Art in Odd Places
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Art in Odd Places (AiOP) is a public artproject based in New York City exploring connections between public spaces, pedestrian traffic, and ephemeral transient interventions. It takes place each October.
Founded in 1996 as part of the Cultural Olympiad Public Arts Program of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, with a hiatus from 1998–2005, AiOP curates one large-scale project each year. During the program New York pedestrians happen upon the artwork by coincidence while others (like a scavenger hunt) use a map to discover art in unexpected places.
Art in Odd Places aims to stretch the boundaries of communication in the public realm by presenting artworks in all disciplines outside the confines of traditional public space regulations. AiOP reminds us that public spaces function as the epicenter for diverse social interactions and the unfettered exchange of ideas. Projects have included a performance addressing the issues of public vs. private as it applies to the public restroom, to art teams activating space by cleaning the sidewalks of 14th Street in Manhattan. In 2006, Art in Odd Places presented "Imagining New Public Space", a panel to discuss alternative public places for art. The panel was presented in collaboration with Radhika Subramaniam, founder of interdisciplinary art journal, Connect:art.politics.theory.practice and Setha Low, president of the American Anthropological Association, with panelist: Bill Brown of Surveillance Media Players; Clarinda MacLow, choreographer and performer; and Paul Carter, philosopher and artist from the Lab Architecture Studio.
- Mary Jane Jacob and Michael Brenson, Conversations at The Castle, MIT Press, 1998, ISBN 0-262-10072-X
- "Art in Odd Places: 2005". Retrieved 2009-03-16.
- "Art in Odd Places: 2006". Archived from the original on 2 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-16.
- "Art in Odd Places: 2007". Retrieved 2009-03-16.
- "Art in Odd Places: 2008". Retrieved 2009-03-16.
- "Art in Odd Places web site". Archived from the original on 10 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-15.
- "GOH Productions: Current". Archived from the original on July 5, 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-16.
- "GOH Productions". Archived from the original on July 5, 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-16.
- "Art in Odd Places : Meaning Cleaning". Archived from the original on 10 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-15.
- "Lower Manhattan Cultural Council: Imagining New Public Space". Archived from the original on 2000-08-16. Retrieved 2009-03-16.
- Art in Odd Places Website
- Time Out New York: Art in Odd Places is Taking Over 14th Street
- Brooklyn Rail: Pedestrian