Performance Art and Modern Political Protest // Big Think

Article: Performance Art and Modern Political Protest-By Bob Duggan
Published October 28, 2014, 10:16 AM
“What sets these pieces and artists apart is a new willingness to make their art unashamedly political and to speak loud and clear (blessedly free of “artspeak”) to issues that concern not just specific groups but ultimately all of us. If artists stop making such art and we stop paying attention, then we may truly be doomed.”

Dread Scott Enacts the Images of Oppression//Hyperallergic

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Article: Dread Scott Enacts the Images of Oppression
-By Hrag Vartanian
Published October 8, 2014
“Some of the symbolism, like the Ferguson-inspired hands-up gesture, was consciously choreographed, but the action felt largely spontaneous, responding to the whims of the water pressure and Scott’s evolving reactions to being hosed.”

Street artist Dread Scott gives civil rights performance under Manhattan Bridge//News 12 Brooklyn

Article: Street artist Dread Scott gives civil rights performance under Manhattan Bridge
News 12 Brooklyn
Published October 7, 2014,  7:19 PM
“Anticipation built under the Manhattan Bridge as onlookers gathered to watch DUMBO artist Dread Scott perform his latest masterpiece. Whether he’s burning the constitution or burning cash on Wall Street, Scott is known for being a bit controversial.”

Residents of New York // VOGUE Italia

Article: Residents of New York
-By Alessia Glaviano
Published May 29, 2014
“By reclaiming the streets and the space that is intended for advertising, Serrano’s Residents of New York overthrows our expectations, managing to produce a clever condemnation of both the consumeristic logic and to our self-induced indifferent attitude towards the homeless.”

Serrano’s homeless photos pop up in NYC // AP

Article: Serrano’s homeless photos pop up in NYC
-By Ula Ilnytzky
Published May 27, 2014
“The most dramatic display in “Residents of New York” is at the West Fourth Street subway station in Greenwich Village, where all 35 poster-sized photographs line two corridors and the entrance. Among the many faces is that of a 27-year-old man who posed with his wife and died of liver complications two weeks after the photo was taken.”

Homeless in New York: A Public Art Project Goes Underground // TIME LightBox

-By Krystal Grow
Published May 27, 2014
“Like any city, New York is covered in advertisements. Bright, flashy banners on every corner tout goods and services that, to the average city dweller, range from daily necessities to luxuries. But another visual element of urban life is just as familiar, and just as often overlooked: the homeless.”

Andres Serrano’s Portraits of the Homeless in New York //Feature Shoot

-By Amanda Gorence
Published May 27, 2014

Andres Serrano Wants New Yorkers to Stop Ignoring the Homeless // Artnet

-by Benjamin Sutton
Published May 23, 2014

The Faces of New York’s Streets // The Daily Beast

Article: The Faces of New York’s Streets
-By Ann Binlot
Published May 20, 2014
“Andres Serrano isn’t an activist, but the New York-born artist wants you to see the city’s growing homeless population through his eyes.”

Portrait Project Captures New York City’s Homeless // NPR, Here and Now

Published May 19, 2014
“Most people don’t even see them or recognize them or acknowledge them. One thing that was was very interesting was that, more than once, as I was photographing someone on the street, a passerby would come by and put money in their cup. And one girl that I was photographing, she said to me, ‘You know, that man, he sees me every day, and he’s never given me any money, but because you’re taking my picture, he put a dollar in there.’ To me, that meant that, you know, yeah, these people, it’s all of a sudden, you recognize them as individuals. You’re not paying attention to them, but the fact that I’m paying attention makes you pay attention to them, and makes you want to do something.”


