‘Site Matters: The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Artist Residency, 1997-2001′

‘Site Matters: The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Artist Residency, 1997-2001′

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)

November 29, 2004

Book Launch Party – 'Site Matters: The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Artist Residency, 1997-2001'
Tuesday, November 30th; 6-8 PM

The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)
120 Broadway, 8th Floor

Tunes DJ Nydia
Martinis by Orange V
Gift bags by Pearl Paint

To purchase a copy or to RSVP, please visit us at www.lmcc.net or call 212.219.9401 x 114

Come party at LMCC’s current artist workspace on the 8th floor of 120 Broadway, in space generously donated by Silverstein Properties.

A screening of video works made during the World Trade Center residency will be the centerpiece of this fabulous evening.

To purchase a copy or to RSVP, please visit us at www.lmcc.net/EventsandExhibitions/Site_Matters/Site_Matters_main.html or call 212.219.9401 x 114

*For security purposes, RSVP and photo ID are required.
120 Broadway is located between Cedar and Pine Streets in Lower Manhattan.
Visitors enter at Cedar Street.

Site Matters: The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Artist Residency, 1997-2001 chronicles the celebrated artists residency program in the World Trade Center sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). From 1997 to 2001, more than 130 artists worked high above New York City in the upper reaches of Tower One, each responded in a unique way to the spectacular views and potent socio-political context of this landmark site. Brought together here for the first time, these exciting and, now, historic works range widely – from panoramic cityscapes to new-media performance.

The WTC complex was much more than an international center of commerce, and for four years the LMCC artists-in-residence strove to unearth a fuller, more sustained portrait of the towers’ inner life. They explored the hallways, elevators, basement, and retail spaces, and worked together with tenants and building staff on complex site-specific projects. During the life of the program, these works raised compelling questions about the aesthetic, psychological, and political aspects of the World Trade Center. Looking back, and looking forward, they fuel an important dialogue as the Twin Towers’ legacy is debated.
Site Matters documents an exceptional range of today’s significant young artists, including Stephen Vitiello, Paul Pfeiffer, Naomi Ben-Shahar, Monika Bravo, Gelatin, Patty Chang, John Pilson, Nadine Robinson, Sanford Biggers, Lucky DeBellevue, Emily Jacir, Jennie C. Jones, Kristin Lucas, and Jennifer & Kevin McCoy. Published on the occasion of LMCC’s 30th anniversary, the publication includes a foreword by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and texts by LMCC’s Tom Healy, Liz Thompson, Moukhtar Kocache, and Erin Donnelly, former artist-in-residence Olu Oguibe and noted architectural scholar Anthony Vidler. The book is dedicated to Michael Richards, the artist who was lost on September 11, 2001.

Since the collapse of the World Trade Center, LMCC/ Workspace has continued to be a historically trail-blazing residency program, positioning artists in the belly of the business community with studios in the World Financial Center, DUMBO, Brooklyn, the Woolworth Building, and now 120 Broadway. Each new site offers fresh possibilities for the poetic reinvention of Lower Manhattan, for the critical observation of commercial environments, and emotional and imaginative reflections on the studio site and neighborhood.

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