Martha Swope captured the world of Broadway and gave insight into the rehearsals, New York’s dance and theater performers in the 1950s.
Taken under the wings of Jerome Robbins and José Quintero she become the official photographer for the New York City Ballet and Martha Graham. She was originally a dancer.
Having chronicled over 800 productions, she earned a special Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre in 2004 and was granted a lifetime achievement award from the League of Professional Theatre Women in 2007.
Ms. Swope stayed out of the spotlight since retiring in 1994, but before she did she took over 1.5 million images.
She chronicled over 800 productions, earning a special Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre in 2004.
She was granted a lifetime achievement award from the League of Professional Theatre Women in 2007.
Theater photographer Carol Rosegg, was her assistant and has since taken over where Martha left off.
Ms Swope died of Parkinson’s disease at age 88.
Ms. Swope allowed theatre babies all over the world to become a part of a world they longed to be a part of and she made Broadway and dance accessible.
All these photos by Martha Swope don’t even touch the magic she captured.
Fashion Week at The Hudson Yards Where Art Was Skytop
From the fabulous photographer and artist Roger Sichel.
Guests enjoyed spectacular birds-eye panoramic views from every perspective, high above the bustle of Manhattan at 15 Hudson Yards 90th floor.
The party was curated by Eddy Bogaert and hosted by Rakesh Gupta.
There was art by Liam Duffy.
Photography from the wonderful Nancy Levier.
This was a night of art to celebrate.
Al Hirschfeld Foundation Launches New Partnership With City Winery
September 18 at 7:30PM, David Leopold, Creative Director of The Al Hirschfeld Foundation, launches the celebration of “Hirschfeld’s Music” with a live, world premiere multimedia presentation. Leopold will take attendees on a virtual tour through decades of musical history as seen by the artist. Learn how Hirschfeld helped Duke Ellington deal with racism on his first national tours, or when he got Satchmo’s trumpet. See what happens when he hangs out with Aerosmith in the recording studio and who he meets at a Benny Goodman rehearsal in 1932. For this first time, Hirschfeld’s nine decades is on display in a presentation featuring rarely seen images as well and old favorites. Whether that music was onstage at the Apollo, on a Broadway stage, a recording studio, or an after-hour jam session, Hirschfeld caught the essence of the players and the scene in a line as supple and rhythmic as any one he heard. Hirschfeld’s drawings and prints give viewers, then and now, a real sense of the performance and personality of the music and the musicians. To purchase tickets for the September 18 presentation, visit www.citywinery.com/newyork.
The live event marks the start of a new, free exhibit on display at City Winery Gallery, New York. Hirschfeld’s nine decades of music art will be on display, depicting some of the most iconic musicians of the 20th Century. From Louis Armstrong to Neil Young; from Gershwin to the Grateful Dead; and from Quincy Jones to the Rolling Stones, Hirschfeld caught the essence of the artists and the scene in a line as supple and rhythmic as any one he heard.
The complete of artwork on display includes.
