1976 Celebration with Celebration Group at Waterside

Rich Burke posted wonderful photos on Twitter and Instagram taken at Waterside – in the summer of ’76.

Discussing an artwork on Twitter, he wrote:

Twitter reply that reads: "I will guess it’s actually 42“ x 22“. But have you ever heard of Dennis Valinski? His gauze and reed sculptures actually measured 42‘ x 22‘, and hung in public spaces. Like these in Waterside Plaza, circa 1976 in New York City." Posted by @Richard09999606 on Dec 18

 

 

1976 photo of: Dancers in yellow dance underneath a gauze sculpture in front of buildings at Waterside, with audience watching 1976 photo of: Dancers in yellow dance underneath a gauze sculpture in front of buildings at Waterside, with audience watching

Sculptor Dennis Valinsky’s installation was on display on our Plaza.

And dancers from the Celebration Group, which was started by Marilyn Wood, performed.

Rich was one of the dancers! (Pictured below. And above, performing a duet with Anita Feldman. Anita is also in the center of the first photo.)

The New York Times on June 4th, 1974 described Valinsky’s pieces as:

“giant, aerial constructions, of subtly tinted modacrylic fabric rimmed with rattan and intended, according to the sculptor, to give the effect of ‘wash drawings in space.”

In particular:

“The splashiest of the works is called “Sundrop,” a 60‐foot cornucopia of bright yellow “gauze,” whose base is ringed with sky‐blue leaf forms attached to hickory boughs. It will sway, suspended between two 40‐story apartment towers, over clumps of greenery near the river’s edge, some 10 to 12 feet above the heads of viewers.”

1976 photo of: A Dancer in yellow dances beside yellow gauze in front of buildings at Waterside, with audience watching

Do any of you remember this?

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