NYC-ARTS

S2021 E534 | FULL EPISODE

NYC-ARTS Full Episode: November 4, 2021

A visit to Fotografiska New York, a photography museum located in the landmarked Church Missions House in the Flatiron District. Then at trip to the Museum of Modern Art's exhibition, "Automania," which takes its name from a 1963 Oscar-nominated animated film called "Automania 2000." Finally, a look at one of the treasures of the American Folk Art Museum.

AIRED: November 04, 2021 | 0:27:46
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
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>>> COMING UP ON "NYC ARTS," A

VISIT TO PHOTOGRAPHY NEW YORK,

THE NEW PHOTOGRAPHY MUSEUM IN

THE FLAT IRON DISTRICT.

>> AS PEOPLE MOVE THROUGH THE

SPACE, WHAT WE REALLY WANT TO

EMPHASIZE IS DIFFERENT TYPES OF

PHOTOGRAPHY.

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY MIXED WITH

FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY MIXED WITH

LANDSCAPE, FINE ART CONCEPTUAL

WORK, REALLY HAVE SOMETHING FOR

EVERYONE.

>> A TRIP TO MOMA.

AN EXHIBITION FEATURING SOME OF

THE MOST INNOVATIVE CARS OF THE

20th CENTURY.

>> THE JAGUAR E TYPE FROM 196 IS

OFTEN WHAT HOOKS PEOPLE WHEN

THEY COME INTO THE GALLERY.

IT'S A CONVERTIBLE.

IT'S AN INCREDIBLE DEEP PURPLE

COLOR AND AN UNDENIABLY SEXY

CAR.

ONE THING THAT SETS JAGUAR

APART, COMPARATIVELY SPEAKING,

IT WAS MUCH MORE AFFORDABLE THAN

A COMPARABLE CAR FROM PORSCHE OR

MASERATI.

STILL NOT CHEAP, BUT ONE THAT

CAPTURED THE IMAGINATION OF

PARTICULARLY THE AMERICAN PUBLIC

AND THE PUBLIC IN THE UK.

>> AND A LOOK AT A HIGHLIGHT IN

THE COLLECTION OF THE AMERICAN

FOLK ART MUSEUM.

>> JEANMAR SELL GATHERED THE

DETRITUS OF HIS HOME AFTER

HURRICANE KATRINA AND STARTED

TAGGING WHAT HE CALLS WOODEN

QUILTS, PAYING HOMAGE TO HIS

GREAT GRANDFATHER WHO WAS A

HOODOO MAN AND A JUNK COLLECTOR,

AN HIS GREAT GRANDMOTHER WHO WAS

A QUILT MAKER.

>> FUNDING FOR "NYC ARTS" IS

MADE POSSIBLE BY THE LEWIS SONNY

TURNER FUND FOR DANCE.

THE AMBROSE MONELL FOUNDATION.

JODY AND JOHN ARN HOLT.

I LEASE JAFFE ANY AND JEFFREY

BROWN.

CHARLES AND VALERIE DUCKER.

THE NANCY SIDE WATER FOUNDATION.

THE MILTON AND SALARY AVERY ARTS

FOUNDATION.

ELROY AND TERRY KRUMHOLZ

FOUNDATION.

AND ELLEN AND JAMES.

THIS PROGRAM IS SUPPORTED IN

PART BY PUBLIC FUNDS FROM THE

NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF

CULTURAL AFFAIRS IN PARTNERSHIP

WITH THE CITY COUNCIL.

ADDITIONAL FUNDING PROVIDED BY

MEMBERS OF 13.

"NYC ARTS" IS MADE POSSIBLE IN

PART BY --

>> FIRST REPUBLIC BANK PRESENTS

FIRST THINGS FIRST.

AT FIRST REPUBLIC BANK, FIRST

REFERS TO OUR FIRST PRIORITY.

THE CLIENTS WHO WALK THROUGH OUR

DOORS.

THE FIRST STEP, RECOGNIZE THAT

EVERY CLIENT IS AN INDIVIDUAL

WITH UNIQUE NEEDS.

FIRST DECREE.

BE A BANK WHOSES SERVICE IN THE

FORM OF BANKING.

FROM OUR VERY FIRST DAY, IT'S

STILL THE FIRST THING ON OUR

MINDS.

>> AND BY --

>> SWAN AUCTION GALLERIES.

