Exploring Roots of Trees and Cultural Roots with Artist Susan Stair: Roots on Fire

 

 

 

Illustration of the installation ‘Roots on Fire’ to unveil in Harlem Art Park, courtesy of the artist, Susan Stair

Spending time with artist Susan Stair brings a whole new meaning to the trees that fill our green spaces. As we watched her work to create the clay molds for her next installation, Roots on Fire, Stair took us on a virtual journey underground, exploring how trees constantly send electrical messages through their roots and the mushroom (or mychorrizal network) that compose the Wood Wide Web. Come along on our three-part journey, as we document the creation of the installation Roots on Fire.

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What is Here is Open: Selections from the Treasures in the Trash Collection (of Nelson Molina) at Hunter East Harlem Gallery

 

 

 

For over 30 years, Nelson Molina worked for the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) as a sanitation worker. His regular pick up routes were in Manhattan 11, a district bordered by 96th Street to 106th Street between First and Fifth Avenues. While he worked, he found many objects; some that needed repair and others that were fully intact. As hundreds and hundreds of objects amassed, Molina created the Treasures in the Trash Collection inside DSNY’s garage.  Much has been written about the eclectic treasurers collected by Molina. There have been too many articles on  the Molina treasurers to mention, and there was even a #TreasuresInTheTrash Tour in 2018!

Now, Hunter East Harlem Gallery will open its doors to an exhibition exploring the man and his treasurers.

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BARD x HGG Opening at Howard Greenberg Gallery

 

 

 

Naomi Zahle
Last winter the photographer Stephen Shore Received an unusual request from Howard Greenberg Gallery ~ Would he be interested in curating an exhibition that included his students from the renowned photography program at Bard College? The answer was, “yes,” and the resulting collaboration, Bard x HGG, pairs work by seven of Shore’s recent graduates with photographs by historic 20th century artists from the Gallery’s vast archives.

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Kazumi Yoshida: Rite of Spring opens at Cheryl Hazan Gallery

 

 

 

Audrey, gouache & vintage wallpaper cut out decoupage, 45 x 45 inches

In Kazumi Yoshida’s current exhibition, viewers are treated to a dazzling array of drawings, paintings, collages, assemblages, and sculptures. This lavish offering presents both objective and nonobjective works unified by a deceptively childlike sensibility that belies a sophisticated complexity of process and composition. It is Rite of Spring.

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Andrew Thiele: Moral Compass at Faction Art Projects Harlem

 

 

Artist, Andrew Thiele, ‘Minimalism’

Faction Art Projects opens its doors to Andrew Thiele: Moral Compass, a four-day solo exhibition of new urban, mixed media collage works. The exhibition of the Harlem-based artist will feature over twenty new large-scale artworks. Throughout the show, there will be a calendar of events including a workshop, a jazz performance and a book signing of Thiele’s newest publication.

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It’s a FlowerFlash! ~ June 11-16th in NYC

 

 

 

L.E.A.F.

In anticipation of L.E.A.F. 2020 Festival of Flowers, L.E.A.F. will celebrate #NYFlowerWeek with a celebration across Manhattan from June 11-16th. This is the launch of the first annual city-wide exhibition of florals.

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Landmark Lectures 2019 ~ The Preservation of Cast Iron Construction

 

 

 

The Gilsey House on 29th and Broadway, was a former grand hotel built in 1867,a residential cast-iron building, It is an eight-story co-op building with 40 units. It was designated an official NYC landmark in 1979. Image credit: stereoscopic c.1900, wikipedia.org + NYPL Digital Library

The Landmark Lectures 2019 Series by The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of the City of New York will host a discussion entitled “The Preservation of Cast Iron Construction” with Christopher P. Pinto, Associate Principal, Thornton Tomasetti. Included in the discussion, the historic Harlem Fire Watchtower in Marcus Garvey Park, a project that is nearing completion.

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Nino Migliori at Keith de Lellis Gallery

 

 

 

Nino Migliori, Le Mani Parlano, 1956

Keith de Lellis Gallery opened its doors to the mid-century work of Italian photographer Nino Migliori (b. 1926) in this summer’s exhibition. Self-taught, Migliori began making photographs in 1948, documenting his familiar and beloved Italy as it emerged from the second world war. The artist traveled throughout his homeland, from the impoverished south to the more affluent and industrial northern regions, capturing the people with the affection and empathy of an equal.

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Historic East Harlem Courthouse

 

 

 

Historic Harlem Courthouse

One of the many historic sites in East Harlem is the Harlem Courthouse. It is located between Lexington and Third Avenues on 121st Street, adjacent to the Harlem Art Park and the tiny street known as Sylvan Place.

