New York Today: Artists-in-Residence

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Good morning on this cloud-covered Thursday.

For nearly 40 years, Mierle Laderman Ukeles has been the official, unsalaried artist-in-residence at the city’s Department of Sanitation.

The idea of a municipality’s having an artist-in-residence was unprecedented when she proposed it in 1976, but in recent years, Ms. Ukeles’s residency has inspired similar programs elsewhere.

In 2014, the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs began a public artist-in-residency program that has placed artists in the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, the Department of Design and Construction, the Administration for Children’s Services and the Department of Veterans’ Services.

The program provides artists access to an agency’s resources, facilities and the people it serves.

For the past 11 months, Christine Tinsley and Jules Rochielle have worked with female veterans in the city through their residency program at the Department of Veterans’ Services.

Ms. Tinsley, for one, has focused in part on photography, shooting portraits of more than a dozen local veterans. She plans to print the portraits on used military uniforms that have been transformed by hand into paper.

“When you think of a veteran, you see a male image,” Ms. Rochielle said. The artists’ work, she hopes, will change that perception. Ms. Rochielle said she would like to eventually find a place to display the art from the residency program to the public.

Art is a “tool for us to connect and communicate through,” Ms. Rochielle said. “It’s a fabric that’s essential for society.”

Here’s what else is happening:

We’ve seen better.

You’ll need a light sweater and (possibly) a raincoat.

It’ll stay cloudy and breezy, with a high near 65, and there’s a chance of rain.

Things are looking more or less the same from now through the end of the weekend, so begin brainstorming some indoor activities.

Parcheesi, putt-putt or pottery painting, perhaps?

The death of 6-year-old Zymere Perkins raises questions about why warning signs of possible child abuse did not lead to a different outcome. [New York Times]

Updates from the George Washington Bridge trial: Gov. Chris Christie invoked Mr. Wolf, from the movie “Pulp Fiction,” in a joke about the scheme, a former aide said. [New York Times]

Remembering Michael J. Fahy, the Fire Department chief killed in the deadly home explosion in the Bronx on Tuesday. [New York Times]

… A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the Bronx blast. [DNAInfo]

The city has agreed to study supervised injection sites for heroin users. [Gothamist]

Meet the first female Hasidic judge in state history. [Brooklyn Paper]

Here’s what one woman discovered from cleaning the apartments of Manhattan’s affluent. [The Guardian]

Nearly two-dozen spots across New York have been recommended as additions to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. [New York State]

The 100 best places to work in the city. [Crain’s]

Today’s Metropolitan Diary: “How to Juggle Coffee and Umbrellas in Manhattan”

Scoreboard: Yankees tear Red Sox, 5-3. Mets mar Marlins, 5-2.

For a global look at what’s happening, see Your Thursday Briefing.

The Architecture and Design Film Festival continues with screenings at Cinépolis Chelsea. Prices and times vary.

NYC Off-Broadway Week has two-for-one tickets for performances of “Avenue Q,” “Stomp,” “90210! The Musical!” and others. Various times and locations.

More than 75 galleries will display work at the Affordable Art Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. 11 a.m. [$20]

Are chimpanzees people? Should smoking be outlawed? The philosopher Peter Singer tries to answer thorny questions at an event based on his book, “Ethics in the Real World,” at Cooper Union in the East Village. 6:30 p.m. [Free, R.S.V.P here]

Richard Zacks, the author of “Chasing the Last Laugh,” a book about Mark Twain’s global standup comedy tour, is at the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum in the Bronx. 7:30 p.m. [$10]

Yankees host Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. (YES).

Subway and PATH

Railroads: L.I.R.R., Metro-North, N.J. Transit, Amtrak

Roads: Check traffic map or radio report on the 1s or the 8s.

Alternate-side parking: in effect until Oct 3.

Ferries: Staten Island Ferry, New York Waterway, East River Ferry

Airports: La Guardia, J.F.K., Newark

The city’s Czech community last night honored the memory of an artist who rose to become a president, serving as a prisoner along the way: Vaclav Havel.

An event at the Bohemian National Hall on the Upper East Side commemorated the life of Mr. Havel, a writer, dissident and statesman. Mr. Havel’s widow, brother and several close friends were in attendance. Mayor Bill de Blasio has declared Sept. 28 to be Vaclav Havel Day in the city.

Mr. Havel, who died in 2011, “really loved New York,” said Barbara Karpetova, director of the Czech Center. “It seems that it was mutual.”

He visited New York just after the fall of the Iron Curtain and was welcomed by a huge gathering of local artists at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. In 2006, he also spent a seven-week residency at Columbia University.

Ms. Karpetova said Mr. Havel’s works were just as important as they were decades ago.

“In the turbulent times we’re facing today,” she said, “we need the words of wisdom.”

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