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In New York City, the month of February will usher in thoughtful exhibits and installations, both indoor and outdoor, highlighting the way we live and work. Technology and the digital arts have arrived with a full-force of exhibits, translating our inner hard-drives into colorful patterns of our everyday web-lives. They are joined by a view of the spaces we live and work in, from our urban boxes to our loft-like live/work spaces.

The Guggenheim Museum will walk hand-in-hand with Times Square Arts and The Public Art Fund to show us How To Work Better.  Life as seen through our artistic endeavors can shine a light on global issues that touch us all and it can present in images conditions in other parts of our world, both past and present. In the end, we are all Looking Up at the same sky, even if not from Park Avenue.

Without further ado, 18 exhibits to check out in February:

18. Structures of Coastal Resilience: Designing for Climate Change

The Center for Architecture will present “Structures of Coastal Resilience: Designing for Climate Change highlighting the effects of catastrophic storms and climate change, and the ways in which the devastation can be addressed. The research initiative, Structures of Coastal Resilience (SCR), has been working in the area of developing performance-based designs for flood-prone North Atlantic urban coastal environments. They brought together engineers, science, architects, landscape architects and scholars who worked toward producing in-depth coastal planning and design proposals for areas prone to recurrent coastal flooding.

The results of this work are the focus of this exhibit, and will highlight the tri-state area, specifically Jamaica Bay and Atlantic City. Along with site-specific proposal, a digital overview of research strategies for all sites involved in the study will also be on display.

The exhibit, Structures of Coastal Resilience: Designing for Climate Change will open at The Center for Architecture on February 3, with an Opening Reception at 6 pm.

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    For Immediate Release Contact: Jennifer Passaretti
    The Marino Organization
    [email protected]


    Group of colossal, 25,000-pound granite sculptures by artist Harry H. Gordon is the
    next public art installation on the Garment District plazas

    NEW YORK, January 19, 2016 – The Garment District Alliance today unveiled Mass Medium, a group of five, 25,000-pound sculptures carved from granite that will captivate New Yorkers and visitors alike with its tremendous stature on Broadway’s Garment District plazas this winter.

    Created by highly respected sculptor, Harry H. Gordon, who resides and operates his studio in Lambertville, New Jersey, the neighborhood’s second winter art installation will occupy the pedestrian space on Broadway from 36th to 41st Streets in the Garment District through April.

    “Mass Medium is a spectacular installation that amazes passersby with its enormous, impeccable stone structure, coupled with its ability to adapt to the Manhattan landscape,” said Barbara Blair Randall, president of the Garment District Alliance. “Harry Gordon’s sculptures truly embody the innovative and imaginative spirit of the Garment District, and we are thrilled to showcase his incredible work. I am confident these imposing figures will serve as the most popular art installation in New York City this winter.”

    The five works, Sandalphon, Snaphance, Enki, Flying Canoe and Grasshopper, are intended to become part of the environment, invoke curiosity among passersby and present New Yorkers and visitors with a new, unique way to experience stone in Manhattan.

    Harry begins designing his artwork by collecting large pieces of fine granite that were initially discarded by the stone industry. Through utilizing a crane in his studio, he assembles each fragment of stone into a sculpture that takes on anthropomorphic attitudes, gestures and stance, essentially relating to human life.

    “I have always felt that my sculptures need to be installed and viewed by the public to be complete – it is as if they get their batteries charged with each person that sees them,” said sculptor Harry Gordon.

    With an extensive background in public sculpture, Harry has served as the Department Head of Sculpture Installation at the Johnson Atelier, Assistant Curator at Clinton Hill Sculpture Park at Pratt Institute, and Curator at Sculpture Garden at Nexus Properties in Trenton, New Jersey. Additionally, Harry has participated in more than 60 exhibitions over the past 25 years.
    Mass Medium is the latest in the ongoing Garment District Art on the Plazas series of public art installations, which has also included Avian Avatars, Sidewalk Catwalk, Tour de Fashion, Figurations, Broadway Green, The Sentinels, and, most recently, Seward Johnson in New York.

    Garment District Art on the Plazas is made possible through Arterventions, part of the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program. The Garment District Alliance and DOT work closely to coordinate the exhibit and install the pieces, which enhance the public plazas and make them even more welcoming to New Yorkers and visitors alike.

    “DOT Art values partners like the Garment District Alliance and their dedication to reimagining the street for the public,” said the New York City Department of Transportation’s Assistant Commissioner of Design + Art + Wayfinding Wendy Feuer. “The enormity of Harry Gordon’s sculptures adds new drama and scale to the plazas.”

    The Garment District is home to thousands of people working in the “creative economy,” including fine and performing artists, designers, architects, photographers and more than a hundred theaters, galleries, performance spaces and studios.

    Please direct media inquiries to Jennifer Passaretti of The Marino Organization at 212-889-0808 or [email protected]. For more information on the Garment District Space for Public Art, please visit http://garmentdistrictnyc.com/arts/.

    About the Garment District Alliance
    The Garment District Alliance (www.garmentdistrictnyc.com), formerly the Fashion Center BID, is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1993 to improve the quality of life and economic vitality of Manhattan’s Garment District. Through programs in the areas of streetscape improvements, sanitation and public safety, marketing and promotions, economic development, and community service, the Garment District Alliance supports the neighborhood’s transformation into a modern, 24/7 destination for dining, nightlife, hotels and unique office space. For more information on the Garment District Alliance’s many art initiatives, please visit http://www.garmentdistrictnyc.com/art-design/.

    New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program
    Launched in October 2008, the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program invigorates the City’s streetscapes with engaging temporary art installations. The Program partners with community-based organizations and artists to present murals, sculptures, projections and performances on plazas, fences, barriers, bridges and sidewalks for up to 11 months. Projects are presented within four program tracks: Arterventions, Barrier Beautification, Community Commissions and Art Display Case. For more information, visit http://www.nyc.gov/dotart.

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