“El Barrio Comes in All Colors, Shapes and Sizes” by Rica Takashima. Photo via flowartnyc.org
Fall is in the air and with it, an entirely different backdrop to New York City’s art installations. Some of these installations will be leaving in early October, others will be here through the fall and beyond. The below takes us from the Brooklyn Navy Yard to City College, indoors and out. Here are 11 exhibits and installations not to miss.
Untapped Cities is excited to co-sponsor the Museum of the City of New York discussion of the new book, Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad by historians Eric Foner and Martha Hodes. On September 30th, join these leading experts as they bring to life New York City’s little-known role within the underground railroad system between 1830 and 1860. As discussed previously in coverage of known Underground Railroad stops in New York City, New York had a community of progressive citizens who helped fugitive slaves escape, and whose network of safe houses stretched throughout the city.
When Stanley Kubrick was just 17 years old, he began working at LOOK Magazine in New York City. Long before he was the celebrated cinema auteur, he brought his evolving sensibility to the streets and nightlife of New York City. The Museum of the City of New York has an incredible 15,000+ collection of these images, which Kubrick shot over the course of 129 assignments for LOOK between 1945 and 1950. As the Museum writes, “in these assignments, Kubrick captured the pathos of ordinary life in a way that belied his young age.” Just a kid from the Bronx, Kubrick was the youngest photographer on the staff of LOOK.
Photograph from Saving Place: 50 Years of NYC Landmarks by Iwan Baan
This month, we’ve been actively covering the wonderful preservation exhibition Saving Place: 50 Years of NYC Landmarks at the Museum of the City of New York, from a preview of the exhibition, a look at the unique architectural remnants on display, to an interview with the curators. We asked co-curator Andrew Dolkart to share with us five losses and five success stories in the history of landmarking in New York City. Here were his picks:
The Edward Laing Stores/Bogardus Building. Image via Library of Congress
In researching about the many wonderful architectural remnants on display at Saving Place: 50 Years of NYC Landmarks, we came across the Edward Laing Stores, also known as the Bogardus Building. A single metal spandrel panel is on display in the exhibition, but the story behind what happened to this long-demolished building is one of the craziest we’ve heard here at Untapped Cities, including the fact that it was stolen, not once, but twice.
One of the highlights of the comprehensive exhibition, Saving Place: 50 Years of NYC Landmarks at the Museum of the City of New York, is the collection of architectural remnants from New York City’s buildings, both lost and still standing. From a marble eagle head from the original Pennsylvania Station to original lime moldings from Grand Central Terminal and cast iron medallions from the Battery Maritime Terminal, there is plenty for architecture and preservation buffs to revel in.