ArtSlant - Openings & events http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/show en-us 40 Stefan Kurten - Alexander and Bonin - April 18th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">An exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by Stefan K&uuml;rten will open at Alexander and Bonin on April 18th. The exhibition features <em>Running to stand still </em>(2014), a large scale painting depicting a grid of houses which emerge from a golden, abstracted thicket and represent K&uuml;rten&rsquo;s typography of 20th Century homes.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Modernist overhang slab roof houses, brick villas in idyllic surroundings and suburban bungalows with neat garden paths and flower beds are the subject of K&uuml;rten&rsquo;s recent paintings. Almost all depict isolated buildings that are surrounded by a wall, hedge or lush vegetation and draw the viewer's attention to a singular piece of invented architecture. These structures often closely resemble iconic mid-century modern dwellings, but have been rebuilt by K&uuml;rten&rsquo;s conflation of imagery. Their sense of familiarity is strong and viewers often feel they have visited these non-existent homes. The surfaces of K&uuml;rten&rsquo;s paintings are composed of innumerable brushstrokes forming patterns that evoke sky, water and foliage. The density of the patterning can elicit a sense of horror, destabilizing these beautiful illusions.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Even though the houses and gardens that distinguish my paintings are drawn from real houses and gardens, taken from my own photos, books, and magazines, they are somehow transformed into the stuff of daydreams or nightmares. They are devoid of human presence; the apparent idyll feels isolated to the point of oppression. Nonetheless, there seems to be some sort of a presence, like a hidden secret, something untold and left to our imaginations. Heimlich describes this unsettling, disturbing uncertainty very fittingly.&rdquo;<span style="font-size: xx-small;">1</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: xx-small;">1</span> Interview with Larry Rinder published in <em>Here Comes the Night. Works on Paper 2009 &ndash; 2013</em>,Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The artist lives and works in D&uuml;sseldorf. His work has been the subject of several institutional exhibitions and two recent monographs: <em>Here Comes the Night. Works on Paper 2009 &ndash; 2013</em>, published by Hatje Cantz and <em>Running to stand still</em>, a monograph of recent paintings published by Galerie der Stadt Backnang. Stefan K&uuml;rten&rsquo;s paintings are in the permanent collections of several European and American institutions including Kunstmuseen Krefeld, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For press inquiries contact Olivia Gauthier at 212/367-7474 or og@alexanderandbonin.com</p> Sat, 04 Apr 2015 10:05:59 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Yves Crenn - Axelle Fine Arts Galerie Soho - April 18th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>AXELLE FINE ARTS GALERIE SOHO welcomes back French painter YVES CRENN for a solo exhibition of exquisite new works. UN AUTRE TEMPS (Another Time), Crenn&rsquo;s sixth solo exhibition at Axelle, will feature stunning nudes, touching still lifes and soulful animal portraits. Although Crenn broaches a wide range of figurative subjects, his paintings are unmistakable due to his unique choice of mediums &ndash; he works with a distinct combination of dry pastels and watercolor on paper. This unusual technique adds a beautiful texture and softness, qualities that define Crenn&rsquo;s style.</p> <p>Crenn was deeply affected by a trip to Pompeii at a young age; he was fascinated by the frescoes and artifacts preserved in ashes as well as by the unique Roman architecture of the city. The effect of this experience is still apparent in his work; the textures and muted color palettes are reminiscent of ancient frescoes.</p> <p>Born in 1969 in Vernon, France, the artist studied drawing and oil painting at Les Beaux Arts de Rouen for six years. His first exhibition was in Germany while he was still a student. After graduating, he enjoyed several public exhibitions, particularly of his drawings on paper. He is a highly skilled draftsman and his talent remains evident in the precision of his current work. In 2003, he began experimenting with his current method of combining dry pastels and watercolor and since, has exhibited at galleries across France, Germany and the US. He had a successful solo show at ArtLondon 2010 and his work was on view at the Panorama Museum in Leipzig, Germany the same year.</p> <p><em>Artension</em> accurately described Crenn&rsquo;s sensitive interpretations of the world as &ldquo;an expression of an individual interior need.&rdquo; His art forever preserves his subjects in beautiful, contemplative states &ndash; much like the antiquities of Pompeii. Crenn currently lives and works in Rouen, France. He will attend the opening reception on April 18.