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Last year was the first year the Leslie-Lohman Museum utilized its sizable windows, which face Grand Street and Wooster Street — a prime SoHo intersection. Data provided to the museum by the city suggest over 300,000 people cross the intersection every year. “To me, it was important to see what we could do with that power,” says Gonzalo Casals, the museum’s director.

Just after Casals started in his role in April 2017, he commissioned the windows’ first installation: a spiraling SILENCE=DEATH image that paid homage to and was installed by members of The Silence=Death Project that formed in 1985. At the bottom of the 2017 installation was an added line, “Be Vigilant. Refuse. Resist.”

This year’s installation by fierce pussy became a possibility about a year ago, around the same time the SILENCE=DEATH installation went up. Casals says, “They’re both messages that were created illegally in a public space. Now, they’re coming from an institution.” more>