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Ann Fensterstock is the author of the book Art On The Block. The book charts the history of the New York art world over the last sixty years. Unlike other cultural and business districts in New York, the hub of the art scene has had a tendency to pick up and move. Over the last six decades artists and galleries have moved from uptown to downtown, spread across lower Manhattan, and set up shop across the East River in Brooklyn. Art on the Block tells the story of this migration and explores why the art world doesn't stay put.
In 2006, after a year-long journey through space, a NASA probe called the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter settled into a circular orbit around the Red Planet. Among the MRO's various scientific instruments was a camera, known as the HiRISE. HiRISE stands for High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, and it's the largest and most advanced camera ever sent to another planet. Over the last 7 years, the HiRISE has sent back stunning images of the Martian surface Photographs of sand dunes and craters, dust devils and ancient riverbeds, frozen water and glaciers of CO2 have helped planetary scientists learn more about the dynamic surface of the Red Planet. The HiRISE images played a key role in choosing the landing site for the Curiosity rover, and they are sure to play an important role in identifying a landing site for humans, if and when NASA decides to plan the mission. Earlier this year Aperture published This Is Mars, a fine art book of beautifully printed black and white photographs taken by the HiRISE camera. Flipping through it's hard not to be sucked in by the almost erie detail in these pictures. Some, like the images of sand dunes and valleys seem almost familiar, reminiscent of desert landscapes on Earth. Others, like the Proctor crater and the abstract formations around the Martian polar regions, are positively alien. According to one of the book's authors, astrophysicist Francis Rocard, "the [HiRISE] camera equals a naked-eye view of the planet at a flight level of approximately one kilometer." So looking at these landscapes you're about ten times closer to the ground than when you're looking out the window of an airplane. The man who helped get the HiRISE camera of the ground and into orbit around Mars, is Dr. Alfred McEwen. He's a professor of planetary science at the University of Arizona and the principal investigator for HiRISE. Last week I got a chance to speak with Dr. McEwen about the Red Planet and the book This is Mars. Also this week, a look at Trevor Paglen's project, The Last Pictures. Playlist 00:00 This Is Mars pt 1 06:48 Track 07 - Cluster 07:03 This Is Mars pt 2 09:54 Bent City I - Phil Yost 10:34 This Is Mars pt 3 12:37 Clockworks - Laurie Spiegel 12:48 This Is Mars pt 4 18:08 Passerine- OK Ikumi 18:26 This Is Mars pt 5 19:35 The Steakout - Sun Araw 19:39 Trevor Paglen - The Last Pictures 27:33 Finish
In the new book Art On The Block, writer Ann Fensterstock charts the history of the New York art world over the last sixty years. Unlike other cultural and business districts in New York, the hub of the art scene has had a tendency to pick up and move. Over the last six decades artists and galleries have moved from uptown to downtown, spread across lower Manhattan, and set up shop across the East River in Brooklyn. Art on the Block tells the story of this migration and explores why the art world doesn't stay put. Playlist 00:00 Art On The Block pt. 1 06:25 Lizard Watcher's Theme - Phil Yost 07:04 Art On The Block pt. 2 11:02 We Are Him - Angels of Light 11:36 Art On The Block pt. 4 16:45 Bent City I - Phil Yost 17:26 Art On The Block pt. 5 22:11 Crash - Folk Implosion 22:27 Art On The Block pt. 6 28:56 Every Party - Erlend Oye 29:50 Finish

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