14. Times Square Midnight Moment

Photograph by Maria Baranova. Courtesy of Times Square Arts.

Throughout the month of December, Times Square’s billboards will light up with the work of multimedia artist Rashaad Newsome. Newsome’s Black Magic video installation joins improvisational performance with animated graphics. Viewers will see footage from FIVE, a live vogue performance. Newsome tapped local New York-based talent for this project, asking performers to explore their own idea of ‘Black Magic.’ Edited together with the performances is an animated graphic pattern. The pattern is inspired by the architecture, design, and decorative wallpaper of a typical New Orleans lounge.

On Thursday, December 10th there will be a special live performance to accompany the video presentation. The open-air event will take place in a specially cleared space that allows for proper social distancing between live dancers and guests. All guests are required to wear masks. The show begins at 11:30pm.