Oscar Murillo

Lucky dip

Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House
1 Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004


Oscar Murillo’s new live work, Lucky dip, explores differing concepts of production, the economy, and the binary of work and leisure through the historic lens of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House.

On the façade of the Custom House, a newly commissioned banner featuring the logo of “Mighty White” (a South African corn brand) will hang for the duration of the weeklong performance. At 12pm – the beginning of each day’s performance – a performer will sing a Spanish ballad on the steps leading up to the entrance, followed by a reading from two actors regarding the characteristic London street cries. The text explores the now archaic cries of London market traders from the 14th century to the turn of the 20th century. These performances will also take place at 3pm each day in the building’s rotunda, as well as at 7pm on Thursday, November 19.

Within the rotunda, performers will grind corn and redistribute it in smaller packages. In doing so, Murillo’s work not only acknowledges the historic use of the Custom House as a portal for international trade, but also makes analogies between industrial and artistic production. During the performance, the artist will unveil a continuation of his ongoing lottery project,which will be on display in the rotunda during the week.

Image credit: Oscar Murillo, Lucky dip, 2015. A Performa Commission. Photo by Paula Court


In partnership with The National Archives. Supported by the General Services Administration.
With thanks to David Zwirner Gallery.

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