Smallest Gesture

2017

Smallest Gesture was a performance at the intersection of National Blvd and Washington Blvd on November 11, 2017. Calkin delicately held a miniature plastic hug (created by modeling the hand movements of an actual embrace), and offered visitors a chance to hold it as well, thereby symbolically giving each other hugs. In a cultural moment of receding public kindness, in which the act of an embrace between protesting rivals can go viral, learning a small lesson from a small gesture has great potential.