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OCTOBER 17-20
ACROSS 14th STREET MANHATTAN

Forty-Four Projects featuring 84 Older Artists 

Art in Odd Places (AiOP) 2019: INVISIBLE, in it's 15th year iteration is scheduled for October 17-20 along 14th Street from Avenue C to the Hudson River.  Curated by longtime AiOP artist provocatrice LuLu LoLo, INVISIBLE is vaporous and propels itself intangibly out into the air celebrating the indomitable spirit of artists who are sixty years old and older—undaunted by the passage of time—supported by their intergenerational collaborators: parent/child; mentor/ protégé; partners; lovers; and others from babies to our oldest artist who is 94 years old.

In line with the concept INVISIBLE the artists’ proposals were an actual telephone call.  Their proposals were not seen, only heard.  Curator LuLu LoLo questions: What drives an older artist to continue to create despite the ravages of aging, poverty, financial difficulties, and lack of recognition? And what is the invisible force of art that suddenly inspires an older person in their later years to embrace their creativity in the realm of art?

Curator LoLo says, "This festival highlights what people choose not to see: the fragility of aging, even the beauty of aging, the homeless, the plight of immigrants, detained children, gentrification, mass incarcerations, lack of compassion, cruelty, and also how the technological cocoon we live in today renders the world around us INVISIBLE.  But the festival makes VISIBLE: the indomitable spirit of older artists, the beauty of intergenerational work, with a visual promenade of older artists strolling 14th Street.”

The festival consists of forty-four projects in a mosaic of disciplines with 84 artists from all over the United States and internationally engaging the public along 14th Street from river to river as AiOP has done for 15 years.  Two new additions to the festival are:

The Promenade of Visual Flâneurs/Flâneuses featuring artists who will saunter and stroll with their paintings, sculptures, and costumes en mass the entire 2.2-mile length of 14th Street on Saturday, October 19 & Sunday, October 20 from 2pm-4pm. 

Spoken Word: A Band of Bards/Bardesses on the Boulevard. Spoken Word artists performing from the POEMobile courtesy of Steve Zeitlin and City Lore. Sunday, October 20,14th Street (downtown) between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, 4-6pm.

FACT SHEET


WHO?
ARTISTS:
Sally Apfelbaum | Perry Bard in collaboration with Walking the City SVA MFA | Matthew Burcaw and Carmen Rodriguez | Mary Campbell |  Hector Canonge in collaboration with Verónica Peña. Music by Lorin Roser. Guest artist: Nobuho Nagasawa. | Marian Casey and Anne Wallace | Billy X Curmano | Irina Danilova and Hiram Levy | Donna Maria De Creeft | Laure Drogoul | Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo, Jane Clarke, Chip Conley, Julie Davey, and Linda Mary Montano | Edward Einhorn: Andrea Gallo and Jan Leslie Harding  | Terry S. Hardy and Hermelindo Rabanales | Donna Henes | Eileen Hoffman and Izzy Nova |IGUANA: Bonnie Sue Stein and Sherry Erskine with Sarazina Stein, Caitlin Erskine, Emla La Rochelle, Roberta Levine , John Erskine, Michelle BeShaw and Vit Horejs | Ienke Kastelein | Michael Krasowitz | MeChelle LaChaux | Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt | Valborg Fletre Linn and Hjordis Linn-Blanford | Barbara Lubliner | Henrietta Mantooth and Nicky Draven | Linda Mary Montano, Leah Aron, Christen Clifford, Rachel Hillery, Amanda Hunt, Martina Lundstrom, Esther Smith | Arezoo Moseni | Angela Muriel | Vernita Nemec aka N’Cognita | Laura Nova and Cheryl Moch | Jody Oberfelder | Pat Oleszko | Connie Perry | Mario Petrirena |  Lucio Pozzi | Claudia Prado, Solveig Gurgitano, María Nóbrega, and Irene Prieto | Ernesto Pujol, supporting the work of women artists Kate Harding, Sara Jimenez, Erin Sweeny, Joy Whalen, and Riva Weinstein | Flash Rosenberg | Arlene Rush | Gale Sasson | Miriam Schaer | Anna Marie Shogren | Harley J. Spiller | Priscilla Stadler | Eileen Standley, Mary Fitzgerald and Clare Fleury |  Chin Chih Yang

