News

Hurricane Sandy Report, 2 Days After [UPDATE 12]

by Hrag Vartanian on October 31, 2012

Today, two days after New York was struck by Post-tropical Cyclone Sandy the city’s art community continues to assess the damage and what it will mean going forward. We continue our coverage today …

UPDATE 1: Artist Jomar Statkun sent us these photos of the front doors of Gagosian in Chelsea last night. The peak waterline is apparent in the images.

UPDATE 2: Katya Kazakina of Bloomberg has an insightful story on the Chelsea gallery district post-Sandy damage and she collects quotes from a number of dealers.

“I’ve probably lost $100,000 worth of art. Our basement is wet all the way to the ceiling,” she said. Churner said the gallery is insured. But she feared “that there’s some act of God or hurricane clause.”

Art dealer Margaret Thatcher, who operates a gallery on West 23rd Street, pointed to a folder of approximately 40 drawings for an upcoming exhibition. Priced at $5,000 each, all were soaked.

“They are all destroyed,” she said. “We need federal funding, this is a devastated area.”

Does Chelsea really need federal funding? In response to our update, one tweeter had this to say:

Gallerist Madga Sawon has a rebuttal:

UPDATE 3: The impact of Sandy is being felt far and wide. In Dallas, Texas, the Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Museum is open free to travelers stranded by the hurricane — you just have to show ID from one of the states affected by the storm. The museum is currently featuring an interesting exhibition of early court portraits by Spanish old master Diego Velazquez, including his first painting of Philip IV. The museum is even open late tomorrow, until 9 PM.

UPDATE 4: With schools closed, Virginia cultural institutions are seeing a surge of visitors. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts saw a greater than usual weekday crowd, according to the Times Dispatch. The museum was largely unaffected by the storm, but did have to disassemble a 10-foot-tall glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly called “Red Reeds” and remove it from the reflecting pool where it is usually installed. They hope to have it reinstalled by the weekend.

UPDATE 5: MoMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art are both open today. Both museums, respectively located in midtown Manhattan and the Upper East Side, appear to have been unaffected by Sandy.

The Met sent the following notice to the media:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s main building at Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street will reopen to the public on Wednesday, October 31, from noon to 5:30 p.m. Admission will be free to the public on Wednesday. Regular hours will resume on Thursday, November 1.

The Cloisters, the Metropolitan Museum’s branch museum in Fort Tryon Park, will remain closed to the public on Wednesday.

MoMA sent the following last night:

The Museum of Modern Art will be open tomorrow, October 31, and will resume regular public hours, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Museum’s dining facilities and the MoMA Retail Stores (with the exception of the Soho location) will also be open. For more information, please visit MoMA.org.

UPDATE 6: New Orleans-based artist Muffin Bernstein just posted a few comments in response to our posting of this liveblog on Facebook. A veteran of post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, she writes:

Don’t expect insurance to cover anything. There are fine print hurricane clauses.

And I’m sorry but business be careful the federal funding SBA loans were the worst down in NOLA. I don’t understand why anyone left anything in basements. Please people if they say a storm is gonna hit you please get prepared. The Freezer is the safest place for art and film during a storm.

UPDATE 7: Hyperallergic’s Jillian Steinhauer reached out to The Drawing Center in Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood, which is still experiencing a blackout, and she received the following response:

The Drawing Center did not sustain any flooding or damage from Sandy.

Only problems for us are the lack of power downtown — which is creating some problems for us to put the finishing touches on the space before we reopen after our year-long expansion and renovation work. We now needed to postpone the opening to next week after Election Day so our reopening reception has moved to Wed, Nov 8 from 6-9pm; it’s open to the public and no rsvp is required.

UPDATE 8: We received the following update regarding the situation in Dumbo from artist Matthew Deleget, co-founder of Minus Space gallery on Front Street. He writes.

Just arrived at my gallery at 111 Front Street in Dumbo and everything seems  to have weathered the storm ok. No galleries on my floor reporting any damage that I know of.  The power at the 111 Front Street gallery building is off. Should be restored later today according to building management. Attached is a pic though of the entrance to SmackMellon down the street. Note the high water mark near the top of the door in the lower level. Pumps are going full blast in every building near the water in Dumbo.

UPI, AIR Gallery and our gallery are all  pushing back our openings scheduled for this week until next. Ours is next Friday instead. We will make an announcement about it when we have power and Internet access again.

HE LATER ADDED: Klompching Gallery on the floor also just postponed until next week.

UPDATE 9: Allison Meier of Artinfo has a good report on the conditions in Gowanus and Gowanus Ballroom appears to have sustained serious damage. She writes:

Debris littered the front of the art space, which remained lit by a generator. The text [sic] above is from the recent “To the Stars on the Wings of an An Eel” exhibition, which included work by Kiki Smith, Swoon, Duke Riley, and Dustin Yellin.

And she posted this image of Riley’s tousled submarine:

UPDATE 10: A tweet from artist Makoto Fujimura, who is represented by Dillon Gallery in Chelsea, suggests that the damage to the West 25th Street gallery is extensive:

UPDATE 11: Artist Leon Reid IV, who is based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, reports that his studio, which like Rachel Beach is located at 99 Commercial Street, has been destroyed. He posted the following message and photo on Facebook:

STUDIO DESTROYED! Hurricane Sandy took my studio apart. Of the 8ft of headroom, over 4.5ft of water was absorbed. Among the casualties are the 100 Story House, original artworks, thousands of dollars in equipment, materials and property.

This studio was made great by alot of people and it will take alot of people to bring it back. You can get the full story and ways to support here.

http://www.leonthe4th.com/Studio%20Disaster%20Relief/1.html

 

UPDATE 12: Did you know Time magazine hired five professional photojournalists to document Post-tropical cyclone Sandy using Instagram? Pop Photo has this to say:

Yes, the photos do have the obligatory filters applied to them, but as a collection, they feel like a cohesive group of images. It’s a good reminder that truly talented photographers can use almost any outlet effectively based on the strength of their photographic sensibilities alone.

Would the photos be better had they been shot on a DSLR? Certainly, but they also wouldn’t have been available so immediately. We were literally bombarded with “guy with a cell phone camera” photos yesterday, so it was really cool to also have shooters with vision out there using the same method of delivery.

Here’s a direct link to the Time commission.

EDITOR’S NOTE: We are continuing this liveblog of Sandy-related information at “Hurricane Sandy Report, Three Days After.”

  • Subscribe to the Hyperallergic email newsletter!

Hyperallergic welcomes comments and a lively discussion, but comments are moderated after being posted. For more details please read our comment policy.

Previous post:

Next post: