NY Flavors Ice Cream

/ Local Flavor /

Ice cream stand installation mapping the tastes and smells from NYC's different tribes into a comestible frozen liquid.


Since moving to New York I have enjoyed the incredible variety of small tribes which co-exist in these five boroughs and their cultural and edible particularities. I am constantly on the sniff for new mixtures and essential tags. I try to create a project which highlights the cultural diversity of New York City.

I made a simple cart from which to serve ice cream. It reminds me of the mom and pop food carts which first generation immigrants use to bootstrap their existence in a foreign country -- first by selling to other immigrants from their homeland, then slowly melting into the dominant culture.

The first time I made a fennel and goat cheese ice cream, and a Japanese toasted barley tea flavor for an art show in the middle of the winter. I was suprised by how differently my friends reacted based on where they were from. This got me started thinking. By removing a common "national" flavor from it's natural setting and freezing it, everyone sees/tastes it differently.

I only serve flavors which I find delicious and ice cream is so accessible that every one wants to try. I have had kids line up at outdoor festivals to try the borscht ice cream which I doubt they would have done if I was serving beet soup...

Past Flavors



FIAF Crossing the Line 2010

/Farm City Fair/

Sept. 12, 2010 (11am-5pm)

The Invisible Dog Art Center

Miwa is presenting a new flavor 'Bergen St.' of NY Flavors Ice Cream as part of this year's Crossing the Line Festival


Free Store

/NY Flavors Ice Cream /

Feb. 19th and March 20th

99 Nassau St.

Miwa is presenting a new flavor 'Wall St.' of NY Flavors Ice Cream at the opening and closing of the Free Store


/Unnatural Acts and other illicit thoughts about nature/

Jan. 2-15, 2009

Broadway Gallery

Small quick show in a venerable downtown institution

Peekskill Project08

/PET Project and NY Flavors Ice Cream /

Sept. 13 - Nov. 23rd 2008

Peekskill, NY

Miwa is installing some PETs on the piers and will be serving a new flavor of NY Flavors Ice Cream for 2 days at the opening

Working Space 08

/Curated by Tatiana Arocha/

Aug 2 - Sept 20, 2008

Cuchifritos Gallery and Project Space

Artists employing a wide variety of media, from AAI's Rotating Studio Program, Fall 2007 and Spring 2008. Curated by Tatiana Arocha


/Summer Invitational/

Jul 10 - Aug 15, 2008

George Adams Gallery

A New York Flavors Ice Cream performance at the opening of a show called "Cool" at the George Adams Gallery in Chelsea. Miwa will be serving a new New York Flavored Ice Cream "34th St Herald Square" (kimuchi !).


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