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InSite: Art + Commemoration

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Kay Takeda, Director, Grants & Services, at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, which was displaced from the World Trade Center after 9/11, and Nadine Robinson, a 2001 LMCC artist-in-residence at the World Trade Center, discusses the program InSite: Art + Commemoration, ten artistic responses to mark the ten-year anniversary of September 11—on view online through October 11.

LMCC/ InSite: Art + Commemoration, ten artistic responses to mark the ten-year anniversary of September 11.
Carlos Motta, video still from Letter To My Father.

In 2005, while in residence at LMCC, Motta observed visitors to the Ground Zero and asked them to record first person audio accounts of their experience. The resulting video layers these “testimonies” with video footage and a narration on Ground Zero’s confluence as site of memorialization, nationalism and tourism.

LMCC/ InSite: Art + Commemoration, ten artistic responses to mark the ten-year anniversary of September 11.
Christopher Robbins

A collaborative founder of the Ghana Think Tank, Robbins works on the uneasy cusp of public art and community action, creating sculptural interventions in the daily lives of strangers. For InSite, Robbins takes a look at Lower Manhattan’s transitional spaces and layers the visions, voices and residues of its many visible and less visible users. Robbins worked in residence with LMCC in 2010.

LMCC/ InSite: Art + Commemoration, ten artistic responses to mark the ten-year anniversary of September 11.
Athena Robles and Anna Stein: Double A Projects

In February 2009, Athena Robles and Anna Stein opened Free Store, a cultural pop-up shop in a vacant storefront on Nassau Street in the financial district that operated on donations and a free exchange system. In just three weeks, the project saw over 2000 visitors and over 1500 transactions. For InSite, the artists contribute their thoughts on the project and responses from its wide range of Downtown visitors.

LMCC/ InSite: Art + Commemoration, ten artistic responses to mark the ten-year anniversary of September 11.
Jill Magid: Multimedia installation 2007. "His Shirt." Digital Photograph

Commissioned by LMCC’s Off the Record project in 2006, Magid began to meet with an MTA police officer and accompanied him on his nighttime patrols of the subway system, exploring questions of trust within the heightened security environment of a post 9/11 New York. InSite features a radio performance of this encounter, based on text drawn from the diary Magid kept as part of the project.

LMCC/ InSite: Art + Commemoration, ten artistic responses to mark the ten-year anniversary of September 11.
Mary Mattingly

An explorer of structures for migration and mobility, Mattingly has contributed collaged photographic images and handwritten “thought maps” that envision Lower Manhattan as a mash-up of historic, present day and future ideas for habitation, transport, recreation and infrastructure. Mattingly was an LMCC artist in residence in 2007 and was recently featured in an exhibition at Buidling 110: LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island.

LMCC/ InSite: Art + Commemoration, ten artistic responses to mark the ten-year anniversary of September 11.
Matthew Jensen

Jensen’s ongoing photographic documentation of unidentifiable urban territories, Nowhere in Manhattan, was supported with a 2009 LMCC grant and an exhibition in 2010. For InSite, Jensen takes a stock of the layered signs of growth and change near the World Trade Center site.

LMCC/ InSite: Art + Commemoration, ten artistic responses to mark the ten-year anniversary of September 11.
Takashi Horisaki

An artist who works in sculpture and with communities in relationship to their environment, Horisaki takes viewers with him on a video rumination through Lower Manhattan’s landscape, commenting on the area’s architecture and infrastructure, its exposure to and impact on nature and the elements, its global connections and cycles of renewal –both personal and historical. Horisaki was an artist-in-residence at LMCC in 2008.

LMCC/ InSite: Art + Commemoration, ten artistic responses to mark the ten-year anniversary of September 11.
"The Truth Is I Am You" by The Cause Collective
LMCC/ InSite: Art + Commemoration, ten artistic responses to mark the ten-year anniversary of September 11.
Xu Bing
LMCC/ InSite: Art + Commemoration, ten artistic responses to mark the ten-year anniversary of September 11.
Yoko Inoue: Flag Goods on Canal Street

In 2008, Inoue received an LMCC grant to carry out a public performance project on Canal Street that examined the global relationship of labor, commerce and identity. For InSite, Inoue shares her observation of the influence of 9/11 through images of this center of Downtown retail commerce and tourism.

LMCC/ InSite: Art + Commemoration, ten artistic responses to mark the ten-year anniversary of September 11.
Yoko Inoue: Me and Sweater Vendor

In 2008, Inoue received an LMCC grant to carry out a public performance project on Canal Street that examined the global relationship of labor, commerce and identity. For InSite, Inoue shares her observation of the influence of 9/11 through images of this center of Downtown retail commerce and tourism.

Guests:

Nadine Robinson and Kay Takeda

Comments [1]

Bill Putnam from BK

Leonard - Thank you for shining a light on an organization that has worked hard to place the compelling challenge of art directly into the hard numbing workaday world of lower Manhattan. Ok, so maybe Madoff was too busy to pay attention.

Sep. 08 2011 01:44 AM

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