Thursday, March 21, 2013

Roosevelt Island Motorgate Garage Transformed Into Art Gallery - Grand Opening Saturday March 23, Explore Brutalism With Clog

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) invites you to the Grand Opening of the Motorgate Gallery.

According to RIOC:
You are cordially invited to the Grand Opening of The Motorgate Gallery - Saturday, March 23rd at 2 PM. The Gallery is located inside the Atrium of the Motorgate Parking Garage (628 Main Street), next to the Gristedes Supermarket.

In a creative effort to expand the beautification of open spaces on Roosevelt Island, the opening will exhibit art work. Selected works have been curated from previous Fall for Arts Festival events by residents, local artists, students attending both The Child School/ Legacy High School and PS/IS 217, as well as members of Gallery RIVAA.

Immediately following the opening, there will be a reception held at Gallery RIVAA, 527 Main Street, at 3 PM. Light refreshments and drinks will be served.

We look forward to seeing you there.

This event is sponsored and curated by RIOC & the Gallery RIVAA.
Some more Motorgate murals.

According to Clog:
To celebrate the launch of CLOG's newest issue, join the editors on Roosevelt Island on March 23rd. At 2pm, CLOG will take part in the opening ceremony of the new Motorgate Gallery at 688 Main Street, after which we will walk south to Gallery RIVAA at 527 Main Street for a launch party at 3pm. CLOG and guest editor Michael Abrahamson will present the Brutalism issue, and photos by Iwan Baan, Andrew Kenney and Brett Beyer will be displayed.

A defining architectural style of the postwar era—characterized by severe, abstract geometries and the use of cast concrete, block and brick—Brutalism arguably produced some of the world’s least popular public buildings. The style’s international propagation brought modern architecture to ever-larger constituencies, and some argue that the perceived shortcomings of these Brutalist structures led to the demise of the Modernist project. While today often admired by architects, many Brutalist projects are now threatened with demolition....


Jo said...

I really love that they have made this dreary space SO much more interesting. It's lovely to see some color on RI instead of the dull red and concrete combination. My kids have loved wondering around looking at the paintings.
Now if only someone would do something with that awful wall outside the post office!!

Janet Falk said...

Having seen the works of some member artists shown in Gallery RIVAA, it looks like the one on the second floor (third photo) is by Valeriu Boborelu (Bobo) and the one near the elevator on the fourth floor (not pictured here), is signed by Barbara deCew.

Please provide captions with the artists' names, unless they are a collective effort.

CheshireKitty said...

Agree. They should let a street artist like Bansky do something with that wall.

Westviewer said...

I love this idea.

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