Tag Archives: Visual Art

2018 Uptown Arts Stroll: Cornerstone Studios

As part of NoMAA’s 16th Annual Uptown Arts Stroll, Cornerstone Studios will showcase work by member artists Jeff Hoppa, Paul Birbil, Meena Alexander, Monica Carrier, Anna Shukeylo, Marjorie Van Cura, Kristin Spix and Marta Blair.  One day only, meet the artist.  A special guest artist will share work in Cornerstone Studios’ L-Gallery.

Cornerstone Studios Limited is an independent 501(c)(3) organization created in 2015 to provide affordable artists studio space for emerging and career artists in the Northern Manhattan neighborhoods of Washington Heights and Inwood.

“Vanessa Lee: Inwood Aviary” Exhibition at Indian Road Cafe

Indian Road Shows and Jason Minter present “Vanessa Lee: Inwood Aviary,” an exhibition of digital bird illustrations by Vanessa Lee.  Exhibition runs from Sunday, April 15, through Saturday, May 26, 2018. Curated by #JeffHoppa.  Says Lee, “I enjoy illustrating birds because of my love for their colors and uniqueness. My illustrations are drawn digitally using my iPad and the Adobe Photoshop Sketch app. While the work itself is digitally done, I treat every piece as if I were painting it traditionally, with a focus on capturing every bird’s character and personality. What I can honestly say through experience so far, is that the journey to mastering an art = anything + time. I graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts with my BFA in Painting in 2010, and currently reside in Washington Heights.”

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Yael Ben-Zion’s STILL LIVES Exhibition Opening at Word Up

According to a recent report of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are currently more than 550,000 homeless people in the U.S. In New York City, more than 63,000 people are sleeping in shelters every night, a number that almost doubled over the past decade. STILL LIVES—Yael Ben-Zion’s new exhibition of photographs—questions a society that enables the phenomenon of homelessness to exist and perpetuate.

Through a series of large-format still-life photographs portraying the objects and belongings of homeless and formerly homeless people with whom the artist collaborated, Yael Ben-Zion references the rich tradition of still-life paintings, in turn hoping to spark a critical dialogue about materialism, how we value objects and human beings, and how perceptions could be challenged.

The ongoing and recent effects of gentrification in Yael’s neighborhood, Washington Heights—and the very real notion that “every New Yorker is one paycheck away from being homeless”—spur questions and assumptions, as a whole community grapples with an issue so local yet so globally persistent.

Collaborators on this project include Marcus Moore, aka The Homeless Poet, an activist and spoken-work artist; Maaji Newbold, an actress with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC; and Michael  Deegan, a self-taught painter.

With special thanks to Picture the Homeless, a grassroots organization founded and led by homeless people that is organizing for social justice issues and putting forward an alternative vision of community; NoMAA; and Lantern Community Services.

Yael Ben-Zion is a New York-based artist whose work often considers the relationship of the personal to the political. Yael was born in Minneapolis, MN and raised in Israel. She is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Yale Law School and the International Center of Photography. Yael’s work has been exhibited in the United States, Europe and Israel is also included in the MTA-Artists Unite Subway Elevator Poster Project. She is the recipient of ICP’s Directors’ Scholarship Award, the International Photography Awards and grants from NoMAA and the Puffin Foundation. Yael’s first monograph, 5683 miles away (Kehrer, 2010), was selected as one of photo-eye’s Best Books of 2010 and for the PDN Photo Annual 2011. It was also a nominee for the German Photo Book Award 2011. Intermarried, her second monograph with Kehrer, was selected for American Photography 30 and featured, among others, in the NY Times Sunday Review, PDN Magazine and the Forward.

Exhibition: “Heavenly Bodies” at Met Fifth Avenue & Cloisters

The Costume Institute’s spring 2018 exhibition—May 10 – Oct. 8, at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters—will feature a dialogue between fashion and medieval art from The Met collection to examine fashion’s ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism.  Serving as the cornerstone of the exhibition, papal robes and accessories from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside The Vatican, will be on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Fashions from the early twentieth century to the present will be shown in the Byzantine and medieval galleries, part of the Robert Lehman Wing, and at The Met Cloisters. HeavenlyBodies