SELF: self portraits by the Lantern Arts Collective
A new art exhibition at Word Up Community Bookshop
November & December 2017
Opening reception, with short films by the LANTERN ARTS COLLECTIVE and VIVIAN DUCAT: Thursday, November 2, 5–7pm
The Lantern Arts Collective unites artists of diverse backgrounds and experience who live in Lantern Community Services supportive housing buildings. Members of the groups meet on a weekly basis to explore a variety of media, guided by Chantal Heijnen, Sonja Rohde and Emily Sharp. Their work was recently displayed at the Ron Taylor Gallery as part of Arts to End Violence. The Lantern Arts Collective also presented their work in the 2017 Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance Uptown Arts Stroll. A collaborative piece they created, Block Party, was featured in the 2016 Community Partnership Art Show at the Museum of Modern Art.
To celebrate the opening of this new exhibition, we’re screening two short films examining portraits and their curation.
Stonefaced is a documentary short about the architect, author, photographer, and professor Robert Arthur King, who is obsessed with gargoyles. As Robert walks around the New York City capturing images, he muses on these curious figures embedded in our city’s great architecture. Stonefaced is produced and directed by Vivian Ducat, whose other credits include producing, directing, and writing the documentary feature All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert, and more than 20 long-form documentaries for broadcast. Vivian spent the first part of her career in London, working for the BBC, and has also produced and directed interactive media short films, touchscreen kiosks and digital exhibitions for many New York City–based institutions, including the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center and the New-York Historical Society. Vivian lives with her family in Washington Heights, where she is the co-chair of the Riverside Oval Association, an organization dedicated to the greening of the area west of Broadway between 155th and 158th Streets and the development of a sense of identity for the area.
Self > Selfie is a short film exploring the ways we curate our images for public consumption, and examining what our screens fail to capture and communicate about life experience. Self > Selfie was made in collaboration with Lantern and teaching artist Kerry Downey, in conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art Community Partnership Program. Since 2007, MoMA’s Community Partnership Program has been working with nonprofit and community-based organizations throughout New York City to create new ways of accessing MoMA’s collection and resources. As a multidisciplinary video artist, Downey is interested in finding creative ways to explore our contemporary relationship to media and technology.