Prow Art Space

For 5 years, Cheryl McGinnis Projects has curated the iconic art space in the Prow of the historic Flatiron Building.  The space has become a beacon of art for the neighborhood.  Here are some of the highlights of the last 5 years.

Hu Bing Brown Paper Packages Tied Up in String Current: December 2016 to January 2017
Hu Bing: Brown Paper Packages Tied Up in String

When asked to create a holiday window for Sprint and Cheddar, immediately I thought of artist Hu Bing who had graced the space a few years ago with “Shattered Debris, Sheer Transformation.”  In this new exhibit, Hu Bing highlights both the warmth of the season and its wastefulness.

In “Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String” Hu Bing uses discarded wine and water bottles to create a smoldering, crackling environment that challenges the notions of debris, empty and filled, and where we find beauty.


Garret Kane Mimicri Current: August 2016 to December 2016
Garret Kane Mimicri Current: August 2016 to December 2016

 We converse with AI. We clone sheep. We can replace our bones, our ears, eyes and organs.  Meat isn’t just raised. It’s 3D printed. Life isn’t just lived. It’s rebuilt and rendered. Feelings aren’t only experienced, but can be prescribed and ingested. Daily life has been replicated into a copy of what nature began. And though it’s caused problems. It propells our species forward. Replication is in our DNA. And our ability to mimic the reality around us will ultimately ensure our survival.

By transforming The Prow into an ‘aquarium’ with a synthetic school of  fish it becomes a  fitting place to showcase this idea. We remind an audience at the heart of one of the largest manmade environments on earth that the world is no longer just nature itself, it is shared by the nature of man as well.

Each piece demonstrates the

idea of the natural transforming into the synthetic. The body is carved from solid wood and the  fins are composed from CNC milled steel and tinted cut glass.v

HuBing ShatteredDebris / Sheer Transformation March 2012 to June 2012

Hu Bing continues her ongoing project combining previous works with new pieces created exclusively for the shape, changing light and multi-faceted perspectives offered by this distinctive transparent space. Constructing precarious domestic environments from found objects, resin, latex, lights, and her unique expressionistic process of shattering and re-forming glass, Hu Bing literally breaks the medium as a metaphor for breaking with the violence and constraints she experienced under Mao’s Cultural Revolution, and subsequently her shock at the smashing of cars seen from her Brooklyn window when she first moved to Williamsburg in 1989.

HuBing ShatteredDebris / Sheer Transformation
Lin Yan Embracing Stillness February 2013 to May 2013
Lin Yan Embracing Stillness

Lin Yan’s site-specific installation in the glass-enclosed Prow Art Space explores the idea of stillness, especially in winter. Gently shifting with the air, serene layers of suspended translucent Xuan and Pi hand-made papers inhale and exhale light, surrounded by the frenzied flurry of urban life and architecture outside. Powerful, earthy charcoal drawings on torn and crumpled handmade papers organically collaged contrast the strength and fragility of existence. The space she finds between movement and stillness is analogous to the space we find as human beings between our often intense lives of movement, upper mobility, stress, and our very private moments of reflection.


Chelsea Hrynick Browne Flakes January 2016 to March 2016
Chelsea Hrynick Browne Flakes

Cheryl McGinnis Projects curator of the Sprint Flatiron Prow Art Space presents artist Chelsea Hrynick Browne’s site-specific hand-cut origami shapes.  Like flakes, the work possess both a movement and stillness.  Like real snowflakes, they can be experienced individually like a dusting of snow or for their all encompassing swirling momentum like recent storm Jonas.  Ironically, Jonas coincided with the opening of “Flakes.”

