Posts Tagged ‘Museum of Modern Art’

Mexico Now! presents ABSENCE/PRESENCE AT MEDIANOCHE

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Opening Reception: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 6PM – 9PM

PLEASE NOTE NEW ADDRESS:
MEDIANOCHE
1355 PARK AVENUE, FIRST FLOOR
(ENTRANCE ON 102ND STREET)

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ABSENCE/PRESENCE
an exhibition in two parts: at MediaNoche and Casa Puebla
September 4 – October 12, 2007
Drawings and Mulitmedia by Antonia Guerrero
Opening Reception at MediaNoche: Wednesday, September 12, 6PM – 9PM

Two concurrent exhibitions allow artist Antonia Guerrero to explore the Mexican immigrant experience through different media, articulating a lightness of being that challenges our notions of culture and identity. Crossing the Mexico/U.S. border becomes a rite of passage that is self-contradictory, self-affirming and transformative.

The immigrant is iconically in a state of coming and going, of absence and presence. Through her drawings, the artist establishes a verisimilitude of home at Casa Puebla that is overturned by the virtual reality of a foreign land at MediaNoche. Both become illusive worlds that do not clash as much as meld the familiar with the unfamiliar.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Antonia Guerrero is an award-winning Mexican artist working in a variety of media. Her recent work combines photorealistic paintings and drawings re-purposed for her multimedia installations that include video, photographs, digital prints and performance. She has exhibited throughout the U.S. and Mexico, including the Snite Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art of Mexico. Guerrero studied at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Mexico City and at Pratt Institute in New York City.

MNN is officially out of PRdream’s new media loft

Friday, December 15th, 2006

PRdream/MediaNoche, the first new media gallery and digital studio of Upper Manhattan, and Manhattan Neighborhood Network, the community access organization for Manhattan, opened a satellite public access, cable television facility in PRdream’s loft on East 106th Street in 2004. This past Friday, December 1, they met to finalize the terms of MNN’s departure which was set for Wednesday, December 13. According to Judith Escalona, Director of PRdream.com and MediaNoche, “the split was long in the making.” The two organizations, one small and the other large, are remarkably different in their uses of media and their ultimate aims.

PRdream/MediaNoche seeks to utilize digital technology and the internet to advance an agenda that opens a dialogue among artists and filmmakers worldwide while maintaining a strong community base. That agenda involves the production, exhibition and distribution of digital artwork and films. It also involves an ongoing theorizing and critique of media practices.

Manhattan Neighborhood Network is mandated by the franchise agreement between the city of New York and Time-Warner, to provide free training in video production and programming time to the residents of Manhattan over the designated public access channels in Manhattan. They also have a website at http://www.mnn.org. Public Access television came into being in the seventies, as an enticement created by the cable companies who wanted to install coaxial cable in city streets.

Neither organization plans to leave Spanish Harlem aka El Barrio. PRdream first came to El Barrio in 1999 to showcase an unique film festival called Nuyorican Cinema at the Julia de Burgos Cultural Center and later opened its new media loft on East 106th Street in order to collect the oral histories of the Puerto Rican diaspora. This work continues unabated and can be seen online at http://www.prdream.com.

They later expanded their activities by creating the first new media gallery and digital film studio of Upper Manhattan, MediaNoche, and The Handball Court Summer Film Festival, screening international films at sunset by projecting them on the handball court wall on East 106th Street. This past summer, they launched MediaNoche_wifi, offering free wireless internet access on East 106th Street and White Park.

PRdream/MediaNoche will continue its activities from its new media loft. Check out http://www.prdream.com and http://www.medianoche.us.

In a move that involves temporarily downsizing, MNN will occupy a smaller space on Lexington Avenue, according to Dan Coughlin, the Executive Director of Manhattan Neighborhood Network, while they prepare for a permanent residence on East 104th Street, where they are in the process of purchasing the delapidated firehouse located there. The sale of the firehouse by El Museo del Barrio was surrounded by controversy by community residents who saw the loss of a cultural asset. The building has been closed for two decades and shows the wear of disuse and neglect.

For Escalona, it’s all part of a process of cleaning house and streamlining activities at PRdream/MediaNoche. “We’ve reached a point of growth that necessitates refocusing and assessment in order to continue to deliver smart, good quality work.” 2006 was apparently a great year for the organization which hosted the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition “In the Making.” They also completed a webcast that featured an international dialogue of the work of Diogenes Ballester with El Museo de la Historia de Ponce, and The Caribbean University of Puerto Rico, this past September.

PRdream/MediaNoche has also collaborated with the Center of Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, El Museo del Barrio, the Museum of the City of New York, and El Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, and the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. PRdream.com and MediaNoche have been featured on WABC-TV, WCBS-TV, NY1, The New York Times, NY Daily News, NY Post, El Diario, Hoy, El Mercurio (Chile), Siempre, Tiempo, and After Image, as well as international publications and web sites.