Lenapeway (October 10-December 9, 2016)

715 Broadway (at Washington Place)
On view Monday, October 10–Friday, December 9, viewable 24/7 from street level

Presented by The Wayfinding Project, an initiative of the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, and is cosponsored by the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

Long before Henry Hudson’s arrival in 1609, Manhattan or Manaháhtaan, as originally named by the Indigenous Lenape people, was a place of gathering and exchange amongst diverse nations. Today, Broadway runs along a portion of the original matrix of trails that connected Manaháhtaan to the broader northeast region and the Great Lakes.

Lenapeway, an installation by artist Beatrice Glow and The Wayfinding Project at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, will be on 24-hour view in the street-level windows of 715 Broadway (at Washington Place) from October 10 (Indigenous Peoples’ Day) to December 9. The location of the installation, which is viewable from the sidewalk 24/7 and is cosponsored by NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, marks the intersection of the main Lenape trail and a side-trail that traverses through present-day Washington Square Park.

With the intention of realigning the Broadway spine of this island with its Indigenous heritage, the windows features life-sized images of majestic mùxulhemënshi, the Lenape name for tulip trees (liriodendron tulipifera), which were fashioned into the dugout canoes that Lenape used to meet, negotiate, and trade along coastal rivers and waters. Also featured is a digital reconstruction of pre-colonial Manaháhtaan created by the Mannahatta Project, led by Bronx Zoo’s Wildlife Conservation Society ecologist Eric Sanderson. This reconstruction outlines the extensive network of trails that exemplify how the Lenape people sustainably managed the land prior to colonization. By revealing the original map of the region, Lenapeway aims to encourage present-day New Yorkers to imagine themselves along the Lenape trail while spurring a new consciousness of the land.

To supplement the installation, Glow and The Wayfinding Project have partnered with Highway 101, ETC (Experiential Tech Community) to build Mannahatta VR, a virtual reality experience in the HTC Vive, and create a virtual tour of NYU’s native plant gardens.


Lenapeway Activities

Lenapeway & NYU Native Plant Gardens Tour on Tuesday, October 18, 5:30-6:30PM
This hour-long excursion begins at 715 Broadway—the site of the installation.

Mannahatta VR: Envisioning Lenapeway on Monday, November 14, 2-5PM
Open hours with Lenapeway artist Beatrice Glow at 8 Washington Mews. Visitors will be able to experience Mannahatta VR, a virtual reality experience in the HTC Vive.

Mannahatta VR: Envisioning Lenapeway on Monday, December 12, 2-5PM
Open hours with Lenapeway artist Beatrice Glow at 8 Washington Mews. Visitors will be able to experience Mannahatta VR, a virtual reality experience in the HTC Vive.


About the artist and collaborators

The Wayfinding Project is initiated by John Kuo Wei Tchen and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. The lab uses time-tested and cutting edge technologies to challenge the mythos of Manhattan through a collaborative research project exploring the many facets of Indigenous life along the Lenapeway. Established in 1996, the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU provides a space in which research and discussions on communities, creative knowledge making, and intercultural studies can thrive amongst faculty, students, and the New York community within an international and comparative framework.

Beatrice Glow is the 2016-2017 A/P/A Institute at NYU Artist-in-Residence. Her practice comprises of sculptural installations, trilingual publishing, participatory performances and lectures, and experiential technologies. Glow is the recipient of the 2015 Van Lier Visual Art Fellowship at Wave Hill and was named a 2015 Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Finalist. In 2014, she was awarded a Franklin Furnace Fund grant to create the Floating Library—a pop-up, mobile device-free public space aboard the historic Lilac Museum Steamship on the Hudson River. Glow is a Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics’ Council Member, and previously was Artist-in-Residence at the LES Studio Program at Artists Alliance Inc. Her most recent activities include Aromérica Parfumeur, a solo exhibition at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Chile (2016) and Rhunhattan at Wave Hill (2015). She holds a BFA in Studio Art from NYU.



Special thanks to The Mannahatta Project at the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo, Alexandre Girardeau, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU Department of Public Safety, NYU Office of Facilities Management, Keith Miller, Angela Marie DeSocio, Ryan Buchanan, and Mariana Suchodolski.