This week, NYSCA grantees announce a major gift, expand to better serve their audiences, and offer new and timely programming.
Famed pop artist Marisol leaves vast estate to the Albright-Knox
“The Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s lucky streak continued Wednesday with the announcement of another major gift that will reshape the institution for future generations. Less than a year after the gallery received the largest single financial donation in its history, officials announced that the gallery has received its largest single donation of art: The vast and lucrative estate of pop artist and Buffalo favorite Marisol, who died last April. The estate includes more than 100 sculptures, some 150 works on paper, thousands of photographs and the artist’s New York City loft apartment. The impending sale of that apartment, worth an estimated $4 million to $5 million, will bolster the gallery’s operating endowment as it heads into its first major expansion in more than 50 years…In honor of the artist and her gift, a gallery in the soon-to-be-built Buffalo Albright-Knox-Gundlach Art Museum will be named after Marisol and will feature her work. The gallery has long maintained a close relationship with Marisol Escobar, who was born in Paris, raised in Venezuela and built her career in the United States. The Albright-Knox was the first museum to acquire her work — the popular sculptures ‘The Generals’ and ‘Baby Girl’ in 1962 and 1964 — and kept close tabs on the artist over the decades… The prolific and enigmatic artist was among a group championed by gallery’s patron and namesake Seymour H. Knox Jr., who developed similar relationships with Clyfford Still, Andy Warhol, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and many others.” NYSCA supports the Albright-Knox Art Gallery through our Museum and Regional Economic Development Council Programs.
So many NYC museums are expanding right now
“New York’s museums are on a building tear, hiring A-list architects, cajoling zoning boards, pursuing donations and adding dazzling new features… ‘There’s tremendous pressure on museums to serve their growing population, to expand exhibits and to update them with new technology,’ says Kathryn S. Wylde, president and CEO of the Partnership for New York City. With the city predicting more than 60 million tourists this year, she adds ‘it’s a time of great opportunity and challenge.’ Despite significant hurdles like acquiring building permits, and the exorbitant cost of land and construction, Wylde says, ‘the fact that so many institutions are moving forward with fundraising efforts and looking for public funding support indicates that they see an opportunity.’” NYSCA grantees featured include the Studio Museum in Harlem, the New-York Historical Society, the New Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, the Tenement Museum, and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.
Nitrate Picture Show at George Eastman Museum always a hot ticket
“Hollywood movies were made on nitrate film stock from the earliest days before the turn of the last century until 1951 — and it turned out to be a definitive good news-bad news scenario. Here’s the good news: Films made on nitrate are gorgeous; no stock since has enabled filmmakers to generate such beautiful images, with amazing delineation of the various shades of gray, and the richest possible blacks and whites (and eventually color). Here’s the bad news: Nitrate stock is extremely flammable, decomposes after several decades into a no-less flammable gas (leaving the film sticky and goo-like), and ultimately degenerating into dust…Few places in the world are adequately established to project nitrate classics in relative safety — and the George Eastman Museum is just such a place. Accordingly, the GEM next week is hosting its third annual Nitrate Picture Show, a weekend devoted to lectures, demonstrations, and, most notable, the screening of rare nitrate feature films.” Films to be screened will be announced on the Eastman Museum website on Friday, May 5. NYSCA supports the George Eastman Museum through our Museum and Electronic Media & Film Programs.
New York City Ballet Celebrates the Future of Ballet
“New York City Ballet’s 2017 spring season is underway, and starting today, it will present a four-week festival celebrating works created for the company over the past 25 years. The Here/Now Festival features 43 ballets from 22 choreographers organized into ten different programs with three of them dedicated to the works of individual choreographers: Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon. The will also be two world premieres, one by Ratmansky and the other by Peck. ‘It wants to show that it’s a company that’s not just about the past, it’s also about the present, and the future of ballet,’ said Marina Harss who reports on dance for the New Yorker and the New York Times. She spoke with WNYC’s Richard Hake.” NYSCA supports New York City Ballet through our Dance and Individual Artist Programs.
