This July, two dreamlike digital landscapes merge across the screens of Times Square in Victoria Fard’s MILAGRO | PAYAPA. Within the intricate hybrid world the artist has coined MILAGRO (“miracle” in Filipino and Spanish) lives an interconnected ecosystem and idyllic reverie of lush biodiversity, pockets of flowering plants, wild creatures, and towering skyscrapers. The imagery representing PAYAPA (“peaceful” in Filipino), is inspired by Fard’s heritage. Created with forms echoing an archipelago, PAYAPA is a lush village of wooden kubos, hosting prodigious arowana fish, native inhabitants and springs enclosed in a mosaic of planetary corals.
Created with generative processes and digital simulations, and framed by the stark skyline of a manmade metropolis, MILAGRO | PAYAPA teases a surreal utopian landscape in which nature and urban life not only coexist, but thrive in harmony.
“I hope these worlds inspire us to celebrate the wonders of nature and remind us of our role as stewards to care for our home, the earth, with gratitude. When we protect and preserve our world there is opportunity for growth, renewal and endless possibilities.” — Victoria Fard
Victoria Fard is an award-winning artist based in Canada specializing in architecture and digital technologies. Rooted in her own mixed Filipino and Persian heritage, Fard’s imagined worlds present a visual and immersive experience that invites connection, exploration and reflection. Fard integrates elements produced with digital and generative tools to create fantastical 3D worlds and sculptures. Her work explores the themes of nature and heritage with the hope of preserving them and connecting people through immersive forms of storytelling. Fard’s work has been featured and exhibited at The Ontario Science Centre, Art Basel Miami, Frieze L.A., and at galleries and immersive spaces in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Denver, Toronto, Amsterdam and Zürich.
Ahead of the Broadway Opening of Lempicka The Longacre Theatre Is Showcasing Art Work By Tamara de Lempicka
The Longacre Theatre (220 W 48th St.), soon-to-be home of the sweeping new musical, Lempicka, is showcasing a curated selection of renowned artist Tamara de Lempicka’s most famous works. Eschewing traditional theatrical front-of-house advertising, the Longacre’s façade now boasts prints, creating a museum-quality exhibition right in the heart of Times Square. The musical opens on Broadway on April 14, 2024 at the same venue.
The Longacre’s outdoor exhibition includes works of Self Portrait (Tamara in a Green Bugatti) (1929), Young Girl in Green (1927), Nu Adossé I (1925), The Red Tunic (1927), The Blue Scarf (1930), The Green Turban (1930), Portrait of Marjorie Ferry (1932), Portrait of Ira P. (1930), Portrait of Romana de la Salle (1928), and Adam and Eve (1932).
Starring Eden Espinosa and directed by Tony Award winner Rachel Chavkin, Lempicka features book, lyrics, and original concept by Carson Kreitzer, book and music by Matt Gould, and choreography by Raja Feather Kelly.
Spanning decades of political and personal turmoil and told through a thrilling, pop-infused score, Lempicka boldly explores the contradictions of a world in crisis, a woman ahead of her era, and an artist whose time has finally come.
Young Girl in Green painted by Tamara de Lempicka (1927). Oil on plywood.