Times Square Arts presents the Fall Season Arts Program. As part of the Alliance’s commitment to showcasing the best of contemporary art, this season’s lineup includes works from Crankbunny, Christian Marclay, and Maria Constanza Ferreira, as well as partnerships with Advertising Week, The Out of Home Advertising Association of America, and Paula Cooper Gallery.
All events are free to the public.
September 1–30, 11:57pm–midnight
Super City You
Presented with Advertising Week and The Out of Home Advertising Association of America
Times Square's Electronic Billboards
Flowers and fantastical beings overtake New York City’s skyline in Crankbunny’s animated illustration celebrating our endless potential to flourish and transform.
October 1–31, 11:57pm–midnight
Artist: Christian Marclay
Presented with Paula Cooper Gallery
Times Square's Electronic Billboards
Marclay’s hypnotic, stop-motion animation brings new life to spat-out trash with countless photographs of gum from the sidewalk.
November 1–30, 11:57pm–midnight
Artist: Maria Constanza Ferreira
Times Square's Electronic Billboards
Journeying down endless highways and ascending to abstracted, aerial views of the Earth, Ferreira’s film knits together the vivid systems and patterns of our natural and man-made worlds.
About Midnight Moment
Midnight Moment is the world’s largest, longest-running digital art exhibition, synchronized on electronic billboards throughout Times Square nightly from 11:57pm to midnight. Presented by the Times Square Advertising Coalition and curated by Times Square Arts since 2012, it has an estimated annual viewership of 2.5 million. For more information, visit tsq.org/midnightmoment
Times Square Arts, the public art program of the Times Square Alliance, collaborates with contemporary artists and cultural institutions to experiment and engage with one of the world's most iconic urban places. Through the Square's electronic billboards, public plazas, vacant areas and popular venues, and the Alliance's own online landscape, Times Square Arts invites leading contemporary creators to help the public see Times Square in new ways. Times Square has always been a place of risk, innovation and creativity, and the Arts Program ensures these qualities remain central to the district's unique identity. Generous support of Times Square Arts is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts; the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional support for Midnight Moment is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Times Square Advertising Coalition. Visit TSq.org/Arts for more information. Follow us on Instagram at @TSqArts
Norma V. Toraya, aka Crankbunny (b. 1978, Miami, FL), explores storytelling through curiosity and timeless concepts while working as an animation director and illustrator. Toraya, a Cuban-American artist originally from Miami, has created an impressive portfolio that includes animated commercial spots, TV intros, music videos, large scale projections, and documentary films for Nike, ING, Nestle, Darkhorse, Holt Renfrew, the band Rush, Etsy, W Network, MuchMusic, United Airlines, and other clients. crankbunny.com
A Portuguese citizen born in Venezuela, Maria Constanza Ferreira (b. 1994, Caracas, Venezuela) is an artist practicing across a range of media including video, photography, and interactive installation. In 2017, Ferreira earned her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design as a double major in Film/Animation/Video and Graphic Design. Her work has screened internationally at places such as Slamdance Film Festival, IndieLisboa, GLAS Animation Film Festival, Exploratorium: The Museum of Science, Art and Human Perception Screening, SFO Museum, and the Imagine Science Film Festival. She is currently progressing her work in the field of Chemical Crystallography as an Artist-in-Residence at New York University's Department of Chemistry in the laboratory of the Kahr Research Group. mariacf.com
Christian Marclay (b. 1955, San Rafael, CA) is known for his innovative work combining collage, sound recording, photography, video, film, sculpture and performance. Marclay has had important one-person exhibitions at international institutions including Kunsthaus Zurich, MCA Chicago, SFMOMA, Whitney Museum of American Art, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow, Aargauer Kunsthaus, and Sapporo Art Park, among many others. Marclay received the Golden Lion award at the 54th Venice Biennale for his 24-hour virtuosic video piece The Clock. Since then, the work has been seen by tens of thousands of viewers at prestigious venues around the world, including at a current presentation at Tate Modern in London. Marclay currently lives and works in London. paulacoopergallery.com/artists/christian-marclay
Advertising Week (AW) is the premier global event platform for marketing, advertising, technology, creatives, and brand professionals. Originating in New York in 2004, AW’s award-winning live events feature premier keynote speakers, expert panels, interactive workshops and memorable special events, taking over each host city for one week each year. AW’s unique live experiences connect people with thought leaders, experts, ideas, networks, resources and opportunities to level up their businesses, careers and explore future solutions together. In addition to New York, Advertising Week’s global footprint has expanded to five additional worldwide live events: AWEurope (London); AWAsia (Tokyo); AWAPAC (Sydney); AWAfrica (Johannesburg); AWLATAM (Mexico City). AW has also uniquely elevated the live experience to smartphones and tablets with the groundbreaking AW360 and AWLearn year-round digital platforms. advertisingweek.com
The Out of Home Advertising Association of America (OAAA) is the national trade association for the $8+ billion US out of home advertising (OOH) industry, which includes digital out of home (DOOH), and is comprised of billboards, street furniture, transit advertising, and place-based media. Comprised of 800+ member media companies, advertisers, agencies, ad-tech providers, and suppliers that represent over 90 percent of the industry, OAAA is a unified voice, an authoritative thought leader, and a passionate advocate that protects, unites, and advances OOH advertising in the United States. oaaa.org
Paula Cooper Gallery, the first art gallery in SoHo, opened in 1968 with an exhibition to benefit the Student Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam. For over fifty years, the gallery’s artistic agenda has remained focused on, though not limited to, conceptual and minimal art. In 1996, the gallery moved to Chelsea to occupy an award-winning redesigned 19th century building. In 1999, Paula Cooper opened a second exhibition space at 521 West 21st Street. In fall 2018, the gallery temporarily relocated its primary space to 524 West 26th Street. Beyond its immediate artistic program, the gallery has regularly hosted concerts, music symposia, dance performances, book receptions, and poetry readings, as well as art exhibitions and special events to benefit various national and community organizations. paulacoopergallery.com
Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) is a trade association comprised of major advertisers, retailers, real estate firms, media companies and other businesses involved in the outdoor sign industry in Times Square, along with organizations representing Broadway and the community. Members of TSAC include: ABC Regional Sports & Entertainment Sales, Clear Channel Spectacolor, Daktronics, D3 LED, Digital Domination, Hines Management, Jamestown One Times Square, Lamar Advertising Company, Landmark Sign & Electric, Metro Media Technologies, Newmark Knight Frank, North Shore Neon, P.R.omotion!, Sherwood Outdoor, SL Green, Times Square Alliance, The WOW Factor and Thomson Reuters. www.timessquareadcoalition.org. Follow TSAC on twitter at @TSACNYC.