Can a 33-years-young institution be considered venerable? When said outfit traffics in confrontational public art, would it even want to be? Although Creative Time once put AIDS prejudice in your face by plastering city buses with Gran Fury's color photos of various gender and racial combos swapping spit, this local alternative arts organization began in a more staid manner: In 1974, a group of fiber artists worked behind glass walls in the economically distressed South Street Seaport area, diverting passersby with chromatic weaving and knot tying. Today, through this exuberant tome's color plates, you can enjoy details from each of Creative Time's 313 projects to date, including Vik Muniz's clouds, created by skywriting planes on clear blue days; Survival Research Labs' 1988 assault on Shea Stadium, where 30-foot robots tore each other limb from limb in a bone-jarring demolition derby; and 18 years of spectacular light installations, performances, and skateboard tricks in the Brooklyn Bridge's soaring Anchorage. There's even a reproduction of Paco Cao's $35-per-hour "Rent a Body" contract-a Brooklyn church paid him to play Christ on the cross at Easter; another time he was hired by a woman in need of a verbal punching bag. Each cover is adorned with a unique, abstract print graphing the prevailing weather, sound, and color at sites documented by Creative Time's "Urban Visual Recording Machine," a glass-sided truck loaded with sensors that traversed the city last fall. For those not willing to spring for the book, Creative Time, as usual, is offering the public something for nothing: 32 plaques have been placed around the boroughs, commemorating such cultural landmarks as Max's Kansas City (watering hole for trendsetters like Warhol and the Ramones) and the Hellfire Club, where, John Waters reports, "you could be standing there having a conversation about a literary new best seller and an erection would poke through a Glory Hole and hit you in the back." To add your vox to the populi that will choose the content of... More >>>