Invasive Crochet by Crystal Gregory, Art in Odd Places 2009: SIGN, (Photo by Ed Woodham)

Invasive Crochet by Crystal Gregory, Art in Odd Places 2009: SIGN, (Photo by Ed Woodham)

Taxi! Taxi! Taxi! by Irvin Morazan, AiOP 2010: CHANCE, (Photo by Noel Calingasan)

Cocoon by Sherri Aliberti, AiOP 2011: RITUAL, (Photo by Elizabeth Cheviot)

Adoring Appetites by Caitlin Berrigan & Anya Liftig, AiOP 2011: RITUAL, (Photo by Juliana Dorna)

Upbraiding Tradition by Flora Choi, AiOP 2011: RITUAL, (Photo by Juliana Dorna)

Reciprocal Ladder by Steve Rossi , AiOP 2012: MODEL, (Photo by Jinni James)

The Suspect War by Michael Paul Britto, AiOP 2012: MODEL, (Photo by Ed Woodham)

Social Trash by Ariela Kader, AiOP 2013: NUMBER, (Photo courtesy of artist)

Jim Dessicino, Edward Snowden Statue, AiOP 2014: FREE, (Photo by Elizabeth Cheviot)

,Individual Freedom: Free to be Me, Free to be You, Big Head Brigade, AiOP 2014: FREE, (Photo by Sandy Williams)

Art in Odd Places

Social Practice

NYC and beyond
1996- present

Art in Odd Places (AiOP) presents visual and performance art in unexpected public spaces. AiOP also produces an annual festival along 14th Street in Manhattan, NYC from Avenue C to the Hudson River each October.

Art in Odd Places (AiOP) began as an action by a group of artists led by Ed Woodham to encourage local participation in the Cultural Olympiad of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. In 2005, after moving back to New York City, he re imagined it as a response to the dwindling of public space and personal civil liberties – first in the Lower East Side and East Village, and since 2008, on 14th Street in Manhattan. AiOP has always been a grassroots project fueled by the goodwill and inventiveness of its participants.

AiOP s aims to stretch the boundaries of communication in the public realm by presenting artworks in all disciplines outside the confines of traditional public space regulations. AiOP reminds us that public spaces function as the epicenter for diverse social interactions and the unfettered exchange of ideas.

Art in Odd Places has been produced in Los Angeles CA, Boston MA, Indianapolis IN, Greensboro NC in the U.S.; Saint Petersburg, Russia, on Sydney’s Northern Beach communities of Dee Why & Manly, Australia. AiOP was selected as a representative in the U.S. Pavilion, Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012.

Image: Crystal Gregory, Invasive Crochet from Art in Odd Places 2009: SIGN.