A Little Manhattan Magic ~ The Wizard of Park Avenue

 

 

 

The Wizard of Park Avenue

Manhattan is filled with surprises, located in every direction including ~ up! And that is where we found this beauty ~ designed by McKim, Mead & White, and artist William Zorach. It has been name The Wizard of Park Avenue.

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Harlem’s Heaven Hat Boutique at The Met!

 

 

 

Courtesy Harlem’s Heaven Hat Boutique

The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue has a special exhibition of handmade hats, created by Evetta Petty, Owner of Harlem’s Heaven Hats.

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Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth at the Morgan Library & Museum

 

 

 

J. R. R. Tolkien (1892–1973), Bilbo comes to the Huts of the Raft-elves, July 1937, watercolor, pencil, white body color. Bodleian Libraries, MS. Tolkien Drawings 29. © The Tolkien Estate Limited 1937.

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Siah Armajani: Bridge Over Tree + Follow This Line ~ Met Breuer & Public Art Fund at Brooklyn Bridge Park

 

 

 

A view of Siah Armajani’s ‘Bridge Over Tree’ in Brooklyn Bridge Park from the Manhattan Bridge

The Iranian-born, American sculpture artist, Siah Armajani is best known for his works of public art in bridges, gazebos, gardens, and reading rooms across the United States and Europe.

The artist has arrived in New York with a two-pronged installation and exhibition. The outdoor component will be featured by The Public Art Fund in Brooklyn Bridge Park with the installation Bridge Over Tree (1970), which was first exhibited as a temporary installation at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis nearly fifty years ago (1970). It consists of a 91-foot-long walkway with open, trussed sides and a shingled roof, with a set of stairs at the midpoint that climb and descend over a small evergreen tree.  The installation is located on the Empire Fulton Ferry Lawn at Brooklyn Bridge Park between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. Siah Armajani: Bridge Over Tree is curated by The Public Art Fund Director and Chief Curator Nicholas Baume.

The original concept and installation by Armajani was created as an outdoor, site-specific piece for the Walker Art Center’s 9 Artists/9 Spaces exhibition. Coinciding with The Public Art Fund installation, Siah Armajani: Follow This Line  is on view at The Met Breuer. Featuring nearly one hundred works made over the past 60 years, Siah Armajani: Follow This Line is the first major U.S. retrospective of the preeminent Iranian-American artist Siah Armajani (b. 1939).

Here, we explore both the indoor and outdoor components, beginning at Met Breuer, and moving to Brooklyn Bridge Park with the MET and the Public Art Fund.

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St. Mark’s Historic District in the East Village Celebrates its 50th Anniversary!

 

 

On January 14, 1969, the St. Mark’s Historic District was one of the first historic districts to be designated a City Landmark.  Now, as we approach its 50th anniversary, the Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation is planning a celebration.  RSVP for the Event to be held on Wednesday, January 16th, and check out a wonderful and informative article on the Secrets of the St. Mark’s Historic District by 6SqFt.

The GVSHP is also celebrating the launch of its online tool, giving historic information on every building in the neighborhood. Click to explore “A History of the East Village and its Architecture” by Francis Morrone.

MCC Theater + Francesco Simeti = Two New ‘Percent for Art’ Installation

 

 

 

Closeup of the tapestry created by artist Francesco Simeti for MCC Theater. Image via NYC Cultural Affairs on Twitter

The MCC Theater + the artist Francesco Simeti = two beautiful new Percent for Art installations that were unveiled at the theater’s official opening on January 9, 2019.  A Tale of the City greets visitors from the street, and Set Perspectives creates a unique seating area within the theater.

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Keith Duncan: The Big Easy opens at Fort Gansevoort

 

 

 

Keith Duncan, The Wedding Reception, 2015 courtesy Fort Gansevoort

Fort Gansevoort is kicking-off the new year with the exhibition, The Big Easy, featuring new work by New Orleans, Louisiana-based artist Keith Duncan, opening on Thursday, January 10th. Keith Duncan is a visual storyteller, depicting stories both familiar to all and those specific to New Orleans, with a focus on a multidimensional approach both in subject matter and material.

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The Africa Center in Harlem to Open its Doors in January 2019

 

 

Preview programming has begun in anticipation of The Africa Center opening its doors later in January, 2019. In addition to the Museum, Chef Pierre Thiam’s Senegalese restaurant, Teranga, will open on February 9th, and Portals, presented in partnership with Shared Studios, an interactive installation that allows visitors to connect in real-time with locations on the African continent and around the world via conversations, dinners, classes and other curated interactions will also go live.

