The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s (LMCC) River To River 2020: Four Voices, now open, features the work of artists Asiya Wadud, Jean Shin, Muna Malik, and Mona Chalabi. This year’s program is co-curated by Lili Chopra, LMCC’s Executive Director of Artistic Programs, and Nanette Nelms, an NYC-based filmmaker with roots in performance from her previous training and career as a contemporary dancer. The full schedule of free events is as follows:
Asiya Wadud | ECHO EXHIBIT
Various locations in the Seaport District
Poets engaged with the general public and local community members of Lower Manhattan’s Seaport District through one-on-one telephone conversations, then crafted poems based on the words, themes, and tone of each exchange. As of July 9, they are gradually being revealed in public spaces, taking the form of vinyl window posters designed by New York-based visual artist and accessibility activist Shannon Finnegan.
Jean Shin | Floating MaiZE and The Last Straw
Winter Garden at Brookfield Place
Floating MAiZE consists of recyclable green plastic soft drink bottles suspended above the grand staircase in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, while The Last Straw presents three macro and micro views of plastic waste, featuring different configurations and perspectives of colorful straws and reflective material. Both works encourage viewers to contemplate their own plastic consumption and question the ecological impact of consumer behavior in contributing to plastic pollution.
Muna Malik | Blessing of the Boats: River To River
Belvedere Plaza, Battery Park City
Members of the public are invited to answer the prompt: “We have an opportunity to set sail towards a new future. What society would you build and how do we get there?” by folding an origami boat and writing their ideas on it. Between August 15–18, people can bring their origami to the shore of the Hudson River in Belvedere Plaza and add them to Malik’s collaborative installation, a 20-foot long sculptural boat.
Mona Chalabi | 100 New Yorkers
22 screens across the Westfield World Trade Center campus
Multidisciplinary artist Mona Chalabi uses census data to visualize what the city’s population would look like if it were distilled from its ungraspable millions to a more relatable 100 individuals. For this iteration of 100 New Yorkers, presented in and around the Oculus on screens and vinyl in the lead-up to the November election, Chalabi will activate her characters through representation and voter participation statistics. Prints will be available for sale from exclusive partner Absolut Art.
For further details and the most up-to-date information on programming, visit lmcc.net/river-to-river-festival.
Dates, times, and locations are subject to change.
Special Edition: 🖌️Artists’ Signatures ✍️
In this special edition, we investigate what artists’ signatures actually mean, and the fascinating results reveal the multifaceted history of this curious phenomenon.
What Is a Signature in the Internet Age?
As a cryptographic unit for record-keeping, an NFT can be seen as analogous to a signature or an autograph.
The Public Theater Explores the Hurricane Katrina Diaspora in shadow/land
Written by Erika Dickerson-Despenza and directed by Candis C. Jones, this lyrical meditation on legacy, erotic fugitivity, and self-determination is on view in NYC.
The Meaning of Ancient Greek and Roman Artisan Signatures
What did a signature mean in the ancient world, and how much can we trust what they seem to tell us?
Michelangelo’s Signature and the Myth of Genius
Michelangelo served as a stellar example for future artists who sought status and economic independence.
The Rubin Museum Presents Death Is Not the End
Tibetan Buddhist and Christian works of art made across 12 centuries explore death, the afterlife, and the desire to continue to exist. On view in NYC.
Uncovering the Photographer Behind Arshile Gorky’s Most Famous Painting
As we pursue photographer Hovhannes Avedaghayan a fascinating picture begins to emerge of him and the world of which he was part.
100 Years of Artist Signatures in a Detroit Club
The beams in Detroit’s Scarab Club act as a guest book of sorts, carrying a wealth of stories and history, including signatures by Diego Rivera, Marcel Duchamp, Margaret Bourke-White, Isamu Noguchi, and others.
When I Am Empty Please Dispose of Me Properly
Ayanna Dozier, Ilana Harris-Babou, Meena Hasan, Lucia Hierro, Catherine Opie, Chuck Ramirez, and Pacifico Silano explore the myths of the American Dream at Brooklyn’s BRIC House.
The Myth of Agency Around Artists’ Signatures
In an art world built on shifting sands, artists’ signatures become symbols of agency for some, and relics of the past for others.
The Women Artists Commemorated on an NYC Sidewalk
The signatures of Rosa Bonheur, Mary Cassatt, and six other historical women artists are engraved on a small stretch of sidewalk on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Pratt’s 2023 Fine Arts MFA Thesis Exhibition Is On View in Brooklyn
The two-part exhibition features the work of 41 graduating artists across disciplines, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, and integrated practices.
Met Museum Repatriates 15 Objects to India
The sculptures were all at one point sold by the disgraced art dealer Subhash Kapoor.
Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova Placed on Russian “Wanted” List
Tolokonnikova has long been a thorn in the side of Vladimir Putin’s regime.