OLDNYC App

OLDNYC App

In May 2015, Brooklyn-based developer Dan Vanderkam launched  OldNYC  providing history and NYC fans a new way to experience NYPL’s Photographic Views of New York City collection and discover the history behind the places New Yorkers see everyday.

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Artexpo New York is this Weekend!

Art Expo NYC bannerThis almost got by me this year!

At Artexpo New York you’ll find more than 400+ innovative exhibiting artists, galleries and publishers from across the globe, showcasing exciting original artwork, prints, paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, giclee, lithographs, glass works and more—all under one roof.  So, if you need to fill that big empty spot over the sofa, this is the pace for you!

The event is held at Pier 94, 135,000 square feet of uninterrupted space. Perfect viewing!

Saturday, April 16th: til 7PM
Sunday, April 17th: 10AM – 6PM

Pier 94Art Expo NYC
711 12th Ave (55th Street & the West Side Highway)
New York, NY 10019-5399

Spring Crafts Show on Columbus

Lots of street fairs and craft shows are starting up soon – always a good sign that warmer weather is around the corner. 
The Spring Craft on Columbus is one of my favorites. It takes place on the sidewalk next to the American Museum of Natural History on Columbus Avenue from 77th to 81st Street. Rows and rows of tents with great crafts, from ceramics to jewelry. Each weekend about 100 artisans exhibit and sell their own work. 

Dates
April 30/May 1, 2016
May 7/8, 2016
May 14/15, 2016 

Show hours
10 am – 6 pm Rain or Shine

  
 

OldNYC Maps Historical Photos

For me, the history of NYC is what makes this city a romantic place to live. Not romantic as in romance (though, it is that too) but romantic in the way that, around a corner, if you look with your eyes wide open, you’ll find a slice of history that adds to the experience of living in New York City.

Old NYC

Super genius (IMHO) software engineer Dan Venderkam recently launched OldNYC, a collection of tens of thousands of images of New York City dating back to the 1920s and even earlier, each plotted on an interactive map at their point of capture. Find your street corner and click on the red dot to see what it looked like 100 years ago.

The images come from New York Public Library, where Vanderkam has been working with library staff since early 2013. Users of OldNYC click on a point on the map to bring up a list of images showing what was once there. The images all come from the New York Public Library’s Milstein Collection. While many photographers contributed to the collection, the majority of its images are the work of Percy Loomis Sperr, who documented changes to the city from the late 1920s to the early 1940s.(see more on this below)

Users are encouraged to flag inaccuracies and add their own anecdotes about the snapshots on the map, crowdsourcing personal insight into the city’s history – I’ve already added to my block!  Read more

Photography of the American Civil War

Photography of the American Civil War

More than two hundred of the finest and most poignant photographs of the American Civil War have been brought together for this landmark exhibition. Through examples drawn from the Metropolitan’s celebrated holdings of this material, complemented by important loans from public and private collections, the exhibition will examine the evolving role of the camera during the nation’s bloodiest war. The “War between the States” was the great test of the young Republic’s commitment to its founding precepts; it was also a watershed in photographic history. The camera recorded from beginning to end the heartbreaking narrative of the epic four-year war (1861–1865) in which 750,000 lives were lost. This traveling exhibition will explore, through photography, the full pathos of the brutal conflict that, after 150 years, still looms large in the American public’s imagination.
Now through to April 2.
Metropolitan Museum
Fifth Avenue at 84th Street
New York, NY

A Different Kind of Order

A Different Kind of Order

Every three years, ICP’s curators round up some of the most interesting contemporary photography and video works from around the world. 
The 2013 Triennial, A Different Kind of Order, focuses on artworks created in our current moment of widespread economic, social, and political instability. 
The exhibition will include 28 international artists who employ photography, film, video, and interactive media. Many of their works reflect the growing importance of new paradigms associated with digital image making and network culture.

Faking It – Photography before Photoshop

The urge to modify camera images is as old as photography itself—only the methods have changed. Nearly every type of manipulation we now associate with digital photography was also part of the medium’s pre-digital repertoire: smoothing away wrinkles, slimming waistlines, adding people to a scene (or removing them)—even fabricating events that never took place.

The MET has a new exhibition that traces the history of manipulated photography from the 1840s through the early 1990s, when the computer replaced manual techniques as the dominant means of doctoring photographs. Most of the two hundred pictures on view were altered after the negative was exposed—through photomontage, combination printing, overpainting, retouching, or, as is often the case, a blend of several processes. In every instance, the final image differs significantly from what stood before the camera at any given moment.

Whether modified in the service of art, politics, news, entertainment, or commerce, the pictures featured in the exhibition adopt the seamlessly realistic appearance of conventional photographs. They aim to convince the eye, even if the mind rebels at the scenarios they conjure, such as a woman bathing in a glass of champagne or a man brandishing his own severed head.

Cool…perfect timing for Halloween!
http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2012/faking-it