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Please join us as we continue our six-month long #HIALEAHNOW Series at the Retro Future Night presented by Jameson!
It's 2017 and we have self-driving cars, Facetime, Snapchat filters and
SpaceX! We're living in the post-space age and we're about to go to
Mars. Let's celebrate the fantasy and excitement of the post-modern
1960s and pay homage to its vision of our future.
This "Retro Future" indoor New Year's party
will be located in one of Leah Art's District's coolest new locations
and will feature Miami's own time traveler straight from the Bermuda
triangle, Otto Von Schirach. FilmGate Interactive will immerse you into their virtual world,
a 10-minute VR original experience. We're proud to partner with them to
bring you a sneak peak of FilmGate Interactive Creative Conference
coming up on February 3-5. Virtual Relief will create video mapping installations that will completely transform the space surrounding you to zoom you into another plane. Remember III Point's video art installation by Veronica Gessa aka Mokibaby? Her retro TV sets will be LIT at the Leah. Live inside your own painting with Google Tilt Brush to paint in 3D space using the room as your canvas.
Connect with FilmGate Interactive Creative Conference on February 3-5.
About The Leah Arts District
industrial corridor rose to prominence during the 1980s as one of the
largest and busiest areas of production and manufacturing in Florida. As
a result of modernization combined with the effects of outsourcing, the
uses that were once prevalent in the area dissipated and this
particular area was all but abandoned.
Since that time, a medley
of different uses has been incorporated into the area including a heavy
presence of some of Miami-Dade County's most prolific thrift stores.
These thrift stores have
been instrumental in introducing Hialeah to an entire generation of
antique lovers and artists. The Hialeah Artist Live/Work Overlay
District, also known as The Leah Arts District, enjoys a strategic
proximity to the newly proposed Hialeah Market Station development
project, Miami's artistic hubs, and other destination areas within
Miami-Dade County. Because of it's location and highly affordable price
per square footage, Hialeah's new Artist Live / Work District is in a
position to play a vital and important role in the artistic and cultural
development of not only Hialeah, but the entire South Florida
FilmGate Interactive Creative Conference uses new technology to tell innovative stories on February 3-5
The Newberry’s Photographing Freetowns Exhibition Explores Black Life in Jim Crow Kentucky
Highlighting photographs from a new acquisition and historical records on life in Kentucky hamlets
Starting January 20, Photographing Freetowns
will exhibit a series of poignant photographs of African American life
in Depression-era Kentucky. The photographer, Helen Balfour Morrison,
traveled from her home in Evanston to photograph life in the
“freetowns,” also known as “hamlets,” which developed in Kentucky as
all-black communities originally settled by freed slaves after the Civil
War. Her images chart the daily lives of these individuals, picturing
their work, domestic rituals, and social life. “The images from
the freetowns reveal the dignity, independence, and strength of the
people who called them home,” says Martha Briggs, Lloyd Lewis Curator of
Modern Manuscripts at the Newberry. “Morrison’s photographs invite
further investigation to understand the experiences of residents of
these African American communities, as well as the racial dynamics
animating their relationship with a white documentarian.” Morrison lived and
worked on Chicago’s North Shore, where she achieved renown for her
“Great Americans” series, portraits of notable cultural figures such as
Mies van der Rohe, Amelia Earhart, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Beyond the
studio, she experimented with documentary photography in rural Kentucky,
working with the communities in these freetowns throughout the 30s and
40s. The exhibition
concentrates on these ventures outside of her studio, traveling to the
Bluegrass region of Kentucky where Morrison photographed the men, women,
and children of the freetowns at home and at work. When originally
exhibited in the mid-20th century, these photographs garnered critical
acclaim, though they have since faded from prominence in the art world.
