New Limited Edition Neon Sculpture by Steven Evans

Artspace is proud to announce a new limited edition neon sculpture by artist Steven Evans, entitled Don’t Leave Me This Way/Never Can Say Goodbye, benefiting the New York City AIDS Memorial.

Don’t Leave Me This Way/Never Can Say Goodbye Steven Evans
Steven Evans
Don’t Leave Me This Way/Never Can Say Goodbye, 2022

Evans has explored the connections between music, language, memory, identity, and collectivity in his sculptures and installations for over thirty years. When Evans arrived in New York City in the late 1980s, he became involved in two scenes that would form the basis for his artistic practice: activism and dance music.


Don’t Leave Me This Way/Never Can Say Goodbye is a continuation of this practice as well as an extension of his most recent public installation Songs for a Memorial, on view at the New York City AIDS Memorial in New York’s Greenwich Village from June 1 through September 6, 2022. By appropriating and combining the titles of two disco anthems tied inextricably to the period surrounding the onset and height of the AIDS epidemic, Evans weaves narratives of both individual and collective memory and history that examine complex relationships between loss, love, sadness, joy, and celebration—paradoxes that exist at the crux of his practice.


Steven Evans (b. 1964, Key West, FL) earned a BFA in photography at the Atlanta College of Art and an MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Canada in 1989. He is an artist, writer, curator, and Executive Director of the award-winning arts organization FotoFest International, which founded and sponsors the first and longest-running international Biennial of Photography and New Media Art in the United States. 


Dance for a Memorial


Join the New York City AIDS Memorial for a celebratory dance party featuring live DJs playing tracks inspired by Evans’ installation, closing out Pride Month on June 29. Immediately following Meet Me on the Dance Floor, an hour-long storytelling program presented with the Generations Project focused on sharing tales from nights under the disco ball, this joyful gathering will feature special guests including DJ Lady Bunny and guests will be invited to dance the night away.


Meet Me on the Dance Floor and Dance for a Memorial will both take place at the New York City AIDS Memorial Park at St. Vincent’s Triangle (West 12th Street and Greenwich Avenue in New York City) on June 29, from 6 – 9 PM, and are free and open to the public.