Friday, July 10, 2009

bascove and hudson

I finally made it to Bascove's exhibition at the Arsenal in Central Park. In between errands on Wednesday afternoon, I stopped inside to check it out.

Her work was displayed on the same floor where I listened to Dr. Horenstein lecture about the history of the Harlem River Valley several months ago. This was the first time that I saw her sketches and paintings in person. I was not disappointed. Just like her images in Stone and Steel, Bascove captures a truly unique portrayal of these structures. In her work, these bridges are more than just structures. They are fine examples of both inspiring art and engineering. Her signature motifs - warm tones, electric moving sky, innovative perspectives - fuse to transport the viewer to a dreamy world that in my opinion seems more captivating than the real thing. Her scenes are pulsating with creative vitality. She's quite gifted.

I'm delighted to have a reservation for the exhibition's reception later this month in which she'll be in attendance. I hope to have the opportunity to introduce myself to her.

And this afternoon, I went to the Museum of the City of New York in El Barrio, where I saw the enthralling exhibition, Amsterdam/New Amsterdam: The Worlds of Henry Hudson. Of course, this year is the anniversary of a lot of historical events, such as Galileo focusing his telescope on the heavens, Robert Fulton's steamboat, and the Apollo 11 moon landing. NYC is celebrating another event: Henry Hudson's discovery of the river that bears his name. This river was obviously known by the Native Americans who were here originally, but Hudson gets the credit as the first European (of course). Nevertheless, this exhibit examines the European Age of Discovery and Hudson's place in it. It has some beautiful, fascinating maps from the 16th and 17th centuries. It goes on to look at the affairs in the Netherlands that led the Dutch to establish an outpost in the New World and the life of this new society once it was established. Issues such as trade, religion, slavery, immigration, domestic life, and relations with the Native American population are addressed. I thought it was superb. I probably will go back again next week and to check out the other exhibitions about Dutch New York that I didn't have time to see today.


Comment Anonymous roos kouwenhoven said...

Thank you for the good review of the Amsterdam/New Amsterdam: The Worlds of Henry Hudson exhibition.
We are very excited about this exhibition as well.

Please visit the website for more exciting Dutch-American events in NY. This website is the official website of the Government of The Kingdom of The Netherlands for the celebrations of NY400.

Roos Kouwenhoven (representative of the Dutch Embassy)

10:10 AM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

WOW! A response from the Dutch Ministry.

It's my pleasure. It's a fantastic exhibit. I hope many people get the chance to see it.

10:09 PM  

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