Bound Up Together: On the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment at Smack Mellon

 

 

Image: Stephanie J. Woods, When the Hunted Become the Hunters (still), 2020, moving audio photograph, 07:39 min. Courtesy of the artist.

Bound up Together: On the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment was organized in the months leading up to the 2020 presidential election, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and as Black Lives Matter protests erupted around the world. The exhibition centers on the achievements that granted some women the right to vote and the pervasive and enduring intersections of racism, sexism and misogyny that disfigure American culture and society.

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Ariana Papademetropoulos: Unweave a Rainbow at Vito Schnabel Projects

 

 

 

Ariana Papademetropoulos, Curse of the Boys with Butterfly Tattoos, 2020
Oil on canvas. 84 x 108 1/2 inches (213.4 x 275.6 cm) © Ariana Papademetropoulos; Photo by Flying Studio; Courtesy the artist and Vito Schnabel Projects

Vito Schnabel Projects will present Ariana Papademetropoulos: Unweave a Rainbow, the first New York City solo exhibition for the Los Angeles-based artist. Unweave a Rainbow will debut a new series of large-scale works by the artist, in which she mingles images of natural phenomena with her meditations on interiors as analogs. The exhibition will also feature new small-scale additions to her ongoing series of ‘symbolist’ paintings.

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‘100 Drawings from Now’ to open at The Drawing Center

 

 

The Drawing Center will reopen to the public by appointment only on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 with the exhibition 100 Drawings from Now. 

Featuring drawings made by an international group of artists since early 2020, 100 Drawings from Now provides a snapshot of artistic production during a period of profound global unrest that has resulted from the ongoing health and economic crises, as well as a surge of activism in response to systemic racism, social injustice, and police brutality in the United States. Together, the works in the exhibition spotlight the urgency, intimacy, and universality of drawing during moments of upheaval and isolation.

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Hauser & Wirth organized ‘Artists for New York’ in Support of Non-Profit Visual Arts Organizations

 

 

 

Jenny Holzerfrom, Survival (1983-85), 2020; © 2020 Jenny Holzer, member Artist Rights Society (ARS) Photo: Graham Kelma

Hauser & Wirth co-presidents Iwan Wirth, Manuela Wirth, and Marc Payot, announced today that the gallery has organized ‘Artists for New York,’ a major initiative to raise funds in support of a group of pioneering non-profit visual arts organizations across New York City that have been profoundly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The project brings together dozens of works committed by foremost artists across generations, from both within and outside of the gallery’s program, that will be sold to benefit these institutions that have played a significant role in shaping the city’s rich cultural history and will play a critical role in its future recovery.

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NYC & Company Unveils All In NYC

 

 

 

nycgo.com

All In NYC: The Roadmap for Tourism’s Reimagining and Recovery is an initiative of NYC & Company. The detailed plan includes everything from Goals and a Program in Three Stages, Marketing Partnerships and Success Metrics, and a Summary. We are All In NYC.

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NYC Parks to Temporarily Close Riverside Park Cherry Walk, Manhattan

 

 

 

Out of an abundance of caution, and due to planned shoreline and path reconstruction work, NYC Parks has announced that it will temporarily close the Cherry Walk path in Riverside Park from W. 100th to W. 125th streets. The closure will begin Monday, September 28.

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Will Kurtz brings New Art Installation, ‘Doggy Bags’ to the Garment District

 

 

 

Gomer, Bull Mastiff by Will Kurtz

New Yorkers love their canine companions, so this one’s for your four-legged friend ~ Doggy Bags is a series of seven oversized sculptures created by the New York-artist, Will Kurtz, depicting unique characteristics and personalities of different breeds.

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Take a Look at the $42.6 Million in Improvements Made to Bronx Parks

 

 

St. Mary’s. Photo credit: NYC Parks/Daniel Avila

NYC Parks today announced the completion of eight projects and soon completion of two others, totaling $42.6 million in renovations to Bronx parks. The projects range from new playgrounds and neighborhood improvements to major capital upgrades, and include transformations through the Community Parks Initiative, Parks Without Borders and Anchor Parks.