Famed Photographer Gives A Face To New York’s Homeless Population In ‘Residents Of New York’ // Huffington Post

Article: Famed Photographer Gives A Face To New York’s Homeless Population In ‘Residents Of New York’
-By Katherine Brooks
Published May 15, 2014
“Most New Yorkers wear the label “resident of NYC” on their sleeve, proudly advertising to the rest of the country that they live in one of the world’s most diverse and vibrant urban meccas. And it is! But with that term — in particular, the word resident — comes a stark reality endemic to New York City and many other populated centers. Homelessness in the five boroughs has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression, casting a shadow over what it means to be an inhabitant of New York City.”

Putting the Overlooked on View: Andres Serrano’s Portraits of the Homeless Make a West Fourth Stop

Article: Andres Serrano’s Portraits of the Homeless Make a West Fourth Stop
-By Sarah Douglas
Published May 14, 2014
“He (Serrano) had made a commitment to do a public installation with More Art—his first-ever public art project in the city—and in December, he decided he would continue working with the homeless, this time doing portraits but switching from his usual studio format to photos taken right on the street. He wanted a more elaborate process than a point-and-shoot, though, and settled on a camera that uses 4-by-5-inch negatives. By January, he and an assistant were again trudging the streets, this time in frigid weather and laden with heavy equipment that required lengthy setup.”

Images Of New York City in 2017 As An Unequal, Hellish Surveillance State // Co.Exist

Article: Images Of New York City in 2017 As An Unequal, Hellish Surveillance State
-By Sydney Brownstone
Published February 26, 2014
“In Choski’s vision of New York, human police officers have been replaced by police UAVs patrolling public housing projects. The idea, Choski says, came from a suggestion made by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, when he recommended fingerprinting public housing tenants for building entry. Choski also imagines a future in which city resources have been funneled into deals with luxury developers intent in Manhattan. Meanwhile, the piece shows trash drifting across a neglected Queens waterfront.”

Artists Want to Stay Put By Buying a Building Together. This Is Their Blueprint // Bedford + Bowery

Article: Artists Want to Stay Put By Buying a Building Together. This Is Their Blueprint
-By Elizabeth Flock
Published February 24, 2014
“In new drawings created for Envision New York 2017, an online public art project that asked artists to envision the city’s future, Powhida warns of a problem that acutely affects him: the loss of affordable studio space in North Brooklyn due to hyper-fast gentrification.”

Watch NYC Gentrify Through Google Street View GIFs // Gothamist

Article: Watch NYC Gentrify Through Google Street View GIFs
-By Jen Chung
Published February 19, 2014
“Gentrification is a loaded, emotionally fraught fact of urban life that’s had a dramatic impact in neighborhoods across New York City (especially in Brooklyn). Artist and programmer Justin Blinder, who has lived in a dozen apartments—his perpetual relocation prompted by rent increases—during his six years here, has taken raw data from the NYC Department of City Planning and the Google Maps Street View cache to create snapshots of what our city has become and might become.”

Animating New York’s Building Boom With Google Street View // The Atlantic Cities

Article: Animating New York’s Building Boom With Google Street View
-By Emily Badger
Published February 18, 2014

In Conversation KRZYSZTOF WODICZKO with Ann McCoy // The Brooklyn Rail

Article: In Conversation: KRZYSZTOF WODICZKO with Ann McCoy
-By Ann McCoy
Published in the February 2014 Issue of The Brooklyn Rail
“I was thinking there’s some similarity between the veterans themselves as monuments, and that statue. So I thought that animating this silent, frozen, seemingly post-traumatic figure of Lincoln would be a good way for the soldiers to animate and perhaps re-animate themselves, to share their war experiences through this statue. All of those aspects have to be put together to try to answer your question, ‘Why this statue and not another one?’”

Ghostly Remnants Of The Meatpacking District Before It Was Gentrified // Huffington Post

Article: Ghostly Remnants Of The Meatpacking District Before It Was Gentrified

-By Priscilla Frank

Published November 11, 2011 “Israeli artist Ofri Cnaani is conjuring the historical context and ghostly memories of the Meatpacking District before it was gentrified in an art installation entitled “Moon Guardians,” a series of video haikus featuring real characters from the neighborhood’s vibrant and beautiful past. The videos, featuring district residents of yesteryear, most of whom can no longer afford to live there, will shimmer on the storefronts and windows of the Gansevoort Plaza this month, serving as a haunting reminder of the region’s colorful past.