WE HAVE A DIFFERENT WAY OF

LOOKING AT AUCTIONS.

OFFERING VINTAGE BOOKS AND FINE

ARTS SINCE 1941, WORKING TO

COMBINE KNOWLEDGE WITH

FLEXIBILITY.

WHETHER YOU'RE A BUYER OR

LOOKING TO SELL, INFORMATION AT

SWAN GALLERIES.COM.

>> AND SINCE 1975 PROVIDING

FABRICS AND DECORATIVE ACOUSTIC

PRODUCTS FOR WALL, CEILING AND

FLOOR APPLICATIONS AS WELL AS

CUSTOM ACOUSTICAL DESIGN

SERVICE.

>>> GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO

"NYC ARTS."

I'M ON LOCATION AT THE MORGAN

LIBRARY AND MUSEUM IN MIDTOWN

MANHATTAN.

IT IS LOCATED AT MADISON AVENUE

AND 36th STREET.

THE MORGAN BEGAN AS THE PRIVATE

LIBRARY OF FANCIER PIERPONT

MORGAN.

ONE OF THE CULTURAL BENEFACTORS

IN THE UNITED STATES.

FOUNDED IN 1906, THE MORGAN NOW

SERVES AS A MUSEUM, INDEPENDENT

RESEARCH LIBRARY, MUSIC VENUE,

ARCHITECTURAL LANDMARK, AND

HISTORIC SITE.

THE MORGAN OFFERS VISITORS CLOSE

ENCOUNTERS WITH GREAT WORKS OF

ACCOMPLISHMENT.

ITS COLLECTION OF MANUSCRIPTS,

RARE BOOKS, MUSIC, DRAWINGS AND

WORKS OF ART COMPRISE AS UNIQUE

AND DYNAMIC RECORD OF

CIVILIZATION AS WELL AS AN

INCOMPARABLE REPOSITORY OF IDEAS

IN THE CREATIVE PROCESS FROM

4,000 B.C. ALL THE WAY TO THE

PRESENT.

CURRENTLY ON VIEW IS THE

EXHIBITION BOUND FOR VERSAILLES,

THE JANE RIGHTSMAN.

AN AMERICAN BENEFACTOR, SCHOLAR

AND COLLECTOR OF FINE ARTS, MRS.

WRIGHTSMAN WAS KNOWN FOR HER

EXQUISITE TASTE, IMPECCABLE

STYLE AND HOSPITALITY.

IT INCLUDED IN ADDITION TO THE

MORGAN AND AMONG OTHERS THE

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART OF

WHICH SHE WAS A TRUSTEE.

WRIGHTMAN'S COLLECTION OF 18th

CENTURY FRENCH MANUSCRIPTS AND

BINDS IS ONE OF THE GREATEST IN

HANDS.

ALL TOGETHER THE COLLECTION

CONTAINS 19 MANUSCRIPT, 149

PRINTED BOOKS AND 177 VOLUMES,

AND TEN WATER COLORS OF

BOTANICAL SUBJECTS.

HER BEQUEST TO THE MORGAN UPON

HER PASSING BUILDS ON JPMORGAN'S

ORIGINAL HOLDINGS AND

COMPLIMENTS OTHER IMPORTANT

COLLECTIONS.

THE SUBJECT MATTER AMONG THE

BOOKS INCLUDES POLITICS,

RELIGION, COURT ENTERTAINMENTS,

MUSIC, AND MILITARY STRATEGY.

WRIGHTSMAN RECOGNIZED THE

IMPORTANT ROLE THAT BOOK

BINDINGS PLAYED IN THE CULTURAL

LIFE OF THE TIME.

THE ELABORATELY EMBELLISHED

BINDS WITH AOMORI BINDS SIGNAL

THE WEALTH, TASTE AND LEARNING

OF TIGHTLED BIBLIOFILES.

MANY ARE WORKS IN THEIR OWN

RIGHT AND WERE DISPLAYED IN HER

STATELY NEW YORK APARTMENT ALONG

WITH DECORATIVE ARTS AND

FURNITURE OF THE SAME PERIOD.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE ON VIEW

THROUGH JANUARY 31, 2022.

ON OUR PROGRAM TONIGHT, WE'LL

VISIT PHOTOGRAPHISK NEW YORK,

LOCATED IN THE LANDMARK CHURCH

MISSION'S HOUSE, THE MUSEUM IS

THE NEWEST GLOBAL OUTPOST FROM

THE STOCKHOLM-BASED DESTINATION

FOR PHOTOGRAPHY.

