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Happening: November 15–17, noon-6PM
This project is presented with Performa 07.
Adrian Piper, Gelitin, Spartacus Chetwynd, Jonathan Monk, Javier Téllez
A Creative Time Book by Mark Beasley
Six Actions for New York City: the publication documents a series of events, actions and performances staged between May and November 2007. An appraisal of current public art practice, it presents something of the dark humor and alternate critical desires of artists to reach out to the individual and suggest change through diverting the everyday flow and use of the city. Adrian Piper’s durational performance consisted of text applied in henna to the forehead of participants, literally conflating the space between thought and action. The fitful street experimentation of Spartacus Chetwynd flipped the city inside out as the artist turned the street into an open studio. Gelitin found a home among the freak shows and hot dog stands of Coney Island. Jonathan Monk’s Five Ballerinas in Manhattan felt at times lost and alone and at other times in step with street salesmen and pamphleteers. Kaprow describes such fertile ground as a “habitat,” the space in which constituent parties, relationships and values converge, resulting in an “overall atmosphere” and a certain mood that pervades and becomes part of the work. This publication tells a tale of temporary artistic footholds in the city through the material gained or suggested by each of the actions.
May 1 & 2, until it fades
The Dig Cunt
Five Ballerinas in Manhattan
May 27–June 2
NYC Walk with Creative Time
Plumbing pipe ...1...2...3:Props Unplugged
Letter on the Blind for the Use of Those Who See
This international group of legendary performers and young artists take over NYC streets, Coney Island’s beach, and even the foreheads of hundreds of volunteers for 33 days, May 1–June 2. Utilizing a range of media and humor, with a nod to legendary earthworks and endurance projects of the 1970s, the projects continue the dynamic conversations among artists, sites, and audiences that Creative Time has fostered since the 1970s.