For a year and a half the walls of the Hive have remained colorful, yet bare. We always hoped to have local artists display their work, but the bare walls just seemed to feel less naked over time.
But last winter, convening on a cold night at Frank Gehry’s IAC building for an event sponsored by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, I had the opportunity to meet some artists who participated in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council‘s inaugural Artists Summer Institute. We immediately hit it off and decided that the Hive would be the perfect venue for an installation by the participating artists of the ASI program.
Now, several months later, the Hive is celebrating the installation of more than 20 pieces hung throughout the space in an exhibit entitled, The Balance. The name refers to the tenuous balance between the creative process and the practical issues of economic sustainability, an experience common to artists and small-business owners alike. More than 100 friends joined us for our opening celebration on October 26 and enjoyed not just the fixed pieces on the walls, but several video installations displayed in the conference room as well as numerous interactive pieces, including spoken word and a human earthquake!
The installation will be up through February and I encourage you to come by and enjoy it. Viewing is available to the public Monday through Friday 9 AM to 5 PM. Contact information on the pieces is available if you have questions or wish to make inquiries.