A group of contemporary artists, including Jenny Holzer, Mel Chin, Pedro Reyes and more, are exhibiting huge works around all five boroughs as part of a multi-city campaign to acknowledge and thank essential workers for everything they're doing during the pandemic.
The project is a collaboration between Times Square Arts, For Freedoms and Poster House, with the art featured on digital displays throughout NYC, Chicago and Boston. The most striking showing will come in Times Square, where the art will be displayed on 24 individual screens provided by Morgan Stanley, American Eagle, Maefield Development, Branded Cities’ NASDAQ and Thomson Reuters.
In addition to Holzer, Chin and Reyes, the other artists participating in the campaign include Alixa Garcia, Carrie Mae Weems, Christine Sun Kim, Christine Wong Yap, Duke Riley, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Nekisha Durrett, Paula Crown, and Xaviera Simmons. You can see some of the featured pieces in the gallery up above.
"The goal of this campaign was to find a way to create connection while we’re mandated to remain apart, and allow artists, who are incredible visual communicators, to share the overwhelming sense of gratitude we all feel for those keeping our city running," Times Square Arts Director Jane Cooney told Gothamist. "So many people around the world are looking to Times Square as a marker for how the city is weathering this crisis, and in turn have the opportunity to communicate a sense of resilience, appreciation, and possibly spark hope or momentary comfort."
The pieces will run "as long as it's needed and the space is provided to us," and there will be other waves of artists and artwork displayed in the coming months, including one centered on the voices of essential workers.