AFTER HOURS 2: MURALS ON THE BOWERY
- Date: April 25 - September 29, 2013
- Sponsor: Sotheby's
- Location: The Bowery, NYC
- Partner: New Museum
- Artists: Derrick Adams, Ricci Albenda, Ellen Berkenblit, Mel Bochner, Daniel Buren, Michael Craig-Martin, Sylvie Fleury, Alex Israel, Kerry James Marshall, Oscar Murillo, Laura Owens, Adam Pendleton, Dana Schutz, and Wendy White.
Art Production Fund and the New Museum Present “After Hours 2: Murals on the Bowery,” April 25–September 29, 2013 in Conjunction with IDEAS CITY Festival 2013.
Art Production Fund (APF) and the New Museum are pleased to present “After Hours 2: Murals on the Bowery” in conjunction with the 2013 IDEAS CITY Festival. For the second edition of this popular and critically acclaimed public art project, APF selected fourteen artists and one artist from an open-call submission to design site-specific murals for the steel roller shutters of commercial supply shops lining the Bowery, between East Houston and Grand Streets. “After Hours 2: Murals on the Bowery” celebrates the legendarily vibrant downtown cultural community and aims to reinstate the sense of freedom and accessibility that originally drew artists to the area. Each mural is a response to the neighborhood in its historical and contemporary context.
Free to the public and viewable when the shops are closed, the murals will be accompanied by a cell phone audio guide and a full map that is available at the New Museum. “After Hours 2: Murals on the Bowery” will be on view from April 25 through September 29, 2013.
“We are thrilled to work with the New Museum to showcase graffiti art, traditional mural paintings, and graphic poster techniques by leading contemporary artists in the epicenter of Manhattan’s burgeoning arts and nightlife district,” said Art Production Fund Cofounders Yvonne Force Villareal and Doreen Remen.
Artists selected to participate in “After Hours 2” include Derrick Adams, Ricci Albenda, Ellen Berkenblit, Mel Bochner, Daniel Buren, Michael Craig-Martin, Sylvie Fleury, Alex Israel, Kerry James Marshall, Oscar Murillo, Laura Owens, Adam Pendleton, Dana Schutz, and Wendy White. APF expanded this second iteration of the series with a new dimension of public participation by hosting an open call to select an additional artist to contribute to the mural series. Three finalists were chosen by a panel that included Art Production Fund, the New Museum’s Gary Carrion-Murayari, art critic Linda Yablonsky, and Bowery Poetry Club Founder Bob Holman. High school art students from the New Museum’s G:Class program ultimately selected Nao Uda (b.1983 Yokohama, Japan) as the winning entry.
IDEAS CITY explores the future of cities around the globe with the belief that arts and culture are essential to the vitality of urban centers, making them better places to live, work, and play. Founded by the New Museum in 2011, IDEAS CITY (formerly known as Festival of Ideas) is a major collaborative initiative between dozens of arts, education, and civic organizations. IDEAS CITY is a four-day festival (May 1–4) of conferences, workshops, an innovative StreetFest around the Bowery, and more than one hundred independent projects and public events. With this year’s theme, participants question and examine modes of Untapped Capital in our city, creating a hub for exchanging ideas, proposing solutions, and accelerating creativity. Visit ideas-city.org for more information.
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Art Production Fund (APF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to commissioning and producing ambitious public art projects, reaching new audiences, and expanding awareness through contemporary art. Recent projects include: “After Hours: Murals on the Bowery,” NYC, 2011; David Brooks, “Desert Rooftops,” NYC, 2011; Josephine Meckseper, “Manhattan Oil Project,” NYC, 2012; Kiki Smith, “Chorus,” NYC, 2012; Yoko Ono, “Imagine Peace Times Square,” NYC, 2012; Yvette Mattern, “Global Rainbow After The Storm,” NYC, 2012; Ryan McGinley, “Taxi TV,” NYC, 2013; Tony Smith, “One-Two- Three,” NYC, 2013.
The New Museum is the only museum in New York City exclusively devoted to contemporary art. Founded in 1977, the New Museum is a center for exhibitions, information, and documentation about living artists from around the world. From its beginnings as a one-room office on Hudson Street to the inauguration of its first freestanding building on the Bowery designed by SANAA in 2007, the New Museum continues to be a place of experimentation and a hub of new art and new ideas.
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This project is made possible through the generous support of Sotheby's.Download PDF
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