Jean-Michel Basquiat | The Unknown Notebooks

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April 3–August 23, 2015 

The Brooklyn Museum is excited to present this in-depth survey of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s rarely seen notebooks.  Learn about his motivations, inspirations and conceptions prior to creating his legendary artwork.  

Filled with “poetry fragments, wordplay, sketches, and personal observations ranging from street life and popular culture to themes of race, class, and world history” this exhibit is a must-see if you are in the New York City/Brooklyn area.

Painting Credit: Untitled – Jean-Michel Basquiat

Photo Credit: Brooklyn Museum Catalogue Cover

https://www.artsy.net/artist/jean-michel-basquiat

Seeing Havana with Fresh Perspective

Seeing Havana, Cuba through the lens of Ethan Kent provides a fresh perspective on a city that works for the people, through the artful and sensitive urban design.

We see children playing in the streets, outdoor markets, large middle median walkways and piazzas. All cultivate and reinforce the idea of community.

A sense of community is the pulse of any city that hopes to motivate its citizens towards their best selves — independently and together.

Look at Havana again. Perhaps we can learn something from a city that is not yet car-centric. Instead, it stands as a champion of pedestrians and life unfolding outdoors.

 

Photography Credit: Ethan Kent

Evolving City Culture

“Creating a city that is inclusive, lively, healthy, and sustainable means designing for human needs and inviting for public life to flourish in many different ways. Some keys to this approach include walkability, bikability, public space and public transportation.”  –Jeff Risom

What can North American cities learn from Copenhagen about adapting and evolving city culture?  Helle Søholt and Jeff Risom of Gehl Architects share engaging observations and innovations in this video.

 

Feature Photo Credit: Danka & Peter

Bella Roma | Beautiful Rome

In homage to one of our favorite cities, we share this stunning video love note from the NY Times.  It highlights many of the reasons we love Rome.

In onore di una delle nostre citta’ preferite, condividiamo questo video del NY Times che serve come una lettera di amore, sottolinenado tante delle ragioni per cui amiamo Roma.

Photo Credit: NY Times

From Ideas to Reality – Market Street Prototyping Festival

Whether you are walking quickly down the street rushing to work or strolling to meet a friend, you may get an epiphany of what the street is missing.  What would make this stretch of street more enjoyable to traverse, less annoying? What would engage, connect and inspire you and your fellow pedestrians?

The San Francisco Planning Department and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts have collaborated on a project that allows residents of the city to address these questions and more.  Fifty prototypes for Placemaking were selected and will be brought to life on Market Street April 9-11th.  Even if you will not be in San Francisco, it is a worthwhile activity to take a close look at these creative prototypes and see if any would work in your area.

The target area for the winning prototype will become a permanent part of downtown Market Street that is undergoing a 5-year renovation.

Festival Details

Photography Credit: Studio 1500

Art on Paper

Art on Paper is a paper-focused, international art fair that will take place in New York City at Pier 36 from March 5 – 8, 2015.

The art mediums represented include sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, and photography, representing fifty-five galleries from around the world.

Pier 36 is a great example of a flexible urban space that be transformed for various city events and happenings.

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Feature Photography Credit: JHB Gallery

Pier 36 Photography Credit: docknyc.com

Elevating City Life