In New York City, it’s always refreshing to see outerwear in March that isn’t a globby mass of black, especially now that the claws of winter have finally begun to retract. Practicality is a less pressing concern, leaving room for some frivolity. Coats can be fun again, not just something you wrap around your body to keep yourself from dying.
What if we didn’t have clothing as an identifier? Franco-American photographer and artist Erica Simone explores this concept to its natural end extreme through a series of nude self-portraits in quintessentially New York situations: riding the subway, getting out of a cab, shopping at the bodega, getting hotdogs at Papaya Dog. As she writes in her artist statement for the project Neu York: Self-Portraits of a Bare Urban Citizen, “What would the world feel like naked? What if we didn’t have clothing to come in between us? Or if we couldn’t show off our social status? What if all we had were our bodies to express our personalities?”
This week, in addition to New York City’s celebration of International Pillow Fight Day, take in talks about Art Deco Architecture and steamboats on the Hudson River, historical exhibits and a crowdsourced performance evening at the New York Transit Museum.
Monday, March 30th
The Art Deco Society of New York presents Boak & Paris: New York Architects in an illustrated talk by Annice Alt. The talk will be about New York architects, Boak & Paris whose landmarked Metro Theater and residential buildings brought creative design to city dwellers in the 1930s. New York School of Interior Design; 170 East 70th Street.
Many architects have yearned to leave a lasting mark on New York City. While the lucky few are able to realize their dream, an untold number never get that chance. Some of their plans never saw reality due to red tape or funding issues, while others remained on the drawing board because the city was not ready for their grandiosity. Presented below are 10 ideas for New York City that never left the drawing board.
Nue York: Self-Portraits of a Bare Urban Citizen by Erica Simone
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The hippies may have been a small subsection of the 1960s counterculture, but they had a pretty awesome run. On March 26, 1967, over 10,000 congregated in Central Park for an Easter Sunday “Be In.” The event, which defies obvious description, was the first of many such events in New York City during what became famously known as the “Summer of Love.”