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The West Harlem Art Fund has assembled a group of artists to engage with the public and they will present a new performance work, improvisation, an art walk, and video games on Saturday, July 18th. Under the Viaduct, 2015 led by the curator Savona, is set to begin at 1 pm with the premiere of TUG OF WAR by artist Dianne Smith in our pop-up family room.

The West Harlem Art Fund has collaborated on several installations with artist Dianne Smith — Flying High at Bartow Pell Mansion, Gumboot Juba in the Manhattanville Factory District, Loosely Coupled on Governor’s Island and now her 1st performance work — Tug of War.

UNDER THE VIADUCT, 2015 is an art & lifestyle series where folks can meet, bike, skate or dine in an open-air plaza. Situated in West Harlem on 12th Avenue and near the Hudson River, residents and fellow New Yorkers can enjoy performance and artist-led walks in the daytime and when the sun starts going down, engage in digital and reflective art.


The artist as cultural worker uses their work to create aesthetic interventions, thus causing us to think and/or imagine worlds and ideas beyond our own. The push-pull or Tug-of-War if you will is to shake the larger society out of its hypnotic state.  Certainly I am no different, our charge as truth tellers is to challenge the status quo. We are not limited to white box spaces, and thrive on having our voices heard in the streets. The mere act of making art is disruptive and revolutionary. As such, the artist as cultural worker often finds themselves at once the protagonist and that of antagonist. We create work in order to liberate consciousness thus confront sociopolitical and socioeconomic issues, as well as, injustices of all sorts. The beauty and splendor of a work may at times trick us into engaging with things that may otherwise escape our attention. However, allowing ourselves to see and create meaning can take us on unimagined journeys. Art is the epoxy that holds a culture together, as such the artist as cultural worker understands his or her place in society, as well as community. We are charged with the strengthening and building of both. This charge does not come without trepidation for all parties, but the artist as cultural worker is unwavering in their efforts for truth, justice and equality. We understand that these efforts will always produce a Tug-of War.


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The 12th Avenue Viaduct also known as the Riverside Drive Viaduct was built in 1900 by the City of New York. The viaduct was constructed to connect an important system of drives in Northern Manhattan — a high-level boulevard extension of Riverside Drive over the barrier of Manhattanville Valley to the former Boulevard Lafayette, which today, is north of 158th Street.





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