His­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety, artist pre­serve 'Sub­way Ther­apy' notes

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

The sub­way sticky notes that New York­ers used to ex­press their thoughts about the fu­ture of the na­tion af­ter last month's elec­tion will be pre­served in a mu­seum, of­fi­cials an­nounced Fri­day. The in­stal­la­tion called "Sub­way Ther­apy" will be housed at The New-York His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety on Man­hat­tan's up­per west side, Gov. An­drew Cuomo an­nounced. Thou­sands of peo­ple have left mes­sages in sub­way sta­tions and tun­nels since artist Matthew Levee Chavez cre­ated the project af­ter the Nov 8 elec­tion. Chavez said he felt New York­ers needed a place to vent their emo­tions af­ter the elec­tion of Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump, whom few city res­i­dents sup­ported.

The project quickly be­came a fo­rum for New York­ers and visi­tors to ex­press their thoughts and feel­ings. One note read: "You will not di­vide us. Love is every­thing." Another said, "It doesn't end to­day." The mu­seum will pre­serve a se­lec­tion of notes as part of its His­tory Re­sponds pro­gram. Be­gin­ning Tues­day through In­au­gu­ra­tion Day on Jan­uary 20, 2017, mem­bers of the pub­lic can con­tinue to par­tic­i­pate in the project by plac­ing sticky notes on the glass wall in­side the mu­seum's front en­trance.

Chavez said he is "thrilled that we have found a way to work to­gether to move the project and pre­serve it for oth­ers to ex­pe­ri­ence in the fu­ture." "I started the project so peo­ple could have a channel to ex­press their thoughts, feel less alone, and also be­come ex­posed to opin­ions dif­fer­ent than their own," Chavez said. New-York His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Louise Mir­rer said mu­seum of­fi­cials are happy to pre­serve the sticky notes for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. She said that ephemeral items "can be­come vivid his­tor­i­cal doc­u­ments."

Spar­rows fly along the edge of the for­est as they feed in a field on the out­skirts of Minsk, Be­larus. — AP

Matthew Chavez, who goes by the artist name Levee, talks to com­muters about the mes­sages posted on the Sub­way Ther­apy wall, in New York. — AP Pho­tos

In this file photo, a com­muter places a sticky note on the Sub­way Ther­apy wall, in New York.

In this file photo, sticky notes are seen on the Sub­way Ther­apy wall in New York.

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