This morning, Niki Singleton, Thiago Carrapatoso and I will do the last piece of our roving inquiry (cross-listed for Utopia School and Art in Odd Places) via a #4 train ride to the Bronx and the Hall of Fame for Great Americans. Please join us … we’re meeting at the Gandhi statue in Union Square at 11:30am, and we’ll be back in time for the FREEform Discussion with other artists from the AiOP festival.
The Hall of Fame for Great Americans outlived its glory years ago. Its last class of inductees was in 1976 — but they never got bronze busts or plaques, because by then this campus had gone bankrupt and had been sold to Bronx Community College, which still maintains the site. One wonders what the contemporary students of this school — who are mostly black and Latino — think of their hall of fame. Of the 98 members enshrined in it, only two are black, and there are no Latinos, no Native Americans, Jews, or Catholics.
*See event details here and check out the full schedule for our Quality of Life Enforcement investigation for Art in Odd Places.