Visual art, underground dance culture and fashion are masterfully fused in Harlem School of the Arts Teaching Artist Julia Kito Kirtley’s live performance art exhibition, “I Hear Music In The Streets.” The exhibition, which features 13 paintings and mixed media pieces encompassing cityscapes that embody sound and movement, will debut at an opening reception on Saturday, June 18 from 6:00 to 9:00pm and continue on through August 27, 2016, at The Harlem School of the Arts, located at 645 Saint Nicholas Avenue, New York, New York 10030.
Kito will be performing a live painting during the reception that will also feature eight internationally acclaimed dancers including break dance pioneer Ana “Rokafella” Garcia and international House dance champion Terry “Cebo” Carr. Dancers will be wearing Kito’s fashion designs to bring the paintings to life with choreographed and freestyle movements to the live sounds of DJ Doc Jay.
“My paintings are a narrative depicting sound, movement and life in the city,” said Kito. “I employ visual arts materials and dance to illustrate an interactive environment.”
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Presented by The Harlem School of the Arts Visual Arts Department, and curated by HSA’s Visual Arts Director Jonathan “JP” Patton, the abstract paintings of cityscapes examine the relationship between the city’s kinetic energy, the sound of music and the role of the dancer within this sphere.
“Kito’s exhibition brings together forms of art that have co-existed since the beginning of time and her narrative of fusing these two mediums allows the audience to experience art through a multi-sensory process,” said Patton. “In this exhibition, she allows the participant options of stimuli, whether it is the vibrant colors on canvas or the pulse of the beat from the music. Her artistic vision brings together different cultures and participants from many different backgrounds in which art is supposed to do.”
Included in the exhibit will be mixed media pieces “City That Never Sleeps,” with over 300 mirrored glass pieces that allow the viewer to see themselves as part of the cityscape; and “Spin,” an interactive piece that pulls participants into the work by allowing them to touch and spin the records.
The family-friendly exhibit is free and open to the public. There will also be an HSA Artist Talk with Kito onThursday July 21 2016, from 6:30 to 8:00pm. For more information visit hsanyc.org.
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