Quotes from “Skylines” pages 20-40

“Seen from above, the city is thus laid bare- revealed and exposed- to the prying curiosity of the urban gaze” (Lindner 20). “Manhattan’s two principal clusters of skyscrapers… appear as “waves of verticals”… the sense of motion is simultaneously countered by an effect of immobilization” (Lindner 21). “…supersolid, supervisible, superlocated buildings stood as a figure … Continue reading Quotes from “Skylines” pages 20-40

February 2-4: The Streets of New York

This week, we focused mostly on the street. We started by taking a look at JR’s Globe Trotters, which were immigrants who told a little about themselves and their immigration to New York, then were photographed on the street holding pictures of themselves from when they first came to New York City. On Thursday, after … Continue reading February 2-4: The Streets of New York

Reflections on “The Great White Way”

William Pope’s performance art called “The Great White Way” is a unique, monumental piece that critiques the attitude of the general population to the homeless in New York City. This piece, though it is not explicitly stated, is a form of political protest. In fact, most of Pope’s pieces seem to be examples of political protest. … Continue reading Reflections on “The Great White Way”

January 26-28: Public Art in New York

This week, our class mostly focused on examples of public art. We looked at Kara Walker’s “A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby” Hammond’s “Blizaard Ball Sale,” Oldenburg’s “The Store,” and Richard Serra’s “The Tilted Arch,” hearing about the purpose of each type of art and a little bit about how it was made. We … Continue reading January 26-28: Public Art in New York

Quotes from “Sidewalks” pages 171-190

“…the High Line belongs to a broader, international trend in the twenty-first-century landscape urbanism, in which abandoned, postindustrial wastelands are creatively reoccupied and remade into ecofriendly public spaces (Lindner 171). “… the park’s design and operations consciously seek to activate cultural memory and draw on the city’s industrial heritage, but in doing so to recast … Continue reading Quotes from “Sidewalks” pages 171-190