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Vanessa German’s Rockefeller Center Takeover

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Vanessa German’s site-specific project “THE HOLIEST WILDERNESS IS FREEDOM” is now open to the public at the Rockefeller Center, activating the vitrines throughout the campus and filling locations inside and around the space.

For the Art Production Fund project, German—a visual and performance artist—created three scenes of curiosity, beauty, and wonder in the center’s glass vitrines, inspired by antique cabinets of wonder. Viewers can experience the artist’s “Power Figure” sculptures, each devoted the muses of the human spirit—love, imagination, beauty, and nature—constructed from materials like acrylic paint, sequins, textiles, crystals, gems, 14k gold leaf, found objects, and glass beads.

Courtesy of Vanessa German and the Art Production Fund.

The concourse and plaza will also host a selection of the German’s sculptural creations, installations, and vinyl murals, featuring vibrant collage-style photographic works depicting the artist’s neighbors as living superheroes.

“I hope that these activated spaces will offer viewers an experience that is both ecstatic and lush, while simultaneously being contemplative and poetic, invoking the powers of curiosity and memory,” said German.

Courtesy of Vanessa German and the Art Production Fund.

German’s installation will be followed this year by projects from Ryan Flores, Genevieve Gaignard, and Sanford Biggers, part of Art Production Fund’s second annual Art in Focus partnership with Rockefeller Center.

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