2003-11-14 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance
by Susan Hartenstein
From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance by Susan Hartenstein


Artist Christian LeGars’ watercolor “Res­taurant Row” is one of the many works displayed by RAA members in “Gifted: A Member Holiday Exhibition” showing in the sTudio 6 Gallery in Fort Tilden through January 11.Artist Christian LeGars’ watercolor “Res­taurant Row” is one of the many works displayed by RAA members in “Gifted: A Member Holiday Exhibition” showing in the sTudio 6 Gallery in Fort Tilden through January 11.

The New York Historical Society is located at 2 West 77 Street at Central Park West. It offers exhibitions of historical and contemporary works that range from the fine arts to decorative objects to furniture to tools from the home and workplace to Tiffany lamps. It also offers library resources and public programs presented in conjunction with the exhibitions.

Through April 4, 2004 the Historical Society presents "Children at Risk: Protecting New York City’s Youths, 1653-2003." For 350 years journalists, reformers, missionaries, philanthropists, government officials and average citizens have tried to better the lives of the city’s impoverished children. The exhibit documents these efforts and the attempts to graphically illustrate their lives by means of paintings, photographs, prints, drawings, maps and documents that are in the institution’s collection and on loan to it.

"Ann Zane Shanks: Behind the Scenes" is a featured exhibit on view through January 11, 2004. It is a retrospective of 75 photographic prints and video clips from some of her most respected films and video works. The award-winning photographer was born in Brooklyn. She was an artist and entrepreneur who worked in photojournalism, publishing, television and theater over a span of 50 years. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with the year of Enterprising Women.

Inspired by the events of 9-11, artist Christopher Evans created a painting entitled "New York: In the Light of Memory." It is a panoramic, highly detailed view of the top of World Trade Center Tower 1 and the surrounding skyline as seen from the top of Tower 2 and done on a 24" Plexiglas sphere. It is meant to be explored from all sides and is a view never again to be seen in reality. The artwork is presented through October 16, 2004.

The Society houses various permanent installations. "Presidential Treasures from the Library Collections" is a long-term revolving installation taken from the manuscript collection. It presents, on a rotating basis, a significant item from every United States president through Harry S. Truman. The collection includes a draft of a 1781 plan by Washington to attack the British and take back New York City and Lincoln’s letters to his secretary of war and military staff during the Civil War.

The Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture is an innovative state-of-the-art facility that displays over 40,000 paintings, sculpture, furniture, tools for the home and trade, textiles, ceramics, metals, glass and Tiffany lamps, in visible storage. The center gives a behind-the-scenes look at a major museum through means such as thematic audio tours, interactive computer ports, mini-exhibition stations. The objects on view date from the 17th century to the present and include portraiture by Gilbert Stuart, works by artists of the Hudson River School such as Cole, a rotating selection of the extant 435 original watercolors of John James Audubon’s "The Birds of America," sculptural busts of presidents, folk sculpture, beautiful examples of silver, ceramic and pewter decorative objects from the 18th century to the present, tools from the Dutch colonial era, 132 Tiffany lamps and much, much more.

"Home Sewn" is an exhibit that will run from November 18, 2003 through April 18, 2004. In conjunction with it, a series of symposiums will be presented to showcase new scholarship in textile history and related fields. The exhibit explores domestic sewing in New York from the 1700’s to the present. It is accompanied by public programs covering a broad range of related topics. Visit the New York Historical Society at www. nyhistory.org.

RAA enjoyed a successful opening reception last Sunday for "Gifted: A Holiday Member Exhibition."

It was followed by a celebration of the 65th birthday of one of RAA’s youngest members, Denis Macrae. Happy Birthday, Birdman! Keep soaring for many more. Thanks to T-7 Band, T.K. Kearney and Sal Trento, all of whom entertained, and to the guest poets for their brilliant words. Thanks, as always, to the fantastic Karen McCallion and to Christie Macrae. "Gifted" runs Saturdays 12-5 PM and Sundays 1-4 PM through January 11, 2004.

See you at RoCA.


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