‘After Hours’ Transforms the Bowery into a Showcase of Public Art

Glenn Ligon mural at 261 Bowery as part of After Hours: Murals on the Bowery

This Spring a star-studded group show is taking place downtown, but unlike most galleries the work is only visible late nights and weekends. The New Museum and Art Production Fund teamed up to create After Hours: Murals on the Bowery, a series of paintings on storefront shutters that line the Bowery from Houston down to Grand Street. After Hours taps the talent of artists Richard Prince, Lawrence Weiner, Mary Heilman, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Glenn Ligon to name a few.

This group show invited 18 artists to design murals that were then executed by Colossal Media, the company responsible for most of the hand-painted billboards around New York City. The most successful murals take into account their surroundings and have gestural references to graffiti or signage found in the neighborhood, whereas others feel random and phoned it. Like most street art, After Hours: Murals on the Bowery is ephemeral, as the work will only be up through July 7th, 2011. You can call (646) 213-7207 for a cell phone tour starting on the South West corner of Bowery and Houston Street.

The Culture Report readers who take this late night tour of public art in the Lower East Side should also make sure to check out Kenny Scharf’s boisterous mural on the celebrated Houston and Bowery wall and a hidden gem by on of New York’s graffiti elite, Faust, on the storefront shutter at 13 Stanton Street between Bowery and Chrystie Street around the corner from the New Museum.

Spoiler Alert: Below are photos of most of the works in After Hours: Murals on the Bowery

Mary Heilmann mural at 220 Bowery as part of After Hours: Murals on the Bowery

Lawrence Weiner mural at 134 Bowery as part of After Hours: Murals on the Bowery

Elmgreen Dragset mural at 213 Bowery as part of After Hours: Murals on the Bowery

Jacqueline Humphries mural at 153 Bowery as part of After Hours: Murals on the Bowery

Richard Prince mural at 265 Bowery as part of After Hours: Murals on the Bowery

Photo courtesy of Art Production Fund

Gary Simmons mural at 262 Bowery as part of After Hours: Murals on the Bowery

Amy Granat mural at 267 Bowery as part of After Hours: Murals on the Bowery

Adam McEwen mural at 212 Bowery as part of After Hours: Murals on the Bowery

Ingrid Calame mural at 158 Bowery as part of After Hours: Murals on the Bowery

Matthew Brannon mural at 141 Bowery as part of After Hours: Murals on the Bowery

Deborah Kass mural at 214 Bowery as part of After Hours: Murals on the Bowery

Sterling Ruby mural at 258 Bowery as part of After Hours: Murals on the Bowery

Judith Bernstein mural at 272 Bowery as part of After Hours: Murals on the Bowery

Chris Dorland mural at 204 Bowery as part of After Hours: Murals on the Bowery

Barry McGee and Guess RFC mural at 216 Bowery as part of After Hours: Murals on the Bowery

After Hours: Murals on the Bowery organized by the New Museum and Art Production Fund is on view May 7 – July 7, 2011. For more information log onto http://artproductionfund.org/bowery.html

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