Momenta Art | 56 Bogart St.
Curated by Christine Licata
Please join us for a special screening of Michael Paul Britto’s latest work, LYNCHTalk followed by a Q&A with the artist and the collaborating actor, Duane Cooper, moderated by curator/writer Christine Licata.
A central piece in Britto’s current solo exhibition “Shock & Awe”, LYNCHTalk transforms the infamous Willie Lynch: The Making of a Slave into the style of a contemporary TedTalk, reenacted word-for-word by Cooper. The original speech, believed to have been presented by an 18th century white slave owner, offered systematic formulas in order to successfully breakdown and control black slaves. Utilizing a pedagogic delivery within the familiar format of “ideas worth spreading,” Britto challenges the viewer to reflect upon and engage in dialogues around the historical parallel structures and psychology of racism today. Moderated by Licata, the Q&A will impart insights into the work in relation to Britto’s overall practice as well as Cooper’s experience in the process of making LYNCHTalk.
Michael Paul Britto graduated with a BA from the City College of New York. Michael’s works range from videos to digital photography, sculpture, collage, and performance. Britto has had residencies at the New Museum in New York as well as Smack Mellon, The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation and LMCC. Michael has been featured in shows at El Museo del Barrio, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Kitchen in New York, The Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in England. Britto’s work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art in America and the Brooklyn Rail. www.brittofied.com
Duane Cooper is a New York based actor. Since graduating from the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, he has appeared in over 20 commercials, both National and Regional. He has worked consistently in the Theatre, as well as film. He is a big fan of sketch comedy and has several sketches floating around on youtube. With the Shock and Awe exhibit, he feels as though he is now quite literally a piece of art.
Christine Licata is the Director of Performing and Visual Arts at Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education in the South Bronx. Her past positions include the Associate Director of Visual Arts at the Boston Center for the Arts and the Associate Curator at Taller Boricua in El Barrio, Spanish Harlem. As an Independent Curator she was recently a Guest Curator in Art in Odd Places’ performance festival AiOP 2012: MODEL. As an Art Writer, she has been published in exhibition and artist catalogs as well as written for Artlog, Degree Critical, PERFORMA 07 and Art on Paper. She has a BFA from Parsons The New School for Design and an MFA in Art Criticism and Writing from the School of Visual Arts.
Thurs - Sun 5:54 PM - 6:00 PM