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Lower Manhattan in Transition

In 2012, Access Restricted, LMCC’s nomadic lecture series, will explore Lower Manhattan in Transition. Lower Manhattan is a rich and fascinating area where New York City’s origins sit side by side with its imagined future. As planners, architects, city agencies and private entities create a vision for what the neighborhood will become over the next ten years, LMCC will bring artists into the conversation. In four programs taking place in spring throughout Lower Manhattan, artists, writers, and scholars will explore the relationship between the artistic imagination and the urban landscape, its history in Lower Manhattan, and its role in envisioning the future.

2012 Season Schedule

The Sacred and the Secular: Arts and Community at Trinity Wall Street

Listen to the lecture recorded by ARTonAIR here

Wednesday, March 21, 7PM

St. Paul’s Chapel, Broadway at Fulton Street


Julian Wachner (Director of Music and Arts, Trinity Wall Street)
Du Yun (Composer)
George Steel (General Manager and Artistic Director, New York City Opera)

Moderated by: Lara Pellegrinelli (Music journalist, regular contributor to NPR and visiting lecturer at Princeton University)

Since 1697 Trinity Church has played a vital role in Lower Manhattan’s civic, spiritual and cultural life. St. Paul’s Chapel has been a venue for both liturgical and, more recently, secular music. This program will explore how the arts, particularly music, can bridge the sacred and the secular, creating a space for community to come together in both contexts.

On The Waterfront: Re-Imagining the East River Waterfront Esplanade

Listen to the lecture recorded by ARTonAIR here

Wednesday, March 28, 7PM

Two Bridges Community Room, 82 Rutgers Slip

Directions: From the F walk South on Rutgers Slip (towards the water/FDR) 2 blocks. 82 Rutgers will be on the right; it is a tan and orange striped brick building.


Julieanne Herskowitz (NYCEDC) and Jamie Chan (Senior Planner/Urban Designer, NYC Department of City Planning)
Cathy E. Jones and Dana Getman (SHoP Architects)
Dylan House (Program Manager, Hester Street Collaborative)
Victor J. Papa (President, Two Bridges Neighborhood Council)

Moderated by: Cassim Shepard (Editor, Urban Omnibus, The Architectural League of New York)

Until recently the East River waterfront remained largely underdeveloped. As redevelopment moves forward along the East River Esplanade, particularly at Pier 15, Rutgers Slip Pavilion, the malls at Pike and Allen, and the EcoPark at Pier 35, questions arise about long-term vision and community engagement. What changes will development bring and what role will culture play in shaping the future of this long-neglected area? This program will bring together representatives of the NYC Economic Development Corporation, the Hester Street Collaborative, and Two Bridges Neighborhood Council to discuss the history of and visions for the East River waterfront.

At the Intersection: Art, Money and Politics

This event is at capacity

Wednesday, April 11, 7PM

Léman Manhattan Preparatory School, 41 Broad Street

Discussion Panel:

Jan Cohen-Cruz (Professor; Director, Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life)
Randy Martin (Chair, Art and Public Policy at NYU)
Morgan Jenness (Creative Consultant, Abrams Artists Agency)
Rachel Chavkin (Artistic Director, The TEAM)

Moderated by: Amy Whitaker (Art Business Faculty, Sotheby’s Institute; LMCC Writer in Residence; author, Museum Legs)

The intersection of Broad and Wall, where Federal Hall sits across from the New York Stock Exchange, serves as a physical representation of the proximity of money and politics throughout the history of Lower Manhattan. This discussion will explore the complicated and often fraught relationship between art, money and politics, the semiotics of dissent and how this is represented in the current moment.

From Radio Row to the Freedom Tower: Arts and the Evolution of Lower Manhattan

Listen to the lecture recorded by ARTonAIR here

Wednesday, April 18, 7PM

National September 11 Memorial & Museum Preview Site, 20 Vesey Street


Anita Contini (Arts and Culture Program, Bloomberg Philanthropies)
Linda Shelton (Executive Director, The Joyce Theater)
Eiko and Koma Otake (Artists)
Liz Thompson (Former Executive Director, LMCC; Founder, ArtfulAction Advisors/ArtfulAction Leadership Coaching)

Moderated By: Clifford Chanin (Director of Education and Programs, National September 11 Memorial & Museum)

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With the construction—and now re-building—of the World Trade Center site, the past fifty years have seen the west side of Lower Manhattan transformed from a humble strip of electronics stores to iconic locus of world commerce to a mixed-use neighborhood still in development. Along the way, the arts have played a pivotal role in engaging the public with this transformation. From Creative Time’s influential “Art On The Beach” programming on the Battery Park City landfill to the performances on the plaza of the World Trade Center, and the planned performing arts center in the newly developed site, the arts have brought audiences down to Lower Manhattan and informed the public perception and experience of the neighborhood. LMCC will host a discussion about the past, present, and future of creative engagement in this dynamic and ever-evolving area.

About Access Restricted:

Access Restricted is LMCC's free nomadic lecture series, now in its fifth season. The program, which has historically opened rarely visited and often prohibited spaces in Lower Manhattan to the general public, shifts its focus this year from discovering hidden places to the investigation of what is to come Downtown. As Lower Manhattan moves from recovery to growth and sustainability, LMCC will provide access to the ideas and people who are actively re-shaping Lower Manhattan, including architects, designers, academics, artists, and cultural leaders in the conversation.

This series is supported by grants from:
The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
New York Council on the Humanities

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