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Two Bridges Walking Tour: Supporting Cultural Differences Through the Commonality of Place

Posted by sumolsen
30 Oct 2014 01:21

By Sarah Stanley

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Two Bridges is an unassuming section of New York’s Lower East Side located, as its name suggests, between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. Bordered by the East River, this neighborhood grew out of the seventeenth-century shipping industry and later became home to immigrant families as they established themselves in the United States. Molly Garfinkel, director of the Place Matters program at City Lore, gave an illuminating tour of this historically rich and often over-looked portion of the city as part of the Vernacular New York class being offered by the Bard Graduate Center this semester.

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Activation and Deactivation: Zero: Countdown to Tomorrow at the Guggenheim

Posted by sumolsen
16 Oct 2014 18:09

By Linden Hill

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Continuing the conversations we have had this semester concerning the musealization of kinetic art, our class (Hanna Hölling’s Cultures of Conservation) visited Zero: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s at the Guggenheim, where conservator Reinhart Bek contributed his extensive knowledge on the installation and conservation of such media. This exhibition is the first of its kind devoted entirely to the Zero group in the United States. Led by Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, and Gunther Uecker, Zero is considered the first German avant-garde movement following WWII. Through their art, Zero’s members sought to project a positive view into the future by using innovative materials and technology. Themes of destruction and creation permeate the work as well as experiments with light, motion, and sound.

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Foods of the Lower East Side

Posted by sumolsen
14 Oct 2014 21:20

By Sarah Stanley

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Food was on my mind as I took a seat on the Brooklyn bound B train headed for the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. I was on my way to take their Foods of the Lower East Side tour, which entails a two-hour walk around the neighborhood of 97 Orchard discussing ways that the immigrant experience has shaped the American foodscape. Other than a general excitement about the opportunity to try different foods for the sake of education, my mind was struggling with finding the meeting place of food and conservation. If conservation’s goal is long-term preservation doesn’t the consuming aspect of food stand in total contradiction to the conservator’s practice?

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Conserving Robots, TV's, and Technology-Based Art: Nam June Paik at Asia Society

Posted by sumolsen
08 Oct 2014 16:01

By Linden Hill

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Following a trip to the Cloisters last week, our class switched gears in our visit to “Nam June Paik: Becoming Robot” at Asia Society. Paik is considered a pioneer for his creative use of technology in artworks. Coming from a music background, he did not accept the notion of a singular art object, rather he considered both the possibility of having multiple versions of the same artwork and the social process of collaboration in the production of a work. It was especially compelling to bear in mind Paik’s emphasis on the humanization of technology as we interacted with the material in a contemporary museum setting. This exhibit, which is the first exhibit in New York City devoted to Paik in fourteen years, raised a number of questions about the presentation, documentation, and conservation of new-media art.

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