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 16:07:11 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Arne Svenson - Julie Saul Gallery - April 18th 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p><em>The Neighbors</em>&nbsp;by Arne Svenson<br />Published by Julie Saul Gallery, New York, April 2015<br />Distributed by D.A.P./Artbook<br />Hardcover, 96 pages/42 full-color plates<br />ISBN: 978-0-692-26640-3<br />$40.00 plus shipping</p> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:01:29 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Eleanor Friedberger - Recess Activities, Inc. - April 18th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">On March 19, Sara Magenheimer will begin work on <em>False Alphabets</em>, as part of Recess&rsquo;s signature program, Session. Session invites artists to use Recess&rsquo;s public space as studio, exhibition venue and grounds for experimentation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Over the course of her Session, Magenheimer will construct sculptural sets composed of photographs, objects, and film equipment that will become the backdrop for a new video. The script for the video, written by Magenheimer, continues the artist&rsquo;s interest in voice, and employs cinematic tropes that conflate embodied language and location.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> The script will evoke the role of &ldquo;The Radio DJ&rdquo; epitomized by characters like Mister Se&ntilde;or Love Daddy in<em> Do The Right Thing</em> and DJ Stevie Wayne in <em>The Fog</em>. These figures act as the omnipotent narrators of their films as well as create diegetic soundtracks to their cinematic worlds. Simultaneously addressing the movie going audience, the other characters, and their communities, their music is embodied rather than a superficial add-on for the viewer&rsquo;s emotional manipulation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Collaborating artists Eleanor Friedberger (Fiery Furnaces), Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Free Paint (Magenheimer and Saunier) and more will perform the music for and act as narrators in this video. Performers will make mixes that involve narration and music. These mixes will function as a soundtrack for the video. Recess audience may stream these mixes online and will be invited to participate as &ldquo;the listening public&rdquo; on open-set days of filming.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The video and performances explore the limit of the necessary, functional dislocation between speech and physical body, attempting to bring language back to the body through techniques drawn from punk/Dada humor, absurdity, music and participation.<br /> Films featuring radio DJs will be screened throughout False Alphabets.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About the Artist: </strong><br /> Sara Magenheimer is an artist based in New York City. Recent exhibitions include Interstate Projects, 247365 Gallery, Cleopatra&rsquo;s, Brooklyn, Chapter NY, and Document, Chicago. Recent screenings include The Ann Arbor Film Festival, MI; Images Festival, Toronto; The New York Film Festival, The Kitchen, New York, Brooklyn Academy of Music; MOMA, Portland, OR; The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland; and Meet Factory, Prague, Czech Republic. Since 2012 she has performed at Recess, MOMA P.S.1, Issue Project Room, Canada Gallery, and the Performa 13 Biennial. Her collaborative project, Bloopers, received commissions from Triple Canopy and EMPAC, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She was the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.recessart.org/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2014-08-28-at-2.57.11-PM.png"><img class="alignleft wp-image-9412" src="http://www.recessart.org/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2014-08-28-at-2.57.11-PM.png" alt="Supporters" width="274" height="154" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This program is supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works. </p> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:05:03 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Francois Ilnseher, Robin Randisi, Eve K. Tremblay - Gallery Molly Krom - April 19th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Gallery Molly Krom is pleased to announce <em>Inside Out,</em> our first exhibition devoted exclusively to photography. The show features works by Francois Ilnseher, Robin Randisi and Eve K. Tremblay.</p> <p>More so than other types of imagery, photographs give a tangible sense of clarity to subjects that, prior to being photographed, may seem mundane. Both Francois Ilnseher and Robin Randisi make such ordinary things the focus of their vision.</p> <p>While different in technique and subject Ilnseher and Randisi&rsquo;s photographs share a directness and quietness, as well as a lack of aggressive manipulation of the subject matter. Their work is addressed to, as Eugenia Parry wrote, &ldquo;those who need to live through the eye, who resist the bandwagon of technological advances, craving instead visual intimacy with printed page.&rdquo;</p> <p>&Egrave;ve K. Tremblay presents <em>Madeleines Minerales</em>, a body of work that addresses a process of image creation in one&rsquo;s mind during a task of memorization.&nbsp; Using old and new technology, the artist creates multi-fired glazed ceramic sculptures with image transfers.</p> <p class="indenttext"><strong>Francois Ilnseher</strong> was born in Biel, Switzerland. His professional collaboration with such celebrated photographers as Hiro, Horst, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon and others continues to have a lasting influence on his work. His work has been exhibited in New York, Miami, Amsterdam, Berlin, Johannesburg and Zurich. He is represented by Gallery Molly Krom in New York and Berlin. He lives and works in New York.