Now open at 117 Beekman Street and running through Sept. 30, FIT will showcase the work of the Urban Studio, an artist collective of students and alumni of the Fine Arts Department. The exhibition title “#wip” is a popular Instagram hashtag used by artists meaning “work in progress.” As social media influences culture, sharing on these platforms becomes an integral part of the creative process. As artists invest time experimenting with materials and content, one idea leads to the next. The documentation of these various stages of work permits an intimate view of moments that were traditionally solitary. The artwork on display ranges from drawing, printmaking, sculpture and painting to video and fiber art. The Instagram account, @fineartsfit, will demonstrate that the show is indeed a work in-progress.
“We are honored to partner with a reputable organization like FIT to continue growing the Culture District program and make the Seaport an anchor for art, design, fashion and culture in Lower Manhattan,” said Phillip St. Pierre, Senior General Manager of the Seaport District for The Howard Hughes Corporation.
As redevelopment of the neighborhood progresses, The Howard Hughes Corporation will curate a number of installations and activations as a glimpse into the future transformation of the district. These include fashion pop-up Seaport Studios and the only Smorgasburg outpost in Lower Manhattan, open seven days a week. The reinvigorated Seaport will include the ultimate cinematic experience with iPic Theaters opening a movie and dinner theater in the Fulton Market Building, a new restaurant concept from the Momofuku Group at Pier 17, a 2,500-square-foot restaurant by fast-casual, vegan hotspot by CHLOE., and a partnership with acclaimed chef and restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten in a 40,000 square foot food market in the restored Tin Building, and a seafood concept in Pier 17. Popular independent New York bookseller McNally Jackson Books and Amsterdam fashion retailer Scotch & Soda will also open on the cobblestoned streets of Schermerhorn Row.
The Design Market, an innovative retail installation occupying the ground level of the Seaport Studios at 19 Fulton Street, will also remain open through the end of the year. The market offers a carefully curated selection of design objects including furniture, lighting, accessories, artwork and other merchandise. The Market features a selection of original home accessories, decorative gifts, stationary and jewelry curated by WantedDesign.
For additional information and program updates on the Seaport Culture District, visit www.southstreetseaport.com.