THE BUILDING WAS RENOVATED BY

ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN

FIRM RUDDY TO PROVIDE A MIX OF

COMMERCIAL, GALLERY, AND EVENT

SPACE.

THE FIRM RECENTLY WON A LUCY G.

MOSES AWARD FROM THE LANDMARK

CONSERVANCY FOR ITS WORK ON THIS

HISTORIC BUILDING.

THE MUSEUM PRESENTS A CONSTANTLY

ROTATING SET OF EXHIBITIONS

FEATURING A DIVERSE RANGE OF

PHOTOGRAPHERS AND TIMELY

SUBJECTS IN IMMERSIVE SETTINGS.

AMONG THE EXHIBITIONS ON VIEW IS

EXPRESSIONS OF LIFE, CELEBRATING

THE WORK OF PHOTOJOURNALIST AND

FILMMAKER RUTH ORKIN.

HER LANDMARK PHOTOS WERE TAKEN

ACROSS HOLLYWOOD, NEW YORK CITY,

ISRAEL, AND ITALY.

SHE WAS A MASTER AT CAPTURING

BOTH WARMTH AND BOLDNESS FROM

BEHIND THE CAMERA.

"NYC ARTS" VISITED TO DISCUSS

THE BUILDING'S UNIQUE

ARCHITECTURAL PAST AND ITS

FUTURE.

>> PHOTOGRAPHISKA WAS FOUNDED IN

2010 IN STOCKHOLM BY TWO

BROTHERS.

THEY'VE HAD OVER 250 EXHIBITIONS

AT THIS POINT.

JUNE OF 2010, THEY OPENED THE

SECOND LOCATION, WHICH IS

ACTUALLY IN TALON, ESTONIA.

AND IN DECEMBER OF 2019, NEW

YORK OPENED.

>> PHOTOGRAPHISK A-OKAY PIES A

NEW YORK CITY LANDMARK WHICH WAS

BUILT IN 195 55 AS THE MISSION

HOUSE.

IT WAS AN UNDERUTILIZED NEW YORK

CITY LANDMARK, AND ONE OF THE

REALLY EXCITING CHALLENGES OF

THE PRODUCT WAS TO TAKE THIS

BEAUTIFUL BUILDING THAT WAS 126

YEARS OLD AND GIVE IT NEW LIFE

AND GIVE IT LONGEVITY FOR THE

NEXT TWO OR 300 YEARS.

THE ARCHITECTURE IS KNOWN AS NEO

FLEMISH, AND IT REFERS BACK TO

THE BEAUTIFUL GUILD HALLS AND

TOWN HALLS OF EUROPE IN THE 15th

AND 16th CENTURIES.

IT HAS A FACADE PUNCTUATED BY

LARGE WINDOWS.

IN THE RESTORATION, WHEN WE

UNEARTHED ALL OF THIS BEAUTIFUL

SCULPTURE, WE ALSO PUT VERY

DISCREET LIGHT ON THE OUTSIDE OF

THE BUILDING SO THAT YOU COULD

SEE SIX FLOORS UP THE AMAZING

ORIGINAL DETAILING THAT NO ONE

KNEW WAS THERE FOR OVER 100

YEARS.

AS PEOPLE MOVE THROUGH THIS

SPACE, WHAT WE REALLY WANTED TO

EMPHASIZE IS DIFFERENT TYPES OF

PHOTOGRAPHY.

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY MIXED WITH

FAX PHOTOGRAPHY MIXED WITH

LANDSCAPE, FINE ART CONCEPTUAL

WORK.

REALLY HAVE SOMETHING FOR

EVERYONE.

ONE OF THE THINGS PHOTOGRAPHISKA

STOCKHOLM HAS BEEN REALLY

SUCCESSFUL WITH IS DESIGN.

WE'VE DECIDED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE

OF HAVING THIS BUILDING AND

BLOCKING OUT NATURAL LIGHT TO

USE THAT TO ELEVATE THE WORK.

SO WE USE A LOT OF WALLPAPERS,

COLORS, FONTS TO FURTHER EXPLAIN

WHY THESE PHOTOGRAPHS OR WHAT

THIS EXHIBITION IS ABOUT.