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After the End: Timing Socialism in Contemporary African Art at Wallach Art Gallery

 

 

Filipe Branquinho, Jorge Macate, Padeiro (Jorge Macate, Baker), 2011. Courtesy the artist.

After the End: Timing Socialism in Contemporary African Art presents a selection of works engaging with the history of African socialisms. It features artists looking at countries including Angola, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique. The exhibition is the first in North America to explore aesthetic responses to African socialisms and their aftermath.

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Poetry Jukebox Returns to Howl! Happening

 

 

BC Edwards standing next to the Poetry Jukebox in Extra Place in 2017

It’s back! The Poetry Jukebox that made it’s way next to Howl! Happening in Extra Place in 2017 has returned. This particular Poetry Jukebox was created by coffeehouse owners in the Czech Republic as part of an installation interpreted to be like New York City’s Sing for Hope Piano’s ~ 50 of which will be arriving at destinations  throughout the five boroughs this week, and on view through June 23.

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The Brooklyn Women’s Exchange in Brooklyn Heights Now Open Throughout the Summer!

 

 

 

The Brooklyn Women’s Exchange located at 55 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Heights

The Brooklyn Women’s Exchange, which historically closed in early June and reopened again in September, just announced that they will be open all Summer! Come along with us on a visit to a shop where 70% of the items are created by artisans, in a shop completely run by volunteers. This is the month of their Seasonal Sale (25%-40% off on selected items), which will run to June 16th.

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East Harlem’s Demolition Depot & Irreplaceable Artifacts New Home on 126th Street

 

 

 

Demolition Depot

If you have been following GothamToGo East 125th Street, a work in progress, you will already know that East Harlem suffered a major loss when several old-time shops were forced to close, including Demolition Depot, a gorgeous shop that had been at its East 125th Street location since 1996.

We have great news ~ Demolition Depot has opened its doors at a new location, right around the corner on East 126th Street. Come along as we step inside.

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Art Installations, Events & Exhibits in NYC to Add to your List in June, 2019

 

 

Leonardo Drew:” City in the Grass”in Madison Square Park

On the heals of Memorial Day, we celebrate the beginning of summer with more than 50 outdoor installations and events from Coney Island and Roosevelt Island to Riverbank State Park. This month’s Roundup of Art Installations, Events & Exhibits explores what’s new, what to look forward to, and what’s still on view. Here are a few suggestions to add to your list during June.

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Continuous Focus ~ The 2019 Spring Cocktail Party + Photography Auction at New York Academy of Medicine

 

 

 

Photo credit: Anthony Edgeworth, Brigitte Bardot, 1965

The Josephine Herrick Project Presents ~ Continuous Focus: 2019 Spring Cocktail Party + Photography Auction to be held on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at the New York Academy of Medicine.

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One Times Square Kicks-Off the Summer with The Whales Ballet for One Day Only ~ Friday, May 31st

 

 

Image credit: Art by Le3, curated by Lemay + Escobar

One Times Square will be kicking-off Summer with two 200-foot-long humpback whales swimming up and down its new digital signage all day on Friday, May 31st ~ The Whales Ballet.

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Robert Lobe: SuperStorm arrives in Duarte Square Park

 

 

 

Robert Lobe: SuperStorm in Duarte Square Park

As often happens, we received a heads-up today about a monumental installation arriving in the tiny Duarte Square Park. This thoughtful installation, named SuperStorm, was created by the artist, Robert Lobe.

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Leonardo Drew: City in the Grass in Madison Square Park

 

 

 

Leonardo Drew: City in the Grass in Madison Square Park

Marking the Madison Square Park Conservancy’s 38th commissioned exhibition, New York-based artist Leonard Drew is creating a monumental new public art project for the Park entitled City in the Grass. The installation will present a topographical view of an abstract cityscape atop a patterned panorama.

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Art Students League: Model for Monuments, 2019 ~ 2020

 

 

Closeup of ‘Wavenhenge by artists, Damon Hamm & Jeff Sundheim

Art Students League unveiled this season’s Model to Monument Public Art in the Parks installations on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 in Riverbank State Park. This year, three sculpture pieces were installed along the Hudson River at 145th Street.

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Next up on the Bowery Wall ~ @QueenAndreaOne + Limited Edition ‘Believe’ Prints

 

 

 

Right before a major thunder storm, QueenAndreaOne on the Bowery Wall, May 29, 2019

#TatsCru vanished from the Bowery Wall earlier this month, painted white ~ a fresh canvas for the famed Wall’s next artist ~ Andrea von Bujdoss aka @queenandreaone.

