This Week in Art 9.4-9.10: Women Artists Bring Protest Messages to Times Square

Installation view: House of Trees. Word on the Street, 2017. Courtesy of Maria Baranova for Times Square Arts.

A new public art commission is bringing political banners by female artists and writers to street poles and trash receptacles in Times Square. Times Square Arts’ Word on the Street presents designs by poet Anne Carson and artists Carrie Mae Weems, Amy Khoshbin, and Wangechi Mutu through February 2018. The phrases featured, like “Action Comes From the Backbone, Not the Wishbone” and “I Was Born for Love Not Hatred,” were originally created for the post-inaugural Women’s March.

Also this week:

Events & exhibitions

New York City

This Thursday and Friday there are a flurry of solo exhibitions opening in New York galleries:

Buffalo, NY

Savannah, GA

  • Also opening Thursday is the SCAD Museum of Art’s Lines of Influence, a group exhibition commemorating the hundredth birthday of African American painter Jacob Lawrence. On view through February 4 and including both historical and contemporary artists, the exhibition features work by Josef Albers, José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, Hank Willis Thomas, Jack Whitten, and Kara Walker among others.



Los Angeles


  • On Friday the David Roberts Arts Foundation is opening the final exhibition in its Camden gallery space: (X) A Fantasy, which collectively questions the boundaries between public and private spheres. Including work by Theaster Gates and Tala Madani among others, the exhibition closes October 7.

Healesville, Australia

  • Cao Fei was selected as one of five artists featured in the third iteration of the TarraWarra International at the TarraWarra Museum of Art. On view through November 12 and titled All that is solid …, all the work presented was created through “non-solid” processes like tearing, melting, chewing, and piercing.