River To River 2020: Four Voices

When 9 Jul 2020 - 30 Aug 2020
Where Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
125 Maiden Lane, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10038
United States

Asiya Wadud, ECHO EXHIBIT: July 9–August 30
Multiple locations through the Seaport District, NY, NY 10038
Jean Shin, Floating MAiZE + The Last Straw: July 13–August 30
Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey Street, NY, NY 10281
Muna Malik, Blessing of the Boats: River To River: August 15–18
Belvedere Plaza, Battery Park City, NY, NY 10280
Mona Chalabi : August 20–30
22 screens across the Westfield World Trade Center campus, 185 Greenwich Street, NY, NY 10007

Beginning July 9 and running through August 30, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) presents River To River 2020: Four Voices, featuring the work of artists Mona ChalabiMuna MalikJean Shin and Asiya Wadud.

Responding to the present moment, LMCC and the founding partners of the annual River To River Festival have come together and reimagined it this year as River To River 2020: Four Voices, inviting four singular artists to create new works to offer New Yorkers during these unprecedented times. All projects have been configured with an eye toward meaningful connection with wide-ranging audiences through public artworks that can be witnessed safely and appropriately in open spaces over time, as well as projects that start with virtual connection and lead to moments of physical presence:

Begins July 9: Asiya Wadud’s ECHO EXHIBIT invites participants to create a collection of poems reflecting on current times. A collection of the poems will be gradually revealed in public spaces throughout Lower Manhattan’s Seaport District in the form of vinyl window posters designed by New York-based visual artist and accessibility activist Shannon Finnegan. These poems offer a beautiful acknowledgement of current individual experiences, including both difficulties and levities, as well as comfort in our collective resilience.

Begins July 13: Jean Shin’s Floating MAiZE and The Last Straw ask viewers to consider our collective use of plastic and its catastrophic effects on our world. Floating MAiZE and The Last Straw are curated by Kendal Henry for Arts Brookfield.

Muna Malik welcomes us to imagine what new societies we want to build and what actions can help us make this reality. Starting July 9, Blessing of The Boats: River To River asks participants online to imagine what societies they want to build and articulate what actions can help make their visions a reality. Participants are instructed to fold and write messages on origami boats. From August 15-18, members of the public are invited to meet Malik at the shore of the Hudson River in Battery Park City’s Belvedere Plaza and see Malik’s 20-foot long sculptural boat filled with messages, in addition to add them to the artist’s collaborative installation. The river’s edge installation site was offered by Battery Park City Authority in view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, global symbols of hope and new beginnings.

Begins August 20Mona Chalabi creates an ode to NYC that visualizes the diversity of people that form the heart and soul of the city we know and love. 100 New Yorkers visualizes what the city’s population would look like if it were distilled from its ungraspable millions to a more relatable 100 individuals. Using census data, Chalabi has created 100 characters that, as accurately as possible, visualize the racial, economic and social realities of the city’s population. By framing these characters through various statistical lenses, Chalabi relays a multitude of nonfiction narratives that tell the story of the New York public, and how environment, health, wealth, physical ability and education affect how the diverse population lives, dies and exists in between. For this iteration of 100 New Yorkers, presented in and around the Oculus on screens and vinyl in the lead-up to the U.S. 2020 presidential election, Chalabi will activate her characters through representation and voter participation statistics.

This year’s program is co-curated by Lili Chopra, LMCC’s Executive Director of Artistic Programs, and Nanette Nelms, a NYC-based filmmaker with roots in performance from her previous training and career as a contemporary dancer.

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Image courtesy of the event organizer.