Mick Jagger (1999), Hand-Signed, Limited-Edition Etching
Broadway Trio: Zero Mostel, Liza Minnelli, And Carol Channing (1976), Hand-Signed, Limited-Edition Etching
Louis Satchmo Armstrong (1996), Hand-Signed, Limited-Edition Lithograph
The Grateful Dead (1995), Hand-Signed, Limited-Edition Lithograph
Duke Ellington (1992), Hand-Signed, Limited-Edition Lithograph
Carnegie Hall: 100th Anniversary (1991), Hand-Signed, Limited-Edition Lithograph
Aerosmith (2001), Hand-Signed, Limited-Edition Lithograph
Dizzy Gillespie (1996), Hand-Signed, Limited-Edition Lithograph
Neil Young (2000), Hand-Signed, Limited-Edition Lithograph
Benny Goodman (1996), Hand-Signed, Limited-Edition Lithograph
Bob Dylan (1997), Hand-Signed, Limited-Edition Lithograph
Billy Joel & George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin (1996), Billy Joel Hand-Signed, Limited-Edition Gicleé
Bruce Springsteen (1995), Springsteen Hand-Signed, Limited-Edition Gicleé
Reba Mcentire In Annie Get Your Gun (2001), Reba McEntire Hand-Signed, Limited-Edition Gicleé
Linda Ronstadt In Cansiones De Mi Padre (1988), Linda Ronstadt Hand-Signed, Limited-Edition Gicleé
Diana Ross (1995), Hand-Signed, Limited-Edition Lithograph
Rodgers and Hammerstein surrounded by their greatest shows (1993), Hand-Signed, Limited-Edition Lithograph
Elvis (1968), Hand-Signed, Limited-Edition Etching
John Lennon (1997) , Hand-Signed, Limited-Edition Etching
Paul Mccartney (2001), Hand-Signed, Limited-Edition Lithograph
George Harrison (2001), Hand-Signed, Limited-Edition Lithograph
Ringo Starr (1968), Hand-signed Limited-Edition Etching
American Popular Song: Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole, and Fred Astaire (1983), Hand-Signed, Limited-Edition Lithograph
Solid Sender from Harlem As Seen By Hirschfeld (1941), Plate signed limited edition lithograph
Jam Session from Harlem As Seen By Hirschfeld (1941), Plate signed limited edition lithograph
Lindy Hop from Harlem As Seen By Hirschfeld (1941), Plate signed limited edition lithograph
Scufflin’ In from Harlem As Seen By Hirschfeld (1941), Plate signed limited edition lithograph
Celine Dion (1998). Hand-Signed, Limited-Edition Lithograph
Artwork on display in the exhibition will available for purchase from www.CityWinery.com/NewYork/Online/article/al-hirschfeld-art. Proceeds support the Hirschfeld Arts Curriculum program.
The City Winery Gallery is part of the new City Winery flagship location at Pier 57 in Hudson River Park. The exhibition space is dedicated to artwork created by or inspired by musicians demonstrating their prolific additional talents. Previous exhibits have included Aimee Mann, Joseph Arthur, Will Livingston and most recently a photo exhibit by Graham Nash.
The celebration of “Hirschfeld’s Music” extends with the debut of 12 collectable wine bottles labeled with Hirschfeld portraits of legendary musicians, and available exclusively from at City Winery starting in September. Artists featured include Mick Jagger, The Grateful Dead, Aerosmith, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, John Lennon, Prince, Crosby Stills & Nash, and Alicia Keys.
“We are delighted to be working with City Winery to share Al Hirschfeld’s love of music, says David Leopold, Creative Director of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation. “Hirschfeld was a serious hot jazz fan in his youth, and he never lost his passion for music throughout his whole life. One of his first jobs was as a song plugger on the night boat to Albany. He drew so many album covers over the years that some used record shops simply have Hirschfeld cover sections. You don’t get many people who can say that they help Django Reinhardt get his first recording date and also find themselves in the studio with Aerosmith. Hirschfeld’s strong connection to music has never been explored…until now.”
NYC-Based Sculptor Agnieszka Pestka Transforms Manhattan Showroom for Latest Art Exhibition, “Between Jasmine Flowers”
In the vibrant realm of contemporary sculpturing, New York City-based artist Agnieszka Pestka shines as a remarkable luminary. Hailing from a creative background that has led her everywhere from Asia to Manhattan, Pestka has forged a uniquely captivating path within the art world, weaving various steel and zinc-based creations to form a tapestry of beautiful and thought-provoking pieces, with an immersive Chelsea-based showroom to boot. Utilizing her diverse portfolio spanning a wide variety of different media, Pestka has diligently worked to reshape the future of sculpture—both physically and artistically—for the benefit of the visual artists of tomorrow.
At the heart of Agnieszka Pestka’s art is a near-poetic melding of creativity and surrealist innovation. A quick browse through the visual artist’s portfolio showcases the captivating universe Pestka has painstakingly curated in her collections. Drawing inspiration from natural elements, emotions, and the feminine form, Pestka has worked to craft a collection of beautifully etched zinc plates and delicate hammered steel sculptures, as evidenced in pieces like “Winter Night” and “Tojkad.”
Trained at the New York School of Visual Arts, Pestka, whose work has already been lauded at legendary venues such as Warsaw’s ToTuArt Gallery, has been on an upward climb since her uproarious 2017 New York debut. Now, the artist stands at the threshold of yet another significant milestone: opening her own showroom in the city’s long-held artistic hub of Chelsea.
