Spring into Lower Manhattan


Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Spring Season Begins!
Over the next few months, LMCC will present a bevy of exciting Open Studio events that bring visitors closer to artists and the extraordinary work they’re creating. These events will draw you nearer to the city’s cultural pulse and immerse you in a community of innovative artists and creative thinkers.

Mark Your Calendars!
Open Studios with
Workspace Artists-in-Residence and Arts East River Waterfront Artists

Friday, May 2–Sunday, May 4, 2014, times vary
One Liberty Plaza, 12th Floor, Lower Manhattan

Paths to Pier 42
Sunday, May 4 from 12–4pm
Pier 42, Lower East Side

Join LMCC for Open Studio Weekend. Meet the Workspace artists who have been developing work in their studios since September and head on over to the Lower East Side to meet the 2014 Paths to Pier 42 artists who will be developing work on the pier this summer.

Open Studio with
The Mad Ones
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 4pm

100 Wall Street, Lower Manhattan

Join LMCC as the Mad Ones’ discuss their upcoming project The Essential Straight and Narrow, in a conversation led by Director Lila Neugebauer. Set in a motel room in New Mexico during the 1970s, the work follows an eclectic community and considers grief, mourning, memory, regret, and nostalgia. Described as a “love letter to the haunted American Southwest,” this Open Studio provides audiences with an opportunity to learn about the multifaceted nature and intricacies of presenting and creating this play before its premiere at the New Ohio Theatre.

Open Studio with
Mary Mattingly and
Buro Happold
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 6pm

Buro Happold
100 Broadway, Lower Manhattan

LMCC and Buro Happold invite audiences to engage in a conversation about creative processes and sustainable practices across sectors and their relationships to the health and strength of communities, featuring visual artist Mary Mattingly and an engineer from the firm Buro Happold. The conversation will focus on the process of developing and realizing ideas as they relate to public art projects and engineering strategies.

Open Studios with
Christopher McElroen and
Michou Szabo
Friday, April 25, 2014 from 12—5pm

Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island

Join LMCC for an afternoon of Open Studios on Governors Island featuring director and producer Christopher McElroen and choreographer Michou Szabo.

Set to a live and original jazz score, McElroen and collaborators perform a reading and presentation of (A) LOFT MODULATION, a theatrical adaptation of Sam Stephenson’s book and the historic WNYC radio series, The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith from 821 Sixth Avenue, 1957-1965.

Szabo’s Choreography peels back the layers of his signature cinematic elements found in previous works and closely investigates the essence of movement within the space. This “movement manifesto” open rehearsal gives audiences an opportunity to engage in a dialogue with the choreographer and learn about the evolution of the work.

Note: RSVP required for most of these events. For more information, please visit Open Studios

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Jim Lesses is a semi-retired Australian musician, blogger and photographer trying to live up to his personal motto: Love The Life You Live, by travelling on extended journeys as often and for as long as he can. As a solo traveller, Jim has taken himself on two round the world trips since 2008, and is planning his next journey for 2012.
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