Last year, we published a popular article on the architectural secrets of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This fall, we’re excited to offer this intimate, hour-long tour of the Charles Engelhard Court and period architecture rooms on Saturday, November 9th, led by Metropolitan Museum docent Lee Miller.
Located in the American Wing and notable for its vast open space and exquisite natural lighting, the Engelhard Court boasts a particular appeal for 19th and 20th century design enthusiasts. We’ll be learning about the Neoclassical facade of the Branch Bank of the United States, relocated from 15 ½ Wall Street and about the innovative stained-glass windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Moving through the room’s impressive collection of large-scale American sculpture, we’ll also examine structural details by Beaux Arts architect Stanford White, as well as pioneering modernist architect Louis Sullivan and his famously prolific student, Frank Lloyd Wright.
Head to the Great Hall Balcony Bar after the tour to enjoy a glass of wine and a rare view of the museum’s majestic lobby.
Docent Lee Miller has been an Education Volunteer at the Metropolitan Museum for more than 25 years. She specializes in the American Wing and has a particular interest in decorative arts and architectural elements in the collection.
For more than half its life, Lower Manhattan’s iconic Woolworth Building has been off-limits to all but the lucky few employed in its handful of professional office spaces. While the lobby has been technically closed to the public since World War II, the management doubled down on its policy after 9/11, erecting the infamous “TOURISTS ARE NOT PERMITTED” sign much bemoaned by local architecture buffs.
But when the Gotham gem celebrated its 100th birthday this past April, things began to change. Helen Curry, the great-granddaughter of Woolworth architect Cass Gilbert, organized a series of events in honor of the centennial, including tours of the building’s fabled lobby. Untapped Cities was lucky enough to cover an exclusive sneak peek lead by Carol Willis, curator of the Skyscraper Museum’s “The Woolworth Building @ 100” exhibit.
On Wednesday, November 6th at 6:30pm, we’ll be offering readers the chance for intimate, hour-long tour led by Jason Crowley, a preservationist and architectural historian who is working to digitize and catalogue the New York Historical Society’s extensive collection of Woolworth Building archives.
Jason will lead us across the street to City Hall Park where we’ll examine the highly ornamented exterior of what was once the tallest building in the world. After discussing the Woolworth’s crucial importance to the development of the skyscraper and the New York City skyline, Jason will take us into the lobby, where he’ll share commentary on the vaulted ceilings and sculptural details.
The GenArt Film Festival is a weekend of premieres that highlight 7 feature films and 7 short films by emerging indie filmmakers from around North America. Over the course of four days, October 3-6th, this festival is taking place in New York City at the AMC Loews Village Theater on 66 3rd Avenue (11th Street) culminating in a special guest jury decision on Sunday where these filmmakers will take home various awards and titles. This year’s jurors include actor and musician Bryan Greenberg, Verge CEO Jeff Vespa, Kill Your Darlingsdirector John Krokidas, and New York Magazine’s Kyle Buchanan. Tickets for the general public (drinks included!) are on sale now at the GenArt website.
The International Center of Photography has opened four new exhibits in its Midtown museum. These magnificent photo installations will be available for viewing starting today until January 19th, 2014. On the main floor, selections from Philadelphia photographer Zoe Strauss’ 10 Years collection are featured in her first major museum presentation. These photographs capture subjects that help tell the narrative of the “struggle of everyday life.” Downstairs, the museum has a large collection of Lewis Hine’s photography that spanned his entire career here in New York City from 1905 until his death in 1940, which highlighted the poor and working class individual. A separate dedicated section of Lewis Hine’s work from ICP’s own collection is centered around New Deal industrialism from when he worked with the Works Progress Administration’s National Research Project to study labor in the US. Finally, the smallest of these exhibits highlights one of the initial moments in “citizen journalism” as it analyzes the impact of instant cameras and “bystander photography” in documenting the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.
Rockaway Boardwalk after Hurricane Sandy. Image courtesy Wyatt Gallery.
As New York approaches the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the word resilience has re-emerged in popularity as a reminder of the city’s overwhelming response to last year’s disaster––and its long-reaching effects. But on October 10th, TEDxNYIT’s event, Meta Resiliency, will introduce a new theme: The resiliency of resiliency. Scheduled to take place just before the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, TEDxNYIT’s forum on “Meta Resiliency” will bring together thinkers, visionaries, and activists (not only from across the U.S., but from Sweden, Mexico, and the UK) to speak about the concept of resilience and its application in communal efforts.