Last year, we saw Bed, Bath & Bomb Shelter, the year before The Next Best…Ding!. Now, students and alumni from the SVA 3D design program, in conjunction with MTV and Grand Central Terminal, will present Moonlighting, an exhibition where the MTV Video Music Awards statuette, the Moonman, has been creatively re-invented as various household products and appliances. From a sausage maker and blender, to a 24-foot Moonman nutcracker, Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall will be elaborately inhabited by moon men with a twist from August 26 through September 3. The exhibition moves to the Art Directors Club on September 10 and will be on view through September 27. A reception for the artists will be held at the ADC on September 10 from 6 – 8 pm.
Connections: New York & Japan (Liberty Partnerships Program Exhibition); August 14 – 27; Reception: August 21, 5 – 7pm; Westside Gallery, 141 West 21 Street
Rebuilding Hope: One Block at a Time (Art Therapy Open Studio); August 22, 12 noon – 2pm; 132 West 21 Street, 3rd floor. Pick up a block to design and participate in the efforts to symbolically and artistically pay tribute to those lost on 9/11. Call 212.592.2610 for more information
Societal (MFA Computer Art/MFA Fine Arts); August 17 – September 21; Reception: August 22, 5 – 7pm; Eastside Gallery, 214 East 21 Street
Image (from Societal): Searching, 2002 Artist: Sean Kang
On August 22, artist and SVA alumnus Kenny Scharf (BFA 1980 Fine Art) will unveil his new 30-minute cartoon series, The Groovinians, in a sneak preview at the Museum of Television and Radio in New York. The series will then open at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art on October 19. The computer-generated, 3D cartoon is “a little autobiographical,” Scharf says, and tells the story of two kids from the boring planet Jeepers who dream of escaping to Groovinia, an enchanted land of artists. Scharf has rounded up some of his old New York collaborators to do the voices – Drina deNiro, Dennis Hopper, Paul Reubens, Debbie Mazar, Vince Gallo, RuPaul and Ann Magnuson. Devo vet Mark Mothersbaugh is in charge of the music and the B-52s perform the theme. “I’m really happy with it,” Scharf says. “I sacrificed everything for it for the last three years. In addition, The Cartoon Network is scheduled to air one episode on November 24 at 10pm.