+Art present Month2Month by Jennifer Dalton and William Powhida
Join Rubin Foundation grantee More Art for participatory events exploring housing justice, real estate and gentrification in New York City.
MONTH2MONTH is a public art project in private residences. Through a lottery initiated in winter of 2016, members of the public were invited to participate in curated short-term stays in 'luxury' and 'affordable' housing units located in various neighborhoods throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. The stays are underscored by a month-long series of public events that will provide a platform for discussions about how class, wealth, and social mobility affect people's ability to live in New York City. Events will at times take the form of information sharing, but also use unorthodox methods to push discussions into unfamiliar places.
Saturday, May 28 | 6:00-8:00 PM
Seung-Min Lee will host an Open House workshop for real estate agents and their aspiring clients that will culminate in a karaoke consciousness raising party.
Sunday, May 29 | 6:00-8:00 PM
Artist Aisha Cousins will conduct a performance art score called "Civilized People: Knife Collection Drive" as a way of gathering public feedback for an opera that looked at gentrification through the lens of black trickster folk tales. Please bring a dish for 4-8 people that can be eaten without forks or knives.
Monday, May 30 | 6:00-8:00 PM
The Center for NYC Neighborhoods is a non-profit that protects and promotes affordable homeownership in the five boroughs. "Who Stole the House" is a murder mystery event where the crime centers around the theft of a Brooklyn home by a faceless LLC. Using real-life examples from our work, “Who Stole The House?” will engage the audience around the epidemic of homeowner scams by LLCs that target vulnerable residents, and are often centered in hot real estate markets.
Tuesday, May 31 | 6:00-8:00 PM
Rant Night is an invitation for us all to come and air our grievances about housing and inequality in New York City. Speakers will be given five minutes to vent, rage, pontificate, expound, grieve, ‘splain, whine, excoriate, ridicule, protest, educate, or simply complain about the overwhelming difficulties of staying in the city. Ranters will not be interrupted or challenged during their rant, but if you want to rant about a rant, that’s also fine. Please help us close out MONTH2MONTH with a cathartic evening of public speaking.