Andre Serrano’s first public art project, called Residents of New York, goes on view May 19 to June 15 in the neighborhood of West 4th Street in Manhattan. Presented by More Art, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of socially engaged public art projects, the project includes large-scale portraits of homeless men and women. The images will be installed in the West Fourth Street subway station, Judson Memorial Church, and area phone booths, among other locations. There will be an opening reception May 21, 6-8 pm, at LaGuardia Place between West 3rd and Bleecker Street.
Serrano first photographed homeless people in his studio, for his 1990 series Nomads; in these new images, he photographs them in the streets of New York. “What I would like the public to get from this project,” said Serrano in the press release for the project, “is the idea that the poor are neither crazy nor mentally disabled, and even when they're on the edge of sanity and society, they still have the right to decide for themselves what they want to do.”