"Art making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying…to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
From "Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season 1 (2001)
The final artist in "Place" is Pepón Osorio, filmed on location in his birthplace of Puerto Rico and his residence in Philadelphia, PA. Osorio leads the viewer on a tour of three complex, multidimensional installations where the artist's Puerto Rican heritage and experience as a social worker inform his staged confrontations between public life and private spaces. Says Osorio, "When this piece, 'The Scene of the Crime,' was at the Whitney Museum, it almost felt as if I'd taken a piece of the South Bronx and placed it in the middle of Madison Avenue." Also featured in this hour is the work "Home Visits" which transforms the homes of ordinary people into neighborhood-based galleries for a traveling work of art.