ELLEN VON ENWORTH IS MOST WIDELY

KNOWN FOR HER FASHION

PHOTOGRAPHY.

SHE AND NADINE BARTH, THE

CURATOR THAT WORKED ON THIS

EXHIBITION CREATED THESE SEVEN

DIFFERENT THEMES WITHIN THE

EXHIBITION.

THEY EACH HAD THEIR DIFFERENT

COLORS.

AND THESE COVERS SHE HAD SHOT

OVER HER CAREER OF 30 PLUS YEARS

AND MADE THOSE INTO WALLPAPERS.

IT IS A REALLY FUN AND DYNAMIC

WAY I THINK OF SHOWING

PHOTOGRAPHY.

AND IT SORT OF STEERS US AWAY

FROM THE WHITE CUBE MODEL THAT

IS SO TRADITIONAL.

THE ARTIST DID THESE EXTENSIVE

INTERVIEWS AND PORTRAITS OF

MIGRANT WOMEN WHO HAD TO LEAVE

THEIR HOME COUNTRIES FOR VARIOUS

REASONS.

USUALLY DUE TO SOME SORT OF

CONFLICT OR VIOLENCE HAPPENING.

AND ENDED UP LIVING IN SWEDEN.

COOPEREN ACTUALLY DESIGNED THE

WALL PARTY.

THEY REALLY WANTED PEOPLE TO

WALK INTO THE SPACE AND FEEL

ENCOMPASSED BY THESE INTRICATE

SETS THEY HAD CREATED AND THESE

PORTRAITS THAT THEY

PHOTOGRAPHED.

MARTIN SHULER IS WORKING WITH A

NONPROFIT CALLED WITNESS TO

INNOCENCE.

AND WHAT HE DECIDED TO DO WAS IN

HIS SORT OF QUINTESSENTIAL STYLE

TAKE THESE UP-CLOSE PORTRAITS OF

DEATH ROW EXONOREES, BUT HE

ACTUALLY FILMED THE SITTERS, SO

THEY'RE SLIGHTLY MOVING.

IT'S A VIDEO INSTALLATION.

HE DECIDED TO ALSO RECORD THEIR

STORIES.

SO YOU'RE HEARING FROM THEIR OWN

WORDS WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO BE

ARRESTED, GO ON TRIAL, BE

CONVICTED AND LIVE ON DEATH ROW

FOR CRIMES THAT THEY DID NOT

COMMIT.

>> AND SAY NOW, I DON'T WANT TO

DIE.

>> AS YOU MOVE THROUGH THE

EXHIBITION, WHAT WE ACTUALLY

DECIDED TO DO WAS CREATE THE

SENSE OF TIGHT SORT OF INTIMACY,

GETTING EVEN CLOSER AND CLOSER,

YOU KNOW, TO ALMOST WHAT A DEATH

ROW CELL LOOKS LIKE.

SO THAT PEOPLE REALLY GOT A

SENSE OF WHAT THEIR LIVES WERE

LIKE WHILE THEY WERE

INCARCERATED.

WE HAVE SOME LOCAL EXHIBITIONS

THAT DON'T TOUR TO THE OTHER

LOCATIONS.

SPECIFIC ARTISTS THAT ARE

DEALING WITH VERY RELEVANT

ISSUES TO NEW YORK OR TO

AMERICA.

LARRY FINK IS ONE OF THE MOST

FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPHERS OF HIS

GENERATION, MAINLY IN STREET

PHOTOGRAPHY.

LARRY FINK ACTUALLY CONTACTED US

AND SAID I REALLY LOVE YOUR

PROGRAM THAT YOU'RE DOING CALLED

PHOTOGRAPHERS ON THE FRONT

LINES.

AND THIS IS WHEN WE REALLY

HANDED OVER OUR PLATFORMS TO

PHOTOGRAPHERS THAT WERE

PHOTOGRAPHING THE BLACK LIVES

MATTER MOVEMENT.

AND HE SAID, YOU KNOW, THIS IS

REALLY WHAT I WAS DOING

THROUGHOUT MY CAREER.

I WOULD LOVE TO GET INVOLVED.

LET'S DO SOMETHING ON THE

PROTEST PHOTOGRAPHY THAT I TOOK

IN THE '60s.

WORKED FROM HARLEM AND

WASHINGTON, D.C. WITH VARIOUS

STUDENT PROTESTS, YOUTH

PROTESTS, THE MARCH ON

WASHINGTON.