CURATOR:
LuLu LoLo is a New York based international performance artist, performing in six Art In Odd Places festivals; a playwright/actor of eight one-person plays; an activist, and Board Member of the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition.  www.rememberthetrianglefire.org
 
LuLu LoLo is visible in her invisibleness as an AiOP artist. In 2018 LuLu “Offered a Seat to the Elderly”. Her performance in 2015, “Where are the Women Monuments?” highlighted the lack of public monuments honoring women in New York City and was featured in the New York Times. In 2017 as “Mother Cabrini, Saint of the Immigrants,” LuLu offered compassion to the people of New York City, and Charlottesville, VA (AiOP: MATTER). Other AiOP performances: “Loretta, the Telephone Operator (2013),” “The Gentleman of 14th Street (2011),” and “14th Street NewsBoy (2009).
 
LuLu has received a 2018 Puffin Foundation Grant in Theater and was a Blade of Grass Fellow in social engagement and a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Writer in Residence. www.lululolo.com

WHAT?
Art in Odd Places 2019: INVISIBLE  is the 15th annual NYC festival featuring performances, interventions, visual installations, video, sound and more in public spaces. ALL EVENTS ARE FREE. For more information about AiOP's history and artists' project descriptions and schedules, visit the website:artinoddplaces.org.
 
WHEN?
The festival will take place from October 17-20, 2019, in various locations along 14th Street in Manhattan from Avenue C to the Hudson River.
 
FESTIVAL RECEPTION:
Featuring a selection of the festival performers.
Friday, October 18, 6-8pm on W 14th Street  (downtown side).
between Seventh and Eighth Avenues

PROMENADE OF VISUAL FLANEURS / FLANEUSES 
Visual and performance artists, poets, hula hoopers, dancers, baristas, lovers, jugglers, clowns, invisible dogs, activists, chefs, anyone and everyone sixty years or older (or their intergenerational proxy) stroll and proudly share their respective creations. Promenade of Visual Flâneurs/ Flâneuse Coordinator: Valborg Fletre Linn. 

Saturday and Sunday, October 19 & 20, 2-4pm across 14th Street East to West – from Campos Plaza near Avenue C to 14th Street Park at Tenth Avenue. 

SPOKEN WORD: A BAND OF BARDS/BARDESSES ON THE BOULEVARD 

Spoken Word artists performing from the POEMobile courtesy of Steve Zeitlin and City Lore. Joel Allegretti, Amy Barone, Phyllis Capello, Esther Cohen, Mitch Corber, Kathryn M. Fazio, Davidson Garrett, Phillip Giambri, Gordon Gilbert, Ron Kolm, Peter Kozlowski, Maria Lisella, Tsaurah Litzky, Ralph Nazareth,  Karen Neuberg, Yuko Otomo, Poez, Flash Rosenberg, Jane Schulman, Suzanne Vega, Lehman Weichselbaum, and Steve Zeitlin. Spoken Word Coordinator: Ron Kolm.

Sunday, October 20, 4-6pm 
14th Street (downtown) between Seventh and Eighth Avenues.

WHERE?
14th Street, Avenue C to the Hudson River, Manhattan, New York City
 
Subways: 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, W to Union Square; 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, F, V to 14th Street
L to First Avenue, Third Avenue, Union Square, Sixth Avenue, and Eighth Avenue
 
WHY?
Art in Odd Places (AiOP) is an annual festival that presents visual and performance art in public spaces along 14th Street in Manhattan, NYC from Avenue C to the Hudson River each October. Active in New York City since 2005, AiOP aims to stretch the boundaries of communication in the public realm by presenting artworks in all disciplines outside the confines of traditional public space regulations. Using 14th Street as a laboratory, this project continues AiOP's work to locate cracks in public space policies, and to inspire the popular imagination for new possibilities and engagement with civic space. Visit the website artinoddplaces.org  AiOP is a project of GOH Productions. 

“The thing that is important is the thing that is not seen.” – The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

For more information for high resolution photos are available upon request. Email aiopnyc@gmail.com

Photos: 1) Billy X Curmano, Portrait of the Artist as Political Prisoner, Photo by Margarita Baumann 2) Barbara Lubliner, Roar with Ms. Muscle, Photo by Nina Meledandri 3) Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Byzantines Neo-Platonic Rectangles #30, 1986-93, Courtesy of the artist and Pavel Zoubok Fine Art, NY

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