Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Vigil For A Horseman, 2017 (part 1 of 3). Oil on linen, 47 5/8 × 51 3/8 in (121 × 130.5 cm). Courtesy the artist; Corvi-Mora, London; and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Join us at Summer Streets for an offsite art-making workshop inspired by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Under-Song For A Cipher, on view at the New Museum through September 3, 2017. Often immersed in indistinct, monochrome settings, Yiadom-Boakye’s elegant characters come to life through her bold brushwork, appearing both cavalier and nonchalant, quotidian and otherworldly. In part because they inhabit neutral spaces, her subjects’ idle, private moments provoke the imagination of viewers and remain open to a range of narratives, memories, and interpretations. For this program, we’ll meet offsite at the Summer Streets Uptown Rest Stop at Rudin Plaza (at 51st Street and Park Avenue). Participants are welcome to drop in for an unconventional figure drawing workshop in which artists rotate in and out with models. Individuals will explore gesture drawing as both illustrator and subject, while considering the effects of body language and examining, from both sides, the relationship between an artist and her subject.
On three consecutive Saturdays in August, nearly seven miles of NYC’s streets are opened for people to play, run, walk, and bike. Summer Streets provides space for healthy recreation and encourages New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation. In 2016, nearly 300,000 people took advantage of the open streets. Held between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., Summer Streets extends from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets, with easy access from all points in New York City, allowing participants to plan a trip as long or short as they wish. All activities at Summer Streets are free of charge, and designed for people of all ages and ability levels to share the streets respectfully.