Handmaid’s Tale At The High Line In NYC

THE HANDMAID’S TALE — The drama series, based on the award-winning, best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her. Offred (Elisabeth Moss), shown. (Photo by: Take Five/Hulu)

An interactive art installation and book giveaway opened this morning in New York City in celebration of today’s premiere of Hulu’s new series THE HANDMAID’S TALE. The installation will be open on the High Line – Chelsea Passage through Sunday, 4/30.

The piece was designed by renowned graphic artists Paula Scher and Abbott Miller, and contains free copies of Margaret Atwood’s best-selling novel. As passersby take their copy of the novel, the art piece is deconstructed to reveal powerful messages of female empowerment and anti-authoritarian resistance.
Artists statement:
The Handmaid’s Tale provides a chilling reminder of how easily the darkest currents of repression can re-surface. The installation we designed shows how these dark messages are often accompanied by bombastic language and imagery: spectacle becomes a form of persuasion. Cracks in the floorboards reveal empowering texts, glimpses of resistance for an uncertain age.  – Paula Scher and Abbott Miller


  • Wednesday, April 26 – Sunday, April 30
  • 7:00 AM  – 10:00 PM


The High Line – Chelsea Market Passage
16th Street Entrance
New York, NY 10010

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