Today I was surprised and excited to see Thomas Hart Benton’s America Today mural at the MET. When I worked in midtown I would stop by Axa’s lobby on 6th ave during my lunch break to admire the mural. So cool to see it as it was originally intended. I can just imagine sitting in a conference room discussing some trivial issue surrounded by Benton’s work. Check it out.
“By comparison with other less hectic days, the city is uncomfortable and inconvenient; but New Yorkers temperamentally do not crave comfort and convenience- if they did they would live elsewhere.”
—E.B. White, Here Is New York
RONI HORN VATNASAFN / LIBRARY OF WATER
June – August (1PM-6PM)
Unfortunately the library was closed during our time in Stykkisholmur but I did manage to get a few shots from the exterior.
For the past 30 years, the work of Roni Horn has been intimately involved with the singular geography, geology, climate and culture of Iceland. Library of Water is a long term installation including three related collections of water, words, and weather reports. The installation is housed in a former library building in the coastal town of Stykkisholmur, Iceland.
Water, Selected is a constellation of 24 glass columns containing water collected from ice from some of the major glaciers around Iceland. The glass columns refract and reflect the light onto a rubber floor embedded with a field of words in Icelandic and English which relate to the weather – inside or outside. The sculpture installation offers a space for private reflection whilst accommodating a wide variety of community uses.
Busy Beaver has partnered with Glaser and New York’s School of Visual Arts to manufacture and distribute the “It’s Not Warming” buttons, which are being sold in packs of five through itsnotwarming.com. As the campaign’s website states, supporters are encouraged to “wear one, give the others to those you love.”
The message of “It’s not warming” is that euphemisms like ‘global warming’ and ‘climate change’ don’t have a sense of urgency attached to them– these terms can come across as benign or even positive.