THAT'S ONE OF THE STRENGTHS OF

PHOTOGRAPHISKA IS WE CAN RESPOND

PRETTY QUICKLY TO RELEVANT

ISSUES AND STAY VERY CURRENT.

NAEEM GREEN IS ANOTHER GOOD

EXAMPLE.

SHE IS A BROOKLYN-BASED ARTIST

AND ALL OF HER PHOTOGRAPHS ARE

OF THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY, MOSTLY

PEOPLE OF COLOR.

MORE OF A CELEBRATION.

THESE VERY SORT OF INTIMATE AND

CAREFULLY CRAFTED PHOTOGRAPHS.

OUR WHOLE CONCEPT IS REALLY

CATERING TO THE NEW WAY THAT WE

FEEL THAT PEOPLE WANT TO VISIT

MUSEUMS WHERE IT'S A LITTLE BIT

MORE EXPERIENTIAL, MORE

INTERACTIVE.

ON THE SIXTH FLOOR WE DO A LOT

OF EVENTS AND PROGRAMING, ARTIST

TALKS, COSTUME PARTIES.

WE'VE DONE PERFORMANCE PIECES,

CONCERTS.

KIND OF PULLING FROM ALL THESE

DIFFERENT AREAS, MAKE IT A

LAYERED EXPERIENCE.

DURING THE PANDEMIC, WE DID

TRANSITION A LOT OF OUR

PROGRAMING ONLINE.

A LOT OF LIVE STREAMING EVENTS.

OUR FAMILY PROGRAMING THAT USED

TO TAKE PLACE INSIDE THE

BUILDING, WE'VE MOVED IT OUTSIDE

WHEN WE CAN.

THIS IS REALLY GOING TO CHANGE

THE WAY PEOPLE EXPERIENCE A

MUSEUM OR EXPERIENCE

PHOTOGRAPHISKA SPECIFICALLY.

I THINK WHAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT

TO PHOTOGRAPHISKA IS BEING

RELEVANT AND RESPONDING QUICKLY

TO WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE WORLD.

WE REALLY WANT PEOPLE TO COME TO

PHOTOGRAPHISKA AND SEE THAT

SOCIAL RELEVANCE IN THE ARTWORK

THAT'S ON DISPLAY.

>>> NEXT ON OUR PROGRAM, WE LOOK

AT SOME LARGE SCALE WORKS OF ART

THAT YOU WON'T TYPICALLY FIND IN

A MUSEUM, CARS.

AUTOMOBILES.

NOT JUST ANY CARS, BUT SOME OF

THE MOST INFLUENTIAL AND

INNOVATIVE VEHICLES OF THE 20th

CENTURY.

THAT IS THE SUBJECT OF MOMA'S

EXHIBITION OUAUTOMANIA.

THE SHOW TAKES ITS NAME FROM

AUTOMANIA 2000, AN OSCAR

NOMINATED FILM FROM 1963.

THE FILM SETS THE TONE FOR THE

EXHIBITION AS NOT SIMPLY A LOVE

LETTER TO THESE ROLLING

SCULPTURES, BUT AS AN

EXPLORATION OF HOW THE CAR HAS

SHAPED OUR SOCIETY FOR BETTER OR

FOR WORSE.

>> WHAT MAKES AN AUTOMOBILE A

WORK OF ART?

THIS WAS A QUESTION THAT WAS

POSED IN 1951.

AND THE FIRST CAR EXHIBITION AT

AN ART MUSEUM, WHICH WAS HERE AT

MOMA, AN EXHIBITION CALLED EIGHT

AUTOMOBILES, WHICH LOOKED AT

CARS AS ESSENTIALLY SCULPTURAL

FORMS.

THE CURATOR OF THE SHOW REFERRED

THEM AS HOLLOW ROLLING

SCULPTURE.

SO THE MUSEUM HAS HAD A HISTORY

OF TRYING TO ENGAGE MODERN

DESIGN AND THE PUBLIC IN A VERY

CRITICAL, THOUGHT-PROVOKING

MANNER.

SO FOR CARS, IT'S THE GREATEST

EXAMPLE OF THAT.

IT'S THE SCULPTURE, INDUSTRY,

ENGINEERING, ALL OF THESE THINGS

WRAPPED INTO ONE.

