MARY MISS/CITY AS LIVING LABORATORY: Sustainability Made Tangible Through the Arts (MM/CaLL) provides a framework for how the arts and sustainability can be linked in innovative ways to create cities that help us redefine how we live our lives, use our resources, how we communicate, educate, work, and collaborate. CaLL conceives of the city as a laboratory where artists and designers collaborate with scientists, other experts and policy makers to create immediate experiential impact from research and planning initiatives. The goal is to make sustainability personal, visceral, tangible, and encourage citizen action. MM/CaLL’s primary initiative is BROADWAY: 1000 Steps (B/CaLL), is a program which seeks to establish NYC’s iconic avenue as its ‘green’ corridor where current and planned sustainability initiatives can be brought to the awareness of citizens at street level.

Watch video documentation of CaLL/MAS BROADWAY:1000 Steps Jane’s Walk 2013.

Project Description


CaLL/WALKS and Panel


Sunday, October 27, 12 noon – 4 PM beginning at Bowling Green, ending at 23rd St.

Sunday, November 10, 12 noon – 4 PM beginning at Broadway & 23rd Street (at the SW entrance to Madison Square Park) – ending at Bennett Park  184th Street


Shifting Domains: Artists Respond to the Threatened Ecological Commons
Tuesday, November 19, 6PM at the Robert Rauschenberg Project Space (455 West 19th Street)

This fall, Mary Miss/City as Living Laboratory continues its BROADWAY: 1000 Steps project with a series of “walking dialogues” or CALL/WALKS. This series was initiated in 2012 in collaboration with the Municipal Art Society, Jane’s Walks that celebrate the renowned urbanist Jane Jacobs.  Two walks, in October and November, will be led by artist/scientist teams.  Beginning at three hubs along the 18-mile length of Manhattan’s main artery, Broadway, at Bowling Green, 23rd Street, and 168th Street, the artist and scientist duos will discuss – between themselves and the public – solutions to a variety of environmental challenges along the Broadway corridor, with particular focus on nearby neighborhoods.

The walks will occur on two Sundays, October 27 and November 10, and will each be four hours long, noon to 4PM. These will be followed by a panel discussion on Tuesday, November 19, 6 PM, at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (RRF) Project Space (455 W. 19th Street), entitled Shifting Domains: Artists Respond to the Threatened Ecological Commons.  Participating artists and scientists will speak, along with art historian Julie Reiss, author of From Margins to Center, The Spaces of Installation Art.  Suzaan Boettger, art historian and critic, whose longstanding research focus has been contemporary land and environmentalist art, will moderate.  Together they will reflect on the erosion of traditional distinctions between art and utility and emerging hybrids of artistic, social, and ecological functionality and how various artists’ strategies are recasting the role of the artist as an effective catalyst for social and environmental change.

The CaLL/WALKS have been made possible with support by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in partnership with Marfa Dialogues/NY, an examination of climate change science, environmental activism and artistic practice taking place this October and November 2013 in New York City. Marfa Dialogues/NY is a collaboration between the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Ballroom Marfa and the Public Concern Foundation and will feature more than 20 Program Partners, including MM/CaLL ~ BROADWAY: 1000 Steps, and a spectrum of exhibitions, performance, and interdisciplinary discussions at the intersection of the arts and climate change.

Special Thanks

Ballroom Marfa
Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
The Public Concern Foundation