As New Yorkers continue to navigate through COVID-19, keeping a social distance, and wearing masks, new and creative ways to continue the life we so love here are popping up throughout our City. Wallplay is showcasing the perfect art crawl for our times ~ ‘On Canal,’ Fall 2020 Program spanning across multiple previously vacant storefronts on Canal Street in SoHo. Taking place from October 15 through December her 31, 2020, the fall program will include film screenings curated by Women (Womxn) in Windows, a solo presentation by Emmanuel Torres for LatchKey Gallery, a Canal Street research project and poetry archive exhibited by Shanghai Lyric and an exhibition by Troy Jones in the newly relocated Tulsa, Oklahoma gallery, Black Wall Street Gallery. The diverse array of projects featured for ‘On Canal’s’ fall program highlights Wallplay’s mission to repurpose vacant space for public good.
This is the third Edition of ‘On Canal,’ this is an initiative by Wallplay where brands, artists and startups are able to test out new ideas and social distancing while engaging with the public in vacant spaces along Canal Street.
Let’s take a look at just a few of what’s happening along the Street.
October 1 ~ December 31, 2020, 327 Canal, Shanghai Lyric: Canal Street Research Association, curated by Jack Radley and Constanza Valenzuela. Shanghai Lyric is a ‘poetic research and archival unit’ that documents and transforms awkwardly translated slogans from Chinese bootleg T-shirts into an ongoing poem. For this exhibition, the artists will repurpose the storefront at 327 Canal as a gathering place to share oral and ephemeral histories, tracing the pathways of global capitalism from within the Canal Street epicenter of counterfeit culture in New York City.
October 10, 2020 ~ November 21, 2020, 361 Canal, Black Wall Street Gallery. Originally based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Black Wall Street Gallery is expanding to New York City. The first exhibition is titled Back to Black and will feature the work of Troy Jones, an African American artist whose work honors the heritage of their ancestors beyond what is dictated by museum collections.
November 7 ~ December 31, 2020, 325 Canal, Clockwork Cros. Crosby ‘ClockWork Cros‘ is a New York-based Surrealist artist who challenges ideas about disposability, longevity and reputation, while exploring the consumption of celebrity through his series of handmade clocks. For ‘On Canal,’ Clockwork has adopted and emphasized street culture, whilst staying original to the artists’ Lower East Side upbringing, by creating a time-capsuled environment that showcases unique versions of found objects that explore concepts of time. A window installation of 96 milk crates and 300 clocks will also be on display.
October 15 ~ November 15, 321 Canal, Women (Womxn) Windows, a platform for womxn filmmakers and video artists to present their perspectives on culture, identity and society, is hosting an exhibition as part of a multi-city screening showcasing the work of eight womxn artists. For the New York event, Womxn in Windows will screen the films of Rem Aki and Sylvie Weber, which will be on view 24-hours a day in the storefront window of 321 Canal Street.
These are just a few of the ‘On Canal‘ installations now on view along Canal Street.