New York’s submerged memories: A video interview with Keith Godard
A multitude of subway murals throughout New York City serve the role of subconscious memory. A moment or person — more precisely the image — hovers in shimmering tile as thousands pass by each day. Some mind the art, many don’t, but an invitation persists to resurface the memory.
I am most intrigued by the mural ‘Memories of 23rd St.‘ (2002), located in the R and W station on 23rd and Broadway. I sought out its creator, Keith Godard, a London-born designer and teacher, who has lived in New York City since the 1960s. He chose to view a period of 23rd Street’s history (roughly 1880 to 1930) through hats worn by famous denizens.