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Light & Dark ~ Portraits of Distinguished African Americans coming to Keith de Lellis Gallery

 

 

Wayne F. Miller, Billy Eckstine, 1948 ~ courtesy Keith de Lellis Gallery

We were going to save this gorgeous February exhibition for Black History Month, but just couldn’t wait!

Keith de Lellis Gallery will open its doors to Light & Dark: Portraits of Distinguished African Americans on February 7th, and we are saving the date.

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Power to the People to Open at The Arsenal

 

 

Image: April 22, 1970, First Earth Day, View of Crowds in Union Square Surrounding George Washington Monument, Courtesy of NYC Parks Photo Archive

New York City’s parks have a long history of playing host to public demonstrations and protests that dates to the American Revolution. Since then, people have taken to the city’s streets, plazas, and parks to voice their distress during numerous periods of unrest. Today, parks continue to be some of the most democratic spaces for people to gather and declare their calls to action. NYC Parks Ebony Society’s exhibition Power to the People shares artists’ interpretations of public demonstration, drawing on both the city’s rich history of protest and current social conflicts.

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Furies, Fairies, Visionaries to open at Pen + Brush

 

 

Laetitia Soulier ‘The Square Roots 2 (2015)’ courtesy Pen + Brush

Celebrating its 125th anniversary, Pen + Brush will be kicking-off the New Year with the exhibition, Furies, Fairies, Visionaries.

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Iceberg ~ A Titanic Exhibit Arrives in the Garment District

 

 

On the heals of the colorful installation, Candy Nation by Laurence Jenkell, the Garment District Alliance kicks-off the New Year with the installation, Iceberg.

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DOT Art ~ Open Call 2019

 

 


Artists are invited to apply to the Community Commissions 2019 open call in which DOT Art is seeking temporary, site-responsive art proposals in all five boroughs for implementation in spring/summer 2019. This round, applicants may submit sculpture or mural proposals to one of five priority sites. Selected artists are qualified to receive up to $12,000 towards direct project costs in addition to engineering support. Projects are presented with support from built-in community-based partner organizations.

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‘The Winter Show’ at Park Avenue Armory

 

 

 

Anna Mary Robertson (“Grandma”) Moses (1860-1961)
Untitled: Sugaring Scene, 1961  Oil on pressed wood, 16″ x 24″ (40.6 x 61 cm) Image courtesy Galerie St. Etienne

The Winter Show at Park Avenue Armory ~ a benefit for East Side House Settlement ~ will take place from January 18 to January 27, 2019, featuring 70 of the world’s top experts in the fine and decorative arts.

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Urban Agriculture Harlem Style ~ Harlem Grown

 

 

 

Harlem Grown Impact Farm

While ’tis the season to be singing ~ let it snow…let it snow…let it snow, many of the kids in Harlem are singing ~ let it grow….let it grow…let it grow ~ and they’ve been doing this at Harlem Grown since its founding in 2011 by (the amazing) Tony Hillery.

Come along as we take a tour of the program’s new farm on 127th Street between Lenox Avenue and Fifth Avenue in Harlem.

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Looking Back at ‘A Monument to the 500 Years of the Cultural Reversal of America’ by the artist Jorge Luis Rodriguez

 

 

 

The exhibition ‘A Monument to the 500 Years of the Cultural Reversal of America’ by the artist Jorge Luis Rodriguez at Center for Puerto Rican Studies in East Harlem in 2014

In anticipation of The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s upcoming event, Open Archive: The Slave Ship, we reached back in our archives to an exhibition on this very subject which opened at The Center for Puerto Rican Studies East Harlem in 2016. The exhibition was a compilation of decades of artwork by Jorge Luis Rodrigues, entitled ARTchives: Method and Documentation ~ and part of this exhibition included an exhibit entitled A Monument to the 500 Years of the Cultural Reversal of America, which was a small-scale exhibition of his original sculpture of a Galleon ~ a slave ship, including ceramic slaves placed in the hold of the vessel. Bringing the original sculpture down to scale, the Galleon was painted on the wall of the library, with 50 of the original 126 ceramic slaves beneath.

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57 Art Installations, Exhibits & Events to Add to Your List in January, 2019

 

 

Fritz Ascher, Female Nude, 1916, White gouache over graphite, watercolor, and black ink on paper, 17 3/8 x 12 1/4 in. Private collection, Photo: Malcolm Varon. (c) Bianca Stock ~ Image courtesy Grey Art Gallery/NYU.

Kicking-off the New Year with installations, events and exhibits reflecting the diversity of New York ~ celebrating music, dance, art, and photography ~ a comic book festival, an art fair, a dog museum opening, and a host of exciting exhibits from 2018 still on view. Here are 57 suggestions to add to your list this January, 2019.

