Times Square Arts and The New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) have partnered to turn the construction fences in Times Square into a large-scale canvas for a rotating contemporary art gallery.
Times Square Transformation (TSqT) is seeking artists, designers, and curators to make submissions that explore the themes of transformation, systems and exchanges, which characterize both the infrastructure beneath Times Square as well as the cultural life above. The visual artwork must consider a modular design for two sizes of vinyl mesh that will be affixed to the metal fencing used to section off construction areas. Undergoing a five-block Broadway plaza reconstruction design by Snøhetta, Times Square will be partially shrouded by construction fences throughout the multi-year build.
Because Times Square is a dynamic and diverse commercial site, TSqT is looking for ambitious artwork that will be appropriate for all audiences, but still communicates a sense of edginess that has been at the cornerstone of the Times Square identity. TSqT will consider artists, designers and curators of arts institutions who may want to use this outdoor gallery for new works or as an extension of existing exhibitions. This display should function as an independent exhibit and a break from advertising.
For the inaugural exhibition, JR returns to Times Square to turn it inside out, this time using just the eyes of New Yorkers and tourists that were photographed as part of his INSIDE OUT NEW YORK CITY project this past spring. Turning Times Square INSIDE OUT will be on view through January 2014
Duffy Square & Broadway Plazas
between 41st–47th Streets
New York, New York