against their division rivals the Boston Celtics. Tickets are $45 cash only and the deadline to sign up is Wednesday March 19th, so after classes or your one to one English lessons in New York be sure to go the front desk and sign up with Saran. Who knows? You might see Jay-Z sitting courtside enjoying the game with Beyoncé. By Saran Wilson
This weekend, Nathan, is taking students to the Brooklyn Museum for the Keith Haring Expo and dance party! Keith Haring: 1978–1982 is the first large-scale exhibition to explore the early career of one of the best-known American artists of the twentieth century. Tracing the development of Haring’s extraordinary visual vocabulary, the exhibition includes 155 works on paper, numerous experimental videos, and over 150 archival objects, including rarely seen sketchbooks, journals, exhibition flyers, posters, subway drawings, and documentary photographs. The exhibition chronicles the period in Haring’s career from his arrival in New York City through the years when he started his studio practice and began making public and political art on the city streets. Immersing himself in New York’s downtown culture, he quickly became a fixture on the artistic scene, befriending other artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf, as well as many of the most innovative cultural figures of the period. The critical role that these relationships played in Haring’s development as a public artist and facilitator of group exhibitions and performances is also explored. Pieces on view include a number of very early works never before seen in public; seven video pieces, including Painting Myself into a Corner (his first video piece) and Tribute to Gloria Vanderbilt; and collages created from cut-up fragments of his own writing, history textbooks, and newspapers. Keith Haring: 1978–1982 is curated by Raphaela Platow. The exhibition is co-organized by the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, and the Kunsthalle Wien. The Brooklyn presentation is organized by Tricia Laughlin Bloom, Project Curator, and Patrick Amsellem, former Associate Curator of Photography, Brooklyn Museum.