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MTA Arts + Artist Derek Fordjour = a Parade at 145th Street!

 

 

Parade 2018 by artist Derek Fordjour at 145th Street & Lenox Ave subway station. Image courtesy MTA Arts & Design

Kicking-off the New Year with a Parade at the 145th Street and Lenox Avenue subway station, through MTA Arts & Design. Parade, 2018 by Harlem-based artist Derek Fordjour celebrates the African-American parade tradition in all its pageantry.

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Race, Myth, Art and Justice ~ CCCADI East Harlem

 

 

Race, Myth, Art, and Justice at CCCADI

Race, Myth, Art, and Justice celebrates a community of voices who illuminate how art continues to serve as a powerful tool for justice. As part of CCCADI’s commitment to public engagement and collaboration, the curators invited thirteen dynamic scholars, activists, artists, and writers to reflect on the exhibition’s works.

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Noguchi Museum ~ January, 2019

 

 

Installation view, Jorge Palacios at The Noguchi Museum. Photo by Elizabeth Felicella. ©The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, NY / ARS and Jorge Palacios.

The Noguchi Museum announced programming for January, 2019. It will include the installation Okiagari-Koboshi, 2018 by Jorge Palacios, as well as workshops on Screen Printing and Stone Carving, and a current installation ~ Akari: Sculpture by Other Means + Akari Unfolded.

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Hauser & Wirth NYC ~ Kicking-Off the New Year with Günther Förg. Works from 1986 – 2007 and Luchita Hurtado. Dark Years

 

 

Günther Förg, untitled 2005, Acrylic on canvas ©Estate Günther Förg , Suisse/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Estate Günther Förg , Suisse (280×1200 cm/110 1/4x 472 1/2 in

Hauser and Wirth New York will kick-off the New Year with Günther Förg. Works from 1986 – 2007 opening in Chelsea and Luchita Hurtado. Dark Years to open on the Upper East Side in January.

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ChaShaMa ~ Atmospheric Perspectives, a Group Show

 

 

Atmospheric Perspectives

Atmospheric Perspective: A Contemporary Approach to a Traditional Technique is a group show of twenty artists, members of the New York Artists Circle, who take a new approach to visualizing what exactly is the air we breathe and live in today.

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The Tribute Journey: Hero’s Tree on view at The Salmagundi Club

 

 

Image courtesy the Salmagundi Club

Here’s a special Holiday installation ~ a tribute to our Military ~ on view in the Upper Gallery of The Salmagundi Club from December 16, 2018 to January 1, 2019.

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Gillie & Marc bring Paparazzi Dogman + Paparazzi Rabbitgirl to Midtown

 

 

Paparazzi Dogman & Paparazzi Rabbitgirl

We heard that Gilli & Marc’s Paparazzi Dogman and Paparazzi Rabbitgirl were on Sixth Avenue, but found them around the corner in a small pocket-park next to the McGraw-Hill building.

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Starbucks Reserve Roastery Arrives in the Meatpacking District

 

 

The new

In a City where ‘bigger & better’ is the norm, the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery, next to Chelsea Market, fits right in with its three-level, 23,000 square-feet of very inviting, beautifully designed space.

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Riusuke Fukahori ~ Goldfish Blossoms opens at Joshua Liner Gallery

 

 

Riusuke Fukahori, Hanaoke (detail), 2018
Antique wood sushi oke, epoxy resin, acrylic paint. Image courtesy of the Gallery

Joshua Liner Gallery will open its doors to a solo exhibition featuring 36 works by Riusuke Fukahori entitled Goldfish Blossoms.

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El Barrio’s People’s Church Off the Landmark Calendar ~ but on the Calendar at The Museum of the City of New York & Maysles Cinema + the Plight of Disappearing Churches

 

 

 

1st Spanish United Methodist Church in El Barrio

On the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission agenda in December, 2018, was a discussion on the 1st Spanish United Methodist Church becoming an Individual Landmark. Also known as The People’s Church, the discussion is not for its architectural merit, but for its historic cultural significance, located in the heart of El Barrio, associated with the Young Lords occupation in 1969 and 1970. On Tuesday, December 12, 2018, it was determined that the history of the Young Lords still divides the community, and both the Church and the local Council Member would like more time to allow for more community dialogue.  The 1st Spanish United Methodist Church will be removed from the calendar, per time limits established by Section 25-303(1) of the Landmarks Law, and can be considered for designation at a future date.

A chance to learn more about that time in history will be available at a screening of the film, Made in Harlem: Class of ’68, co-presented by the Museum of the City of New York and Maysles Cinema, on March 14, 2019.

