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Zefrey Throwell, Ocularpation: Wall Street, 2011, still from a color video, 19 minutes 58 seconds.

Zefrey Throwell Klemens

Tanja Grunert Gallery

Zefrey Throwell, Ocularpation: Wall Street, 2011, still from a color video, 19 minutes 58 seconds.

On August 1, less than a month and a half before last year’s occupation of Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, Zefrey Throwell staged the performance Ocularpation: Wall Street. At 7 AM, fifty volunteers, dressed in the garb of a range of professions—from personal assistant to trader, prostitute, dog walker, janitor, and lawyer—gathered in front of the New York Stock Exchange and at other locations on Wall Street and stripped naked for five minutes. Three performers were arrested, charged with exposure, and later bailed out by the artist. Throwell has stated that this project was triggered by his mother’s loss of retirement savings during the recent economic crisis, and that his intent was to shed light on the “mysteriousness,” the opacity, of the downtown financial industry by highlighting the diversity of its workforce.

At Gasser Grunert, Ocularpation was presented as a

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