In 2018 and 2019, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced that the Doomsday Clock had reached “2 minutes to midnight.” For 70 years, the Clock has been a symbol for how close we are to a man-made disaster, where midnight is a point of no return. What is two minutes to midnight for New Yorkers? And what can we do about it?
Sparked by an individual artist grant via the Queens Council on the Arts, I was invited by the amazing Jaime Faye-Bean to install a public work at Bliss Plaza. Rather than showing only my own work, I invited several other amazing artists to help Queens residents explore and linger on 2 minutes. My hope was for New York’s public spaces to become interaction hubs enabling local communities to connect with their creativity and surface solutions in different ways. The end result, 2 Minutes to Midnight, was a free, interactive outdoor co-creation lab under the 7 train.
Glass Hours and 2 Minutes to Midnight was supported by Sunnyside Shines and the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Featuring these amazing artists and thinkers:
- CATHIE WRIGHT-LEWIS: cathiewrightlewis.com
- MONICA JAHAN BOSE: monicajahanbose.com
- CHEYENNE “ANGEL” LEWIS
- PURVI SHAH: purvipoets.net
- MELISSA LIU
- LATRICE VERRETT
- JAIME-FAYE BEAN: sunnysideshines.com
- JENA PINCOTT: deepthinkdecks.com
- Queens Writers Resist, ft. Pam Reyes and Kay Ottinger