T-minus 32 hours and counting
It’s a crazy morning here at Artpace. There are contractors coming in and out of the building, artists maneuvering the space, staff readying for the opening, our Hudson (Show)Room guest curator Devon Dikeou and visiting artist Nils Folke Anderson are settling into our lofts. Everyone is scrambling to prepare the final components to make sure the upcoming exhibitions are ready to be seen by you—our wonderful public.
And here I am sitting at Central Command, answering calls and questions, routing the people helping us install the work, helping the artists and curators navigate the building, and meeting our new fall interns. For the past two weeks, art has been growing up around me and I get a front row seat to the primping for the dance. My desk is right next to Window Works, where Chicana art collective Más Rudas is just about finished installing their intricate mixed-media exhibition that I’m sure is going to draw lots of attention by passersby.
This cycle of Hudson (Show)Room artworks is especially exciting—Swap Meet: Artpace and The Dikeou Collection is sneaking into parts of the building that are rarely (or have never been) installed. As we showed you before, our conference room has been overtaken by two large pink Momoyo Torimitsu bunnies (whom I like to call Elvis and Buddy Holly). A room is being constructed on our roof. Photography has been hung in the hallways upstairs and in our executive suite. And stepping into our elevator is a treat for the eyes and torture for the ears.
Two gentlemen that are here to help us out with installing some video noted that Artpace is quite an exciting an environment. I realized they were right—I’ve only been at work for an hour, and I already feel like I need a cup of coffee to get some energy back! But I can’t help feeling like we’re doing an important job: pulling together all the elements artists have planned and created to leave a finished work of art for the audience to view. Tomorrow is the big night! Make sure to come to the public opening from 6-8:30pm to see Artpace adorned with all its new art.
Image credit: Photo by Wendi Kimura