</p> <p><strong>Robin Randisi</strong> studied at the Cooper Union in New York and the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. She graduated with a BFA in 2006 from the Cooper Union. Her recent and upcoming exhibitions include <em>Las Chicas Presents</em> in Brooklyn, NY (2014) and <em>Viral: Photography in the Age of Social Media</em>, a traveling show exhibited at Cambridge University in England (2015) and coming to the Photoville Festival in Brooklyn (2015). She currently lives and works in New York.</p> <p>&shy;</p> <p>Quebec-born<strong>&Egrave;<strong>ve K. Tremblay </strong></strong>has exhibited at Le Mus&eacute;e National des Beaux-Arts du Qu&eacute;bec, Le Mus&eacute;e d&rsquo;Art Contemporain de Montreal, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Mus&eacute;e d&rsquo;art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Prague Biennale 5, Bergen Kunsthall, Lautom Contemporary in Oslo, Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, and Exit Art in New York. Her work has appeared in many Canadian printed magazines, in Kunstforum, the New York Times and Artforum.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 12:41:17 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Lee Maida - Joe Sheftel Gallery - April 19th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Sat, 18 Apr 2015 16:24:30 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Anna-Sophie Berger - Ludlow 38 - April 19th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Anna-Sophie Berger will&nbsp;create a&nbsp;site-specific installation and performance for her upcoming solo exhibition <em>Growing Horns</em>. Her training in fashion and past work in installation informs her attention to materials and their lifespan, from production to distribution to meaning.&nbsp;She currently lives and works in Vienna, Austria.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Please click here to watch a <a style="color: #4f2300;" href="http://ludlow38.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/goethe.mp4" target="_blank">video</a> by Anna-Sophie Berger. Additionally a&nbsp;<a style="color: #4f2300;" href="http://ludlow38.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/AnnaSophieBerger_GrowingHorns.pdf" target="_blank">PDF</a>&nbsp;accompanying her solo exhibition&nbsp;at MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38 can be downloaded here.</p> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:02:21 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Jake Longstreth - Monya Rowe Gallery - April 19th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Monya Rowe Gallery is pleased to present <em>Free Range</em>, a new exhibition of paintings by <strong>Jake Longstreth</strong>. In his second exhibition with the gallery, Longstreth continues his focus on the remote and dusty corners of the American landscape. Painting in the studio, from memory, rather than <em>en plein air</em>, or from photographs, Longstreth&rsquo;s improvisational approach allows for unexpected nuance, both calming and unsettling.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The paintings, at times, dissolve into the immediacy of the delicate paint handling. Shades of warm greys, wan yellows and muted greens are applied in repeating stuttering strokes to form renderings of mountains and flora. Above the ridgeline is a creamy, opaque sky, gradating between deadened blues and sickly browns and greys. The overall effect is of an atmosphere and sense of light that is as stifling as it is familiar to anyone who has lived or spent time in the American West. In an era with an immense amount of homogenous globally-oriented art, Longstreth has doubled down on exploring the visual and sensory experiences of a specific region -- in his case, Southern California.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">"Free Range" - a catch-all phrase meant to invoke a specific worldview of low-impact, eco-conscious living, is perhaps bitterly invoked here. Or not. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">As Miguel Arzabe wrote in a recent review of Longstreth&rsquo;s work: "We experience nature&rsquo;s inability to reveal anything to us other than what we project onto it." In the way we may project our hopes for a better world onto a carton of eggs, we do the same when beholding a landscape. Is the blue sky emerging above from the grey, smoggy horizon a consolation? Is it <em>beautiful? </em>In <em>Free Range, </em>Longstreth examines the difficulty of this question through this new suite of quiet landscape paintings.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Jake Longstreth </strong>(b. 1977) received a MFA from <em>California College of the Arts</em>, San Francisco, CA and a BA from <em>Lewis and Clark College</em>, Portland, OR. Recent solo exhibitions include <em>Gregory Lind Gallery</em>, San Francisco, CA and a two-person exhibition at <em>Ever Gold Gallery</em>, also in San Francisco. He is a 2008 recipient of a <em>Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant</em>. Longstreth will have a solo exhibition at the <em>Crisp-Ellert Art Museum </em>at Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL in Fall 2016. Longstreth lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.</p> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:48:20 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Neil Goldberg - Participant Inc. - April 19th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Sat, 04 Apr 2015 11:25:35 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Group Show - Rachel Uffner Gallery - April 19th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Sat, 04 Apr 2015 12:42:21 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Pam Lins - Rachel Uffner Gallery - April 19th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Sat, 04 Apr 2015 12:42:49 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list - The Metropolitan Museum of Art - April 20th 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">The Deccan plateau of south-central India was home to a succession of highly cultured Muslim kingdoms with a rich artistic heritage. Under their patronage in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, foreign influences&mdash;notably from Iran, Turkey, eastern Africa, and Europe&mdash;combined with ancient and prevailing Indian traditions to create a distinctive Indo-Islamic art and culture.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition will bring together some 165 of the finest works from major international, private, and royal collections. Featuring many remarkable loans from India, the exhibition&mdash;which is the most comprehensive museum presentation on this subject to date&mdash;will explore the unmistakable character of classical Deccani art in various media: poetic lyricism in painting, lively creations in metalwork, and a distinguished tradition of textile production.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Accompanied by a catalogue and an <a href="http://www.metmuseum.org/visit/plan-your-visit/audio-guide" target="_blank">Audio Guide</a></p> <div id="phcontent_0_phfullwidthcontent_0_sponsorDivTag" class="content-container sponsors"> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition is made possible by the Gail and Parker Gilbert Fund, the Placido Arango Fund, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The catalogue is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and the Doris Duke Fund for Publications.</p> </div> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 10:05:04 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list David Levine - Dia Art Foundation - April 21st 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM <div class="content_body dia-links" style="text-align: justify;"> <div id="page_title"> <h1 class="che"><span style="font-size: small;">Artists on Artists Lecture Series</span></h1> </div> <span style="font-size: small;">Established in 2001, this series highlights the work of contemporary artists from the perspective of their colleagues and peers, and focuses on artists in Dia's collection and exhibition programs. Lectures take place at Dia's 535 West 22nd Street, 5th floor between 10th and 11th Avenues in New York City.</span></div> <p style="text-align: justify;">David Levine is an artist based in Brooklyn and Berlin. Levine&rsquo;s performance projects have recently been presented at Museu Cole&ccedil;&atilde;o Berardo in Lisbon (2014), BRIC in Brooklyn (2014), the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (2013), Performance Space 122 in New York (2012), Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams (2011), and the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2010). Levine is a Professor of Art and the Director of Studio and Performing Arts at Bard College Berlin. He currently lives and works in Berlin and New York.</p> Sat, 07 Feb 2015 04:13:50 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Group Show - Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery - April 21st 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p><em>a curious blindness</em>&nbsp;reflects a moment captured by eighteen early to mid-career artists who engage with the complex climate of race and identity politics. Despite their varied backgrounds and influences, there is a shared consciousness of how the colored body is treated and represented in a purportedly "post&ndash;racial" era. The selection of works responds and reacts to the institutionalized racism that permeates the quotidian through media, commodity culture and art historical canon. The artists are influenced by ideas of portraiture, the consumable and serial reproduction, which evoke the ways in which the colored body has been exploited, abbreviated and misrepresented through time. Without compliance or submission,&nbsp;<em>a curious blindness</em>&nbsp;incites a dialogue with history and art as an institution.</p> <p><em>a curious blindness</em>&nbsp;is curated by Vivian Chui, Tara Kuruvilla, and Doris Zhao. It is the third presentation of the&nbsp;<em>MODA Curates</em>&mdash;an annual opportunity offered by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.columbia.edu/cu/wallach" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery</a>&nbsp;and the<a href="http://www.columbia.edu/cu/arthistory/graduate/moda.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">&nbsp;MA in Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies Program (MODA)</a>&nbsp;for outstanding curatorial proposals related to students' theses.</p> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 19:42:32 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Rabih MrouƩ - MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) - April 21st 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Initiated by The Museum of Modern Art in 1971 as a platform for new and experimental art, the renowned Elaine Dannheisser Projects Series returns in 2015 at both MoMA and MoMA PS1, providing a forum for the most urgent international voices in contemporary art.