In New York City, the month of February will usher in thoughtful exhibits and installations, both indoor and outdoor, highlighting the way we live and work. Technology and the digital arts have arrived with a full-force of exhibits, translating our inner hard-drives into colorful patterns of our everyday web-lives. They are joined by a view of the spaces we live and work in, from our urban boxes to our loft-like live/work spaces.
The Guggenheim Museum will walk hand-in-hand with Times Square Arts and The Public Art Fund to show us How To Work Better. Life as seen through our artistic endeavors can shine a light on global issues that touch us all and it can present in images conditions in other parts of our world, both past and present. In the end, we are all Looking Up at the same sky, even if not from Park Avenue.
Without further ado, 18 exhibits to check out in February: (more…)
Virtual Interior MoMA white. Artist, Annett Zinsmeister (German, born 1967)
What does your home say about you? Does it speak to your need to be close to nature or green space? Does it provide you with a live/work environment, wide open spaces with plenty of light and practicality? Marking the 50th Anniversary of the death of Austrian-American artist and architect, Frederick Kiesler (1890-1965), The Museum of Modern Art presents Endless House: Intersections of Art and Architecture, where the viewer is invited to explore the concept of the house through the eyes of Frederick Kiesler and other notable architects like Frank Gehry, Mies van der Rohe, Diller + Scofidio. Kiesler first began to explore his theoretical concept of endless space in 1922, embracing the ideas of continuity in a home. His emphasis was on the relationship between space, people and objects.
Panthers on parade at Free Huey rally in Defremery Park, Oakland, July 28, 1968. image via theblackpanthers.com
The annual celebration of Black History Month is a time to recognize the achievements of African-Americans throughout the history of our country. It is also a time to remember the struggles for freedom and justice. The roots of this celebration take us back to 1915, when historian, Carter G. Woodson and minister, Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), known today as the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH). In 1926, this organization sponsored a national Negro History Week during the second week of February, to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976.
This month, The Sprint Flatiron Prow Art Space, also known as the museum without walls, introduces the timely installation Flakes. Artist Chelsea Hrynick Browne equates her small, hand-cut Origami paper cutouts to fellow New Yorkers – each one of the small works unique, elusive, quirky, beautiful. “We are all flakes!”
Ruben Natal-San Miguel, Buttons Up (Souleo) Harlem, 2014
Ever wonder what to do with all those buttons you’ve collected over the years? Souleo Enterprises has teamed up with the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s Rush Gallery to present The Button Show, a visual art exhibition highlighting the medium, with clothing buttons reimagined and repurposed in contemporary art. The group show will include eleven artists using buttons as either a dominant medium or a featured element in work from sculptures to wearable art.
Mayor Robert F. Wagner shakes hands with Loretta Scott King. Photo via Library of Congress
On January 18, we will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Signed into law in January, 1983 by President Ronald Regan, this is a day we recognize the enormous contributions of Dr. King. It is also a day to reflect on how his contributions have helped to reshape our country, and a look back on his time in New York City.
Dr. King traveled to New York in 1958 to promote his book Stride Towards Freedom: The Montgomery Story, with a book signing at Harlem’s Blumenstein Department Store. This event was interrupted when a mentally unstable woman stabbed him. He was rushed to Harlem Hospital and underwent a successful operation. Dr. King returned to New York in 1963, by invitation of City College of New York President Buell Gallagher, who invited Dr. King to speak at the college’s commencement. At the time, Dr. King was buoyed by President Kennedy’s announcement that he would propose civil rights legislation in Congress. However the day of the commencement was met with tragedy, when Dr. King learned of the murder of Medgar Evers in Mississippi. He moved forward in what came to be a historic speech at the university on 136th Street, with a heavy heart.
In 1964, Dr. King was given the City of New York Medallion of Honor at an event at City Hall. At this event, Mayor Robert Wagner, Jr. spoke these words, “This is not your city of residence, Dr. King, but it is your city nevertheless….We claim you, henceforth, as an honorary New Yorker.” New York will begin the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this weekend, with activities leading up to his birthday on Monday.
Here are 10 ways you can celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this year in New York City: