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walk the walk

This is why New York City is great. You can walk out of your door, hop on a subway and, 15 minutes later, experience a thought provoking and beautiful performance piece, in a public space, for free. Last week, in Bryant Park, the artist Kate Gilmore put up this arresting piece which brilliantly mirrors the activity in the park and the streets below. Titled Walk the Walk, it is comprised of 7 women, all in bright yellow dresses, walking and stomping and shimmying with purpose atop the 10 sq ft roof of a hollow yellow cube. Step inside the cube and you are treated to a sonic interpretation of a busy city street and, if you are my two year old, a chance to reach up and “feel the ladies walk.”

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Best known for her short and somewhat violent feeling videos in which Gilmore often punches and kicks through walls (wearing high heeled pumps, of course), this piece marks a bit of a departure as it is a) live and b) performed by others. So maybe she’s trading up. Or maybe she just stepped off of her usual track for a minute to try something new.

In any case, it was a great moment and one that will stick in my visual memory for a long time.

You can check out Kate Gilmore’s video, which is more typical of her work, at the Whitney Biennial throiugh the end of May.

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