21. Midnight Moment in Times Square

Photo by Ka-Man Tse for times Square Arts

Midnight Moment is the world’s largest, longest-running digital art exhibition, synchronized on electronic billboards throughout Times Square nightly from 11:57pm to midnight. Presented by the Times Square Advertising Coalition and curated by Times Square Arts since 2012, it has an estimated annual viewership of 2.5 million.

Every night in May from 11:57pm-midnight, you can see Petra Cortight’s work Pink_Para_1st Choice, a fragmented self-portrait work in partnership with Rhizome. As Times Square Arts states, Cortright plays “with the relationship between the computer screen and voyeurism, and the Internet’s effect on how we perceive subjectivity. The artist watches herself in the computer screen while singing along to a song we cannot hear. Through the webcam, Cortright presents herself as both subject and object, independent of any male or female gaze. In the context of a public screening, the work becomes a statement about the way women engage with the propagation of images on the Internet, both their own and those intended to represent or appeal to them.”

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