Going Public

October 10, 2008

Art enthusiasts in NYC don’t necessarily have to go to the city’s galleries and museums to see innovative work by contemporary artists, as members of the SVA community are presenting public-art works on the New York streets. The non-profit arts organization More Art, founded and directed by SVA faculty member Micaela Martegani, is presenting “The Chelsea Project,” in which public-art installations are set up in Manhattan’s east-side art district. This year, Martegani has selected three artists, each of whom collaborated with members of the Chelsea community to create their pieces: Anthony Goicolea, who created a poster installation at Tenth Avenue and 23rd Street; Tony Oursler, who has a video installation in the Fulton Houses playground on 17th Street; and Nicola Verlato, whose sculpture Sleeping Monster Produced by Reason is at 14th Street and Ninth Avenue. All three works are on view through Sunday, November 2.

Also, artists Michael Knierim and Miryana Torodova, who took part in SVA’s Public Art Summer Residency Program, have new work being presented by the offbeat curatorial group, Art in Odd Places. On Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, 8am – 7pm, through October 31, Knierim will be showing Itinerant Artifacts, an in-the-moment reexamination of pieces of litter found along 14th Street and displayed at the intersections of Avenue B, Second Avenue, Fifth Avenue and Tenth Avenue. And on Saturday, October 25, 10am – 6pm, Torodova will present No Deliveries Today, an interactive performance of a fake delivery in which the artist loads and moves a series of boxes painted in bright colors, on the north side of 14th Street, between Third and Seventh Avenues.

Image: Tony Oursler, AWGTHTGTWTA (Are We Going to Have to Go
Through with This Again?)
, 2008.

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