Word on the Street - Times Square 2017 - 2018
Featuring Anne Carson + Amy Khoshbin, Carrie Mae Weems, Wangechi Mutu
Word on the Street is an ongoing text-based public art initiative by House of Trees consisting of original political and poetic banners created by renowned female international artists and writers in collaboration with female refugee fabricators based in Texas. Artists and writers include Anne Carson + Amy Khoshbin, Carrie Mae Weems, Wangechi Mutu, Jenny Holzer, and more. Commissioned by Times Square Arts, the latest exhibition will appear on street pole banners and Bigbelly solar-powered trash and recycling receptacles in Times Square from August 29, 2017 – February 2018. Originally created from felt as protest expressions during the Women’s March, the Word on the Street banners speak to the urgent, timeless concerns of the individual, community and the requirements of citizenry. These banners have been displayed in a variety of institutions before being taken out into the streets to be carried by marchers as protests arise, such as Leila Heller Gallery, Kimmel Galleries, and the Whitney Houston Biennial.
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Times Square Takeover - Workshop on the Street - 2017 - 2018
In celebration of Word On the Street Banner Project, Times Square Arts and House of Trees invited Times Square visitors to Workshop on the Street, where guests created their own wearable protest gear with phrases made from colorful felt in the form of banners, sashes, capes, or badges. Workshop on the Street engaged the community in social action and encourages a physical artistic response alongside the Word on the Street banners.