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AiOP 2017: SENSE- Get to Know This Year’s Artists! Billy X. Curmano

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Name: Billy X. Curmano

Title: Expeditionary Art Adventure

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Billy X. Curmano’s performance brings a vial of sacred water from his 2,367.4-mile Mississippi River Swim on an intentional pilgrimage to mix with New York waters gathered from the Hudson, East Rivers and along 14th Street. His “Expeditionary Art Adventure Team” will perform as “Ambassadors for Clean Water” with rituals along the way. Watch for the spectacles and Curmano’s signature white lab coat.

Expeditionary Art Adventure Logo

Expeditionary Art Adventure Logo

The “Expeditionary Art Adventure Team” launches October 12 about high noon near the Hudson River off 14th Street primarily traveling east on 14th Street on even dates and west on odd dates – between 1 and 4 pm – through October 15th. Weather permitting; the “Father of Waters” will join the New York waters via a keynote ritual and ocean harp serenade near the Highline and 14th Street on Sat. 4 pm (Rain date: Sun.)

How have you chosen to interpret the theme “SENSE?”

Water is Life; Mni Wiconi … that makes SENSE.

Billy X Curmano In performance Valletta International Visual Arts Festival, Malta, 2017 Photo: Ms Elisa von Brockdorff

Billy X Curmano In performance Valletta International Visual Arts Festival, Malta, 2017
Photo: Ms Elisa von Brockdorff

Why do you believe 14th street is a compelling site for creative response?

14th Street is a natural for artistic expression as it cuts from river to river connecting East and West while capping New York City’s historic downtown art scene.

What reaction are you hoping to draw from the public?

The public may view my work with curiosity. Some will simply see it as a reminder. Others may find it eye opening. Then again some may not care. Surrounded by and in the abundance of water, it is easy to take it for granted. But water is a finite resource to be honored and protected. There is no life without it. Water is Life; Mni Wiconi.

 

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