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NYC Parks Unveils New Soccer Field at Highbridge Park

 

 

 

New soccer field at Highbridge Park. Photo credit: NYC Parks/Daniel Avila

NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, joined Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, State Senator Robert Jackson, Community Board 12 Chair Eleazar Bueno, Parks Committee Chair Elizabeth Lorris Ritter, District Manager Ebenezer Smith, Washington Heights BID Executive Director Isidro Medina, Uptown Soccer Academy co-founder David Sykes, and ESPN soccer announcer Roberto Abramowitz this week to celebrate the completion of a brand new soccer field at Highbridge Park.

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NYC Parks Launches Digital Public Engagement Platform to Host Community Input Sessions

 

 

Rendering via starrwhitehouse.com ~ Battery Playscape Reconstruction Project

Have some great ideas about our Parks? NYC Parks celebrates the re-imagining of its community outreach as a part of its capital design process with the launch of online community input sessions ~ responsive to the need for social distancing during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual sessions provide opportunities for more equitable outreach for capital projects.

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Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month on World Channel’s Doc World

 

 

“For Complete Social Security of All Mexicans” by David Alfaro Siqueiros as seen in Siqueiros: Walls of Passion, airing and streaming on WORLD Channel’s Doc World

WORLD Channel will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, showcasing more than 40 films that celebrate the history, culture and contributions of Hispanic Americans under its #WeAreLatinX Film Collection. From September 15 to October 15, WORLD will present programs by and about Latinx people, including all-new films from series Doc World and a slate of unforgettable stories from America ReFramed, POV, Reel South, VOCES and more. Doc World, a WORLD Channel series that brings international documentaries from around the globe to a U.S. audience, will premiere four films on WORLD Channel for this celebration.

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Raúl Ayala & Groundswell on the Bowery Art Wall

 

 

 

Groundswell working on the Bowery Wall, September 17, 2020

The Bowery Art Wall, curated by Goldman Global Arts, is collaborating with Groundswell and Raúl Ayala for the Fall, 2020 mural. For this community mural, Ayala will be working with ten Groundswell youth artists.

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‘Care for Hudson Square’ Announced Winner of Design Competition ~ WIP Collaborative!

 

 

 

WIP Collaborative’s Restorative Ground proposal for King Street in Hudson Square. Image Credit: WIP Collaborative and Urban Design Forum

Care for Hudson Square is a recovery initiative aimed at reinvigorating the Hudson Square neighborhood. Small and M/WBE design firms were invited to submit proposals for an interactive street installation that would help reactivate the public realm. Today the Urban Design Forum, Hudson Square Properties, and Hudson Square Business Improvement District announced the winner of their “Care for Hudson Square” design competition ~ WIP Collaborative!

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Gourmet Bistro, Amuse Bouche, Reopens in La Marqueta on Thursday, September 17th

 

 

 

Amuse Bouche Bistro reopens in La Marqueta

Oh, how New Yorkers enjoyed the gourmet bistro, Amuse Bouche, when they opened their doors in the historic East Harlem La Marqueta Market last year. It quickly became a go-to place for a wide selection of tempting treats, fresh baked goods, sumptuous prepared meals, finely brewed coffees and teas ~ and a great place to meet for Sunday Brunch. Enter COVID-19 and the doors closed.

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MTA Arts & Design in the Second Avenue Subway

 

 

Vik Muniz on view at 72nd Street Second Avenue Subway

In 2017, the Second Avenue Subway opened Phase 1 and  unveiled artwork in four subway stations. They are located at 96th Street, 86th Street, 72nd Street, and a new entrance to the existing station at Lexington Avenue at 63rd Street. MTA Arts & Design commissioned four artists for this ambitious project. Phase 1 is served by the Q train, with limited rush-hour N and R trains. Take a ride with us on the Q train, beginning on 63rd Street, heading north.

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MTA Arts & Design at Hudson Yards #7 Line ~ Xenobia Bailey

 

 

 

Glass mosaic dome by artist Xenobia Bailey at the 34th Street/Hudson Yards subway station.

