In the summer of 2018, the artist JR and his team roamed the boroughs of New York City, parking their 53-foot-long trailer truck in numerous locations and taking photographs of passersby who wished to participate. Each was photographed in front of a green screen, and their portraits were then collaged into New York City settings. More than a thousand people were photographed, and each participant chose how they wanted to be represented.
Presented by the Brooklyn Museum in partnership with Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, in connection with JR: Chronicles, the first major exhibition in North America of works by the French artist, this monumental public mural featuring The Chronicles of New York City is on view at the 80 Hanson Arts building, in the Brooklyn Cultural District. The project has been conceived to help bring JR’s murals into the city’s open space. JR’s murals are also on view at Kings Theatre in Flatbush, Domino Park, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and the Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
JR is a TED Prize winner, Oscar nominated filmmaker, and one of Time’s 100 most influential people of 2018. He has received critical acclaim for his global art projects that bring together diverse groups of participants and create dialogue around critical social issues, from women’s rights to immigration to gun control. These installations are deliberately placed in public spaces near or within the communities with whom JR has partnered, allowing the individuals portrayed to remain at the center of the discussions prompted by the artist’s work.
Visit https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/jr_chronicles to see highlights of the exhibition.