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Previous Newsletters Vol. 1 Issue 5 - August 2011





Over the course of the past year, we received many requests to extend our app to other platforms. I’m delighted to share the soft launch of our Android App which will make our content more accessible to a wider audience. The app incorporates many new features including enhanced search options by city, a daily featured site and an events calendar. We plan to update the iPhone app soon with these features, so we hope you download the android version and give us your feedback. Here is the link.

On another note, we thank you all for generously supporting us on Kickstarter. We are pleased to announce that we made our goal. The funds will be used to expand our collection nationally.

Abby Suckle, President

cultureNOW President Abby Suckle moderates a Mapping the Cityscape Symposium

A series of five panel discussions to complement the exhibition were organized. The first of them, "From Maps to Apps: cultureNOW's Museum Without Walls Project" framed the discussion by tracing the organization's development over the past decade. In "Mapping Manhattan," four cartographers explored various ways of organizing, perceiving, and understanding Lower Manhattan though their projects that utilized ecological, archeological and interpretative maps. The "Mapping Risk" symposium brought to light the vital role maps play for city agencies, architects, planners and the public to prepare in the event of natural and man-made disasters. Building on cultureNOW's digital national gallery project, public art administrators from New York, Boston and New Haven came together for "Museum Without Walls: Blurring Boundaries" to discuss various approaches of using digital technology to make public art more accessible. On July 26th, city officials from New York, Pittsburgh and Albuquerque discussed "Planning for the Future: Integrating Art and Architecture into a Digital Cultural Landscape" and shared visions about incorporating art, technology, and cultural tourism into city planning.

Featured Art Collections:

Universities throughout the country have some of the most significant public artworks in their collections which not only enliven the campus, but are used as a teaching resource for their MFA and Architecture programs. Two of the most wonderful and extensive are Yale’s and MIT’s. They include work by both well-known and emerging artists, faculty and students.


MIT’s collections distinguish themselves from conventional museum holdings not only by the focus on contemporary art, but also by public visibility. The Institute itself has become the museum, with works of art integrated into daily life and working situations of visiting scholars, students, parents, alumni, and friends.



Yale University’s commitment to art as a public trust does not end at the museum door.  Hallmarks of the remarkable cultural life of the institution, works of art lend a public face to Yale’s educational mission.

Bars of Color Within Squares (2007) by Sol Lewitt © MIT Public Art Collection

La Grande Voile (1965) by Alexander Calder
© MIT Public Art Collection

Modern Head (1974) by Roy Lichtenstein
©Yale University Art Collection

Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks (1974) by Claes Oldenburg © Yale University Art Collection

cultureNOW will be a partner in Archtober. All of the events will be accessible on the iPhone/ Android. Stay Tuned.


boat tour


Architectural Boat Tour of New York
This summer marks the second year of the Architectural Boat Tour of New York in partnership with Classic Harbor Yacht and the AIANew York. If you can’t make the tours which are every Sunday and Tuesday till December, tour it on your own time on our website and apps.


Interesting Finds
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Featured Artist: SOL LEWITT
The featured artist this month is Sol Lewitt. As our digital national gallery expands, we discovered that his work can be found throughout the country in many collections and that it would be interesting to highlight a few key works.

Loopy Doopy (1999) by Sol Lewitt
photo © cultureNOW

Styrofoam Installation #32 (1996) by Sol Lewitt photo © cultureNOW

Featured Architect: PKSB ARCHITECTS
Pasenella, Klein, Stolzman & Berg Architects has a strong commitment to inserting new buildings sensitively into the existing historical context mainly within New York City. They have played a major role in the revitalization of Times Square as part of the team for the Red Steps in Father Duffy Square and the Triple Bridge Gateway at 42nd street & 9th Avenue.

TKTS Booth
Father Duffy Square Red Steps Architects: PKSB
Design Architects: Tai Ropiha and John Choi
TKTS Booth Architects: Perkins Eastman
photo © Paul Rivera/ArchPhoto
Courtesy of Perkins Eastman
Triple Bridge Gateway
photo © ArchPhoto