Lower Manhattan is like an open-air art gallery with works from American grand masters like Daniel Chester French (as in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC), modern pieces from artists like Isamu Noguchi and many memorial works. Most New Yorkers are busy going about their daily lives, so busy that they pay little attention to the myriad works of art on display for all to enjoy. When we do notice a piece, like Arturo DiModica’s Charging Bull the impulse is to take a selfie, at either end of the bull, and proclaim “I was there” but not to understand where the work came from or what it means. On this tour, we’ll slow down and take time to explore beautiful and historically important works around the neighborhood.
- See art from some of the most famous artists from the 19th and 20th centuries (Seward Johnson, Isamu Noguchi, Mark diSuvero, Louise Nevelson, Jean Dubuffet, John Quincy Adams Ward, Karl Bitter, Arturo diModica, Daniel Chester French, Keith Haring, Wopo Holup, Luis Sanguino, Fritz Koening, and Marisol Escobar)
- We’ll stroll down Broadway and then meander through Battery Park
- With each piece we visit, we’ll take the time to deconstruct the image, discuss what is known about it and then share reactions
- We’ll be sampling art not only from different eras but also art that has different purposes: propaganda, place-making, reflection, honoring an ideal or group, whimsy, and more
Price: $35 (+fees)
What to know: The tour is two-hours long and handicap accessible
What to bring: Comfortable walking shoes
About your tour guide: Alan Cohen is passionate about New York City. Diverse neighborhoods, the food, public art, architecture, and cultural institutions are sources of endless delight and fascination for this native of Brooklyn and Manhattan resident. Alan, a retired psychologist and college professor, has been exploring those layers most of his adult life. He became a tour guide for the Central Park Conservancy and a licensed New York City sightseeing guide because he loves to share New York’s beauty and its stories. Alan is enjoying this time of his life by being a docent at the Museum of the City of New York, giving tours in Central Park, taking history courses at NYU and trying to learn Spanish. He also runs Untapped Cities’ 400 Years of History in 1 Mile Walking Tour.
Below are more pictures of some of the art pieces we will discover on this tour: