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Lenticular Histories

by Rose DeSiano


Historic photographs. Current reflections. Past and present meet at the Seaport in the new immersive art installation of Lenticular Histories. The pieces were created by Rose DeSiano as part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council‘s (LMCC) 21st annual River To River Festival, Downtown New York City’s leading free summer arts festival, taking place June 12–26.

Lenticular Histories is a six-sculpture immersive art installation designed to celebrate the workers and community of the South Street Seaport Historic District and the New York Harbor. Dedicated to inclusivity and equity, artist Rose DeSiano wove together mirrors with historic photographs from the South Street Seaport Museum‘s collection. Light and color dance among the mirrors and photos, creating optical illusions designed to give viewers the feeling of becoming a part of the neighborhood’s history.

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About Rose DeSiano

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.

About Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

Since 1973, LMCC has been dedicated to serving, connecting, and making space for artists and the community. Through grants, residencies, and presentation opportunities, LMCC elevates and promotes local artists of all disciplines. Similarly, LMCC serves the community through expanding access to art, connecting the public with artists in the creative process, and offering grants to community-based organizations. Their mission is “to create a fertile and nurturing environment for artists and arts groups, enlivening public spaces with free programs in the visual, performing, and new media arts, and to provide leadership in cultural planning and advocacy.”

About the River to River Festival

LMCC’s River To River Festival is now in its 21st year of showcasing artists around Lower Manhattan. The festival was created in the aftermath of 9/11 with the intention to heal and celebrate New Yorkers’ resiliency through the power of art. From performances to installations in public spaces, every event of the festival is offered free to the community, in partnerships with local institutions.

River To River 2022 approaches Lower Manhattan as a site for human connection. Mirroring the festival’s origins, this edition comes at a time when gathering together feels especially important as a method of healing. Artists look to nature and ritual as well as metaphysical wonders to offer a hopeful perspective on the future of public space.

Lenticular Histories is presented in partnership with The Howard Hughes Corporation and the South Street Seaport Museum.


Little Water St., between Fulton St. & Beekman St.
Front St., between John St. & Fulton St.

June 18-29