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Oct. 22, 2021: At the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, an exhibition entitled "Boris Lurie: Nothing to Do But Try" opens on Oct. 22, 2021 and runs through April 29, 2022. The museum at 36 Battery Place is open three days a week: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 25 percent capacity in order to allow for social distancing. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission, timed-entry tickets allow access to all galleries including the special exhibition, "Auschwitz. Not Long Ago. Not Far Away." Ticket prices: $16; $12 (seniors and ADA); $10 (students and veterans); free (members, based on membership level; Holocaust survivors; active members of the military and first responders; students and teachers through grade 12 in schools located in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut with valid school-issued ID). To purchase tickets, click here.
Museum admission includes a free audio guide in English, Spanish, French, Hebrew, Mandarin, German, Polish, or Russian. Bring your own headphones (standard 2.5mm non-lightening plug).
"New Dimensions in Testimony" is an interactive installation at the Museum of Jewish Heritage that allows visitors to ask questions of Holocaust survivors and hear their answers. Place: 36 Battery Place. Free with Museum admission. Advance registration recommended. For additional information, click here
The annual Battery Park City art exhibition.
Photo © Terese Loeb Kreuzer
Fall 2021 and Before
The National Museum of the American Indian is closed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is usually open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with free admission offering free films, docent-led tours of its exhibitions and tours of its premises, the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, designed by Cass Gilbert. The building, which was completed in 1907, is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. On-line programming continues. Place: One Bowling Green. Phone: (212) 514-3700. For the museum's calendar, click here.
"Stretching the Canvas" at the National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, featured paintings by 30 Native American artists working from 1940 to the present. Above: "Spatial Whorl" by Dick West (Southern Cheyenne). The museum, which is usually open daily and is free, is temporarily closed because of the COVID-19 crisis. For more information, click here.
'Illusions of the Photographer:
Duane Michals at the Morgan'
At the entrance of an exhibition now at the Morgan Library & Museum is a parabolic mirror that turns everything that it reflects upside down. This tells you right away that the exhibition, "Illusions of the Photographer: Duane Michals at the Morgan," will not simply be a factual record of appearances. "Contradicting reality is a great gift or weapon that photographers have," Michals has said.
Michals' photographs portray his dreams, thoughts, meditations, wishes and sometimes his wry sense of humor. The photos often come in sets of several related pictures that tell stories.
You will see, for instance, six photographs that start with a man standing on a subway platform and follow him as his corporeal body is transformed into light and then into a galaxy of stars. Michals calls this assemblage "The Human Condition."
Another group of six photos describes Michals' last day in Cairo when he walked into the desert and against a background of the pyramids, built his own small pyramid of stones, which he left behind when he walked away.
He wrote, "To be alive is to be skating/On thin ice with the possibility/Of falling falling falling./Taking photographs and writing/Is my way of saying I was here,/I saw this, I heard this./It happened."
In addition to Michals' printed photographs, the museum is showing a few of his films and a series of photographs that he shot in 1964-1965, published in book form as "Empty New York" and here displayed as a film. These evocative black-and-white images depict a New York that has disappeared — a soda shop, a newspaper stand trumpeting the headlines of the day, an empty subway car with wicker seats, and so on. They continue Michals' conversation with the viewer about time and the passage of time. He is interested in time and death and transformations.
The exhibition also includes the work of other photographers and artists, plus some artifacts, all culled from the Morgan's collection. Michals has annotated them with his reveries.
Michals, now 87 years old, has said that when he was young, he couldn't imagine being old, but now that he's old, he can't imagine ever having been young. He has said that he doesn't mind being old. He said of himself, "I'm a survivor."
This remarkable exhibition closed on Feb. 2. For information about visiting the Morgan Library & Museum at 225 Madison Ave., go to www.themorgan.org
Irish Hunger Memorial in Battery Park City
(Photo © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
A wharf in the Fulton Fish Market, 1946. The photograph, by Todd Webb, was in the exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York of Webb's photographs from 1945 to 1960.
May 31, 2018: This was the actual anniversary of Battery Park City's Golden Jubilee. Bang on a Can's Asphalt Orchestra entertained at Battery Park City's 50th anniversary celebration on May 31, 2018 in Rockefeller Park. On May 31, exactly 50 years ago, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller signed the legislation that established Battery Park City. For more photos of Battery Park City's Jubilee celebration, click here.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Fireworks on the East River, July 4, 2019
Battery Park City Fall Calendar 2021
The Battery Park City Authority's fall programming features both in-person and online events. In October look for CUNY's Virtual Choir Project on Oct. 15, Go Fish! on Oct. 16, Strings-On-Hudson on Oct. 21, and Campfire Stories and Songs on Oct. 30. Virtual programming in October includes "The Bird With The Crystal Plummage" on Oct. 14, part of the BPCA's Art House Classics movie series. For more information on all of the fall programming, click here.