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IDEAS CITY Street Fest 2013 Photos

Amanda Browder in front of her FAB! installation. Photo by Tim Schreier.

Thanks to contributor Tim Schreier for these photos from the New Museum’s gigantic street festival on Saturday. (click through for a great gallery!)

“Ideas City” Underway, Gallery Tours Saturday

Aerial photo by Iwan Baan for the New Museum.

Aerial photo by Iwan Baan for the New Museum.

Here’s a reminder that Ideas City, the New Museum’s four day festival exploring the theme “Untapped Capital” is in full swing.  This evening, Kurt Anderson will moderate a panel discussion with several mayors, including Manny Diaz, the former mayor of Miami and Bill Purcell, who was mayor of Nashville.  On Saturday, 125 artists, architects, technologists, historians, community activists, entrepreneurs, and ecologists will take place in StreetFest, which will be staged on the Bowery, Sara D. Roosevelt Park and surrounding areas.  There’s a dizzying array of events, through the weekend, so it’s best to check the full schedule.

As we pointed out in the cover story of our May magazine, Ideas City kicks off two weeks of high profile arts events on the Lower East Side. Next weekend, the New Art Dealers’ Alliance (NADA) and Cutlog are both staging spring art fairs in the neighborhood.  If you’re interested in catching a glimpse of what’s happening art wise on the LES beyond the fairs, the LES BID is sponsoring free gallery tours.  On Saturday, they’ll begin at 2 and 3 p.m., launching from the organization’s pushcart, which will be located on Bowery. Click here for more info.

More Proof LES Gallery Scene is Thriving

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Montage by Kim Sillen Gledhill.

Editor’s note: This story was first published in the May 2013 edition of The Lo-Down’s print magazine.

When Risa Needleman and Benjamin Tischer opened Invisible Exports, their sliver of a gallery at 14 Orchard St. in 2008, they joined a handful of independent-minded dealers fleeing the sterility of Chelsea for a new art frontier on the Lower East Side. Five years later, having firmly established a reputation for cutting-edge–and often provocative–shows, they are preparing to move on from a street bursting with galleries; there are six of them in a one-block stretch above Canal Street. But these young dealers are not abandoning the LES; they’re negotiating for a larger space in a neighborhood that Needleman calls a “new force to be reckoned with in the art world.”

This month, the highly regarded New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) stages the sophomore edition of its New York art fair in the neighborhood, at Basketball City on Pier 36. At the same time, a French fair called Cutlog makes its American debut on the Lower East Side. And the New Museum, which helped set off the art stampede with its arrival on the Bowery in 2007, hosts Ideas City, a three-day conference and festival focused on urban issues.

New Museum Unveils “Ideas City” Festival, Coming May 1-4

Aerial photo by Iwan Baan for the New Museum.

Aerial photo by Iwan Baan for the New Museum.

The New Museum is out with the full lineup for its Ideas City Festival,  which will take place May 1-4.  The “collaborative initiative” engages a wide range of arts, educational and community organizations in a dialogue about our urban future.  The festival was created in 2011. The biennial event’s theme for 2013 is “Untapped Capital.”

Ideas City kicks off with a speech by Joi Ito, director of the MIT Media Lab.  There will be a series of presentations and workshops featuring mayors from across the country and other thought leaders.  On Saturday, 125 “artists, architects, poets, technologists, historians, community activists, entrepreneurs, and ecologists” will take part in a StreetFest along the Bowery and surrounding streets.