Release Date: Jun 18, 2013
Join artist Neil Goldberg and artists who work with Elastic City (Juan Betancurth, Todd Shalom & Niegel Smith) for "Evening Stars" on Tuesday, June 25, beginning at 11:40 p.m. in Times Square for a performance that responds to Goldberg's video Surfacing, which is being shown nightly on the digital screens in Times Square throughout the month of June from 11:57pm – midnight as part of the Midnight Moment. The Midnight Moment is a presentation by the Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts. In the video, Goldberg stitches together images of passengers struggling to orient themselves as they emerge from the New York City subway into the commotion of the street.
Performers will be stationed around Times Square with specially calibrated telescopes that will allow for an utterly unique stargazing experience in the heart of New York.
Tuesday, June 25
|WHERE:||Various locations in Times Square|
Midnight Moment is the largest coordinated effort in history by the sign operators in Times Square to display synchronized, cutting-edge creative content on electronic billboards and newspaper kiosks throughout Times Square every night. The program premiered in May 2012 and is organized and supported by the Times Square Advertising Coalition in partnership with Times Square Arts, the public art program for the Times Square Alliance, with additional partners of participating sign holders and artists. Each night, Times Square becomes a digital art gallery through dazzling visuals on select billboards and newsstands. Every show begins at 11:57pm with a "countdown" that signals the start of the 3 minute nightly presentation. Content changes monthly; selected works are announced. For more information on past projects, please visit www.TimesSquareNYC.org/MidnightMoment.
Times Square Arts, the public arts program of the Times Square Alliance, presents leading contemporary art and performances in multiple forms and media to more than 400,000 daily visitors to New York City’s Times Square, making it one of the highest profile public arts programs in the United States. Since its inception, Times Square Arts has featured works by a diverse group of more than five dozen prominent and emerging artists. Working in partnership with cultural institutions and festivals, the program is further supported by Rockefeller Brothers Fund, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and partner institutions. Visit www.TimesSquareNYC.org/arts for more information. Follow us on Twitter: @TSqArts
Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) is a trade association comprised of major advertisers, retailers, real estate firms, media companies and other businesses involved in the outdoor sign industry in Times Square, along with organizations representing Broadway and the community. Members of TSAC include: ABC Regional Sports & Entertainment Sales, Clear Channel Spectacolor, Daktronics, D3 LED, Digital Domination, Hines Management, Jamestown One Times Square, Lamar Advertising Company, Landmark Sign & Electric, Metro Media Technologies, Newmark Knight Frank, North Shore Neon, P.R.omotion!, Sherwood Outdoor, SL Green, Times Square Alliance, The WOW Factor and Thomson Reuters. www.timessquareadcoalition.org
Elastic City intends to make its audience active participants in an ongoing poetic exchange with the places we live in and visit. Artists are commissioned by Elastic City to create their own walks. These walks are participatory and may rely on sensory-based techniques, the creation of new folk rituals and/or other artist-derived exercises to explore one’s self, the group and a given space. Todd Shalom, founder of Elastic City, works with each artist to help adapt their talent to the walk-based form. 2013 brings their fourth season of presenting participatory walks by artists throughout and outside of New York. With this season, over 60 artists will have led walks in New York, Detroit, San Francisco, Berlin, Buenos Aires, London, Montreal, Paris, Reykjavik, São Paulo, and Tokyo. Elastic City has partnered with numerous organizations to co-present its walks including: The Abrons Art Center, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Flea, California College of the Arts, Consulate General of Spain in New York, Friends of the High Line, Le Petit Versailles, Museum of the City of New York, New Museum, NY Art Book Fair, Open House NY, Pratt Institute, Printed Matter, Performance Space 122, Residency Unlimited, the River To River Festival, San Francisco Arts Commission, SculptureCenter, Staten Island Museum, Wave Hill, and Urban Design Week. For more information, please see their website at: http://www.elastic-city.org/
Neil Goldberg's video, photographic and sculptural work documents the spaces and cadences of the everyday and overlooked. He has been exhibiting this work since 1992 at venues including The Museum of Modern Art (where it is part of the collection); The New Museum of Contemporary Art; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum; The Wexner Center for the Arts; The Jewish Museum; The Kitchen; NGBK Kunsthalle Berlin; Lothringer13 Kunsthalle Munich; Centro de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona; and Cristin Tierney Gallery. In 2012, Goldberg's work was the subject of a critically acclaimed mid-career survey at the Museum of the City of New York, entitled "Stories the City Tells Itself." The artist's work has been supported by fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Experimental Television Center, CEC ArtsLink, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony. www.neilgoldberg.com