New exhibit tells the stories of NYC's homeless through art

NEW YORK — Four residents from the Park Avenue Shelter for Homeless Women are immortalized in plaster busts through an art work called Ernestine and Three Friends.

It’s the 1992 creation of Artists John Ahearn and Rigoberto Torres, part of an innovative public art project born to address the city’s homeless crisis that exploded in the 1970s and early 80s.

“It gave them the opportunity to really speak out on issues that effected them profoundly like homelessness and domestic violence and HIV Aids and other issues,” said Rebecca Klassen, Associate Curator of Material Culture, New-York Historical Society of The Artist and Homeless Collaborative.

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