Hu Bing Brown Paper Packages Tied Up in String Current: December 2016 to January 2017 Hu Bing Brown Paper Packages Tied Up in String Current: December 2016 to January 2017
Prow Art Space
past flatiron exhibits

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.

Cheryl McGinnis Projects presents:
﷯ Wendy Letven juxtaposes contrasting visual languages and typologies of form in her sculptural works, installations and paintings. Working fluidly across an array of mediums, she explores the physicality of her materials as a means of communicating the poetry at the boundary between reality and illusion. Letven states: “In my mixed media practice I work with an ever-expanding vocabulary of contrasting visual languages I have culled from both man-made and organic structures. Much of what I do has it’s root in observation, but is synthesized to a point of abstraction at which it becomes a more open-ended sign or symbol. My process begins with sketches and drawings, as I study the intrinsic similarities in patterns of growth and the invisible forces that define the universe. Layering shape, upon shape and juxtaposition colors I am after a kind of energy, rhythm and vibration contained in complex combinations. Spatially, I employ figure/ground reversals to delight and confound the eye, but also to unify the work. Most of all I am interested in the communicative aspect of the visual language I am developing. I want to offer people a very open-ended decoding experience when engaging with my work.”
Wendy holds a BFA from Tyler School of Art and an MFA from Hunter College. She has been an artist in residence at Dieu Donne in New York, Gallery Aferro in Newark and The McDowell Colony in New Hampshire. Wendy has created public art installations and outdoor sculpture for programs including Activate Market Street in Newark, as an invited artists for I Love Playtime at the Metropolitan Pavilion in NYC, for Summit Public Art in Downtown Summit, and recently for Morris Arts in an exhibit of New Jersey Women Artists, “Approaching Vibrancy”, curated by Mary Birmingham of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. Her work is currently included in a collaborative installation inside a dollhouse for the exhibit “Home is Where the Heart is” at The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at the Newschool in New York.
 Heidi Lanino Folded Females June to October 2018
photos by Greg Rhein Photography
 Heidi Lanino Folded Females June to October 2018 Cheryl McGinnis Projects presents:
 Heidi Lanino’s Folded Females employs expressive line, a deep interest in kinesthetic form and the notion of liminal space. The works are made intuitively using paper or metal, folded with an adept sensibility to create a portrait of the female, portraying both strength and vulnerability in their various forms. Referencing Greek and Roman Sculpture, these Folded Females are not only exploring questions about accepted ideals of beauty but the process of unfolding and folding of oneself in response to each moment of the human, lived experience.
Elizabeth Knowles Spark January 2017 through Mid-May 2018



﷯ Cheryl McGinnis Projects presents:
 Fractal structures define life’s patterns both figuratively and metaphorically. Just as a cell groups together with other cells to form a more complex organism, this installation process begins with the most simple and builds to the more complex. Knowles connects one fundamental element with another and another and another until a more intricate whole is formed. Through site-specific installation, she explore how dynamic patterns connect landscapes and life forms, physiology and physics, death and detritus, growth and form. This exhibition continues our theme of connectivity through art, science, technology.
﷯ December 2017 through mid-January 2018



﷯ Cheryl McGinnis Projects presents:
 New York City is bustling with people of diverse cultures all celebrating the holidays in their own unique fashion. Our individual celebrations connect us as a community. We envisioned an eclectic feast to which everyone is invited.
created by: Joseph Klaus Alexandra D’Alleva YooJung Lee faculty advisors: Anne Kong Anne Finkelstein
Visual Presentation and Exhibit Design Program Communication Design and Pathways Department
This year’s theme was conceived by The Schomburg Center's immersive Teen Curator's Program to reflect the many cultural celebrations taking place throughout the Harlem community. The Flatiron window is part of a larger group of windows in Harlem, celebrating cultural diversity. They were all designed by students from the Fashion Institute of Technology. The windows were inspired by seven Traditional Harlem Celebrations: Three Kings Day, Christmas, Hanukka, Loiza, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, and Harlem Week.
﷯ Current: through mid-November 2017



Garret Kane [Golemecha]  In Judaic folk lore a Golem is a protector made from mud and sticks. From Japanese culture a Mech is typically a protector made from advanced robotics. Combining the two we arrive at a modern day protector of everything, constructed not only of nature but technology as well. The physics equations beneath the mud show a glimpse in time, a pause in its construction in which you can view the underlying code that creates both it and all things. Additionally, the number nine is steeped deeply in religious and historical beliefs from the Chinese, Jewish, nordic mythologies and more - hence the 9 celestial bodies surrounding Golemecha. Golemecha is a 7ft tall sculpture made from: plastic, welded metal rods, wire mesh, plaster wrap, 3D printed parts, glue, spray paint, borax, branches, roots, tree kits, LED kits, preserved moss, preserved bonsai, copper plating, and patina kits.
 Veronica Mainetti The Rebirth
Veronica Mainetti The Rebirth Veronica Mainetti’s “The Rebirth” in both photo and video graphic mediums captures the artist herself in several stages of an out-of-body experience. The conceptual image chronicles moments of the sleep cycle in which Mainetti's inner journey is explored by the artist and viewer alike. Mainetti uses the self as a means to explore not only her own journey, but also the condition of our current global circumstances. As humanity finds itself at a pivotal moment, we need desperately to take a deeper look at our history in order to preserve our future in a way that is sustainable. Mainetti, a conceptual photographer, history buffer, sustainable developer and world traveler is at once a Renaissance and Millennial woman. Restoring the past in order to preserve the future is the core of not only Mainetti’s life, but also her life’s work as an artist, which extends far beyond the medium of video and photography. Exhibiting Mainetti’s work in New York’s architecturally historic Flatiron Building, where the Flatiron Prow Art Space has been instrumental in changing the way New Yorkers and travelers to the city view art, ignites a conversation with the past, present and future. The Flatiron Prow Art Space was envisioned in 2011 by Cheryl McGinnis as a way to make art accessible to all in an unexpected place. Millions of viewers a week happen upon the building and see work they would not otherwise see unless they visited a gallery or museum. A different experience than public art, The Flatiron Prow Art Space presents work within the triangular windows at the intersections of 23rd Street, Broadway and Fifth Avenue. It is as if the exterior walls of a museum were removed so that viewers can see directly inside from the street as they view the work. Art becomes a democratic vehicle to be experienced by all thus creating a broader conversation in which increasingly more people can take part.
 Veronica Mainetti The Rebirth
Sarah Haviland: Rise Above
Sarah Haviland: Rise Above
These “drawings in space” explore the human-bird personae, recalling mythical winged figures related to the soul. Inspired by stories and images from many world cultures, these beings acknowledge dualities: strength & subtlety movement & stability ancient & contemporary earth & sky #riseabove
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.
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.

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