The Social Function of Art // Arts in a Changing America

Article: The Social Function of Art
by Sara Reisman and Saul Ostrow
Published June 27, 2013
“A very different public intervention is Pablo Helguera’s El Club de Protesta/Artist Protest Club (2011), organized by More Art, which engaged a composer, various musicians, and most importantly, community members from Hudson Guild Community Center, in writing and performing protest songs, acknowledging the distance between art and its subjects, with the mission of ‘writing the new lyrics of current issues and public life.’”

The Military is Present // ART News

Article: The Military is Present

By Robin Cembalest

Using outreach, performance, video, photography, and therapy, artists and museums are devising new ways to connect with veterans—and to bring their stories to a wider audience.
Published in the March 2013 Issue of ARTnews.


Emancipation from War Trauma //

Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Article: Emancipation from War Trauma
– by Phoebe Hogan
published November 12, 2012Emancipation From War Trauma –

“Gifts From Around the World” // FM Yokohama 84.7

Posted on Thursday, December 20th, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Broadcast: Gifts From Around the World – 10 minute excerpt
– interview with Maki Yoshida
broadcast 18 November 2012 (translated from Japanese)

“Gifts around the world” (A segment featuring world reports): Maki Wennmann reports about a very interesting Lincoln exhibition in Union Square Park is attracting many New Yorkers.

President Barack Obama won a second term in the White House on 6 November as New York stayed in his column by a huge margin. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said a few days before the election that Hurricane Sandy had reshaped his thinking about the presidential campaign and that as a result, he was endorsing President Obama. The Mayor said that President Obama was the better candidate to tackle global climate change that he believes might have contributed to the violent storm.

“Lincoln,” a Stephen Spielberg film starring Daniel Dey-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln was released two days after President Obama’s victory. A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, President Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to abolish slavery once and for all, end the war and unite the country. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

Just in time for the Lincoln film came “Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection,” a public art project created by Warsaw-born New York-based artist Krzysztof Wodiczko, and organized by More Art, a non-profit organization. Mr. Wodiczko interviewed veterans and their families, recorded their images and voices, and created a 23-minute video featuring edited interviews with 14 U.S. veterans about the trauma of war and the difficulty of coming home. As they speak, their faces are projected onto Lincoln’s face and their hands gesture atop the president’s 142-year-old statue: a very powerful, remarkable creation of art.

Unlike our typical image of a “veteran soldier” in Japan, who had served in World War II, US veterans from Iraq or Afghanistan can be as young as in their early 20s. It is not hard to imagine what these young soldiers had to go through during their service and continue to suffer after their return. “The most important aspect of this project is the psychotherapeutic effect for people who are speaking. When they come here I hope they will see themselves speaking to the world and to the public, and what they say they will internalize and absorb back, and this will really give them more confidence, more power and also recognition of the truth of their experience,” says Mr. Wodiczko. Like much of his work including “Homeless Projection” and “Hiroshima Projection,” “Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection,” is an attempt to give marginalized groups a chance to tell their own stories.

“As the US troops withdraw from Afghanistan, the commemorative Lincoln statue, commissioned just a few years after the Civil War, again becomes a place for dialogue about war,” stated More Art, which provides opportunities for unprivileged senior citizens and youth to be exposed to and experience art. Micaela Giovanotti, its curator and a member of the board of directors said, in my interview with her, “art has a healing effect on children: through art, they open up and become alive.”

Each evening until 9 December, American veterans will appear as projections on the Lincoln statue in Union Square, narrating their experiences. If you are in New York, it is a must-see event.

