Subway Therapy back to support victims of hate after Charlottesville

Thursday, August 24, 2017 11:36PM
Jim Dolan reports on the art exhibit.


NEW YORK - Subway Therapy is back, it is art in the form of sticky notes.

New Yorkers are venting and ranting without harm.

It takes something to get a determined New York commuter to stop, to look, to take it in, and to contribute.

"I actually really love the exhibit," a commuter said.

It's called "Dear Charlottesville," and its Matthew Levee's latest edition of Subway Therapy.

You may remember he did a similar exhibit after the November presidential election, where he encouraged commuters to write down their feelings on post it notes.

"The reaction after the election in 2016 really illustrated to me that there is a dire need for expression, for stress relief, and for opportunities to connect in a really divided time," Levee said.

The pastel colors posted randomly against the off white wall create a kind of decorous urban mosaic, where the tiles are filled, each one next to the other, with messages of support for victims of hate and divisiveness.

"I think it's comforting, I think that it's a very beautiful way to express a lot of positive feelings, and it's a really graphic and pretty way to send our love to Charlottesville," a commuter said.

Mr. Levee does make money in all of this. He's got a book coming out and he does work for galleries and universities and some museums.

When you look at all of this, it's not so much what he gets out of it, it's what the contributor gets.

"Anytime you have a moment in time when something tragic that destabilizes our trust in each other, we have to have opportunities to connect in some way, and I think for some people this is one of them," Levee said.

Perhaps, but the exhibit does seem to inspire people to wonder.

"People hate each other, but it's like why. We could be so much nicer and better and lovelier, just don't hate each other," a commuter said.
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