Ryan McGinley

Times Square Advertising Coalition, Art Production Fund

For July 2013's Midnight Moment, Ryan McGinley's ethereal video Varúð documented the artistʼs friend Jessica Tang as she traverses the streets of Manhattan in slow motion, leaving a trail of stardust in her wake. McGinley captured a free-spirited and barefoot Tang, impervious to her surroundings as she passes the hectic world around her. McGinley hoped to offer city goers a moment of calm amidst the bustling streets by presenting an homage to the city.  

"I wanted to bring a childhood innocence to the streets, through a character whose own light and wonder affect the world around her," McGinley explains. "Iʼm always interested in an atmosphere where dreams and reality mingle on equal terms."