Union Square is both historic and symbolic place for New Yorkers: it hosted a number of anti-war protests; and after September 11, people have gathered here and prayed for peace. It is also the home of the famous Christmas Market, which opened on 17 November this year with 100+ venders offering seasonal gifts and decorations. Abraham Lincoln also made his first speech in the Northeast at the Cooper Union, which is in the vicinity.

Through my research for the show, I also learned that President Lincoln signed one of the first conservation laws, which helped lay the foundations of the National Park Service. Therefore, many environmental organizations have nominated him as one of the most environmentally conscious presidents in US history.

I believe I am not the only one who sees many things in common between the two presidents.

*FM Yokohama is the biggest radio station in Kanagawa Prefecture (population: 8,830,000), which neighbors Tokyo. It is one of the 5 biggest radio stations in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area (with about 37 million people; Tokyo alone has 13,189,000 (2011). Maki Wennmann is a former radio presenter in Japan who has won the highest ratings in Yokohama in the late 1990s.

 Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection
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 Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection

– by Kathleen MacQueen
published November 29, 2012

“Krzysztof Wodiczko believes in the power of art to heal, transform, and enlighten. For this artist, cultural practices provide the means to embolden voices muted through marginalization and alienation.”

“The Military is Present” // ARTnews

Posted on Monday, December 3rd, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Article: The Military is Present
– by Rob Cembalest,
published December 3rd, 2012

“Using outreach, performance, video, photography, and therapy, artists and museums are devising new ways to connect with veterans—and to bring their stories to a wider audience.”

“Krzysztof Wodiczko’s Installation on Union Square’s Effigy // The Wild Magazine”

Posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Article: Krzysztof Wodiczko’s Installation on Union Square’s Effigy
– by Bianca Ozeri for The Wild
published November 9th, 2012

“Last night, just days after Obama’s victory, Krzysztof Wodiczko debuted his installation, Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection.”

SVA’s Micaela Martegani Organizes Public Art Installation to Spark Dialogue about War // SVA Close Up

Article: SVA’s Micaela Martegani Organizes Public Art Installation to Spark Dialogue about War
published November 8th, 2012

“Micaela Martegani, SVA faculty member and More Art director, has teamed up with artist Krzysztof Wodiczko to organize a new outdoor public art installation entitled Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection.”

“Krzysztof Wodiczko’s “Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection” Opens Tonight in Union Square // PAPERMAG”

Article: Krzysztof Wodiczko’s “Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection” Opens Tonight in Union Square 
– by Jonah Wolf for PAPERMAG
published November 8th, 2012

“Just in time for Stephen Spielberg’s biopic of our sixteenth president comes “Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection” by one of Paper’s favorite artists, Harvard professor Krzysztof Wodiczko.”

“Artist Krzysztof Wodiczko Projects Veterans’ Stories on Union Square ’s Lincoln Statue // Art Info”

Posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Article: Artist Krzysztof Wodiczko Projects Veterans’ Stories on Union Square ’s Lincoln Statue
– by Julia Halperin for Art Info

“If you hear voices emanating from the statue of Abraham Lincoln in Union Square, don’t worry — you aren’t going crazy.”

Krzysztof Wodiczko: Abraham Lincoln War Veteran Projection // CULTURE.PL

Article: Krzysztof Wodiczko: Abraham Lincoln War Veteran Projection 

– by Agnieszka Le Nart for

“The world-renowned Polish artist reignites America’s dialogue on war with a new outdoor installation in New York’s Union Square Park, commemorating veteran’s day and giving a voice to the veterans of today and tomorrow.”

Union Square’s Lincoln Statue Will Tell Iraq Veterans’ Stories on Veteran’s Day / ART INFO

Posted on Monday, October 8th, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Article: “Union Square’s Lincoln Statue Will Tell Iraq Veterans’ Stories on Veteran’s Day”
— by Benjamin Sutton

In the Air: Art News & Gossip from the online publication ART INFO announces More Art’s upcoming project in collaboration with artist Krzysztof Wodiczko: Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran’s Projection the summer before it’s Fall exhibition on November 9-19.

