Location: Astor Place, New York, NY 10003
Date: June 5th - July 4th
AN ALARM-RED STRUCTURE, STAGE, AND CREATIVE HUB AWAITS YOU AT ASTOR PLACE.
THIS MEANS YOU—THE ARTIST, ACTIVIST, RABBLE-ROUSER,
PERFORMER, TEACHER, STUDENT, DREAMER, NEIGHBOR, AND BYSTANDER!
Situated on Astor Place, one of the city’s most historic and iconic plazas, Rashid Johnson’s Red Stage is a public invitation to experiment and create after a year of chronic anxiety. Drawing on histories of conceptual art and speaker’s corners, the sculpture is a literal and metaphorical platform for participation and contestation as we build a future within and beyond the pandemic.
Throughout the month of June, artists will respond to the invitation to celebrate and interrogate the necessity of public space through the frameworks of resurgence, assembly, remedy, call and response, civic action, and play. Musician Jason Moran sonically ushers in the possibility of freedom on the Sunday after Juneteenth; artist Charlotte Brathwaite in collaboration with Sunder Ganglani and y.o.u. initiate Echo Location, an intimate public reading embraced by song; nightlife makers Papi Juice host The Portal, inviting a constellation of talent that ask us to reconsider our relationships to public space and each other; Chinatown Art Brigade leads a teach-in on abolition in Asian-American communities; C. Spencer Yeh and friends host a karaoke night; For Freedoms bring in joyous civic action leading up to the New York City primary elections; The Stonewall Protests with Black Trans Liberation take over the stage on Pride Sunday for a day of pride, joy & revolution; comedic performer Morgan Bassichis will create and present a soon-to-be hit musical, and so much more.
Learn more here.
Calling all artists, organizers, community-builders, makers, and passersby to join us on The People’s Platform. The invitation is open for you to answer this emergency call: what new ways of togetherness are born from times of crisis?
View the full schedule here.