Each summer, artists from around the country—and the globe—come to SVA to take part in the Division of Continuing Education‘s Summer Residency Program, which offers artists an opportunity to spend one month working intensively in a private studio under the guidance of SVA faculty. This year, 12 photographers, 28 painters, eight printmakers and seven public artists were selected to participate in the program. The results of their work will be on view at an Open Studios event on Thursday, August 6, 6 – 9pm.
That same evening, some of these artists are taking their projects out of the studio and on to the street with “SIGN 23,” a selection of performance pieces and temporary, site-specific installations presented along West 23rd Street in Manhattan, part of a collaboration between the curatorial group Art in Odd Places and SVA’s Summer Residency Program in Public Art.
Passerbys on 23rd Street will have the chance to see Sura Khudairi’s performance piece 30 Days, 2386 Bombs, which relates the statistics of casualties suffered by American and Iraqi women during a single month of the war in Iraq; and Sophia Hadjipapa’s This Life is Good: A Peripatetic Poem, which offers something of a treasure-hunt for viewers, as she has placed stanzas from a poem in various locations throughout the street—hidden in plain sight on signage that mimics advertisements.
Open Studios: Thursday, August, 6 – 9pm: Painting and Mixed Media, Printmaking and Book Arts (133/141 West 21st Street, 4th floor); Public Art (133/141 West 21st Street, 9th floor); Photography (Westside Gallery, 133/141 West 21st Street, 1st floor). Admission is free.
“SIGN 23”: Thursday, August 6, 5 – 8pm, at various locations along West 23rd Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue.
Images: (top) Johanna Braun, Painting Residency; (bottom) Maria del Mar Abos and Amanda Katz (not pictured), Public Art Residency; photos: Keren Moscovitch.