Preparing for The High Line Extensions!

 

 

 

Rendering courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro/Office of Governor Cuomo via thehighline.org

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a proposal to extend the High Line in Manhattan to give pedestrians seamless access to the elevated pathway from the recently opened Moynihan Train Hall as part of the 2021 State of the State. As part of a public-private partnership, Brookfield Property Group will partner with Empire State Development, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Friends of the High Line to build an L-shaped connection from the 10th Avenue terminus of the High Line to Brookfield’s Manhattan West public space.

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The Da Vinci of Debt in Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall

 

 

 

The Da Vinci of Debt via naturallight.com

Natural Light’s Da Vinci of Debt illustrates the staggering cost of college with an art installation made from 2600 real diplomas with a collective value of $470 Million.

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The New York African Film Festival Returns virtually from February 4 to March 4, 2021

 

 

 

A scene from Our Lady of the Nile, screening as part of the 28th New York African Film Festival

The 28th edition of the New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) returns with a virtual program celebrating the shared aspirations that drive humanity through time and the voices of the women who push the culture forward while preserving treasured traditions. Presented by Film at Lincoln Center (FLC) and African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF), this year’s NYAFF will showcase ten features and 21 short films from Africa, Europe, North America, and South America. The event will be presented under the banner “Notes from Home: Recurring Dreams & Women’s Voices” in FLC’s Virtual Cinema from February 4 to 14 and at the Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem from February 18 to March 4.

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The Whimsical & Wonderful Intricate Sculptures of Kris Kuksi

 

 

 

Tabby Tyrant, 2021 Mixed media assemblage 31 x 31 x 9 inches / 78.7 x 78.7 x 22.9 cm, $35,000

Joshua Liner Gallery has made available new wall sculptures by the artist Kris Kuksi. In his practice, Kris Kuksi juxtaposes Baroque and Rococo design principles with the rigidity of the industrial landscape and classical architecture, to explore religion, culture, war, industry, and death.

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‘A stranger’s soul is a deep well’ to Open at Fridman Gallery

 

 

Sahana Ramakrishnan, All The Animals Asked For Blood, 2020
Egg tempera, sumi ink, gold leaf and ferricchloride on stretched paper, 16 x 13 x 1”

Fridman Gallery presents A stranger’s soul is a deep well, a multidisciplinary exhibition highlighting the work of nine contemporary artists: Ambrose, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Athena Latocha, Abigail Levine, Nate Lewis, Tyrone Mitchell, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Sahana Ramakrishnan and Matana Roberts.

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NYC Parks Could Eliminate Young Adult Membership Fees at Rec Centers!

 

 

Central Park

The NYC Parks Department announced the beginning of a public comment period for the proposed amendment to § 2-13 and § 2-14 of Chapter 2, Title 56 of the Rules of the City of New York, regarding Permits and Fee Schedules as it relates to young adults at NYC Parks recreation centers across the city and the Ocean Breeze Park Track & Field Athletic Complex. 

Public comment period for proposed rule change begins January 14, 2021 and will run through February 22, 2021. Make your voice heard.

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The Rubin Museum of Art Celebrates the Himalayan New Year 2021

 

 

Celebrate Losar, the Himalayan New Year. Image courtesy Rubin Museum of Art

The Rubin Museum of Art will be celebrating the Himalayan New Year on February 7th with a virtual, festive afternoon filled with art-making activities, baking and performances.

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The 28th Annual Canstruction New York 2020-21 is a Virtual Event, Raising Money for City Harvest

 

 

 

2020 Was Bananas by Simpson Gumpertz & Heger. Image courtesy Canstruction. You are looking at 4,118 virtual cans!

The non-profit organization, Canstruction, has been hosting an annual event, raising money for City Harvest for twenty-seven years. Not skipping a beat, Canstruction is presenting its 28th Edition virtually!

