“It's 2021, and our movement has won,” Ulli Hussein Barta told a group of people gathered in a muted East Village basement last week. Thursday's snowstorm, which had shut down public schools and closed businesses, had slowed to flurries as darkness fell. Inside Planeta, a community arts space on East Eighth Street near Avenue B, … Continue reading Envisioning four years from now
Move over Chanel No. 5: artist and chemist create money fragrance Mike Bouchet’s latest “sculpture” fills all 45,000 cubic feet of the white-walled, concrete-floored Marlborough Chelsea art gallery. There’s nothing to see. But don’t let the bare walls confuse you: the art is the smell. For his latest exhibition, entitled “Tender,” Bouchet has created the … Continue reading Smelling Green
"You are now in a process." The Cadman Congregational Church, a 1920s building located in the Clinton Hill part of Brooklyn, has that old building smell — like dust and bit of mold — and stairs that creak as you walk up them. But past the pile of shoes at the entrance, the gymnasium of the old church has … Continue reading The Future of Dance is Collaboration
Just a few minutes before she leapt onto the Astroturf stage dressed as a bumblebee with bright red lipstick, Robin Cantrell, artistic director of Indelible Dance, was dressed in pre-show clothing--sweats, a shirt, some thick socks--and giving her audience members a quick PSA. Besides welcoming everyone to Indelible Dance's annual show, Cantrell explained to the audience … Continue reading Ice Cream & Choreography: Robin Cantrell Connects With Audiences Like None Other
Sophie Sotsky, the artistic director and founder of the modern dance company, TYKE DANCE, is familiar with the trope of the “starving artist.” “Everybody has a Kickstarter every week. It’s like, ‘Okay everyone, give your $15 to this person, then the next week it’s this person.’ And it’s the same dollar bill that’s just going … Continue reading New York City dancers get creative to find funding
Every Monday night poets gather at 308 Bowery, not in a low-lit, dingy bar that one might expect for New York poets to hang out in, but in a room that has high ceilings, a glittering chandelier, and fancy French rococo-style wallpaper. The décor might seem too extravagant for the starving poets of the lower … Continue reading Art Space Profile: The Bowery Poetry Club
It’s the ballerina equivalent of a showdown. For 25 minutes and all three movements of Johannes Sebastian Bach’s “Concerto for Two Violins,” 11 dancers duel in perfect synchronization with the battling tones of the two baroque violins. Eight of the 11 dancers, dressed in pristine white leotards and skirts with their hair pulled back in … Continue reading Putting Your Heart On Stage: NYU Professor Carla Flores Sees Movement and Dance in Everyday Life.
Photos from my NYU Journalistic Inquiry class tour of the New York Times.
Renowned National Geographic photographer Jodi Cobb brought the taboo and secretive world of human trafficking to light through the lens of her camera during a speech at NYU last Wednesday. “Twenty-seven million people are bought and sold against their will, held captive, brutalized, and exploited for profit,” said Cobb as she paused on a photograph … Continue reading National Geographic Photographer Jodi Cobb Reveals Secretive World of Human Trafficking Through Photographs
Most Americans remain divided over whether the economy is improving, but united in their disapproval of Congress, according to a poll conducted by NYU students in New York City this week. The poll conducted in Grand Central Station also showed that 100 percent of the participants said that neither they nor any of their close … Continue reading Poll Shows Americans Believe Economy is Worsening