Micaela Giovannotti: Art, Mind and Soul

Posted on Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Micaela Giovannotti: Art, Mind and Soul
This article on Slow Beauty, written by More Art Curator Micaela Giovannotti, highlights two amazing artistic collaborations with KimSooja and Marina Abramovic while discussing how to nourish your mind and soul through art.

Free Concert on the High Line / Chelsea Now

12/21/11, Chelsea Now

06/29/11 – Age-old protest songs are made new again — at a free public concert by El Club de Protesta (The Protest Club). Noted New York performance artist Pablo Helguera, composer and violinist Carlo Nicolau, singer Eleanor Dubinsky and guitarist Sebastian Cruz will perform popular protest songs of the 20th century, updated for the present day. On Tues., July 19, 6:30pm. At 10th Ave. Square, on the High Line (near W. 17th St.). The concert is presented by More Art (a non-profit organization devoted to bridging the gap between artists and communities), Hudson Guild and the non-profit organization Friends of the High Line.

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C'e Bisogno Di + Art(e)

Art Fourteen Again / The Villager

The Chelsea Art Museum and the nonprofit organization More Art have teamed up to present this group exhibition. Bearing the ominous, nostalgic title “Fourteen Again,” the event features collaborative works between creative types and “ordinary” citizens. Each participating artist conducted workshops with students from Clinton Middle School and Liberty High School. The resulting artwork tackles themes such as adolescence and the fleeting reality of meaning. We’re not sure they’ve stumbled upon the meaning of life, but that’s OK. Good art is more about contemplative journeys than satisfying conclusions. See for yourself now through June 19th. At the Chelsea Art Museum (556 W. 22nd St.). Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tues. through Sat. On Thursdays, admission is free and the museum stays open until 8 p.m. (otherwise, it’s $8 general admission, $4 for students/seniors). Visit and

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The Art of Destruction / ArtNews

Posted on Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 at 12:59 pm

It looked like a giant fish tank, a Plexiglas receptacle holding some 2,000 pieces of unwanted art. Michael Landy created the Art Bin at a London gallery as “a monument to creative failure,” and he invited fellow artists to come fill it. His friend Damien Hirst sent over two prints of a bejeweled skull. Gary Hume threw in a sculpture made of paper cups. Tracey Emin “gave me lots of different things,” says Landy. “She told me she would have had a lot more if I had started a few weeks earlier. She had just moved and wanted to get rid of some stuff.”

By the end, in mid-March, works by more than 400 artists, including big-name Young British Artists such as Julian Opie and Gavin Turk, lay mangled and smashed at the bottom of the 800-cubic-yard tub. Collectors could fill the Art Bin too, but only with written permission from the living artist whose work they wanted to junk. All would later be dumped into a landfill.

Landy conceives of the bin as a collapsing of celebrity and obscurity, creation and demolition. “There is no hierarchy in the Art Bin. Everybody’s work lies together, the unknown and the famous,” says the British artist. “The bin becomes one piece that is made up of hundreds of different artworks.”

Though he has taken flak from visitors distressed by the violent destruction of art, Landy says he has grown a thick skin after his 2001 Break Down was derided as a stunt. In that work, the artist publicly destroyed all of his possessions, a total of 7,227 objects—including his car, his passport, and his own and friends’ art—at a vacant department store. One critic for the Guardian recently called Break Down “one of the most intriguing British artworks of the past decade.”

Landy points to a tradition of demolition in art, including Robert Rauschenberg’s erasure of a de Kooning drawing with the latter’s permission, as well as Jasper Johns’s and John Baldessari’s eradication of their own work. South London Gallery, home of the bin, held a conference at which veteran conceptualist Gustav Metz ger pronounced that “destructive art isn’t destruction but art, and the most complex form of it.”