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Voices of the Soho Renaissance on view at National Arts Club

 

 

via National Arts Club

In the aftermath of the Black Lives Matter protests, Soho emerged as a source of spontaneous creativity not seen in the city for decades. Local artists took to the streets to transform the blank plywood barricades put in place by neighborhood businesses as protection into positive and elaborate art pieces. This exhibition presents a selection of works created by artists in the forefront of this dynamic movement.
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MTA Arts & Design Unveils Jim Hodges: I dreamed a world and called it Love at Grand Central & 42nd Street

 

 

 

Jim Hodges: I dreamed a world and called it Love, a commissioned artwork by MTA Arts & Design, courtesy Stephen Friedman Gallery

This week, MTA Arts & Design unveiled a gorgeous new commissioned piece at Grand Central Station’s 42nd Street entrance for the #4,5,6,7,S trains. Take a look at Jim Hodges: I dreamed a world and called it Love, courtesy of Stephen Friedman Gallery.

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Fremin Gallery Presents the Mesmerizing Work of Inkyeong Baek in ‘Happy Hour’

 

 

 

Inkyeong Baek, Wine glasses. Images courtesy of the artist

Fremin Gallery kicks-off 2021 with the work of Korean artist, Inkyeong Baek. The exhibition, entitled ‘Happy Hour’ beautifully captures in oil the delicate magic of glassware in her signature style.

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13th St. Repertory Theatre, 50 West 13th Street in Greenwich Village under Threat of Demolition

 

 

 

13th Street Repertory Company

We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Edith O’Hara, founder of the 13th St. Repertory Theatre, in October, 2020 at the age of 103. We have also been alerted by Village Preservation to the urgency in asking NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission to consider landmark designation for the 3 1/2 story, 170 year-old row house located at 50 West 13th Street.

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Galerie l’Atelier + Fremin Gallery present ‘Paris Wanderlust’

 

 

 

Jean-Luc Olezak, Le Pont des Arts, Paris, 2006, Silver Gelatin Print. Image courtesy of the gallery.

For all those who love Paris, you won’t want to miss Galerie l’Atelier, in partnership with Fremin Gallery, in its presentation of Paris Wanderlust. Each artist in this group exhibition brings the city to life, capturing their most treasured places. Here, the gallery describes this pictorial adventure.

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Permits Filed for Franciscan Handmaids of Mary Motherhouse, 15 West 124th Street in Harlem

 

 

 

15 West 124th Street, image taken December 19, 2018. Image credit: AFineLyne

Overlooking Marcus Garvey Park, at 15 West 124th Street, stands an 18,000+ square-foot, brick building that had been the home to the Franciscan Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary ~ the nation’s oldest order of black nuns.  In 2016, the Order celebrated its 100th Anniversary and year of service with a Gala featuring His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan (Archbishop of New York), with performances by Melba Moore and other celebrity guests, held at the New York Academy of Medicine.

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Hou de Sousa: ‘Ziggy’ is a Great Way to Socially Distance ~ Downtown on Water Street

 

 

 

Hou de Sousa: Ziggy. Image courtesy Flatiron Partnership and The Van Alen Institute on the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Plaza in 2019.

The Downtown Alliance has kicked-off the New Year with one of our favorite installations, Ziggy, located at 200 Water Street throughout Winter, 2021.

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Prismatica Returns to NYC in The Garment District

 

 

 

Prismatica photo: © Doublespace Photography

On the heals of the art installation, Will Kurtz: Doggy Bags, the Garment District Alliance will unveil a colorful, interactive installation by Prismatica.

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New Museum to Open Art Preserve in Wisconsin in June, 2021

 

 

 

The Art Preserve of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI. Photo by Durston Saylor, courtesy John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center has announced the opening date for the Art Preserve, the world’s first museum dedicated to the presentation, care and study of art environments. Due to delays caused by COVID-19, the Art Preserve, originally set to open its doors this past August, is scheduled to open June 26, 2021. The postponement allows for finalizing interior construction and installation of works of art.

Here’s how the Art Preserve will turn the museum experience inside out, presenting treasures usually held behind the scenes.

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Art Installations, Exhibits & Events in NYC to Add to Your List in January, 2021

 

 

 

34. Beuford Smith, Harlem Children, Easter Sunday, 1965. Image courtesy Keith de Lellis Gallery. Current exhibition, 3 Points of View by Kamoinge Photographers, on view through February, 2021.

Adios 2020! A sentiment reverberating around the world, as we move forward into a New Year with art installations, events & exhibits, indoors, outdoors, and online, to add to your list in January, 2021.

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2021 Junior & Scholarship Exhibition at Historic Salmagundi Club

 

 

The historic Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, Greenwich Village

The Scholarship and Junior program was originally conceived by former Salmagundi Club President Junius Allen in the late 1950’s, and it has remained a vital source for attracting new and talented young members since that time.

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‘Albers and Morandi: Never Finished’ to Open at David Zwirner Gallery, Chelsea

 

 

 

Image: Giorgio Morandi, Natura morta (Still Life), 1953 (detail)

David Zwirner is pleased to present Albers and Morandi: Never Finished, which will be on view at the gallery’s 537 West 20th Street location. The exhibition explores the formal and visual affinities, and contrasts between two of the twentieth century’s greatest painters: Josef Albers (1888–1976) and Giorgio Morandi (1890–1964).

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3 Points of View by Kamoinge Photographers at Keith de Lellis Gallery

 

 

 

35. Beuford Smith, Flag Day, Harlem, 1976

Keith de Lellis Gallery presents the work of three early Kamoinge photographers for this winter exhibition. The name “Kamoinge” comes from the Kikuyu language of Kenya and means a group of people acting together. The Kamoinge mission statement: To HONOR, document, preserve, and represent the history and culture of the African Diaspora with integrity and respect for humanity through the lens of Black photographers.” (Kamoinge.com). 3 Points of View ~ Anthony Barboza, Beuford Smith, and Shawn Walker.

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Moynihan Train Hall in the James A. Farley Post Office Building to Open on January 1, 2021

 

 

 

Named after the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Train Hall in the James A. Farley Post Office Building honors the design of the original Penn Station. The project represents one of New York’s most ambitious transportation and infrastructure upgrades in decades. It includes a 255,000 square-foot Train Hall with 92-foot high skylight, expanding Penn Station’s Concourse space by 50%.

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Last Chance to Bid on Historic GemSpa Auction Items!

 

 

 

Yes, Gem Spa is currently holding an online auction, including signs, gates, and its egg cream station among other memorabilia.

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A Look Inside Proposed Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary in Nolita

 

 

 

Terreform Monarch Sanctuary courtesy terreform.com

Kenmare Square LLC and Brooklyn-based, nonprofit architecture and urban design research group, TerreForm has been working on a project in Manhattan for a proposed building, creating a Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary on the facade, atrium and roof of a new, commercial building. Sounds like a sanctuary for the people within! Let’s take a look at the plan.

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Samantha Holmes’ ‘Mundilo/Little World’ on View at West Farms Square Plaza, Bronx

 

 

 

Samantha Holmes, Mundilo/Little World at West Farms Square. Image credit: Liz Logan

Samantha Holmes’, “Mundilo/Little World” is the sixth temporary art commission presented at West Farms Square in partnership with the Bronx River Art Center.

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Cavalier Gallery brings 5 Sculptures to Broadway + Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, Created by Artist, Jim Rennert

 

 

 

Jim Rennert, From L-R, Inner Dialogue; Timing; Commute. Image via PRNewsfoto/Cavalier Gallery

Cavalier Gallery, Rockhill Management and NYC Parks have unveiled five sculptures by internationally acclaimed, New York-based artist, Jim Rennert in the Theatre District and Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza. Each of the more than twelve-foot tall sculptures represent a variety of obstacles faced by the working modern man.

