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The New-York Historical Society Expands Its Home on CPW To Include The American LGBTQ+ Museum

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The New-York Historical Society expansion by Robert A.M. Stern Architects as viewed from 76th Street. Image courtesy of Alden Studios for Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

Louise Mirrer, president and CEO of the New-York Historical Society, announced today that the institution will expand its building on Central Park West, adding more than 70,000 square feet of program space for itself and for The American LGBTQ+ Museum, New York’s first museum dedicated to LGBTQ+ history and culture, which will make its permanent home at New-York Historical. The design by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, which was unanimously approved and highly praised by the Landmarks Preservation Commission for its respect for the past and solicitation of community input, will provide New-York Historical with additional classrooms, galleries, collections study areas, and a state-of-the-art compact storage facility for the institution’s renowned Patricia D. Klingenstein Library. 

“With great foresight, our Trustees acted in 1937 to purchase the lot adjacent to New-York Historical’s building, knowing that our growing collections and evolving programs for scholars, students, educators, and the public would someday need room to expand,” said Dr. Louise Mirrer, New-York Historical’s president and CEO. “Now that day has arrived—and how gratifying it is to realize the dream of telling the American story in all its complexity in state-of-the-art educational spaces and a brand-new gallery dedicated to the struggle for civil rights of the American LGBTQ+ community. Thanks to a generous gift by our longest-serving trustee, Patricia D. Klingenstein, our priceless Library collection will now be housed in optimal conditions within the new building’s foundation. We are extremely grateful to the New York City Council, the Mayor’s Office, New York State, and I LOVE NY for their encouragement and the generous capital funding that will enable us to move forward with construction expeditiously, and to Robert A. M. Stern Architects for the firm’s extraordinary skill and sensitivity.”

“We’re delighted to partner with New York’s foremost museum of history to build a new museum dedicated to an exploration and celebration of the richness and diversity of LGBTQ+ history and culture in America,” said Richard Burns, chair, board of directors, The American LGBTQ+ Museum. “The respect and rigor with which New-York Historical has approached this process, including their consultation with local communities, mirrors our own commitment to building a thoughtful, welcoming, queer, and inclusive experience for our visitors and partners. We look forward to bringing a dynamic new museum to life within this cherished, deeply-respected, and growing New York City landmark.”

“It’s been a privilege to work with the New-York Historical Society to design an expansion of its landmark building, enabling it to extend its broad and vital mission to a growing audience that ranges from local schoolchildren to international visitors,” said Robert A.M. Stern, founder and senior partner of Robert A.M. Stern Architects. “With input from engaged and supportive neighbors and in response to the historic neighboring townhouses, the design of the expansion is sympathetic to the palette and rhythm of the 1908 building and its 1938 additions.” Leading the design team along with Mr. Stern are RAMSA Partners Graham S. Wyatt and Preston J. Gumberich and Senior Associate Kim S. Yap.

While the new building is under construction, The American LGBTQ+ Museum will partner with New-York Historical to develop programming in the Museum’s existing building and outdoor spaces, bringing the voices, perspectives, actions, and achievements of this community to the foreground for hundreds of thousands of annual visitors and New York City schoolchildren. Upon completion, The American LGBTQ+ Museum will occupy the entirety of the expansion’s fourth floor and encompass two galleries, access to the roof garden, and areas for offices and storage.

The addition of onsite classrooms will enable a dramatic expansion of New-York Historical’s service to tens of thousands of New York City public school students. These classrooms will serve the Academy for American Democracy program, an educational initiative for New York’s sixth-grade students that is transforming the way history and civics are taught in middle school.

New galleries and collections study areas will host the graduate students from New-York Historical’s Master of Arts in Museum Studies program, launched in 2019 through a partnership with CUNY’s School of Professional Studies. The program aims to diversify New York City’s cultural workforce, providing students with the knowledge, skills, and preparation to excel as professionals in the museum community.

The collections of the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library include many unique items available at no other library in the world, among them rare copies of our nation’s foundational documents. The Library’s two original storage stacks, dating from 1904 and 1937, are outmoded, and the majority of the collection has been moved offsite as a precaution. Construction of new, state-of-the-art compact storage will allow for the rehousing of a substantial part of the collection at New-York Historical’s Central Park West home, making materials readily accessible to Library users.

New-York Historical expects to undertake the expansion as a phased project. The first phase will begin in summer 2022 and will focus on the below-grade library stacks. A second phase will construct galleries, classrooms, and other spaces once target funding is achieved. 

New York City’s oldest museum, the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library was founded in 1804. The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library—one of the most distinguished in the nation—fosters research through its outstanding collections, which include more than 10 million items. The Museum presents groundbreaking history and art exhibitions as well as public programs that convey the stories of New York and the nation’s diverse populations to the broadest possible public.

