Happenings

8 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before September 5

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TUESDAY, September 2

Opening: Mariam Ghani’s “Going, Going, Gone” at RLWindow
Opening at RLWindow, RYAN LEE’s elevated exhibition space best viewed from the High Line, Ghani’s “Going, Going, Gone”—which was commissioned by Visual Foreign Correspondents to pay tribute to the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall—will be kicking off this week’s Read More

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Next Up in Madison Square Park: a Camera Obscura, Courtesy Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder

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The next installation in Madison Square Park is going to turn viewers’ worlds upside down. Artists Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder are constructing a walk-in camera obscura titled Topsy Turvy for their first-ever public art commission, which will open on March 1 and remain on view through April 5. The camera obscura will flip the Flatiron Building on its pointy head, projecting an inverted image of the city inside the installation. Read More

human resources

Raise a Shake Shack Shake to Adam Glick, Madison Square Park’s New Curator

Glick. (Courtesy Taylor Wallick/Madison Square Park Conservancy)

In March, the Madison Square Park Conservancy’s public art program announced that it had created a new chief-curator position named for the former director of Minneapolis’s Walker Art Center, Martin Friedman, who has long served on its advisory board. Now the program’s Martin Friedman Curator has been named: it is Adam Glick, who is being promoted from within, having served since October as the park’s associate curator. Read More

Benefits

Mad. Sq. Art Raised $1 M. at Benefit Honoring Martin Friedman

Mr. Friedman (center) with Mad. Sq. Art's Debbie Landau and David Berliner. Photo by Ben Gabbe/BFAnyc.com (Courtesy Fitz & Co.)

Last week’s Mad. Sq. Art benefit honoring Martin Friedman, a long-time director at the Walker Art Center and consultant on the public art projects in Madison Square Park, attracted about 300 guests, with more than a few art icons—John Baldessari, Chuck Close, Christo, David Hockney, Frank Stella and Mark di Suvero among them. Philip Glass performed Metamorphosis No. 2. Mr. Baldessari was…really tall. Read More

Profiles

The Yard Man: Meet Madison Square Park’s Secret Weapon

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Martin Friedman, model for George Segal's Hot Dog Stand. Ca. 1978

On May 31, the Madison Square Park Conservancy will assemble 300 art world luminaries to toast a man who prides himself on having recently been called “boneheaded.” Two months ago, the park named a curatorial post, its first, in honor of this same man.

“I will treasure forever being described as a bonehead,” said Martin Friedman, who is in his late 80s, and who served as director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis for 26 years before retiring in 1989 and, eventually, becoming an advisor to the park. He was sitting in his art-filled apartment (Claes Oldenburg sketches and sculptures, Sol LeWitt wall drawings) on the 12th floor of a building in Greenwich Village last week, reminiscing about the incident that earned him his epithet. When the park displayed life-size sculptures of naked, standing men by Antony Gormley on rooftops two years ago, The New York Post fretted about their being mistaken for potential suicides in an article bearing the headline “Jump Dummy Jump,” that referred to the exhibition’s “boneheaded organizers.” Read More

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Long Nights: Charles Long at Madison Square Park

Charles Long's "Pet Sounds" (2012) in Madison Square Park. (Courtesy James Ewing/Madison Square Park)

Most art openings tend to run well past eight, spilling their occupants onto the sidewalk once the beer runs out. Arriving as late as 8:30, you can usually slip in just under the wire, take a lap through the show and say your “It’s nice to see you”s. By contrast, there is a very good reason why opening receptions at Madison Square Park end on time, and that is: daylight. Read More