19 Grammys, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and now a 90th birthday. Astoria-born jazz legend Tony Bennett celebrated the eve of his 90th birthday with Starbucks, which has pledged to play his music all day today in its more than 7,500 U.S. locations with recorded well-wishes from the likes of Whoopi Goldberg, James Taylor and Oprah Winfrey. Starbucks has declared it Tony Bennett Day complete with cake pops.
Last night a star studded party at the Rainbow Room where Lady Gaga sang Happy Birthday with Stevie Wonder at the piano.
A week before Billy Joel serenaded the legend at Madison Square gardens. Last night Bennett made an appearance on Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” Tuesday night wowing audiences with “This Is All I Ask” as a cake was wheeled in than Bruce Willis.
This morning he sat down with Al Roker on “Today” to declare he had no plans to retire.
At 8:30 p.m. tonight, Facebook Live will stream Lady Gaga lighting up the Empire State Building in his honor as the skyscraper will display his artwork in its Fifth Avenue Lobby through Sept. 6th. Yes, not only does he sing but he paints.
There’s also a two-hour NBC special airing Dec. 20, starring names like Alec Baldwin, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Aretha Franklin to celebrate the star. There’s even a upcoming fifth book is titled “Just Getting Started.” This is no slowing down for this man on the go.
The Immersive Art of Chagall
There is an immersive exhibition devoted to the prolific and unclassifiable painter, Marc Chagall (1887–1985) at the Hall des Lumières, 49 Chambers Street. This unique digital exhibition presents his entire oeuvre, revealing a work rooted in its times, at the crossroads of the artistic and cultural novelties of his century and in constant renewal.
Paris and New York, are the emblematic capitals of modern art and represents two crucial stages in the artist’s long career. Paris was his chosen city, and thanks to the avant-garde movements of the 1910s, it provided the young Russian painter with a pool of experimental work, which he enriched with his own cultural references. New York was primarily a place of exile during the 1940s, and yet it gave the artist’s creativity fresh impetus. After the war, several exhibitions and major commissions reinforced the links between Paris and New York and brought Chagall back to the United States, up until the 1970s.
During this immersive exhibition, all the themes and images present in the artist’s repertoire are projected onto the walls of the Hall des Lumières, like intertwined cut-out images. They are complemented by short extracts of classical music, klezmer, and jazz, which were also part of Chagall’s cultural universe. His fantastic bestiary, his marvellous characters from circuses, fables, and the opera, as well as biblical episodes and references to Russian culture, poetically evoke the artist’s rich life experiences, which naturally resonates with the collective experiences of his people and generation.
Hall des Lumières, mission is to inspire visitors to enjoy art beyond the frame with their exhibitions and unique programming. With the help of advanced visual mapping technology and audio equipment, Hall des Lumières continues to provide dynamic art experiences with a mission to make art and culture more accessible to all.
Field of Light Comes To Freedom Plaza
Field of Light at Freedom Plaza officially opens December 15. Encompassing more than six-acres on Manhattan’s East Side from 38th to 41st Street on First Avenue, Field of Light at Freedom Plaza will feature 17,750 lowlight, fiber-optic stemmed spheres, which will illuminate with a slow and subtle change of hue. The installation melds art, technology, and nature to create an ethereal muted landscape in the open waterfront area set against the backdrop of Manhattan. Made possible by The Soloviev Foundation, Field of Light at Freedom Plaza welcomes guests free of charge and presents meaningful opportunities for community engagement and educational programming. Visit fieldoflightnyc.comand follow @fieldoflightnyc on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok for information and updates.
London-born Bruce Munro is globally recognized for large-scale light-based artworks inspired by his lifelong study of natural light and curiosity about shared human experiences. His work has been commissioned by and displayed in gallery exhibitions, parks, cathedrals, botanical gardens, and museums across the globe, including New York’s Guggenheim Museum; the Sharjah Museum of Art in the UAE; Sotheby’s Beyond Limits at Chatworth, Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Uluru, Northern Territory Australia—the inspiration for the Field of Light; Texas Arboretum at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center; and most recently Kings Canyon, Northern Territory, Australia, among others. Bruce’s work is also held in the permanent collections of museums and public art collections worldwide. For more information, visit brucemunro.co.uk.
Applications For $125,000 Multi-Year HARP Residency Program
Photos by Maria Baranova
HERE (Kristin Marting, Founding Artistic Director) is pleased to announce that applications for the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP) are currently open. This multi-year, $125,000 residency is HERE’s signature development and producing program since 1999 and one of the nation’s top commissioning programs. HARP provides each hybrid artist with a commission, development support, career planning, and an opportunity for a full production, all within a collaborative environment of peers working across disparate art forms – including theatre, dance, music, puppetry, visual art, and new media. Each HARP artist receives significant long-term support of $125,000, which includes $50,000 in cash and more than $75,000 in equipment, space, and services over two to three years. Each residency is tailored to the needs of the artist.