Ta-Nehisi Coates’s ‘Between the World and Me’ Is Coming to the Apollo
“ ‘Between the World and Me,’ Ta-Nehisi Coates’s award-winning book exploring racial injustice in America, will be brought to the Apollo stage next April. Mr. Coates’s fiery work — which made him the National Book Award winner and a Pulitzer Prize finalist — will be adapted into a multimedia performance, with excerpted monologues, video projections, and a score by the jazz musician Jason Moran. Portions of Mr. Coates’s letters to his son would be read aloud, while narratives of his experiences at Howard University and in New York City could be performed by actors. Kamilah Forbes, the Apollo’s executive producer, will direct the production. The coming Apollo season will be Ms. Forbes’s first full season in the role; she previously was the associate director of ‘ [A] Raisin in the Sun’ on Broadway…The Apollo’s coming season, which was announced on Wednesday, will also include ‘We Shall Not Be Moved,’ a genre-crossing opera directed by Bill T. Jones inspired by a 1985 standoff between police and the black liberation group MOVE in Philadelphia, running Oct. 6-7. The Breakin’ Convention, a hip-hop dance festival, will return Oct. 27-29. And of course, Amateur Night will continue every Wednesday. A full schedule can be found at apollotheater.org.” NYSCA supports the Apollo through our Music, Presenting, and Regional Economic Development Council Programs.
New York Opera Fest brings inventive music to bars, gardens and garages in NYC
“NYC’s opera scene is at its most open and inviting in decades, and nobody seems as anxious to tear down the imaginary walls keeping novices out of the halls as the New York Opera Festival. Now in its second year, the fest isn’t even stopping at the halls, as it brings productions to playgrounds and bars, a neighborhood garden and a converted garage. Through June 23, 20 companies in will stage 28 different productions throughout the city, and usually on the cheap. There will nearly be a soprano in distress on every street corner.” Participating NYSCA grantees include Bronx Opera, Opera on Tap, On Site Opera, Encompass New Opera Theatre, Martina Arroyo Foundation, and American Opera Projects.
Annie Baker’s The Antipodes Extends for Fourth Time
“The world premiere of The Antipodes, the new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker with direction by Lila Neugebauer, extends for the fourth time. Baker’s newest work, which is set in a writers’ room for an ambitious television project, opened to positive reviews on April 23. The production began performances April 4, and will now play through June 11. Performances take place in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center, located at 480 West 42nd Street, New York. The cast is made up of Phillip James Brannon (Tiny Beautiful Things), Josh Charles (The Good Wife), Josh Hamilton (Madam Secretary), Danny Mastrogiorgio (Gotham), Danny McCarthy (Prison Break), Emily Cass McDonnell (Mercury Fur), Brian Miskell (The Flick), Will Patton (Fool For Love), and Nicole Rodenburg (Venus in Fur). Similarly to Baker’s earlier play John, of which very little was revealed in Signature Theatre [production] notes, the description for The Antipodes reads simply: ‘A play about people telling stories about telling stories.’” NYSCA supports the Signature Theatre through our Theatre and Individual Artist Programs.
Soho Rep. to Return to Former Home After Being Forced to Vacate
“Soho Rep. has announced that it will return to its previous long-time home at 46 Walker Street in New York. The experimental theatre company had been operating out of the [Tribeca] space for 25 years when, last November, it was forced to abruptly leave after inadvertently defying the building’s regulations. The company learned that the space did not permit more than 70 people in the venue, and also had previously unknown, strict scenic restrictions, prompting them to vacate immediately. With help from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the cooperation of the Department of Buildings, Soho Rep. is now pursuing renovations at 46 Walker Street that will allow the company to legally present its 2018 season there. The organization is finalizing a lease extension through 2022, and a search for a more permanent home is currently underway.” NYSCA supports Soho Rep through our Theatre Program.
Goat Statues Fill Socrates Sculpture Park for New Summer Exhibit
“Nearly 20 goat statues are being placed throughout Socrates Sculpture Park for an exhibit opening this weekend by artist Nari Ward — the first single-artist show the waterfront site has ever displayed…’Nari Ward: G.O.A.T., again’ will be on view starting Saturday, and consists of six commissioned pieces created by Ward, including a flock of 19 goat statues cast from lawn ornaments and set across the 5-acre park. The title of the exhibit refers to the acronym for ‘Greatest of All Time,’ a nod to boxing legend Mohammad Ali and L.L. Cool J’s 2000 album. It also ‘alludes to the African-American experience and political theater,’ according to organizers. ‘The figure of the goat features prominently in Ward’s articulation of social dynamics, conjuring the animal’s attributes and symbolic connotations, from an ambitious climber of great heights to an outcast,’ a press release from the park reads.” NYSCA supports Socrates Sculpture Park through our Visual Arts, Arts Education and Regional Economic Development Council Programs.