Above is one of the three key components (the red colored portion) of the latest public art exhibits in ever changing public art installation space that is Madison Square Park (MSP) Red, Yellow and Blue is the simple yet descriptive title of this new exhibit that was unveiled earlier this month (following 2½ years of planning, conceiving, reworking, and production, plus an additional eleven days of installation) and will remain through September 8th in the park that is bordered by 23rd and 26th Streets, and Fifth and Madison Avenues in the Flatiron district of Manhattan. The ambitious work of sculptor/artist Orly Genger the Red, Yellow and Blue installation contains 1.4 million feet of layered, painted, and hand-knotted rope that are threaded through steel posts and drilled into the park's lawns to hold in place.
Of the three colors my favorite is the yellow (see pic right) since it is to my eyes the most natural. In fact when I first unexpectedly encountered it - stumbling upon the artwork earlier this week while walking through the park - at first glance thought it was a hedge or some large plants I was seeing. A traveling installation Red, Yellow and Blue will next travel to near Boston, MA after it finishes its run in NYC, when it takes up residency at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in October. More info on its current MSP exhibit.
As always in New York in the week ahead there are unlimited concerts and shows to chose from. These include the return in a short period to the Big Apple of unique Canadian crew A Tribe Called Red (ATCR); the creators of electric pow-wow that mixes traditional pow wow vocals with live drumming and reggae, dubstep, and electronic beats. A self-described First Nation DJ crew that represents Upper/Lower Cayuga and Nipissing Anishnabe ATCR recently released the album Nation II Nation. They play Glasslands in Williamsburg (289 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211) on Saturday June 1st. More info. Also in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on that same night another unique group The Uncluded (the unlikely yet effective pairing of Kimya Dawson with Aesop Rock whose new Hokey Fright album on Rhymesayers has been a popular CD at all three Amoeba Music stores) are bringing their Hokey Fright Tour to the Knitting Factory for an 8pm show with opening act the folk artist Hamell On Trial. Tickets and more info.
On both Thursday (May 30th) and Friday (May 31st) Cibo Matto will play Littlefield NYC in Brooklyn with Federico Aubele, and Shoko Nagai + Satoshi Takeishi as openers on respective nights - each with 8pm doors / 9pm shows at the DeGraw Street Brooklyn venue. Tickets and more info. At that same venue on Sunday June 2nd will be the talent packed, all day NYC Popfest 2013 when for just $15 or $18 (at door) cover you can see a slew of acts including Close Lobsters, The Wolfhounds, French Films, The Secret History, Alpaca Sports, The Orange Peels, My Teenage Stride, Ski Lodge, Startropics, and DJ Kip (Pains of Being Pure at Heart). Starts at 3:45pm Tickets and more show info here.
Below is a video clip outtake from the full twelve minute Grandmaster Caz (Cold Crush Brothers) interview that will be published here on the Amoeblog tomorrow. In the clip the hip-hop pioneer, who began his career in the 1970's when this urban art form was born in the financially troubled borough of The (Boogie Down) Bronx in the bankrupt City of New York, compares NYC back then and now when New York City is a completely different place in so many ways - good and bad.
Grandmaster Caz on New York City Today vs Back When Hip-Hop Was Born And Young
And finally I leave you with the British group Darts with their popular version (from BBC TV's Top Of The Pops) of "The Boy From New York City" which was a 1978 UK hit single for the doo-wop revival group. Their soulful version does more justice to the 1964 original by The Ad Libs than the jazzier 1981 hit single version of the song by the American group The Manhattan Transfer. The Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller produced original version of the song, which was released in late 1964 and went to #8 on the Billboard pop charts in 1965, even inspired a response song by The Beach Boys who recorded "The Girl from New York City" which can be found on their 1965 album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!). (Video with audio only is below the Darts' version)
Darts "The Boy From New York City" (1978)
The Beach Boys "The Girl From New York City" (1965)