The 59th Minute
ARTISTS Geneviève Cadieux
Creative Time and Panasonic initiate the second year of The 59th Minute: Video Art on the Times Square Astrovision with Portrait by Canadian artist, Geneviève Cadieux. In the winter of 1998, Montreal experienced a mammoth ice storm when freezing rain crippled and killed many of the area's trees.

Geneviève Cadieux found a badly damaged survivor the following spring and was struck by the tree's personification of many qualities necessary for human survival: sovereignty, independence, and resilience. In Portrait, the tree serves as a metaphor for the isolation of solitude but, more importantly, the regeneration and renewal of spring. The horizon, on which the tree stands brushed by the wind, serves as a reminder that even in New York City, where the horizon is invisible, nature's influence is everywhere.

Like all videos in the series, Geneviève Cadieux's Portrait will air the last minute of every hour of the Astrovision programming day (6am-1am) with the exception of two daily preemptions for NBC's Today Show and Nightly News.
March 1 - May 30, 2002