Scenes from the Master Gallery Opening of “On The Brink”

The Master Gallery Takes Flight with On The Brink 

The Master Gallery’s opening night reception featuring Jacinta Stewart’s beautifully rendered portraits of North American birds was a dazzling affair. The event was well attended and the guests learned that the birds and the title of the show, On The Brink, referenced the birds’ unfortunate distinction of being on the Audubon Society’s list of climate-endangered or climate-threatened species.

The show’s inspiration was crafted by curator Jan Fort, and Stewart after Stewart met Avi Gitler (Avi Gitler Gallery) and learned about his Audubon Mural Project. Gitler commissions artists in his Hamilton Heights neighborhood to do paintings and murals on buildings in honor of former resident John James Audubon. The overall intention is to bring awareness to the Audubon Society’s list of climate-threatened and climate-endangered birds. Stewart, a new resident to Hamilton Heights, met Gitler in his Gallery and learned that the beautiful murals she was noticing around the neighborhood was his brainchild and the birds became her muse. In the process of creating her show at the Master, Stewart was also accepted to paint a mural for the Audubon Mural Project and her artistry can be found at 149th Street and Broadway.

Another highlight of the opening night festivities was a performance by jazz and funk vocalist, Angela Workman. Workman sang a soulful rendition of I’ll Fly Away, bringing the evening to a soaring climax.

The show will hang until July 28th.  Be sure to take time to enjoy the “Bird Bio Book” that explains a little about each of the birds in the show. Check it out before it flies away.

 

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The Power of Storytelling, A Conversation and Book Signing with Murray Nossel, Thurs, May 17, 7:30 pm

The Monday Night at the Master Program Presents: 

The Power of Storytelling, A Conversation and Book Signing with Murray Nossel, PhD

Thursday, May 17, 2018 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Riverside Lobby

Murray Nossel, a clinical psychologist and master storyteller, facilitated a special evening for residents in March 2014 during which they shared their personal stories of how they came to live at the Master’s and their experiences living here.

Murray returns this evening to share insights with us on the importance of storytelling in the work place from his recently published book “Powered by Storytelling.”

Murray Nossel_Powered by Storytelling_May 2018

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Opening Reception for “On the Brink,” paintings by Jacinta Stewart, Master Gallery, Thurs, May 10th

The Master Gallery Presents:

On the Brink

paintings by Jacinta Stewart   

May 19- July 28th, 2018

Opening Reception, May 10th, 7-8:30pm

Inspired by the Audubon Mural Project, this exhibit hopes to bring awareness of North American Birds threatened by  climate change.

www.artbyjacinta.com 

jacinta@nyc.com

 

 

    

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New Book by Isabelle Armand: Levon and Kennedy: Mississippi Innocence Project

Congratulations to Master Resident, photographer  Isabelle Armand, on the publication of her new book, “Levon and Kennedy: Mississippi Innocence Project,” which is on display and for sale, along with 25 prints from the book, at Hauser & Wirth, 548 West 22nd Street, New York City. The book, written with Tucker Carrington, is also available online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Rizzoli.

About The Book

Two African American men from poor, rural Mississippi wrongfully convicted for crimes they didn’t commit. Lost years of their lives spent in jail and finally released a decade a half later thanks to the Innocence Project and DNA testing. This is their life for all to see.In the early 1990s in a small disadvantaged community in rural Mississippi, Levon Brooks and Kennedy Brewer were wrongfully convicted in separate trials of capital murder. Brooks, despite an alibi, was sentenced to life and was imprisoned for 18 years. A few years later Brewer was convicted and sentenced to death. He was incarcerated for 15.

In 2008 the Innocence Project in New York exonerated both men. Vanessa Potkin, longtime attorney at the Innocence Project, along with co-founder of the Innocence Project, Peter Neufeld, spent years investigating the two cases, and discovered a link between them that subsequent DNA testing substantiated. The results of that testing led authorities to the real perpetrator who was responsible for both murders and then to the exonerations of Brooks and Brewer.

Without the work of the Innocence Project, Potkin, Neufeld, and a host of others, these photographs-of lives lost, forgotten, and then regained-would not have been possible. The photographs’ poignance is made all the more powerful as one contemplates their stark, deeply felt beauty against the haunting realization that they were almost never able to be made or seen at all.

The evidence against Brooks and Brewer consisted primarily of bite mark matching evidence. A prosecution expert testified that in both cases multiple bite marks covered the victims’ bodies and matched the defendants’ teeth impressions. A group of experts retained by the Innocence Project later determined that the marks were not bite marks at all. As a forensic discipline, bite mark matching has come under serious criticism in recent years and led to the exoneration of multiple other prisoners. This same prosecution expert testified not only in Brooks’s and Brewer’s cases, but a host of others in Mississippi and the region. The extent of the damage is still unknown.

In 2012, photographer Isabelle Armand came across an article about these two cases. Such a scenario seemed unbelievable. How, why, and where could this happen? How does one cope with wrongful conviction? For the next five years, she spent several weeks each year documenting Brooks, Brewer, their families and their environment. This intimate photographic essay, akin to looking in a mirror, puts faces on the victims of wrongful convictions. It seeks to raise consciousness, challenge popular perceptions about poverty and inequality in our criminal justice system, and demands that we confront these critical issues.

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Your Body is Your Gym, a Demonstration/Book Signing, Sat. April 21st, 10am

Dear Residents, 

As part of the ongoing “Monday Night at the Master” series, Cris Caivano, an exercise/movement therapist and longtime resident of the Master Apts., will be presenting an informative and fun program on integrating exercise into one’s daily routine. 

Program: Your Body is Your Gym, How to Weave Strength Training into Your Day

Date/Time: Saturday, April 21, 10am – 11am

Location:    Riverside Lobby

Click here for additional information. All are welcome. 

Although pre-registration is not required, it is appreciated for planning for refreshments. 

If you plan to attend, please register at the front desk.  

 

 

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