Kiki Smith: The Stars are out in Times Square

NEW YORK—A pearl-draped Josephine Baker is shimmying among the stars. The stained-glass clusters have sprouted up in a vacant lot on the edge of Times Square just past the Richard Rodgers Theater where the musical Porgy & Bess is being staged. Installed behind a chain-link fence on West 46th Street, “Chorus,” a series of rainbow-hued sculptures by Kiki Smith, pays tribute Baker and the Broadway theater district. The work is the third installation at the Art Production Fund‘s Last Lot project space.

“Chorus” is on view from May 24 to Sept. 4, 2012 at the corner of West 46th Street and 8th Avenue.

All photos by Arts Observer

“Chorus” (stained glass) composed of hand-blown, translucent, iridized, modeled, and cathedral glass.

Smith describes her vision in an Art Production Fund release: “As the sun shines through and glitters upon the translucent and opaque glass, the stars will contrast with the raw urban lot.”

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