New outdoor exhibits are designed to create public debate – WWD

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YOU NEED A VILLAGE: An interactive outdoor exhibit in downtown New York City highlights historical events and famous residents of three neighborhoods.

Accessible until October 17, “Village Voices” celebrates some of the cultural touchpoints of Greenwich Village, East Village and NoHo. Organized by Village Preservation, an organization that has helped achieve landmark designation for more than 1,250 buildings in these three areas, the exhibit features 21 shadow boxes at sites where well-known residents have lived or where historical events have taken place.

Locals like Norman Reedus, John Leguizamo, Ed Norton, Joel Gray, Kathleen Chalfant and Alec Baldwin have been recruited to record information about the various locations accessible via QR codes at each location. Photographer Berenice Abbott, artists Jackson Pollock and Robert Rauschenberg, choreographer Martha Graham, poet ee Cummings, writer WH Auden and musician Patti Smith are among the creations referenced in the outdoor installation.

Plus, where Billie Holiday first performed “Strange Fruit” is one of the stops, as is where activist Jane Jacobs stood to protest urban developer Robert’s project. Moses to replace Washington Square Park with a freeway. Holiday’s outpost and one related to Bob Dylan feature augmented reality that can be viewed through the Membit app on iPhone.

More sobering is a shadow box that is a memorial to the 146 victims of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire. Located outside the Gray Art Gallery at New York University, this Marker is not far from the site of the fire that occurred in what was then known as the Asch Building at the corner of Washington Place and Greene Street. The commemorative coin is a petite dress shirt size embroidered with all the names of the victims locked in the shadow box.

Village Preservation teamed up artist and PS New York Principal Founder Penny Hardy to design the 21 Shadow Boxes. Two-time Emmy-winning sound designer Serge Ossorguine handled the digital and audio components of the exhibit.

Leslie Mason, Board Member of Village Preservation, said the exhibit “draws on the diverse and creative nature of the neighborhood by encouraging people to come together around a work of art, to make it happen. experience, discuss it and share ideas. We create outdoor lounges for everyone to participate.

Site-specific attractions that aim to bring people together are also the foundation of the newly opened Chicago Architecture Biennale. Entitled “The Available City,” there are 80 contributors from over 18 countries who have created architectural projects, exhibits and programs in eight Chicago neighborhoods.

The Studio Barnes Block Party in Chicago.
Nathan Keay / Courtesy of the Chicago Architects Biennale


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