This week, NYSCA grantees are in the news for events showcasing historic contributions, from lost paintings to a first lady’s artifacts. There’s also plenty new to celebrate, including the announcement of new sculptures in NYC and Buffalo and a new program to help diversify the theatrical workforce. One museum has it both ways, with the launch of an app that commemorates New York City’s Gilded Age.
Hidden beneath paint, a famed artist’s wall decorations
“Not only did Thomas Cole paint the lush mountain landscapes that inspired the Hudson River School art movement of the 19th century, he also painted on the walls of his home. Lost beneath layers of paint for more than a century, the patterned borders below the ceilings were rediscovered several years ago and are now revealed in their semi-faded glory. The stylized depictions of drapery and fabric, painstakingly recovered by conservators, will be fully displayed when the Thomas Cole National Historic Site opens for the season in May. While not exactly lost masterworks, they offer new insight into one of America’s most influential painters.” NYSCA supports the Thomas Cole National Historic Site through our Museum Program.
Good Timing for New Historical Society Exhibit on Women
“[T]he New-York Historical Society Museum and Library has opened Saving Washington, the debut exhibit of the museum’s new Center for Women’s History…the exhibit explores the contributions of women of all classes to political and social causes of the time, despite being excluded from official roles in affairs of state. First Lady Dolly Madison was perhaps best known as a formidable hostess, capable of bringing together political adversaries in a congenial atmosphere. To give visitors a taste of Mrs. Madison’s popular “squeezes”—gatherings in which guests had to ”squeeze” into the president’s mansion—interactive features offer the opportunity to virtually experience a dinner table conversation and a friendly card game. But Mrs. Madison’s behind-the scenes influence and that of her female contemporaries are also explored in the exhibit, which includes more than 150 artifacts. Among those items on display in Saving Washington are political documents and publications, household objects, works of art, and personal effects belonging to Mrs. Madison including a silver snuffbox, the contents of which she shared freely with her guests. The full Center for Women’s History…opens late next month.” NYSCA supports the New-York Historical Society through our Museum and Regional Economic Development Council Programs.
This summer’s installation for the Met Rooftop has been announced
For the 30th anniversary of the The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, “there will be a new plein air installation on its terrace courtesy of the Argentinian sculptor Adrián Villar Rojas—who at age 36 will be the youngest artist to create a piece for The Met’s roof. Working in clay, wood and concrete, Rojas is known for colossal objects like his space station for the New Museum, his whale mysteriously plunked down in the middle of a Patagonian forest and his menagerie of animals emerging from the sea for the 2015 Istanbul Biennial…For The Met, he’s planning on a series of a series of 20 large-scale sculptures titled “The Theater of Disappearance.” Together, they’ll reference treasures from the museums various holdings covering all of its 17 curatorial departments. Rojas’s work will be on view April 14–October 29.” NYSCA supports the Met through our Museum and Presenting Programs.
This New App Takes You Back in Time to New York City’s Gilded Age
“Watch some of the city’s most iconic Gilded Age buildings, like the Waldorf Astoria or the Andrew Carnegie House, travel back in time right before your eyes with a new app from The Museum of the City of New York. ‘A Walk Through Gilded New York,’ guides users with an audio tour and images of 15 historic sites, transitioning from how the buildings look now to drawings and photographs taken during the period starting from the late 19th century up to World War I. Stops on the virtual tour include Tiffany & Co.’s original headquarters, the sites of Siegel-Cooper and Lord & Taylor department stores, the Metropolitan Opera House, the Morgan Library, the William K. Vanderbilt house, Delmonico’s Restaurant and the Plaza. Each location includes roughly 2 minutes of narration by actress Grace Grummer — known for her role as Nora Ephron in Amazon’s “Good Girls Revolt” series and for other roles in Mr. Robot and American Horror Story. The entire two-hour tour covers areas from Union Square all the way up to 105th Street in East Harlem.” NYSCA supports the Museum of the City of New York through our Museum, Architecture + Design, and Regional Economic Development Council Programs.
