In retrospect that was the easy part...
The restaurant across the street from my studio is doing an exterior renovation. Yesterday afternoon as I was arriving I saw they had removed the old siding and were getting ready to put up insulation and new siding. In the tear out they uncovered this poster for the Barnum and Baily circus. In researching, as best as I can tell, this would have been from between 1907 and 1919 after Ringling Brothers had purchased Barnum and Baily but before they merged into one "Greatest Show on Earth". The building was originally a grocery store and from the way the billboard is posted over the bare lumber it must have been under construction so the sign could hang for the short time before the circus came to town and was then covered by the finish siding. This would explain why the colors are fairly vivid after close to 100 years. Today what's left is covered once again.
I'll post a few more shots over the next few days.
With two exceptions (Phillip Pisciotta and Barret Oliver) I've tracked down the web sites of the ten photographers featured in the Silverstein Photography Annual opening September 8.
For me, I'm looking for restaurant recommendations. I haven't been to New York in 13 years and would love to hear what your current favorites are.
Tim Atherton of Musings is asking for help with an edit of his Traces: Alleyways and Spandrels project. The work is wonderful, jump in to his courageous (Are you nuts asking the internet to weigh in?)/cowardly (Make the edit. Own it. Love it.) request.
Jon Gittelson posted that he is included in the Hey, Hot Shot! summer showcase. Congratulations! While there I revisited his ongoing projects and found a phone number at the end of the If I Had a Girlfriend book. Give him a call.
When I saw the top photograph from the always excellent vernacular site Big Happy Funhouse I was immediately reminded of the fascinating Mowing the Lawn series by Chicagrapher Greg Stimac. There's just something about a man and his lawn. Turf grass being the main crop of the suburban farmer.
I'll let you know what I think. Input anyone?
I am drawn to the discoveries in Coleen Plumb's Urban Nature series. I use the word discoveries deliberately because I have less a sense of pointing, and more an impression of being invited to see and consider.
Otherwise it's this post from Modern Art Obsession, and that was before Friday's near meltdown.
Have a nice weekend.
I have made my plane and hotel reservations for the opening of the Silverstein Photography Annual, around the corner on September 8. The list of 10 curators and the 10 photographers they've nominated is an exciting and wide reaching blend. From their press release:
Silverstein Photography is pleased to announce the first Silverstein Photography Annual (SPA). This year’s exhibition features a selection of works by ten emerging photographers, each having been nominated by a member of the curatorial community representing institutions throughout the United States. Selected by Nathan Lyons, Curatorial Advisor to the Gallery, each nominator has written a short introductory statement on their choice, which will be displayed during the exhibition.
“We are constantly seeking ways to enhance our representation of photography, offering a greater perspective on the past, present and future of the medium. SPA gives us this opportunity - to continue to embrace new and important ideas, to reach out to the art community around the world, and to welcome those who deserve to be seen and heard but who might not have had the chance. We are grateful to be in a position to make such a commitment.” Bruce Silverstein