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It’s that time of year again!

It’s hard to find anyone who disagrees - New York City at the holidays is the most beautiful place on earth. 

And to kick things off after we’ve all recovered from our turkey-comas and post-thanksgiving shopping mania… celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season with the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting of 2014 this Wednesday, December 4th at Rockefeller Center. 

Thousands upon thousands of people line the streets of Rockefeller Center for this beautiful, iconic ceremony, so get there early. Festivities kick off at 7pm.

You’d better believe the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts will be in attendance - we’ll have the pictures to share with you on Thursday, December 5th!

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Angel Orensanz Foundation of the Arts: October Newsletter, #28

The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts would like to present to you its  October 2013 Newsletter, Issue #28.  Loaded with spectacular images and graphics by our graphic designer, Yuliya Novosad, bringing samples of the work of Angel Orensanz.

The October 2013 issue also features four-length articles written by Foundation Director, Al Orensanz, and Foundation writer, Zoe V. Speas. Topics covered include:

  • Verbal Communication and the Art of Conversation
  • Tedx Lower East Side at The Angel Orensanz Foundation
  • Air Travel as Inspiration for Abstract Art
  • Angel Orensanz Foundation for Art Palm Beach 2014

Within the pages of Issue #28, the Foundation has included a special preview of Al Orensanz’s publication, 1986 to the Present: the Orensanz Years. The piece outlines the history of the Orensanz purchase of the Anshe Slonim synagogue on Norfolk Street in the mid-1980s, following the development of the space into the thriving arts foundation as it exists today.

The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Artsinvites you to delve into the pages of our Newsletter and to accept an invitation to visit the spectacular sculpture exhibitions currently on display in the Angel Orensanz Museum, on site at 172 Norfolk Street, New York. 

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Before. and after.

Oh well. Nothing lasts forever, I guess. Maybe that’s the point, right?

Start tearing them down, folks. Here comes the part where all of the Banksy street art begins to fall away from the walls and buildings upon which they were installed, irritatingly in parallel with the leaves just now starting to trickle from the branches of trees as fall hits us full swing. 

There’s a LIST of the remaining Banksy pieces still functioning and intact, so check them out while you can. 

Happy November.

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Coming Soon: Angel Orensanz at Art Palm Beach 2014

It’s coming! Are you ready?

Angel Orensanz will attend the Art Palm Beach 2014 fair this January after participating in last year’s festivities. 

Follow the Angel Orensanz Foundation BLOG  for updates on the event, what we’re bringing, what to expect - all coming soon!

But for now: LOOK AT THESE IMAGES for a taste of what we’re serving this winter. Miami better get ready. It’s going to be quite a feast

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Air Travel as Inspiration for Abstract Art - Angel Orensanz Foundation

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Check out our newly published article on the exciting process behind ‘in-flight art’!

Click the link above to read about the long tradition of traveling as a source of inspiration for artists, writers, and creators throughout history. Angel Orensanz creates a contemporary context for this tradition in his photo art collection.

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Cats. We. LOVE. Presenting: Tito!



by: Zoe V. Speas, writer/resident cat enthusiast at The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts

That’s right, we’re back and with a furry, feline vengeance.

All right, so say what you want but it’s MONDAY, people, what’s more it is Columbus Day of all days, and I ask you what better way to celebrate than with a special feline edition of What. We. LOVE. here at the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts?

Hmm? Nothing? Great! And so, without further ado and since I’m pretty sure my editors assumed I was kidding when I suggested a blog post about our Foundation mascot …

Everybody, meet Tito!

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Tito is the boss of us here at the Angel Orensanz Foundation and it’s best not to question him. In an interview, a question was brought up regarding the source of his infinite authority at 172 Norfolk Street, but Tito declined to comment, choosing to indulge in the ever-present can of ‘fancy feast’ that awaits him every morning in the corner of Foundation Director Al Orensanz's office. 


As you can see from the above image, Tito has absolutely no qualms about putting his foot down and taking charge if occasion calls for it. Here, our fearless leader forced us to take a step back from the urgent projects that clearly were distracting us from the most important aspect of our jobs - paying attention to Tito when he wants it.

Which is not to be confused with when he does notwant attention. 

That’s when we all become quite certain of our places in the world, when, out of nowhere …

Tito disappears


Sometimes for hours.

Maybe even daysWe’re alone. Abandoned. Hopeless. Without direction.

This image is here to illustrate the kind of melancholic funk into which we sink during one of Tito’s sabbaticals.

He’s a “love ‘em and leave ‘em” kind of cat. Once he vanished for a week only to return with war-wounds across his face, giving him a very distinguished looking battlescar across his little kitty nose. 

