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Date:
March 23, 2018 - June 19, 2018
Time:
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue:
The Watermill Center

Exhibition open by appointment only.

Word on the Street is an ongoing text-based public art initiative by House of Trees consisting of original political and poetic banners created by renowned female international artists and writers in collaboration with female refugee fabricators based in Texas. Artists and writers include, Carrie Mae Weems, Tania Bruguera, Anne Carson, Amy Khoshbin, Laurie Anderson, A.M. Homes, Wangechi Mutu, Jenny Holzer, House of Trees and Naomi Shihab Nye. Commissioned by Times Square Arts, and on view at The Watermill Center through June 17, 2018.

Originally created from felt as protest expressions during the 2017 Women’s March, and subsequently exhibited in Times Square (2017 – 2018),Word on the Street banners speak to the urgent, timeless concerns of the individual, community and the requirements of citizenry. These banners have been displayed in a variety of institutions before being taken out into the streets to be carried by marchers as protests arise, such as Leila Heller Gallery, Kimmel Galleries, and the Whitney Houston Biennial. The exhibition at the Watermill Center marks the premier exhibition of the original hand made felt banners.

ABOUT TIMES SQUARE ARTS
Times Square Arts, the public art program of the Times Square Alliance, is the largest public platform for innovative contemporary performance and visual arts. With 312,000 daily visitors to New York City’s Times Square, it is one of the highest profile public arts programs and since its inception, Times Square Arts has featured works by a diverse group of more than five dozen prominent and emerging artists.

ABOUT HOUSE OF TREES
House of Trees is an arts collective working to expand the public appreciation and understanding of contemporary art through the production of murals, performances, installations, and other high-visibility publicly engaged artworks. House of Trees’ projects are interventions in unpredictable sites, curated for both specific audiences and the larger public. House of Trees has mounted projects nationally and internationally with venues including the Kimmel Center in New York City; the Hotel Tropicana in San Antonio, Texas; and The Watermill Center in Water Mill, New York, among others.

Word on the Street is curated by Noah Khoshbin.

This exhibition is open by appointment only, or during public programs at The Watermill Center, including tours, In Process events, and Artists’ Table.
photo © Maria Baranova for Times Square Arts.

Laurie Anderson

In Residence:
Discipline:
Music, Performance
Country:
United States
Laurie Anderson is one of today’s premier multimedia artists, known for her achievements as a visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, vocalist, and instrumentalist, and her innate ability to meld her dynamic practices into new and vibrant forms. Her seemingly boundless oeuvre includes the creation of books, albums, and performances... Read More

Tania Bruguera

In Residence:
March 23, 2018 - March 25, 2018
Discipline:
Visual Art, Performance
Country:
Cuba
For over twenty-five years 2018 Inga Maren Otto Fellow, Tania Bruguera has created socially-engaged performances and installations that examine the nature of political power structures and their effect on the lives of society’s most vulnerable individuals and groups. Her research focuses on ways in which art can be applied to the... Read More

Anne Carson

In Residence:
March 23, 2018 - March 25, 2018
Discipline:
Poetry, Visual Arts
Country:
Canada
2018 Inga Maren Otto Fellow Anne Carson is a poet, essayist, professor of Classics, and translator. Carson has gained both critical accolades and a wide readership over the course of her “unclassifiable” publishing career. In addition to her many highly-regarded translations of classical writers such as Sappho and Euripides, and... Read More

Jenny Holzer

In Residence:
Discipline:
Visual Art, Installation
Country:
United States
For more than thirty-five years, Jenny Holzer has presented her astringent ideas, arguments, and sorrows in public places and international exhibitions, including 7 World Trade Center, the Venice Biennale, the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Her medium,... Read More

A.M. Homes

In Residence:
Discipline:
Literature
Country:
United States
A.M. Homes is the author 12 books among them, the novels, This Book Will Save Your Life, Music For Torching, and The End of Alice, as well as the short-story collections, Things You Should Know and The Safety of Objects, and the best selling memoir, The Mistress’s Daughter. DAYS OF AWE, a... Read More

Amy Khoshbin

In Residence:
October 4, 2015 - October 23, 2015
Discipline:
Performance Art, Theatre, Video Art
Country:
United States
Amy Khoshbin is a Brooklyn-based artist. She creates hybrid works using performance, video, and interactive media to explore the production and transmission of narratives both personal and cultural. Using a collage-style approach to creating works across mediums, she uses imagery from different sources to assemble mythologies that evade a unified understanding.... During their residency, Amy Khoshbin and Liz McAuliffe will develop and perform the final scene of The Myth of Layla, which will ultimately be a solo performance lasting 60 minutes. Written and performed by Khoshbin and co-directed by Khoshbin and McAuliffe, The Myth of Layla is set in a near... Read More

Wangechi Mutu

In Residence:
Discipline:
Visual Art
Country:
Kenya
Wangechi Mutu explores the violence and misrepresentation that women, particularly black women, experience in the contemporary world. Referencing artists such as Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Chris Ofili, and Romare Bearden, as well as art-historical movements like Surrealism, her drawings and collages graft together images from anthropological, ethnographic and medical texts, Vogue, and pornography. Mutu commonly works... Read More

Naomi Shihab Nye

In Residence:
Discipline:
Poetry, Literature
Country:
United States
Naomi Shihab Nye was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1952. Her father was a Palestinian refugee and her mother an American of German and Swiss descent, and Nye spent her adolescence in both Jerusalem and San Antonio, Texas. Her experience of both cultural difference and different cultures has influenced... Read More

Carrie Mae Weems

In Residence:
April 5, 2017 - May 1, 2017
Discipline:
Theatre, Visual Art
Country:
United States
Carrie Mae Weems (b. 1953) has spent the past thirty years working toward developing a complex body of art that has employed photographs, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation, and video. Her work has led her to investigate family relationships, gender roles, the histories of racism, sexism, class, and various... Renowned visual artist and 2017 Inga Maren Otto Fellow, Carrie Mae Weems will be refining her song cycle/performance titled Grace Notes: Reflections for Now, which examines the the role of grace in the pursuit of democracy. The first iteration of Grace Notes premiered at the Spoleto Festival in June 2016, and brings together some of... Read More

House of Trees

In Residence:
Discipline:
Visual Art, Performance, Installation
Country:
United States
House of Trees is an arts collective working to expand the public appreciation and understanding of contemporary art through the production of murals, performances, installations, and other high-visibility publicly engaged artworks. House of Trees’ projects are interventions in unpredictable sites, curated for both specific audiences and the larger public. House... Read More

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