My work has been included in a discussion about the Brooklyn Bridge at the Museum of the City of New York on Wed. Jan 26th.
Taking inspiration from its current exhibit “Glorious Sky: Herbert Katzman’s New York,” the Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Ave between 103rd and 104th Sts; mcny.org; 6:30pm; $6–$12) hosts a panel devoted to the Brooklyn Bridge on Wednesday 26. Find out how the iconic structure inspires the panelists.
The Bridge as Muse
Hailed by some as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” when it opened in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the city’s most recognizable and beloved icons as well as a source of inspiration to New York City artists. Richard Haw, author of Art of the Brooklyn Bridge: A Visual History (Routledge, 2008), heads a discussion with artists who have been inspired by the bridge, including Bascove, painter and author of Stone and Steel: Paintings & Writings Celebrating the Bridges of New York City (David R. Godine, 1998); and Jonathan Smith, photographer of the Bridge Project, which was created through the Design Trust for Public Space’s Photo Urbanism program; along with the Museum’s own Curator of Prints and Photographs Sean Corcoran, who will explore historic images of the bridge in the Museum’s collections. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Glorious Sky: Herbert Katzman’s New York.
Jen Ferguson, Big Bridge (2006)
“The span’s towers stand tall and iconic, while the cables melt and the roadway vanishes, as if the structure were disintegrating before our very eyes. Yet the overall tone keeps the painting in balance: the warmth of the colors counteracts the structure’s evident decay. Standing before Big Bridge is like drinking a mug of hot chocolate while contemplating the end of the world.”—Richard Haw, author, Art of the Brooklyn Bridge: A Visual History