The show on Gus Wagner offers a rare look into the artist’s life through his 150-page scrapbook, which has photographs, sketches, postcards, press clippings, and more.
This week the South Street Seaport got an essential boost.
Cut through by the rumbling FDR Drive and shadowed on one side by the towering skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan, the South Street Seaport is still surprisingly transporting to New York City’s maritime past.
Struck with financial troubles, the South Street Seaport Museum closed its doors in March of 2011. Although its future was then uncertain, it has now reopened under the direction of the Museum of the City of New York, fueled by a $2 million grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation.
“The new managers of the struggling Seaport Museum New York have committed to reopen the 19th-century print shop Bowne & Co. Stationers, advocates said this week … at a closed-door meeting on Tuesday, the leaders of the Museum of the City of New York, which is taking over the Seaport Museum, promised to “reactivate” Bowne & Co.” [DNAinfo]
Some good news for Manhattan’s Seaport Museum, which has been in financial trouble for quite some time, as they received a $2 million grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corp.
Though it faces a budget crisis and problems with a misdirected leadership, New York City’s South Street Seaport Museum will remain intact and its working tall ships will stay moored in New York City Harbor rather than sent away for storage. Under a new plan, the museum’s president and board of directors will be replaced and land sold to the city to raise funds.
Following major funding and staff cuts this past February, New York City’s Seaport Museum closed its Bowne & Company Stationers, a well-known and well-liked working printing studio as well as a documentary exhibit of historical printing processes. Now, efforts are underway to reopen the studio.
A cornerstone of what was designed to be New York’s equivalent of Baltimore’s Harbor Place and Boston’s Quincy Market, the South Street Seaport Museum in lower Manhattan is in trouble. The museum has put 32 members of its staff on unpaid furloughs and closed the Bowne & Company Stationers letterpress studio.