Sat, Jan 28|
Exploring the Gansevoort Market Historic District + Art from Haiti
Explore the colorful and varied history of the meatpacking district on this guided tour capped off with a visit to a local gallery.
Time & Location
Jan 28, 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
New York, Pier55 in Hudson River Park @, W 13th St, New York, NY 10014, USA
About The Event
Description: The Gansevoort Market area, or Meatpacking District for a small area has quite a colorful history. A one time a Lenape Indian trading post on the Hudson Riverfront, the Americans built Fort Gansevoort in 1812 (demolished) to protect Manhattan from attack by the British. Later in the 19th century the area became a busy farmer's market along with both heavy and light industry, slaughterhouses and of course meatpacking. In the 1970's it became a notorious nightclub district with prostitution.
In recent decades the district has been transformed with the opening of the High-Line and the Whitney Museum, restaurants, several hotels and fashion desiger stores and other upscale retail.
Requirements: Bring proof of full vaccination and boosters and a mask. Mask wearing may be required as the tour group will be at least 25 people.
11:00am: Meet outside the Little Island Park's southerly entrance - Pier 54. If you wish to visit the Little Island at least to use the restrooms be sure to come early! It opens at 6am. You will find directions on this website: https://littleisland.org/
11:00am - 12:30pm: Guided walk around the district taking in the history, architecture and current activity (and a touch of the far west Village and its quaint streets).
12:30pm: Visit to the Local Fort Gansevoort Art Gallery. Artist description is below (courtesy of the gallery).
Haitian artist Myrlande Constant will display “Drapo” at Fort Gansevoort Gallery in Manhattan, its first solo exhibition with Constant, who has attracted international attention for dazzling handbeaded and sequin-embroidered textile works in which heritage techniques are used to mingle contemporary and traditional themes. Fort Gansevoort Gallery said the evolution of Constant’s personal aesthetic and mastery of her medium will be evident in monumental new pieces juxtaposed with examples from earlier in the artist’s career. Constant’s work was recently showcased in the Venice Biennale exhibition The Milk of Dreams, curated by Cecilia Alemani (April 23— Nov. 27, 2022).