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.
Rendering of One Vanderbilt, which will eventually become the second tallest building in the city. Image via SL Green
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We’ve added a new date for our perpetually sold out tour of The Woolworth Building, one of New York City’s most famous off-limits landmarks. Join us on October 22nd for a guided walk through the early U.S. skyscraper, once the tallest in the world. (We also have two dates lined up this November!)
Since 2013, we’ve worked with Woolworth Tours, a company founded by Helen Post Curry, the great-grand daughter of the building’s architect, Cass Gilbert to curate tours of the building lobby and basement level specifically tailored for our discerning readership here at Untapped Cities. Though its Byzantine, cathedral-like interior of glass tesserae and marble is landmarked, security concerns after 9/11 rendered it closed to only those that worked in the building.
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.