GGA on Instagram ~ #queenandreaone ~ photo credit @marthacoopergram

In addition, something special ~ Exclusive “Believe” prints will drop beginning 9am on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Only 50 prints available. Check out the link in bio for GGA.

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New York Road Runners Club Members Volunteer Day in Marcus Garvey Park East Harlem

 

 

 

New York Road Runner Volunteers

On a sunny Saturday ~ during Memorial Day Weekend ~ we spied a small army of weeders, rackers, mulchers, and general cleaner-upers, hard at work along the Madison Avenue side of Marcus Garvey Park in East Harlem. They were New York Road Runner volunteers who regularly give of their time and energy. Follow along as we walk (not run) along the Park to take a closer look at what they’re doing.

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The Historic Corn Exchange Bank Building in East Harlem

 

 

 

The newly renovated Corn Exchange Bank Building, 81 East 125th Street, East Harlem

The total transformation/renovation of the historic Corn Exchange Bank Building is one we would hope for all of our historic sites. It was a work of love topped with true dedication to the project by a man who saw the building in its deteriorating state every day as he passed by on Metro North that runs alongside Park Avenue on his way to work. But let’s start from the beginning, because this historically Landmarked building has quite a history.

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The New Settepani Bakery – Restaurant – Bar to Open May 28th

 

 

Settepani, 196 Lenox Avenue at 120th Street, Harlem

The much anticipated renovation of Settepani Harlem is complete, with a soft opening that packed the tables today. The new concept has all the bells and whistles from their signature breads and gorgeous deserts to salads, pizza and panini’s ~ along with a full bar.

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Sugar Hill Children’s Museum Hosts its 2nd Annual Benefit

 

 

Michael Palma Mir, photographer for SHCMAS Justin Favela. Image courtesy Sugar Hill Children’s Museum

The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling will host its second annual benefit, “Rethink Recess.” This year’s benefit honorees are Abigail DeVille, an artist whose work has been exhibited internationally and singer/songwriter and multiple Grammy Award noiminee Meshell Ndegeocello.

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Beyond the Streets coming to Williamsburg in June 2019

 

 

 

Lady Pink, Death of Graffiti via beyondthestreets.com

Beyond the Streets is a true celebration of street as canvas featuring over 150 artists descending on 25 Kent Street in Williamsburg this June.

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Radical Love to open at The Ford Foundation

 

 

Image: Athi-Patra Ruga, Umesiyakazi in Waiting, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and WHATIFTHEWORLD. Photo: Hayden Phipps

Through the theme of Utopian Imagination, the trilogy of exhibitions in the gallery’s inaugural year create a trajectory toward a more just future. The first exhibition, Perilous Bodies(March 4 – May 11, 2019), examined injustice through the intersecting lens of violence, race, gender, ethnicity, and class. Radical Love responds to the first show by offering love as the answer to a world in peril.

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Harlem Nights: MMPCIA Historic District House Tour ~ June 9th

 

 

 

Image courtesy MMPCIA

The Annual Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association (MMPCIA) House Tour is set for Sunday, June 9th. This year, the tour’s theme, Harlem Nights, is in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance.

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Fotografiska New York Opening Exhibitions September, 2019

 

 

 

Ellen von Unwerth, ‘Guess Who,’ Claudia Schiffer, Nashville, 1989 © Ellen von Unwerth.

Fotografiska, the internationally renowned destination for photography based in Stockholm, announced today the inaugural exhibition schedule for Fotografiska New York, their newest global outpost set to open September 5, 2019. The first photographers to exhibit at the historic 281 Park Avenue South landmark will be Ellen von Unwerth, Tawny Chatmon, Helene Schmitz, Adi Nes and Anastasia Taylor-Lind.

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Studio in the Street: Symbols ~ Totems ~ Cyphers at The National Arts Club

 

 

 

Studio in the Street at National Arts Club

The National Arts Club opened its Grand Gallery to the exhibition entitled Studio in the Street: Symbols ~ Totems ~ Cyphers, an overview of Street Art from the 1980s.

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Marcia Grostein: Brighton Beach Bliss ~ The World as it Should Be at The National Arts Club

 

 

 

Marcia Grostein, Beauty and the Beast, 2014; 40×30 in. Courtesy National Arts Club

Great timing for Marcia Grostein’s exhibition, Brighton Beach Bliss: the World as it Should Be, a testament of harmonious coexistence between diverse populations, and one of several wonderful exhibitions currently on view at The National Arts Club.

