Swoon Teams with PBS on "The House Our Families Built" Traveling Diorama Sculpture
This is such a cool project between one of our favorite artists, Swoon, and favorite networks ever, PBS: Traveling around NYC right now is a 14 foot box truck has been transformed into a diorama-style outdoor sculpture that is a stage for both visual and performance art, inspired by domestic scenes and stories shared on this site. As a roving, mobile sculpture, The House Our Families Built asks viewers to consider the legacy of ancestral histories—whether through traditions, trauma, or repeated narratives—and the ways in which they inform how we understand and talk about ourselves.
About the Performances
Swoon and her long-time collaborator, Jeff Stark selected a diverse range of stories to express through this sculptural work. These stories have been shaped into a 15 minute performance that transitions through emotions from humor to fear, tenderness to confrontation, encouraging people to ask where they’ve come from and what they can leave behind.
When the sculpture is not staging a live performance, a recording of the audio will be played via directional speakers so passersby can always engage with the narrative. Here are the upcoming dates:
Feb 13-14: Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Feb 21: Union Square, North Plaza (17th Street)