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From Wall Street to Washington Square, from the Battery to the Bowery, from the East River to the Hudson, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council invigorates the arts Downtown.
LMCC brings art where it’s least expected and engages the ideas of the moment by exploring the links between culture and capital. We curate and commission art installations, produce and present performances, and champion the arts as a vital component in creating and maintaining a vibrant community.
The Sacred and the Secular: Arts and Community at Trinity Wall Street Wednesday, March 21, 7PM
St. Paul’s Chapel, Broadway at Fulton Street
Julian Wachner (Director of Music and Arts, Trinity Wall Street)
Du Yun (Composer)
George Steel (General Manager and Artistic Director, New York City Opera)
Moderated by: Lara Pellegrinelli (Music journalist, regular contributor to NPR and visiting lecturer at Princeton University)
Since 1697 Trinity Church has played a vital role in Lower Manhattan’s civic, spiritual and cultural life. St. Paul’s Chapel has been a venue for both liturgical and, more recently, secular music. This program will explore how the arts, particularly music, can bridge the sacred and the secular, creating a space for community to come together in both contexts.
On The Waterfront: Re-Imagining the East River Esplanade Wednesday, March 28, 7PM
Two Bridges Community Room, 82 Rutgers Slip (enter at 253 South Street)
Julieanne Herskowitz (Project Manager, Development, NYCEDC)
Cathy E. Jones and Dana Getman (SHoP Architects)
Dylan House (Program Manager, Hester Street Collaborative)
Victor J. Papa, (President, Two Bridges Neighborhood Council)
Moderated by: Cassim Shepard (Editor, Urban Omnibus, The Architectural League of New York)
Until recently the East River waterfront remained largely underdeveloped. As redevelopment moves forward along the East River Esplanade, particularly at Pier 15, Rutgers Slip Pavilion, the malls at Pike and Allen, and the EcoPark at Pier 35, questions arise about long-term vision and community engagement. What changes will development bring and what role will culture play in shaping the future of this long-neglected area? This program will bring together representatives of the NYC Economic Development Corporation, the Hester Street Collaborative, and Two Bridges Neighborhood Council to discuss the history of and visions for the East River waterfront.
At the Intersection: Art, Money and Politics Wednesday, April 11, 7PM
Léman Manhattan Preparatory School, 41 Broad Street
Jan Cohen-Cruz (Professor, Director of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life) Randy Martin (Chair, Art and Public Policy at NYU)
Morgan Jenness (Creative Consultant, Abrams Artists Agency)
Moderated by: Amy Whitaker (Art Business Faculty, Sotheby’s Institute; LMCC Writer in Residence; author, Museum Legs)
The intersection of Broad and Wall, where Federal Hall sits across from the New York Stock Exchange, serves as a physical representation of the proximity of money and politics throughout the history of Lower Manhattan. This discussion will explore the complicated and often fraught relationship between art, money and politics, the semiotics of dissent and how this is represented in the current moment.
Arts and the World Trade Center: Past and Future Wednesday, April 18, 7PM
9/11 Memorial and Museum Preview Site, 20 Vesey Street
Anita Contini (Founder, Creative Time)
Linda Shelton (Executive Director, The Joyce Theater)
Eiko and Koma Otake (artists)
Moderated By: Clifford Chanin (Director of Education and Programs, National September 11 Memorial & Museum)
From Creative Time’s influential “Art On The Beach” programming on the WTC landfill from 1978-1985 to the planned performing arts center in the newly developed WTC, the arts have had a significant presence in the perception and experience of this iconic site. LMCC will host a discussion about the past, present, and future of creative engagement with the WTC.
Wednesday, April 13, 12:00 pm:
Lecture by Dr. David M. Oestreicher, curator (In Search of the Lenape: The Delaware Indians, Past and Present), lecturer, consultant, and independent scholar
“The Lenape: Lower New York's First Inhabitants
Pershing Hall, Governors Island; Free luncheon and ferry access are provided. RSVP goes live Tuesday, April 5, 12PM
Combining archaeological and historical evidence with decades of firsthand ethnographic and linguistic research, this lecture covers the culture, prehistory, and history of the Lenape (Delaware Indians) in this region as well as their subsequent displacement and emigration to enclaves in Oklahoma, Ontario, and Wisconsin in the 18th and 19th centuries. Pershing Hall, one of the many historic buildings on Governors Island, features WPA murals depicting American military history.
The ferry departs promptly at 12PM from the Battery Maritime Building, directly east of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in Lower Manhattan. The lecture in Pershing Hall is a seven-minute walk from the Soissons Dock on Governors Island. The return ferry to Manhattan is by the 2PM ferry from Governors Island. For ADA access, please contact LMCC.
Free (May 13 – 15): Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s
Workspace Open Studio Weekend To Premiere Works From New
York’s Most Exciting New Artists And Writers
Workspace: Open Studio Weekend
LMCC Workspace Studios, 125 Maiden Lane, 14th Floor
Open Studio Weekend is the culmination of Workspace, a nine-month residency program that places artists and writers in unique studio spaces in underused office spaces in the Financial District. This free, open-to-the-public open studio event takes place at the LMCC Workspace Studios from May 13th - 15th.
New Yorkers will have a rare opportunity to go behind-the-scenes and see new works by some of the city's most exciting emerging artists and writers. This special event allows the public to meet a wide range of artists and writers working in a variety of media, from painting and sculpture to installation, photography, video, and performance; from poetry and fiction to playwriting and creative non-fiction.
Visitors to Open Studio Weekend are able to tour the studios of current Workspace artists, including Ryan Schneider, whose colorful oil paintings gleaned from his daily life were recently featured in solo exhibitions at the Volta Art Fair and in Budapest, Shana Moulton, a multi-media video and performance artist who recently performed her ongoing project Whispering Pines at the New Museum, and is using her studio to prepare for an upcoming performance at the Center for Curatorial Studios at Bard College, and Melissa Seley, a creative non-fiction and editorial writer, who frequently contributes to Paper Magazine, and is working on a new memoir.
Workspace has established itself as one of New York City’s premiere breeding grounds for new artists and writers, shining early spotlights on the talents of Sanford Biggers, Beth Campbell, and Kate Gilmore.