THE EXHIBITION TAKES ITS NAME

FROM A 1963 BRITISH ANIMATED

FILM CALLED AUTOMANIA 2000.

AND IT USES SATIRE TO EXAMINE

CONSUMER CULTURE, MASS

PRODUCTION, AND CAR FANATICS.

AND THE FILM CENTERS AROUND THE

SCIENTIST FIGURE WHO CAN SOLVE

EVERY PROBLEM, MEET EVERY

MARKETING NEED AND LOSES CONTROL

OF HIS CREATION.

AND PRETTY SOON YOU SEE CARS

BURYING THE WORLD, COVERING THE

EMPIRE STATE BUILDING AND THE

U.S. CAPITOL.

THERE IS EVEN A DRONE DELIVERY

AND FOOD.

SO IT'S EERILY PRESCIENT FOR

1963.

AND IN THE END, THE WORLD IS

DESTROYED BY CARS.

I THINK YOU CAN'T REALLY SUSTAIN

A GOOD CRITIQUE OF CAR CULTURE

UNLESS YOU FIRST REALLY SHOW US

WHY CARS ARE SO SEDUCTIVE.

THEY HAVE A MAGNETIC POWER TO

US.

AND I THINK GREAT ART DOES THAT

THE JAGUAR E TYPE FROM 1963 IS

OFTEN WHAT HOOKS PEOPLE WHEN

THEY COME INTO THIS GALLERY.

IT'S A CONVERTIBLE.

IT'S INCREDIBLE DEEP PURPLE

COLLAR, AND IT'S AN UNDENIABLY

SEXY CAR.

BUT KIND OF BELIES ITS VERY

MATHEMATICAL AND ANALYTICAL

ORIGINS.

MALCOLM SAYER, THE LEAD CREATOR

DID COUNTLESS CALCULATIONS TO

MAKE A CAR THAT WAS STABLE FROM

FRONT WINDS BUT ALSO THROUGH

CROSSWINDS AND VARIABLE VORTICES

THAT DEVELOP WHEN A CAR IS GOING

FAST.

SO THE E-TYPE WAS AN APPROACH TO

BRING THAT RACING TECHNOLOGY TO

EVERYDAY PEOPLE.

ONE THING THAT SETS JAGUAR APART

IS COMPARATIVELY SPEAKING, IT

WAS ACTUALLY MUCH MORE AF

AFFORDABLE THAN A COMPARABLE CAR

FROM PORSCHE OR MASERATI.

STILL A COMPARABLE CAR.

IT WAS NOT CHEAP.

BUT IT CAPTURED THE IMAGINATION

OF PARTICULARLY THE AMERICAN

PUBLIC AND THE PUBLIC IN THE UK.

THE FARRARRY FORMULA 1, 641 FROM

1990.

IT'S HIGHLY RARE.

THERE IS ONLY SEVEN MADE THAT

YEAR.

AND THE CAR IS A STUNNING

EXAMPLE OF THE REDUCTION OF A

CAR DOWN TO ITS MOST PURE

ELEMENTS.

THE LEAD DESIGNER WAS JOHN

BARNARD.

AND BARNARD REALLY RETHOUGHT THE

SHAPE OF A FORMULA 1 CAR WITH

THIS BULBOUS FORM, AND HIS

DESIGN PROVED TO BE REALLY

DURABLE.

IT WAS NOT MODIFIED ALL THAT

HEAVILY FOR SEVERAL YEARS.

ENZO FERRARI AND THE COMPANY HE

CREATED LOOMS REALLY LARGELY IN

RACING HISTORY, AND THE MODEL

641 REPRESENTS ONE OF THE

PINNACLES OF THEIR ACHIEVEMENT.

CITRON DEAS IS MAKING ITS DEBUT.

IT IS A RELATIVELY RECENT

ACQUISITION.

FROM AN AESTHETIC STANDPOINT,

IT'S AN INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL

CAR, ESPECIALLY WHEN COMPARED TO

WHAT WAS MORE COMMON AT THAT

TIME IN THE 1950s, THESE

GIGANTIC AMERICAN CADILLACS.

IT LOOKS LIKE A CAR FROM THE

FUTURE.

AND IN ONE PARIS AUTO SHOW, IT

WAS SHOWN STANDING UP LIKE A

ROCK SHIP TAKING OFF.

THE DESIGNER OF THE DEAS HAD A

BACKGROUND IN SCULPTURE.

