the art of doing FAVORS


At least two events will take place during the installation: (1) an artist’s talk/participants’ discussion about the experience of doing FAVORS, including: the psychological and cultural components of favors, favors during crises such as Hurricane Sandy, why we do favors for people or not, the difference between community service and favors, how doing favors may cause you to ask others for favors, and what we may expect or gain by doing favors; and (2) the closing party with a raffle, an announcement of the prize-winning Most Interesting Favor, and, of course, party favors.

We hope to continue the dialogues about the meanings of FAVORS beyond the installation and into the neighborhoods, with FAVORS participants from a variety of Queens communities taking the lead. Since Queens is the most diverse county in the U.S., with our many cuisines, potlucks seem like an excellent idea for the gatherings where we will discuss FAVORS.

FAVORS is made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

The project is seeking an exhibition venue in Queens for the installation, for approximately 4 – 6 weeks during the second half of calendar year 2013. Can you do us the favor of helping us find a venue?


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