This project was done at The Studio Museum in NYC between 11/12/09 - 3/14/09 .
Piyara at the nutstand on 125th street
Things are grim right now.
No joke. Houses, businesses, organizations, cooperatives, institutions,
all of these things are shifting and the upshot is that people are being laid off,
houses are being foreclosed upon, banks are collecting and people are losing.
Nowhere is feeling this pinch like Harlem is right now.
When I was approached to do a postcard for the Studio Museum, I was thrilled.
Literally, my heartbeat quickened and I was smiling like an idiot. I love this museum.
Thinking about what to do for the project was a different matter though.
A million ideas popped into my head; letter to Bill Clinton’s office, paper airplane outline,
finger puppets, highlight of my favorite mixed CD bought from 125th st, etc…
But above the din of this ruckus came one that immediately outshone the others.
Miah at the nutstand on 125th street