New York City is filled with potentially poetic moments, provided you’re open to them — but sometimes it helps to be reminded.
In the midst of the recent amazing outpouring of street presence supporting black lives, on Monday night I had an opportunity to witness something a little quieter. Willing Participant, a performance group led by artists Todd Shalom, Ben Weber, and Niegel Smith of Elastic City, held a simple public action that they called “disarm.”
Elastic City is shaking up the idea of walking, and it doesn’t involve tours. One of the organization’s recent art walks, titled “Favorites,” was a saunter through the West Village led by writer Sarah Schulman, performance artist and director Niegel Smith, and Elastic City founder Todd Shalom.
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I’d like to start with a disclaimer: Top 5, 10, whatever lists make me nervous. They feel so definitive, so set in stone, and that makes me uncomfortable. What happens when my opinions evolve (as they inevitably will), or when I change my mind tomorrow, or if I accidentally forget something?