After Hours 2: Gate Murals On The Bowery

Posted on: April 30th, 2013 at 6:20 am by
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[Kerry James Marshall, 214 Bowery]We ambled down the Bowery the other night to check out the new “After Hours 2 – Murals on the Bowery.” The exhibit, which began April 25, is a part of the second coming of the Ideas City Festival. Fourteen of the fifteen artists were commissioned, but there was also an open call to select an additional artist to participate.  Pretty cool how they did it – three finalists were chosen, but ultimately high school art students from the New Museum’s G:Class program selected 29-year-old Tokyo native Nao Uda’s cartoon-like paper doll piece.

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[Nao Uda, 216 Bowery]The fountainhead behind the project is Art Production Fund, a nonprofit that is dedicated to commissioning and producing ambitious public art projects to expand awareness through contemporary art. Colossal Media, the Brooklyn-based mural painting company, was tasked with the actual painting of the artist’s design on the steel roller shutters.

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[Sylvie Fleury, 159 Bowery]There were one or two blank canvases when we moseyed on by, but the majority are complete. We don’t want to spoil it for anyone planning to go, so we’ve only posted a few shots. Those interested can snag a map at the New Museum (partner of the project) and then call 646.205.9229 to hear the artists talk about the project and their work.

The series runs from Apr. 25–Oct. 21, after stores close.

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Have you seen any of these murals? Which is your favorite?

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