MW Projects at Doing/Living Marketplace

We're excited to bring art back to 218 West 57th Street!  This landmarked 1897 French Gothic building was home to Lee's Art Shop for over 60 years, and has been vacant since May 2016 after Lee’s heirs sold the building to Thor Equities and General Growth Properties. Doing/Living Marketplace will officially launch in September 2017 as a vertical marketplace synthesizing retail and culture in one 35,000 square foot building.

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July 26 - August 26:
CHAOS/CONTROL, a group exhibition featuring works by Reut Asimini, Charlotte Becket, Christopher Beckman, Alva CalyMayor, Graciela Cassel, Amie Cunat, Jeremy Haik, Roxanne Jackson, Ambre Kelly, Aaron Krach, Alison Kudlow, Otto Milo, Jonathan Rider, Ross Sonnenberg, Christopher Stout, Brett Swenson and Jenny Wong-Stanley

Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 26, 6-8pm
Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 12-6pm, and by appointment


Opening Weekend (June 16-18):

To celebrate the launch of Doing/Living Marketplace in June 2017, MW Projects presents site-specific installations by artists Rhys Hecox and Jenny Wong-Stanley. This 1897 French Gothic building (formerly, the beloved Lee's Art Shop and the American Society for Civil Engineers clubhouse) will be home to a new center for art, commerce and wellness.

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Doing/Living Marketplace
218 West 57th Street, NYC
Hours: Weekdays, 11am-7pm; Weekends, 12-6pm

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Rhys Hecox
Hole, 2015
Color, 16mm film, HD, 2k and 4k video and found objects
Runtime: 5 minutes

This meditative film about seasonal change and transformation was originally commissioned for MW Projects's exhibition aboard the S.S. Lilac steamship. In all the shots in the film,  the camera is pointed down at the ground, aligning the camera image with the projected image, effectively cutting a visual hole into the floor. For more information, please visit  

The slim, supple bodies of fish swim through this portal-like apparition above a green field of upwelling sediment. The shot changes: a white petal drifts aimlessly in a shallow flow of muddy water. Then, a bee nuzzles the wind-tousled petals of a rosily blossoming flower. In shots that follow like a train of thought, we follow water through a stream of transformations: from snow to ice to water; from rain to snowfall to ice. Sometimes these associations are physical, in relation to the water, other times they are visual, in closer association to the quality of Hecox’s filmography. Mirage-like in the shimmering pool of the projection, shots proceed through abrupt alterations in scale and orientation, all of which demonstrate a sensitivity to the perspective of the object being captured; in a shot taken directly perpendicular to the ground, we watch snow fall and accumulate on a city sidewalk. The rocks that surround this projection heighten our sense that we look into the depths of a strangely animated pool, while also pursuing the idea of transformation as they exist in almost mocking relation to the concrete floor upon which they rest. Can there be kinship between rocky crags and the cement of city streets?
— Nicole Kaack, Whitehot Magazine

Jenny Wong-Stanley
Interactions, 2017
Conifer wood and wire
Dimensions variable

The structure is an example of balance between transitional moods and spatial awareness. The recycled wood pieces represent the interactions we have with  nature and are meant to change according to the viewer's perspective. For more information, please visit

MW Projects is a cultural production and art advisory firm dedicated to bringing contemporary art to historic sites, non-traditional venues and liminal spaces.  We work with emerging and established artists to transform environments and encourage dialogue about contemporary art and culture. 

Past projects include:

Lilac Arts Series