On the 14th day of Occupy Wall Street, the movement has seen its biggest turn out yet. in the midst of protesters conversing, eating, sleeping and going about their daily business, art and creativity was also thriving in the park. Young kids joined in making cardboard posters to add to the street collage, while an older set of protesters folded paper cranes as a gesture of peace. I briefly caught up with Alexandre Carvalho, one of the main organizers of the Arts and Culture Committee at Occupy Wall Street to find out more about how the protesters are utilizing artistic practices to express their political and personal viewpoints.
Editor’s note: Our reporter Liza Eliano was on scene this afternoon in Zuccotti Park. She has been following the story for over a week and will be filing her report from today later tonight, but until then, she sent us these images of some of the artistic going ons as part of Occupy Wall Street.
Discontent is stirring in New England’s biggest city, and today a rally called Take Back Boston began. In preparation for the big event, local activists have outfitted 13 bus shelters with images that make them resemble foreclosed homes.
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There are moments in all great protests that propel it into the mainstream, what they do with it is up to its supporters. Today just may be the day that Occupy Wall Street gets it’s moment, then again maybe not, but what seems sure at this point is that it may happen very soon.
We received this note yesterday from a Hyperallergic reader: “Bob Cassilly died … His bulldozer tumbled down a rocky hill, flipping over a bunch of times while he was in it. He was a pretty tough guy. He turned a giant shoe factory in St. Louis into The City Museum. A wonderland of potential lawsuits and junk. Made, entirely out of trash. 80,000 square feet. Packed. Impossible to explain. A treasure. Today is a sad day for DIY art.”
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — As an artist participating in ArtPrize myself, I had the amazing experience of not only visiting Grand Rapids for the first time, but also experiencing this mega-event for the first time. While walking around the city snapping pics, I was instantly reminded about my solo trip to the Venice Biennale in 2003 when I was just a college kid: feeling like an outsider to the local people, crossing bridge after bridge and trying to consume the overwhelming amount of artwork around me. As a cultural producer, I can’t help but analyze and tally the formal and conceptual trends that are present in such a saturated art environment.
So from the perspective of a dude like me, here are the Top 6 things I saw at ArtPrize 2011 …
I ran to Times Square this morning to catch a glimpse of artist Zefrey Throwell’s latest incarnation of his performance series, Midtown Games, but a missed subway connection which delayed my arrival a few minutes making me late to witness the artistic/athletic spectacle. Luckily, I tracked down Throwell afterwards who spoke to me about what the hell the Midtown Games are all about? And provided me with images of yesterday’s thrilling good time.
Washington, DC — (E)merge Art fair opened September 22- 25 with 80 international and local galleries spread over two floors of the Capitol Skyline hotel in Washington, DC. I was curious if anything would “stand out” among the many of exhibitors. I then came across a curious series of six standard size loose photographic prints simply pinned to the wall, by Edinburgh-born, London-based photojournalist Muir Vidler.
Los Angelenos and visitors to the West Coast are in for a treat this weekend. Fountain Art Fair rolls into LA for the first time from September 2 to October 3 with an exciting line-up of emerging artists and art spaces.
Teamsters representatives have been circulating a letter to Chelsea galleries indicating that they will be protesting jobs by Crozier Fine Arts, who they say have crossed their picket line by partly replacing their workers at Sotheby’s. The Teamster are finding back and threatening to protest all future jobs by Crozier.