Coincidentally a group of New York artists performed their own large-scale art demolition just as Landy’s bin was filling up. Artists were invited to pass works on paper through a shredder as part of the “#class” event series at Winkleman Gallery in Chelsea.

“The idea was to empower artists, give them back the power to control their work,” says conceptualist El Celso, organizer of “Art Shred.” “I don’t think art should last forever.” Many contributors were street artists, so “they’re not used to their art lasting very long anyway,” says El Celso, who, after asking participants to assess the value of their destroyed work, calculated its total worth to be $19,850. Donating artists received a portion of the shreds. The rest will be dumped into the ocean.

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By Roger Atwood
May 2010

Artifacts | Pillow Talk / The New York Times

Posted on Friday, February 5th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

For the performance artist Marina Abramović, the staff of life is endurance. Her appearances, which have involved fasting, cutting her belly with a razor, kissing till she faints, and staring into the eyes of a stranger over extended periods of time until she — and her audience — experience a cathartic levitation of the spirit that requires intense concentration and enormous strength of character. The well from which she draws her strength of purpose will soon be available to everyone. To accompany her career retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, opening March 14, Abramovic collaborated with the non-profit outreach organization, More Art, to produce the “Energy Blanket.” Available next month from either More Art or MoMA, it comes with fourteen magnets and a drawing of Abramovic’s body indicating where they ought to go before climbing under it. $460 is a small price to pay for inner peace – or, come to think of it, for a wearable piece of art.

By Linda Yablonsky
February 5, 2010

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Memories of His First Psychedelic Lamp / The New York Times

Posted on Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

In the 1960s, many people were mesmerized by the undulating effects of the lava lamp. Not Tony Oursler, the video artist, who is now 52 and lives in Manhattan; he was fixated on the motion lamp.

“It was two sheets of acetate cylinders,” he said. “I was 11 years old, and it was my first psychedelic lamp. I liked the physics of it, that heat generates motion.” Both cylinders were printed with images; the heat from the lamp’s bulb turned a fan that rotated the interior cylinder, creating the illusion of movement in the exterior one.

To raise money for the nonprofit group More Art, he decided to make a motion lamp using images of a project he had done for the group with Chelsea school students. The 8-inch lamp is $975, in an edition of 50, at Artware Editions, 327 West 11th Street, (212) 463-7490; More Art receives two-thirds of the proceeds.

By Elaine Louie
July 15, 2009

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Public Images Unlimited / The GQ Eye

Posted on Friday, October 24th, 2008 at 10:15 pm

There’s plenty of art—of both the street and gallery varieties—to be found around New York, but the two forms have merged this fall in More ART’s community works program, the Chelsea Project. To wit: Italian-born artist Nicola Verlato’s sculpture Sleeping Monster Produced by Reason (pictured) is located outside the Meatpacking District’s Apple store. (Spoiler alert: Derek Jeter and A-Rod are featured, but no word on who’s the monster.) Over at the Fulton Houses Playground on 17th Street, Tony Oursler has teamed up with a group of high schoolers for a video titled AWGTHTGTWTA (Are We Going to Have to Go Through With This Again?) that’s projected on a wall behind the hoops court. And up at the corner of 23rd and 10th, Brooklyn’s Anthony Goicolea has plastered black-and-white photos to partition boards and scaffolding. His Neighborhood series features portraits of locals superimposed over archival snapshots of the hood. “While we were putting up the posters, everyone tried to figure out where things were, and how to make it work,” says More ART’s Micaela Martegani, who’s hosting a benefit on Monday to sell more permanent pieces by Slater Bradley and Oursler. “The same can be said of the Oursler video. The kids that play basketball love it because they recognize the kids in it!” That’s one way to make public art accessible.

