Opening Reception: Thursday, January 8 from 6 – 8pm
Word on the Street at Artpace in San Antonio marks the first exhibition of the banners outside of its premier and subsequent presentations in New York. This exhibition at Artpace seeks to continue articulating, supporting, and empowering positive responses to the ever-changing social and political landscape as the country moves into the 2020 election cycle.
As part of the Word on the Street exhibition, House of Trees collaborated with San Antonio-based poet Naomi Shihab Nye to create a series of banner flags titled I PLEDGE. I PLEDGE was originally exhibited at New York University’s Kimmel Gallery in January 2018. The project continues to remain relevant in January 2019 amidst waves of xenophobia such as the proposed border wall, the continuing headlines of sexual harassment, and the dismantling of environmental regulations. I PLEDGE is a call to fight for change that is inclusive, empowering and humane.
In 2018 Word on the Street was presented in Times Square, The Watermill Center, Guggenheim Museum NY, the Kimmel Center at NYU, Socrates Sculpture Park NY, and the PEN America World Voices Festival.
Word on the Street was originally produced by House of Trees and the Watermill Center NY. Funding for Word on the Street at Artpace was provided by Guillermo Nicolas & Jim Foster.