Throughout their six-month residency (September 2022 through April 2023), Canal Street Research Association will play host to a series of after-hours screenings and conversations. The library is open for viewing and consultation by visitors during Canal Projects’ regular hours of operation (Tuesday through Saturday, 12 – 6 pm), with office hours by appointment. Public-facing programs organized by Canal Street Research Association will address the currents of water, waste, and labor that underpin the long history and rich cultures of Canal Street and the surrounding marshy ecology.
“Before Canal Street was a street, it was a canal,” says Canal Street Research Association, “The natural creek was dug out to channel the contaminated waters of nearby Collect Pond into the rivers that surround Manhattan. But the stench of sewage and industrial run-off was too strong, and the canal was covered up to form Canal Street. Nonetheless, water still flows beneath these sidewalks. We trace buried flows to see where they lead and what they reveal.”
Honoring the natural strata and cultural legacy that make Canal Street, Canal Projects is proud to host and support the work of Canal Street Research Association, and to build on their work to strengthen the diverse communities of one of Manhattan’s oldest and busiest commercial districts. To learn more about Shanzhai Lyric’s Canal Street Research Association program and office hours visit us at canalprojects.org.
Currently on view:
September 29th – December 17th – PRAY by Korakrit Arunanondchai and Alex Gvojic.
Thursday, December 1st at 6pm – Basement Cinema: Outlaws of the Marsh Screening, introduced by Canal Street Research Association
Basement Cinema is Canal Street Research Association’s after-hours underground cinema in homage to the legacy of Canal Street kung-fu movie houses. This first screening kicks off a winter/spring season of programming around marshes, counterfeits, corruption, and underground poetics.
Outlaws of the Marsh (dir. Chang Cheh, 125 min) is based on the classic Chinese bandit tale The Water Margin, considered to be the Chinese version of Robin Hood, in which outlaws rebel against government greed and tyranny in the marshes/margins of Mount Liang. Here, bootlegs function as a mode of innovation and commentary that destabilize the very concept of a single original author or owner.
Thursday, December 8th at 7pm – Tyler Coburn: Solitary
This is a performative presentation of artist and writer Tyler Coburn’s latest book. Solitary is a collective artwork and experiment in site-specific writing that gathers a collection of texts written at a wellness center in South Korea known as the Happitory. Solitary explores the intertwined relationship between sensory deprivation, monastic life, the wellness industry, the prison-industrial complex, and the history of solitude.
Additional winter/spring programming to be announced at a later date
About Canal Projects
Canal Projects is a nonprofit contemporary art institution dedicated to supporting forward-thinking international artists at pivotal moments in their careers. Through production, exhibition, and research Canal Projects intends to foster artistic practices that challenge and reflect on the current moment.
351 Canal Street,
New York, NY 10013
Hours of operation
Tuesday – Saturday, 12-6pm