Lenticular Histories: South Street Seaport – Rose DeSiano

Lenticular Histories: South Street Seaport
Rose DeSiano

On View June 18-29
Opening Event: June 18 at 7pm
The Seaport
Front Street between John St & Beekman St.

All events in the River To River Festival are free and all are welcome.

Creating an immersive space made up of larger-than-life lenticular photographs, Rose DeSiano merges past and present together in an installation of mirrors, historic images, and optical illusions. Dedicated to inclusivity and equity in representation, she has worked with the collection and archives of the South Street Seaport Museum to bring to the surface lost histories while celebrating the community and workers of the South Street Seaport Historic District and the New York Harbor. Colorful images and light refracted from prisms dance in-between mirrors that reflect the idyllic cobble-stone streets, historic storefronts, and tall ships, while viewers witness their own reflection becoming part of the long illustrious narrative of the New York coastline of the South Street Seaport.

Join us on June 18 at 7pm to celebrate the opening of the installation, which will be on view from June 18-29!


Presented in partnership with The Howard Hughes Corporation and the South Street Seaport Museum.


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.