Join Art in Odd Places: DRESS ~ October 13-15 + The Paper Dress Ball on October 14th




Ankon Mitra, Inhabiting a Fractal Pyramid, AiOP 2023: DRESS, courtesy of the artist

Join Art in Odd Places for its eighteenth annual outdoor public visual and performance art festival, taking place on select blocks each day along 14th Street in Manhattan from October 13-15, with the Paper Dress Ball on October 14th.

Artists will unfold their creative interpretation of the theme ‘DRESS’ in the form of garments, textile, fashion design, costume, performance, sculpture and installation.

LuLu LoLo, AiOP 2023: DRESS, Paper Doll Fashion. Photo credit: Paul Takeuchi

Everyday we get dressed. Our clothing communicates information about our work, activities and aspirations. Dress can be prescribed or intentionally personal. It can be practical, protecting our bodies from the weather or worksite; or fanciful, making a statement. We dress to provoke, to go unnoticed, to align with a social group, to conform (whether by choice or requirement), to challenge, to fit in, to be admired, to aspire, to protest, and to express identity. How do you know what people do for a living? How recently have they come to this country? Are they tourists? We regard each other and make judgments about gender, class, work, lifestyle, social group, and cultural heritage based on appearance. …..Gretchen Vitamvas,, curator AiOP 2023: DRESS

Deidre Macleod, Ravel, AiOP 2023: DRESS. Image credit: James Melvin

About the Curator ~ Gretchen Vitamvas is a Brooklyn artist and camoufleur. Her art costumes employ camouflage, armor, and spectacle to play with opposing desires to blend in and stand out. She first became interested in working in public space by reworking bus shelter advertisements and re-installing them, using the pop art of consumer culture as a raw material. An AiOP veteran, she has participated as an artist in Art in Places, 2006; 2007: HOWL at Lincoln Center; 2008: PEDESTRIAN; 2009: SIGN; 2011: RITUAL; 2012: MODEL; 2013: NUMBER and 2021: NORMAL.

About the Founder and Director ~ Ed Woodham is a queer elder conceptual artist, curator, and educator based in Manhattan originally from Atlanta, Georgia where Art in Odd Places began.

Kaczmarek Mirandą, Layers of Exuberance, AiOP 2023: DRESS, Image courtesy of the artist

This year’s artists are:

Blanka Amezkua | AnimaeNoctis | Sally Apfelbaum | Helixx C. Armageddon | Reid Arowood | Alex Bard | Leenda Bonilla | Sayali Bramhe | Kasie Campbell | Clare Charnley & Farah Naz Moon | Margaret Chodos-Irvine | Day de Dada Performance Art Collective | Daniela Fabrizi | Vanessa Fairfax-Woods | Paola Fiterre | Jana Greiner | IGUANA Collaborative | Juliet Johnson | Kaczmarek/Miranda | Donaka Katherine | Melissa Lockwood | LuLu LoLo | Deirdre Macleod | Kristin Mariani | MiSWiP | Ankon Mitra | Lee Nutbean | Olek | Kasia Ozga | RETTOCAMME | Gabrielle Senza | Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars | Molly Jae Vaughan | Micki Watanabe Spiller | Yvonne Zhang


The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (The Center) was established in 1983 at the height of the AIDS crisis to provide a safe and affirming place for LGBTQ+ New Yorkers to respond to the urgent threats facing the community. Over the past 40 years, The Center has grown to meet the changing needs of New York’s LGBTQ+ community, delivering services that empower people to lead healthy, successful lives.

Bureau of General Services – Queer Division is an independent, all-volunteer queer cultural center, bookstore, and event space hosted by The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City.

Pollinate is a community-driven art platform connecting individuals to practiced artists and rich creative experiences. Pollinate utilizes digital technologies to engage communities unifying the artist and art lover. Both on and offline, Pollinate works to elevate the art experience, making it accessible to the new generation of collectors. In collaboration with AiOP, Pollinate will capture the story of each performance and installation to help amplify the narrative to all audiences, regardless of physical boundaries.

Daniela Fabrizi, Garbagia, AiOP 2023: DRESS. Image credit: Steph Segarra

AiOP 2023 Curator: Gretchen Vitamvas
AiOP Founder and Director: Ed Woodham
Curatorial Manager: Sarah Starpoli
Curatorial Assistant: Tasha Dougé
Social Media Manager: Flora Lin
Designer/Developer: Laurie Waxman
Communications Consultant: Aga Sablinska
Advisor: Furusho von Puttkammer

AiOP 2023: DRESS will take place from October 13-15, 2023.

Public Programs:

WALK & TALK / Friday, October 13, 2023, 6-7:30pm,  Bureau of General Services: Queer Division / Room 210, LGBTQIA+ Center, 208 W 13th St #210, New York, NY 10011. An intimate runway presentation of six projects from the festival. Featuring Reid Arowood, Clare Charnley & Farah Naz Moon, Daniela Fabrizi, Vanessa Fairfax Woods, Juliette Johnson and Molly Jae Vaughn.
Register HERE

SIDEWALK RUNWAY / Saturday, October 14, 2023, 4-6pm, 14th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. Artists and festival-goers are encouraged to sashay, strut, saunter, swagger, or slay their idea of DRESS on a pop-up public runway.

The Paper Dress Ball, in honor of NYC Anti-Violence Project, will take place on Saturday, October 14th from 7-10pm at LGBTQ+ CENTER, 208 West 13th Street, NYC. Host Committee: Buddy the Rat (Jonothon Lyons), Bureau of General Services –Queer Division, Alicia Cheng, Roberta Degnore, Erin Donnelly, Beverly Emers, Ayana Evans, Franklin Furnace, GOODW.Y.N., Alicia Grullón, Immigrant Biennale, Christine Licata, Natasha Johnson, Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo Ovalles, Edwin Ramoran, Radhika Subramaniam, The Fabulous LuLu LoLo, The living Installation and Michael alan alien, Mambo Tse, Basil Twist, Emanuel Xavier

The Ball will feature paper fashion extravaganza, dancing, smart bar and performances. Purchase Tickets Here.