In New York City, artist JR may be most famous for his work in Times Square, pasting 6000 faces onto the floor as part of his continuing Inside Out Project, or for Unframed, an exhibition in the abandoned Ellis Island hospitals using the faces of real immigrants. On a smaller, but non less important scale, JR also recently brought the Inside Out Project to Fordham University at Lincoln Center and the local community.
Though it was sponsored, through grants, by the undergraduate Urban Studies program at Fordham, anybody could be photographed. According to Fordham News, “Residents of nearby buildings, members of the Fordham community, and teens walking from their school on Amsterdam Avenue to the nearby subway station lined up to be photographed” in the truck that was parked along the block. The oversized photographs now adorn a cement wall alongside Fordham University’s campus on 60th Street, which Vincent DeCola, SJ, assistant dean of students at Fordham College at Lincoln Center, hopes will encourage more people to walk down this block.