Pier Show, Tintype Exhibit this Weekend

piershowFive hundred exhibitors and with any luck thousands of antique-lovers will converge on Pier 94 in New York this weekend for Stella’s 2009 Pier Antiques Show. Merchandise will be found grouped by type, classic and formal; Americana, decorative arts and collectibles; 20th century Modern and Fashion Alley. There are shuttle buses from the Port Authority, Grand Central and 55th and Madison. The hours are 10-6 both Saturday and Sunday (back in the day shows were open until 11!).

Also this weekend (and after), David Sokosh, whose podcast about clocks can be heard by clicking on the right menu bar, has an exhibit of Victorian era-looking tintypes of mens fashion taken on Governor’s Island. Several are featured in a New York Times slide show.  Selections from the shoot will be on display and available for purchase at MDH Fine Arts at 233 West 19th Street in Manhattan.

About Art After X

With the death of President Kennedy in 1963, America changed. As hard as it is to minimize that sentiment, the effect of Dallas was even greater. The same year saw the merging of the Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts, which had been central to the art scene, and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Douglas MacAgy, then the director of DMCA, not only opposed the merger, but also declined to directorship of the combined museum. The regionalist movement which had been strong for decades, was giving way to more of an interest in what was going on nationally, and internationally. Like it or not, Dallas was on the national stage. When the Kennedy’s arrived in Fort Worth, local collectors had decorated a hotel room with internationally-renowned works. While the president and his wife learned a great deal about the ability of Texans to collect major art, there was little they could glean about the local scene in this era-defining city. With this in mind, we have begun a project to look not back at the art scene in Dallas, but foreword from 1963. We are interviewing gallery owners, curators and others involved in the art scene then, but this will be a story told mostly through interviews with artists active in the city from that point into the 1980s. The result will be a book with a video component. We hope you will join us in our journey. The hashtag for the project is #artafterx and the url artafterx.com will point to the latest updates on this weblog.

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