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Projects 101</em> features the United States premiere of <em>Riding on a Cloud</em>, a new piece by artist and theater director Rabih Mrou&eacute; (Lebanese, b. 1967). Based on his brother Yasser Mrou&eacute;&rsquo;s personal experiences in the aftermath of the Lebanese civil war, this performance combines prerecorded video and spoken word in a parafictional meditation on the relationship between lived experience and representation. Performed by Yasser himself, this poetic mixture of fact and fiction deconstructs biography, questions our relationship to images, and interrogates the space between political reality and memory. Living in Beirut and Berlin, Mrou&eacute; works both in the visual and performing arts and has exhibited at numerous venues internationally including at the 11th International Istanbul Biennial and Documenta(13), Kassel. His work is currently on view at MoMA in the exhibition <em>Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection</em>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Tickets ($12; free for members and corporate members; $10 seniors; $8 students) can be purchased online or at the information desk, at the Film desk after 4:00 p.m., or at the Education and Research Building reception desk on the day of the program.</p> <div class="exhibitcredit"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Organized by Ana Janevski, Associate Curator, with Martha Joseph, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance Art.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Elaine Dannheisser Projects Series is made possible in part by the Elaine Dannheisser Foundation and The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art.</p> </div> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 15:34:07 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list - Museum of the City of New York - April 21st 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp; <strong>Opening at the Museum of the City New York in Conjunction with the Landmark Law&rsquo;s 50</strong><strong>th </strong><strong>Anniversary</strong></p> <p><strong class="Default" style="text-align: justify;"><em>How a Ground-Breaking Law Has Transformed New York City and Shapes Its Future </em></strong></p> <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">(New York, January 26, 2015)&mdash;The Museum of the City of New York presents <strong><em>SAVING PLACE: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks</em></strong>, a comprehensive exhibition exploring the roots and impact of a landmark preservation movement that has transformed the City and been an engine of New York&rsquo;s growth and success.</p> <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Saving Place and the history of the landmarks law underscores how civic and business leaders, grass roots activists, and design professionals have come together to create a contemporary New York City that blends old and new in a dynamic urbanism,&rdquo; said Susan Henshaw Jones, Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New York. &ldquo;As we celebrate the law's 50th anniversary, this exhibition is not just about preserving the past, it is also about how landmarks are a vital contribution to the city&lsquo;s future for generations to come.&rdquo;</p> <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">New York&rsquo;s landmark preservation movement developed over many years, but was galvanized by large historic losses in the early 1960s, most notably the demolition of the world famous and architecturally significant Pennsylvania Station in 1963.</p> <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">Many believe New York&rsquo;s pioneering landmarks law--which Mayor Robert F. Wagner Jr. signed on April 19, 1965--was a key factor in the rebirth of New York in the final quarter of the 20th century. It fostered pride in neighborhoods and resulted in preservation in every borough, connecting and motivating residents and bringing new economic life to older communities. The law was unprecedented in its scope and became a model for cities and towns around the world.</p> <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">Through original documents, drawings, paintings, photographs, building pieces, and more, the exhibition surveys how the landmarks movement developed in New York, going back to early preservation efforts in the beginning of the 20th Century.</p> <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">The intense legal challenges to the law in the 1960s and 1970s are chronicled, focusing on the Grand Central Terminal case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and involved high profile activists including Jacqueline Kennedy. Never-before-seen drawings of architect Marcel Breuer&rsquo;s proposed tower above the terminal will be exhibited.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition looks at contemporary design in the city in the context of additions to landmarks, not only of building elements on individual landmarks but also new buildings in historic districts.</p> <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">Innovative preservation technology and ways to accomplish restoration are shown, and a timeline of the history of the preservation movement wraps around the gallery.</p> <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition, whose own dramatic, modern design style mirrors the show&rsquo;s theme of the effective combination of the old and the new, shows the expansion and evolution of the landmark law over time.