Dion Wilson - Choreographer, Dancer Dance Interprets Art January 2016 to March 2016
Dion Wilson - Choreographer, Dancer Dance Interprets Art
Continuing and building upon our vision to make art accessible to everyone and cultivate culture into daily lives, CMP invited world-renown choreographer and dancer Dion Wilson to use the medium of dance to interpret “Flakes” through his distinction vision of dance. Layering and melding these two art forms is extraordinarily rewarding for the artist, choreographer and curator.
Serena Gidwani Buschi Flora Sutra L=T-V November 2013 to January 2014
Serena Gidwani Buschi Flora Sutra L=T-V
Flora Sutra L=T-V is the culmination of years of physical labor, learning and contemplation. It originated with the idea of the individual sculpted flowers as they represent microcosms of ways of seeing and being in the world. They are belief systems, as each lotus has within it representations of religious, mythological or philosophical text and iconography of the East and West.
Rebecca Riley Randomland June 2012 to September 2012
Rebecca Riley Randomland
Cheryl McGinnis Projects is thrilled to present Randomland Rebecca Riley’s continuously growing network of invented worlds constructed from various forms of topographic maps, road maps and atlases. Joining fragments of randomly collected cartographic sources sometimes donated by friends and colleagues, Riley’s pangea is governed purely by aesthetics of line, shape and color representing roads, rivers, contours and boundaries. With the exception of waterways, which flow free of human control, she reveals patterns in her manipulated formations by applying acrylic paint with a self-imposed color system informed by the maps’ legends.
Cindy Kane Eyes on the Ground - Journals of War October 2014 to April 2015
Cindy Kane Eyes on the Ground - Journals of War
The SPRINT Prow Art Space in the Flatiron building in Manhattan presents a stunning aesthetic space to showcase a poignant installation curated by Cheryl McGinnis Projects, that pays tribute to foreign correspondents. The Helmet Project evolved as a natural expression of Cindy Kane’s respect for journalists and her desire to create a visual tribute to their work. Kane has created an installation of 50 used steel Vietnam era military helmets, each a stand-in portrait for a specific journalist.
Whitney Museum Edward Hopper "Nighthawks" February 2013 to March 2013
Whitney Museum Edward Hopper "Nighthawks"
By way of promoting its ongoing exhibition of Edward Hopper drawings, the Whitney Museum installed a cut-out and lit up life-size 3D installation of the artist’s best-known work, “Nighthawks,” in the glass-enclosed, ground-floor corner of the Flatiron Building at the intersection of Fifth Avenue, Broadway, and 23rd Street. As is revealed in the exhibition, “Hopper Drawing”, the Flatiron Building is one of several New York City locations that served as inspiration for Hopper’s famous 1942 diner scene.
Song Xin Cutting Dreams September 2012 to January 2013
Song Xin Cutting Dreams
Igniting conversation about the dreams, complexities and costs of freedom, Song’s large-scale Statue of Liberty stands as a beacon as it bears witness to the changing perceptions of the country’s birthright. Layered with a montage of photographs from daily life and newspaper clippings of current events, the statue is lit from within, illuminating the prow 24 hours a day. Waves of red papercut rain suspended from the ceiling flow into a river of tears from which the statue rises. Hand-cut from industrial foam board, multiple miniature red replicas of Liberty’s silhouette watch from all parts of the installation. Across a black papercut river over the lit platform of the prow, a bridge connects people, boroughs, countries and continents. Collaging the two walkways with American and Chinese journalism respectively, Song reveals the two cultures’ daily fascination with each other. This ongoing project in black and white includes touches of red as a reminder of the high price of freedom.
Christine Lihan Constructing Manhattan - from the Razor's Edge September 2015 to January 2016
Christine Lihan Constructing Manhattan - from the Razor's Edge
Christina Lihan's hand cut, site-specific installation envisions a layered Manhattan. With references and nods to each neighborhoods historical past, the physical structures are meticulously created while the perspective pays homage to the pedestrian experience.
Stephanie Hightower & Dorothea Hokema Landscape/Landschaft March 2014 to June 2014
Stephanie Hightower & Dorothea Hokema Landscape/Landschaft
Stephanie Hightower & Dorothea Hokema focus on the surface and the structure of urban spaces and perceive these situations as landscapes. This exhibition explores the visual qualities of urban planes and fields amidst traffic, housing complexes, construction sites and reservoirs. This collaboration ands surprising colors, structures, and constellations that convince one of the ephemeral beauty in urban environments, from New York to Berlin.

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