The 2015 AT THE CROSSROADS season at Times Square Arts saw artists collaborating with Times Square’s identity, as defined through users, physical environment and cognitive association. Both "T.SQ Newstand" and "FAILE: Wishing on You" employed visual language that evoked nostalgic “authenticity” and added contemporary references to create a shared, new “authentic.” "Times Square#SetintheStreet" and "HeartBeat" cued audience to be their own performers. Visual artist Robin Rhode staged Arnold Schönberg’s "Erwartung" with Times Square as the contemporary expressionistic stage. And Rashaad Newsome brought marginalized hip-hop artists to perform on the most expensive real estate, with the billboards as their projection screen. From the subtle to the loud and current events to universal themes, artists broke past the symbolic representation of this iconic place to explore methodologies of how we create shared definitions of place.
Yawn-in was an experimental performance for COIL15 festival, in collaboration with our Midnight Moment program - viewers became the participants alongside the subject of the film.
The 10th anniversary of the Metropolitan Opera’s opening night simulcast on the electronic billboards of Times Square, complete with red carpet, intermission snacks and ushered seating.
Non-professional and professional performers gathered together for a workshop exploring themes of freedom through jazz and movement in front of the Armed Forces Recruiting Center.
Installations and performances in the Broadway plazas that expose Times Square’s diverse local, national, and international visitors to quality contemporary art.
Times Square Arts is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.