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Sacred Nation, Scared Nation ~ a Virtual Exhibition to Open at Fort Gansevoort

 

 

 

Above Image: Gordon Hookey, Ready to Rumble, 2020, Oil pastel and pencil on paper, 30.5 x 44 inches.

Beginning January 7, Fort Gansevoort will present Sacred Nation, Scared Nation, the gallery’s first exhibition with the noted Waanyi Aboriginal artist Gordon Hookey. Organized in collaboration with Los Angeles-based artist Gary Simmons, the presentation will focus on Hookey’s use of metaphors, wordplay, and humor – sometimes brazenly provocative – to subvert tropes of Western colonialization and to reclaim, empower, and redefine Aboriginal culture. Eschewing the traditional dot abstraction most commonly associated with indigenous Australian art, he deploys deceptively folksy figuration, contemporary images, and bold painted words in paintings that connect Black Aboriginal experience to that of African Americans.

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Design Trust for Public Space Prepares Communities for Economic Recovery in the Wake of COVID-19

 

 

Image via Design Trust

The Design Trust for Public Space announced a new multi-year initiative designed to help New York City communities activate and manage public spaces to advance economic recovery in the wake of COVID-19.

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Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America at New Museum

 

 

Image: Dawoud Bey, Fred Stewart II and Tyler Collins, from the series “The Birmingham Project,” 2012. Archival pigment prints mounted on Dibond, 40 x 64 (101.6 x 162.6 cm). © Dawoud Bey. Courtesy Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA and Rennie Collection, Vancouver.

The New Museum will present an intergenerational exhibition of works from thirty-seven artists, conceived by curator Okwui Enwezor beginning January 27, 2021.

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El Museo Del Barrio Presents The 44th Annual Three Kings Day (Virtual) Celebration, 2021

 

 

 

Manny Vega, Museo del Barrio / Dia de Reyes / January 6, 1982. Collection of El Museo del Barrio

El Museo del Barrio is delighted to present the 44th Annual Three Kings Day (Virtual) Celebration on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, titled Fuerza Colectiva: Celebrating our Roots and Diversity. The upcoming celebration honors and embraces our community’s collective strength in response to the pandemic and injustice, and the cultural contributions of the African diaspora.

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NYC Parks + DSNY Announce Big Reuse Composting Operation!

 

 

 

Courtesy NYC Parks

NYC Parks and NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) announced a path forward for Big Reuse composting operations. The $11M park renovation project will be abutting Queensbridge NYCHA housing. A community input meeting on this project will take place in January, 2021.

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NYC Parks Warns ~ Don’t Venture Onto the Ice in the Parks!

 

 

Central Park

In an advisory today, NYC Parks warns New Yorkers of the dangers of venturing onto ice in parks.

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MulchFest 2021 Begins on December 26, 2020

 

 

 

MulchFest2020. Image credit: NYC Park

The holidays are here, and with it the return of NYC Parks’ annual Mulchfest tree chipping celebration! Beginning December 26, New Yorkers can recycle their trees at local parks, with convenient drop-off sites in all five boroughs.

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NYC Parks Greenthumb + Partners Overhaul 15 Community Gardens in 2020

 

 

 

Clara’s Garden, 579 Glenmore Avenue, Brooklyn. Photo credit: NYC Parks

NYC Parks GreenThumb today announced the completion of significant upgrades and renovations at 15 community gardens across four boroughs. They include one new community garden, the Garden of Resilience in Springfield Gardens, Queens, as well as four gardens reactivated with new gardening groups in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, East New York, and Brownsville, Brooklyn.

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Urban Park Rangers Rescue Ten Ducks from Bowne Park in Flushing

 

 

 

Photo credit: NYC Parks

Ducks on the Loose, and Urban Park Rangers stepped in (rowed in) to rescue the ten ducks in the pond at Bowne Park, Flushing, Queens.

