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Battery Dance Festival photos, © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
The annual Battery Park City art exhibition.
Photo © Terese Loeb Kreuzer
The National Museum of the American Indian is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with free admission. It offers 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. 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, features 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)
Battery Park City Winter Calendar
Between January and April 2020, the Battery Park City Authority has been producing around 900 programs for the public, most of them free. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, as of March 16, 2020, BPCA programming has been suspended until further notice. However, the schedule was full of interesting events and hopefully some of it can be salvaged.
April 21: Tuesday Talks: Nature in Poetry with Bob Holman – Poets House hosts legendary slam poet, former Nuyorican Poets Café co-director, and Bowery Poetry Club founder Bob Holman for a virtual reading and talk honoring the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. His recent award-winning work in language revitalization will be showcased with a screening of Khonsay: Poem of Many Tongues, which contains lines from 50 different endangered languages. Readings and discussions of original poems – as well as works of other poets inspired by nature – will highlight our connection with endangered species. Event available for repeat viewings on Facebook, YouTube, and Poets House Program Archive.
Consult the winter calendar for the full list of events and programs that include a variety of classes for adults and children. The calendar is available on the Battery Park City Authority's website.
Through Aug. 30, 2020: An exhibition entitled "Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away" is the largest exhibition dedicated to the history of Auschwitz and its role in the Holocaust ever presented in North America. The exhibition brings together more than 700 original objects and 400 photographs of Auschwitz from more than 20 institutions and museums around the world. Place: 36 Battery Place. Tickets: $16 (adults); $12 (seniors and patrons with disabilities — ADA); $10 (students and veterans); $25 (flexible ticket. Flexible ticket holders can enter the exhibition any time on a specific date, from 10 a.m. to two hours before the Museum closes – also called a Premium ticket); Museum members: Complimentary ticket(s), subject to terms. FREE admission to Holocaust survivors, active members of the military and first responders, and NYC public school students and educators (with valid school-issued ID). The exhibition will run through Aug. 30, 2020. For more information, click here.
"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