As a long time documentarian Melinda Frame collects people’s accounts of their experiences during the COVID-19 outbreak to serve as a historical record of our times. Melinda focused this series on Albuquerque’s artist community. Melinda talked with many artists not only about how the pandemic is impacting their lives and art practice, but also explore with them how it may influence their artistic process as the pandemic continues to evolve. This series was created in partnership with the City of Albuquerque’s DIY Media COVID19 Creative Economy relief program.
Former Sanitary Tortilla Factory Artist in Residence Christine Wong Yap created portraits of real New York City medical workers as messages of gratitude during the COVID-19 crisis. Thank You for Your Commitment will be displayed on electronic billboards in Times Square from May 15 to early June: 1551 Broadway at 46th Street (map), 1585 Broadway between 47th and 48th Streets (map), and 20 Times Square at 47th Street and Seventh Ave (map). Artworks may also appear on an electronic billboard above Lincoln Tunnel, and on 1,800 LinkNYC kiosks across all five NYC boroughs.
Learn more about Christine’s beautiful and moving gesture of gratitude to New York City below.
Credit: Christine Wong Yap, Thank You for Your Sacrifice, Thank You for Your Courage, Thank You for Your Commitment, 2020, commissioned by Times Square Arts with For Freedoms, Poster House, and PRINT Magazine, images courtesy the artist. Photos by by Maria Baranova for Times Square Arts.
Opening: May 8th, 2020
Join us virtually as we celebrate Working Classrooms students’ artwork from their 2020 Spring season! The event will showcase student work ranging from mosaic, painting, and projection mapping! Come spend the evening with us from the comfort of your own home while practicing social distance. Student art will be for sale so please join us in support as young student-artists look to alleviate financial stresses in such trying times.
We proudly present a limited online stream of “Waiting Room Poem” by hazel batrezchavez. The stream will only be available May 04- May 18, 2020.
“my grandmother is here tonight
she writes like this
highlighter on lineless paper
she pins them onto her mirror
so her survival tactics are reflected back at me
In The Waiting Room
where i am standing just as i am here now
surrounded by whiteness to my right and left
i don’t run here anymore, because there is no where to go ”
– excerpt from In the Waiting Room Poem by hazel batrezchavez
In the Waiting Room, is an exhibition that bears witness to the places where
individuals are asked to perform their identity, in highlighting the microaggressions
faced by someone who is racialized in crossing borders, inverting practices of authority
and focusing on the historical violence of language. In the Waiting Room, draws
parallels between the southern border and the institution as systems of oppression that
take up space and silence certain humans. The work is built as a reaction to the
current cultural landscape the artist navigates and moves freely between the written word,
large scale sculpture, textiles, performance, and video installation.