The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS) opens today for the first time since mid-March with two new mixed-media exhibits highlighting social movements with downtown roots.
Here's info via MoRUS, which archives urban activism, about the exhibits debuting today:
"How Green Is My City?," curated by Green Map System's founder and director Wendy Brawer, traces the history of this locally led, globally linked sustainability mapping movement.
The exhibit explores the movement’s impacts via print maps and other artifacts that highlight local nature, culture, green living and social justice sites. Special events, including walking tours, online demonstrations of Green Map's new mapping platform, and an opportunity to put your favorite sites on the map will be announced by MoRUS.
"Plywood Windows of SoHo: Black Lives Matter" captures images from June when shopping returned following the protests against George Floyd's killing by Minneapolis police. The opportunistic, collateral looting that followed the peaceful protests prompted many high-end retailers to board up their glass facades with plywood.
Using these barriers as canvases, artists created murals and messages calling for racial and social justice. A wide selection of these images, which were captured by the lenses of James Hong and George Hirose and curated by Hong, are displayed on the museum’s lower level among actual portions of painted plywood discarded by building owners.
Both exhibits will be on display through the fall.
Located at 155 Avenue C between Ninth Street and 10th Street, MoRUS is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free with a suggested $5 donation. Per New York State guidelines, facial coverings are required and social distancing will be enforced.
After a five-month shutdown, museums and cultural institutions in NYC were allowed to reopen yesterday with attendance restrictions.