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Convent of Saint Cecilia

Exhibition Detail
Room Tones
21 Monitor Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216


August 28th, 2009 - September 12th, 2009
Opening: 
August 28th, 2009 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
, Ryan SullivanRyan Sullivan,
June 24, 2009, Oil, wax / canvas, 12" x 9"
, Brock EnrightBrock Enright
, Julio Cesar GonzalezJulio Cesar Gonzalez
, Colin HuntColin Hunt
, Nathan SpondikeNathan Spondike
, Molly LoweMolly Lowe
, Nathan DilworthNathan Dilworth
, Susan SabistonSusan Sabiston
, Mike SchreiberMike Schreiber
, Jason BartellJason Bartell
, William LattaWilliam Latta
, Emily Mae SmithEmily Mae Smith
, Katherine WolkoffKatherine Wolkoff
, William SabistonWilliam Sabiston
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EXHIBITION EXTENDED! Now also open on:   
September 10th, 11th, and 12th:  12:00-5:00

 

 

“Room tone is a location's "aural fingerprint” . . . Every location has a distinct presence of subtle

sounds created by ambient sound sources and the reverberation of those sounds within the

location . . . Room tone is recorded during the sound recording of a film production. It is used to

match the production sound track so that it may be intercut with the track and provide a

continuous-sounding background.”

 

“A convent may refer to a community of priests, religious brothers, religious sisters, or nuns, or it

may refer to the building used by the community”

-wikipedia

 

An exhibition reflective of our contemporary atmosphere, Room Tones  is also a return to an early

and influential  site of western art.  The Catholic convent of St. Cecilia in Greenpoint was once a

robust institution, home to a steady then slowly decreasing number of nuns until it was closed and

vacated in 2008.  Like many empty storefronts throughout New York City, the situation of this

particular convent is a barometer of the complex social and economic changes taking place in

Greenpoint and its neighboring L train enclaves. Spiritual views and orientations aside, Father

Krische, pastor of St. Cecilia, has generously worked with organizer Nathan Spondike and his

team making Room Tones an event that will reinvigorate this unique 97-year-old building into a

testament of the new thoughts and ideas emerging from artists around it.

 

Room Tones  is a collaborative exhibition of 25 highly diverse artistic peers within the vacant

Convent of St. Cecilia. Reflections of the nuns' former usage of the space permeate this

momentary rehabitation. Inside this once highly private and exclusive residence, the artists have

each been given an individual room to provide an intimate and singular view of their work. In

addition, a selection of further pieces will be displayed in dialogue throughout the dining hall,

parlor, basement, bathrooms, and hallways.  Various video works from selected contributors will

be screened along with opening night music performances by the San Francisco based “Bulbs”

and Brooklyn duo  “Sister Big Stuff” in the convent’s unique prayer chapel.



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