Acclaimed photographer Donna Ferrato will display her photographs from 'Quiet: We Live In Public' at 166 Mott Street, June 5-18, 2014.
Please join us for an opening reception on Thursday, June 5 from 7 to 9pm.
Twenty-eight of Ferrato's never-before-seen photograph's from 'Quiet' will be shown as part of a 3-month art series "A Quiet Summer" at 166 Mott Street.
"Quiet: We Live In Public" was designated by ArtForum a Top 10 Art Installation and widely regarded as a prediction of the addictive and consuming social media world we live in today.
Donna Ferrato says she was hooked on the idea of being part of the month-long party, staged by 90s Internet mogul Josh Harris, with everybody living together. "I had to photograph it," she recalls, "which meant I had to infiltrate the scene like a regular person with a camera. Nobody knew me. I didn’t know what to expect from the experience, but I had to get in there to document it."
The party was planned for the last month of the 20th century and Ferrato remembers it as "raw and unfiltered, marked by sleeplessness, lots of drinking and drugs, tension and fights. The Quiet people had the whole warehouse in which to act out the human social experiment. We slept in pods in the basement where it was dark and dangerous."
The New York Post wrote about the social experiment/art installation pretty regularly, but a lot of NYC media – and much of the public -- didn't know a lot about it. The party ended with then-mayor Giuliani’s New York police forcing its closing.
"After it ended, I tried to sell it as a package to magazines but they weren’t interested in the story," says Ferrato. "The media could not even comprehend that something like that had happened right under the nose of the police! So the pictures stayed untouched and unseen for the last 14 years. This is the first time I’ve ever shown the work."
Amy Li is mounting a series of short exhibitions in tribute to "Quiet" in her space at 166 Mott Street, New York, NY 10013, June 5 - August 31, 2014.