Museum patrons working on the Draftsmen’s Congress
Upon entering the Pawel Althamer: The Neighbors exhibit at the New Museum a mural of paint surrounds you as artists work. They are clad in once white smocks, now vibrant messes of color. But these are no ordinary artists, as hints are lain by the inviting paint cans with brushes spewed in the center. The artists are museum patrons, with the museum visitors applying layer upon layer of paint forming a vast vibrant mural of seamless chaotic color. A vast array of small designs–many half covered–are discernible, from targets to faces to lettering. “FOOL” is written boldly across the top of a chair, while “OLLIE” adorns a wall.
Last summer, we rounded up six great urban photography projects that were going on, including those visiting every bodega in Manhattan, capturing the city’s disappearing neon signs, and a guy walking every street of NYC. Yesterday, another one came across our way: For the last three years, five friends have been visiting and documenting New York’s old-school pizza joints. For extra authenticity, all five are native New Yorkers. According to Ian Manheimer, a member of The New York Pizza Project, they’ve “been to over 100 of the most authentic shops in the City: talking to patrons and pizza makers, snapping photos…We like to say, it’s not about the food, it’s about everything else.”
In the mid 80′s Martin Scorsese was not in a good place career-wise. You would think that after making films like Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and The King of Comedy, studios would just let the man make the movies he wants to make, without any hassle. However, Paramount Pictures decided to stop production on Scorsese’s dream project The Last Temptation of Christ, due to budgetary concerns and pressure from religious groups.The entire ordeal frustrated Scorsese; who after rejecting many scripts, decided to film a black comedy that takes place almost entirely in Soho. In our second to last installment of the #MonthofScorsese film locations series, we present the NYC film locations for 1985′s After Hours. (more…)
The Lower East Side has historically been home to a large immigrant population specifically those of Eastern European Jews. In the 1960s and 1970s the neighborhood saw a shift–the shape of the neighborhood began to develop a sprawling indie music scene. Central to this neighborhood was that of Ludlow Street. From Pianos to Cake Shop, the street has played host to a vast array of defining music venues with such acts as the Velvet Underground gaining its foot hold on the New York scene in the area.
Inside the Brooklyn Museum’s rotunda gallery, Brooklyn based street artist Caleonia Curry a.k.a Swoon and her team have installed an awe inspiring 60 foot tree sculpture. The sculpture –which is reported to have taken months to complete –is the base and center piece for her exhibition titled Submerged Motherlands. The former Pratt Institute student turned world famous street artist and humanitarian’s site-specific installation is said to be an artistic response to past and contemporary catastrophe’s. (more…)