Times Square Arts will break out of Times Square’s electronic billboards with artist Pipilotti Rist’s Open my Glade (Flatten), 2000-2017, from 11:57 p.m. to midnight every night in January. This project is a part of Midnight Moment, a monthly presentation by the Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts, and is presented in partnership with the record-breaking survey exhibition Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest, on view at the New Museum through January 15.
Pioneering video artist Pipilotti Rist re-confronts the screens of Times Square in a new multichannel edition of a work originally commissioned by the Public Art Fund in 2000. Originally appearing on a single screen in Times Square, Rist now surrounds the plazas on multiple screens in vivid color, flattening her face against glass as if to break through the screens and into Times Square. Her features humorously distorted, her makeup smeared, Rist transgresses expectations for women in media while also questioning the invisible boundaries placed on women and their history, experiences, pains and wishes in ways that resonate just as much in 2017 as they did in 2000.