If you walk along 14th street in New York City in the next week or so, you might come across something “odd.” It’s art—from over 100 artists around the world. Running from October 5-15, the eighth annual “Art in Odd Places” is a full on street festival packed with art, performances, street art, music, and more.
Art in Odd Places (AiOP) was founded in 2005 by visionary Ed Woodham in an effort to create a platform for art experimentation to find its way into the public eye. Each year has a new theme, and this year it’s “Model.” According to Raquel de Anda, the guest curator for AiOP, this year’s theme “seeks to re-envision landscapes and examine our places in society through themes of fashion, prototype, pose, imitate, plan and system.”
Basically, the show is a huge runway for these artists—artists of all different shapes and sizes. Walking along 14th street might yield stationary art displays or roaming performances, catwalks in motion or street music in the making. You never know what you might find.
The street fair will also have available several information sessions, workshops, panels, and a variety of other activities for the public to participate in. All in all, it’s a great way to bring art to the New York City community and celebrate one of the oldest and most necessary parts of human culture.
The best part is that the entire event is free. Of course, it’s also first-come, first-serve, so if you’re interested in attending any panels or performances it’s a good idea to check the AiOP website for scheduling details.