On May 21st we had our public opening for Andres Serrano: Residents of New York at La Guardia Place in the West Village. The weather was perfect and the plaza was filled with great conversation, and of course the stunning images from our collaboration with Andres Serrano. There was a performative element to this event, images were affixed to sign posts and were held throughout the night.
Currently you can see some of the images from Residents of New York, on public phone booths (courtesy of Van Wagner) around Manhattan! If you see one on your daily walk/jog/bike ride around the city feel free to tag it on instagram, twitter, or facebook using the hashtag #ResidentsofNewYork. Here is a list of locations where you can find our Residents of New York phone booths:
Charise and Michael are a homeless couple that has been together for four years. Charise (a.k.a Egypt) is from New Jersey, Michael is from Manhattan. We stop and talk to them frequently on our daily commute and despite their circumstances, they are incredibly positive and outgoing. They are passionate about art, Charise draws and loves color. They are two of the many people Andres Serrano photographed that we’ve had the pleasure to get to know.
We had a great time in Red Hook to kick off our Art Walks series! Our walk began at Dustin Yellin’s studio, then continued to Pioneer Works, the wonderful interdisciplinary creative space he founded. Our next destination was the Kentler International Drawing Space, where Florence Neal gave us an in depth tour of their gallery
In anticipation of our collaboration with Andres Serrano called Residents of New York, opening May 19th, we are featuring artists who have made socially engaging work about poverty and homelessness. Andres Serrano has a keen awareness for the people who live on the streets of New York City. The artist first photographed the homeless in 1990 for a series called Nomads. In this series, Serrano went around the city with a portable studio and photographed homeless individuals whom he found on the streets and subway tunnels…