City of Curiosities (Urban Pop Up Art)


It’s gone now, but there was this temporary installation of privately funded public art at the corner of St Nicholas and Frederick Douglass. Boxes were installed into a plain plywood wall. It’s pop-up art. Politically and morally, it’s a mixed bag. On the one hand, it was funded by the real estate developer working the site into new expensive construction. The relationship between art and real estate gentrification is familiar. On the other hand, the art is modest and low scale; the project contributes to local artists and to creating a live urban space. Art finds a niche. Including bios of the artists involved with this project, the website for Art in Flux is here.  Visually, the mix of architectural and biomorphic form caught the eye, made you stop, look, and think. You can decide if it was worth it.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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