A new public-art project by alumnus Dylan Mortimer (MFA 2006 Fine Arts) has been turning heads in New York City this month. Through the city’s Art in the Parks program, the artist installed a pair of “prayer booths” near the entrance to the Roosevelt Island tram in Manhattan, inviting passers-by to kneel in the phone booth-like stalls for prayer and reflection. Modeled on typical metropolitan phone booths, the wryly designed prayer booths have inspired much discussion amongst the public and the press: Mortimer’s project has garnered stories in the New York Post and Newsday, and in the national media.
“This is a way to talk about prayer in the public sphere—but with a bit of humor,” Mortimer told the Post. In addition to the NYC prayer booths, the artist has installed similar works in Jackson, Tennessee; and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The project is the latest in a line of religious-themed work by Mortimer, who also serves as a minister at the River City Community Church in Kansas City, Missouri.
Image: Dylan Mortimer, Prayer Booth, 2003.
- Richard Avedon’s Unique Photograph to be Featured at Christie’s Upcoming Auction https://t.co/0QFtcWjYzO about 12 hours ago
- RT @AndreaTsurumi: Sign up's open for this summer's SVA Illustration & Visual Storytelling Residency! https://t.co/FHYXj4bW9o Join @aaronme… about 12 hours ago
- Sàn Art is a gallery / program in Vietnam founded by #SVA alumnus Dinh Q Le https://t.co/0EeOw6545I https://t.co/JjzzkcgnsS about 13 hours ago
- Read #SVA faculty Amy Taubin on how Jonathan Demme put an uncompromisingly feminist spin on the crime procedural wi… https://t.co/LiRoWuVDwO about 14 hours ago
- RT @svaixd: "Thesis is due in only a few weeks!" —student @Glendacap in her final semester https://t.co/ESRh0CvTTu about 14 hours ago
- #SVAccepted 👏👏👏 Congrats @chulochanchito 💪💥 https://t.co/jFbS7bkriQ about 14 hours ago
- MFA Fine Arts alumnus David Mramor (aka Enid Ellen) featured in @AnotherMagazine for his activism… https://t.co/Sk0Ag2nBnA about 14 hours ago
Send stories, links and tips to email@example.com