Through HARP, HERE has developed such highly acclaimed works as Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge, Young Jean Lee’s Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven, Basil Twist’s Symphonie Fantastique, Trey Lyford and Geoff Sobelle’s All Wear Bowlers, James Scruggs’ Disposable Men, and most recently, Normandy Sherwood’s Psychic Self Defense (pictured above), to name a few. Since HARP’s founding, HERE has supported the work and career development of 165 lead artists and hundreds of their collaborators.
Each season, HERE premieres two to three of these Resident Artist productions as mainstage works. These innovative projects are grown in a diverse artistic community where artists receive career development resources and hands-on training. Through significant investment of time and resources, dynamic work within a strong community is created.
HARP has been widely recognized as a unique model for artistic development for the field to emulate. In honoring HERE with the 2009 Ross Wetzsteon Award, the OBIE Committee noted, “It’s become increasingly hard for artists to find a place to take risks, a safe haven where they can develop daring new work. One theater has regularly bucked the trend, making its mission to ensure that artists have a home for their research and development, and that theatregoers can sample the exciting results.”
The 2024 HARP application is due February 1, 2024, and can be found at here.org.Through HARP, HERE commissions and develops new hybrid works over multiple years. Throughout the year, resident artists show works-in-progress, develop workshop productions, and mount full–scale premieres. Projects currently continuing development in HARP include:
Based on the research of the brown dwarf astrophysics group at the American Museum of Natural History, Rogue Objects from Janani Balasubramanian is an operatic, immersive experience for planetaria that explores the emerging science of brown dwarfs: a lesser-known class of in-between celestial bodies, neither planets nor stars.
Shayok Misha Chowdhury’s RHEOLOGY is a performance memoir. A translation across boundaries of language, gender, discipline, and generation. An artist’s son studies his physicist mother. She studies the strange behavior of sand. Together, they try to understand the science—the story—of how things flow.Choreographer Ximena Garnica and Video Artist Shige Moriya’s A Meal, a choreographic ritual of preparing, serving and eating together experienced as part performance, part installation, part concert, and part dinner.
With theaters reopened, Joshua William Gelb’s Theater in Quarantine is in a period of reinvention, exploring new, dynamic ways of using technology to reach hybrid audiences and this new project, [Untitled Miniature], will be the company’s most palpable expression of intimacy yet.
Dream Feed is an electro-acoustic song cycle that drops family singing group The HawtPlates and the audience into a dream sequence – in the humor, terror, beauty, and allure of the active mind within a slumbering body. The HawtPlates utilize a vocabulary of gestures, lyrics, vocables, and exchanges to bring some of our most common shared dreams into collective view while playfully engaging the concept album as an interdisciplinary performance form.
Interdisciplinary performance Upstairs, In Our Bedroom places performance collective Same As Sister’s experiences as female identical twins of color next to the real-life story of outsider authors June & Jennifer Gibbons (a.k.a. The Silent Twins). Utilizing dance, text, mobile VR technology, and puppetry they will reveal the dual struggles to be recognized as individuals within a pairing and within a racist and patriarchal society.
Nia Witherspoon’s new work, Priestess of Twerk: A Black Femme Temple to Pleasure + Wisdom School – inspired equally by the “bad bitches” of hip-hop, the reproductive justice movement, and the sacred sex workers that graced Egyptian temples – presents women and trans folks of color with opportunities to re-encounter their sexualities through the lens of the sacred, in the hopes of increasing bodily autonomy and dispelling toxic masculinity.
The OBIE-winning HERE (Kristin Marting, Founding Artistic Director) was named a Top Ten Off-Off Broadway Theatre by Time Out New York and is a leader in the field of producing and presenting new, hybrid performances viewed as a seamless integration of artistic disciplines—theatre, dance, music and opera, puppetry, media, visual and installation, spoken word and performance art. HERE’s standout productions include Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge, Trey Lyford & Geoff Sobelle’s all wear bowlers, Young Jean Lee’s Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven, James Scruggs’ Disposable Men, Corey Dargel’s Removable Parts, Robin Frohardt’s The Pigeoning, and Basil Twist’s Symphonie Fantastique and, this season Looking at You by Rob Handel, Kristin Marting and Kamala Sankaram and Zoey Martinson’s The Black History Museum According to the United States of America. Since its founding in 1993, HERE and the artists it has supported have received 18 Obies, 2 Bessies, 5 Drama Desk Nominations, 2 Pulitzer Prizes, 4 Doris Duke Awards, 7 Tony Nominations, and 2 MacArthur Fellowships.
Sculpture of Dreams
Presented by Times Square Arts and the The Jewish Museum, New York, Sculpture of Dreams is Argentinian conceptual pop artist Marta Minujin’s first public sculpture in New York City, and one of the largest art installations hosted in Times Square to date. Minujín calls the vibrant, 16-piece inflatable an “anti-sculpture,” a reference to her work’s playful and subversive materiality — edgeless, soft, and ephemeral.
