A new exhibit at the Old Stone House called “In Search of One City: Sensing (In)equality” explores artists’ roles in navigating and mitigating income inequality. The title of the exhibit is loosely based on Mayor de Blasio’s campaign phrase and recognizes that artists have long been offering creative interpretations of the issue of inequality.
The exhibit includes video, sculpture and public art installations by Dread Scott, Jennifer Dalton, Kenneth Pietrobono and others that explore policies and attitudes behind economic disparities—from Wall Street excesses to a faulty credit/debt system–as well as our own complicity in these systems.
Some of the exhibits include Jennifer Dalton’s Paradox Party Favors dispenser, which offers visitors small candies printed with several different paradoxes she has experienced as an artist, such as “I believe money corrupts except when I have some,” and Laura Hadden and Tennessee Watson‘s Wage Working jukebox, which contains interviews with workers that are inversely proportional in length to the workers’ wages.
Mildred Beltre and Oasa DuVerney (of the Crown Heights public art collective, Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine) will present their various efforts to use art to combat gentrification and strengthen community ties by debuting a new printed guide to tenants’ rights and community art-making.
Together the artworks in “In Search of One City” encourage multi-sensory engagement with the causes and effects of income inequality via touch, sound and taste, in addition to sight.
The exhibition will feature interactive gallery and online components, and free public events including a creative career fair, a tenants rights and screen-printing workshop and a discussion of the relationship between art and income inequality at a grassroots and policy level. All programs are free and open to the public.
“In Search of One City: Sensing (In)equality” opens on Thursday, August 13 from 6-9 pm and is open through October 10 at the Old Stone House in Washington Park at 336 3rd Street between 4th and 5th Avenues.