As previously announced, Jenny Holzer's Survival Series was supposed to be installed throughout Pioneer Square during Seattle Art Fair as an extra, free, bonus exhibition. "Seattle Art Fair prides itself on activating the surrounding neighborhood with unique arts programming that is free and open to the public during the weekend-long event," a spokesperson explained.
A reader wrote to us today saying she works in Pioneer Square and hasn't seen a thing, and asking, "Is this no longer happening?"
According to spokesperson Marcella Zimmermann, it is no longer happening.
"We regret that the installation of Jenny Holzer’s The Survival Series is unable to come to fruition due to restrictions related to historic landmarks," Zimmermann told The Stranger.
But she mentioned a few of the other pieces of official off-site programming, "such as artists Dylan Mira and Erika Vogt’s Pool exhibition in the light-filled, tiled hall of Seattle’s iconic Union Station — an immersive installation of sculptural platforms, videos, and performance that encourages viewers to linger inside the artwork." And also Jessica Jackson Hutchins's sculpture Reason to Be, which integrates "bespoke stained glass into the frames of a decommissioned public bus shelter." (Located here.) And also the chance "to watch and follow a performance piece staged by Portland-based artist Ellen Lesperance and inspired by the feminist activist group Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell (W.I.T.C.H), that will lead viewers from the fair to Occidental Mall."
That's not counting all the unofficial programming, including satellite exhibitions like Out of Sight, BorderLands, Untold Passage, the Klara Glosova show at Inscape, the parties at Martyr Sauce called Out of Sauce, and so much more.