Katarzyna Krakowiak, Making the walls quake, Polish Pavilion, Architecture Biennale in Venice, 2012. Courtesy Zachęta National Gallery of Art. Photo by Krzysztof Pijarski.

Katarzyna Krakowiak The Great and Secret Show / The Look Out Gallery

South Corner of James A. Farley Post Office
24hrs from the Post Office Main Hall
Installation open 12 - 6 pm MAP
FREE - Presented with Storefront for Art and Architecture

Join the artist for a special opening on Friday, November 8, from 6-8pm. Featuring tours of the installation by Katarzyna Krakowiak!

Katarzyna Krakowiak has created a sound-specific installation honoring the architecture and history of the James A Farley Post Office, a New York City landmark that has been part of the fabric of the city for generations, and one which will soon cease to exist in its current form. Situated opposite Pennsylvania Station – both buildings were designed one after the other by the firm McKim, Mead and White – the two buildings have always existed in relation to one another, with an underground tunnel connecting the two. Now, with volumes of paper mail radically reduced, the train station, which has become dilapidated and outdated, will redevelop and move into the Post Office site. Krakowiak, who has become known for her deceptively simple, yet epic, sonic installations which respond to architectural sites, has developed an composition using a knocks, which will be heard emanating from inside the walls. As well as tracing the different periods of renovation of the building with the different sounds made by knocking on a variety of building materials, the composition fills the once bustling, busy space with echoes of the letter-stamping sounds of the postal workers over the last century, as though history itself might be knocking on the walls. 

The Great and Secret show is part of the Polish Pavilion Without Walls. Presented with Moynihan Station, Storefront for Art and Architecture, and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. Special thanks to Ralf Meinz, sound designer and Andrzej K. Klosak, PhD, MSc, Ing, Arch (archAKUSTIK)




Supported by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and Moynihan Development Corporation. 

The Adam Mickiewicz Institute is a state cultural institution which aims to promote Polish culture around the world and actively participate in international cultural exchange. The Adam Mickiewicz Institute has successfully launched its projects across 26 countries including Great Britain, Russia, Israel, Benelux countries, Spain, Austria, Sweden, France, Germany, Ukraine, Lithuania, Algeria, Morocco, India, Japan and China. As part of these projects IAM has organized over 4,000 cultural events which gathered an audience of 40 million people across three continents. 

Event Title
Date & Time
  • Sat. Nov 9, 7:30 pm
  • Sun. Nov 10, 3:00 pm
  • Sun. Nov 10, 7:30 pm
Sound piece, experimental drama, and a model for abstracting voice, text, sonic and olfactory experience. $20 Supported by Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Sadie Coles HQ, Galerie Neu, Kvadrat, Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, IFF, and Meyer Sound. Curated by Mark Beasley.
  • Thu. Nov 21, 7:00 pm
  • Fri. Nov 22, 7:30 pm
  • Fri. Nov 22, 9:00 pm
  • Sat. Nov 23, 4:00 pm
  • Sat. Nov 23, 7:30 pm
  • Sun. Nov 24, 4:00 pm
  • Sun. Nov 24, 7:30 pm
Sound, lights, and stage design create an atmosphere of suspense and virtual action, plunging the audience into an ghostly dream space.
  • Sat. Nov 2, 5:00 pm
  • Sun. Nov 3, 5:00 pm
  • Tue. Nov 5, 5:00 pm
  • Wed. Nov 6, 5:00 pm
  • Thu. Nov 7, 8:00 pm
An immersive installation with live music that explores the confusing experience felt when emigrating to the U.S.