Sex and the So-Called City: Marathon of Scales
Where: Storefront for Art and Architecture
97 Kenmare St.
212-431-5795 Price: Free
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The exhibition Sex and the So-Called City will present two public events, reenacting episodes and further expanding upon the seminal urban themes of the series. (The second is on March 28th.)
Since the release of Sex and the City’s first episode in 1998, New York’s real estate market has doubled. While Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha made their way from Patricia Fields’ thrift-store-heterogeneous outfits to multi-brand-high-end opulence, and from one-bedroom rentals to The World of Interiors-like apartments, New York was engaging in an equivalent evolution. The city progressed, evacuating its clumsiness, depurifying its air and water, and reclaiming its dump fields. Sex and the City anticipated what would later become a post-2008 sanitized assets-oriented urbanism, a highendocracy by which new forms of trading — air-rights within blocks, LLC-shelled identities, and the reinforcement of the 421-A tax abatement — rendered the city an ecosystem to produce, reproduce, and accommodate value.
As fictional Charlotte and Miranda resorted to engineered reproduction and real-life Sarah Jessica Parker acquired daughters through surrogacy, Columbus Circle was being transformed to become the world center for the reinvention of human reproduction. Elective cytoplasm selection, spindle nuclear transfers, cell banks, and surrogate births, archiurban calibrations developed over the last few decades, have made New York City the location of a new human typology, the citizens of highendocracy.Buy tickets/get more info now