We’re excited to share with you that Perfectly Normal For Me will screen at Lincoln
Center’s Dance on Camera Film Festival on Sunday, July 22 at 6 PM at the Walter Reade
Theater. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 29.
We hope to see you there!
Catherine Tambini and Elizabeth Hemmerdinger
At a unique after school dance program in Queens, NY, we meet exceptional children
with a variety of physical challenges. Alexandria, Jake, Caitlin and Veronica, ages 5 to 15,
teach us about perseverance, inclusion and self-acceptance in this intimate verité
documentary. With their teenage volunteer helpers they create an inclusive environment
too often absent in our world. The film features former New York City Ballet Prima Ballerina Jenifer Ringer.
“In this film, both optimistic and realistic, the abilities of people with disabilities are brought to the forefront. The footage records their extraordinary will and the surprising grace they bring to an activity apparently antithetical to their physical condition….It is an important contribution to our understanding of ability, disability, and it challenges our narrow image of beauty. It is told with sincerity and with humor.” Andrew Solomon, author of Far from the Tree
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.
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.”
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