By Alexis Neely
Contemporary art is making its way to DowntownDC this fall with sculptures by Mexico City-based sculptor Betsabeé Romero in an installation about human migration titled, “Signals of a Long Road Together.”
As part of the New York Avenue Sculpture Project, Romero has created four sculptures made of tires and carved, painted and assembled into totemic structures. The art’s use of car-based imagery and themes of migration and movement make it fitting for such a busy intersection, according to the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA).
“There is a great deal of traditional public sculpture in D.C., however, only a few of these monumental works are contemporary or created by women,” said NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling. “The Sculpture Project helps redress this imbalance. Romero’s work demonstrates yet again women artists’ inspiring vision and technical innovation in large-scale sculpture.”
This is the fourth iteration of the New York Avenue Sculpture Project, a collaboration among NMWA, the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID), the DC Office of Planning and other local agencies. The Sculpture Project demonstrates the museum’s long-term commitment to the artistic beautification of New York Avenue, fostering a vibrant new identity for the neighborhood just east of the White House.
New York Avenue Sculpture Project: Betsabeé Romero will be on view from Sept. 28, 2018, through Sept. 20, 2020. A Community Open House, celebrating Betsabeé Romero’s work, will take place Friday, Sept. 28. Romero will be in attendance.