Ralph Lemon, “1856 Cessna Road”

Studio Museum in Harlem, Harlem Thursday May 17 2012 12:00 - 21:00
The color photos and film installation that make up this show document a remarkable eight-year collaboration between Lemon, a renowned contemporary choreographer, and Walter Carter, a former sharecropper, carpenter and gardener from Little Yazoo, MS, who died in 2010 at age 102. Twice a year, Lemon would travel to Little Yazoo and do different projects with Carter, including a filmed reenactment of director Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1972 sci-fi classic, Solaris. In both the photos and the film, Lemon captures Carter in a silver astronaut outfit, walking down dirt roads or “flying” a spaceship—actually a around cage on wheels topped by a large satellite TV dish. What becomes apparent is their relationship as kindred spirits, suffused with a generosity of spirit and touched with more than a little humor.
Venue name: Studio Museum in Harlem
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Address: 144 W 125th St
New York
10027
Cross street: between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (Seventh Ave) and Malcolm X Blvd (Lenox Ave)
Opening hours: Thu, Fri noon–9pm; Sat 10am–6pm; Sun noon–6pm
Transport: Subway: 2, 3 to 125th St