Celebrating the City: 2018 MAS Awards
Honoring Excellence in Art and Architecture
2018 Brendan Gill Prize Honorees
Inventing Downtown: Artist–Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965
Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965—a catalogue and an exhibition organized by the Grey Art Gallery at New York University—vividly brought to life a period from fifty years ago in which a variety of independent, artist-run galleries invigorated what is today’s East Village. The innovative project, enriched by the contributions and participation of distinguished living artists, reevaluated the creativity and diversity of this group of visionaries, many of whom were women and people of color. It was a time when the making of art was unattached to the commerce of it; a provocative and dazzling moment in the art history of New York City.
Melissa Rachleff is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Administration Program at NYU: Steinhardt, where she concentrates on the nonprofit sector. Melissa began her career as the assistant curator at Exit Art and co-curated exhibitions on the intersection of visual art and design, and documentation. She also worked on exhibits about living artists at mid-career. As a program officer at the New York State Council on the Arts from 1999-2007, Melissa was an advocate in supporting contemporary art projects done in collaboration with local communities. Melissa has written about artist organizations for a variety of publications. Her essay, “Do It Yourself: A History of Alternatives” was published in Alternative Histories: New York Art Spaces (MIT Press) in 2012.
Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York
Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City combines the exceptional talents of a skilled documentarian, meticulous cartoonist, and urban environmentalist while embracing multiple communities, small city moments, and hidden histories with contemporary architectural and social transformations. Discerning and witty commentaries pair with crisp black-and-white drawings to capture the City’s dynamism, unearthing strange and wondrous facts about New York’s past and present, pining for neither nostalgia nor rebuke.
Julia Wertz is a professional cartoonist, amateur historian and part-time urban explorer/photographer. She made the comic books The Fart Party vol 1 and vol 2, (collected in Museum of Mistakes) and the graphic novels Drinking at the Movies, and The Infinite Wait and Other Stories. Her newest book, Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional, Illustrated History of New York City, was published by Hachette in fall 2017. She does monthly comics and illustration for the New Yorker. Her work appears regularly in publications such as the New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, and the Believer. She is a repeated MacDowell Colony Fellow, and currently splits her time between Northern California and New York City.
2018 MASterworks Awards Honorees
Best New Building
Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse
Best Adaptive Reuse
Best New Urban Amenity
Kew Gardens Hills Library
Best New Infrastructure
Moynihan Train Hall and Farley Building Redevelopment Phase 1: New West End Concourse
Best Urban Landscape
Gowanus Canal Sponge Park
2018 MASterworks Awards Jury
- Dan Allen, Principal, CTA Architects P.C. & President, Historic Districts Council
- Amy Freitag, Executive Director, J.M. Kaplan Fund
- Amit Khurana, Founding Partner, Sumaida + Khurana & MAS Board of Directors
- Alexandra Lange, Architecture Critic, Curbed
- Enrique Norten, Director/Founder, TEN Arquitectos
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 935-3960.