More ART Benefit, Oct. 27, 7-9 p.m. at Chelsea Art Tower, 545 W. 25th St., 21st fl., NYC, (646) 416-6940,

by Michael Slenske
October 24, 2008

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Bartolini e le Vertigini della Mente / Oggi Magazine

Posted on Sunday, October 12th, 2008 at 8:22 pm

Lo scorso sabato, la galleria D’Amelio Terras (525 W 22nd st) ha inaugurato Concert Room with Voices, prima importante personale dell’artista italiano Massimo Bartolini a New York. Una tenda scura divide la sua video installazione dal resto; il pubblico l’attraversa e immediatemente viene trasportato in un’altra dimensione, uno non spazio dove il tempo si rarefa e la mente si dilata. (…)

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Going Public / Visual Arts Briefs

Posted on Friday, October 10th, 2008 at 10:18 pm

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.

October 10, 2008

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NY : Art Creates Communities / Nautilus Magazine

Posted on Sunday, January 15th, 2006 at 8:18 pm

Micaela Martegani. E negli anni Novanta che le gallerie di Manhattan iniziano a muoversi verso nord, spostandosi da SoHo, che era stato per piu di vent’anni il cuore artistico di New York, alla zona occidentale di Chelsea, quartiere operato abitato soprattutto da neri e latinoamericani, scoperto in anni piu recenti dalla comunita gay. Il tessuto industriale di SoHo e stato sottoposto per decenni a un lento preocesso di riqualificazione, che ha lentamente introdotto i negozi piu alla moda, trasformandolo in un’alternativa piu giovane e “hip” di Madison Avenue. (…)

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Portrait of the Artists / Metropolis Magazine

Posted on Saturday, October 1st, 2005 at 8:02 pm

 An after-school arts program bridges the gap between a gentrifying neighborhood and local students.

Last spring a series of chalk drawings appeared on a billboard on 18th Street and Tenth Avenue, in the hearth of New York’s Chelsea neighborhood – no surprise in an arts district thrumming with black-clad creative types, haute fashionistas, high-end restaurateurs, and dolled-up gallerygoers. But instead of graffiti by disaffected artists or guerilla marketing for fashion companies, they were works produced by students from the Clinton School for Writers and Artists as a part of Art Creates Communities Project in Chelsea, a program enabling neighborhood kids to tap into the creative energy of the area. (…)

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A Child’s View of Chelsea / Out There

Posted on Thursday, September 15th, 2005 at 8:14 pm

More Art lets kids meet their friendly neighborhood artists.

Spend a Saturday afternoon strolling the westernmost streets of Chelsea and you can feel the energy of its thriving art scene. But Micaela Martegani, an art historian, curator and Chelsea resident who has witnessed the neighborhood’s evolution, felt there was something vital missing: community involvement. So last year, as part of her More Art initiative, Martegani lauched “Art Creates Communities: Project in Chelsea,” which brings well-know artists to the Clinton School for Writers and Artists, a local public middle school. “Here are the kids just two blocks from the galleries, and they have never been taken on a field trip there,” says Martegani. (…)

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Smettere di Giocare Leggendo Dostoevskij & New York Rinasce Grazie alle Fate / Specchio

Posted on Saturday, April 2nd, 2005 at 8:06 pm

 Il nome del grande scrittore serve a pubblicizzare una lotteria e Mosca si riempie di cliniche per gli schiavi dell’azzardo. Terapia : Il giocatore.

E un processo degno se non di un romanzo, di un raconto: Dostoevskij contro la lotteria Gioco onesto. A ricorrere in tribunale e stato il pro-pronipote del grande scrittore. Dmittrij, e l’oggetto del contendere e il ritratto del suo illustre avo piazzato sui biglietti di una lotteria dal nome equivoco accanto alla scritta “un’automobile in ogni biglietto”. Il signor Dostoevskij chiede il risarcimento per l’uso non autorizzato dell’immagine del trisnonno in un contesto che giudica “vergognoso”: “Quando viene associato a una lotteria la gente non pensa piu ai Fratelli Kamarazov, pensa solo che era un giocatore.”

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