In the aftermath of the Black Lives Matter protests, Soho emerged as a source of spontaneous creativity not seen in the city for decades. Local artists took to the streets to transform the blank plywood barricades put in place by neighborhood businesses as protection into positive and elaborate art pieces. This exhibition presents a selection of works created by artists in the forefront of this dynamic movement.
As New York moved from lockdown to a response to the call for social justice, the blank plywood surfaces of Soho served as the perfect platform to reflect and amplify the concerns, fears and optimism of our city. The artistic outburst undertaken by a loose association of artists, reclaimed a neighborhood and returned it to the creative haven it once was echoing and amplifying issues of artistic freedom, social justice and hope” said Ben Hartley, Executive Director of the NAC. “We are proud to showcase these revolutionary works in our historic building.”
In the Gallery, Voices of the Soho Renaissance will be on view through January 27, 2021. Book a day and time to visit the Gallery. National Arts Club is located at 15 Gramercy Park South, NYC.
This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Cristina Enriquez-Bocobo and Michael Kantrow and Sotheby’s.