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Performance Art Event "Kahn. Islander."


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Performance Art Event "Kahn. Islander."

  • New York Estonian House 243 East 34th Street New York, NY, 10016 United States (map)

Artistic Path from medieval Estonia to Roosevelt island

Performance art show celebrating the works of an Estonian-born American architect Louis Kahn.

In 2016 an Estonian art critic Heie Treier published a book "KAHN: The Islander" exploring the motivations, and subconscious inspirations behind Kahn's work. She elaborately focused on medieval Estonian architecture and analyzed how Kahn's birthplace might have influenced his creative work. In collaboration with five New York-based artists, we'll explore how our physical surrounding can change artistic perception. Throughout the evening you'll be a part of four different artistic numbers inspired by Kahn's architecture, including the recently opened Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park.

Performers: Diina Tamm (movement), Valev Laube (sounds), Evan Basta (sounds), David Rothenberg (words), Jaanika Peerna (drawing), James Koroni (movement).

Wine and hors d'oeuvre will be served.

Entry: $50


Useful Information

‘It’s important to honour the material. Honour the brick.’

On a recent visit to Estonia, Jan Fuscoe, discovered facts, and an especially interesting theory, about Louis Kahn, one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. Kahn died in 1974, in the men’s room of Manhattan’s Penn Station in New York City. His body couldn’t be identified as he’d crossed out his address in his passport, so he lay unclaimed in the morgue for three days. His death was as unconventional as his life had been.
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Video by Valev Laube

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Estonian Cultural Days 2017