September 6, 2005 - Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) - CITIES, ART and RECOVERY
September 6, 2005


8-11 September 2005

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)

Join Lower Manhattan Cultural Council this September 8-11 in the first of two international summits focused on arts and culture after catastrophe.

Artists, performers, writers, architects, lawyers, scholars, activists, community and political leaders from a range of contexts that have been directly affected and transformed by violence will gather in downtown Manhattan in a public exchange of stories, strategies, ideas and memories.

Over three days of roundtable discussions, performances, films, and art installations in all media, Cities, Art and Recovery will consider how people remember and rebuild after tragedy and how the arts have been crucial to such recovery.


After Effects
September 9 12, 10am 4pm
Breezeway, Tribeca Performing Arts Center
After Effects frames what comes after Lower Manhattan Cultural Councils residency program in the World Trade Center. How has the new security environment left an imprint on the city and its inhabitants? And how have international artists brought global perspective to war and terror? LMCC artists offer critical insight into the recovery process as it continues today.
NY Times Performance: Based on images collected from the New York Times of people grieving, Pia Lindman leads a one-hour performance tour of selected monuments in Battery Park.

A Knock at the Door
September 8 October 1
Opening Reception: September 8, 6 9pm
The Melville Gallery, South Street Seaport Museum, 213 Water Street
Panel Discussion: September 30, 7pm
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art at Cooper Square
Video night at Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Avenue
September 12, 8-11pm
Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace. Where is the line between art and un- American activity? When is it art? And when is it dangerous?

Greetings Without Flowers
September 8 22,
15 Nassau windows
The Melville Gallery at the South Street Seaport Museum
Life-size portraits of Iraqis greet us as they take a moment from their daily lives to look into the camera of Kouross Esmaeli. Shot in the streets, mosques and markets of Baghdad, Karbala and Kazemayn in November and December of 2003, these photographs confront New Yorkers as part of their everyday.

A project of the artists of OAR
September 8 October 1,
Tue-Sat: 12pm-7pm, Sun: 12pm-5pm
15 Nassau Street, corner of Pine
For 36 weeks, a sketchbook traveled silently between four artists: Oliver Jeffers and Rory Jeffers in Belfast, Northern Ireland; Mac Premo and Duke Riley in Brooklyn, New York. Each week, a new spread crossed the Atlantic, carrying on a conversation across the inherent gap between intention and interpretation. At the end of the exchange, book had traveled over sixty thousand miles.

Homeland Security Garden
August 22 September 15, 8am-10pm
World Financial Center Winter Garden
Created by Korean born artist Chang-Jin Lee over the past 2 years, Homeland Security Garden transforms the Winter Garden into a participatory sculpture that reveals our notions of safety and freedom. From objects, intimate and practical, that people considered essential to survive a crisis, Lee constructs safety kits which are displayed on Astroturf covered pedestals arranged to evoke a 19th century horticultural maze or garden.

Chat the Planet
September 9-11, 10am 4pm
Borough of Manhattan Community College
Chat the Planet is a television show and internet community that connects groups of young Americans (ages 17 to 23) with their peers around
the world, for frank, no-holds-barred discussions about politics, relationships, prejudices, and life in general. As part of the summit, Chat the Planet connects young people in NYC with others around the world in real time conversation.

Focus Sphere, 2005
September 9-11
Tribeca Performing Arts Center,
Theater 1, lower lobby
A meditation object etched with words meant to evoke both inner and world peace, Focus Sphere is a new project by Nancy Burson. As part of her Focus on Peace project in 2002, thousands of postcards
and posters were distributed around the site of the World Trade Center to coincide with the first anniversary of 9/11.

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