After bothering at least one correctional worker and one police officer, Gordon Skinner’s depiction of a pig cop provoked a different kind of complaint at a Ninth Square gathering Thursday night: Why was the work moved from its original perch?
That led to a broader set of questions: Whose voices matter, how much, and why?
Those questions were raised at Artspace’s Orange Street gallery Thursday night as close to 50 artists, students, activists and community members gathered to discuss the social value of controversial public art, and how both an institution and a city should respond to calls for that art to be altered or taken down.
Dressed head to toe in medieval garb and playing instruments from the days of yore, frontman Alieś Čumakoŭ and his band Stary Olsa weren’t auditioning for Game of Thrones or showing up for a new “Tunic Tuesday” event in New Haven.
The last of the old Ninth Square merchants, ACME Furniture, is in the process of closing to make way for new apartments — while a third-generation member of the family is scurrying to preserve much of the New Haven history inside the building.
A little past noon, and the customers at Ninth Square Market are trickling in off Orange Street, queueing up for one of Eddie Jabura’s famous sandwiches or dropping in quickly for something they forgot to get for lunch earlier in the day. One customer wants a pack of Newports. Another person is asking about wheat bread. Jabura, standing at attention at the counter, takes it all in with a big grin on his face.
Connecticut’s own Damn Broads — Michelle Threat on bass, Crazines on guitar, and Taytoxic on drums, all of them on vocals — had already finished its short, punchy set by 9 Tuesday night when Fea, from San Antonio, took Cafe Nine‘s stage.
The inspiration for Robert Reynolds in designing a mural for the new and newly opened Sandy Hook Elementary School was a long time in coming.
Fifteen years ago on an overcast day, the New Haven gallery owner and fine artist stood on Middleburg Beach in Holland with his then girlfriend as he received bad news of her medical status; stage 4 cervical and ovarian cancer. Moments later, Reynolds recounted, a flock of sea birds descended, enveloping the couple in what seemed a protective gesture and hopeful sign.
New Haven’s most sartorially-minded can stop holding their breath for at least one big surprise in fall fashion: at Friday’s Design On9 “First Friday” showcase and fashion show in the Ninth Square, Neville Wisdom’s first standardized bridesmaid dresses will hit the runway.