Monthly Archives: June 2010

What’s a “must do” for the summer? Key To The City!

Paul Ramírez Jonas’ Key To The City
Presented by Creative Time in cooperation with the City of New York
more info

Kiosk open June 3 to 27, 2010
Times Square, Broadway
Between 43rd & 44th Sts

Description:
Key to the City is a public art project that is free and open to everyone. To participate and get a key, simply visit the Key to the City kiosk in Times Square, on Broadway, between 43rd and 44th Streets. Bring someone with you as you will not only receive a key, but also bestow a key through a special ceremony. If you come alone, you can still participate—or, you might even meet someone in line who you want to award the key. As you wait in line, you will receive a guidebook with information about each site the key opens and Creative Time volunteers will explain how the key bestowal ceremony works. Part of preparing for the key bestowal ceremony involves filling out a template script, which you will read aloud during your ceremony.

Upon exiting, you will be equipped with your guidebook containing directions to, and pictures of, all 24 Key to the City sites located across the five boroughs. Your key will open a lock at each site. To get your Key to the City adventure started, you can walk over to Bryant Park and use your key to turn a public street lamp on and off.

Oh and I almost forgot- there’s an iPhone App too!

Christian Boltanski: No Man’s Land

Christian Boltanski, No Man’s Land
Park Avenue Armory
May 14 – June 13

Last weekend I walked over to Park Avenue Armory to see Christian Boltanski’s No Man’s Land. Other than reading Dorothy Spears’ New York Times review, I wasn’t familiar with Boltanski’s work ~ but I do have a soft spot for themes such as the arbitrariness of death and survival so it seemed like a good way to spend the day.

The piece incorporates 30 tons of discarded clothing, a 60-foot crane and the sound of human heartbeats. It explores the signature motifs of the artist’s forty-year career – individuality, anonymity, life and death. Visitors are invited to record their own heartbeat and offer it to the artist as he continues to expand his Archives du coeur, a collection of human heartbeats from around the world.

In chatting with one of the guards about the piece- she shared that Boltanski wanted “ordinary people” operating the cranes. The most interesting part for her was that every union crane operator brought a different style to the piece. So each day, the piece was different.

Sadly, I was a little underwhelmed with the installation – wanting and expecting a more layered experience.

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“We are all so complicated, and then we die. We are a subject one day, with our vanities, our loves, our worries, and then one day, abruptly, we become nothing but an object, an absolutely disgusting pile of shit. We pass very quickly from one stage to the next. It’s very bizarre. It will happen to all of us, and fairly soon too. We become an object you can handle like a stone, but a stone that was someone.”
—Christian Boltanski

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Christian Boltanski

Christian Boltanski