In 2015, Hudson Yards and its surrounding area looked like nothing more than an enormous construction site, with so many different projects, it was hard to separate one from the other. But in September of that year, the MTA completed and opened its #7 crosstown subway line to Hudson Yards, and the artwork alone could be a destination.

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Want to Help the High Line Imagine the Future of The Plinth?

 

 

 

 

The High Line would like you to share your thoughts on 80 artists’ proposals for the third and fourth High Line Plinth commissions to open in 2022 and 2024.

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Ki Smith Gallery Opens a 2nd Gallery in Historic Gusto House, East Village

 

 

Matthew Capasso, Claire Foussard, Naomi Falk, Ki Smith.

Ki Smith Gallery is coming home! The Gallery announced that it will be opening a second location located in the East Village. The new showroom is on 4th Street,  between A and B in the famed Gusto House where decades of culture and history have taken place.

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Revisiting 9/11 Tiles for America ~ A Memorial in Greenwich Village

 

 

 

Tiles for America at Mulry Square

September 11, 2001 will be indelibly imprinted in our minds. Overwhelmed with a sense of sadness, New Yorkers came together in many different ways ~ in cleanup, in prayer, and in art. On September 12th, pictures of lost loved-ones were hung on a chain linked fence in Greenwich Village, with the hope that they would be found. Along-side these pictures were ceramics shaped angels, handprinted with patriotic symbols. Over the next weeks and months, the ceramic tiles on the fence grew ~ and eventually they were saved and placed permanently in a small triangular park in Greenwich Village.

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John Lewis: Good Trouble, the Documentary to air on CNN

 

 

 

Did you miss The Africa Center documentary film, John Lewis: Good Trouble? Well, you’re in luck. CNN Films will be airing the documentary on September 27th at 9:00pm.

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Artcrawl Harlem 2020 Residence Program, Governor’s Island, Announces Artists

 

 

Oh how excited we were to receive a press release announcing ArtCrawl Harlem’s inaugural artist residency program. Entitled Boundaries and Connection: The Other Side of Us, this residency commemorates the Centennial of the Harlem Renaissance, while the theme is dedicated to the memory of the two co-founders of the original ArtCrawl Harlem. We couldn’t help but notice that it was ten years ago that we went on one of the original ArtCrawl Harlem tours, founded by Jacqueline Orange of Taste Harlem and Evelyn Archer, owner, Canvas, Paper, and Stone Gallery. Picking up where they left off, let’s meet the three artists chosen for the inaugural residency.

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Looking back at José Parlá, ‘Segmented Realities’ on the Plaza at The Standard High Line

 

 

 

Jose Parla: Segmented Realities at The Standard High Line 2014

With José Parlá unveiling a new exhibition at The Bronx Museum of the Arts this month, we thought it a good time to take a look back at one of our favorite installations by the artist. Segmented Realities, commissioned by The Standard High Line in 2014.

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The Chelsea Flea Market Reopens! Every Saturday & Sunday

 

 

Looking back at Chelsea Flea

Oh, how we love our flea markets, and how we have missed one of the last outdoor markets in Manhattan, The Chelsea Flea. Good news came today, when we learned that the Chelsea Flea will reopen on September 12th and 13th.

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MASKED NYC: Witness to Our Time by AJ Stetson on view in the East Village

 

 

AJ Stetson: Masked NYC, Witness to our Time

With most museums and galleries shuttered for months during the Covid pandemic, artists have been yearning to respond, reach out, and connect. MASKED NYC: Witness to Our Time, photos by AJ Stetson, is a Covid-safe exhibition in response to that call.