</p> <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">Designations of publically accessible interiors were added (of which the New York Public Library was the first and Radio City Music Hall a later example) and scenic landmarks began with Central Park. Today, more than 31,000 buildings have been designated as landmarks, as well as more than 100 historic districts.</p> <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">At large tables in the center of the exhibition gallery, visitors will see models and building samples showing the restoration of landmarks all over the city, the creation of new architecture in historic districts, and the addition of new buildings atop or next to landmarks. Examples include models of Diane von Furstenberg&rsquo;s offices in the Meatpacking District and Norman Foster&rsquo;s glass skyscraper atop the Art Deco Hearst Building.</p> <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">To show landmarks in the context of the modern city, the Museum commissioned Iwan Baan, the renowned Dutch architectural photographer, to do a series of panoramic photographs of current-day New York that show the intertwining of old and new architecture, and they are prominently displayed.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Also included in the exhibition are architectural fragments from the destroyed Pennsylvania Station and other buildings, maps, infographics, and interactive opportunities to explore landmarks in the city.</p> <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition looks at the ambitions and achievements of the law, as well as its controversies. Debate has continued about what is a landmark and the place of new construction within historic districts, and the changing considerations are examined in the exhibition and related public programming.</p> <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">Co-chairs who helped organize the exhibition are: Frederick Bland, James Hanley, Hugh Hardy, William Higgins, John J. Kerr, Richard Olcott, Raymond Pepi, Frank Sciame, and Robert B. Tierney.</p> <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">Honorary Chairs include all former Chairs of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Kent Barwick, Laurie Beckelman, Gene Norman, Sherida Paulsen, Jennifer Raab, Beverly Moss Spatt, Robert B. Tierney, and the current Chair, Meenakshi Srinivasan.</p> <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;"><em>Saving Place </em>is curated by Donald Albrecht, the Museum&rsquo;s Curator for Architecture and Design, and Andrew S. Dolkart, the Director of the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University, with consulting curator Seri Worden, formerly Director of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation.</p> <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Saving Place traces the trajectory of New York&rsquo;s preservation movement, highlighting the contributions of a dynamic group of people from grass-roots preservations to government officials and celebrated architects,&rdquo; said Albrecht.</p> <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;The law has been a success beyond the dreams of its early advocates,&rdquo; said Dolkart. &ldquo;Landmarking is about creating a city where old buildings contribute to vibrant neighborhoods and where new construction in historic districts reinforces an area&rsquo;s special character.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The accompanying book, <em>Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks</em>, edited by Albrecht and Dolkart, contains essays by prominent architects and historians, including Fran&ccedil;oise Astorg Bollack, Claudette Brady, Adele Chatfield-Taylor, Dolkart, Robert A.M. Stern, and Anthony C. Wood. It is illustrated with many photographs by Baan and published by The Monacelli Press.</p> <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Much of what we love about New York today we owe to the law and its administering body,&rdquo; Stern writes in the introduction of the book. &ldquo;Much of what is contentious about contemporary development and redevelopment can also be laid at the feet of the landmarks law and the Landmarks Preservation Commission.&rdquo;</p> <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">Donors who helped make the exhibition possible were numerous, and included J.M. Kaplan Fund, David F. and Frances A. Eberhart Foundation, Con Edison, Taconic Builders, New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation, Two Trees Management, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects &amp; Planners, Extell Development Company, The Brodsky Organization, Ennead Architects, Robert A. &amp; Elizabeth R. Jeffe Foundation, L &amp; L Holding Company, Frank Sciame, and Robert A.M. Stern Architects.</p> <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition is designed by architect Wendy Evans Joseph and graphic design firm NR2154, led by Jacob Wildschi&oslash;dtz.</p> <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">The Museum will offer an ambitious menu of public programs in conjunction with the exhibition, ranging from a symposium on April 20, to discussions, to lectures, to walking tours. The Museum&rsquo;s Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children&rsquo;s Center has designed special programs for students and teachers.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Co-sponsors include the Historic District Council, the Municipal Art Society, the New York Landmarks Conservancy, the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation, and the New York Preservation Archive Project.</p> Sat, 07 Feb 2015 06:28:33 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list