This exhibition aims to pose questions (rather than answers) about this
neglected artist and her work, inviting more research into Morrison’s
opus and the relationship between photographer and photographed. The exhibition
will feature nearly 80 of Morrison’s original prints, together with
contextual materials from the Newberry’s collections. Also on view will
be Morrison’s original home movie of her 1935 trip, plus a slideshow of
all of her almost 500 Kentucky images. Thanks to the
recent acquisition of more than 110 vintage photographs and 500
negatives from the Morrison-Shearer Foundation, the Newberry has become
the largest repository of the work of 20th-century photographer. The Newberry aims
to make these works available for further investigation, through this
exhibition, use in the reading rooms, and in digital galleries. Such
study might be undertaken by researchers interested in photography as an
art form, historians exploring the history of race or rural labor in
America, or genealogists filling in the details of their family trees. Photographing Freetowns
will open Friday, January 20, 2017 and run through Saturday, April 15,
2017. Admission to the exhibition and all related programing is free. Photographing Freetowns is sponsored by the Morrison-Shearer Foundation, Joan and Robert Feitler, and the Rosaline G. Cohn Endowment for Exhibitions.
About Fifolet Cajun & Cocktails: Named for the mystical blue lights that float above the bayous in Louisiana, Fifolet offers guests a memorable yet casual dining experience, vibrant bar scene and authentic taste of Southern culture – all under one roof. Executive Chef Kevin Crouse (formerly of Nouveau Tavern, the Mid-America Club and Fairways) has created a menu that combines classic Cajun and Creole flavors with unique preparations and unexpected ingredients. Crouse isn’t the only cook in the kitchen, however: Corey Gillom has joined Fifolet as the restaurant’s Chef de Cuisine. Gillom, who was named “Chicago’s Best Up & Coming Chef” by Chicago Reader in 2013, previously held culinary positions with Longman & Eagle, Rodan and American Cut Steakhouse in New York, where he worked under Top Chef alum Marc Forgione. The walls of the 60-seat restaurant are covered with an eclectic collection of paintings and Mardi Gras masks, all of which were created by New Orleans artists. A large fireplace surrounded by bookshelves makes the front room of Fifolet especially inviting on cold winter nights. The large centrally-located bar has ample seating, making it ideal for those who want to grab a drink with friends, unwind with colleagues after a long day or enjoy a nightcap with their significant other. Fifolet accepts reservations for parties of all sizes and walk-ins are always welcome. The restaurant & bar is open Monday – Friday from 5:00 pm – 2:00 am, Saturday – Sunday from 3:00 pm – 2:00 am. For more information, please visit www.fifoletcajun or call 773-384-6886.
Join Silver Eye and Point Park University
as we host artist Duane Michals for an evening of his own short films
and an artist talk. Michals will showcase his new body of work, Talking Pictures, which consists of a dozen short films that were written, directed, and at times acted in by the artist.
RSVP Seating for this event is limited!
Free for Silver Eye members and Point Park University students/staff
$15 for General Admission
Talking Pictures is a new body of work
consisting of a dozen short films created by Michals who wrote,
directed, and at times acted in them. Michals created this new body of
work in the same pioneering spirit that fuels his ongoing discovery of
distinctly new ways of considering the medium of photography. Themes
central to his investigations are addressed in each film, which
consistently maintain his ever-evolving study of the essential aspects
of being human.
Steeped in cinematic history,
Michals draws inspiration from a sophisticated range of sources - early
stars of the silver screen such as Charlie Chaplin as well as esoteric
French illusionists like Georges Méliès. Parallels can be seen between
Michals' movies and those of experimental, underground filmmakers like
Kenneth Anger, whose work, as does Michals', openly addresses the
subject of homosexuality. Michals' films revisit, reexamine, and
reinterpret topics that have preoccupied the artist throughout his
career, specifically issues of identity, love, and loss.
About Duane Michals
(b. 1932, McKeesport, PA) is one of the great photographic innovators
of the last century, widely known for his work with series, multiple
exposures, and text. Michals first made significant, creative strides in
the field of photography during the 1960s. In an era heavily influenced
by photojournalism, he manipulated the medium to communicate
narratives. The sequences, for which he is widely known, appropriate
cinema's frame-by-frame format. Michals has also incorporated text as a
key component in his works. Rather than serving a didactic or
explanatory function, his handwritten text adds another dimension to the
images' meaning and gives voice to Michals' singular musings, which are
poetic, tragic, and humorous, often all at once. (Learn more)
This event is co-presented by Silver Eye Center for Photography and Point Park University.
Image credit: Duane Michals, The Sorcerer Invents the Universe, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and DC Moore Gallery, New York.
Silver Eye Center for Photography, 1015 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203