Delve Deep with Documentaries – at MoMA’s Doc Fortnight

Doc Fortnight 2019 begins this Thursday! MoMA’s annual nonfiction film festival provides a week full of features and shorts from around the globe. Continue reading “Delve Deep with Documentaries – at MoMA’s Doc Fortnight”

Outdoor Museums: Art in Parks

This weekend, take in some of the exceptional public art in the city’s parks.

There’s so much to see. Exhibits include experimental and traditional art, in many park locations. They explore various themes including: Disappearing businesses, issues of race, issues of class, diversity, cultural displacements, overlooked portions of New York City history, and much more.

The Art in Parks program began in the late 60s with an intention to use public spaces as outdoor museums, “letting works of art ‘loose in the city, to set them under the light of day where they intrude upon our daily walks and errands.'”

A few you can catch right now:

Come Closer and The View Gets Widerby Rebecca Manson – at Tribeca Park.

Public Art: Globe/Sphere in the Park: "Come Closer and The View Gets Wider" by Rebecca Manson - at Tribeca Park.
Photo credit: Rebecca Manson, Come Closer and the View Gets Wider, courtesy of the artist.

“… a sphere of tiny porcelain sculptures, each an intimate, bone-like shape, adhered and supported by an elaborate system of aluminum and epoxy. Comprised of innumerable parts which on their own may appear insignificant, the structure celebrates the idea that small things together amount to something impactful; a monument to collective consciousness.”

Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S. by Karla & James Murray – at Seward Park.

Public Art: Full-Size photographs of "Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S." by Karla & James Murray - at Seward Park.
Photo Credit: Karla & James Murray

 “Karla and James Murray’s wood-framed sculpture consists of near life-size photographs of four mom-and-pop neighborhood stores of the Lower East Side, which are no longer in business and have disappeared from the streetscape. Images of a bodega, a coffee shop/luncheonette, a vintage store, and a newsstand recognize the unique and irreplaceable contribution made to New York by small, often family-owned businesses.”

Our Memories by Judith Modrak – at Thomas Paine Park.

Stone figures - in park: "Our Memories" by Judith Modrak - at Thomas Paine Park.
(Image courtesy of the artist – at nycgovparks.org)

Our Memories is an evolving audience participatory installation. Recognizing the need to record one’s personal experience, these neuron-inspired sculptures contain cavities in which participants place a color-coded “memory stone”. The memory stones are classified into six emotive categories: joy, anger, love, sadness, fear, and surprise. This active act of recollection not only stirs up personal memories, it also physiologically generates a new collective memory. The Our Memories project is both a larger memorial piece, made complete by thousands of individual memories from people all over the world, and an experience that connects us to our core and to one another.”

Adorn Me by Tanda Francis – at Fort Greene Park

"Adorn Me" by Tanda Francis - at Fort Greene Park
Image credit: Tanda Francis, Adorn Me, Photo by NYC Parks

“Tanda Francis’ work examines the African presence in public space as a powerful force of beauty and cultural relevance. Inspired by African sculptural tradition, including Ife portraiture, Francis also incorporates Victorian and colonial ornamentation into her work. Adorn Me addresses the underrepresentation of this demographic in public artworks, and provide a healing message during a time of heated debate over monuments erected as symbols of oppression and control.”

Beyond being intriguing pieces, art can have profound influence, as this experience demonstrates:

 