The New-York Historical Society is located at 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street), New York, NY 10024. Information: (212) 873-3400. Website: nyhistory.org. Follow the museum on social media at @nyhistory on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Tumblr. 

The American LGBTQ+ Museum preserves, investigates, and celebrates the dynamic histories and cultures of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, as well as those of the emergent and adjacent identities among our communities. Using exhibitions and programs, we seek to advance LGBTQ+ equality through the lens of social justice movements, including, but not limited to, race, gender, class, immigration, and disability. We envision a world in which all people work toward and experience the joy of liberation. We believe the time has come to tell the story of LGBTQ+ people, commemorate and celebrate our journey, and inspire pride. Our mission is to preserve, investigate, and celebrate the dynamic histories and cultures of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, and to advance LGBTQ+ equality through our exhibitions and programming. To learn more, visit thelgbtqplusmuseum.org.

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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Events for March

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St. Patrick’s Day, Women’s History Month, a Harlem Renaissance exhibit at the Met with160 works by Black artists. Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature,at The Morgan Library & Museum through 6/9. The Orchid show continues until 4/21 at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Florals in Fashion highlights the work of designers Hilary Taymour (Collina Strada), Olivia Cheng (Dauphinette) and Kristen Alpaugh, aka FLWR PSTL Also Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz’s “Giants,”is at the Brooklyn Museum until 7/7. The exhibition features artists who have made and continue to make a significant impact on the art world and contemporary culture. The show features 98 artworks by Black American, African, and African artists including Gordon Parks, Kehinde Wiley, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mickalene Thomas, Hassan Hajjaj, Barkley L. Hendricks, Lorna Simpson, and Amy Sherald.

3/1 -3: The Vienna Philharmonic one of the world’s most celebrated orchestras, takes center stage at Carnegie Hall.

3/3 -5: Coffee Fest NY Javits.

3/3 -5: International Beauty Show Javits.

3/6 – 10: The New Colossus Festival provides a platform for new artists, including international bands making their NYC debuts. The festival will take place across multiple venues mostly spread throughout the Lower East Side and the East Village, including Bowery Electric, Mercury Lounge, Berlin, Heaven Can Wait, and others. This year’s artists include Cucamaras (UK), Ducks LTD (Canada), Heffner (US), Holiday Ghosts (UK), Hotel Lux (UK), Housewife (Canada), and more. You can check out the full lineup and schedule of events here.

3/8: International Women’s Day 

Steven Reineke by Michael Tammaro, Bryan Terrell Clark by Asher Angeles, Valisia LeKae by Antonio Navas

3/15: The New York Pops Hitsville: Celebrating Motown

3/1 -17: The Annual Flamenco Festival with 22 performances across 13 different venues all over the city.

3/1 -17: The New York International Children’s Film FestivalHappy St. Patricks Day
3/17: Join in on the 263rd celebration of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC. The parade kicks off at 11am, moving along Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 82nd Street. This year’s grand marshal, Maggie Timoney, president and CEO of Heineken USA, is only the fifth woman to lead the parade since its inception.

3/20 -24: Affordable Art Fair with over 400 living artists to discover you are sure to find your next perfect artwork.

3/23 – 11/: JAPAN Fes, in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. This is the largest Japanese food festival in the world, with over 1,000 vendors.

The Macy Flower Show

3/24 – 4/7: The Annual Macy’s Flower Show created in partnership with Dior.

3/26 – 10/2: Apollo: When We Went to the Moon at The Intrepid Museum. The exhibit is included with museum admission.

3/29 – 4/7: The International Auto Show at the Javitts.

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Events For February

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There is still the Bryant Park Winter Village’s iconic bumper cars, two Broadway tickets for the price of one and restaurant week end February 4th. Heated Igloos, ice skating goes high on the Edge’s sky deck. Winter markets are still open in February. Don’t miss out on some of the best cultural events of the year during Black History Month after free Fridays make it affordable.

2/2: Celebrate the Birthday of Grand Central Station

2/2-4: New York’s iconic vintage show Manhattan Vintage over 90 dealers

2/9: The New York Pops

2/9-11: New York Fashion Week all over NYC

2/9: National Pizza Day

2/11: Experience The Super Bowl Hype The Empire Rooftop Lounge. Participate in a whole host of contests, delicious menu items available to order and drink specials, this is the perfect way for keen and casual fans alike to relax and have fun on the big night!

2/10: Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys. The exhibition will feature more than 100 major artworks by important Black American, African, and African diasporic artists including Gordon Parks, Kehinde Wiley, Hassan Hajjaj, Barkley L. Hendricks, Lorna Simpson, and Amy Sherald. Brooklyn Museum.

2/17: The 21st annual Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden 

2/23: Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature at the Morgan Library & Museum will celebrate the works of beloved English author Beatrix Potter.

