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Weekly Watchlist: Examine the Possibilities of Storytelling

Kalup Linzy creates layers and tension

Drawing on his experiences lip-syncing songs at family gatherings, Linzy incorporates the process into his work by recording all of the dialogue with his own voice, modulating the pitch and tone, and enlisting friends to play the various parts.

“When things are a little off, it gives a certain type of texture—a certain type of feel. It creates layers and tension. If you tell an interesting story, then it will make people forget about certain production values.”

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Explore: Avatars and Alter Egos

Alex Da Corte dressed as Caroll Spinney wearing Big Bird legs on set for an installation. The table is set with an oversized wine glass with two straws coming out of it, Oscar the Grouch is to his left coming out of a trashcan.

IMAGE: Alex Da Corte on set as Caroll Spinney for his multimedia installation “Rubber Pencil Devil,” 2018. Production still from the Extended Play film, “57 Varieties.” © Art21, Inc. 2018.

Through introspection, concealment, and revelation, these artists examine possibilities for representation in everyday life.

Alex Da Corte tells new stories with familiar characters, Lynn Hershman Leeson performs fictional personas, and Jaimie Warren creates an alternate universe.

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Event: “Heidi Lau’s Spirit Vessels” Screening at Rooftop Films

Heid Lau sitting on a chair in front of three stained glass windows in her Green-Wood Cemetary studio, surrounding her in the background are various ceramic sculptures.

IMAGE: Production still from the New York Close Up film “Heidi Lau’s Spirit Vessels.” © Art21, Inc. 2022.

“Heidi Lau’s Spirit Vessels” will be screened as part of Rooftop Films’ annual Cemetery Shorts program on Friday, June 17th at the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY. Tickets available at rooftopfilms.com

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Virtual Teacher Workshop: ArtBreak

Diana Al-Hadid wearing a smock, arms raised holding up part of her installation "Suspended After Image"

IMAGE: Production still from the New York Close Up film “Diana Al-Hadid’s Suspended Reality.” © Art21, Inc. 2013.

Join Art21 for a virtual teacher workshop on Monday, June 20 at 6:00 PM E.T.  

Join us as we watch Diana Al-Hadid’s Art21 film, “Diana Al-Hadid’s Suspended Reality,” and consider a prompt from our new Educators’ Guide. We will then create art together during an #Art21ArtBreak.

The program is free and will take place via Zoom.

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