SVA RESIDENCY–CITY AS SITE

 

The two-week intensive will use the streets of New York as its classroom. Artists and faculty will rove throughout the city, and engage with its communities, histories, and stories, which will become materials
for their final projects.

 

WELCOME TO NEW YORK

Public Art Intervention

The Lenape, Manhattan’s original inhabitants, called the island Manahatta, which means “hilly island.” The Meat Packing District was once a village called Sapokanikan - habitation site and cultivated area by the cove on the Hudson River at present day Gansevoort Street. It has been said that in 1626 the Lenape “sold” Manahatta to Peter Minuit, director of the Dutch settlement, for sixty guilders (about $24 at that time) worth of trade goods. Thinking that this was a transaction to share the land with their new friends, the Lenape had their land taken away from them. Long time residents of the Meat Packing District struggle to keep their apartments due to gentrification and it appears to be the same old New York story.