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Art in Focus

Jan 30Apr 19Rockefeller CenterFree and open to the public

Rockefeller Center, in partnership with Art Production Fund, presents a series of public art pop-ups throughout the Center. Taking place in unique and unexpected locations, the multidisciplinary program showcases installations inspired by the New York City landscape and contemporary life.

Current Installation:

MELISSA JOSEPH

January 30 - April 19

Melissa Joseph’s exhibition at Rockefeller Center engages viewers in a dialogue around the importance of inclusivity, creating visibility for underrepresented voices. This exhibition will be Joseph’s first ever public art presentation and will be on view from January 30, 2024, through April 19, 2024.

Centered in heartfelt storytelling, Joseph's process of felting, compressing, blending, and bonding wool fibers together seamlessly mirrors her personal journey as a bi-racial individual, navigating the in-between spaces of her diverse cultural heritage and diaspora. Joseph's artistic practice is a testament to the diversity of visual mediums. With an eye for detail and an unwavering dedication to exploring personal and societal narratives, Joseph's Art in Focus exhibition invites viewers to connect with the profound and the forgotten.

Joseph’s inclusion of found objects within the vitrine spaces of 45 Rockefeller Center exemplifies Joseph's commitment to preserving the stories held and embedded within. Lined in yellow industrial felt, the dynamic compositions and varied textures found in the vitrine spaces further elevate felting to the strata of fine art. The exhibition will feature a 125 ft display of personal archival imagery from Joseph at the Rink Level of 45 Rockefeller Plaza which highlights the private tender moments of domestic living. Furthermore, acknowledging that first and second-generation immigrants often lack consistency of physical sites throughout their lifetimes, this piece is a study of how our bodies move in relation to space and time.

A curated selection of felt works by the artist can also be viewed at 10 Rockefeller Plaza, 30 Rockefeller Plaza and 50 Rockefeller Plaza.

To explore the full list of past Art in Focus artists, visit the Art & History page here.

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