Screening: Francis Alÿs, Zócalo, 22 May 1999, 1999
Tuesday, June 2, 2008, 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM, reception from 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Dia at the Hispanic Society
Dia at the Hispanic Society Broadway between 155th and 156th Streets New York City
This twelve-hour video documents in real time the activity in Mexico City's Plaza de la Constitución, known as the Zócalo, a site of frequent civic demonstrations and protests. The video begins at dawn with the raising of the flag on the Zócalo's prominent central flagpole, surveys the sweeping movements of the pole's shadow and the patterns of movement of people within the massive plaza, and concludes at dusk, when the flag is brought back down. Within the context of Audubon Terrace's historic Beaux-Arts architecture and its role as a cultural and educational hub, this screening juxtaposes two diverging models of open urban spaces and their social uses.