Posts Tagged ‘public art’

365 Days of Art: November 10 – Frida and Diego Arrive in SF, NY Times Reports on Nazi Looting, Gorky Exhibits at the Whitney, Hockney Faxes an Artwork

November 14, 2014

November 10, 1930 Frida and Diego arrive in San Francisco, where he has mural commissions to work on. November 10, 1943 The New York Times reports “Unique Collection of Art Treasures Taken Away by Germans in Italy”, referring to the trucks carrying artwork for Goring’s birthday party. November 10, 1936 Arshile Gorky’s painting Organization is […]

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365 Days of Art: October 11 – AIDS Quilt is Displayed for First Time

October 11, 2014

October 11, 1987 The AIDS Quilt is displayed for the first time on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. I saw a piece of it for the first time on the UC Berkeley campus in the late 80s or early 90s, and it remains one of the most moving sights I’ve ever seen.

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365 Days of Art: September 10 – Picasso’s Guernica Returns to Spain After 42-year Exile

October 6, 2014

September 10, 1981 Picasso’s anti-war mural, which he insists must never rest on Spanish soil until democracy is restored there, returns to Spain after 42 years. Although Picasso doesn’t live to see this happen (he dies in 1973), it seems like his posthumous salute to Spain’s democracy after decades of dictatorship. The painting is inspired […]

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Street Cred, or Street Ed?

September 20, 2011

Graphic designer Jason Shelowitz isn’t going to take this sitting down. Tired of seeing people clipping their nails on the subway, and of the many various assaults on the senses and sensibilities of New Yorkers as we make our way through this city of more than 8 million people, he is taking his plea for […]

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Governor’s Island, New Art Destination

September 15, 2011

Mia and I spent a day at Governor’s Island over the holiday weekend, and it was a treat. The island has gone from military installation to art destination in a few short years, and it’s a great place to relax, get away, and indulge in some art. Let’s get this out of the way first–it’s […]

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Public Art: Fashion District

September 14, 2011

Check out these red female figures that float and twist on posts above eye-level on Broadway in the Fashion District. This project by Joan Benefiel seems to add light to Broadway from the inside of these figures, radiating out. Anything that adds a little light to NYC is a great thing.

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Public Art: The Andy Monument

September 12, 2011

New Yorkers always tend to look down as they speed around town, probably to avoid stepping in anything nasty.  But there’s lots to see when you keep your eyes above street level.  This sculpture of Andy Warhol, by Rob Pruitt, is located at the northwest corner of Union Square Park, outside of the building where […]

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September 8, 2011

Marisa Tomei and Cheyenne Jackson put their money where their mouth is. A year ago, when the Prop 8 trial in California wasn’t allowed to be televised, they re-enacted scenes themselves in parks, Marisa in LA, Cheyenne in NYC. Watch Marisa’s video here and Cheyenne’s here. Marisa’s involvement inspired me to produce an afternoon of […]

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The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial–What Went Wrong?

August 26, 2011

I felt a little lurch in my stomach when I saw the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial statue on TV yesterday. Why couldn’t we have done a better job in representing and paying respects to one of our most important historical figures? My first reaction was a purely visual one, and my problems with […]

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The Abraham Lincoln Caper: Art Heists and Civic Pride

April 10, 2011

In 1994, City Hall in Norwich, Connecticut was the scene of an art heist. A portrait of Abraham Lincoln, painted by John Denison Crocker, which had hung there for almost 130 years, was cut out of its frame and stolen, never to be publicly seen since. The City of Norwich still has a special feeling […]

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An Evening with Cleve Jones

December 6, 2010

I had the great chance to see Cleve Jones on Friday at a small Q&A-style talk. Some might know him best as the young activist from the movie Milk. I first heard of him when I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area during the late 80s and early 90s; he was quoted in the […]

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