6. Midnight Moment at Times Square

American Girl by Kilo Kish, public art october 2022
American Girl by Kilo Kish. Courtesy of Times Square Arts.

Through the month of October, Times Square Arts presents the next edition of its Midnight Moment series titled American Girl. Artist Kilo Kish utilized her personal collection of vintage travel postcards to create American Girl, which features animated vignettes behind backdrops of classic American tourist stops such as a farmhouse and iconic bridges. American Girl fuses pop culture, camp, and fantasy into a three-minute video that centers the artist and its viewers within conventional notions of the American Dream. At the center of the video is Kish herself and a series of moving selfies adorned with costumes and props ranging from ice cream cones to feathered fans.

The film will be screened nightly from 11:57 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. until October 31. American Girl will also be accompanied by a live performance on October 14 from 11 p.m. to midnight from Kilo Kish, Ray Brady, Morgan Amirah Burns, and Urban World NYC. This performance will begin with spoken word from girls at Urban World NYC, which aims to turn young marginalized voices into leaders. Afterward, a three-part piece by Kish and music composer Ray Brady will be shown alongside a dance collaboration from Morgan Amirah Burns.

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