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Glenn Kaino, Bridge at DC Navy Yard
There’s an uneasy tension in Washington D.C. that you can feel palpably on the streets. More than just new buildings going up and cranes dotting the skyline, architecture (or perhaps the uniformity of it) has been a strong signal of the type of change that is en route. As gentrification begins to reach neighborhoods that were thought beyond the reaches of such socioeconomic change, residents are getting nervous.
In many ways, the 5×5 Project in Washington D.C., a 3 1/2 month temporary public art project, highlights this tension and explores it. 5 curators each worked with 5 artists to produce site-specific work in all eight wards of Washington D.C. While the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities sponsored the project, the artists selected their own sites. As such, the locations are ones that the artists themselves responded to in their immersion into Washington D.C., and some of the works clearly reflect the psyche of what is currently happening in D.C. Washington D.C. has clearly supported large-scale public works art part of their ongoing heritage, enabling the artists to install creative works nearly anywhere, including a kinetic sculpture of a hat blowing in the wind that happens just every Wednesday at noon on a street near Federal Center.
Though demolition has begun on the building, the spirit of 5 Pointz was alive in Brooklyn yesterday, as a group of artists gathered to paint a 911 tribute wall, as they did each year at the famed Queens graffiti landmark.
Dedicated to 911 EMT, FDNY, and FDNY, the mural features a likeness of Joe Conzo, who in addition to working as an EMT, is a long-time documenter of hip- hop culture and author of the book Born in the Bronx. On Sept. 11, 2001, Conzo was one of the first EMTs on the scene of the World Trade Center attacks. After saving his trapped partner, they worked tirelessly for the next few days to rescue others who had been buried under rubble.
Advertisements are like death, taxes and the idea of the Jets not making the Super Bowl this season. An inevitable aspect of life, especially life in NYC. Not all of them are terrible but the majority of ads millions of New Yorker’s normally see inside subway stations are often those for weak McDonald’s coffee, crappy TV shows, movies we hope no one actually pays to see, and products that we have no plan on using, like moon boots (STOP TRYING TO MAKE MOON BOOTS HAPPEN!).
What if we could see more art underground? One of the most memorable things Keith Haring is remembered for is painting on the subway stations, bringing art that would later be seen only in museums to the people underground. This week, we discovered a new app called NO AD. It was developed by a team of designers and street art enthusiasts including the Public Ad Campaign, Heavy Projects (Re + Public), and street blogger and photographer Jowy Romano. The basis of this app is to make the subway stations we ride everyday to work, to bars, to our romantic spouse who lives on the other side of the city into a digital art experience.
Continue reading for a video demonstrating the app and a listing of the artists involved in the project.
Last year, we rounded up 10 of our favorite off-the-radar museums in New York City, from the Troll Museum to the museum that’s just in a freight elevator. It’s been so popular, we’re expanding that list with ten more unique finds.
Image via Place Matters. Photo by Ariel Rosenblum
When was the last time you visited your local sanitation garage for a gallery tour? Over the course of 33 years, sanitation worker Nelson Molina has collected thousands of items that can tell stories about NYC and its people arguably better than any hallowed institution could. His carefully curated collection titled “The Treasures in the Trash Museum” has its home in a sanitation garage on the Upper East Side. For more details, see our past coverage of this cultural marvel.