Archive for April, 2013

Art and Antique Collectors Rejoice this Week at the Armory

Roy Sadler | April 30, 2013 in Art | Comments (0)

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Ali Aboutaam

Chariot and Banquet  from Phoenix Ancient Art

Serious art and antique collectors as well as those with a fascination with ancient and contemporary art have every reason to celebrate this week. On Wednesday evening, May 1st the “Spring Show NYC” will open with a benefit to raise money for the ASPCA, and then will continue until May 5, at the Park Avenue Armory.

Among the 50 exhibitors on hand are 15 leading galleries from all over the United States and abroad who have never participated in the show before, plus some veteran participants who are among the region’s most respected and notable dealers of art and antiquities.

For those history buffs among us who would like to travel back in time not just centuries, but millennia, then be sure to stop by the exhibit of brothers Hicham and Ali Aboutaam, proprietors of the distinguished dealership Phoenix Ancient Art. Here you will find artifacts dating as far back at 7,000 years (!), and as new as the first century AD. Explore the art and culture of ancient civilizations, and take something from your favorite bygone era home with you.

Looking for something a little newer? Lillian Nassau is a prestigious art dealership, owned by Arlie Sulka, which has on hand incredibly beautiful Tiffany Studio pieces and a lot more. Investigate classic lamps, pottery, and glass and desk items. Over the years there have been so many cheap copies of Tiffany lamps produced that a bit of their specialness may have worn off. But a visit to Lillian Nassau and a talk with Sulka will re-excite you about the beauty, style and class of real Tiffany pieces, whose value over the years has continued to climb.

A visit to Carlton Hobbs, an exclusive dealer in rare, unique and collectible art and antiques from the 17th through 19th centuries, will make you feel like one of the royals who actually once owned much of the pieces on hand. Go take a look at the amazing, impeccable furniture and art which used to inhabit the abodes of some of Europe’s most powerful, and rich, aristocracy.

General admission for the “Spring Show NYC” is $20 for one day and $40 for all three days. The show is being held at the Park Avenue Armory at 643 Park Avenue at 67th Street. Open from 11am on Thursday May 2 through Saturday May 4; Open at 12 noon on Sunday, May 5. Closing times: Thursday-7:30pm; Friday-9pm; Saturday-7:30pm and Sunday, May 6 the closing time will be 6pm. For more information call: Michael Franks, Fair Director, 800.563.7632.

Don’t miss this spectacular show for art lovers, antique admirers and collectors of every type and taste.


Holocaust Memorial Day at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

Roy Sadler | April 7, 2013 in Culture and History | Comments (0)

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Museum of Jewish Heritage

Museum of Jewish Heritage

This Sunday evening and Monday is Holocaust Memorial Day, an appropriate day to visit the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. The museum, which is located at the Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place will be having special programming in honor of this day, known as “Yom Hashoah” in Hebrew.

Community leaders will join together on Sunday evening, April 7, at Congregation Temple Emanu-El on Fifth Avenue and 65th Street to commemorate Yom Hashoah at the largest and oldest Holocaust remembrance event in New York. Tickets are required and can be ordered by calling 646-437-4227.

On Monday the Museum is open and free of charge, but a donation is suggested. Visitors will learn the history of the Holocaust, the unique political climate that led up to what proved to be the worst calamity in Jewish History, and the events and experiences of individuals that marked this tragic time.

One aspect of the Holocaust visitors can explore is the relationship of the not-yet State of Israel to the events surrounding World War II and the Holocaust. In a noteworthy document which is in the possession of the Shapell Manuscript Foundation, David Ben Gurion expresses his opinion that if the State Israel had been established even as late as 1937, before the advent of World War II, much of the horror of the Holocaust could have been prevented. In the document, a letter written in early 1956 to Professor Hanoch Albeck in Jerusalem, Ben Gurion states:

I received your letter.  All this would be correct if the State had been established not in 1948 but in 1937 – and if millions of Jews in Europe had not been annihilated, the situation of the State of Israel would have been entirely different.  What, after all, are eleven years in the history of our people which stretches back thousands of years?  But so short a time difference is of great and serious significance to our people and the future of Israel.

For more information about a visit to the Museum call 646-437-4202.


El Museo del Barrio Brings Latino Culture to Life

Roy Sadler | April 4, 2013 in Museums | Comments (0)

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El Museo del Barrio is New York City’s leading Latino cultural depository, welcoming all visitors from all cultures to explore and discover the unique and exciting world of Latin America and the

El Museo del Barrio

El Museo del Barrio

Caribbean right here in the Big Apple.

Located at 1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street), the museum has been housed in the almost 100-year-old historic Heckscher Building since the fall of 1977, about eight years after artist/educator Rafael Montañez Ortiz was appointed to create educational materials to introduce into New York City school District 4 on the culture, folklore, history and art of Puerto Rico. Instead of creating curricula, Ortiz instead conceived the idea of El Museo del Barrio. In the following Ortiz introduced the idea of the museum to Puerto Rican artists:

“The Museo del Barrio is its title: a neighborhood museum of Puerto Rican culture. . .” El Museo del Barrio receives its primary funding from the Board of Education from 1969 until 1974. Montañez Ortiz stated, “The cultural disenfranchisement I experience as a Puerto Rican has prompted me to seek a practical alternative to the orthodox museum, which fails to meet my needs for an authentic ethnic experience. To afford me and others the opportunity to establish living connections with our own culture, I founded El Museo del Barrio”

A visit to the unique El Museo del Barrio is sure to be a fun, eye-opening experience.

Open Wednesday thru Saturday 11am-6pm. Closed on New Year’s Day, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
For more information call: 212-831-7272