“The fence has always been a tool in the vocabulary of political landscaping and evokes associations with words like ‘border,’ ‘security,’ and ‘neighbor,’ which are connected to the current global political environment,”
“But what’s important to remember is that while barriers have been used to divide us, as humans we are all the same. Some are more privileged than others, but with that privilege comes a responsibility to do more,”
New York Public Art Fund 40th Anniversary Celebrations.
Good Fences Make Good Neighbors will be on view October 12, 2017 – February 11, 2018 at sites throughout New York City.
Candy, jack-o-lanterns, ghost stories - there’s a lot to love about Halloween! Add to that list another treat: charming vintage cards. You’ll find 100 years worth of spooks, witches, and pumpkins in the treasure troves of the NYPL Digital Collections. Here are a few favorites!
This mural on a handball court at 128th Street and 2nd Avenue in East Harlem was inspired by the crack epidemic and its effect on New York City. It was created as a warning and was initially executed independently without permission. Facing possible jail time the mural caught the attention of the NY Post which ran an article on it and Haring gained the public’s support. He ended up being fined only $100.
The mural was soon vandalized so a worker in the Parks Department painted over it without permission. Haring was then asked to paint the mural again.
The mural was immediately put under the protection and jurisdiction of the City Department of Parks and still exists.
Eartha Kitt was born 88 years ago today in North, South Carolina. In this 1948 photo, she is shown during her days as a Katherine Dunham dancer performing in Street scene, part of Motivos, choreographed by Ms. Dunham. Photo: Roger Wood, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts