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New York: Public Art to Ease the Anxiety of Waiting

Have you registered to vote yet? With New York’s October 9 deadline rapidly approaching, now would be
Sep 16, 2020 • View in browser
Have you registered to vote yet? With New York’s October 9 deadline rapidly approaching, now would be a good time to cross this off your list. Luckily, 60+ artists, including New Yorkers Julie Mehretu, Kambui Olujimi, and Wangechi Mutu, have teamed up with the non-partisan initiative Plan Your Vote to offer a range of resources to make the task a bit easier.
Ilana Novick reflects on the calming effect of Public Art Fund’s Art on the Gridwhich has adorned bus shelters and wifi kiosks across the city with timely artworks by 50 artists. It’s been a welcome addition to a summer characterized by waiting. Look out for snippets of the exhibition at a bus stop near you before September 20.
Fellow editor Dan Schindel also shares news of the second annual Black Women’s Film Conference, continuing online through October 4, with screenings, conversations, and more organized by the New Negress Film Society.
– Dessane Lopez Cassell, Editor, Reviews

Public Art to Ease the Anxiety of Waiting
D’Angelo Lovell Williams, “Undetectable” (2020) installed at Fulton Street and Jay Street, Brooklyn, as part of Art on the Grid (artwork courtesy the artist and Higher Pictures Generation/Janice Guy)
D’Angelo Lovell Williams, “Undetectable” (2020) installed at Fulton Street and Jay Street, Brooklyn, as part of Art on the Grid (artwork courtesy the artist and Higher Pictures Generation/Janice Guy)
Art on the Grid, an exhibition installed in over 500 bus shelters and 1,700 wifi kiosks around the five boroughs, softens our long waits – for the bus, or for the pandemic to be over.
What's Happening
For their second annual Black Women’s Film Conference, members of the New York-based collective New Negress Film Society are bringing together women and non-binary filmmakers, curators, and scholars for a virtual edition.
Tenants and members of a 40-year-old artist collective in Fort Greene are speaking out about months of alleged landlord harassment. On September 11, about 60 community members rallied in solidarity with the tenants.
The Met has hired Patricia Marroquin as its first full-time curator of Native American art, a major milestone in its 100-year history. The museum started displaying Indigenous art in its American Wing for the first time in 2017.
A new survey that looks at the pandemic’s impact on galleries found sizable staff cuts, including at galleries with net profits of $10 million or more.
A new, nonpartisan initiative launched by the nonprofit Vote.org seeks to channel the power of art to encourage voter participation.
The Virgin Islands have subpoenaed a second MoMA trustee, the hedge fund billionaire Glenn Dubin, for ties to Jeffrey Epstein, along with his wife Eva Andersson-Dubin (an ex-girlfriend of Epstein’s).
The Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse is selling a Jackson Pollock’s painting in order to acquire more art by underrepresented artists. It is estimated to go for between $12 to 18 million.
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On View
Susan Chen: On Longing (Meredith Rosen Gallery) through September 19
“It is clear that Chen knows what she is up against and is consciously pushing back. Rather than trying to fit in, she is deliberately making a place for herself and for other individuals of Asian descent.” – John Yau
Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures (MoMA) through September 19
“In Lange’s photography, human ingenuity and grace triumph over the unspeakable blows of the Great Depression and other social oppression, even when hope is in short supply.” – Ela Bittencourt
50 Artists: Art on the Grid (across all five boroughs) through September 20
“Installed in over 500 bus shelters and 1,700 wifi kiosks around the five boroughs, Art on the Grid softens, just a little, our long waits, for the bus, for the pandemic to be over.” – Ilana Novick
Andy Goldsworthy: Red Flags (Rockefeller Center) through October 2
“Andy Goldsworthy’s installation seeks to signal anti-imperialism at a notoriously capitalist site.” – Louis Bury
Lawrence Ferlinghetti: Études (New Release Gallery) through October 2
“What is less known or celebrated about Ferlinghetti is that he is also a painter, and that he has been one for as long as he has been a poet, publisher, bookstore proprietor, and political activist.” – John Yau
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