Exhibition: Harlem Postcards Summer 2011, Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street, through October 23.
Less than two weeks remain to see the latest installation of an ongoing project at the Studio Museum in Harlem exhibiting a collection of postcards made by contemporary artists which reflect on the cultural character of the community. Each invited artist contributed a photographic image commenting on an aspect of life in Harlem which has been produced as a limited-edition postcard free to visitors. Harlem Postcards Summer 2011 features postcards made by Senetchut Floyd, Philip Pisciotta, Tribble & Mancenido and Genesis Valencia.
Exhibition: Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design, Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, through January 15, 2012.
The Museum of Arts and Design recently opened an exhibition exploring craft media such as clay, fiber, wood, metal and glass during the postwar era in the United States. Crafting Modernism makes connections between various forms of craft and the design world over a 25-year period, including work by textile designer Dorothy Liebes and furniture designers Ray and Charles Eames who brought craft techniques and aesthetics into wide-production.
Film Festival: Red Hook International Film and Video Festival 2011, The Brooklyn Waterfront Artist’s Coalition’s Screening Room, 499 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn, October 15 – 16.
The 5th Annual Red Hook International Film and Video Festival presents free screenings of short documentary and experimental films on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The films focus on stories about street life, families, communities, politics and art on the waterfront in New York City with an emphasis on local issues in Red Hook. The first series of screenings on Saturday, October 15 at 1pm opens with Daniel Gregory’s 6-min documentary, Tommy Kane in Red Hook, portraying Sunny’s Bar, the oldest bar in the neighborhood. Ode to Mama, produced by Rachel Falcone and Michael Premo, screens on Sunday at 4pm and tells the story of an 82-year-old great-grandmother whose neighbors rallied to protect her from eviction from the home where she has lived for 44 years in Brooklyn.
– Tema Stauffer