From September 9 through October 7, 2020, every day from sunrise to sunset, a selection of more than two dozen four-foot vinyl panels, drawn from a revolving exhibition of 525 photo portraits of masked New Yorkers, will be displayed at six feet apart on the historic cast-iron fence of the Quaker Meeting House on East 15 Street and Rutherford Place. Continue reading “MASKED NYC: Witness to Our Time by AJ Stetson on view in the East Village”

Art of Our Century presents ‘If You Only Knew’ Curated by Uman

 

 

 

Uman, Untitled Mural, detail, West Wall, 2nd Floor, 137 West 14th Street, NYC (2017). Image courtesy Art of Our Century Gallery

Art of Our Century will opens its doors to the group show ‘If You Only Knew‘ curated by Uman, the noted Somali-born multimedia artist. The show is a reunion of friends, and friends of friends of Uman; stories told through painting, photography, sculpture and objects with memories.

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Claire Oliver Gallery reopens with Solo Exhibition by Artist, Adebunmi Gbadebo

 

 

 

Adebunmi Gbadebo, installation of True Blue series at the 2020 Dhaka Art Summit. Image courtesy Claire Oliver Gallery

Claire Oliver Gallery announced a reopening of the gallery with a solo exhibition by Adebunmi Gbadebo entitled A Dilemma of Inheritance.

The exhibition will showcase the artist’s True Blue series, which is comprised of more than 45 works that grapple with concepts surrounding heredity and the evolution of memory and forgetting focused on two former slave plantations in South Carolina, both named True Blue.

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The Bronx Museum of the Arts to Reopen September 9th with Sanford Biggers & José Parlá

 

 

 


Sanford Biggers, Khemetstry, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery

The Bronx Museum of the Arts is reopening on Wednesday, September 9th with Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch, a solo show featuring more than 50 quilt-based works by the artist, and José Parlá: It’s Yours, evoking the artist’s personal connection to the Bronx. Reserve your visit.

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Rockefeller Center unveils the 2nd Edition of Frieze ~ Frieze Sculpture 2020

 

 

Beatriz Cortez, Glacial Erratic, 2020; Commonwealth and Council

In this second edition of Frieze at Rockefeller Center, six artists explore themes of women’s suffrage, migration, urban planning, and ecology.

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The Salmagundi Club Fall Auction ~ On View September 21, 2020

 

 

Claire Taveras, Equestriana Tributes

Once a year, the Salmagundi Club hosts a Fall Auction as a fundraiser to benefit this historic nonprofit organization. Art Collectors since the early 1900s have attended SCNY Auctions for the opportunity to purchase quality art work by living artists. Housed in a brownstone on Fifth Avenue in Greenwich Village, the Club’s doors are open and free to the public six-days a week. The artwork will go on view September 21st, with the Auction to be held on October 16, 2020.

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NYC Parks Department Cuts the Ribbon at the Upgraded Spuyten Duyvil Playground

 

 

 

Cutting the ribbon on the upgraded Spuyten Duyvil Playground. Image credit: Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

Just in time for Labor Day Weekend, NYC Parks Bronx Borough Commissioner Iris Rodriguez-Rosa today joined New York City Council Member Andrew Cohen, New York State Assembly Member Jeffrey Dinowitz, and Bronx Community Board 8 Parks Chair Rosemary Ginty to cut the ribbon on the new upgrades to Spuyten Duyvil Playground in the Bronx.

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Public Art Fund to unveil Sam Moyer: Doors for Doris ~ September 16th

 

 

 

Concept rendering of Sam Moyer: Doors for Doris on view starting September 16, 2020 at Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park. Image courtesy Sam Moyer Studio and Sean Kelly, New York

Artist, Sam Moyer created a new site specific installation for the Public Art Fund at the entrance to Central Park on the Doris C. Freedman Plaza. The enormous three-part sculpture creates a gateway that poetically bridges the architecture of the city and the natural landscape of the park.

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Art Installations, Exhibits & Online Viewing in NYC to Add to Your List in September, 2020

 

 

Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration, opening at MoMA PS1 on September 17th

Stepping out of a muggy, hot summer, our City takes a giant step opening more businesses, museums and other entertainment venues, learning new phrases like timed-entry & physical-distancing, and considering face masks as necessary as our cell phones. Here are a few suggestions, new and still on view, in September.

