This week, NYSCA grantees celebrate anniversaries, legacies and new beginnings, and new upcoming events are announced.
Four-month festival to celebrate legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright
“Buffalo is throwing Frank Lloyd Wright a birthday party for the ages. Starting on June 8, the 150th anniversary of Wright’s birth, the newly formed Buffalo Arts & Crafts Alliance will launch a four-month celebration of Wright’s work and Buffalo’s undersung role in the Arts & Crafts Movement. The festival, which will feature exhibitions and events in the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the Darwin Martin House, Roycroft Campus and the University at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Design, will culminate in a four day conference slated for Oct. 20 to 21. Jonathan Katz, one of the alliance’s co-founders and organizer of the celebration, said it is an attempt to remind people about Buffalo’s central place in the legacy of American architecture and design and to reclaim its history as an incubator for one of the most important and wide-reaching aesthetic movements in American history.” NYSCA supports Burchfield Penney through our Museum, Electronic Media & Film, and Regional Economic Development Council Progrmas; and the Roycroft Campus and the Darwin Martin House through our Architecture + Design Program.
The little opera company that could, and did, makes The Bronx sing
“When someone mentions The Bronx, you don’t necessarily think ‘opera!’ Yet native son Michael Spierman has been trying to change that since 1967 when…he started his company there. This weekend, the curtain rises on the Bronx Opera’s 97th production, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Sir John in Love.” Like every BxO production, it will be sung in English and given on the cheap: The top ticket price is $45 — up from $1, which is what the company charged for its first opera, Mozart’s ‘Così Fan Tutte.’ Then again, that was 50 years ago, when the company sang at a housing project. Since then, corporations have chipped in, some alumni have moved on to the Met and the BxO’s performed for local school kids and at halls all over the tri-state area. But its mission hasn’t changed: As Spierman sees it, opera should be accessible to all.” NYSCA supports Bronx Opera through our Music Program.
Buffalo History Museum – Restore, Reactivate, Reconnect
“The [Buffalo History Museum] is 80% of the way towards reaching its $1.43 million goal, which will allow the Buffalo landmark to move forward with significant infrastructure upgrades. The first of those upgrades is to restore 2600 square feet of space under the building’s portico that has not been open to the public for nearly three decades. Not only will this be valuable space for exhibits and events, it will also help to reconnect the museum to the Olmsted park. Doors and windows will be replaced, revealing natural light and an additional access point. The project is being called Restore, Reactivate, Reconnect.” NYSCA supports the Buffalo History Museum through our Museum Program.
See Lady Gaga’s ‘Flying Dress’ at the Intrepid Museum’s Drone Exhibit
“Drones, model airplanes and the world’s first “flying dress” will be on display at a new exhibit heading to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.“Drones: Is the Sky the Limit?” examines the history of drone technology — “from its modern-day origins in World War I and its military development to its current applications in solving complex humanitarian challenges,” the museum said. The exhibit will open inside a pavilion on Pier 86, at West 46th Street, on May 10… Visitors will be able to fly a virtual drone, as well as take in drone-captured images and video footage as part of an immersive theater experience. A flying dress once worn by Lady Gaga and a door-to-door delivery drone prototype will also be on display.” NYSCA supports the Intrepid through our Museum Program.
Carnegie Hall’s 2017-18 season features festival on 1960s
“Carnegie Hall’s 2017-18 season will be highlighted by “The ’60s: The Years that Changed America,” a festival that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert A. Caro helped program. David Crosby and Snarky Puppy have a program on the nexus of music, protest and social change on Jan. 25, Carnegie said Wednesday. Composer Ray Chew will lead a “Sounds of Change” concert with artists from rock, folk, rock, soul and rhythm and blues on Feb. 5. The Kronos Quartet on Jan. 19 premieres two compositions commissioned by Carnegie Hall: Zachary J. Watkins’ inspired by the moment before Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and Stacy Garrop’s on words of author Studs Terkel. The festival will be held at venues throughout New York from January to March 2018 and will include the Museum of Modern Art, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Apollo Theater, City Center, the New York Public Library and other organizations. Carnegie’s season starts Oct. 4 with a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth in August 1918.” NYSCA supports Carnegie Hall through our Music, Presenting, and Individual Artists Programs.