Prickles and Tickles

Hugh Hayden || Hedges, 2019
Gabriela Corretjer-Contreras || Llevatelo To’No Me Deje Na, 2019 [detail]
Gabriela Corretjer-Contreras || Llevatelo To’No Me Deje Na, 2019 [detail]
Gabriela Corretjer-Contreras || Llevatelo To’No Me Deje Na, 2019 [detail]
Gabriela Corretjer-Contreras || Llevatelo To’No Me Deje Na, 2019 [detail]
Dorothea Tanning || Evening in Sedona, 1976 || Oil on canvas
Hugh Hayden || Hedges, 2019

Open Call: Group 2 @The_Shed [JUN 19 – AUG 25, 2019]

August 3rd, 2019

It’s all just a love contest || The Shed

Launched as part of The Shed’s inaugural year program, Open Call was a large-​scale commissioning program for early-career NYC-based artists.

Poetry Slot Machine, 2019 || Saint Abdullah and Daniel Cupcic
Poetry Slot Machine, 2019 || Saint Abdullah and Daniel Cupcic

”Poetry Slot Machine rewards participants with poems by 14h-century Persian poet Hafiz instead of the chance winning of money. Participants pull the handle to reveal a set of randomized passages from Hafiz’s poetry, traditionally read for guidance for the future.”

This was my reward.


The Forever Museum Archive: The Untitled/A Template for Portable Monuments, 2019 [detail] || Onyedika Chuke
The Forever Museum Archive: The Untitled/A Template for Portable Monuments, 2019 [detail] || Onyedika Chuke
The Forever Museum Archive: The Untitled/A Template for Portable Monuments, 2019 || Onyedika Chuke

Open Call: Group 2 @The_Shed [JUN 19 – AUG 25, 2019]

August 3rd, 2019

The prison with the best view ever

In Castle Williams, which was built in the early 19th century to protect New York Harbour, then used as a prison during the Civil War, following which the US Army improved the facilities by adding insulation, heating, running water, and, eventually, electricity, and used it as a US Army Prison. In 1915, it was made a branch of the Fort Leavenworth Disciplinary Barracks, of which the prison facility at Alcatraz in San Francisco was also a branch.

When they weren’t admiring the view to Manhattan and New York Harbour, inmates were listening to music from a Victrola (record player) they had purchased with money they had made taking in laundry, or took typing and steno lessons, offered through the Y.M.C.A., likely taught by female volunteers. And, while in Alcatraz, the prisoners had the backbreaking task of building their own cells out of heavy stones, ”hard labour” at Governors Island meant mowing the lawns. There were those that tried to escape, of course, but it was not an uncommon to see soldiers who had gone AWOL surrender themselves outside of the Battery Maritime Building, hoping to be imprisoned at Castle Williams.

Anyway, “Castle Bill”, as it was lovingly called by its residents, remained a branch of the US Army Disciplinary Barracks until Governors Island’s closure as an Army base in 1966. The Coast Guard did not maintain a prison in Castle Williams but readapted it for their own needs by using it as a community center featuring arts and crafts classrooms, a ballet studio, meeting rooms for the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, a daycare room, and a teen club.

And when, in 1996 all Military and Coast Guard operations seized, the enlisted men, women and their families that lived on the island year-round departed, living behind them a small town. Since then, the facilities – the island itself, are slowly being converted into a public park.

It still has the best views to Manhattan and New York Harbour.

Info source: nps.gov & govisland.com

Governors Island

July 7th, 2019

Gotham Park

Last day to catch “The Self-Portrait, from Schiele to Beckmann” at the Neue Galerie, a great exhibition of works from Austria and Germany made between 1900 and 1945, photography – as always – not permitted, stole some pics from the staircase, at least we can always go back to their website to remember. Walking back home through Central Park was just as great, it always is.

June 23rd, 2019