I'll Be There

Dave McKenzie, I’ll Be There, 2007
Courtesy the artist

I'll Be There

Artist: Dave McKenzie

I’ll Be There, 2008-09
Six proposed meetings
Courtesy the artist

Dave McKenzie has described working as an artist as a way to meet people. In I’ll Be There, McKenzie proposes meetings at locations around the Lower East Side over the course of the exhibition. The locations vary, the only constant, McKenzie’s pledge to show up. These proposed encounters, a series of open-ended acts, speak to the potential in an encounter: an anticipated conversation, a random happenstance, or even that the artist’s proposal is unmet. McKenzie contemplates the potential he holds as an individual in an encounter to bring about change, encourage dialogue, and forge new meaning. By situating his meetings in the Lower East Side, the artist activates the neighborhood with this potential. To publicize the meetings to the New Museum audience, McKenzie has created a calendar with the times and locations of his six proposed meetings in this publication.