New York

“Art Lobby”

Three Lower Manhattan Banks

Censorship, though not directly partaking of this “discourse of illegality,” does implicate some of the same terms, since it reflects institutional opinion. It was recently activated in this well arranged and not uninteresting show which placed temporary projects by four politically active artists in the public areas (lobbies and windows) of three downtown Manhattan banks. The show was organized in cooperation with the banks; conceived by artist Jacki Apple nearly a year ago and coordinated by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, it was a model of lucid preparation. I, for one, received copious advance word; the bank officials were well apprised both of the works and of the artists’ political ends. “All of the works make some connection between the business world and life of the individual,” read the press release, describing each piece as aimed at stimulating reflection, in passersby,

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