Category Archives: Happenings

Turtle Island – Gary Snyder (1974)

“Turtle Island is a book of poems and essays written by Gary Snyder and published by New Directions in 1974. Within it, Snyder expresses his vision for humans to live in harmony with the earth and all its creatures. The … Continue reading

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Picturing New York: The Art of Yvonne Jacquette and Rudy Burckhardt

“… Over the course of his career he figured out a way to make the city’s architecture fit the human scale he favored. Faced with the same choice, [Rudy] Burckhardt’s wife of 40 years, the painter Yvonne Jacquette, opted to … Continue reading

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Nuyorican movement

THE LIFE AND POETRY OF JULIA DE BURGOS, Directed by Jose Garcia Torres, 1979, 28 minutes “The Nuyorican movement is a cultural and intellectual movement involving poets, writers, musicians and artists who are Puerto Rican or of Puerto Rican descent, … Continue reading

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The Urban Lens: From Bob Dylan to Jack Kerouac, see rare photos of the Village’s Beat Generation

Dutch American artist Willem de Kooning (1904 – 1997) (center, with light hair) speaks with an unidentified couple at the top of a stoop next door to the Tanager Gallery (the storefront above the ‘Bar’ sign) on 10th Street, New … Continue reading

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Roy Lichtenstein – “Ohhh… Alright…” (1964)

“Ohhh…Alright… is a 1964 pop art painting by Roy Lichtenstein. It formerly held the record for highest auction price for a Lichtenstein painting. In November 2010, Ohhh…Alright…, previously owned by Steve Martin and later by Steve Wynn, was sold at … Continue reading

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The Open Curriculum of the New York Correspondence School: Ray Johnson’s Pedagogical Mail Art

“The New York Correspondence School is an alternative social network formed by the artist Ray Johnson who encouraged artists, friends, acquaintances, and strangers to share their art through the postal system. Johnson began sending aestheticized mail to his friends as … Continue reading

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How the Beat Generation Created the Uniform for Disaffected Youth

“William Burroughs once said that On the Road ‘sold a trillion Levi’s.’ The iconic denim brand is just one of the fashion companies to benefit from the disaffected, worn-out look popularized by the Beat Generation. The group of writers—including Burroughs, … Continue reading

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Alex Katz Is Still Perfecting His Craft

Alex Katz, photographed in his New York City studio on June 16, 2022. “Entering Alex Katz’s home and studio, on the block in New York’s SoHo neighborhood where he has lived and worked since 1968, is like stepping directly into … Continue reading

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AMM

AMM, seen here ca. 1960s, played its final concert last month in London. “The British Improvising Group AMM has had an impact as mysterious as it is evident on the world of experimental music. Formed in the mid-’60s by what … Continue reading

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Mary Gabriel – Ninth Street Women: : Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler (2018)

“The names of the women pioneers of Abstract Expressionism were often eclipsed by those of the men. Only in recent years has the work of artists like Joan Mitchell, Elaine de Kooning, and Lee Krasner been reassessed, not as a … Continue reading

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