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Midnight Moment:  Neil Goldberg, SURFACING;  every night, 11:57pm - midnight,  June 1 - 30, 2013; photo by KTSEMidnight Moment:  Neil Goldberg, SURFACING;  11:57pm - midnight,  June 1 - 30, 2013; photograph by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts 

Neil Goldberg’s Surfacing will premiere just before midnight on Saturday, June 1st and play nightly throughout the month. The Midnight Moment is a presentation of the Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts.   

Neil Goldberg’s "Surfacing" stitches together images of passengers emerging from the New York City  subway into the tumult of the street. The artist was inspired by the vulnerability seen in the faces of these commuters, the look of perplexity and disorientation linking an otherwise wildly diverse selection of people.  Yet this piece speaks just as much to recuperation as it does to bewilderment, as one person after another finds his or her bearings and walks out of the frame.

Neil Goldberg says: “Surfacing captures a very quiet, inward experience. I'm excited to see that fleeting moment rendered monumental on the towering screens above Times Square. And I love that what's happening in the video will mirror what's taking place on the street below — people searching, orienting themselves, continuing on.” 

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, formerly known as Times Square Moment: A Digital Gallery, 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.  Past artists featured in the program include Robert WilsonTracey Emin;  Björk and Andrew Thomas Huang, JR,  Seoungho Cho; Nabil Elderkin, Andrew van der Westhuyzen and Gregory SternVicki DaSilva, Surabhi Saraf, and Elly Cho;  Erika Janunger; Takeshi MurataBel Borba with Burt Sun and André Costantini;  Brian Gonzalez (aka Taxiplasm); and Yoko Ono.  

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 in the weeks preceding the start of a new show as are the exact signs participating in that month's selection.

Join artist Neil Goldberg and members of Elastic City (Juan Betancurth, Todd Shalom & Niegel Smith) for "Evening Stars" on Tuesday, June 25th, beginning at 11:40 p.m. in Times Square for a performance that responds to Goldberg's video Surfacing, which is being shown nightly as part of the Midnight Moment.  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. Midnight Moment is presented every night by Times Square Arts in partnership with Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC).

 video by Paul Carluccio for @TSqArts

 


Midnight Moment:  Neil Goldberg, SURFACING;  every night, 11:57pm - midnight,  June 1 - 30, 2013; photograph by Ka-Man TseMidnight Moment:  Neil Goldberg, SURFACING;  11:57pm - midnight,  June 1 - 30, 2013; photograph by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts 

Midnight Moment:  Neil Goldberg, SURFACING;  every night, 11:57pm - midnight,  June 1 - 30, 2013; Viacom and CEMUSA photograph by Ka-Man TseMidnight Moment:  Neil Goldberg, SURFACING;  11:57pm - midnight,  June 1 - 30, 2013; photograph by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts 

Midnight Moment:  Neil Goldberg, SURFACING;  every night, 11:57pm - midnight,  June 1 - 30, 2013; REUTERS photograph by Ka-Man Tse f Midnight Moment:  Neil Goldberg, SURFACING;  11:57pm - midnight,  June 1 - 30, 2013; photograph by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts 

Midnight Moment: Neil Goldberg, SURFACING;  11:57pm - midnight,  June 1 - 30, 2013; ABC, NASDAQ photograph by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts Midnight Moment:  Neil Goldberg, SURFACING;  11:57pm - midnight,  June 1 - 30, 2013; photograph by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts 

Midnight Moment:  Neil Goldberg, SURFACING;  every night, 11:57pm - midnight,  June 1 - 30, 2013; NASDAQ and Reuters photograph by Ka-Man TseMidnight Moment:  Neil Goldberg, SURFACING;  11:57pm - midnight,  June 1 - 30, 2013; photograph by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts 

  Midnight Moment:  Neil Goldberg, SURFACING photo by KTSE Midnight Moment:  Neil Goldberg, SURFACING;  11:57pm - midnight,  June 1 - 30, 2013; photograph by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts 

About the Artist 

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 permanent 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.  Please visit www.neilgoldberg.com.

 

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, The Times Square Alliance, The WOW Factor and Thomson Reuters. www.timessquareadcoalition.org

 

Midnight Moment:  Neil Goldberg, SURFACING; June 1 - 30, 2013 photo by KTSEMidnight Moment:  Neil Goldberg, SURFACING;  11:57pm - midnight,  June 1 - 30, 2013; photograph by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts 

Midnight Moment:  Neil Goldberg, SURFACING; June 1 - 30, 2013 photo by KTSE (BofA, AMEagle)Midnight Moment:  Neil Goldberg, SURFACING;  11:57pm - midnight,  June 1 - 30, 2013; photograph by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts