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May

22

Autopsy of a Hospital: Photographs by Charles Giraudet – Sunday, May 22, 2 pm-4 pm

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The Roosevelt Island Historical Society

Invites You to the Opening Reception for the Exhibit

Autopsy of a Hospital: Photographs by Charles Giraudet

at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler

Sunday, May 22, 2 pm-4 pm

From 2013-2015, photographer Charles Giraudet documented the final days of Goldwater hospital on Roosevelt Island, before that institution was demolished. Giraudet took some 15,584 photos inside the sprawling 2,106-bed hospital. He photographed every nurses’ station, kitchen, corridor, bedroom, and even the morgue.

Now, NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler, with the assistance of the Architectural League of New York, is sponsoring a show of selected photographs from Giraudet’s collection. The images range from serene and beautiful to dark and disturbing. The opening reception takes place on Sunday, May 22 at the Coler canteen, NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler, 900 Main Street, Roosevelt Island. The show continues at the Coler canteen from Monday, May 23 through Saturday, May 28 from 10 am to 12 noon and 2 pm to 4 pm daily.

About the Photographer
Charles Giraudet‘s earliest memory takes place in his father’s photo studio in Paris, France. After completing his architecture studies, he moved to New York and worked on projects large and small for over 15 years. Giraudet came back to photography when he started to look at the camera itself as an architectural artifact—a room that captures light and fragments of life. A small camera collection ensued with which he has taken images around the globe. His interests revolve around concepts familiar to architects—perception, identity, memory, scale, transformation, the body in space, etc.—and the documentation of the human experience as it is manifested in space. From 2013 to 2015 he documented the de-commissioning and demolition of Coler-Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island, NY, selections of which were published in the “Album” section of The New York Times.

The reception and show are FREE and open to the public.

DIRECTIONS: Take the Tram at 59th Street and Second Avenue or the F train to Roosevelt Island. After leaving either the tram or the subway station, take the Roosevelt Island red bus to the last stop and walk west (toward Manhattan), then north to the main entrance of the hospital.

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Feb

2

Latest edition of Blackwell’s Almanac available now.

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2016 February Blackwell’s Almanac click to read this edition.

Nov

5

November Issue of Blackwell’s Almanac

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Roosevelt Island Historical Society’s most recent newsletter is now available!

 Vol. 1 No. 4 Blackwell’s Almanac click link to view.

Jun

15

The Rocky History of Roosevelt Island

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Here’s a link to an article by Judith Berdy, which was published on Politico.com on Saturday, June 13, 2015.

The Rocky History of Roosevelt Island

At its heart, this American landmark is a a living, historical embodiment of the major issues Hillary Clinton wants to champion. By Judith Berdy

 

Mar

27

Lost and Found in Goldwater – A Photographic Record

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Lost and Found in Goldwater

A Photographic Record

2014 Charles Giraudet Photo of Goldwater                                                ©Charles Giraudet 2014

 TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014

6:30 p.m.

Roosevelt Island Branch, New York Public Library

524 Main Street, Roosevelt Island

Goldwater Hospital’s closing gave photographer Charles Giraudet the opportunity to photograph for posterity this 75-year old building. Built by the WPA, Goldwater is a showplace of creative and forward-thinking architecture.  Join Charles Giraudet and the Roosevelt Island Historical Society for a photographic walk through the now silent halls, byways and passages of this architectural masterpiece.

Charles Giraudet’s earliest memory takes place in his father’s photo studio in Paris, France.  After completing his architecture studies, he moved to New York and worked on projects large and small for over 15 years.   Giraudet came back to photography when he started to look at the camera itself as an architectural artifact—a room that captures light and fragments of life. A small camera collection ensued, with which he has taken images around the globe. Lately, his projects have been revolving around concepts familiar to architects (perception, identity, memory, scale, transformation, the body in space, etc.), and the documentation of the human experience as it is manifested in space. He is currently documenting Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island, New York, which is being demolished to make room for the new Cornell Tech campus.

 

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The New York Public Library Roosevelt Island Branch          

This program is free and open to the public.

Aug

12

Roosevelt Island Historical Society Presents “Evoking Edward Hopper’s Blackwell’s Island”

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Blackwell's Island (1928)  By Edward Hopper

Blackwell’s Island (1928)
By Edward Hopper

Evoking Edward Hopper’s “Blackwell’s Island”

Curated by Judith Berdy and Sean McGee

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society is proud to present the opening of a new exhibition, Evoking Edward Hopper’s “Blackwell’s Island”, at The Octagon Gallery, 888 Main Street, on Roosevelt Island. The Opening Reception will be held on August 12, 2013, from 5-8 pm in The Octagon Gallery. Evoking Edward Hopper’s “Blackwell’s Island” may also be viewed during normal Gallery hours from 10am-8pm daily, through September 7, 2013.

On May 23, 2013, Edward Hopper’s original oil canvas, Blackwell’s Island (1928), was sold at Christies for 19.2 million dollars during the auction house’s American Art sale. Hopper’s famous work has been previously exhibited by several prominent galleries, including the Carnegie Institute, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, as well as the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The most recent Roosevelt Island Historical Society exhibition, Evoking Edward Hopper’s “Blackwell’s Island”, will feature a full-size canvas reproduction of Blackwell’s Island, alongside photographs of the actual historical images which are part of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society’s collection of buildings, scenery, and people which Edward Hopper depicted in the work. The intent of the exhibition is to provide visitors with an historical exegesis of Mr. Hopper’s work while, simultaneously, personalizing it through a display within The Octagon, which is one of the buildings prominently featured in the painting itself.

 

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society extends special thanks to those sponsors who helped make this exhibition possible including Christie’s, Becker + Becker, PRC Management, and Gallery RIVAA.