In observation of the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, an onslaught of exhibitions are surfacing throughout the New York metro area this month with a focus on the reactions and responses of the artists who were directly affected by the superstorm.
— Teaming up with the International Center of Photography, the Museum of The City of New York presents “Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy.” Images were pooled from an open call for both amateur and professional photographs that received over 7,000 submissions, and include some of the most powerful and recognizable images from the disaster. (October 29, 2013-March 2, 2014)
— Located in Sunset Park, Industry City was directly involved after Sandy, having donated 18,000 square feet of space to rescuing art after the storm. Partnering with the Dedalus Foundation, the Brooklyn Rail, and the Jamestown Charitable Foundation, the enormous show “Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1” looks at the aftermath of the art community and the reactions of artists who were affected. (Through December 15)
— Curators Michele Jaslow and Spring Hofeldt of Radar Curatorial present “For & About” at the Brooklyn Arts Council. Fourteen artists came together to help raise awareness of those who are still recovering from the superstorm, and shared their impressions of the period that followed. (Through February 14, 2014)
— The Rockaway Artist Alliance takes a different approach to the one-year milestone by looking at the progression of the slow clean up with their exhibition “Calm, Storm, Rebirth.” Forty artists shared their documentation of their community before, during, and after the storm. A concert will accompany a night of reflection on October 29. (Through November 24)
— At New Jersey’s Gallery Bergen, “Sandy: Artists Respond to a Once and Future Superstorm” considers the power of global connectivity that results from the shared experience of devastation and ecological change. (Through December 4)
— Additionally, Getty Images has recently released a series of before and after photographs, showing the incredible recovery of flood-devastated areas over the last year.
— Meredith Caraher
(Photo: Amy Medina, “Once Again,” 2012. Courtesy the artist, via Museum of City of New York/Facebook.)