Midtown art and cinema cinema to open in April 2018
Cinemas in New York will open in mid-April 2018, following an extensive refurbishment programme, the New York City Council announced on Thursday.
The new midtown art films will be curated by the artists of Midtown, a new public art space that has been created in the wake of the destruction of the iconic Midtown Art Museum, and will be housed in a new and expanded space.
The new cinema will be operated by the Midtown Arts Foundation, which was founded in 2017 by artists and filmmakers to showcase their work to New York’s art scene.
Cinema director and former Midtown arts curator James Phelan, who worked with the museum for nearly a decade, said he hoped that the new film, which will showcase a new generation of artists, will serve as a catalyst for the arts in the city.
“The new Midtown Cinema is going to be a catalyst, a place to show the new artists who are coming to New Yorkers,” he said.
“We are going to showcase what is happening with art and the arts now.
I hope it inspires them to get involved and work with us.”
Phelan added that the Midland Arts Festival in September had been a highlight of the film festival’s life.
“We did not have any other artists present, we had nothing, and it was amazing to have the artists we had come to meet come out,” he told the New Yorker.
“It’s important for people to understand what we are doing.
It’s a celebration of New York, a celebration that New Yorkers and artists can be part of.”
The film festival will be supported by the New Artists Fund, a public art fund that will support arts and culture in New Yorkers.
The festival will run until mid-May.