Times Square Arts, the largest public platform for contemporary performance and visual arts, is pleased to present THE POEM, an immersive public art installation by Cuban artist Raúl Cordero, from April 8 to May 4, 2022.
THE POEM aims to provide a unique and transformative experience in which visitors can momentarily transcend the hectic activity of Times Square and the monumental scale and energy of the neighborhood. At the heart of an attention economy, Cordero plays with the architecture of Times Square to offer us a gift of poetry and art.
THE POEM is a large-scale, sculptural tower that features an interior of illuminated text juxtaposed against a landscaped exterior of cascading mountain laurel foliage. The unveiling will take place on April 8 at 2 p.m. in Duffy Square, Times Square’s most iconic plaza. The afternoon will include remarks by Cordero and a performance by the Peace of Heart Choir to officially welcome the public to the facility.
Event calendar :
Thursday April 21, 6-7 p.m.
PEN America and PEN International’s Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) will host readings by poets Jamie Manrique, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Eloisa Amezcua and Maya Popa, ending with a vigil of solidarity and support for artists targeted by political persecution in Cuba.
Friday April 22, 6-7:30 p.m.
This night will feature a series of performances hosted by poet and sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs. Diggs is the author of TwERK (Belladonna, 2013) and has performed at the California Institute of the Arts, Museo del Barrio, Museum of Modern Art and Walker Art Center. The evening includes readings by Peggy Robles-Alvarado, Christina Olivares, Moncho Alvarado and a performance by renowned singer and producer keiyaA.
Thursday April 28, 6-7 p.m.
An evening hosted by The Nation poet and art critic, Barry Schwabsky. A poem composed by the writer is featured along the walls inside THE POEM. In addition to Schwabsky, the evening will include readings by poets Monica de la Torre, John Yau and Erica Hunt.
Friday, April 29, 6-7 p.m.
The lineup concludes with an event hosted by former Queens Borough Poet Laureate Paolo Javier, which will be broadcast live by Montez Press Radio (Thomas Laprade and Stacy Skolnik). The evening will feature performances by poet/curator Paolo Javier and electronic artist Listening Center (aka David Mason), comedic performer Morgan Bassichis, and writer and artist Miatta Kawinzi.
THE POEM programming accompanies Raúl Cordero’s first solo exhibition in New York in nearly fifteen years at the RICHARD TAITTINGER GALLERY, located at 154 Ludlow Street, New York, NY. The solo exhibition HEAVEN IS A PLACE IN THE MIND, presents a collection of 24 works, including 17 paintings, 2 installations and 4 NFTs. It will be visible until April 24, 2022.
THE POEM is commissioned by Times Square Arts with the generous support of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and in part with support from Morgan Stanley, the New York State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Kathy Hochul and the US Legislature. of New York State, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Times Square Arts, the public art program of the Times Square Alliance, collaborates with contemporary artists and cultural institutions to experience and interact with one of the world’s most iconic urban places. Across the Square’s electronic billboards, plazas, vacant areas and popular venues, as well as the Alliance’s online landscape, Times Square Arts invites leading contemporary creators, such as Mel Chin, Tracey Emin , Jeffrey Gibson, Ryan McGinley, Yoko Ono and Kehinde Wiley. , to help the public see Times Square in a new way. Times Square has always been a place of risk, innovation and creativity, and the arts program ensures that these qualities remain central to the neighborhood’s unique identity.
Known for his large-format blurry paintings with dotted texts and his endless investigation into the structure and language of a work of art, Raúl Cordero (Havana, 1971) succeeded in merging figurative painting and fine art. text-based conceptual throughout his career. Exhibiting in museums and galleries around the world, while establishing a very personal universe that explores the visual manifestation of language and studies the cognitive links between “looking” and “reading” art.