side walk 6′ apart in New York City

side walk
6′ apart in New York City

by Renate Aller

2020 project and monograph – available March 2021

with essays by Marilyn Kushner and Lara Pan, published by Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany

This project is in the spirit of

Rainer Maria Rilke: “[…] that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other”.

About the project

In April 2020, when New York was in lockdown and the epicentre of the pandemic, Renate Aller created the project side walk. She hosted friends and neighbors on her sidewalk or visited them in their street, her camera in self timer mode, recording these masked encounters at a safe 6 feet distance. With voices muted by masks we learn to communicate with our eyes and body language, finding our bearings in a new emotional landscape. These sidewalk visits created a deep sense of community where community had been forced apart.

Photography by Renate Aller

Born in Germany, Renate Aller lives and works in New York. Her large-scale photographs are held in numerous museums including the Hamburger Kunsthalle, the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., the Yale University Art Gallery, the George Eastman Museum, the New York Historical Society Museum, the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Le Locle, and the Parrish Art Museum.

Texts by Marilyn S. Kushner, Lara Pan

Marilyn S. Kushner is  the Curator and Head, Department of Prints, Photographs and Architectural Collections at the New-York Historical Society since 2006. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History from Northwestern University and has previously worked at the Whitney Museum as a Research Assistant, the Montclair Art Museum where she was Curator of Collections, and the Brooklyn Museum where she was Chair of the Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs

Lara Pan is a New York based curator and writer.She was the Program and Development Director at White Box, NYC, from 2016–2020.Pan co-curated 2019 a solo exhibition of Carolee Schneemann’s “From Then and Beyond” at Kunsthalle Winterthur, Switzerland and 2020 with Tony Oursler, Match Gallery and MGML Museum, Slovenia. Past museum exhibitions include “The Wizard’s Chamber” Kunsthalle Winterthur (2013, Switzerland), Torre at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice Biennale (2009, Venice) and “When The Fairy Tale Never Ends”, Ford Art Project (2011, New York, NY)

Designed by Renate Aller and Kehrer Design
Published by Kehrer Verlag
click link to Spring Catalogue above
(pages 39 and 45)

  • Hardcover
  • ca. 18 x 24 cm, 168 pages, 32 color images
  • ISBN: 978-3-96900-032-8

Publication date: March 2021

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