Leave it to New Yorkers to create witty and outrageous works of art inspired by Trump’s presidential campaign. From the recent “All-Seeing” Trump Zoltar machine to a mural depicting Trump as a giant pile of sh-t, these are some of our favorite snarky pieces we’ve seen around New York City within the last couple of months.
Stacked Dominos by artist Donald Sultan is a large-scale (96″ x 96″) painting (above), made of black tar and white latex paint, showing twenty-eight Dominoes scattered throughout, appearing as if in mid-shuffle.
The game of Dominoes has been played throughout the centuries in various parts of the world, and has become an important part of the tradition in immigrant communities here at home. The exhibit, Spots, Dots, Pips, Tiles: an Exhibition About Dominoes at the Hunter East Harlem Gallery, celebrates the game as it’s played throughout El Barrio. More than twenty participating artists have created visual compositions of the game, while exploring its cultural importance.
The Gowanus Canal is one of the most polluted waterways in the United States. The predominantly derelict waterway, now used for the transportation of certain goods (notably fuel oil and scrap metal), used to be a thriving urban/industrial waterway for Brooklyn’s maritime activity. It served as a commercial epicenter for thousands of people who worked on the canal and for the families who lived in the neighborhood. Today, however, most discussions pertaining to the waterway are focused around pollution and plans for its clean-up.
This part of the canal’s history is brought to life by Gowanus Underworld, a multimedia project created by artist Christina Kelly and author Amy Sohn, as part of a Gowanus-themed group show called Falling In, at Trestle Projects. On display from October 1st to October 22nd (and extended until October 28th by appointment), the exhibition consists of a series of objects found on the banks of the Gowanus, coupled with audio monologues that bring to life the dramas of everyday life on the canal from the minds of those who experienced them.
Here at Untapped Cities, we’re pretty obsessed with Nikola Tesla, tracking him around New York City including checking out the room he died in at The New Yorker Hotel and making sure one of his statues survived a recent fire. Not surprisingly, we’re very excited about the upcoming documentary on PBS American Experience, “Tesla” that tells the story of this prolific and visionary inventor who continues captured the popular imagination of the 21st century – from the line of electric cars to the name of rock bands and a minor planet.
We’re excited to share with you an exclusive clip provided to Untapped Cities from the documentary that chronicles Tesla’s celebrity days in Gilded Age New York City – when he lived in luxurious hotels like the Hotel Astor, a foreshadowing of his later residential choices at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and the New Yorker Hotel, and dined in society hotspots like Delmonico’s. PBS describes him as a “showman,” beloved by the press for his ability to expound at length on any given subject, even things that were yet to come: robots, radar, solar and wind energy, and more.
Halloween is just two weeks away and there are plenty of unique ways to celebrate in New York City. Instead of wasting your night indoors, peeking through the blinds and fending off hungry trick-or-treaters, head to an extravagant masquerade, solve a murder mystery game or participate in an immersive film experience in Brooklyn. Here’s our list of Untapped Halloween events for this year.
Next week is jammed packed with exciting events, including the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, a Sukkot party hosted by the City Reliquary and tours of New York City.
The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival kicks off on Monday and runs through the week until Oct. 23, 2016. Watch short wildlife films that will inform audiences about the importance of protecting global biodiversity. The movies will screen at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater, located at 5 West 63rd Street & Central Park West. Purchase tickets and see the full line up of scheduled events here.
Albertine Books, the reading room and bookshop within the French Embassy in New York, will host a free discussion at 7:00 p.m. about the metamorphoses of the United States since 1965. Maurin Picard, a correspondent in the United States for Le Figaro, Sud Ouest, and Le Soir, will reflect on the topic while referencing from his conversations with ten key witnesses; the conversation will be held in French.
From 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the New York Public Library will host a discussion with the team behind Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas, a collection of writings from linguists, artists, historians and more. The masterminds of the project —writer and activist Rebecca Solnit, geographer Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, essayist Garnette Cadogan, and authors Suketu Mehta and Luc Sante—will come together to talk about NYC inside the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (Celeste Bartos Forum). Tickets cost $25.