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UGLY . A few weeks ago ( before blackening the surface of the #AdornMeSculpture ) I was working on the installation when a group of about 6 pre-teen to teenaged African American girls ranging in age from about 11-15 walked toward the sculpture ooohing and wowing over it. One little girl spoke up and said “I don’t like it.” All the other girls asked her why. She scrunched her little nose up and said “It’s her nose, it’s so big. Why’d *they* make her nose so big” Up until that point, The kids didn’t pay any attention to me. I must have been a worker cleaning the sculpture. But at this point, yours truly enters the conversation. “I made it like that because that’s how my nose is made. I made it to look like my nose. Instantly the poor thing realized that I was the creator and the model of this thing she so confidently declared ugly. She must have thought she hurt my feelings but she actually gifted me with this shareable moment. Shocked. Her mouth hung open for a while before she could manage to say “I didn’t know.” Her face was in between this ? and this ?. So this is how it looks to witnessing a lifelong memory being imprinted into a child. And I’m like ?yeah. Let that set in. Anyway, While the other girls giggled and seemed elated that it wasn’t their foot that needed to be fish out of their mouth, I was completely unbothered and armed with a real-time case study. A testament to the validity of my work ? I said “It’s ok. She’s just not used to seeing someone who looks like this featured in this way. That’s why I did this sculpture and put it here. I’ve seen many people stand here and say with a smile “she looks like me!” One of the older girls added “Yeah, I know, I’ve seen people who can be pretty even thought they have a big nose.” Me “Did you ever consider that they are pretty *because* their nose is big? Maybe her nose at that size is a part of her beauty. But you would never consider that because you are almost exclusively shown beauty from another point of view.” In the end, they all seemed sense an overall point to the piece being there… and ladies and gentlemen, that is why I do what I do 😉 ?? . . . ? ✨ #micdrop

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Animated Spirits Showcases New Animation From Europe

On November 5th, head to the SVA Theatre to see “Animated Spirits– New Animation”, an annual festival – which includes a free screening of contemporary animated films from Central and Eastern Europe.

“Dim, poignant, surreal, unconventional. Probably these are the first words to come to one’s mind, when describing the animated films made in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Almost 30 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, and the slow and oftentimes troubled process of democratization in the region, animated short films have an increasing approach to reflect on social and political subjects. While artistic animated short films have a tendency in general to evoke the universal condition of human existence, contemporary animation from Central and Eastern Europe combine this with a strong incentive for dealing with issues of the actual world, like the long-term effects of childhood traumas on one’s personality, the gender differences or the personal freedom in today’s society.”

Films from: Poland, Slovakia, Serbia and Montenegro, Latvia and Hungary.

From "Food" - Dir. Michaela Mihalyi (CZ, SK) 2017 '2 - at animatedspirits.org
From the stop motion film, “Food” – Dir. Michaela Mihalyi (CZ, SK) 2017 ‘2 – at animatedspirits.org

(The full program has, in addition to the screenings, workshops and a networking event.)

More information at: animatedspirits.org

Waterside 2018 Summer Event Series – Line-Up Announced!

We’re thrilled to announce our 2018 Summer Event Series line-up!

This year’s concerts, dancing and movies highlights the diversity and wonder that New York – and Waterside – are known for.

Join us this summer to enjoy live music, dance, and films alongside our unparalleled views!

July: “Waterside Summer Music Series” – Wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm

July 11thAjna Dance Company

Get ready for an exciting performance of Bollywood and Traditional Indian Dance and Music – followed by an interactive dance lesson! Ajna Dance Company delivers visually stunning and culturally rich performances that engage, educate and inspire – with dances that blend the traditions of classical Indian and folk dance with Bollywood and other contemporary movement.  Ajna has appeared on NBC and ABC’s Good Morning America, The Food Network, and performed at countless NYC landmarks including The United Nations, Macy’s, and Barclays.

Ajna Dance Company - Waterside 2018 Summer Event Series
Ajna Dance Company

July 18thKimya Dawson

Kimya’s playful vocals paired with her eclectic musical compositions will capture your heart. She’s a Grammy winning, platinum selling singer songwriter most widely known for her work on the JUNO soundtrack.  Kimya has been featured in Rolling Stone, Spin, Entertainment Weekly and the New York Times which described her as “a veteran of the scrappy anti-folk circuit, with stream of consciousness songs that balance the caustic and the childlike”.

Kimya Dawson - Waterside 2018 Summer Event Series
Kimya Dawson

July 25thGeorge Gee Swing Orchestra

George Gee’s 8th album is: “Swing Makes You Happy” – and that’s exactly what this show will do! When the George Gee Swing Orchestra plays popular songs from the Swing Era, you’re sure to feel more pep in your step. George Gee Swing Orchestra’s appearances include MTV, the Apollo Theater in Harlem, and ABC’s Good Morning America. (Note: This show will take place rain or shine! If it rains, we have an indoor space to sway and swing in!)

