Duffy Square | September 2013 – January 2014
Times Square Arts, the public arts program of the Times Square Alliance, welcomes French artist JR’s global initiative INSIDE OUT PROJECT, a large-scale participatory art project he started in 2011, to Times Square from April 22 to May 10, 2013. For INSIDE OUT NEW YORK CITY, JR and his team invite New Yorkers and visitors to take self-portraits in a specially designed photo booth stationed in Times Square, the site of the world’s first ever photo booth almost 100 years ago. The black-and-white self-portraits will be overlaid on a backdrop designed by JR and printed on the spot as a 3’X4′ poster. Line up from noon – 6pm to get your photo taken and printed. Posters are pasted until 8pm on Duffy Square in Times Square, or in the home community of the portrait’s subject. The goal of the project is to allow each portrait-taker to express through his or her face a message to the world.
The project activates Times Square as a creative hub—engaging the boroughs of New York as the photo booth truck makes early visits to the Bronx, Staten Island, Queens, and Brooklyn. The initial portraits will feature community members from New York City neighborhoods affected by Hurricane Sandy—the Staten Island waterfront, the Rockaways, Red Hook, and Coney Island.
INSIDE OUT NEW YORK CITY coincides with the world premiere of the HBO Documentary Film, INSIDE OUT: THE PEOPLE’S ART PROJECT, at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 20th. The film chronicles French artist JR, known for his public billboard size photographs of everyday citizens, and his large scale participatory global art project. “Inside Out” is a glowing testament to the power of the image and the role that art can play in transforming lives. An official Documentary Feature Spotlight selection at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, the film premiered at the SVA Theatre on West 23rd Street, on Saturday, April 20th and debut exclusively on HBO on Monday, May 20th at 9pm ET/PT.
For photos of INSIDE OUT PROJECT, visit http://bit.ly/1CH7j0G