05.18.2003

Puerto Rican Light @ Americas Society

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Date/Time: 18/05/2003 12:00 am


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PUERTO RICAN LIGHT:
JENNIFER ALLORA & GUILLERMO CALZADILLA
May 18 – July 20, 2003
(Sponsors and Acknowledgements)
Puerto Rican Light will include three works by Allora & Calzadilla that
utilize a variety of representational means to convey light “from” the
island of Puerto Rico: the installation Traffic Patterns (2001-2003),
a photograph from the series Seeing Otherwise (1999-2003), and the
sculptural project Puerto Rican Light (2003).
Traffic Patterns consists of a drop ceiling containing a unique lighting
system that synchronizes the lighting in the gallery space to a traffic
light in the city of San Juan, PR. The gallery will be illuminated for some
minutes with red light, followed by a brief moment in yellow, and then
green. To achieve this synchronization, the lighting system uses a
specially designed controller/relay device connected to a computer
chip programmed with the time-code of the traffic light. Although
Traffic Patterns has been exhibited previously, its presentation in
Puerto Rican Light will be the first instance of linking two cities
together, and of literally transmitting to New York City an organizing
pattern located in Puerto Rico.
Initiated in 1999, Seeing Otherwise is a series of photographic
seascapes taken mainly on the shoreline of Puerto Rico that depict
an individual contemplating the sunset. With an almost indiscernible
digital manipulation to the photograph, the sunrays over the sea are
deflected from the camera lens to the individual in each respective
photo. The deliberate deflection of light emphasizes the individual
who is viewing the sunset. Symbolically, this accentuates what would
be impossible to see otherwise- what another person sees as they
experience a sunset. For Puerto Rican Light, one photograph from
this series will be featured, Seeing Otherwise (Cataño).
Puerto Rican Light , consists of capturing and storing
solar energy in a battery bank especially designed to provide the
proper voltage to light Puerto Rican Light (to Jeanie Blake), a 1965
sculpture by artist Dan Flavin. During the month of April, the battery
bank, which is connected to solar panels, will be located in the
gardens of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico in
San Juan, PR. Once full of solar energy, the battery bank will be
shipped to the Americas Society, where it will be connected to
Flavin’s fluorescent light sculpture. The battery bank will supply
enough energy to light Flavin’s sculpture throughout the exhibition.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12:00-6:00 PM.
Admission: Free*
*Adult group tours are available by appointment. Tours are led by gallery docents as well as contributors to the accompanying exhibition publication. For fee information and/or to schedule a tour, please call (212) 249-8361.
Directions by Subway: Train #6 to 68th Street/Hunter College;
by Bus, take the M2, M3, M4, M66 to Madison Avenue and 68th Street.
“>Americas Society Art Gallery
Park Avenue, New York City (Map)
Gallery hours: Wed – Sun, 12:00 – 6:00 PM
http://207.21.242.176/as/events/current_exh.html
PUERTO RICAN LIGHT:
JENNIFER ALLORA & GUILLERMO CALZADILLA
May 18 – July 20, 2003
(Sponsors and Acknowledgements)
Puerto Rican Light will include three works by Allora & Calzadilla that
utilize a variety of representational means to convey light “from” the
island of Puerto Rico: the installation Traffic Patterns (2001-2003),
a photograph from the series Seeing Otherwise (1999-2003), and the
sculptural project Puerto Rican Light (2003).
Traffic Patterns consists of a drop ceiling containing a unique lighting
system that synchronizes the lighting in the gallery space to a traffic
light in the city of San Juan, PR. The gallery will be illuminated for some
minutes with red light, followed by a brief moment in yellow, and then
green. To achieve this synchronization, the lighting system uses a
specially designed controller/relay device connected to a computer
chip programmed with the time-code of the traffic light. Although
Traffic Patterns has been exhibited previously, its presentation in
Puerto Rican Light will be the first instance of linking two cities
together, and of literally transmitting to New York City an organizing
pattern located in Puerto Rico.
Initiated in 1999, Seeing Otherwise is a series of photographic
seascapes taken mainly on the shoreline of Puerto Rico that depict
an individual contemplating the sunset. With an almost indiscernible
digital manipulation to the photograph, the sunrays over the sea are
deflected from the camera lens to the individual in each respective
photo. The deliberate deflection of light emphasizes the individual
who is viewing the sunset. Symbolically, this accentuates what would
be impossible to see otherwise- what another person sees as they
experience a sunset. For Puerto Rican Light, one photograph from
this series will be featured, Seeing Otherwise (Cataño).
Puerto Rican Light , consists of capturing and storing
solar energy in a battery bank especially designed to provide the
proper voltage to light Puerto Rican Light (to Jeanie Blake), a 1965
sculpture by artist Dan Flavin. During the month of April, the battery
bank, which is connected to solar panels, will be located in the
gardens of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico in
San Juan, PR. Once full of solar energy, the battery bank will be
shipped to the Americas Society, where it will be connected to
Flavin’s fluorescent light sculpture. The battery bank will supply
enough energy to light Flavin’s sculpture throughout the exhibition.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12:00-6:00 PM.
Admission: Free*
*Adult group tours are available by appointment. Tours are led by gallery docents as well as contributors to the accompanying exhibition publication. For fee information and/or to schedule a tour, please call (212) 249-8361.
Directions by Subway: Train #6 to 68th Street/Hunter College;
by Bus, take the M2, M3, M4, M66 to Madison Avenue and 68th Street.

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