Spreading the word with RoseLee Goldberg’s Book Under my Arm
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council & Franklin Furnace
WHEN: Thursday, February 2, 2006
10 am – 5 pm
WHERE: Beginning at LMCC
125 Maiden Lane, Lower Manhattan
Ending: Jersey City Museum
350 Montgomery Street, Jersey City
WHO: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) and Franklin Furnace are proud to partner on interdisciplinary artist Nicolás Dumit Estévez's
two-year performance series For Art's Sake. Several torturous pilgrimages enacted by Estévez were conceived as a part of the LMCC/Workspace: 120 Broadway Residency Program and the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art.
WHAT: Estévez stages a series of pilgrimages that reverse the relationship between art and religion, modeling his piece after the Catholic El Camino de Compostela in Spain, where devotees travel to the tomb of St James. In this project, religion becomes a tool in the service of art as the artist endures journeys that begin in Lower Manhattan and conclude at seven museums. Upon completion of each penance, a passport credential is signed by the director of each institution or by an appointed official.
UPCOMING PILGRIMAGE – Thursday, February 2:
Estévez travels from LMCC to the Jersey City Museum, stopping at educational/cultural sites in the Garden State; including an all-boy's Catholic School to introduce the subject of performance art and to give a brief slide presentation on the three journeys that he has previously undertaken.
This time Estévez wears an Yves Klein blue chasuble and carries a soft cover edition of Goldberg's Performance Art: from Futurism to From the Present under his arm. The pilgrimage concludes at the Museum with Marion Grzesiak, Executive Director, recording her signature in the passport, followed by a slide account of previous journeys. Departing blessing performed by Curator Sara Reisman.
A component of Estevez' project consists of a handmade devotional guide created at the Center for Book Arts in collaboration with artists Ana Cordeiro and Amber McMillan. The guide will be on exhibition as part as The Only Book, curated by Sara Reisman at the Center for Book Arts, January 20 - April 1, 2006.