Wow! PKPR secured a front page Arts section feature on our longtime client, Arts Brookfield. In an in depth piece by culture reporter Allan Kozinn, the Times explores how Brookfield Properties, under the leadership of Artistic Director Debra Simon (pictured above in front of the World Financial Center) “has emerged as a surprisingly significant player in the arts” in New York City and nationwide.
Permalink | Posted on Oct 01, 2012 at 10:40 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk
Arts Brookfield’s second annual Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival, with headliners Buddy Guy and Neko Case, brought an estimated 20,000 people to the World Financial Center Plaza on July 11th and 12th.
To position the Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival as a major national festival, PKPR booked Buddy Guy on the Late Show with David Letterman to sit in as a special guest with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra.
Blues legend Buddy Guy, fresh from jamming with President Obama at an all-star concert at the White House last month, will join celebrated chanteuse Neko Case to headline a free two-day blues music festival in Lower Manhattan on July 11th and 12th at the World Financial Center Plaza.
Arts Brookfield at World Financial Center shined a spotlight on the modern master of archival and experimental film, Bill Morrison, in a free, four-night series pairing his acclaimed features with music by some of today’s most renowned composers. Hailed by Variety as “one of the most adventurous American filmmakers,” Morrison mixes decaying footage from old silent movies with wildly experimental original images and scores to create a stunning film-going experience.The series kicked-off and culminated with live performances by two celebrated new-music orchestras. The Wordless Music Orchestra accompanied Morrison’s The Miners’ Hymns, while The Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble performed the score for Morrison’s masterpiece Decasia.
For the second year in a row, PKPR handled publicity for Canstruction, the annual design competition which helps feed hungry New Yorkers during the Thanksgiving season.
26 of New York City’s leading architecture firms designed larger-than-life sculptures out of more than 100,000 unopened cans of food, all of which were then donated to City Harvest. Highlights of this year’s competition included sculptures of Angry Birds, a Converse sneaker, and Alexander McQueen’s high heels made famous by Lady Gaga.
Jules Feiffer’s beloved modern Dancer, whose cartoon figure ran for 40 years in The Village Voice, was celebrated by Arts World Financial Center in a series of special events during River To River Festival.
The centerpiece was the NY premiere of The Dancer Films, a collection of six very short films directed by Judy Dennis and featuring Andrea Weber of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company as the iconic character. Taking the experience further, Arts World Financial Center presented an exhibition of Feiffer’s original Dancer drawings alongside new works in A Dance To Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer.
This was one performance where the audience was not asked to turn off its phones.
In “The Attendants” by The Nerve Tank, audience members were invited to send text messages and tweets to influence the actions of two performers enclosed in an eight-foot plastic cube in the middle of the World Financial Center, one of New York City’s busiest business hubs. People around the world were also able to send messages and watch every move via a live webcam feed at www.NerveTank.com.
The sound of Carnival carousing and swordfights filled the World Financial Center this March when it presented a production of The Rover, a 17th Century Restoration comedy by Aphra Behn, the first professional female playwright in the English language.
From March 2nd through March 20th, Aphra Behn’s biting comedy of manners transformed the bustling business hub into 17th Century Naples at the height of Carnival, including live music and songs performed by the actors themselves. The New York Classical Theatre production employed the company’s signature panoramic staging style, taking audience members up and down staircases and around mezzanines throughout the 3.5-acre venue. Helmed by director Karin Coonrod, the bawdy, full-blooded romp unfolded not just in front of the audience but all around it.
Highlights from a forthcoming full-length musical exploring the controversial life and legacy of urban planner Robert Moses will have its world premiere at the World Financial Center Winter Garden on Saturday, January 15th.
Over 100,000 full cans of food were transformed into epic eye candy when they were assembled into fanciful, mind-boggling sculptures at the World Financial Center Winter Garden this month.
The fantastical installations, created by 25 teams of architects and engineers, were part of Canstruction®, an exhibit and design competition that drops jaws in more ways than one. In addition to being a visual smorgasbord for New Yorkers to feast their eyes on, Canstruction® is an inspired campaign aimed at raising hunger awareness during the Thanksgiving season. At the closing of the exhibit, the pop art was dismantled and donated to City Harvest for distribution to programs that feed hungry New Yorkers.
Celebrated artist Shepard Fairey (of the Obama “Hope” poster fame) guided more than 100 young New Yorkers in creating a powerful 40-foot long mural that made its public debut at the World Financial Center this month. The mural, “A Positive Thought Cannot Be Denied,” expresses the kids’ views on teen violence, the environment, education and other issues relating to social justice.
To celebrate Frederic Chopin’s 200th birthday on March 1st, Arts World Financial Center mounted one of the most ambitious tributes in the world, with more than 200 hours of music performed by nearly 200 pianists.
As featured in today’s New York Times, the bustling World Financial Center will be transformed into Elsinore Castle next month when it hosts a free production of Hamlet that will inhabit the sprawling venue as its set.
From April 1-18, New York Classical Theatre will perform William Shakespeare’s tragedy in their signature panoramic staging style, with the audience being drawn into Hamlet’s world as they follow the actors down staircases and around mezzanines throughout the entire World Financial Center complex.
Permalink | Posted on Mar 05, 2010 at 2:47 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk
From November 10th to December 18th, acclaimed artist MK Guth is inviting New Yorkers to bring old sweaters, socks, sheets, yarn, rags, and any unusable fabric to her workspace in an unused concourse-level retail space at One New York Plaza. Nestled between a Dunkin’ Donuts and a Subway, Guth is sorting, stacking, sewing, and weaving the materials into large ropes and sculptural objects. Visitors can observe and interact with Guth, who was featured in the 2008 Whitney Biennial. It’s the first phase of “This Fable is Intended for You: A Work-Energy Principle,” a 3-month public art project that will include an exhibit in the World Financial Center’s Courtyard Gallery and a performance in the Winter Garden. Check out these links for more on this project: Time Out New York, City Arts, Flavorwire, PAPER, and ArtInfo.
Permalink | Posted on Nov 17, 2009 at 10:47 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk