It’s as if, for each painting, Whitney had climbed a ladder and then kicked it away. A viewer on the ground can only wonder how he got up there. A picture’s dynamics may seem about to resolve in one way: heraldically flat, for example. But blink, and the shapes swarm in and out—a Cubistic fire drill.
¡PRESENTE! The Young Lords in New York On view July 22, 2015 – October 17, 2015
¡PRESENTE! The Young Lords in New York explores the legacy of the Young Lords in East Harlem, the Bronx and the Lower East Side, focusing on specific political events that the Young Lords organized in these locations.
El Museo’s exhibition draws from works in the museum’s own collection including copies of the Young Lords weekly newspaper, Palante. It also explores the legacy of the Young Lords and the relationship between art and activism. Images by photographer Hiram Maristany that feature the Young Lords’ Garbage Offensive, their take over of the First Spanish Methodist Church of East Harlem (later renamed by the Young Lords as The People’s Church), their free morning breakfast program, the rerouting of a TB-testing truck and the funeral of Julio Roldán will all be highlighted in the exhibition. Paintings and political prints (Antonio Martorell, Domingo García, and Marcos Dimas) from El Museo’s permanent collection will be on display. Works commissioned specifically for this exhibition by Coco Lopez, JC lenochan, Miguel Luciano, and Shellyne Rodriguez are also featured.
¡Presente! The Young Lords in New York will be exhibited at The Bronx Museum of the Arts (July 2 – October 15, 2015), El Museo del Barrio (July 22-October 17, 2015), and Loisaida Inc. (July 30 – October 10, 2015). The exhibition is co-organized by all three institutions.
At El Museo del Barrio the exhibition is made possible with Public Support from Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the New York City Council.
Happy birthday to our excellent neighbor Central Park, which turns 162 today!
Pictured is the Naturalists Gate at 77th street and Central Park West, which is “dedicated to the thousands who have here entered Central Park to study nature under the sponsorship of the American Museum of Natural History.”
Portions of an armour garniture by T. Hoog Via Flickr: Germany (Augsburg), 1550-55.
Decoration attributed to Jörg Sorg the Younger.
These elements are either from a large garniture or possibly two similar garnitures, including pieces for field and tournament. Sorg’s design album shows three similar armours made for Spanish knights in 1551 and 1553.
This armour is in the northeast corner case formerly occupied by the Italian-made Henry VIII armour. Instead of following my usual clockwise-round-the-room order for the Met set, I moved the photos up to have them closer to the other German armours.
IMG_6592 by Jerry Via Flickr: Fragment of a gold wreath
Greek, ca. 320-300 B.C.
From a tomb at Zaneskaya Gora in the region of the Crimea on the northern shore of the Black sea.
Lent by the Smithsonian American art museum, Gift of John Gellatly
A fragment from this wreath is known to have come from the above-mentioned tomb and is now in the Hermitage museum in Saint Petersburg. Such wreaths made of sheet gold have been found in burials throughout the Mediterranean
area, particularly tombs of the fourth century B.C.