Clarivel Ruiz, “Synophrys and Other Hairy Things” (image courtesy Art in Odd Places)

Clarivel Ruiz, “Synophrys and Other Hairy Things” (image courtesy Art in Odd Places)

Beginning this Thursday and going through the weekend, the Art in Odd Places (AiOP) Festival returns to New York. This year’s festival, themed BODY, will take place — as it usually does — along 14th Street from Avenue C to the Hudson River. AiOP aims to present visual and performance art in unexpected public spaces to foster “diverse social interactions and the unfettered exchange of ideas,” according to their press release.

The BODY festival will feature art projects by women, female-identifying, and non-binary artists working in both visual and performance art. The festival coincides with a gallery exhibition, Art in Odd Places (AiOP) 2018 NYC: BODY, which opened at Westbeth Gallery on October 4 and continues through October 27. The show, curated by Katya Grokhovsky, “explores agency, politics, and status of the ‘other’ in an urban environment.” And it features a long list of artists, including Elaine Angelopoulos, Deborah Castillo, Maryam Monalisa Gharavi, Esther Neff, Amy Finkbeiner and Christen Clifford of No Wave Performance Task Force, Maya Pindyck, the Questions Collective, Rachel Chick, Andrew Prieto, and Alfredo Travieso of TANGA!, and others.

Many of the artists featured in the exhibition will also be performing in the festival, so this is sure to be a fascinating display of performance and visual art throughout the city. The full schedule of events, along with locations for each performance, can be found here.

When: Thursday, October 11 through Sunday, October 14
Where: 14th Street from Avenue C to the Hudson River, Manhattan

Deena ElGenaidi is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University-Camden in 2016, and her work has appeared in Longreads, Electric Literature,...