2014 was a memorable year for us at More Art. The following post is an overview of the past year. We happily welcome 2015 and we wish all of you a very prosperous and joyous year ahead! #HappyNewYear #MoreArtin2015
Our recent project (October 7th, 2014) was a one time performance by Dread Scott called On the Impossibility of Freedom: In a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide. Dread has been at the forefront of addressing social inequality in his performances and installations. His work has a longstanding history in makes revolutionary art to propel history forward.
Our final speaker session on July 17th was a great introduction to the work of socially engaged practices within the arts. We were informed of the work of artists/activists Jordan Seiler and Caroline Woolard, as well as Paula Z. Segal, who as an attorney works within the public space, often collaborating with artists. Jordan Seiler
Our Engaging Artists residents are currently volunteering each week with the local homeless population. Some of the volunteer opportunities involve creating collaborative artworks with homeless residents who are either in shelters or in affordable housing. We’d like to celebrate their hard work and compassion by taking a look at previously realized projects around the issue of homelessness. The first artist we’re featuring is Fanny Allié.
There were posters up throughout the East and West Village last week of some of the images from Residents of New York. It was interesting to see the juxtaposition of the guerrilla marketing ad-space with Serrano’s portraits of the homeless. Like the exhibition at the W. 4th Street Subway Station, these posters are an alternative to the constant barrage of commercial ad space.
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.