Graffiti Art, NEWSIES Dancers and More Set for CUNY TV's ARTS IN THE CITY, March 2014
The March edition of ARTS IN THE CITY celebrates our region's artists and their work - graffiti art, landscape and portrait art, dance, theatre, and comedy ... even social change. Hosted by Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson reporting from Gallery 69 in Tribeca, the newest ARTS IN THE CITY debuts Friday, March 14 (2014) on CUNY TV* at 10am, 3pm and 8:30pm; is repeated Sunday 3/16 at noon; and returns Friday 3/28 at 10am, 3pm and 8:30pm and on Sunday 3/30 at noon on CUNY TV. On and after March 14, the program may be viewed anytime on www.cuny.tv.
The stories this month:
• City as Canvas - Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection is an exhibition currently at the Museum of the City of New York, featuring photographs and canvases created in the heyday of the graffiti movement that blanketed New York City subways, walls and surfaces in the 1970s and 80s. Interviewed about the movement and the remarkable collection on display are Sean Corcoran, the Museum's Curator of Prints and Photographs; filmmaker Charlie Ahearn, director of Wild Style, a 1983 film about the street artists of the era; and the artists themselves - Daze, Futura 2000, Lady Pink, Lee Quiñones, and Sharp.
• Exploring what goes on in an artist's mind and soul when he creates, correspondent Lisa Beth Kovetz visits the Williamsburg studio of Dutch painter Han Broek, who was commissioned to paint a portrait of the new King of the Netherlands, now in Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum. Broek moved to the U.S. in 1985, talks about the painting process, and contrasts the light of two of his resident cities, Los Angeles - where he lived for 10 years - and his current home, New York.
• Newsies' Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Gattelli - and his young, athletic dancers Ben Fankhauser, John Michael Fiumara, Hogan Fulton, Daniel Quadrino and Jack Scott - tell Pat Collins about the joys and rigors of appearing in the physically challenging Broadway hit. And a different theatrical teamwork continues when Charles Busch and Julie Halston talk with Donna Hanover on the set of their newest show, The Tribute Artist, written by Busch and currently off-Broadway. After 15 plays and movies together, the two have an admirable and affectionate chemistry.
• Brooklyn-born Kerry Coddett is a New York-based comedian who has her own Internet series, The Coddett Project. When she challenged Saturday Night Live for its lack of diversity, her byline article went viral, resulting in an audition (for her and others) with Lorne Michaels. Although she didn't get hired, her piece effected the hiring of one woman in the company and two behind-the-scenes. Barry Mitchell shows that, despite a hard-won fight, the lady has kept her considerable sense of humor.
*CUNY TV is broadcast over-the-air in the tri-state area on Ch. 25.3, and cablecast in the five boroughs of New York City on Ch. 75 (Time Warner and Optimum), Ch. 77 (RCN) and Ch. 30 (Verizon FiOS).