Threads: Paintings from the 1960s and 70s features a selection of the work of artist, Stephen Posen, never before publicly shown. This exhibition, presented by Vito Schnabel Projects, is the first significant presentation to revisit Posen’s “breakthrough shaped canvases and related paintings since his debut” at SoHo gallery OK Harris, and Robert Miller, nearly five decades ago.
Affordable housing in New York City is a daily headline, with a growing homeless population and aging housing. How do other countries address this issue? The current exhibit, Social Housing ~ New European Projects, at the Center for Architecture displays their best efforts.
#TheWorldLetter Project originally started as a one-time street installation in May of 2017 as a Love Letter to the World. But then something interesting happened. The World began to write a Love Letter to the World. And so it continues on most days in Washington Square Park, weather permitting.
The Salmagundi Club is celebrating 100 years, and to commemorate this milestone, the club will pay homage to the building and its membership activities with a visual tribute to Greenwich Village with the exhibit, Greenwich Village: People, Places, and Things, and the exhibit, The SalmagundiShow, both opened on Tuesday, February 20th.
The Jefferson Market Library is celebrating 50 years of writing on the Reading Room walls, and in celebration of its 50th year, JML Manager, Frank Colierius and artist Mark John Smith have joined forces to create #JML50!
The mysterious, and much loved street artist, Banksy paid a visit to 101 West 14th Street – announcing his presence on his Instagram account. Preservationists familiar with the building recognized it right away as the original home of the historic Julien Binford murals located at 101 West 14th Street. Banksy’s latest addition ~ a rat painted on the clock atop the entrance to the former bank building. But less than a week later, the building owners removed Banksy’s clock. It will be placed in storage ~ future as yet undetermined.
……continuing to paint the town, Banksy at ~ The Bowery Wall
The Bowery Wall, on corner of Houston Street, is a 70-foot protest mural displaying the plight of Turkish artist, Zehra Dogan, who was sentenced by a Turkish court to two years and nine months in prison for – painting a picture.
Below, read the history of the murals, and the great ‘save’ thanks to the efforts of Speaker Corey Johnson and Save Chelsea.
Mural located at 101 West 14th Street painted by Julien Binford in 1954
Update (February 28, 2018) Breaking News from Chelsea Now~ Google NYC and Jamestown announced today that they will team up to help preserve the murals. According to Chelsea Now, efforts by Save Chelsea, a preservation group, and Speaker Corey Johnson “bore fruit”:
“The effort bore fruit: Jamestown said it recently bought the mural from the developer, Gemini Rosemont, for $50,000, Michael Phillips, president of Jamestown, told Chelsea Now in a phone interview.”
Now ~ to find a home for the mural, with the hope of keeping it in the neighborhood. Under consideration, the Senior Center at Hudson Guild. Two other locations are also being considered. Stay tuned for updates, and read the history of the Julien Binford mural below.
Julien Binford (1909-1997) was an American Painter, known for his paintings and murals of rural settings in Virginia, where he lived. In May of 1941, LIFEMagazine featured a four-page article on an art show at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts entitled The Eighth Exhibition of the Work of Virginia Artists in which Binford was one of 85 participating artists, whose average age was under 30.
In addition to the Tricks, Treats, and Parades are the homes spilling over with Halloween enthusiasm. One of the Treats of this Holiday is the six red-brick townhouses that make up the private complex known as Grove Court, set back at 13 Grove Street. Every year, the residents of Grove Court fill the courtyard with pumpkins. Here are two photos we took on two separate years.
A little history of Grove Court can be found in Off the Grid. #SavingPlaces #ThisPlaceMatters
Marcel Duchamp in the Village ~ 50 Years Later ~ Artist Serkan Ozkaya in conversation with Poet Robert Fitterman, will delve into Duchamp’s final work, including Ozkaya and Fitterman’s recently curated collection of works from twenty-six artists and writers responding to this enigmatic final work in the installation, Serkan Ozkaya: We WillWait. The talk will be hosted by The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, and held on Wednesday, October 25 from 6-8pm at Chess Forum. Space is limited. This is a Free Event. Register here.
The Event will be held at the Chess Forum 219 Thompson Street.
“After fifty-three years of having been in the business of helping so many guitar (and all the other fretted instruments) players have the tools with which to make music, forty-eight of those years at my store here in Greenwich Village, in the great City of New York, it is finally time for me to close this chapter of my life, relax some, travel some, play with the grandkids, all that kind of thing, though I wouldn’t quite call it “retirement”