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Harlem Stage ~ Spring 2019

 

 

Spill the Tea-Celebrating Pride (June 15) Image via Harlem Stage

Harlem Stage announced its Spring 2019 Calendar and tickets are on sale!

From January through June, feast on a smorgasbord of events to add to your list during the New Year.

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The 7th Annual Black Comic Book Festival at The Schomburg Center set for January, 2019

 

 

2017 Black Comic Book Festival. All images courtesy of The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (NYPL)

The dates for the popular Black Comic Book Festival have been announced.

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture announced the  7th Annual Black Comic Book Festival dates to be held on January 18-19, 2019.

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‘The World is Our Oyster’ is unveiled at Soundview’s PS 69 in the Bronx

 

 

Image via NYC DOT

The World is Our Oyster by artist Carla Torres ~ one of DOTArt’s largest asphalt art murals, was unveiled December 2, 2018 on Thieriot Avenue in the Bronx.

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62 Art Installations, Exhibits and Events Not to Miss in December 2018

 

 

Rolf’s German Restaurant

Oh baby it’s cold outside ~ but there are a lot of installations, exhibits and events to warm your heart, with the first part of our list devoted to some suggestions for the Holiday Season. Here are 62 installations, exhibits and events for the month of December, 2018 to add to your list, including current installations, some of which will be on view through October, 2019.

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Thumb Box Exhibition & Sale at The Salmagundi Club

 

 

‘Dinner’ by artist Richard Lithgow

Small works priced to sell, the popular annual Thumb Box Exhibition and Sale will be on view from December 3, 2018 to January 1, 2019 at The Salmagundi Club in Greenwich Village.

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‘Sugar & Salt’ Vintage Industrial Photographs by Harold Haliday Costain at Keith De Lellis Gallery

 

 

 

Harold Haliday Costain, Long Island City Plant, 1935

Keith de Lellis Gallery presents a solo exhibition of 1930s industrial photographs by Harold Haliday Costain, one of the leading American modernist photographers of his generation. Sugar & Salt, Vintage Industrial Photographs by Harold Haliday Costain will open November 29, 2018.

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Charlotte Perriand Exhibition at Venus Over Manhattan

 

 

Charlotte Perriand in exhibition at Venus Over Manhattan. Images courtesy of the gallery

Charlotte Perriand is one of the most famous designers of the twentieth-century. Her pioneering furniture and interiors helped shape the modernist movement.

Venus Over Manhattan, in collaboration with Laffanour/Galerie Downtown, Paris, is presenting an exhibition dedicated to the designer. This is the largest exploration of Perriand’s work to be held in New York, comprising of thirty-seven works spanning the breadth of her almost eight-decade career.

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Power: Within and Between Us ~ A Yearlong 2019 Theme at The Rubin Museum of Art

 

 

Power: Within and Between Us, a yearlong 2019 theme ~ the Power of Intention

The Rubin Museum of Art will dedicate its 2019 exhibitions, programs, and experiences to the theme of power, focusing on how visitors can activate the power that exists “within and between us.”  Drawing on a diverse range of sources and perspectives, from contemporary art to scientific theories to Buddhist philosophies, the Rubin Museum will explore secular and religious systems of power as well as personal and collective agency. The timely, year-long exhibition Power: Within and Between Us will begin January 1, 2019.

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World AIDS Day 2018

 

 

December 1st is World AIDS Day. Throughout the Holidays, we remember those who have passed, and renew our commitment for a cure. Here are a few suggestions, beginning on Thursday, November 29th, through Saturday, December 1st, 2018.

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Winter Lantern Festival 2018 on Staten Island

 

 

Sure to be a big hit, November 28th will begin the first annual Winter Lantern Festival, seven acres of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, illuminated by 40 LED installations that stretch up to 30 feet tall.

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Al Loving: Space, Time, Light at Garth Greenan Gallery

 

 

Al Loving, ‘Motion #4’ 1993, Mixed media on paper collage

Garth Greenan Gallery opens its doors to an in-depth look at the work of artist Al Loving from 1977 to 1993 in the exhibition, Al Loving: Space, Time, Light. These years were a period of immense transformation and experimentation for the artist, following his solo show at the Whitney Museum in 1969, and his early critical and commercial success.

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Ballon Rouge Collective to Open in East Harlem

 

 

Ballon Rouge is an international female-led gallery collective founded in 2017 by Helene Dumenil, with curators from cities like Istanbul, Brussels, London, Sao Paulo, Paris and New York.

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Get Ready for a Carnegie Deli Pop-Up in Nolita!

