Storm King Arts Center, New York

After our rendezvous in Mass MoCA, we went to Storm King Arts Center. I’d describe it as the Titan of all contemporary art spaces I’ve been to in New York just because of it’s massive park space with an impressive sculpture collection.

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It took us two hours to get there which wasn’t bad since we’re already on our way back to New York.

Some of the sculptures you can touch and move like the one above by artist Arnaldo Pomodoro. In the description, it was created The Pietrarubbia Group to commemorate Pietrarubbia, a dilapidated Italian village near his hometown. As he has explained,

“I felt duty bound to deal with my memories, and I wanted to make sense out of that situation, those fragments of a culture that were being destroyed.”

Pomodoro has called this work both a “village-sculpture” and “a vision of an archaic settlement.” The sculpture itself, which visitors can enter through its grand, slab-like doors, stands in for the village; the scratched, jagged writing on the walls attests to life within this forgotten society, a memento of time past.”

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The weather was beautiful, I wish I wore comfortable shoes during my visit. This sculpture looks like an assembly of old wizards.  Created by artist Lynda Benglis North South East West, 1988/2009/2014-15. Made of bronze and steel.

Here are a few sculptures I find interesting: The Three-Legged Buddha by Zhang Huan; Alyson Shotz’s Mirror Fence which was I think the most playful of all; Ursula von Rydingsvard’s For Paul which was very touching, she created it for her husband.

I find the story about the two anarchist mentioned in the sculpture Gazebo for Two Anarchists interesting It is one of several works Siah Armajani has dedicated to twentieth-century anarchists—brother and sister Alberto and Gabriella Antolini, the latter of whom was imprisoned for transportation of explosives in the Youngstown Affair in 1918.

Gabriella was named “dinamite girl” as she was the one who was imprisoned carrying 50 pounds of dynamite and a pistol.

According to Gabriella’s son, Febo Pomilia, his mother remained a devoted anarchist until her death from cancer in 1984. She was indeed a strong woman with a lot of conviction but pity she got imprisoned, didn’t get away with it.

 

 Overall, it was a worthwhile visit. Make sure to put on lots of sunblock, bring water and good comfortable shoes to walk around. Bring a picnic basket!