Art in Odd Places (AiOP) presents visual and performance art in unexpected public spaces. AiOP also produces an annual festival along 14th Street in Manhattan, NYC from Avenue C to the Hudson River each October.
Art in Odd Places aims to stretch the boundaries of communication in the public realm by presenting artworks in all disciplines outside the confines of traditional public space regulations. AiOP reminds us that public spaces function as the epicenter for diverse social interactions and the unfettered exchange of ideas.
Art in Odd Places (AiOP) began as an action by a group of artists led by Ed Woodham to encourage local participation in the Cultural Olympiad of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. In 2005, after moving back to New York City, he re-imagined it as a response to the dwindling of public space and personal civil liberties – first in the Lower East Side and East Village, and since 2008, on 14th Street in Manhattan. AiOP has always been a grassroots project fueled by the goodwill and inventiveness of its participants.
Ed Woodham, Founder & Director
Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful, Lead Curator
Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Curator
Jodi Waynberg, Curator
Cynthia (Jing) Cui, Curatorial Manager
Katelyn Ahladas, Katrina De Wees, Zoé Fornara, Claire Gohorel, Marco Fernando Guarino, Paulina Kowalczyk, Kara Nandin, Sofía Reeser del Río, Susan Joy Rippberger & Emilia Shaffer-Del Valle: Curatorial Assistants
Claire Demere, Curatorial Management Advisor
Lindsey J Piscitell, Social Media Strategist
Carey Estes, Designer / Developer
Matthew Morowitz, Head Writer & Blog Editor
Emilie Ahern, Catalogue Designer
Thinkers-in-Residence spend time on 14th Street throughout the Festival weekend reflecting on artists, pedestrians, publics, and participation. Their responses take the form of writing, walking, image-making, or on-the-spot conversations with the public.
Harley J. Spiller
Art in Odd Places is a project of GOH Productions Bonnie Stein, Executive Director