Random Number in Random Spaces
The Case of the Curious Pedestrian
Along Myrtle Avenue in Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Move About Myrtle, an initiative that turns a bustling avenue into a temporary pedestrian walkway, is the perfect setting for discovering the obscured moments that unfold along a commercial corridor. Closing the street to automobile traffic makes people more aware of their environment, which is filled with the choreography of pedestrians, the nooks & crannies of commercial spaces, and the unspoken history of sidewalks. The Case of the Curious Pedestrian is a one-day exhibition of performance art and ephemeral installations that focuses on these overlooked details.
Artists will take to Myrtle Avenue with social interactions and artistic interventions, in an effort to reconnect passersby with the things they often pass without notice. They will also create hidden installations in stores along Myrtle Avenue, to be stumbled upon by unsuspecting shoppers. These playful gestures will turn Myrtle Avenue into a cabinet of curiosities.
The exhibition is curated by Christina Vassallo, as part of her curatorial residency awarded through the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership.
- Join licensed tour guide and 4th generation Myrtle Avenue resident Jonah Levy on his Moitel Avenue Tour to discover the vast hidden history of the avenue. FREE 30-minute tours are conducted at 1, 2, 3 & 4 pm, and start at the corner of Hall & Myrtle on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Part scavenger hunt and part interactive detective story, Veronica Doughertyâ€™s The Story of Johnny X shows participants how someone can disappear in a city. Briefings are conducted at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30pm, on the corner of Hall & Myrtle, where participants will receive a series of clues to solve the mystery of what happened to Johnny X.
- Hours: Sunday September 19, 2010
Noon – 6 pm
- Location: Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn, between Adelphi & Hall Streets
- Download the exhibition map
- More installation photos on Flickr
- Blog post: Jonah Levy & Veronica Dougherty
- Blog post: Ranjit Bhatnagar & Angela Fan
- Blog post: Sal Randolph
Who is responsible?
Every Sunday this September, the Move About Myrtle Initiative will transform Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill into an active, pedestrian-friendly space where merchants and visitors can gather. From noon to 6 pm each Sunday, 5 blocks along the avenue will become a neighborhood car-free zone complete with performances, classes, games and arts– all organized with the help of local community groups and Myrtle merchants by the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership.