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Art Break: Street Talk From the Middle Ages Courtesy of Les Enluminures

Les Enluminures

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, March 5, 2018

Have you ever considered the idea that right here, right now, you are part of history? That someday your daily life will be of interest to scholars? They will wonder what you thought was important, how you accomplished your ambitions and goals, or why you chose to live in a certain way. At the Les Enluminures’ exhibit Talking at the Court, On the Street, In the Bedroom: Vernacular Manuscripts of the Middle Ages, you can see how people just like you lived and thought in Europe at that time, through manuscripts written in various languages. The material on display shows a variety of activities and how to accomplish them to gain status, earn a living, or receive spiritual benefits — proving that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Art Break Downtown:

Where: Derek Eller, 300 Broome Street

When: Now through March 18, Wed – Sun: 11-6

Who: Mimi Lauter: Devotional Flowers

What: Abstract works from the LA painter

Why: The use of oil pastels with their soft texture are a pleasant contrast to the vibrant color

Art Break Chelsea:

Where: Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, 535 West 22nd Street, 6th Floor

When: Now through March 17, Tu – Sat: 10-6

Who: Laurel Nakadate: The Kingdom

What: Multimedia work meditating on family bonds

Why: Although separated by death, generations can meet via manipulated imagery

Art Break Midtown:

Where: Marisa Newman Projects, 38 West 32nd Street, Suite 1602

When: Now through March 17, Wed – Fri: 1-6

Who: Carolyn Carr: Andalusia

What: Abstract works that focus on personal and regional identity

Why: Examining the variety of influences that make up human experience

Art Break Above 60th Street (East or West):

Where: Les Enluminures, 23 East 73rd Street, 7th Floor

When: Now through March 16, Tu – Sat: 10-6

Who: Talking at the Court, On the Street, In the Bedroom: Vernacular Manuscripts of the Middle Ages

What: Thirty-six illustrated manuscripts on a variety of subjects

Why: A window into the lives and interests of ordinary people

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Cover: Widow (Anne of Polignac) receiving St. Jerome’s letter from a messenger; Jerome writing; CHARLES BONIN (translator) of JEROME, Letter LIV to Furia (To Furia, On the Duty of Remaining a Widow); in French, illuminated manuscript on parchment France (likely Bourges), c. 1500-1510; one full-page miniature by the Master of Spencer 6 (active c. 1490 to 1510); courtesy of Les Enluminures.


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