‘My Fair Lady’ Returning to Broadway for First Time in 25 Years
“Lerner & Loewe’s classic musical “My Fair Lady” will return to Broadway next spring for the first time in 25 years. The musical, an adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s play “Pygmalion,” will begin previews at the Lincoln Center Theater’s Vivian Beaumont Theater on March 22, 2018 — with an opening night set for April 19. While no stars have been announced for the production, a director has: Barlett Sher, the visionary behind LCT’s Tony-winning revivals of “The King & I” and “South Pacific.”” NYSCA supports Lincoln Center Theater through our Theatre and Arts Education Programs.
Roundabout Theatre Company aims to increase diversity backstage
“The Roundabout Theatre Company is launching a program to train and place a diverse group of city high school graduates in technical jobs backstage. The three-year initiative, called the Theatrical Workforce Development Program, aims to place 50 fellows in professional careers as stagehands, sound engineers, and hair and makeup artists, among other jobs. To accomplish this, Roundabout, Broadway’s largest nonprofit theater company, is teaming up with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and The Door, a youth-development nonprofit. The program will cost around $4 million to administer over three years. The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment is putting up $500,000 to cover the cost of a six-week “boot camp” for each year’s group of fellows to train in safety, workforce readiness and technical skills. Roundabout is responsible for the rest of the funding and for choosing the fellows. Julie Menin, the city’s media and entertainment commissioner, said this was the theater industry’s first major effort to diversify its workforce. She said a recent study found that 70% of the people employed in theaters identify as white. ‘This is really important for the industry,’ Menin said. ‘This is a field that is very hard for diverse young people in the city to break into.’” NYSCA supports the Roundabout Theatre Company through our Theatre and Arts Education Programs.
St. Lawrence County Arts Council hosting Regional Arts Celebration
“The St. Lawrence County Arts Council will host a Regional Arts Celebration from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on March 18 at the TAUNY Center. The event provides a meet-and-greet opportunity for regional artists and arts organizers. Event-goers can listen to live music as they network and make new friends. There will be an Information Station which will allow attendees to swap and collect promotional materials. Artists are encouraged to bring business cards, brochures, flyers and any other printables that promote their work. The event also provides an opportunity for SLC Arts to recognize its 2017 grant recipients and present its 2017 Arts Recognition award.” NYSCA supports SLC Arts through our State and Local Partnership Program.
Arts Services Initiative of WNY plans for 2nd annual ‘Make Music Day’ in Buffalo & Niagara Falls
“Arts Services Initiative of Western New York has announced Buffalo and Niagara Falls will join cities across the country and around the world for the second time to celebrate “Make Music Day” on June 21. “Make Music Day” is a worldwide celebration of music. ASI launched local participation in 2016 with 30 performances at 16 venues in Erie and Niagara counties, which, collectively, attracted over 5,000 participants and attendees. ASI is gearing up to bring a day filled with music to the area again. Completely different from a typical musical festival, “Make Music Day” seeks to encourage all people, young and old, amateur or professional, to experience the pleasure of making music. Every kind of musician – of all musical persuasions – pours onto streets, parks, plazas and other public spaces to share their music with friends, neighbors and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.” NYSCA supports ASI WNY through our State and Local Partnership, Regional Economic Development Council, and Presenting Programs.
Colorful sculpture to make its debut at Metro station
“Few people would expect to find a sprawling sculpture of a DNA-like structure in a public transit station. But given the fact that Allen-Medical Campus Metro Station is a transit gateway to the growing Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, officials say it’s a fitting home for a sculpture called “Gut Flora.” The Albright-Knox Art Gallery commissioned the work for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority as part of an effort to promote public art. Artist Shasti O’Leary Soundant created the work which will be 15 feet tall and 25 feet wide. The sculpture, which will be installed this spring, is made up of 260 pieces that are designed to resemble a “beneficial bacteria colony” that is required to keep people healthy.” NYSCA supports Albright-Knox through our Museum and Regional Economic Development Council Programs.