The Public Art Fund‘s new exhibit, Desire Lines by artist TatianaTrouvé sits in the shadow of the Plaza Hotel in the Doris C. Freedman Plaza on Fifth Avenue and 60th Street, a location that previously featured an idealized ruin and six towering blue clouds, forming a nice conversation with the gold leaf General Sherman Statue across the way.
The Brooklyn Women’s Exchange began in 1854 as a way for talented women to sell their needlework and handcrafted goods anonymously. During the Civil War, Spanish American War and World War I, they also made warm garments for the soldiers as a way to supplement their income with their talents during hard financial times. We recently visited their oldest location in Brooklyn Heights today.
The award winning filmmaker, Albert Maysles, passed away March 5th, 2015 at his home in Harlem. While he was best known as a documentarian, he is known in Harlem as the founder of the Maysles Documentary Center and Cinema, friend and neighbor. He will be deeply missed but his legacy and the Ccnter he founded will live on in the neighborhood he touched so deeply with his generosity and spirit, and we look forward to his soon to be released, and most recently completed documentary on Iris Apfel, scheduled for this May.
Much has been written about the changing face of Harlem in sweeping generalities, often using the word gentrification. But when you put a magnifying glass on the map, you begin to see that the changing face of Harlem has many faces – specific faces of talented people who share their passions. At the top of the list is Albert Maysles, director of Grey Gardens whose passion is Documentary Film Making and his gift to Harlem is The Maysles Documentary Center.
When The Old Print Shop first opened its doors in 1898, it was located on Fourth Avenue between 9th and 10th Streets, behind Wanamaker’s. In 1925, it moved to its current location on Lexington Avenue and in 1928, Harry Shaw Newman, who had been a patron of the shop, bought it from the original owner’s widow. Three generations later, The Old Print Shop is still a family run business specializing in American graphic arts, antiquarian maps, atlases, and artist books (livres d’artist).
One of the most important annual art events in New York will take place this week: The Armory Show located on Piers 92 and 94 from March 5th through March 8th, with the Armory Party at The MoMA on March 4th. In addition, this is the kick-off of an entire week of exhibits by artists from all over the World in other locations throughout our City. Here are a few of the locations that make Armory Arts Week special:
In our ever changing society, it’s hard to believe that one man could remain so influential and relevant over a period of nearly six decades. Everything is Design: The Work of Paul Rand opened at The Museum of the City of New York this week, covering an impressive career of one of this country’s foremost graphic designers.