A guide to art in NYC, with families in mind.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Romare Bearden: Seeking Connections

No doubt your children are very familiar with making collages.  Why not take them to see the work of a master?  A  collection of his work is on exhibit now at the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, in celebration of the centennial of his birth.
"The Savoy" 1975 
As an art student he tried other art media before focusing on collage. He used photographs, fabric, images from magazines, newspapers, photostats, gouache, ink an oil.  He once explained that he was seeking connections..".people in a baptism in a Virginia stream are linked to John the Baptist, to ancient purification rites, and to their African heritage."  In the cutting and pasting of fragments of collage he felt he was cutting and pasting fragments of life and making connections.  His themes were focused on African American life from the rural to the urban.
While I was in the gallery a group of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders from the Ella Baker School came into see the exhibit.  They are studying Mr. Bearden's life and art.  The exhibit runs till May 21st.
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery 24 West 57th street 7th floor. (images Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery)
"Watching the Good Trains Go By"

goARCHkids: Hyperbolic Frolic

As the weather warms, think of outdoor architectural spaces.  The year old green roof at Lincoln Center is a blast for kids, if slightly jarring for their parents.  The roof is a hyperbolic paraboloid, which means two of the corners sort of drop off into space.  The glass enclosure provides no visual reassurance that your kid isn't going to plunge on to 65th Street,  but it's pretty exciting!  Running around the pool below is good fun too as is the fantastic water fountain show around the corner.  Very refreshing in the really hot weather!


Hi! This week I'm bringing on a new contributor. Rudie E. Hurwitz will write about architecture appreciation in the city. The segments will be aptly named: goARCHkids, so look for the postings. And now, an introductory message from our new contributor:

I'm Rudie Hurwitz, a former art historian. I worked for years at the Frick before focusing on architectural history. With the arrival of my fourth child I decided to take a break from the office. Few places are as rich in architectural information as New York City and I find myself constantly stopping in the middle of the sidewalk with the kids to point this out. It's a privilege to be surrounded by this wealth of architecture and I spend a lot of time thinking about how to enrich the lives of kids by making accessible the beauty and information around them.

With this blog, I'm hoping to supply you and your family with information and photographs that will inspire you to go find these sites in your neighborhoods. I'm going to show you what the kids and I saw today. So, look up, look around, and enjoy!

goARCHkids: Statuary Pedestals

When walking past the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Amsterdam Ave, and 111th street,  no child can resist its inviting stairs.  Without a stroller for once, I follow.  We look at the statuary pedestals on which the carved figures are standing in the central portal.  We find some eerie stories far removed from the biblical lore.  Look up and see the World Trade Center falling down in a cloud of smoke.  The thing is, these were carved no later than 1997.