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Coenties Slip:
American Art

In mid-20th century New York, on Coenties Slip, a landfilled street of lower Manhattan between Water and Pearl Streets—–named after 17th century Dutch settlers—–a group of artists changed American art forever. In this compelling talk the South Street Seaport Museum celebrates the release of “The Slip: The New York City Street That Changed American Art Forever,” with author Prudence Peiffer who will join in conversation with moderator Ada Calhoun to capture this defining moment in American art and the profound role that place plays in creativity.

You will delve into the pivotal role that Coenties Slip played in shaping the artistic journeys of renowned American artists that changed the landscape of Modern Art, including Ellsworth Kelly (1923–2015), Robert Indiana (1928–2018), James Rosenquist (1933–2017), Jack Youngerman (1926–2020), Delphine Seyrig (1932–1990), Agnes Martin (1912–2004), and Lenore Tawney (1907–2007).

A Q&A, book signing, and toast with wine or sparkling water will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase at the event aboard Wavertree with help from our neighbors at McNally Jackson Seaport.

Registration is encouraged for this free event but walk ups will be accommodated as possible.

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Wednesday, August 2



About Seaport Museum

The South Street Seaport Museum, located in the heart of the historic Seaport District, preserves and interprets the history of New York as a great port city. Founded in 1967, the Seaport Museum includes an extensive collection of works of art and artifacts, a maritime reference library, galleries, working 19th-century print shop, and a fleet of historic vessels that all work to tell the story of “Where New York Begins.”

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