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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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zoespeas:

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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Happy Post-Halloween, everybody!
Did we all survive? Feeling good? Feeling strong? Excellent! 
From all of us here at the angelorensanzfoundation, thank you for a delicious season of jack-o-lanterns, candycorn, and slightly sinister silliness.
Cancelled last year as a result of the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, the New York City Halloween Parade of 2013 returned and dominated a route from Sixth Avenue and Spring Street to 16th Street. Greenwich Village was a storm of gaudiness and ghoulishness, celebrating one of the favorites of holidays and the parade’s 40th anniversary this year. 

And in case you made it to Spring St and couldn’t exit the subway because of the hoards of people gathered to watch …

…we found pictures!
Have a happy Turkey-month everybody!
Now go back to your hoards of candy and sugar yourself silly. That’s my plan, anyway. 
Zoe V. Speas, The Angel Orensanz Foundation
Photo credit: Sachyn Mital/Gothamist

Happy Post-Halloween, everybody!

Did we all survive? Feeling good? Feeling strong? Excellent! 

From all of us here at the angelorensanzfoundation, thank you for a delicious season of jack-o-lanterns, candycorn, and slightly sinister silliness.

Cancelled last year as a result of the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, the New York City Halloween Parade of 2013 returned and dominated a route from Sixth Avenue and Spring Street to 16th Street. Greenwich Village was a storm of gaudiness and ghoulishness, celebrating one of the favorites of holidays and the parade’s 40th anniversary this year. 

And in case you made it to Spring St and couldn’t exit the subway because of the hoards of people gathered to watch …

…we found pictures!

Have a happy Turkey-month everybody!

Now go back to your hoards of candy and sugar yourself silly. That’s my plan, anyway. 

Zoe V. Speas, The Angel Orensanz Foundation

Photo credit: Sachyn Mital/Gothamist

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Happy Post-Halloween, everybody!

Did we all survive? Feeling good? Feeling strong? Excellent! 

From all of us here at the angelorensanzfoundation, thank you for a delicious season of jack-o-lanterns, candycorn, and slightly sinister silliness.

Cancelled last year as a result of the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, the New York City Halloween Parade of 2013 returned and dominated a route from Sixth Avenue and Spring Street to 16th Street. Greenwich Village was a storm of gaudiness and ghoulishness, celebrating one of the favorites of holidays and the parade’s 40th anniversary this year. 

And in case you made it to Spring St and couldn’t exit the subway because of the hoards of people gathered to watch …

…we found pictures!

Have a happy Turkey-month everybody!

Now go back to your hoards of candy and sugar yourself silly. That’s my plan, anyway. 

Zoe V. Speas, The Angel Orensanz Foundation

Photo credit: Sachyn Mital/Gothamist

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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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Cats. We. LOVE. Presenting: Tito!

PRESENTING: Cats. We. LOVE.

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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. 

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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

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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

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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:

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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!

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  • 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 Honkfest.org 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

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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.

IT SOUNDS LIKE A BLAST. YOU SHOULD GO.

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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A Lapse in Art: The Government Shutdown

Closing Up Shop and Shutting Down the Museums?

by: Zoe V. Speas

It’s finally here. The long-awaited school trip of an eighth grade class from Small Town, USA to Washington D.C. The itinerary has been set, tickets purchased, museums targeted as essential tourism destinations.

After many hours and countless dollars spent in tolls, fuel, and hotel reservations, they’ve arrived inside the city limits of our nation’s capital, which teems with experiences that will last any young student and their chaperones for a lifetime.

And then it hits - the shutdown.

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Imagine the young minds and future leaders of our country as they tumble out of cramped seats on overcrowded buses. Imagine as they arrive upon the steps of the National Museum of American History or the United States Holocaust Museum or ANY BRANCH OF THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION to discover:

This Museum has been closed due to the shutdown of the Federal Government. It will reopen when the Federal Government resumes operations.

This is where it hits home. The cultivation of knowledge and historical significance effectively impeded by the inability of our leaders in Washington, D.C. to come to an agreement about the appropriations of funds?

On the United States Government homepage, with its oddly disconcerting slogan - “Government Made Easy” - a list of the effects of the government shutdown may be found for information on what exactly the shutdown means to us.

There’s a long bulleted list of the institutions whose operations have been suspended, followed by a shorter list of five vital organizations of the government that proceed uninhibited by the shutdown. See below.image

This is by no means to diminish from these aspects of our government as any less significant than we hold them to be. They continue to operate because we, on an individual level, would be virtually unable to function without them. 

That being said, look at the museum webpages for our invaluable government-funded programs in Washington, D.C.

The Museum of American History.

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The United States Holocaust Museum.

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The National Park Service.

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The American Art Museum.

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All closed.

Fun activity?

Click on the museums found on the Government-sponsored museum homepage and explore the various manners - and various level of subtlety - with which each website has used to announce the suspension of their activities. 

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When her home catches fire, a mother looks immediately towards her child out of an instinct to save and protect. The fire alarm goes off in our place of work or in our homes, and we reach out to grab the items we cannot live without. It’s human nature.

Yesterday, the fire that threatened us to make the toughest choices as citizens of our country closed the doors to museums, barricaded memorials, and left the trash to sit uncollected in the National Mall as a result of the first government shut-down in 17 years.

At the end of the day, we let art and history burn for the sake of the greater good. 

We’ll pick up the pieces and reopen the doors when the fire goes out. We’ll be grateful for the soldiers who continued to defend our freedom, for the prison guards and air traffic controllers who kept us safe, and to the government workers who delivered our paychecks.

But are we brave enough to look a little deeper and ask the uncomfortable questions? Can we live with the implications of our choices?

Examine what this says about our country. Our government. Our culture and our people. What does it say about you?

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September 2013 Newsletter, Issue #27 - Live on the Angel Orensanz Homepage!

The NEWS is OUT.

September 2013 Newsletter, Issue #27 as seen on www.orensanz.org

The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts proudly presents its September 2013 Newsletter, Issue #27.

Packed with breathtaking graphics designed by Yuliya Novosad, the Newsletter provides a sampling of the work of Angel Orensanz, the historic building in which it is housed, and press releases for important events both at the Orensanz Foundation and throughout the United States.

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

  • Spaces as Extensions of the Self
  • Language, Mind and Memory
  • What is Art? Louder Questions, and More Colorfully
  • Origins: The Influence of Space and History.

Within the pages of Issue #27, 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 Arts invites 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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