What comes to your mind when you think of the Bronx? Maybe it’s the New York Yankees or the birth of hip-hop. Some people have a more violent image of the Bronx, focusing on the crimes and shootings talked about in the news. But one of the last things that would probably come to mind would be a contemporary art museum. The Bronx Museum of the Arts may be far from typical New York museum locations on the Upper East Side or Midtown, but it is definitely worth the trip. It is offering free admission as a result of a recently received grant that was designed to make art more accessible to everyone. The Bronx Museum is located in the South Bronx, steps away from Yankee Stadium. Tours can be arranged and there are currently three exhibitions on display. We received a tour of two of them: “State of Mind,” an exhibit focused on California, and “Bronx Calling,” a showcase of the art of the Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program.
Work by El Anatsui on the High Line
New York City is crammed with unique experiences you can’t get anywhere else, and one of these is the High Line, a park built on former elevated railroad tracks. Trains ran on the High Line from the 1930s to 1980 with the purpose of delivering food to the Meatpacking District. Today the park runs from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues and has been open since 2011. [Read more…]
A moment of intensity for one of the evening’s Willy’s. Image from New York Theatre Review.
Have you ever seen a character in a movie or a play and wondered how he/she would be portrayed by someone else? In the innovative theater company 600 Highwaymen’s This Great Country, an inventive adaptation of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, we get this opportunity four times with the protagonist Willy Loman. The play was presented at the River to River Festival from July 10th through the 13th at the South Street Seaport. [Read more…]
Coverage. Download. Breaking. These are ordinary words that you will find all over the news. But when they are individually and massively spelled out in water, each getting a few seconds to captivate the audience before they vanish as a waterfall and are then replaced by another word, they are something else entirely: art. “Surface Tension: The Future of Water,” a thought-provoking art exhibit at the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in Chelsea, ties together visual art and technology while educating people on worldly matters related to water. Unfortunately, Eyebeam is no longer housing this exhibition (which originally came from the Science Gallery in Dublin), but you can check online to see where it is traveling to next.
Upon walking into Eyebeam, the aforementioned Bit.Fall (see photo above) was the first thing to catch my eye. The words appearing in the waterfall were the most searched words on the New York Times website at the moment. The way the words could be streamed and then created almost instantaneously was similar to the technology of an inkjet printer. [Read more…]