For those of us in the UK, Soho throws images of down town London, late bars, glamorous women, and over priced entry fees. But for New Yorkers, the name brings another meaning. The SoHo Arts Network of New York is an organisation of creatives and artists who make use of public space in the down town area. The exhibition spaces stretch across thirteen individual locations which are managed by the coalition of like minded producers.
Monday 27th sees a convening of a panel made up of artists from the organisation and the local area to discuss the effect and legacy of the institution and the positive benefits to the locale. Then a themed talk on the importance of art criticism from the 60s to the 70s will take place involving panellists Elizabeth Baker (previous editor in chief of Art in America), Elizabeth Rachleff Burtt (a New York University professor and curator of this gallery), and Phyllis Tuchman (a writer and historian).
Saturday 29th of April sees a down town culture walk, celebrating the history of the local culture and art scene of down town New York, and the importance of its continual support, evolution, and criticism. For this iconic city with its vibrant and dynamic art scene, it's warming to know that efforts are being continually made to enrich the location with culture to be directly experienced by those who pass by. Reaching out to artists, and to the community, with expertly co-ordinated and inclusive art events like this can be a great template for other international cities to show what they have and had.
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