July Insider’s Guide
Spring Fever! Your Art in Lights, Let There be Neon, and Weegee.
Your Art in Lights, Through the summer
Beginning in April and lasting through the summer, Artists Wanted (artistswanted.org) will display art from around the world designed for the 23-story Times Square screen. Submit your designs now to Art Takes Times Square or take yourselves and watch! Look here for a sneak preview: Artistswanted.org.
Foreclosure? At MOMA through July 31
Stroll over to MOMA to see the exhibition, “Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream,” a very-much needed “exploration of new architectural possibilities for cities and suburbs in the aftermath of the foreclosure crisis.” MOMA 11 West 53rd Street.
Weegee: Murder Is My Business International Center of Photography, through September 2
From 1935 to 1945, the relentless photographer Weegee was on the New York City scene, capturing in his camera and notepad the dramatic and often lurid crimes committed in the naked city. In doing so he set the standard for tabloid journalism, eventually making him the the “official photographer of Murder Inc.” In the current exhibit of his photographs, ICP curator Brian Wells has even reproduced Weegee’s one-room apartment, complete with single bed, worn-down shoes, and a wall-full of lurid headlines, and mug shots. Hotfoot it over to the International Center of Photography, 1114 Avenue of the Americas.
Yearning to Breathe Free through summer 2012
Celebrations for the Statue of Liberty’s 125th anniversary will be long and plentiful. Of particular interest is an exhibition celebrating the life and work of Emma Lazarus: Poet of Exiles, who wrote “tired masses yearning to breathe free…” (photo at right) A walking tour app will guide you to 19 New York sites that shaped Lazarus’s legacy. Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, (646) 437-4202; $7 to $12 admission, free Wednesdays 4 to 8 pm.
Suzanne Charlé has written for numerous publications, including The Nation, House Beautiful, and The New York Times, where she was a freelance assigning editor for the Magazine. She has co-authored many books including Indonesia in the Soeharto Years: Issues, Incidents and Illustrations.