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Rose DeSiano: Lenticular Histories, South Street Seaport

June 18, 2022 - June 29, 2022

The Howard Hughes Corporation, South Street Seaport Museum, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) have partnered to present Lenticular Histories: South Street Seaport, an immersive installation of photo sculptures by Rose DeSiano at the Seaport as part of the 2022 River To River Festival.

River To River is an anchor of Lower Manhattan culture, and Lenticular Histories: South Street Seaport will be on view on Water Street between Fulton Street and Beekman Street and on Front Street between Fulton Street and John Street at the Seaport from June 18-29, 2022. An opening event will take place on June 18 at 7pm.

The 2022 River To River Festival utilizes art to heal and celebrate the resiliency of New Yorkers. Festival installations and exhibits are free to the public, providing opportunities for connection.

As a starting point for her research, DeSiano worked with the collection and archives of the South Street Seaport Museum, focusing on inclusivity and equity in representation.

The result is an immersive installation of mirrors, historic photographs, and optical illusions that bring to the surface and celebrate the community, workers, and the histories of the South Street Seaport Historic District and the New York Harbor.

Colorful images and light refracted from prisms dance in-between mirrors that reflect the idyllic cobble-stone streets, historic storefronts, and tall ships, while viewers witness their own reflection becoming part of the long illustrious narrative of the New York coastline of the South Street Seaport.

“Born into an immigrant family, granddaughter of a Sicilian fisherman, my family came to NYC becoming dockworkers and stevedores. The opportunity to create a new artwork using the photo collection of the South Street Seaport Museum has been extraordinary. Inspired by seaports’ complexity and aware of its problematic histories, my public sculpture works to both celebrate and illuminate the microcosmic that is the NYC waterfront,” said Rose DeSiano.

“The South Street Seaport Museum is pleased to collaborate with LMCC and artist Rose DeSiano on Lenticular Histories,” said Captain Jonathan Boulware, President and CEO, South Street Seaport Museum. “The images that Rose has pulled from the Museum’s collection for inclusion in the installation will showcase the communities and workers that shaped South Street, allowing us to tell the story of where New York begins through an exciting new medium.”

“We are thrilled to feature Rose DeSiano’s work in this year’s River To River Festival. Rose’s research into New York City’s waterfront history through the collection and archives of the South Street Seaport Museum, and the placement of the resulting sculptures at the Seaport, is the perfect example of what makes River To River a unique NYC experience,” said Jess Van Nostrand, Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

“We are honored to partner with Lower Manhattan Cultural Council once again on the River To River Festival,” said Ellie Chamberland, Vice President of Marketing at The Seaport for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “The Seaport has long been a destination that celebrates the arts by supporting the local creators through relationships with storied organizations like LMCC and we look forward to presenting Lenticular Histories: South Street Seaport as part of this year’s festival with our neighbors at the South Street Seaport Museum.”

On View June 18-29
Opening event: June 18, 7pm
The Seaport
Front St. between John St. and Fulton St.
Water St. between Fulton St. and Beekman St.


Rose DeSiano brings photography and sculpture together in a public art practice that examines cultural symbolism, the collective consciousness, and the long, tangled history of the photograph and the monument as both a truth-teller and myth-maker. Interested in bringing to the surface lost or undiscussed topics of history. Her outdoor immersive installations work to activate the landscape by celebrating unsung communities, DeSiano sees public art as an act of advocacy and activism. Commissioned by multiple cities, her photo-sculptures have appeared in New York, San Diego, Cleveland, and Delaware and have been the recipient of multiple awards, including; Uniqlo Parks Grat and FLOW.17 Public Art Award. Her gallery artwork has been exhibited in solo shows in the US and Europe, along with group museum exhibitions including the Park Avenue Armory, Bronx Art Museum, Allentown Museum, Heritage Museum of Málaga. She has been featured in international art fairs; Photoville, FOTOFOCUS, and Orange Changsha Photo, China. She appears in publications including; Hyperallergic, Vogue, Time Out, ArtNews, and UK’s Aesthetica. A native New Yorker, DeSiano has her MFA from Art Center, LA, and her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of Arts.


River To River, LMCC’s annual summer festival, was created in the aftermath of 9/11 with the intention to heal and celebrate New Yorkers’ resiliency through the power of art. Since 2002, River To River has remained free and open to all, showcasing artistic and creative diversity across disciplines through the presentation of art and installation in public spaces and in partnership with leading institutions in Lower Manhattan.


Founded as Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, LMCC serves, connects and makes space for artists and community.

Since 1973, LMCC has been the champion of independent artists in New York City and the cultural life force of Lower Manhattan.

LMCC Serves Artists through:
● Residencies that enable artists to experiment and develop their work and ideas, with professional development, financial training and networking opportunities
● Grant funding to artists that support local/neighborhood projects
● Presentation opportunities that allow artists to share their work and creative process with the public

LMCC Serves Community through:
● Free public programs in Lower Manhattan that activate neighborhoods and bring people together through performances and rich artistic experiences
● Access to artists and the artmaking process to build connections and dialogue between artists and audiences
● Grant funding for neighborhood arts and community-based organizations

The South Street Seaport Museum, located in the heart of the South Street Seaport Historic District in New York City, preserves and interprets the history of New York as a great port city. Founded in 1967, the Museum houses an extensive collection of works of art and artifacts, exhibition galleries and education spaces, working nineteenth century print shops, and an active fleet of historic vessels that all work to tell the story of “Where New York Begins.” seaportmuseum.org

About The Howard Hughes Corporation®
The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages, and develops commercial, residential, and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Its award-winning assets include the country’s preeminent portfolio of master planned communities, as well as operating properties and development opportunities including: the Seaport in New York City; Downtown Columbia®, Maryland; The Woodlands®, The Woodlands Hills®, and Bridgeland® in the Greater Houston, Texas area; Summerlin®, Las Vegas; Ward Village® in Honolulu, Hawai’i; and Douglas Ranch in Phoenix. The Howard Hughes Corporation’s portfolio is strategically positioned to meet and accelerate development based on market demand, resulting in one of the strongest real estate platforms in the country. Dedicated to innovative placemaking, the company is recognized for its ongoing commitment to design excellence and to the cultural life of its communities. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC. For additional information, visit www.howardhughes.com.

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