The artist’s most recent endeavor—the hotly anticipated soft opening of her latest exhibition, “Between Jasmine Flowers”— is now available for private viewing by appointment from August 31st to September 28th, with a grand opening to the public scheduled for late November. Transforming the formerly rugged space into a showroom befitting of her intricate works, Pestka plans to utilize the rawness of the space to advance the narrative of her works, further communicating the artistic intersection of natural beauty and rough-hewn sophistication.
For the past five years, Pestka has invited audiences to embrace the unexplored and engage with the undiscovered, challenging the traditional boundaries of the storied art-artist relationship, and generating an impressive inventory of works, all of which are tied together with a singular theme of questioning the elusive qualities of human existence, and disentangling the often complex constellation of human thought processes.
Drawing inspiration from both historical and personal accounts, Pestka’s works offer a glimpse into the delicate interplay between collective memory and individual experiences, crafting narratives that evoke universally resonant sentiments throughout. In her series of detailed metalwork and etching, like “Water” and “Let me love things in you that don’t exist,” Pestka elicits the gentle robustness of the female form, guiding her audiences on a mesmerizing artistic retelling of the innate beauty of feminine strength, as seen in “Between Jasmine Flowers.”
By artfully weaving together disparate elements of water and steel, Pestka has constructed a unified narrative that connects different dimensions of existence. Her art has become a conduit for cross-temporal dialogues, resonating with audiences across all ages. Alongside her many devotees, Pestka has cultivated an entirely singular community of thinkers who appreciate the intricacies and complexities of modern visual commentary.
One thing remains certain: Pestka’s impact on the art world is undeniable. Recognized for pushing beyond conventional boundaries of artistic freedom, her work challenges norms, ignites conversations, and encourages viewers to reconsider their preconceived notions of humanity.
From the provocative ‘I left to look for you‘ to the enigmatic mysterious ‘Jasmine,’ Agnieszka Pestka stands as pioneers in an era where art facilitates introspection and dialogue, urging viewers to venture beyond the familiar and dive deep into the recesses of collective consciousness. As Pestka’s artistic narrative continues to evolve, the world eagerly awaits the next chapter of her soaring journey.
Agnieszka Pestka’s latest exhibition, “Between Jasmine Flowers,” is now open by appointment only, located at 307 W 20th St, Manhattan, New York City. To learn more about upcoming installations, or to schedule a viewing of her showroom, visit Agnieszka Pestka’s official website.
ARTACOM Southampton Closes It’s Doors
ARTACOM Southampton was the Hampton’s most exciting showcase of arts with highlights on education, performance, VR new media and philanthropy. The East End’s premiere fine arts gallery hosted several special receptions with Roger Sichel and friends. The founder and curator Sichel was a photojournalist telling visual stories during the late 1960s and 1970s by capturing star-studded musical performances. He showcased Woodstock in various Hearst & McGraw Hill Publications, Variety and various rock magazines. He even established a premiere New York film festival with notables Andy Warhol, Gore Vidal, and Milos Forman. This was all done as he simultaneously produced other concerts with famous musicians such as The Doors, Four Seasons, and Isaac Hayes. He began immersing in technological innovation to become a profound entrepreneur, being part of the team that created the auto-correct function that saves our daily typos.
T2C’s Suzanna Bowling and Margarita Parlionas stopped by as the gallery came to a close Saturday.
Sichel’s prior experience has brought a new light to a show in the Hamptons that broke barriers and enlightened audiences in a new way all while building a healthy platform for artisans to be entrepreneurs in a modern tech world.
Sichel’s experience in different fields expands over decades. With an incredible level of experience in several fields, he shifted the paradigm in 2023 and curated a positive cultural revolution.