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NYC Parks Dept Cuts the Ribbon on Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson Playground in Harlem

 

 

 

Photo credit: NYC Parks/Daniel Avila

NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, joined Assembly member Al Taylor, Manhattan Deputy Borough President Matthew Washington, Community Board 10 Chair Cicely Harris, President & CEO of Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement Malcolm Punter, and community members this week to cut the ribbon on the reconstruction of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson Playground in Central Harlem. The $1.59 million renovation is the 51st project completed through the Community Parks Initiative (CPI), the City’s first-ever parks equity initiative, funded by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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Stepping into the Whimsical World of Artist, Guy Kettelhack

 

 

 

Artist, Guy Hettelhack, ‘The Facts of the Biz’ (vidded)

In a difficult and somber year, here is an artist that will surely put a smile on your face. Step into artist, Guy Kettelhack’s world of whimsical creatures and fanciful poems.

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On the Mosaic Trail with Jim Power, The Mosaic Man, in the East Village

 

 

 

On the Mosaic Trail at Astor Place in the East Village

So much has changed along St. Mark’s Place in the East Village. But as shops, and even buildings come and go ~ Jim Power and his Mosaic Trail can still be found.

Walk with us along St. Mark’s Place, from Astor Place to Tompkins Square Park, on Jim Power’s Mosaic Trail.

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100 Years of Harlem Community History ~ harlem is… a Project of Community Works and New Heritage Theatre Group

 

 

 

For twenty years, Community Works/New Heritage Theatre Group has celebrated 100 years of Harlem’s cultural history through the harlem is…. public art exhibitions, programming, and school and community partnerships. This month, they announced the launching of the harlem is… website, the new digital home for the harlem is… exhibitions, virtual events, and educational activities devoted to honoring the living legacy of local heroes in the iconic Harlem neighborhood.

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Holiday Sculpture Trove of Treasures ~ #OnlyOnFifth

 

 

Christmas Cab located at 58th Street

In addition to the wonder of Fifth Avenue Shop Holiday Windows, the famed street has a Holiday Sculpture Trove of Treasures taking viewers from 51st Street to 59th Street. Find the larger-than-life toys along Fifth Avenue with the help of the map, below.

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Fondation César plans Exhibitions in Paris, Normandy, and New York City to Honor Renowned French Artist César on the 100th Year of his Birth

 

 

 

César, Fondation César

In honor of centenary of the birth of the artist known everywhere simply as ‘César’, the Fondation César today announced a transatlantic celebration comprising exhibitions in France and United States over the course of 2021. Working in close collaboration with the Fondation and its President and Executive Director Stéphanie Busuttil-Janssen, galleries Salon 94, New York, and Almine Rech, Paris, will present a series of major exhibitions devoted to the ideas and achievements spanning César’s career.

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38th Annual Wreath Interpretations, a Virtual Exhibition at Arsenal Gallery

 

 

Kaitlyn E. Hay, “Hail to the Art Teacher”

For the first time ever, NYC Parks is pleased to present its Wreath Interpretations exhibition virtually. The 38th annual exhibition rings in the holiday season with an array of nearly 40 inventive, handmade adaptations of the traditional decoration. While the Arsenal Gallery is closed, this year’s wreaths are presented in a slideshow on the agency’s website here.

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Art Installations, Exhibits & Events in NYC to Add to Your List in December, 2020

 

 

Christmas Cab on Fifth Ave at 58th Street as part of Holiday Sculpture Trove of Treasurers along Fifth Avenue

In spite of a very difficult year, New Yorkers prepare to celebrate the Holidays. Our trees will go up, our lights will go on, our candles will be lit, our wreaths will adorn our doors, and our caroling will be virtual. Here are a few art installations, events and exhibits to add to your holiday season this December.

