Sister Tesa Fitzgerald is devoted to motherhood. As a nun in the order of Saint Joseph of Brentwood, she lives and works in Queens, running the organization she founded, Hour Children, to serve as a halfway house for women emerging from prison.
Over the past few weeks, renowned British street artist Banksy has taken New York City by storm, leaving a trail of spray paint in his wake. But graffiti is nothing new here: The city has long acted as a blank canvas to artists.
Socrates Sculpture Park and do it are a marriage made in heaven. Their concept and ethos reflect each other perfectly. Both are about, crucuially, community and ongoing collaborations, about loosening common preconceived notions about the hierarchies in art.
Artists enjoy their most private moments in their studios, where the creative energies flow and the demons emerge in full force. Artist studios--backstage to the galleries, museums and other places of public art displays--are sadly, so little explored by the public.
Suzi, who looks like a runway model, was born in Hawaii right before it became a state in 1960; Jeff was raised in Kansas City, Mo. It was fate that brought them together and sent them to New York City.
LIC's industrial buildings were repurposed for studio space in the 1970s and 1980s, giving the neighborhood an artistic reputation. The P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center dates to 1976 and is now aligned with the Museum of Modern Art.
It turns out being stuck in the city for Labor Day weekend isn't so bad after all. I started Saturday evening at the West Village outpost of Flex Mussels, a mini-chain from Canada's Prince Edward Island.