Let’s See It: Saturday, July 1st. All Day Every Day
All Five New York City Boroughs
Gay. Immigrant. Latino. Whether you like it or not, these three words that can be used to describe American independence. Three words that can also be used to describe one artist, Felix Gonzalez-Torres. A gay Cuban immigrant(who got to the US by way of Puerto Rico) and made a name for himself in the late 80’s and 90’s used Minimalism and Conceptual art as his hammer and chisel to carve out social and political messages relevant to his life and the times. Now the David Zwirner Gallerywill be presenting their first exhibit of this artist’s influential most influential works.
The installation that grabs me the most from this exhibit is one that is not exactly part of the exhibit, technically-speaking; it’s Felix’s public art installations in the form of five billboards distributed throughout NYC. For Felix this is nothing new, billboards were one of several mediums that he chose to work in creatively, before his passing in ’96 of AIDS. But what makes this so special to me is that one of the five (boroughs of NYC) is in my ‘hood. Each billboard frames a photograph of a bird flying through the sky, to be interpreted as you wish. I see it as a symbol of American freedom.
Take the day to search, shoot and share. I have supplied a list locations where they can be found
1. Hunts Point Avenue, north of Longfellow Avenue, The Bronx