Spring Break Art Show at United Nations Plaza
Updated: Apr 29, 2019
As I was growing up in New York City the United Nations loomed large in the zeitgeist of our home. My family was humanist and we celebrated multinationalism and multiculturalism. We believed in the basic tenets of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
“Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world…” link for full document https://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/index.html
And I still do.
What struck me most about this year’s Spring Break Art Show was the dialog between of so much of the work and the show’s fact and fiction theme with its location at the UN Plaza. Some curators showed work by “immigrant” artists and others showed work about inclusion. Jonathan Paul’s US/THEM installation and performance provided the perfect entree into the show. Thankfully, after my interview I was lucky enough to be “One of us”. I was thrilled to discover Nathan Sinai Rayman’s flatpack Gallery Gallery Gallery offerings after just hearing his interview on the Remix podcast.
Listen here: https://theremix.nyc/podcast-batch-3
Even though the show was smaller this year than in the recent past, the work that was there was refreshingly provocative.