I THINK THAT COMES ACROSS VERY

STRONGLY IN THE BODY OF THE

DEAS.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MAKES THE

DEAS SO INCREDIBLE IS ITS

SUSPENSION SYSTEM THAT IS

SELF-LEVELING.

SO YOU CAN BE DRIVING ALONG THE

HIGHWAY AND HAVE A BLOWOUT OF A

TIRE, AND IT KEEPS ITSELF LEVEL.

IN THE 1960s, FRANCE WAS WRACKED

BY A LOT OF INTERNAL CONFLICT

AND THERE WAS AN ASSASSINATION

ATTEMPT ON CHARLES de GAULLE.

HIS DEAS WAS RIDDLED WITH

BULLETS.

TWO OF HIS TIRES WAS SHOT OUT

AND STILL IT WAS ABLE TO ESCAPE.

WHEN VIEWERS COME TO THE

EXHIBITION, THERE IS A LOT TO

DELIGHT IN.

BUT ALSO WE HOPE THAT PEOPLE

KIND OF RETHINK THESE THINGS.

THE TITLE AUTOMANIA IMPLIES CARS

MAKE US CRAZY.

AND THAT'S FUN, AND WE ALL LOVE

BEING IN A CAR AND BEING A

LITTLE BIT CRAZY.

BUT THAT CRAZINESS COMES WITH A

PRICE.

AND WE HOPE PEOPLE WILL LEAVE

THINKING ABOUT WHAT THAT PRICE

MEANS AND IS IT WORTH IT.

>>> NEXT WE'LL VISIT THE

AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM LOCATED

ACROSS FROM LINCOLN CENTER.

SINCE 1961, THIS MUSEUM HAS BEEN

CELEBRATING THE CREATIVITY OF

ARTISTS WHOSE TALENTS HAVE BEEN

REFINED THROUGH PERSONAL

EXPERIENCE RATHER THAN FORMAL

ARTISTIC TRAINING.

ITS COLLECTION INCLUDES MORE

THAN 8,000 WORKS OF ART FROM

FOUR CENTURIES REPRESENTING

NEARLY EVERY CONTINENT.

>> JEANMAR SELL ST. JOCK

IDENTIFIES AS A 12th GENERATION

AFRO CREOLE FROM LOUISIANA.

AROUND 16 YEARS AGO WHEN HE

RETURNED TO NEW ORLEANS WITH HIS

FAMILY, HE BOUGHT A HOUSE THAT

HAD BEEN A ROOMING HOUSE FOR

SINGLE MALE MUSICIANS RUN BY A

WOMAN NAMED MOTHER SISTER.

AND HE BOUGHT THIS ROOMING

HOUSE, BUT SHORTLY AFTER HE

MOVED IN, NEW ORLEANS

EXPERIENCED THE ENORMOUS

HEARTBREAKING DEVASTATION OF

HURRICANE KATRINA.

JEANMAR SELL ST. JOCK'S HOME WAS

DESTROYED.

AND RATHER THAN GIVING INTO

DESPAIR, HE GATHERED THE

DETRITUS OF HIS HOME AND STARTED

FASHIONING WHAT HE CALLS WOODEN

QUILTS, PAYING HOMAGE TO HIS

GREAT GRANDFATHER, WHO WAS A

HOODOO MAN AND A JUNK COLLECTOR,

AND HIS GREAT-GRANDMOTHER, WHO

WAS A QUILT MAKER.

IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY AT THE

PIECES OF WOOD, THEY ARE STUDDED

WITH NAILS AND ALL THE OTHER

KINDS OF ARCHITECTURAL AND

CONSTRUCTION ELEMENTS THAT YOU

WOULD SEE IN A HOME.

HE USES HOUSE PAINT TO PAINT

THESE PIECES OF WOOD.

BUT HE WAS ALWAYS MINDFUL OF THE

PALETTE OF HIS GREAT-GRANDMOTHER

AND HER STRIP QUILTS.

WHEN I ASKED HIM ABOUT THE

PROCESS THAT HE USES IN COLORING

AND MAKING AND CONSTRUCTING HIS

WOODEN QUILTS, HE SAID, WELL,

LIKE ANY GOOD CREOLE COOK, THE

SECRET IS IN THE ROUX.

BUT I AIN'T TELLING YOU ALL WHAT

THAT IS.

