The Lantern Arts Collective unites artists of diverse backgrounds and experience who live in Lantern Community Services supportive housing buildings. Guided by Chantal Heijnen, Sonja Rohde and Emily Sharp, members of the groups meet on a weekly basis to explore a variety of media. Their work was recently displayed at the Ron Taylor Gallery as part of Arts to End Violence. The Lantern Arts Collective also presented their work in the 2017 Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance Uptown Arts Stroll. Their collaborative work, Block Party, was featured in the 2016 Community Partnership Art Show at the Museum of Modern Art. The short film Self > Selfie explores the ways we curate our images for public consumption, and examines what our screens fail to capture and communicate about life experience.
Self > Selfie was made in collaboration with Lantern and teaching artist Kerry Downey, in conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art Community Partnership Program. Over 50 Lantern staff and residents participated in the film. Since 2007, MoMA’s Community Partnership Program has been working with nonprofit and community-based organizations throughout New York City to create new ways of accessing MoMA’s collection and resources. As a multidisciplinary video artist, Downey is interested in finding creative ways to explore our contemporary relationship to media and technology.
Exhibit: Self features self portraits of Lantern Arts Collective artists; mixed media, acrylic, photography.
The program also features a short film, STONEFACED by Vivian Ducat.