Demolishers dismantle an artist's studio, the facade of which is painted with the slogans 'Save the Village' and 'Wake Up Mr. Mayor!' New York, New York, May 16, 1960. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah.

Demolishers dismantle an artist's studio, the facade of which is painted with the slogans 'Save the Village' and 'Wake Up Mr. Mayor!' New York, New York, May 16, 1960. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah.

Welcome to the Save the Village Tours blog.

In addition to talking about the tours, posting photos of tours and the people on them and the sights that are seen, we will do something else, too. 

We'll keep track best we can of downtown changes that we feel, well, may be not so good. We're all about supporting the folks that are SAVING what is left (see: Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, gvshp.org/) and doing whatever little bit we can to keep Greenwich Village what is was, and is. With Fred W. McDarrah's photos one can see clearly what we are losing.  

It is not a new crusade. The McDarrah image on the Home page that has "Save The Village... Wake Up Mr. Mayor" is from 1960, and is referring to Mayor Robert F. Wagner. Similar slogans probably first appeared on the walls of the caves at Lascaux. 

But it is a crusade where this time, the light at the end of the tunnel may be a freight train coming to run us over. One conductor is NYU, which is doing its best to destroy the neighborhood that gives the school part of its appeal. Another conductor is Rudin Management, which replaced St. Vincent's, the only hospital in the Village, with more million dollar apartments. Another conductor is the husband and wife team of Oscar Proust and Colleen Goujjane who were cited last week for without anyone's knowledge or permission destroying part of the doorway to their landmark 1834 carriage house (first owner: Aaron Burr) which is now the restaurant One of By Land Two if By Sea. 

Not to single out the folks above. There are many, many, many, many greedy evil demon landlords, developers and real estate professionals to be stopped. Calling them out on their activities, and highlighting what is being lost, is important.         

Won't try to replicate the general brilliance of EVgrieve.com, easily the city's leading news, entertainment and lifestyle blog. It focuses on life below 14th St and east of Broadway. And we'll be more narrow in focus than vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com, which accurately and amusingly calls itself, "A bitterly nostalgic look at a city in the process of going extinct."

Instead, we'll focus our musings best we can on the ground the tours and the photos cover, as well as note places where McDarrah photos are currently being displayed, either in galleries and museums, or newspapers and magazines, or online.

As of today, July 16, 2015, here is a current list of institutions that have McDarrah on the walls:     

 

DOMESTIC:

 

YOKO ONO: ONE WOMAN SHOW, 1960 – 1971

WITH NEVER BEFORE SEEN MCDARRAH PHOTOS OF ONO AND HER WORK FROM THE 1960S

MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

11 WEST 53RD STREET

NEW YORK, NY 10019

ON EXHIBIT UNTIL SEPTEMBER 17, 2015

 

ARTIST TO ARTIST 

PORTRAITS OF ARTISTS BY HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON, HOLLIS FRAMPTON AND FRED W. MCDARRAH

ALBRIGHT-KNOX ART GALLERY

1285 ELMWOOD AVENUE
BUFFALO, NEW YORK - NY 14222

ON EXHIBIT UNTIL NOVEMBER 8, 2015

HTTP://WWW.ALBRIGHTKNOX.ORG/EXHIBITIONS/EXHIBITION:07-11-2015-PHOTOGRAPHS-OF-ARTISTS-FROM-THE-COLLECTION-OF-THE-ALBRIGHT-KNOX/

 

THE YOUNG LORDS IN NEW YORK   

FEATURING MCDARRAH  PHOTOS IN THE FIRST MUSEUM SURVEY TO EXAMINE THE RADICAL SOCIAL GROUP FOUNDED BY PUERTO RICAN YOUTH IN THE 1960S.  

THE BRONX MUSEUM OF THE ARTS

1040 GRAND CONCOURSE

BRONX, NY  10456

ON EXHIBIT UNTIL SEPTEMBER 13, 2015

http://www.bronxmuseum.org/exhibitions/presente-the-young-lords-in-new-York

 

MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK   

INCLUDING MCDARRAH  PHOTOS IN AN UNPRECEDENTED THREE SEPARATE EXHIBITIONS

MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK

1220 FIFTH AVE.

NEW YORK, NY 10029

1) FOLK CITY

ON EXHIBIT UNTIL NOVEMBER 29, 2015

2) SAVING PLACE 50 YEARS OF NYC LANDMARKS

ON EXHIBIT UNTIL SEPTEMBER 13, 2015

3) ACTIVIST NEW YORK

ONGOING EXHIBIT  

http://www.mcny.org/exhibitions/current

 

INTERNATIONAL:

 

WARHOL UNDERGROUND

WITH 25 CLASSIC MCDARRAH IMAGES OF ANDY AND THE FACTORY SCENE

CENTRE POMPIDOU-METZ

1 PARVIS DES DROITS DE L'HOMME, 57020. METZ, FRANCE

ON EXHIBIT UNTIL NOVEMBER 23, 2015

CENTREPOMPIDOU-METZ.FR/WARHOL-UNDERGROUND

 

MILAN TRIENNIAL

RARELY SEEN FRED W. MCDARRAH PHOTOS; ART, ARTISTS AND FOOD IS THE EXHIBITON THEME

TRIENNALE DESIGN MUSEUM

VIALE ALEMAGNA, 6, 20121. MILAN, ITALY

ON EXHIBIT UNTIL NOVEMBER 1, 2015

EXPO2015.ORG/EN/THE-THEMATIC-AREA-OF-ARTS---FOODS-IS-PRESENTED-AT-MILAN-S-TRIENNALE

 

LOUISE BOURGEOIS: I HAVE BEEN TO HELL AND BACK

NEVER BEFORE EXHIBITED MCDARRAH IMAGES OF BOURGEOIS

MUSEO PICASSO, MALAGA, SPAIN

ON EXHIBIT  UNTIL SEPT 27, 2015

HTTP://WWW.MUSEOPICASSOMALAGA.ORG/EN/MUSEO-PICASSO-MALAGA-PRESENTS-THE-EXHIBITION-LOUISE-BOURGEOIS-I-HAVE-BEEN-TO-HELL-AND-BACK

MODERNA MUSEET, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN  

ON EXHIBIT  FEB 14 TO MAY 17, 2015

 

Darn that is an impressive list!

And THREE shows at the Museum of the City of New York at once? That is unheard of. 

The point is that there is a tremendous demand for photos (and the memories?) of a Greenwich Village fast fading. That is why you are reading, right?