This week, NYSCA grantees honor Civil Rights leaders, imagine the year 2020, incorporate motion capture into site-specific ballet, rewrite Robin Hood as an opera, and more.
Freedom Wall: Civil Rights Leaders featured in New Public Art
“The 300 foot retaining wall at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Ferry Street in Buffalo used to be blank and grey. Now, four local artists are adding some color.” The four Buffalo-bred artists have been commissioned by the Albright-Knox gallery to paint the portraits of 28 civil rights leaders along the wall, including Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and local leaders like Frank Merriweather. “Living here and being born here is like the most interesting part is some of these people you know and they’re still with us and I think that’s the most challenging thing to make sure that you really really create something that’s really representative of them,’ John Baker, one of the artists, said. The “Freedom Wall” is scheduled to be completed by Labor Day Weekend. NYSCA supports the Albright-Knox Art Gallery through our Museum Program and Regional Economic Development Council initiative.
A Motion Capture Ballet Is Coming to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Rotunda
“This fall, the Guggenheim Museum’s iconic, spiraling rotunda will play host to more than just art hung from the walls. The museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed entrance hall, which is lit by skylight and comprises a wrap-around ramp that climbs seven stories, will also be the site of a newly commissioned, site-specific work by artist Daniil Simkin, titled Falls the Shadow. The project marks the launch of the museum’s Rotunda Project initiative, a new feature in the long-running Works & Process performing arts series, which commissions new works and introduces performers and creators to the museum’s audiences through shows, talks and events…The American Ballet Theatre principal dancer has brought in soloist Cassandra Trenary, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Ana Lopez and Brett Conway to star in the newly commissioned work, which will be choreographed by Alejandro Cerrudo…The dancers’—who will be wearing custom costumes by Dior—will be recorded using motion capture sensors, and their movements projected back onto the floor of the rotunda.” NYSCA supports the Guggenheim Museum through our Museum and Electronic Media & Film Programs.
40 Artists Set Their Sights on 2020
“Many things come to mind when one thinks of 2020, the year when the United States of America will have its next presidential election. In this deeply divided moment, curators Amanda Hunt and Eric Crosby decided to stage an exhibition: 20/20 takes twenty artists from each of the permanent collections of The Studio Museum in Harlem and the Carnegie Museum of Art, respectively, and organizes an exhibition that amounts to a prospective vision, examining the history of America, what’s at stake now, and what’s in store in the future… The show represents a radical break for both institutions, say both Crosby and Hunt. CMOA’s art is presented canonically, highlighting the march of time, while the Studio Museum’s collection is generally presented in the context of contemporary American life. “People are demanding more of museums,” says Crosby, “as curators we need to take objects out of the march of time and present them differently to see how art created long ago and recently resonate with today.” NYSCA supports The Studio Museum in Harlem through our Museum and Special Arts Service programs.
The World’s 10 Most Beautiful Sculpture Parks
Galerie Magazine singled out NYSCA grantee Storm King Art Center in its roundup of “museums without walls”: “Established in 1960 as a way to showcase the majestic paintings from the Hudson River School movement, Storm King Art Center has evolved into one of today’s leading sculpture parks, with more than 100 contemporary works dotting a dramatic landscape of pastoral hills, breathtaking vistas, and tranquil ponds. An esteemed roster of artists—including Isamu Noguchi, Richard Serra, Maya Lin, Barbara Hepsworth, and Alexander Liberman—all have pieces on the property, which is located an hour north of New York City, in the lower Hudson Valley. It’s the perfect day-trip for art and nature lovers alike.” NYSCA supports Storm King through our Visual Arts and Museum Programs.
CNY native Ben Moore updates Robin Hood legend for Glimmerglass world premiere
“Composer-artist Ben Moore’s world view and artistic perspective have been shaped by his roots in Central New York. Born in Syracuse, while his father studied at Upstate University Medical Center, and raised in Clinton, he earned a bachelor’s degree in visual arts at Hamilton College in 1982 and an MFA in painting from Parson’s School of Design. While living and painting in Manhattan, Moore explored performing arts and did some acting for Riverside Shakespeare and “lots of little shows and readings.” But it was a musical theater workshop that got him hooked, or as he puts it, “I became obsessed with musicals.” Now, he’s setting “Robin Hood” for the stage – as a youth opera at the Glimmerglass Festival. ..Simply titled “Robin Hood,” this production’s merry band learns to “share the work and share the rewards,” lyrics to one of the choruses. The outlaws flout danger, avoid capture by outsmarting those in power, and subsist without the aid of government. Robin is still the hero. But characters have evolved. “We have exploded stereotypes,” Moore says. “Robin loves Marion for her strength, not for her helplessness.” Big decisions in this version are made by consensus of all in the merry band, not handed down from Robin, who, with the help of the Red Bird, Scarlet, learns the best traits of leadership come with courage and justice. NYSCA supports the Glimmerglass Festival through our Music Program.