2014

ANDRES SERRANO

For Residents of New York Andres Serrano engaged with 85 homeless individuals in New York City, creating a series of portraits aiming to take poverty out of the realm of abstraction and present it in its candid and human dimension. The portraits will be exhibited in the West 4th Street subway station and various other locations around Washington Square Park.

 

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2013

OFRI CNAANI

For Moon Guardians, Cnaani realized a series of  video vignettes depicting longtime residents of the Meatpacking district which were then projected on the windows of a local historical building.

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ENVISION NEW YORK 2017

An online project prompting NYC artists to share their vision of the city’s future.  Artists: Justin Blinder, Emil Choski, Coco Fusco, Steve Lambert, William Powhida, Bibi Seck, Federico Solmi, and Amy Wilson.

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2012

KRZYSZTOF WODICZKO

Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection was a poignant video installation, which provided American war veterans and their family members with a public platform to share their often traumatic stories.

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JENNY MARKETOU

Sunspotting a Walking Forest employed the language of fashion and performance to explore themes of identity, free speech, and public engagement. The project culminated with a performance on the High Line.

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2011

PABLO HELGUERA

El Club De Protesta was structured around a series of workshops led by Pablo Helguera during which senior citizens were invited to revisit well-known protest songs. The project concluded with a performance on the High Line.

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JOAN JONAS

Lunar Rabbit was a collaborative project during which the artist, along with middle school students, explored and re-enacted an ancient myth.

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2010

ANA PRVACKI

The Wandering Band was a free performance of vocalists and musicians armed with portable wind, string, and brass instruments strolling along the meandering paths of the High Line.

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XAVIERA SIMMONS

When You’re Looking at me, You’re looking at Country saw Xaviera Simmons set up an outdoor photography studio near the Fulton and Eliot housing developments in Chelsea and invite residents to have their picture taken.

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2009

KIMSOOJA

An Album: Hudson Guild was a video project created in collaboration with a multi-cultural community of senior citizens. The artist spent several days asking residents about their lives, backgrounds, families, and memories before filming them. The final video is a silent and poignant testament to their lives and struggles.

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JUSTIN BERRY

 The Mysterious House of Colors was a curatorial project realized in collaboration with students from the Clinton middle school in Chelsea. After visiting art galleries, Berry asked students to come up with ideas for a show of their own. He then assembled a number of pieces in order to put together an exhibition that took place at the Chelsea Art Museum.

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2008

ANTHONY GOICOLEA 

Neighborhood was a photographic project addressing Chelsea’s storied past. Anthony Giocolea took pictures of current residents and digitally integrated them into turn of the century photographs of Chelsea. The resulting images were displayed in the public space, pasted on the walls of Chelsea construction sites.

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NICOLA VERLATO

 Sleeping Monsters Produced by Reason was an experiment in art and democracy. After polling Chelsea residents Nicola Verlato proceeded to create a sculpture that aspired to integrate all their desires. The work was exhibited on a public plaza in Chelsea.

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TONY OURSLER

AWGTHTGTWTA addressed the technological habits of contemporary youth. Working with a group of middle school students, Tony Oursler created a video featuring the students singing a song they created and with which the audience could interact via text messaging. This video was projected on the wall of a playground in Chelsea.

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2007

MICHAEL RAKOWITZ

Enemy kitchen was a collaborative project addressing the Iraq war through cooking. Over the course of several weeks, the artists met with a group of middle school students and taught them how to cook Iraqi food, thereby opening the door for students to both discuss the war and learn about Iraq from a new perspective.  Documentation for this project was shown at Art Basel Miami Beach.

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JAY DAVIS

Untitled (Inside); Untitled (Outside) was an assemblage of mobiles constructed from collages created as part of a collaboration with thirteen teenagers from Chelsea’s Clinton Middle School. This project was exhibited at Art Basel Miami Beach.

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2006

MICHAEL JOO

Bodhi Obfuscatus (Allegiance) was a multi-media installation with video projection, mirrors and sound. A video helmet, devised by the artist as the equivalent of 48 live surveillance cameras, examined every detail of New York teenagers’ faces as they told stories about their lives and attempted to recite the “Pledge of Allegiance.” This project was exhibited at the Chelsea Art Museum and Art Basel Miami Beach.

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SLATER BRADLEY

Soundless Pounding of Accelerated Dreams was a photography project centered on a group of New York City Teenagers. Bradley photographed each participant individually in the place they found the most inspiring. Bradley adapted his photographic technic for each image so as to best convey their individual experience of the city. This project was exhibited at the Chelsea Art Museum.

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2005

ANNA GASKELL

Erasers was a video piece realized in collaboration with a group of middle school students. The artist told the students a story concerning her past before filming each student re-telling the story as they remembered it.

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GARY SIMMONS

Collective Portrait was an investigation of the art of drawing. Gary Simmons helped a group of middle school students to fabricated erasers boards before asking them to draw on it. The drawing act was completed by a radical act of erasure. This project was exhibited on a billboard in Chelsea.

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