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MoMA PS1 Reopens with ‘Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration

 

 

 

Image via Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration at MoMA PS1

MoMA PS1 will open its doors to the timely exhibition, Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration, highlighting more than thirty-five artists reflecting on the growing COVID-19 crises in U.S. prisons.

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David Zwirner Reopens New York Galleries with Three New Exhibitions

 

 

 

Josh Smith. Image courtesy David Zwirner gallery

David Zwirner gallery will be reopening globally, with the New York galleries opening their doors to three new exhibitions. Suzan Frecon: oil paintings and Harold Ancart: Traveling Light on September 10th, and Josh Smith in New York and London, concurrently on September 15th.

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The NY Phil Bandwagon ~ Coming to a Neighborhood Near You!

 

 

 

Are you missing the New York Philharmonic? Keep your eyes (and ears) open, because they may roll by a neighborhood near you, aboard the NY Phil Bandwagon for a pull-up concert.

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Toss your Trash: NYC Parks Launches Campaign Urging New Yorkers to Show Their Parks Some Love

 

 

 

Photo credit: NYC Parks

NYC Parks announced it started rolling out a new multi-pronged campaign this week to address excessive trash being left in parks across the city. With a simple message – show your park some love, New York. Put trash in a bag or can—or take it with you – Parks looks to encourage New Yorkers to do their part.

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SummerFest2020 Presents ~ The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, a Virtual 100th Birthday Celebration

 

 

 

This year, The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival will go digital, celebrating Charlie Parker at 100, with livestream performances and talks. Not skipping a beat, this 28th iteration of the festival, will bring Jazz to New Yorkers for free online streaming.

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Héctor Zamora: Lattice Detour Arrives on the Cantor Roof Garden at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

 

 

Image via Press Preview Zoom at The Met Roof Garden

While the Museum’s doors have been closed to the public, inside has been buzzing with the excitement of new exhibitions and a continued celebration of The Met’s 150th Anniversary. On a recent Press Preview by Zoom, we were given a sneak peak of The Roof Garden Commission: Héctor Zamora, Lattice Detour. The Metropolitan Museum of Art will reopen to the public on August 29th. (open to members on August 27th).

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‘Moonrise Sunrise’ Exhibition to Open at The Salmagundi Club in Greenwich Village

 

 

Jane Manco, Day Break. Image courtesy of the artist and the Salmagundi Club

No matter what’s happening in our world, some things never change, like the magic that happens just before sunrise and just before sunset. In a new exhibition entitled Moonrise Sunrise, members of the historic Salmagundi Club were given the artistic challenge of creating, in a variety of media, an expression of this natural wonder ~ a reminder of the beauty that greets us everyday.

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Hana Yilma Godine + Azuki Furuya. Two-Floors, Two-Exhibitions Opening at Fridman Gallery September 27th

 

 

 

Image: Azuki Furuya, Limonium, 2020, mixed media, collage, and acrylic paint on wood panel, 60 x 48 in. Image courtesy Fridman Gallery.

Fridman Gallery will opens its doors to two exhibitions on two-floors of the gallery later in September ~ Azuki Furuya: Fragility and Hana Yilma Godine: Spaces within Space.

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CITYarts Begins Mural Restoration in Chinatown’s St. James Triangle Park

 

 

 

CITYarts restoration of ‘Flowering Vine & Us’ mural in Chinatown’s St. James Triangle Park. Image credit: Shirt Paamony Eshel.

CITYarts, a not-for-profit that connects local youth with professional artists to collaborate on public art, recently began the restoration of their ‘Flowering Vine & Us’ in St. James Triangle Park, located in Chinatown. In keeping with social distancing measures, the painting is being done in small groups, masks required.

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We’re enjoying the Interactive Street View Map Showing NYC in 1940

 

 

 

Street view of 1940s New York

Today on Frommer’s, we found the most interesting interactive street view map, showing what New York City looked like in and around the 1940s. The site is the creation of software engineer Julian Boilen, and includes all five boroughs. We are totally addicted!

