AO On Site: Creative Time presents Democracy In America at the Convergence Center in the Park Avenue Armory in New York City, September 21 through 27

September 26th, 2008


Democracy in America: The National Campaign at the Park Avenue Armory via Art Observed

Creative Time is presenting a week-long exhibition of public artworks at the convergence center for Democracy in America: The National Campaign at the Park Avenue Armory. Curated by Nato Thompson. The exhibition houses work done by over 40 artists, including Jon Kessler, Allison Smith, and Chris Stain. Democracy in America: The National Campaign is a multi-phased initiative that has traveled across the country collecting artistic interpretation of the country’s view on political democracy.  Site-specific projects that look at issues of democracy were created by artists Rodney McMillan, Olga Koumoundouros, Mark Tribe, Steve Powers, and Sharon Hayes and are now on view at the Armory, as well as ongoing mobile projects, such as Tactical Magic’s Ice Cream truck. The week-long exhibition is happening in conjunction with a series of performances, speeches by artists and political leaders, and viewer participatory projects. Creative Time calls the yearlong program, Democracy in America: The National Campaign, one of its largest public art initiatives through out its 34-year history.

Art Observed Exclusive Video of the opening:
Rachel Mason’s performance for the opening night at the Park Avenue Armory [Art Observed]

Convergence Center at Park Avenue Armory [Creative Time]
Nato Thompson on “Democracy in America” [Artinfo]
Democracy in America: Convergence Center at Park Avenue Armory [Flavorpill]
Democracy in America Convergence Center [ArtCal]
Creative Time’s Democracy in America Convergence Center [WorldsBestEver]

Video of Rachel Mason’s performance for the opening night of Democracy in America: The National Campaign at the Park Avenue Armory via Art Observed

In the interview with Nato Thompson from Artinfo, they quote Anne Pasternak, the director of Creative Time “The future of democracy is really in question. It is time for us to pay attention, become knowledgeable, and participate.”


Jon Kessler’s installation at Democracy in America: The National Campaign at the Park Avenue Armory via Art Observed


Jon Kessler’s installation at Democracy in America: The National Campaign at the Park Avenue Armory via Art Observed


Democracy in America: The National Campaign at the Park Avenue Armory via Art Observed


Jon Kessler’s installation at Democracy in America: The National Campaign at the Park Avenue Armory via Art Observed


Democracy in America: The National Campaign at the Park Avenue Armory via Art Observed


The Center for Tactical Magic’s Tactical Ice Cream Unit at Democracy in America: The National Campaign at the Park Avenue Armory via Art Observed


Democracy in America: The National Campaign at the Park Avenue Armory via Art Observed


Democracy in America: The National Campaign at the Park Avenue Armory via Art Observed


Sharon Hayes piece at Democracy in America: The National Campaign at the Park Avenue Armory via Art Observed


Democracy in America: The National Campaign at the Park Avenue Armory via Art Observed


Democracy in America: The National Campaign at the Park Avenue Armory via Art Observed


Democracy in America: The National Campaign at the Park Avenue Armory via Art Observed


A look at the investigation of Steve Kurtz at Democracy in America: The National Campaign at the Park Avenue Armory via Art Observed


Democracy in America: The National Campaign at the Park Avenue Armory via Art Observed


Jon Kessler’s Installation at Democracy in America: The National Campaign at the Park Avenue Armory via Art Observed


Democracy in America: The National Campaign at the Park Avenue Armory via Art Observed


Democracy in America: The National Campaign at the Park Avenue Armory via Art Observed


Democracy in America: The National Campaign at the Park Avenue Armory via Art Observed


Rachel Mason in preparation for her performance at Democracy in America: The National Campaign at the Park Avenue Armory via Art Observed


Rachel Mason and her dancers performing at Democracy in America: The National Campaign at the Park Avenue Armory via Art Observed