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Tajh Rust: Passages Opens at Fridman Gallery

 

 

 

Tajh Rust ~ Idowu. Image courtesy Fridman Gallery

Fridman Gallery will open its doors to Passages, the first solo exhibition by Brooklyn-born artist, Tajh Rust. The artists new paintings, a meditation on the lasting impression of transitions, trace the passage of time, of bodies through space, and of ideas through text.

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El Barrio’s MonumentArt Project 2015

 

 

 

EVER for Monument Art Project, PS 109 at 99th Street & Third Avenue

MonumentArt2015 was the second installment of the International Mural Festival in East Harlem and the Bronx, sponsored by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito,  José Morales of La Marqueta Retoña and La Respuesta in Santurce, Puerto Rico, partnered with muralist Celso González‎ to produce and curate the festival. Eleven internationally known artists created nine murals throughout El Barrio from 99th Street to 138th Street. Many of the murals focused on El Barrio’s rich culture and heritage. Let’s take a walk, as we watched the artists create in October, 2015.

Looking back……

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Mapping Resistance: The Young Lords in El Barrio ~ Images by Hiram Maristany, Presented by Miguel Luciano

 

 

 

Mapping Resistance: The Young Lords in El Barrio ~ Images by Hiram Maristany. This image located on 99th Street, just west of Second Avenue, on the side wall of PS 109

Mapping Resistance: The Young Lords in El Barrio is a new public art project featuring photographs by renowned photographer, Hiram Maristany ~ a founding member of the Young Lords and their official photographer. Follow along as we take the walking tour, map in hand to view 10 large-scale images across five locations in El Barrio.

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The Historic Archer Milton Huntington House at 1083 Fifth Avenue, NYC

 

 

 

Fifth Avenue

In anticipation of the reopening of the Hispanic Museum and Library this Fall on the Audubon Terrace, we thought we might take a look at the man behind the historic Terrace ~ Archer Milton Huntington ~ and his home on Fifth Avenue.

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The East Village 13th Annual Dance Parade & Festival ~ May 18, 2019

 

 

 

Image via dance parade

The 13th Annual Dance Parade & Festival will take place on Saturday, May 18th, with over 10,000 dancers, DJs and live bands. The Parade will begin at 12:35pm on Broadway at 21st Street, with a ceremonial Native American circle dance. At 1:00pm, the Parade will dance its way down Broadway to Astor Place, to perform in front of the grandstand. Continuing on East on St. Mark’s Place, the festivities will end at Tompkins Square Park with free classes and performances on five stages from 3:00pm to 7:00pm

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La Marqueta Opens its Doors to New Exhibit on The Harlem African Burial Ground Memorial Project

 

 

 

Exhibit Reclaiming History, Reinvesting in East Harlem: The Harlem African Burial Ground Memorial Project  at La Marqueta

The exhibition Reclaiming History, Reinvesting in East Harlem: The Harlem African Burial Ground Memorial Project opened at La Marqueta this month.

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Creative Art Works Unveils Exterior Artwork with Fundraiser at Shake Shack Harlem

 

 

 

They’re back! Remember the eleven Harlem students who created murals inside the new Shake Shack on 125th Street? Once again, partnering with Creative Art Works, the young artists completed the exterior work on the facade, which includes Fifth Avenue and 125th Street.

In celebration of the completed installation, Creative Art Works invites the Community to an official dedication of the exterior art on Thursday, May 23rd at 4:30pm. In addition, 25% of all proceeds on any purchase at Shake Shack that entire day will be donated to Creative Art Works IF the buyer mentions Creative Art Works (or CAW) at the register.

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Homage to the Uptown Speakeasies ~ Sugar Monk prepares to Open in Harlem

 

 

 

Image courtesy Sugar Monk Harlem

The artists Ektoras Binikos and Simon Jutras have merged their diverse artistic styles to create a sophisticated new mixology cocktail bar, located on Frederick Douglass Boulevard’s Restaurant Row in Harlem ~ a homage to the Uptown Speakeasies and salons of Harlem’s historic past ~ Sugar Monk.

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Get Ready for ~ Body Painting Day NYC 2019 ~ with Human Connection Arts

 

 

Image via humanconnectionarts.org

Human Connection Arts was launched in 2017, born from the days when Andy Golub, its founder, painted freely in the streets of New York City.

Now, the nonprofit ~ true to its mission of forming unique connections between artist and model during body painting ~ focuses on the vulnerabilities between models and artists, creating significant impact on artist, models and the public, as they strive to build a world where all people are accepted, regardless of race, gender, size, shape, age and even political views.

