Harlemites and preservationists were delighted to receive the recent news that the historic Harlem Fire Watchtower, removed from the Acropolis overlooking Marcus Garvey Park in 2015 for restoration, will be reinstalled this summer! A staging area has already been prepared for trucks, and sheds have been constructed for equipment at the base of the Acropolis.
The City College Archives at The City College of New York will put on exhibit more than 120 historic postcards collected by Dalton Whiteside, a CCNY architectural student, with the exhibit ‘Wish You Were Here! CCNY Postcards from the Past.’
Terrain Workis bringing Spring to the City for Earth Day, April 21st, with the 36-foot exhibit Broadway Bouquet ~ an installation of monumental scale, placed in parking spaces to inspire and imagine less cars, more green space.
The Broadway Mall Association has announced its art installation for Spring/Winter 2018, with Kathy Ruttenberg on Broadway: in dreamsawake. Artist, Kathy Ruttenberg has created six site-specific sculptures that run along the Broadway Mall from 64th Street to 157th Street.
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.
As part of the 2018 theme, The Future, artist Chitra Ganesh will kick-off her residency on May 4th with a free celebration from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, featuring music by DJ Rekha, and the performance “Blessed Avenue” by Jacolby Satterwhite. This is exciting and pertinent programming, exploring responsibility, feminism, transformation and The Future.
Face The Future with artist, Chitra Ganesh during her fellowship at The Rubin Museum of Art.
So, what every happened to the old Germania Bank Building that Jay Maisel bought in 1966 for $102,000 and sold to the developer Aby Rosen for $55 million in 2015. We took a walk through the iconic building this week.
Norman Hall and The Photography Year Book celebrated established and emerging photographers from 1954 to 1963. The exhibition, Mid-CenturyAmerican: Vintage Photographs From the International Photography Year Book, at Keith de Lellis Gallery, features images from Hall’s collection.
From April 17 to April 29th, four artists will create large-scale calligraphic paintings on the windows of the Winter Garden, using the poetic theme of love. The exhibition, On Love: The Art of Lines, Shapes & Symbols, will also include dance and music.
We can’t wait for the annual Jane’s Walk Tours. Many of this years Tours are theme-based on current events and interests, like rising sea levels and privately owned public spaces. Save the Dates ~ May 4-6 for The Municipal Art Society of New York Tours inspired by urban activist Jane Jacobs.
The 1930s-era, John J. Harvey Fireboat has had a lengthy history, including pumping water to firefighters at the World Trade Center after the September 11 attacks. The Public Art Fund exhibition, Tauba Auerback: Flow Separation will create a new look in World War I-era camouflage, just in time for the 100th Anniversary year of the end of World War 1.
Who wouldn’t want to live on ~ Dream Street. Well, in this case, we’re on 124th Street between Second and Third Avenues ~ and the dreamy mural is a depiction of a multi-cultural city painted by local children, most of them homeless.
Maysles Cinema Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Theatrical Debut of One October. This powerful new documentary, directed by Rachel Shuman, with executive producer, Edward Norton, will open on May 11 as part of the programming celebration marking its milestone in Harlem.
With great anticipation, artists and art patrons look forward to the opening of The Shed, New York’s first multi-arts center designed to commission, produce, and present all types of performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture, and expected to open in the Spring of 2019.
Beginning Thursday, April 5th at Noon, tickets for The Shed will be available to the public. The free two-week arts event will run from May 1-13 and will showcase The Shed’s mission to support artistic invention, and present multiple art forms in one flexible space.
The MoCCA (Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art) Arts Festival is a two-day, multimedia event with 400 exhibiting artists displaying work in comics, cartoon and animation ~ along with workshops, lectures and film screenings. It is Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival and draws over 7,000 attendees each year.
As if blowing in the wind, the art installation, Yinka Shonibare MBE: Wind Sculpture (SG) I is the new installation beautifying the Doris C. Freedman Plaza via Public Art fund. If you haven’t been to see this graceful new sculpture, you have time. It will be on view to mid October, 2018. And below are a few photo’s from the unveiling on March 6th.
Continuing with The Studio Museum in Harlem ~ outside the walls, inHarlem announced its next two projects in and around the community, in collaboration with Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Lever House presents ~ Adam Pendleton: what a daywasthis, works grouped together from his OK DADA OK BLACK DADA OK and System of Display series, along with two multi-paneled silkscreen ink on Mylar works.
Taking a stroll down Fifth Avenue on Easter Sunday has been a New York City tradition since the 1870s. The annual event begins at 49th Street and runs to 57th Street, with a concentration of spectacular hats in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Check out some of the people and hats we saw on our stroll along Fifth Avenue this Easter.
Images to be used in Elizabeth H. Berger Plaza by artist, Sara Ouhaddou for Percent for Art
Last year, the Department of Cultural Affairs of New York City, through its Percent for Art Program, issued a call for artists to submit plans for artwork that would recognize and honor the history of the downtown neighborhood known as Little Syria. The winner, French-Moroccan-artist, Sara Ouhaddou, was announced and moving forward with her installations, she has given us a glimpse of what will grace Elizabeth H. Berger Plaza, using Arabic calligraphy in asphalt and stone.
A dear woman, a friend, recently passed away. In her 90s, she was an inspiration to all who knew her ~ looking quite dapper, out doing errands every day, no matter the weather, and with a memory rivaling all those still in mid-life. It was at her 49 Day Funeral Ceremony at The New York Buddhist Church, that we learned how, in the 1940s, she and her husband fled to New York, to avoid being sent to internment camps, along with so many other Japanese-Americans ~ even though they were in the United States Quite legally.
A fire broke out in the cellar of the building that once was the home to St. Nick’s Pub.The club, which has been closed since 2011, was being used as a film location for the Edward Norton film, “Motherless Brooklyn“ based on a novel by Jonathan Lethem.
The exhibition, Marching On: The Politics of Performance at Storefront for Art and Architecture explores the legacy of marching and organized forms of performance within the African-American community, as “agents of cultural and political expression, celebrating collective identities and asserting rights to public space and visibility.”