J

JEAN-MARCEL HAS EMBEDDED TWO

SELF-PORTRAITS AMONG THE PIECES

OF WOOD.

AND IT SHOWS HIM IN HIS GUISE AS

A SPIRITUAL LEADER, PRACTICING

WHAT HE CALLS FOLK MAGIC AS THE

DESCENDANT OF A HOODOO MAN.

THE TITLE OF THIS PIECE "MOTHER

SISTER MAY HAVE SAT IN THAT

CHAIR WHEN SHE LIVED IN THIS

HOUSE BEFORE ME," IT'S REFERRING

TO MOTHER SISTER, WHO RAN THE

BOARDING HOME FOR SINGLE

MUSICIANS.

AND THERE ARE TWO SIDES THAT

FASHION A CHAIR.

ONE IS UPRIGHT AND ONE IS DOWN.

SO HE HAS IN FACT INSTILLED

PHYSICAL REMAINS OF HER PRESENCE

IN HIS HOME INTO THIS PIECE THAT

HE HAS CREATED TO PAY HOMAGE TO

HIS ANCESTORS AND TO HIS OWN

LOUISIANA HISTORY AND TO THE

SUFFERING OF THOSE WHO SURVIVED

HURRICANE KATRINA IN HIS

TREMAINE NEIGHBORHOOD OF NEW

ORLEANS.

>>> NEXT WEEK ON "NYC ARTS," A

LOOK AROUND THE CIRCLE ON VIEW

AT THE GUGGENHEIM.

>> KANDENSKY WAS A RUSSIAN

ARTIST.

BLUE MOUNTAIN IS A CANVAS FROM

1909, AND HE IS WORKING IN THIS

MORE EXPRESSIONISTIC MANNER.

WE SEE THIS BLUE MOUNTAIN

ANCHORING THE BACKGROUND TO THE

CANVAS.

AND THE FOREGROUND WE HAVE THIS

WONDERFUL SERIES OF HORSE AND

RIDERS.

YOU CAN ALMOST FEEL THE WIND

RUSTLING THROUGH THE RIDERS'

HAIR.

>> A LOOK AT THE ARCH OF JAPAN

GALLERY AT THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM,

WHICH REFLECTS 2,000 YEARS OF

ARTIST TICK ACCOMPLISHMENT.

>> ONE OF THE GREAT HIGHLIGHTS

IN THE NEW GALLERY IS A PAIR OF

FOLDING SCREENS THAT DATE FROM

ABOUT 1610.

THEY HAVE LARGELY GOLD

BACKGROUNDS, WHICH WOULD HAVE

HELPED TO REFLECT LIGHT IN THE

DARK INTERIOR OF THE CASTLE AND

MADE THE ROOM SORT OF MORE WARM

AND GLOWING.

>> AND A TRIP TO THE

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM FOR A LOOK

AT HIGHLIGHT IN ITS COLLECTION

OF POST WAR AND CONTEMPORARY

ART.

>> THE PAINTING SERVES AS A KIND

OF INVENTORY OR CATALOG OF

PAINTER STROKES.

SOME THICK, SOME THIN, SOME

STABLE, SOME STRONG, OTHERS

FLUID, OTHERS WEAK.

>>> I HOPE YOU ENJOYED OUR

PROGRAM TONIGHT.

I'M ON LOCATION AT THE MORGAN

LIBRARY AND MUSEUM.

THANK YOU FOR WATCHING.

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>>> FUNDING FOR NYC ARTS IS MADE

POSSIBLE BY THE LEWIS SONNY

TURNER FUND FOR DANCE.

THE AMBROSE MONELL FOUNDATION.

JODY AND JOHN ARN HOLT.

ELISE JAFFE ANY AND JEFFREY

BROWN.

CHARLES AND VALERIE DYCKER.

THE NANCY SIDEWATER FOUNDATION.

THE MILTON AND SALARY AVERY ARTS

FOUNDATION.

ELROY AND TERRY KRUMHOLZ

FOUNDATION.

AND ELLEN AND JAMES S. MARCUS.

THIS PROGRAM IS SUPPORTED IN

PART BY PUBLIC FUNDS FROM THE

NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF

CULTURAL AFFAIRS IN

BIPARTISANSHIP THE CITY COUNCIL.

ADDITIONAL FUNDING PROVIDED BY

MEMBERS OF 13.

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FIRST DEGREE.

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