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Stepping into NYC’s Oldest Family-Owned Luncheonette ~ The Lexington Candy Shop

 

 

 

The Lexington Candy Shop, founded in 1925 on the corner of 83rd Street and Lexington Avenue

This has been a difficult year for small businesses. With the no-indoor-dining rule still in effect, Mom & Pop restaurants, with none of the financial reserves of the big guys, have had to be creative. With the Metropolitan Museum of Art opening soon, we thought it a great time to visit the oldest family owned luncheonette in New York City, right around the corner from the Museum.

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Remembering Maya Angelou’s Harlem Home

 

 

 

Maya Angelou’s Harlem homme, 58 West 120th Street in the Mount Morris Historic District of Harlem

On a brisk day in March, 2016, we noticed a realtor’s Open House in a brownstone belonging to poet and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou, who passed away two years before. Balloons were on the sign and the front door was open on the beautifully maintained home, and so we went on in.

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Yoko Ono’s ‘Dream Together’ Banners to be Unveiled at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

 

 

Yoko Ono, #DreamTogether. Image courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In anticipation of its reopening on August 29, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will unveil tomorrow a timely new work of art on its Fifth Avenue facade—for the first time dedicating the spaces usually used for exhibition banners to display art. The work, Yoko Ono’s DREAM TOGETHER (2020), offers a powerful message of hope and unity to the world. Created by the artist in response to the global COVID-19 crisis, the two banners, measuring 24 x 26 feet, are composed of black letters on a white field, with the word “DREAM” placed south of the Museum’s main entrance and the word “TOGETHER” to the north.

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NYC Parks Celebrates Early Completion of a Section of the Shore Road Bike Path

 

 

 

NYC Parks/Daniel Avila

NYC Parks is celebrating the early completion of a $575,000 transformation of the Shore Road bicycle path in Brooklyn. The approximately 2100 ft span of fresh pavement was finished four months ahead of schedule and was funded by City Council Member Justin Brannan. Continue reading “NYC Parks Celebrates Early Completion of a Section of the Shore Road Bike Path”

El Museo del Barrio reopens on September 12th with Taller Boricua: A Political Printshop in New York

 

 

Marcos Dimas | Tiempo pasado | 1975 | Oil on canvas | 54 x 50 inches (137.2 x 127 cm) | Collection of El Museo del Barrio, New York, Museo Purchase Fund and a matching gift from the National Endowment for the Arts | acc# P92.43 | Artwork © Marcos Dimas | Image © El Museo del Barrio, New York

The Museum’s physical reopening will be celebrated with Taller Boricua: A Political Print Shop in New York, the first monograph exhibition in three decades about the East Harlem-based Nuyorican collective workshop and alternative space. Curated by Rodrigo Moura, Chief Curator of El Museo del Barrio, the exhibition had been postponed due to the temporary closure, and is now on view as of September 12, 2020 through January 17, 2021.

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El Museo del Barrio Debuts Somxs Podemx, a Video Performance by artists, Poncilí Creación

 

 

 

Somxs Podemx. Image courtesy El Museo del Barrio

As part of El Museo del Barrio’s year-long initiative ESTAMOS BIEN: LA TRIENAL 20/21, the museum announces the debut of Somxs Podemx, a newly commissioned video by Puerto Rican performance duo Poncilí Creación, on Thursday, August 27 at 6pm. Known for their fantastical and improvisational approach to puppetry, the collective – composed of identical twin brothers Pablo and Efrain Del Hierro – describe their practice as “speculative alchemy.” For Somxs Podemx, the group takes to the streets for a durational progression across the neighborhoods of San Juan, Poncilí Creación’s hometown and where they have been in quarantine during the global pandemic.

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The Apollo Theater Announces Fall 2020 Programming!

 

 

Today The Apollo Theater announced details of its fall 2020 season, which will take place exclusively online on the Apollo’s Digital Stage. The season features a broad range of free virtual events, including Wyclef Jean performing his Double Platinum album The Carnival; a special Live Wire conversation focused on the artistry of the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin; and monthly Apollo music nights with independent musical artists through the Apollo Music Café, featuring artists Stout, J. Hoard, and Madison McFerrin.

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