With the Autumnal Equinox on Monday we are now officially, albeit a bit warmly, into the season.
This is the time of meetings and organizing ART YARD partnerships and programs for our Year of Reflection.
At PS6 in Jersey City Dennis and I met with Principal Joe Apruzzese and Assistant Principal Lauren Bernero and did a little rearranging in the ART YARD at PS6 Gallery. We were thrilled to bring one of the beautiful paintings of the school created by Mrs. Acevedo’s students working with Teaching Artist Quentin Williamston over to the Jersey City office of Assemblyman Mukherji!
Pictured with the painting installed at the Assemblyman’s office are Ben Manahan, Claire Wolfe, Assemblyman Mukherji and Lily Passaretti:
Along with the school year the season has opened for the artworld.
At MoMA PS1 this past Sunday Teaching Artist Glendalys Medina along with artists Ayana Evans and Seung-Min Lee spoke about their work on a panel moderated by Paul John from EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. This artist talk was a part of the Print Now Series sponsored by IFPDA Foundation in collaboration with the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and Printed Matter's NY Art Book Fair. ART YARD Teen Blaze and I were both in attendance!
On Monday Teaching Artist Claudia Alvarez and I went to Gracie Mansion to see SHE PERSISTS: A Century of Women Artists in New York. The exhibition is organized by New York City’s First Lady Chirlane McCray and curated by Jessica Bell Brown. The brochure explains that the exhibition is a “celebration of women’s contributions to culture and the great city of New York and an acknowledgement of the work that remains to be done.”
I particularly loved seeing Simone Leigh’s The Village Series #7 and Alice Neel’s Ginny and Elizabeth in the Wagner wing dining room!
Claudia and I loved the exhibition and felt the tour was extremely well presented. It was also very interesting to explore the building which was built in 1799. The exhibition is free to the public but you need to book a spot on a tour at nyc.gov/gracietours.
On view at the Morgan Library through October 6th is Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak’s Designs for Opera and Ballet. Renowned for his beloved and acclaimed children’s books, Maurice Sendak (1928–2012) was also an avid music and opera lover. In the late 1970s, he embarked on a successful second career as a designer of sets and costumes for the stage. This is the first museum exhibition dedicated to this aspect of his career. My father and I really enjoyed this exhibition and I think you would too!
Happy Autumnal Equinox!