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The Biggest Little Show in Town ~ SCNY Thumb Box Exhibition & Sale

 

 

Debra Keirce, Candy Bag Bingo, 2019, Oil, 6 x 6 in/15.2 x 15.2 cm

A cornucopia of “small” works priced to sell, this extraordinary pageant of small and original art works is one of the most anticipated fine art shopping opportunities in New York City. Over 300 works of art in all media will be presented this year in the upper gallery.

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Four Now: New Works by Bisa Butler, Adebunmi Gbadebo, Leonardo Benzant and Gio Swaby at Claire Oliver Gallery

 

 

 

Bisa Butler, photograph by Gioncarolo Valentine, courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery

Claire Oliver Gallery is pleased to announce a group exhibition Four Now: New Works by Bisa Butler, Adebunmi Gbadebo, Leonardo Benzant and Gio Swaby.  The exhibition and a dynamic virtual program of talks and events is designed to telegraph the excitement and energy of Miami Art Week to the gallery’s Harlem headquarters.  The program includes a range of conversations between the artists and guest speakers including actor, artist and collector Hill Harper, James Beard Award-winning chef Bryant Terry, Nora Atkinson, the Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator-in-Charge for the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Dr. Tricia Laughlin Bloom, Newark Museum Curator of American Art. The exhibition will be on view by appointment December 1, 2020 – January 9, 2021 and virtual programming can be joined online at the gallery’s website.

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NYC Parks Unveils $3.65 Million Transformation of Grant Park in the Bronx

 

 

Photo credit: NYC Parks/Daniel Avila

NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, today joined Deputy Bronx Borough President Marricka Scott-McFadden, State Assembly Member Latoya Joyner, City Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson, District Manager Paul Philps and Parks Chair Paul Lozito of Bronx Community Board 4, and community members to officially unveil the reconstructed Grant Park.

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Yinka Shonibare CBE: Earth Kids at James Cohan Gallery in December, 2020

 

 

 

YINKA SHONIBARE, CBE, Fire Kid (Girl), 2020

James Cohan is pleased to present Earth Kids, an exhibition of new sculptures by Yinka Shonibare CBE, on view from December 4 through January 23 at the gallery’s Lower East Side location at 291 Grand Street. This is the artist’s seventh solo exhibition at James Cohan. To book an appointment to view the exhibition, please click here.

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Ornamentum Gallery in Hudson Gets Creative with ~ Up In Smoke

 

 

 

David Clarke, Stashed 2020, David Clarke (UK), Storage containers with fringed stands, pewter, silver, steel. Each ca. 18 x 18 x 35cm/7 x 7 x 13.75 in. Image courtesy of the Gallery

Yes, it’s the evolution of the ‘pipe,’ looking nothing like your corner pipe shop finds or the home-made pipes of the 1970s. Up In Smoke: Contemporary Studio Artists from the Jewelry, Silversmithing, and Design World Take on Marijuana! Usable Art (much like the wearble art this gallery is known for). Let’s see some of the cool designs they’ve created for Design Miami, opening November 27, 2020, and opening in Hudson, NY in January, 2021.

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New York Choral Society + Artist, Joyce McDonald Present ‘Peace Unto Zion

 

 

 

The New York Choral Society presents a beautiful and thoughtful video in a production of ‘Our Voices” as part of its 2020-21 season. This production is a collaboration with artist Joyce McDonald, merging song and visual art ~ stunning sculpture portraits ~ Peace Unto Zion. Continue reading “New York Choral Society + Artist, Joyce McDonald Present ‘Peace Unto Zion”

Newly Restored Endale Arch in Prospect Park Now Open to the Public

 

 

 

Endale Arch Restoration. Photo credit: Paul Martinka.

Prospect Park’s historic Endale Arch has been restored to its original splendor with a $500,000 restoration funded by Tiger Baron Foundation and Council Member Brad Lander’s District 39 Participatory Budgeting.

The restoration of this historic arch, one of the first architectural elements in Prospect Park, reveals hidden details not seen in more than a century. Take a look at some pictures at the ribbon-cutting today.

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