MAY 31 & JUNE 1 – PARKS, POOLS, & THE PEOPLE
LE PETIT VERSAILLES COMMUNITY GARDEN
346 E. Houston St. / 247 E. 2nd St.
ALL LPV EVENTS HAPPEN RAIN OR SHINE
Screenings/Discussion curated by Americantrance (Amanda Trager & Erik Moskowitz)
8PM | May 31 | Screening of Frank Perry’s The Swimmer
7PM | June 1 | Panel Discussion, followed by Screening of William Greaves’ Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One
Parks, Pools & The People is a Screening & Discussion event featuring two films from 1968 — Frank Perry’s The Swimmerand William Greaves’ Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One.
Screening these films is an end in itself but also supports discussion that exposes how progressive visions of “public” — as in public parks — have rested on exclusionary practices. This includes the story of Central Park’s origins in the destruction of one of Manhattan’s earliest property-owning African-American neighborhoods (Seneca Village), as well as aspects of the founding of our National Park system.
The Panel Discussion will include Seneca Village archaeologist and educator Nan A. Rothschild, and cultural historian, activist, and writer Kazembe Balagun, and others, to be announced.
Amanda Trager & Erik Moskowitz are a collaborative team. Song, ventriloquism and the depiction of environments — the natural and the artificial — are consistent elements in their body of work in film, video and installation. Their work has been presented internationally at venues that include Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Rotterdam Film Festival, the Reina Sofia (Madrid), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Beirut Art Center, Participant, Inc. and the 303 Gallery (NYC).