2/25: Chinatown’s annual Lunar (Chinese) New Year Parade with dragon dancing, stunning outfits, martial art performers and more. Head to Chinatown for the Lunar New Year Parade, which celebrates the year of the dragon. Bayard Street between Mott and Mulberry Streets.

2/25: The Metropolitan Museum of Art  “The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism,” the exhibit will present 160 works exploring how Black artists portrayed everyday modern life in the new Black cities that took shape in the 1920s-40s in New York City’s Harlem, Chicago’s South Side and nationwide amid the Great Migration.

New York City Marathon

2/25: Central Park Half Marathon

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Revamping Van Gogh: Art for Modern Spaces

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In the realm of home decor, the integration of classic art with modern interiors has become a canvas for creativity and personal expression. Among the masters, Vincent Van Gogh’s works have emerged as a popular choice, not just for their vibrant beauty but for the unique opportunities they offer in customization. The blend of Van Gogh’s emotive brushwork with contemporary design elements provides an intriguing juxtaposition that speaks both to the timeless nature of his work and the evolving tastes of art enthusiasts.

The Allure of Van Gogh in Modern Spaces

Van Gogh’s art is characterized by its bold colors, dynamic textures, and emotional depth. These qualities make his paintings, such as “Undergrowth With Two Figures,” an ideal choice for those looking to infuse their living spaces with both artistry and historical significance. The appeal lies in Van Gogh’s ability to capture the essence of nature and human emotion in a way that resonates across generations and styles.

Bridging Eras through Reproduction Techniques

The process of reproducing Van Gogh’s art involves meticulous attention to detail, ensuring that each brushstroke and color hue is faithfully replicated. Van Gogh’s “Undergrowth With Two Figures” serves as a perfect example of how modern techniques can bring a classic masterpiece to life, making it accessible for contemporary art lovers. These reproductions are not mere copies; they are a bridge between Van Gogh’s era and our own, allowing us to experience his genius in new, personalized contexts.

Personalization: A Touch of the Contemporary

The personalization of Van Gogh’s reproductions is where creativity truly comes into play. Art enthusiasts are now opting to modify these classics to fit modern aesthetics. This customization can range from adjusting the color palette to better suit minimalist or maximalist interiors, resizing the artwork to fit specific wall spaces, or even incorporating mixed media elements to add a three-dimensional aspect that echoes current interior design trends.

Van Gogh in Different Interior Themes

Van Gogh’s versatile style means his works can be adapted to a variety of interior themes. For minimalist spaces, a reproduction of “Starry Night” with toned-down hues can create a serene focal point. Conversely, a vibrant rendition of “Sunflowers” can add a burst of energy to a bohemian-style room. The key lies in selecting and adapting a piece that complements the room’s existing color scheme and decor elements.

The Role of Technology in Art Reproduction

Advancements in digital imaging and printing technology have played a pivotal role in the reproduction of Van Gogh’s paintings. High-resolution scans and sophisticated color-matching techniques ensure that even the finest details of the original are captured. This technological prowess not only preserves the integrity of Van Gogh’s work but also allows for its adaptation to contemporary tastes without losing its essence.

The Ethical Dimension of Art Reproduction

While art reproduction, especially of works by masters like Van Gogh, offers numerous creative opportunities, it also brings up questions of authenticity and respect for the original artist’s vision. It’s essential for reproductions to be created and sold with transparency, making it clear that they are adaptations of the original work. This ethical approach ensures that the reproductions honor Van Gogh’s legacy while providing a new avenue for his art to be appreciated and enjoyed.

In conclusion, the personalization of Van Gogh’s reproductions for modern interiors is more than just a trend; it’s a testament to the enduring relevance and adaptability of his work. As we continue to find new ways to bridge the gap between classic art and contemporary design, Van Gogh’s legacy remains vibrantly alive, inspiring and enriching our living spaces in ways that the artist himself might never have imagined.



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Clarendon Fine Art Unveils ‘All You Need Is Art’ Solo Exhibition By Mr. Brainwash

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Clarendon Fine Art will launch “All You Need is Art”, a new exhibition by world-renowned contemporary pop art phenomenon and Banksy protégé Mr. Brainwash on Thursday, February 1, 2024, at its U.S. flagship gallery at 22 Main Street in Westport, Conn. The exhibition, which celebrates the gallery’s first anniversary in the States, is free and open to the public through February 8.

As part of its U.S. launch, Clarendon is pleased to be partnering with The Westport Museum for History & Culture, an essential American institution dedicated to the mission of Making History Whole. The gallery’s manager Eve Gianni will host an invite-only artist reception for Mr. Brainwash, AKA Thierry Guetta, on February 1 and First Select woman for Westport, Jennifer Tooker will be on-site to celebrate the exhibition’s launch and the first anniversary.

