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"Subway Stories" (text only)
This work incorporates the following elements;

  • Watch the Closing Doors—Text (short stories)

  • Text and Image (ink drawings of cave interiors)

  • Audio (the stories are set to the music of Martin Rev with vocals by Olivia Beens.

  • Performances using the stories at various locations

  • A slide show using 3 projects showing mythical and art historical images.

  • An 8mm film/video of NYC Subways.

  • A choreographed dance work (never realized). 

An exhibition “Subterranean Subjects” curated by Olivia Beens in 1991 at Henry Street Settlement (Abrons Art Center) including 30 visual artists, a poetry series, and performance work received attention in the New York Times

"Beware of the Moving Platform"
A multi-media installation/performance work inspired by the New York City Subway System in the late 1980’s. It was shown at several locations including PS122, BACA Downtown, The Painted Bride Gallery & Henry Street Settlement.

This work was supported by NYSCA, Mac Dowell Colony, and Henry Street Settlement, Abrons Art Center.

© 2016 by Olivia Beens

Email: oliviabeens@gmail.com

Photo Credits:

Sherman Sussman

Regina Cherry

Chris Bolton

Seth Rubin

Peteris Krumins