Earlier this year we watched as the scaffolding went up on the only surviving watchtower in Manhattan. The Harlem Fire Watchtower, built between 1855 and 1857, is located in Marcus Garvey Park at the end of Fifth Avenue on 120th Street in Harlem. Over the course of the last few month, the tower, including the 10,000 pound bell, was taken down. The following are photos we took over the past few months, during the dismantling.
There’s always a lot going on at The High Line. Panorama, a new group exhibit about vistas and vantage points, natural and manmade, is now on display, in addition to an installation meant to crumble over time on the last section of the High Line. This particular stretch, which remained abandoned for many years, takes you right to the Hudson River and back to 10th Avenue, with every inch of this final phase keeping the integrity of the existing park.
The eleven artists participating in “Panorama” have succeeded in using their environment in a way that both compliments their work and meld their sculptures into the environment. Here is a recap of the work you’ll see along the way:
After the brouhaha over the opening that never was of FIRST SHOW / LAST SHOW at 190 Bowery, we snagged entry into the much anticipated gallery exhibition with permission to take photographs. In addition to the art itself, we were anxious to document the details of the 72-room “mansion” that was once Germania Bank. The grand entrance with its chamfered corner, Tuscan columns and arched entry, sits on the corner of the Bowery and Spring Street–with a side entrance at street-level on the Bowery.
New Yorkers who date back to the mid 1970s will remember the birth of subway graffiti art and Lee Quinones as a prominent figure in this movement. Well known for painting entire subway cars, and credited with painting about 125 cars all together, the Puerto Rico-born New Yorker was part of the respected writing crew The Fabulous 5 (Fab 5). Now, forty years later, Quinones has long since moved out of the subway and into the mainstream–in galleries, museums and private collections all over the world. You may recognize our previous coverage of Quinones within the Museum of the City of New York exhibition, City as Canvas
If you need another reason to visit Harlem this weekend besides the Eat Up Festival, Creative Time and Central Park Conservancy will be unveiling Drifting in Daylight aboard the aptly named S.S. Hangover on Friday, May 15th. The location of the six-week installation is meant to draw people to the northern end of Central Park, with a starting point at Fifth Avenue and 110th Street. It is also at the centerpiece of the Conservancy’s 35th Anniversary and to, as Creative Time writes, “tempt visitors to transcend their busy lives, losing themselves along a playful trail of sensory experiences.”
The Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) is celebrating their tenth anniversary season in grand style. They have brought us an exceptional exhibit of early Florentine Renaissance sculptures that have rarely been seen outside Italy. Sculpture in the Age of Donatello is an exhibit of twenty-three pieces by Donatello, Brunelleschi, Nanni di Banco and Luca delia Robbia (and others), created in the early 15th century. (more…)