Every single artist that was lucky to work with him is now experiencing a new level of awareness in the public eye and gaining the capabilities to promote and sell their work in both traditional formats as well as the scope of the newest technology available through the exhibit. The artists included: Roger Sichel, Patrick McMullan, Don Hershman, Inson Wood, Ray Gross, John Melillo, Peter Max, Stas Rutkowski, Maxi, Julie O’Brien, Leila Pinto, Cannon Hersey, John Hersey, Howard Kanovitz, Jaxi, Gabe Aiello and DJ Leon. Works Include highlights from Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alexander Chen, Pino, Felix Mas, Karl Wenig, Marsel Mouly, Patrick Guyton, Peter Max, Andrew Bone, Scott Jacobs, Leblanc Stewart, Anatole Krasnyansy and Edmund Blair Leighton.T2c can not wait to see where ARTACOM will land next.
Visit www.artacom.io The event took place at The Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton, NY
Events For September
Hot time summer in the city. What is cool and what is happening is what this column is about. Get ready Labor Day starts the fall season. The US Open continues, it is the 22nd anniversary of the September 11 attacks. The Feast of San Gennaro, the Curtain Up Broadway Festival continues in the Theatre District!, The Armory Show, New York Fashion Week and lots of art make NYC an exciting place to be.
Until 9/3: Shakespeare in the Park The Tempest at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.
Until 9/15 The Malibu Barbie Café, at 19 Fulton Street at the South Street Seaport. Each reservation includes your choice of entree and side item, full access to the Barbie Cafe experience and a 90-minute table reservation. Early bird pricing ranges from $22-$30 for kids and $39-$49 for adults depending on the date and time. You can buy additional drinks, dessert and food.
Until 10/3 Earth Poetica, for free in the lobby of 3 World Trade Center.
9/1: Bryant Park Picnic Performances Langston in Harlem 7pm
9/ 2 – 4 and 9/9 – 10: Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit is in Greenwich Village. The exhibit features a wide range of artwork from local and international artists, including paintings, sculptures, photography, and more.
9/1 – 3: Electric Zoo or EDM Festival. Held at Randall’s Island Park. The festival has become an unmissable attraction on the electronic-dance-music circuit, featuring a wide range of artists both top name and underground.
9/4: West Indian Day Parade in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
9/2 – 3: The Hester Street Fair at the Seaport at Pier 17 (89 South Street). This outdoor market features handmade jewelry, candles, vintage clothing, and more.
9/ 7 – 13: New York Fashion Week
9/7: Bryant Park Picnic Performances American Symphony Orchestra with Leon Botstein.
9/8 – 10: The Armory Show annual art show that showcases contemporary and modern art.At The Jarvis Center. The exhibition features more than 270 galleries from all over the world.
9/8: Bryant Park Picnic Performances Romeo and Juliet 7pm
9/9: Bryant Park Picnic Performances Gaye Su Akyol (U.S. debut) 7pm
9/8 – 10: PHOTOFAIRS NEW YORK is all about contemporary art, mainly photo-based and digital artworks. This year, exhibitors from more than 20 cities around the world will present their art.
9/9: At 10am the Labor Day Parade. It steps off from Fifth Avenue and 44th Street.
9/11: A Tribute in Lights. This marks the 22nd anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Expect events, vigils, memorials, and tribute runs as well.
9/14: Bryant Park Picnic Performances 40th Anniversary Celebration of Harlem Stage 7pm
9/14: Celebrate Dinner in White/Le Dîner en Blanc. The exact location and date will only be announced shortly before the start.
9/14 – 17: Broadway Week. Discounted Broadway tickets means for every ticket you purchase, you get another one for FREE!
9/14: New York City’s largest festival of cuisine, culture and community is back for the third time! Uptown Night Market will take place in West Harlem.
Unique and tasty foods from around the globe are offered by numerous food vendors. This festival is a MUST for all food lovers!
9/14 – 24: The Feast of San Gennaro, held in Little Italy. Parades, live music and food, glorious food.
9/16: Annual German-American Steuben Parade Fifth Avenue to 86th Street.
9/17: Smithsonian Museum Day. Museum Day is a one-day event in which participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. Participants are allowed to download one ticket per email address. The ticket provides free general admission on Saturday, September 17, 2022, for two people.
9/30: Morningside Lights awe-inspiring handmade lanterns. This year’s event, is titled “The Open Book,” with more than 50 community-built lanterns depicting great books. The route begins in Morningside Park at 116th Street and Morningside Avenue at 8pm, arriving on Columbia University campus around 8:45pm.
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