SAYA WOOLFALK AT WESTFIELD WORLD TRADE CENTER & WESTFIELD CENTURY CITY
- Date: November 15 - December 15, 2019
- Location: Westfield World Trade Center, Westfield Century City
- Partner: Westfield
- Artists: Saya Woolfalk
UNIBAIL-RODAMCO-WESTFIELD & ART PRODUCTION FUND PRESENT SAYA WOOLFALK “LANDSCAPE OF ANTICIPATION” AT WESTFIELD WORLD TRADE CENTER AND WESTFIELD CENTURY CITY
NEW YORK, NY— Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield and Art Production Fund (APF) are pleased to announce the fourth installment of their 2019 video art program. Starting November 15, 2019 a new site-specific work from artist Saya Woolfalk will be displayed across all of the large-scale screens at Westfield World Trade Center, New York, NY and Westfield Century City, Los Angeles, CA until December 15, 2019. The video work will appear on both center’s state-of-the-art digital media networks, including Westfield World Trade Center’s 21 screens of varying size, with one measuring four stories tall and another 280 feet long and Century City’s two 100-foot large-format and high impact digital media screens. Woolfalk’s video “Landscape of Anticipation” is a panoramic immersive landscape made up of various painted, digital, and live action elements. Over the last 10 years Woolfalk has created the storyworld of the Empathics, a highly technological fictional race of people who are able to alter their genetic make-up and fuse with plants. With each body of work, Woolfalk continues to build the narrative of the Empathics to investigate the utopian possibilities of empathy, embodied research, and cultural hybridity, as well human relationships with their technological and natural environments.
“This work was made specifically for the screens at Westfield, and uses elements from the digital encyclopedia of images, gestures, and objects I have been creating for the last 10 years.” – Saya Woolfalk.
“We are thrilled to present this new site-specific public artwork by Saya Woolfalk at Westfield World Trade Center and Westfield Century City. Saya’s interest in science fiction and fantasy make the sophisticated Westfield screens the perfect venue for this compelling new work.” – Casey Fremont, Executive Director of Art Production Fund.
"We are so thrilled to present the bold and impactful work of artist Saya Woolfalk across our screens in both NYC and LA as the last artist in our 2019 video program series presented in wonderful partnership with Art Production Fund. This program has provided an important opportunity for us to showcase the creative work of artists, support our local artistic communities, and reach broad audiences." – Isolde Brielmaier, Executive Director & Curator, Arts, Culture & Community, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield
Past Westfield and Art Production Fund video art programs include; Marilyn Minter, I’m Not Much, But I’m All I Think About (February 2018), Rashaad Newsome, Icon (April 2018), Alex Prager, Face in the Crowd (September 2018), Laurie Simmons, Drone Mess Video (February 2019), Marco Brambilla, Nude Descending a Staircase No. 3 (May 2019), and Shantell Martin, Are You You (September 2019).
ABOUT SAYA WOOLFALK: Drawing on her own familial history, Saya Woolfalk (b. 1979 Gifu City, Japan) incorporates African American, European American, and Japanese cultural influences, while alluding to science fiction, feminist theory, mythology, anthropology, archaeology, Eastern religion, and fashion. She re-imagines the world in multiple dimensions, creating works of art in a wide range of mediums including painting, sculpture, video, performance, and multimedia installations. Woolfalk earned her B.A. in visual art and economics from Brown University in 2001 and her MFA in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004. Works by Saya Woolfalk are in several public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Chrysler Museum of Art; the Mead Museum of Art; the Montclair Art Museum, The Zabludowicz Art Trust and the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Woolfalk is represented by Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects.
ABOUT ART PRODUCTION FUND: Art Production Fund (APF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to commissioning and producing ambitious public art projects, reaching new audiences and expanding awareness through contemporary art. Past projects include: Elmgreen & Dragset,“Prada Marfa,” Valentine, TX, Ugo Rondinone, “Seven Magic Mountains,” Las Vegas, Jeff Koons, “Seated Ballerina,” Rockefeller Plaza, NYC, Zoe Buckman, “CHAMP,” LA; Raul de Nieves, “What I Look Into Your Eyes I See The Sun,” Miami, FL; Lucy Sparrow, “Lucy’s Delicatessen on 6th” Rockefeller Center, NYC. For more information, please visit
ABOUT WESTFIELD WORLD TRADE CENTER : The new port of entry to Lower Manhattan, Westfield World Trade Center is located at the site where 60,000 neighborhood residents, 300,000 daily commuters, 13 subway / PATH trains, multiple ferry lines, and an additional 15 million annual global travelers converge within one landmark setting. This new New York City experience brings together commerce, community and culture in a destination integrating the Santiago Calatrava designed Oculus, street-level space in WTC Towers 3 and 4, as well as the galleries that run underground across the World Trade Center campus (including to 1 WTC, now the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere). Encompassing more than 100 fashion, lifestyle and technology brands across 365,000 square feet of space, Westfield World Trade Center is home to one of the most diverse retail collections in New York City, world-class restaurants, art, culture, events and entertainment, as well as showrooms, sponsorships, and engaging media activations for premier partners such as Ford, Pepsi and JP Morgan Chase.
Westfield World Trade Center, which opened in the Summer of 2016, has unveiled a number of unique art and cultural programs, including performances and works by a variety of community arts organizations, an outdoor film screening series with Tribeca Enterprises and partnerships and programming with the New Museum, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Public Art Fund, the Downtown Alliance and a number of local public and private schools. For more information: https://www.westfield.com/westfieldworldtradecenter/
ABOUT WESTFIELD CENTURY CITY: Westfield Century City has recently unveiled its highly anticipated $1 billion makeover featuring the West Coast’s first Eataly, a new three-level Nordstrom, new two-level Macy’s, fully renovated Bloomingdale’s, as well as a premium Equinox fitness club and spa. The property’s spectacular new design and architecture incorporate beautifully landscaped plazas, secluded lounges, and private cabanas – all nestled underneath a canopy of native trees, plants, and wood-screened trellises. Just a few minutes from Hollywood and steps away from many of the entertainment industry’s principal offices and studios, Westfield Century City is also now positioned to become a natural hotspot for events and performances on the Westside of Los Angeles. The destination’s new Atrium space has been designed from the ground-up to accommodate concerts, food festivals, movie premieres and film screenings, fashion shows and charity events – everything from large-scale ticketed events to intimate and exclusive black-tie affairs.