Street Wise

July 25, 2008

Each summer, the Division of Continuing Education presents residency programs in a number of disciplines, including illustration, painting/mixed media and photography. The summer residency in public art focuses on the “how to” of making public artworks, from large-scale architectural pieces to more ephemeral projects. This year, the residency has culminated in realizing works as temporary installations and performances on West 23rd Street in Manhattan, done in coordination with curators from Art in Odd Places. The collection of projects is called “Pedestrian 23,” and the six artists in the residency program—Naomi Campbell, Kirsten Hurley, Michael Knierim, Julia Nitsberg, Paul Seftel and Miryana Todorova—have each created site-specific works that consider the history of the site as well as pedestrian movement. The works range from performance-based projects to installations that address the specifics of the locations along 23rd Street, including Campell’s animal ice sculptures, Metamorphosis; Hurley’s sly critique of fashion, The Women in Tall Dresses; and Nitsberg’s Re-Fancing, which will transform the street’s trash cans.

“Pedestrian 23” will take place on Thursday, July 31, 4 – 7pm, at various locations along West 23rd Street between 6th Avenue and Broadway. The event is free and open to the public.

Image: Kirsten Hurley, The Women in Tall Dresses, 2008; photo by Michael Knierim.

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