The “All You Need is Art” exhibit will take over the gallery’s two floors and highlight high-value, impactful, large-scale sculptures, ‘vandalized’ canvases’, painted balloon sculptures, vibrant works on wooden panels and sections of subway trains, as well as origami sculptures that serve as miniature replicas of the artist’s famed Rodeo Drive installation. Mr. Brainwash will also release exclusive limited-edition silkscreens, marrying four of the most well-known artworks in history: Van Gogh’s Sunflowers of 1888 and Irises of 1890 and Warhol’s Hibiscus inspired Flowers of 1964 and Campbell’s Soup tin from the 1962 series.

The wide range of artworks on exhibit includes originals, collector’s editions, and sculptures across genres including landscape, wildlife, still life, figurative, and abstract. In addition, 20th-Century investment pieces from artists such as Picasso, Miro, Warhol, and Dali are displayed alongside cutting-edge pop and street artists such as Mr. Brainwash, Koons, and Banksy. At the same time contemporary artists including Christian Hook, Fabian Perez, Sherree Valentine-Daines, and the satirical British duo Connor Brothers are complemented by abstract, and landscape works from artists such as Danielle O’Connor Akiyama and Jeffrey Pratt.

Clarendon Fine Art is located at 22 Main Street, Westport, CT.  Exhibition hours are Mondays -Saturday: 10 AM – 6 PM; Sunday: 11 AM – 5 PM and by appointment.

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Craft Front & Center At MAD

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From all over the world crafts are being honored at The Museum of Art and Design (MAD). This ongoing exhibition is part of the Museum’s growing permanent collection of over 3,500 objects.

Craft Front & Center features a fresh installation of more than 60 historic works and new acquisitions dating from the golden age of the American Craft movement to the present day.

Organized into themes of material transformation, dismantling hierarchies, contemplation, identity, and sustainability, the exhibition illuminates how the expansive field of craft has broadened definitions of art.

Established at the Museum’s beginning in 1956, MAD’s permanent collection was the vision of Museum founder, Aileen Osborne Webb, the collector and philanthropist who pioneered an understanding of craft and the handmade as a creative driving force of art and design. With the aim of broadening access to the collection’s holdings, Craft Front & Center will be periodically updated with new displays of rarely seen works and recent additions, as well as inspiration for hands-on workshops and off-site field trips.

ARTISTS ON VIEW

Alexandra Agudelo (Colombia, b. 1959)
Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola (US, b. 1991)
Marcus Amerman (Choctaw Nation, b. 1959)
Darren Appiagyei (UK, b. 1993)
Mitsuko Asakura (Japan, b. 1950)
Derek Bencomo (US, b. 1962)
Ruth Clement Bond, (US, 1904–2005)
Jeffrey Brosk (US, b. 1947)
Bisa Butler (US, b. 1973)
Dewey Garrett (US, b. 1947)
Teri Greeves (Kiowa, b. 1970)
Ted Hallman (US, b. 1933)
Jessica Harrison (UK, b. 1982)
Coille McLaughlin Hooven (US, b. 1939)
William Hunter (US, b. 1947)
Diane Itter (US, 1946–1989)
Ferne Jacobs (US, b. 1942)
Ron Kent (US, 1931–2018)
Dan Kvitka (US, b. 1958)
Eleanor Lakelin (UK, b. 1960)
Bud Latven (US, b. 1949)
Robert Longhurst (US, b. 1949)
Charles Loloma (Hopi, 1921–1991)
Tiff Massey (US, b. 1982)
Carolyn Mazloomi (US, b. 1948)
Beau McCall (US, b. 1957)
Anna Mlasowsky (Germany, b. 1984)
Philip Moulthrop (US, b. 1947)
Joo Hyung Park (South Korea, b. unknown)
Grayson Perry (UK, b. 1960)
Michael Peterson (US, b. 1952)
Dylan Poblano (Zuni, b. 1974)
Faith Ringgold (US, b. 1930)
Hap Sakwa (US, b. 1950)
Norm Sartorius (US, b. 1947)
Mike Shuler (US, b. 1950)
Bob Stocksdale (US, 1913–2013)
Del Stubbs (US, b. 1952)
Dennis Sullivan (US, b. unknown)
Toshiko Takaezu (US, 1922–2011)
Nádia Taquary (Brazil, b. 1942)
Lenore Tawney (US, 1907–2007)
Rose Marie Thomas (US, 1902–unknown)
Armarinhos Teixeira (Brazil, b. 1974)
Denise Wallace (Alutiq/Sugpiaq, b. 1957)
Samuel Wallace (US, 1936–2010)
Howard Werner (US, b. 1951)
Sarah Zapata (US, b. 1988)

Craft Front & Center, The Museum of the Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle

 

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