80 Washington Square East, NYU

Panning to the Public

April 18 – June 10, 2017

at Broadway Windows

Artists niv Acosta, Malik Gaines, Lyle Ashton Harris, and Alexandro Segade, in collaboration with their students in Art and Performance Studies, present a miniature performance festival in the store windows on Broadway and 10th Street. Drawing on the ideas proposed by the window space – commerce, surveillance, and spectacle – the project offers a range of actions related to living, working, and public display. The difficult distinction between public and private is tested in quotidian actions and formal performances that reflect the increasing visibility of contemporary life. 

NYU student artists and performers come from Lyle Ashton Harris' and niv Acosta's "Performance and Media" class in Department of Art and Art Professions in the Steinhardt School, and from Malik Gaines' "Performance of Everyday Life" course in Department of Performance Studies in Tisch School of the Arts; Alexandro Segade's students are part of the course "Performance Mediation" in the MFA Studio Art program at Hunter College, CUNY. The themes of these course come together in this ambitious intermural collaborative event.

Featuring: niv Acosta, Lilli Biltucci, Alison Kiss Blair, David Bologna, Shannen Nicole Burton, Christine Choe, Olivia Chou, Patrick Costello, Sarah Creagen, Theresa Daddezio, Marisa Espat, Tim Foley, Malik Gaines, Georgia Galvin, William Garden, Catalina Granados, Lyle Ashton Harris, Rachel Hillery, Celina Huynh, Moni Ilupeju, Carter Johnson, Marta Murray, Elizabeth Naiden, Michelle O'Connell, Ruth Ofrasio, Naomi Piperno, Becky Rosen, Alexandro Segade, Hadar Seminara, Stewart Stout, Molly Taylor, Aarlene Vielot, Ryan Waller, Daniel Walsh, Molly Watermanm, Wai Ying Zhao, and Julie Zhu.

Commissioned by Nicola Lees.

Viewed through a window, a person wearing all white sits in fronts of a laptop while speaking into a microphone. On the window is taped an image of a person.
Viewed through a window, three people sit in a small window display. They all are holding laptops and are engaged in conversation.
A person dances in a window display; two passers-by on the street look on.
A person sits in a small display next to a tripod, a plinth, and a television.
Two people sit in a window display in front of a bookshelf. A car and a taxi pass by in the foreground.