George Gee Swing Orchestra - Waterside 2018 Summer Event Series
George Gee Swing Orchestra

August: “Waterside Summer Movie Series” – Mondays (see below for times)

August brings you to the plaza for movies the whole family can enjoy.  With over six acres (including landscaped gardens facing the East River), Waterside is the ideal location from which to take in the film, the amazing views, the complimentary refreshments, and, have a wonderful evening in the city – with the feel of an urban retreat.

Take a journey into worlds of animated toys, goblins and re-gain your child-like wonder:

August 20th – Waterside’s Audience Choice*! (7pm)

Being shown at Waterside by popular demand – “The Wizard of Oz”! This beloved, iconic 1939 musical is based on the work of L. Frank Baum.

SPECIAL EVENT: In addition to the film, Marc Baum of the All Things Oz Museum, a non-profit organization devoted to Oz, will join us. He will bring free collectable postcards and other Oz goodies.

Marc Baum will lead us in All Things Oz Trivia Contest – bring your knowledge, your courage and your heart. There will also be a best Oz costume. Both activities will feature prizes for the winners!

The Wizard of Oz - Waterside 2018 Summer Event Series
The Wizard of Oz

Friday, August 24th – “Labyrinth” (7:30pm) (Note: Rescheduled from Aug 13)

Starring the iconic David Bowie and a pre-Academy Award-winning Jennifer Connelly, this Jim Henson musical fantasy tale has a teenage girl, tired of babysitting her baby brother, wish him away – only to have him captured by the evil Goblin King!

Labyrinth - Waterside 2018 Summer Event Series
Labyrinth


August 27th – “
From Up On Poppy Hill” (7:30pm)

Set in Yokohama in 1963, as Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the Olympics, the beautifully animated From Up on Poppy Hill tells the story of a high school couple’s innocent love and the secret surrounding their births. The film evokes both a wide-eyed hope for the future, and an aching nostalgia for a past that can never be recovered. Written by Academy Award Winner and the legendary founder of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki, and directed by Goro Miyazaki, the film marks the first creative collaboration between father and son. This English language version features the voices of Christina Hendricks, Anton Yelchin, Gillian Anderson, Beau Bridges, Jamie Lee Curtis and Bruce Dern.

From Up On Poppy Hill - Waterside 2018 Summer Event Series
From Up On Poppy Hill

Tuesday, August 28th – “Toy Story” (8pm) (Note: Rescheduled from Aug 6)

Toys come to life in this ever-popular 1995 film about a cowboy doll threatened by a new spaceman figure. Will the cowboy lose his place in a little boy’s heart? Featuring the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen.

Toy Story - Waterside 2018 Summer Event Series
Toy Story

 

Join Waterside for these irresistible events!

All events are free and take place on the plaza (25 Waterside Plaza, NY, NY 10010.)  Limited seating is available, lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged.

Register here.

Classic Movies Come to Kips Bay

This year, Turner Classic Movies brings Big Screen Classics to just a few select theaters – including our local AMC Kips Bay 15.  (Just a 10-minute trip away, via the M34/M34A.)

Nostalgia nearby!

“Fathom Events and TCM bring some of the greatest titles ever back into movie theaters. In addition, these classics will each be accompanied by exclusive commentary from TCM hosts who will provide insight, background and more, making these events that movie lovers won’t want to miss.”

This spring and summer, the films showing are:

Vertigo

"Vertigo" - Showing at AMC Kips Bay 15

“A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend’s wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her. ”

 

Grease

"Grease" - showing at AMC Kips Bay 15

“Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?”

 

Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard - showing at AMC Kips Bay 15

“A screenwriter is hired to rework a faded silent film star’s script, only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship.

 

The Producers

"The Producers" - showing at AMC Kips Bay 15

“Producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom make money by producing a sure-fire flop.”

 

Big

"Big" - Playing at AMC Kips Bay 15

After wishing to be made big, a teenage boy wakes the next morning to find himself mysteriously in the body of an adult.”


The Big Lebowski

“‘The Dude’ Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.”

&

South Pacific

"South Pacific" - showing at AMC Kips Bay 15

“On a South Pacific island during World War II, love blooms between a young nurse and a secretive Frenchman who’s being courted for a dangerous military mission.”

Enjoy these classics in your neighborhood!