Art in Ad Places is a 52-week campaign of replacing advertisements with artwork. Each week, we partner with a new artist to install their work at a payphone kiosk in New York City.

What We Believe

  1. Outdoor advertising is visual pollution.
  2. Outdoor advertising can be psychologically damaging.
  3. Outdoor advertising is pushed on viewers without their consent.
  4. Outdoor advertising marks underutilized venues for other messages.
  5. By replacing advertisements with artwork, Art in Ad Places provides a public service and an alternative vision of our public environment.

When

We launched in January 2017, and plan to install one new poster each week for a year. You can keep up with our progress on this site, or on Instagram.

Where

New posters will pop up across New York City, primarily on the outside of payphone kiosks.

Why

In the spring of 2016, there was a billboard in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It advertised Brazilian butt lifts. Art in Ad Places co-curator Caroline Caldwell had to look at that ad every single day on the way to work. She hated the message it sent, and how it made her (and undoubtedly others) feel about her body. Art in Ad Places is a response to the belief that money can buy access to eyeballs, no matter the message. It is a small effort to clean up public space: Instead of ads making people feel inadequate, let's fill our lives with art that makes people feel... anything else.

WHO

We are a team of artists and fans of art who believe that our public spaces would be better if we got rid of billboards, or replaced their messages with artwork and PSAs.

Caroline Caldwell, co-curator

Artist and writer, whose ad-takeovers have gone viral again and again

RJ Rushmore, Co-curator

Writer, curator, arts administrator, and critic, with a focus on public art

Luna Park, Lead Photographer

Preeminent photographer of street art and graffiti

EM, DIGITAL MEDIA ADVISOR

Social media expert and great cook

And those who choose to remain anonymous, including our generous sponsors

CONTACT US

rj@vandalog.com

caroline@vandalog.com