Word of Mouth: NYC’s LES Galleries

Spaces for inspiration and community in the vibrant neighborhood

Art can be isolating or divisive and, as PUBLIC SWIM co-founder Catherine Fenton Bernath points out, producing artistic work can prove isolating as well. But within the walls of galleries, visitors gather inspiration and see entirely new points of view. Galleries provide space for communities to form and play a vital role within the ecosystem of the art world. While NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood is perhaps …

Downtown For Democracy’s “ABORTION IS NORMAL” Art Show

Works by Nan Goldin, Barbara Kruger and others in a show that's meant to inspire activism and normalize women's reproductive rights

Organized by political action committee Downtown for Democracy, the ABORTION IS NORMAL show featuring work by powerhouse artists including Nan Goldin, Barbara Kruger, Marilyn Minter and Cindy Sherman opens today and is both a cultural event and a political call to action. Curated by Jasmine Wahi (curator, activist, speaker, and founder and co-director of Project for Empty Space) and Rebecca Pauline Jampol (curator, designer and …

Snøhetta’s NYC Green Space Moves Forward

The Phillip Johnson-designed 550 Madison has been a postmodern icon of NYC since its completion in 1984. Now, the midtown structure will receive new life, thanks to Snøhetta. The design and architecture firm has been given the go-ahead by the Manhattan Community Board to revitalize the building’s privately-owned public space and create a community-focused green space. Working with horticulture specialists from Phyto Studio, Snøhetta promises …