In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the practice of “social distancing” was introduced by public health officials as a means to control the spread of the coronavirus. While keeping us healthy and safe, social distancing has also given rise to a feeling of isolation that has permeated into all aspects of life, including the ways in which we interact with and connect to one another, and to arts and culture.
In May 2020, the City of West Hollywood invited artists of all media types to propose temporary artworks, experiences, and performances, for an exhibition titled #ArtfulDistancing, with the goal of helping community members remain engaged in the arts, while fostering safe, creative ways to reconnect, recover, and realign to the new normal of our temporarily separated existence.
#ArtfulDistancing will run the entire month of October 2020. Taking advantage of unique locations across the City, artists will perform, create, or install artworks in and around West Hollywood related to this moment of social distancing. In compliance with social distancing guidelines, audiences are not invited to attend live events to assure that groups do not gather at any given artwork. All artworks will be video-recorded and/or photographed and presented online for viewers to experience safely from their own homes. The best way to experience #ArtfulDistancing is virtually, through the City’s website, www.weho.org/artful, and through social media platforms (@WeHoCity and @WeHoArts).
The exhibition will include a variety of artworks such as:
Pop-up performances including live dance on the back of a flatbed truck, an acapella opera duet singing on the steps of the West Hollywood Library, a musical revue on the traffic median at Santa Monica Boulevard and N. Doheny Drive, a dance and spoken word performance at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and N. San Vicente Boulevard;
Temporary public art