The Tribeca Festival has turned vacant storefronts in lower Manhattan into an outdoor gallery, bringing together the sketches of over 60 artists in celebration of the Tribeca Festival Art Awards‘ 20th anniversary.
Presented in partnership with Chanel, the festival’s four-week-long “Art is New York | New York is Art” project features artists Kiki Smith, Swoon, Julian Schnabel, Nate Lowman, Christopher Walken, Chuck D, Matthew Modine, Donna Ferrato, Aurel Schmidt, Kalup Linzy, Don Gummer, Sophie Matisse and Dustin Yellin, among others. The art initiative joins the Tribeca Festival’s slate of films, immersive exhibitions, video games, podcasts and concerts held across the city’s five boroughs and on a virtual hub online through June 20.
“There’s no better way to see New York come alive and heal than through the creative lens of these wonderful artists,” Jane Rosenthal, co-founder and CEO of Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Festival, said in a statement. “This project beautifully represents the city.”
For the series, artists were prompted to create sketches around themes of city revitalization and healing through art. In conjunction with the project, Chanel and Tribeca also released a short film, featuring artists Julian Schnabel, Donna Ferrato and Chuck D, to survey the “power of art and the resilience of the city.” On June 17, the partners will present a special 25th anniversary screening of Schnabel’s “Basquiat.”
Artists Clifford Ross, Curtis Kulig, Deborah Kass, Francesco Clemente, Gus Van Sant, Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, Laurie Simmons, Meghan Boody, Sheila Berger, Stephen Hannock and Will Ryman were named as the 2021 Tribeca Festival Art Awards contributors. Their works will be presented as an award to filmmakers during the festival’s June 17 award ceremony.
The Tribeca Festival made its way back to New York City’s big screens June 9, marking the largest in-person film festival to run since the start of the pandemic. Halted last year among the city’s closings, the festival has taken on a decidedly optimistic tone, starting with its premiere of the dance-filled film “In the Heights,” which screened at Washington Height’s United Palace and in open-air venues last week.
“The Tribeca Film Festival was born out of our mission to bring people together in the aftermath of 9/11. We’re still doing it,” Robert De Niro, co-founder of Tribeca Festival, said. “And as New York emerges from the shadow of COVID-19, it seems just right to bring people together again in-person for our 20th anniversary festival.”
Below are some of the doodles from artists featured in the “Art is New York | New York is Art” series. More information about in-person and virtual screenings, events, talks and films can be found on the tribecafilm.com/festival site.
Top Image: Image: O Zhang. Courtesy Tribeca Festival and Chanel.