Dance Legend Paul Taylor: Celebrating a 60th Season, Settling in on the Lower East Side

All Photos by Whitney Browne.

All Photos by Whitney Browne.

This story was originally published in our February 2014 magazine.  See more of photographer Whitney Browne’s excellent series, “Create With Taylor” at whitneybrowne.com.

Paul Taylor, the internationally acclaimed modern dance choreographer, was immersed in creating his 140th work when we met at his comfortable penthouse apartment in the East River Cooperative on Grand Street on a cold December morning.  It was 8 a.m., a time chosen by the early-rising Mr. Taylor himself, who at the age of 84 remains one of New York’s most prolific artists. A pack of cigarettes sat on the coffee table in front of him untouched, a rare occurrence (Taylor insists smoking is one of the keys to a long and productive life).  

Arts Watch: Rhizome’s Seven on Seven Conference Comes to the New Museum

What started out in 1996 as an intimate email list made up of some of the first artists to work online has evolved into Rhizome, an organization “dedicated to the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology.”

Through the years, Rhizome has amassed a digital art archive—ArtBase–that has grown to contain nearly 2,500 artworks and projects from artists all over the world.  Three years ago it launched the Seven on Seven Conference as a way to bridge the gap between art and technology—and has quickly became known as a venue for sparking innovation among top minds in art and technology.

FAB! Arts Festival on 4th Street Happening Tomorrow

From our friends at Fourth Arts Block:

Greetings!

Tomorrow, the FAB! Festival will sweep like a wave over East 4th Street, leaving excitement, amazement & enjoyment in its wake in just 4 hours, rain or shine. In the event of rain, classes and indoor programs will proceed as planned no matter what & the outdoor events will move inside.

CB3 to Host Arts in Education Forum

CB3’s Arts Task Force is hosting an open forum on the topic of Arts in Education within the Lower East Side community. They write:
COMMUNITY BOARD 3 INVITES YOU TO THE LOWER EAST SIDE ARTS EDUCATION FORUM

TUESDAY MAY 17, 2011 6 – 8:30 PM

AT THE RUTGERS HOUSES COMMUNITY CENTER 200 MADISON STREET (One block below Canal Street, at Rutgers Street. Rutgers is the continuation of Essex Street.)

THE EVENT IS OPEN TO PARENTS, COMMUNITY CENTER REPRESENTATIVES, TEACHING ARTISTS, ARTS ORGANIZATIONS, NYCHA REPRESENTATIVES, TEACHERS, SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS, AND ANYONE ELSE INTERESTED IN FINDING OUT WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE IN THE COMMUNITY TO MAKE THE ARTS AVAILABLE TO ALL, AND FOR RESOURCE PROVIDERS TO FIND OUT FROM THE COMMUNITY WHAT THE COMMUNITY’S NEEDS ARE TO MAKE THE ARTS AVAILABLE TO ALL.

The Lo-Down List: This Week’s Happenings

Our weekly look at upcoming happenings on the Lower East Side.  If you have a neighborhood event you would like us to post, please email us here.

Dancers Scott Heron and Hijack come to Dixon Place with Smithsoniansmith - photo by William P. Starr via Time Out NY

Wednesday, July 28

  • Blaise Allysen Kearsley brings her monthly reading and performance series, How I Learned, back to Happy Ending Lounge. This months guests will be talking/reading/ruminating on the theme How I Learned I Was Right All Along

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The Drilling Company heads in to it's final weekend of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot tonight at 8pm in the Municipal Parking Lot (at Ludlow and Broome).  You can see Measure For Measure, directed by Hamilton Clancey, for FREE.  The company suggests "Bring a chair or come early to grab one of your own. Parking available. Meters ineffect!"

AC1sm1 NY Studio Gallery continues it's 4th Annual International ARTcamp: Studio Residency Program.
For two months the gallery is transformed into studio space for
six national and international artists.  The work ranges from
installation and performance to video, drawing and sculpture with a
tendency toward the figural, physical and interactive. Gallery hours (Thursday – Saturday noon – 6pm and by appointment) continue to be in effect during ARTcamp, allowing
visitors to see work in progress, and to meet and learn about the
artists’ work and process first hand.

Top-left6 NYTimes' Steven McElroy has some tips for all of us preparing to delve in to this year's New York International Fringe Festival, which runs through August 30th at numerous theaters throughout the city. He writes:

The program guide listing participating shows in the 13th annual New York International Fringe Festival,
which starts Friday, runs more than 60 pages. So to choose from about
200 productions you must look at some specifics: Are your friends
involved? Is the director a hotshot? The company noteworthy? Any actors
of special interest? The premise too odd to pass up? This last
criterion can sometimes lead to buyer’s remorse, but the tickets are
cheap and choosing Fringe shows should always involve some
impulsiveness.