 

 

 

Carnegie Deli in its final days

Breaking News from The Daily News ~ Carnegie Deli will reopen as an eight-day popup in Nolita from December 1-8.

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Memorial Holiday Pet Tree in Central Park

 

 

 

Hidden deep within Central Park in a secluded place stands a perfectly situated tree, dressed up for the Holiday’s every year ~ the ornaments all dedicated to beloved pets who have passed on, but as we see each year, are never forgotten. Walk with us as we hit the less-traveled paths in search of the Memorial Pet Tree in Central Park from years past.

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The Artist Wendy Letven in Flatiron Prow Art Space

 

 

Wendy Letven at Flatiron Prow

Just in time for the Holidays, the Flatiron Prow Art Space has come alive. This time with ‘Drawing the Invisible’ by the artist Wendy Letven.

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Essie Green Galleries ~ The Emergence of Undervalued African American Artists ~ November 17th

 

 

Charles Alston, ‘Black and White Abstract’, c. 1961, oil on canvas ~ image courtesy Essie Green Galleries

The Emergence of Undervalued African American Artists will be the subject of the current exhibition at Essie Green Galleries, with an Opening Reception on Saturday, November 17 from 3:30 to 6:00pm. Essie Green Galleries is located at 419A Convent Avenue in Sugar Hill, NYC

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The Schomburg Center Invites the Public to Explore Victor Hugo Green and The Green Books

 

 

 

Image via The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture ~ This incredible collection is available online. We scrolled through several of the books, recognizing many of the businesses. 

While The Green Book has been very much in the news this year, with The Museum of Arts & Design’s exhibition by artist Derrick Adams entitled Sanctuary and Unpacking the Green Book: Travel and Segregation in Jim Crow America, along with the about-to-be released movie, Green Book, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture houses the full digital collection of Green Books and other similar guides. This week Maira Lirano, the Schomburg Center’s Associate Chief Librarian, gave a brief history of Victor Hugo Green and The Green Book in a Q&A Press Call.

Let’s take a ride…..

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The Fabulous SVA Makers Market is set for Saturday, November 17th!

 

 

The SVA Makers Market Holiday Fair at Renegade Craft is one of our favorite annual one-day Events, showcasing SVA alumni-made items of every imaginable kind.

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Sketch for Survival at Salmagundi Club for Three Days

 

 

Explorers Against Extinction: Sketch for Survival will take place at The Salmagundi Club on November 15, 16 and 17, 2018 in the Upper Gallery. This special exhibition is in conjunction with Alison Nicholis: An Artist Inspired by Africaan event which will take place on Friday, November 16th from 6:30-7:30pm, when the artist will give a lecture on how she translates complex conservation issues into studio paintings

The Salmagundi Club puts all this in context here.

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Stickymonger ~ at AFA Gallery in Soho

 

 

 

Stickymonger ~ Image via afanyc.com

AFA Gallery will open its doors to a collection of new works by vinyl artist, painter, and muralist Stickymonger. This exhibition of 15 paintings on canvas is a departure from the artist’s pre- vious monumental vinyl works, which have been the hallmarkof her public art installations in New York City ~ such as her stunning work in a group exhibit we call Graffiti in the Sky on the 69th floor of 4 World Trade, and her very visible work opposite The Oculus, entitled The Mural Project.

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The Schomburg Acquires Ossie Davis + Ruby Dee Archive!

 

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture/NYPL

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at The New York Public Library has acquired the full archive of actors and activists Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. The extensive archive includes more than 178.85 linear feet of material spanning eight decades of the couple’s careers in theater, film and television; their near 60-year relationship and marriage; and their social, civic and political activities between 1932 and 2014.

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Andy Warhol ~ From A to B and Back Again at The Whitney

 

 

 

Self-Portrait, 1986

The exhibition Andy Warhol ~ From A to B and Back Again at The Whitney Museum of American Art is the first Warhol retrospective organized by a U.S. institution since 1989. On view are more than 350 works of art, many assembled together for the first time. Below are just a few of the images in this exhibition, along with the story behind them. Plan on spending the day.

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Canstruction 2018 Arrives at Brookfield Place

 

 

 

Our Pride and Joy

This year, thirty teams have entered the Canstruction New York Design/Build Competition. The teams are mentored by design professionals, working with them from 8-12 weeks on designs to create structures that can be built in a single night ~ And working all night, each team creates an architectural masterpiece made of unopened food cans to vie for such titles as ‘Best Original Design’; ‘Best Use of Labels’; ‘Best Meal’; ‘Most Cans’ and more, including the People’s Choice Award where the public chimes in on a favorite.

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