Thursday 05/31/12 10PM-12AM
Various locations in the BoweryGet Directions

Todd Shalom and Juan Betancurth: Sketchy Walk

Part of Thursday Night Programs

Cover Image:

“Sketchy Walk,” 2012. Photo: Todd Shalom and Juan Betancurth

For “Sketchy Walk” participants will meet at a historic and still-active cruising point on the Bowery. They will singly explore both anachronistic and current urban symbols and rituals that facilitate sexual encounters. Betancurth and Shalom will incorporate stories from Carlos Motta’s and Joshua Lubin-Levy’s book Petite Mort: Recollections of a Queer Public into the walk, as the group has the opportunity to intimately realize its past repression and potential joy in the present.

Participation in “Sketchy Walk” is limited to sixteen people and reservations are required. If you would like to participate, please write to

Sketchy Walk was originally conceived in the context of Carlos Motta’s “Petite Mort: Recollections of a Queer Public” (2011), a project commissioned by Forever & Today, Inc., New York.

Juan Betancurth blurs dream-life, memory, and the present through sculpture, installation, and performance. He creates installations to frame his performance work and draws upon poetry, witchcraft, religious rites, and domestic routines to both reconfigure roles within family and offer a place of community to participants.

Todd Shalom is the founder and director of conceptual walks organization, Elastic City. He works with text, sound, and image to re-contextualize the body in space using vocabulary of the everyday. In his performance work, Shalom leads his own walks and often collaborates with performance artist/director Niegel Smith. Together, as Permiso, they conceive and stage interactive rituals in public and private environments. Shalom is currently a visiting instructor in the Writing Department at Pratt Institute.


The presentation of this exhibition is made possible through the following partnerships:

Museum as Hub is made possible by

Museum as Hub and public programs are made possible, in part, by

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund, and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

Education and public programs are made possible by a generous grant from Goldman Sachs Gives at the recommendation of David and Hermine Heller.

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