The Alice Austen Exhibit On Display At The Central Park ArsenalIMMEDIATE
Friday, March 14, 2008
Today, the Parks Department celebrated the opening of the “Austen at the Arsenal” at the Central Park Arsenal. More than 30 photographs by famed photographer Alice Austen, some which have never been on display, are featured in the exhibit.
Alice Austen (1866 - 1952), a Staten Island native, was one of America's earliest and most prolific female photographers. She produced images that caught the attention of New York City and the world. Austen may be the only woman in America, with the exception of Eleanor Roosevelt, to have a museum, ferry, school and street named after her. This exhibit explores why that distinction is well-earned.
Austen continues to fascinate, not because she was one of the first female photographers, but because she was filled with contradictions and layers — all of which are evident in her body of work. She considered herself a lady, but photographed immigrants kept on quarantine islands in the lower New York Bay. Austen is best known for her street photography, but was more interested in Transcendentalism: the idea that man and nature are one. Her identity is hidden in the layers of her work.
The Austen exhibit will be on display until April 10. It was made possible by the Staten Island Foundation and the New York Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Historic House Trust.
The Arsenal Gallery is dedicated to examining themes of nature, urban space, wildlife, New York City parks and park history. It is located on the third floor of the Parks Department Headquarters in Central Park, on Fifth Avenue at 64th Street. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free.
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There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this park.
As of April 27, Central Park's Bow Bridge is closed to the public for structural work and a fresh coat of paint. The work is expected to last three to four months. Removing the old paint will require wrapping the bridge in a tent-like structure to prevent debris from falling into the water. Along with repainting, the work will include replacing the wooden decking, fixing several beams on the underside of the span, and reinforcing approaches at either end.
Anticipated Completion: Summer 2015
Starting June 29, 2015, Central Park Drives north of 72nd Street will be permanently car-free. For more information, please visit on.nyc.gov/1MOAh40.
Central Park Weather
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- This Weekend In Parks
- Tomorrow's World: The New York World's Fairs And Flushing Meadows Park On View At The Arsenal Gallery
- SummerStage: Nação Zumbi / Nation Beat’s Carnival Caravan feat. Cha Wa / DJ sets by Vinil Pompéia
- Exhibition: Living Landmarks
- Central Park Tour: Belvedere's Kingdom
- Shakespeare in the Park: Cymbeline
- Exhibition: Living Landmarks
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- Basketball Courts
- Bicycling and Greenways
- Dog-friendly Areas
- Fitness Equipment
- Great Trees
- Handball Courts
- Historic Houses
- Horseback Riding Trails
- Ice Skating Rinks
- Nature Centers
- Outdoor Pools
- Paddleboat Rentals
- Recreation Centers
- Soccer Fields
- Spray Showers
- Tennis Courts
- Volleyball Courts
- Wi-Fi Hot Spots
- Zoos and Aquariums
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