LMCC News | September 2011
Cultural Programs
  • Paola Prestini Presents a Workshop Performance of Oceanic Verses at Governors Island

    Oceanic Verses by composer-in-residence Paola Prestini follows four separate story lines as a sailor (folksinger Claudio Prima) on the sea sails between ports; a Queen (improviser Helga Davis) views the Earth from her isolated mountain; a mother (soprano Hila Plitmann) prepares her daughter for a wedding, and a revolutionary soldier (Chris Burchett) provides a work song for the laborers. The lives of all come together by the end of the opera. Oceanic Verses musically paints a picture of Italy as it once was, a cross section of cultures expressed through song.

  • SLOT by Jill Magi: Reading & Reception

    Join Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Ugly Duckling Presse to celebrate the publication of SLOT by writer, poet and visual artist, Jill Magi.

    An experiential investigation of how we move through cultural landmarks and institutions, SLOT presents a lyrical and thinking response to official, landscaped memory. In the book, a person slips in and out of highly designed museums and memorials, looks for a mentor who is more than a tour guide, rebels during the official tour, and occasionally finds the lament she is looking for: in comparisons across history, in ambiguous photo sequences, and in poetry. The resulting text stages a quiet argument between the persistent urge to "slot" things—into narratives, frames, archives—and a clear view of what, by resisting, remains.

  • LMCC, in Partnership with MOCA, Announces “Where Does the Dust Itself Collect?” by Xu Bing

    This is the first American installation of a project by renowned Chinese artist Xu Bing which utilizes the dust that the artist collected from the streets of Lower Manhattan in the aftermath of 9/11. Recreating a field of dust across a floor surface, punctuated by the outline of a Zen Buddhist poem, the work explores the relationship between the material and the spiritual world, and the complicated circumstances created by different world perspectives.

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