WRAP (Women. Recipes. Art. Process) is a live performance and installation that transforms the DKNY Storefront window at 420 Broadway in Soho into a live platform for discussion. For 8 consecutive weeks, Emilie Baltz hosts and records weekly shows from the subway bench in the window. She interviews leading female artists from the New York City on their “recipe” for artistic and creative success, while sharing a wrap together and live streaming the interviews via Facebook Live. The wrap (a variation of a sandwich) serves both as lunch and metaphor for the conversation Emilie and the guest as they discuss how (or if) women “wrap up” their artistic processes.
The goal of the interviews is to stimulate thought around what we deem “Female”, “Art” and “Creative”, as served up by women from diverse fields within the arts. For two months, the window becomes a live stage for interaction through interviews and guest appearances. Designed to reference the iconic materials of the subway, the entire space is covered in white subway tiles, with a replica of a subway bench therein. The visual juxtaposition between inside and outside, above-ground and under-ground, serves as metaphor for not only what lies beneath the streets of New York City, but also the tension within the artistic process.
Watch select interviews here.
Press coverage here.
The series is part of DKNY’s ongoing New Women’s project, which includes the brand’s support of solo exhibitions by women artists at the New Museum, and by extension, the DKNY soho flagship space as a platform for exhibitions, experiences, interviews and talks.