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Laurie Carretta Scupp: Endlings in The Garment District

 

 

Laurie Carretta Scupp: Endlings in the window at 215 West 38th Street in the Garment District

Birds, indoors and out, are filling the month of May from the Broadway Mall Association’s Birds on Broadway to The Garment District Alliance new exhibition, The first, and last, of their kind: Endlings, by artist Laurie Carretta Scupp.

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Industry City Brooklyn ~ Open Studios May 18-19

 

 

 

EverGreene Architectura Arts – Studio.

One of New York City’s largest artist enclaves is opening its doors to the public May 18-19, 2019. Industry City Open Studios offers the public a behind-the-scenes look into the customized creative spaces of Industry City’s many artists, makers, and manufacturers. The annual event, now in its sixth year, gives visitors a rare opportunity to access the artists’ studios as well as meet with the artists and experience the process of their work being produced firsthand.

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The Music Inn ~ a Throwback in Time on West 4th Street in Greenwich Village

 

 

 

Music Inn on West 4th Street in Greenwich Village

They call themselves a world instrument shop. In fact, they are a local institution, a blast from the past, and one of New York’s oldest continually-run music store, opening its doors in 1958.

Come inside The Music Inn.

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A Visit to The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters on Audubon Terrace

 

 

 

American Academy and Institute of Arts & Letters at Audubon Terrace

The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (AAAL), located in the Audubon Terrace complex, is dedicated to honoring excellence in art, literature and music, with 250 of our country’s leading architects, artists, composers, and writers. Take a walk with us through these historic doors.

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NYC Parks’ Creative Courts + Saya Woolfalk + Public Color = a Work-in-Progress in Marcus Garvey Park Harlem

 

 

 

May 17, 2019

NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks ~  Creative Courts initiative, Facebook Artist-in-Residence Program (FB AIR Program), along with artist Saya Woolfalk, the non-profit Public Color, and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance/Public Art Initiative have arrived at the basketball court on Madison Avenue near 122nd Street in Marcus Garvey Park. Watch as this work-in-progress takes shape over this next week.

Join the unveiling on June 2nd with Creative Courts.

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Leander Knust: Transformation-Integration at People’s Garden in Morningside Heights

 

 

Image via leander mienardus knust website

In our ever-changing city, community garden’s still dot the landscape as a growing-place, gathering place, green space for individual neighborhoods. The art installation, Transformation-Integration: Re-Material Wall by artist Leander Knust addresses the recent tsunami of change and displacement throughout our city.

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One Times Square unveils New Digital Art Installation ~ META-Morphosis

 

 

One Times Square. Image credit: Jamestown

Time Square ads are taking a pause for new public art featuring more than twenty artists in bright, bold animated artworks at the top of the newly redeveloped One Times Square.

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Who’s Your Hero ~ from The BunnFunn Collection at Port Authority for Mother’s Day

 

 

 

BunnFunn for Mother’s Day at Port Authority

For all who enjoyed Sara Bunn’s Women’s History Month exhibition entitled A Day in the Life of Seneca Village, you will love what come’s next ~ an ode to Mother’s Day, and the question ~ Who’s Your Hero.

Follow along on our trip to Port Authority for a little BunnFunn for Mother’s Day.

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Faith Ringgold + Heather Hart at Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling

 

 

 

Human Spectrum: Narrated by Faith Ringgold. Photo credit: Michael Palma Mir courtesy Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling includes soft sculptures of family and friends, alongside book illustrations, explore themes of civilization, family and community.

Two new exhibitions will be on display at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling beginning May 2ndHuman Spectrum: Narrated by Faith Ringgold will be on view through September 22nd and extends the Museum’s yearlong celebration of iconic author, activist, and artist Faith Ringgold. Heather Hart: The Oracle of Amplitude by multidisciplinary artist Heather Hart will be on view through January 19, 2020.

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Simone Leigh: Loophole of Retreat at The Guggenheim

 

 

 

Simone Leigh, Sentinel, 2019. Bronze and raffia, edition 1/3. Courtesy the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York at The Guggenheim

The Guggenheim Museum opens its doors to Simone Leigh: Loophole of Retreat, on the occasion of Leigh winning the 2018 Hugo Boss Prize.

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Nick Georgiou: Codex Chroma at Allouche Gallery

 

 

 

Nick Georgiou, Unassuming Self, 2019. Discarded books, acrylic ink and paint on canvas. 48 x 60 x 5 in. Courtesy Allouche Gallery

Allouche Gallery will open its doors to Nick Georgiou: Codex Chroma, a vibrant new collection of paper wall reliefs, exploring the unique life cycle of books as objects of art.

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