By Terry Trucco
The lobby showpiece at The Quin hotel is an imposing 15-foot video art wall pieced together from flatpanel screens.
At its debut last fall, the hotel touted the flexibility of video art and announced the wall’s content would change like an art gallery, veering from original work commissioned by the hotel to pieces from, well, any era.
We’ve heard that one before, but the Quin meant it. When I stopped by this past weekend, the wall’s content was once again different from my previous visits.
The current show features vintage black-and-white images from Magnum Photos – some familiar, some iconic and nearly all linked to New York, like James Dean Times Square, 1955 by Dennis Stock and Arthur Miller in Front of the Brooklyn Bridge, 1954 by Elliott Erwitt. There’s even a hotel connection – Erwitt’s Marlene Dietrich at the Waldorf Astoria, 1959.
You can plop onto a chic sofa in the high-ceiling lobby and watch the video show as a young Woody Allen morphs into a not-so-young John Steinbeck into a not-a-bit-young Gloria Swanson. (more…)