Toxic Beauty: The Art of Frank Moore, now at NYU's Grey Art Gallery in the West Village 

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Whatever you or I might think of New York University and its seemingly insatiable need for Greenwich Village real estate--the NYU 2031 massive expansion proposal, aka the Sexton Plan, has been non-stop controversial, though the city has approved the latest iteration, and it looks it's a go, for now--one thing is certain: the savvy West Village resident can still find plenty of cultural adventures to be had on the NYU campus. The Skirball Center is perhaps the most obvious NYU venue to find cool, unusual things to do, with such recent offerings as the blow-your-mind Joshua Light Show series, in which the '60s Fillmore East veteran designed a multimedia extravaganza that exploded behind the stage as the likes of downtown musical legends Lou Reed, John Zorn, Bill Laswell, and Milford Graves rocked the house up front. For news of future events, you should get on the Skirball e-mailing list, here.

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Another first-rate source for getting some culture in the West Village, also courtesy of NYU is The Grey Art Gallery, right across from Washington Square Park (heading east), and home to some terrific exhibitions over the past years, including the current show, Toxic Beauty: The Art of Frank Moore, a career-spanning survey of the New York City artist who, like too many others of his generation, died far too young, of AIDS, in 2002, after being tested HIV positive in 1987. As someone at the forefront of AIDS activism (he was among the first to join Visual Aids, the artistic faction of ACT UP, and spearheaded the design of the now-much-imitated red ribbon as a symbol of the fight), much of Frank Moore's work from the 1980s and '90s is, unsurprisingly, dominated by medical- and disease-based imagery, and it is often quite menacing, powerful stuff.

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But NYU Grey Gallery exhibition's title, Toxic Beauty, gives a hint that, despite the weighty topics--environmental destruction is another common theme; as Moore said of his beloved Indian Lake, "every summer I'd go back and find it a bit deader. Now it's a graveyard."--Moore's work doesn't brood. Nothing about this show asks for your pity. In fact, with its bright color palette, twisted representational style, and considerable sense of humor (though, it should noted, Moore pulls no visual punches when it comes to sex and death), it all feels more vital and alive than a lot of art exhibitions I've seen so far this fall. Highly recommended--go for Moore's amazingly, creatively appropriately frames alone--especially for West Villagers who can just stroll on over to this, your "neighborhood gallery" at NYU.

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Toxic Beauty: The Art of Frank Moore at NYU's Grey Art Gallery info
Toxic Beauty: The Art of Frank Moore will be on display until December 8 at NYU's Grey Art Gallery. The Grey Gallery is located at 100 Washington Square East and is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; on Wednesdays from 11:00 until 8:00; and on Saturdays from 11:00 until 5:00. Admission is free; donations are appreciated. Toxic Beauty continues at NYU’s Fales Library, but I haven't yet made it to that part of the exhibition. More info here.

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