“Times Square is the biggest Pop scene of all time. For me, it’s like being Alice in Wonderland. My Sculpture of Dreams — a flying, inflatable, soft sculpture — will be surrounded by lights, videos, and people from all over the world who come to see the attractions. It’s the perfect place for this work, I love it!”
— Marta Minujín
Over the course of her six-decade career, Marta Minujín has been a globally influential force in contemporary art with her singular intellect, and irreverent, boundary-pushing artistic ventures. The versatility of her conceptual projects includes performances involving motorcycles, food, and chickens; immersive installations featuring phone booths, neon, and working beauty salons; sculptures built from cheese, mattresses, and banned books; and most recently multi-piece inflatable works that reach over 50 feet tall.
Sculpture of Dreams is a part of a series of works that have been presented in Argentina and Brazil. The Times Square exhibition will mark the series’ North American debut and is presented in conjunction with Marta Minujín: Arte! Arte! Arte!, Minujín’s first survey exhibition in the United States, on view at the Jewish Museum beginning November 17.
Over the past sixty years, Marta Minujín has developed happenings, performances, installations, and video works that have influenced generations of contemporary artists in Latin America and beyond. Combining elements of experimental theater, film and television, advertising, and sculpture, Minujín creates total environments that place viewers at the center of social situations and confront them with the seductiveness of media images and celebrity culture. Notably, she has often refused to create lasting objects, opting instead to develop her work in opposition to institutional structures, simultaneously crafting monumental yet fragile works that challenge art conventions and testify to her unwavering commitment to radical artistic forms and the artifices of popular culture. Minujín’s ability to inspire awe, joy, and surprise has firmly established her as a celebrated pioneer of Latin American conceptual art.
Minujín studied at the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes Manuel Belgrano and the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes Prilidiano Pueyrredón Buenos Aires. She carried out her first performance, La destrucción (The Destruction), in Paris in 1963. Returning to Buenos Aires in 1964, she was awarded the Premio Nacional Instituto Torcuato Di Tella for the work ¡Revuélquese y viva! (Wallow around and live!), her first interactive installation. Minujín received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1966. During the 1970s, she lived between the United States and Argentina, exhibiting her work in major institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1973), and Centro de Arte y Comunicación, Buenos Aires (1975, 1976). A retrospective of Minujín’s work was presented at the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires in 2010, and her work has been included in documenta 14, Kassel (2017), and in exhibitions at Tate Modern, London (2015); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2015); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2001); and elsewhere. Her first survey exhibition in the United States, Arte! Arte! Arte!, will be on view from November 17, 2023 through March 31, 2024 at the Jewish Museum.
The Jewish Museum is an art museum committed to illuminating the complexity and vibrancy of Jewish culture for a global audience. Located on New York City’s famed Museum Mile, in the landmarked Warburg mansion, the Jewish Museum was the first institution of its kind in the United States and is one of the oldest Jewish museums in the world. The Museum offers diverse exhibitions and programs and maintains a unique collection of nearly 30,000 works of art, ceremonial objects, and media reflecting the global Jewish experience over more than 4,000 years.
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CANstuction Makes Feeding the Needy into an Artform
The Turtles had the most cans
One of my favorite fall New York events is CANstruction down at Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey Street, near the World Trade Center. It is a free sculptural event running from November 2 -13 that does good work for New Yorkers. I had no idea this began in 1992 as I only came upon the event about five years ago. Canstruction® New York has donated over 2 million pounds of food to local food banks since 1993, and over 1.2 million pounds to City Harvest since 2006.
This year 28 companies created wonderfully inventive sculptures made almost entirely from cans of food. Themes run the gamut of ideas and canned foods range from tuna to beans. Looking at the sculptures you wonder what came first the idea of the sculpture or the colors of the cans because the colors of the labels blend perfectly with the theme of the design.
Winnie the Pooh, Mario, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle all come to life via corn, beans, peas and carrots. New Yorkers are represented as they stand waiting for the subway and the subway is an homage to the end of the Metrocard as OMNY takes control of our transport system. Sloths hanging from trees, polar bears on icebergs and giraffes with extended necks join our local pigeons to help feed the needy. Fifty years of Hip Hop is celebrated as well as new ideas in environmental technology.
Each work of art has a sign explaining the sculpture’s theme, the company that designed it, number of cans used and how many people will be fed by those cans. I walked around the two levels of displays viewing all 28 and noted that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle’s KowaHUNGA had the most cans coming in at 5,852 which will feed 3,508 New Yorkers. I estimated that the average number of cans per sculpture this year is 3,100 cans totaling 86,800. That uncanny!!!!
The displays are amazing and you need to look at them at all different angles because they will surprise you. A number of them I looked at and just saw a bunch of cans but when I took a picture and then looked at the snap, Mario, the subway rider and the MTA came to light on my camera.
This is a free event but donations of food are very welcome so when you go bring some green in the form of peas or beans.
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