But when he comes home, our arms are open. We lay out the ‘fancy feast’ every morning, just in case and patiently reattach computer keys that he has dislodged by using the keyboard as a scratching postimage


Because at the end of the day, we’re family here at the Orensanz Foundation.

And we simply wouldn’t be the same without Tito presiding over us.

Tito can be reached (when he feels like it) at 172 Norfolk Street, c/o The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts. All submissions should be accompanied by something tasty like a can of tuna or bowl of milk. 

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Writers. We. LOVE. Episode 2 - New York Art Critic CORINNA KIRSCH - Angel Orensanz Foundation

And we’re back!

Click above for the link to the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts new blog post. It’s EPISODE TWO of our new series, Writers. We. LOVE. This time, the Foundation sits down with Corinna Kirsch, Senior Editor for the popular New York arts blog, ART F CITYto learn more about her work, her passions, and most importantly:

What exactly it takes to be a PANDA?

Check us out and tell us what you think!

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7th Annual HONK NYC! Festival to begin October 15 

With a name like HONK!, how can you not want to go?

by: Zoe V. Speas, The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts

We might be historic and hauntingly beautiful, but that doesn’t mean we can’t throw down like the rest of them.

Here at the Angel Orensanz Foundation, we’ve been known to throw a raucous party or two. The fabulous launch of Chris March’s design for Target a couple weeks ago immediately springs to mind. 

And in the spirit of promoting celebration of arts and music, I’d like to direct your attention to the following:


On the recommendation of former ‘Writers. We. LOVE.’ featured writer, Christine Mclaren, I checked out the buzz about  the upcoming HONK NYC! music festival. I’m so glad I did.

I mean, hey, if I can find a way to sneak a trip into Brooklyn and say it’s for WORK you better believe, I’m going to do it. 

So, in our interviews, Christine mentioned to me that she plays with a brass band in Vancouver called The Carnival Band (for which reason she owns a surprising number of miniature top-hats, remember?) and expressed her jealousy at not being able to attend the Honk! performance in October. 

Not being as cool as our Writer. We. LOVE., I had to do some research to familiarize myself with what exactly HONK! is.

By the way, I’m going to be using the word HONK as much as possible in this blog post because it’s fun. FYI.

Here’s a little bit about HONK!


  • HONK! is part of a long tradition of street band performers who incorporate the styles of a variety of folk music backgrounds, including New Orleans, European Klezmer, and Balkan and Romani music. 

From the homepage:

“‘Honkers’all share a commitment to several core principles. Metaphorically speaking, they honk their horns for the same reasons motorists honk theirs: to arouse fellow travelers, to warn of danger, to celebrate milestones, and to just plain have fun.

  • The music serves a dual purpose of tearing down constructed boundaries such as “performer” to “audience member”, while promoting social activism through universal inclusion.

The music is first and foremost a celebration in the style of Mardi Gras or Carnival. 

Again, how can you not want to go?! Look how happy this girl looks with her tuba.image

photo credit: Geoff Adams

So, the basics.

HONK! Begins its 2013 festival in Boston, MA between the days of 10 October and 13 October. And in case you’re in Boston reading this, here’s a link to the schedule.

But, don’t dismay, New York. They’re coming HERE, too.

Festivities kick off on Tuesday, October 15th in Brooklyn with a pre-show parade at 6:30 followed by an open dance-party.

Events are hosted on each of the days following until Saturday, October 19th, which includes a “Kids’ Honk!” festival at the Childrens’ Museum of Art.

But what I’m looking forward to is Friday, October 18th. image

photo credit: Ro Mo.

Below: From the Honk!NYC website.

Friday, October 18: HONK NYC! Friday Night Gala at Gowanus Ballroom

55 9th St  New York, NY 11231
Pre-show Parade: Doors at Gowanus Ballroom: 8pm. Show: 9pm

HONK NYC!’s Friday night blowout begins with a parade around Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood, and ends on the shores of the canal in the cavernous gallery spaces of Gowanus Ballroom. The party starts with sets by visiting bands Os Siderais, Environmental Encroachment and Perhaps Contraption. Three Brooklyn-based bands round out the night. Hitting at the midnight hour will be PitchBlak Brass Band, the hottest hip-hop brass outfit in town. Inspired by the Romany Gypsy music of the Balkans, Veveritse, an irresistible party band, follows. The evening concludes with Brooklyn’s own Haitain rah rah band institution, Djarara.


You’d better believe I’ll be there with my eyes peeled and ears ringing. I hope you all get the chance to head out, but I’ll be sure to diligently take notes to provide you with an empirical report of the goings-on, in case you can’t make it.

But seriously, I hope you can.

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