‘The Future Is Now’ Exhibition Opens Thursday at The Highline Loft

For those wondering when exactly we’ll see this "future" everybody keeps talking about, the wait is over. The future will arrive at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at the Highline Loft (508 W. 26th St., 5th Fl., NYC). That’s the official unveiling of "The Future Is Now," an art exhibition designed to serve as a "blueprint for the 21st Century’s multimedia art experience." Don’t expect hovercars and Jetsons-like modernism, because this art exhibition is designed to give you a real peek into the days ahead, which are at times beautiful and frightening, utopian and dystopian. Curated by No Agenda, Ad Hoc Art, and Melissa McCaig-Welles, it features the work of more than 50 visual artists who have interpreted the clues of today to articulate a vision of tomorrow. Among them are a few names you’ve heard of, such as Chris Stain, William Quigley, and COPE2–who was kind enough to artify the BlackBook logo a couple of months ago–as well as many you may not know, but should. 

But it’s not just visual art you’ll experience. Over the course of three evenings, the gallery will host art-inflected music from such acts as Rocket Sam, Archtyp, and Gray, the latter of whom was formed in 1979 by Michael Holman and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Sadly, Basquiat died in 1988, but today’s lineup still includes Holman as well as original member Nick Taylor, who will be performing on Saturday night. In the past, the band’s special guests have included Vincent Gallo and Justin Thyme, so you never know who might hit the stage with them.

As for the visual part of the evening, I feel that it might best be summarized in a work by Mike Fitzsimmons entitled Too Early for Technology (pictured), featuring a forlorn robot dealing with the same issues I had to plough through just four hours ago.

Visit McCaig + Wells for more information, then go see the future before it slips into the past. 

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