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Jerri Allyn, FF Alumn, presents work in Libraries in all 5 boroughs.

Jerri Allyn's traveling installation, A CHAIR IS A THRONE IS A FREEDOM FIGHTER'S CAMP STOOL will be exhibited in New York Public Library Reading Rooms in all five boroughs (one month each) from April-August, 2002. The installation is made up of 21 artist designed chairs and stools that act as portraits of people who have resolved conflicts creatively and rendered thought provoking alternatives to punishment. CD disc-man's are in the design of every seat for the public to listen to stories, written and narrated by Allyn, with soundscapes by award-winning Radio Producer Helene Rosenbluth. The chairs and stools are set in a continuously changing formation, inviting audience members to experience how seating arrangements can affect communication.

As a metaphor to shift ones point of view, the public is invited to sit in a variety of seats, simply designed as square black chairs, and round, cube and triangle stools, stenciled with related images and quotes. The stories include familial disputes to workplace, citywide, and international interventions with which Allyn has a relationship. One story is about a Mohawk artist friend, a pacifist mediator in tribal disputes, who found himself taking up arms in a standoff against the Canadian government. Another story is about a young man Allyn came to know in an art class at the Bronx Museum - and how this 12 year old who witnessed his father's murder, comes to terms with his loss and anger. Rosenbluth's score is a layering of textured sounds and music that aurally reflect "peace" and "conflict" to support the stories.

Perhaps the inspirational heart of this art installation is a story that captured Allyn's imagination from a Resolving Conflicts Around the World Conference in 1999--retold by Rosenbluth who had been asked to record the sessions: When a member of the Babemba Tribe in Africa acts unjustly, s/he is seated in the center of the village and everyone gathers in a large circle around the accused. Each tribal member talks about all the great things the person has done in their lifetime - all their positive attributes, good deeds and strengths are recited at length. At the end of the ceremony, which might last for several days, a joyous celebration, symbolically and literally, welcomes the person back into the tribe.

One of the greatest challenges we face in this 21st is learning to accept, and respect, difference. "A Chair…." is one opportunity to address ideas about revenge, punishment, restorative justice and heartfelt alternatives to violence in an interactive art installation. Allyn's training in cognitive and aesthetic development focused on how we learn as human beings and she strives to provide audiences with multiple opportunities to access issues raised in a work of art.

Art Installations in Public Reading Rooms - Open to the Public

Langston Hughes Community Library & Cultural Center
100-01 Northern Blvd., Corona, NY 11368
Tel: 718. 651.1100

96th Street Branch
112 East 96th Street @ 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10128
Tel: 212. 289. 0908

Port Richmond Branch
75 Bennett Street, Staten Island, NY 10302
Tel: 718. 442. 0158

New Lots Branch
665 New Lots Avenue @ Barbey Street, Brooklyn, NY 11207
Tel: 718. 649. 0311

Belmont Branch
610 East 186th Street, Bronx, NY 10458
Tel: 718. 933. 6410

Jerri Allyn creates site-specific, interactive and performance art events that become a part of public life, and build connections with various communities as well as the art world. Most of Allyn's work is in narrative or storytelling form and deals with communication theory. The artist strives for aesthetic innovations, incorporating historical facts, contemporary insights, community views and a satiric wit. Grant funded and commissioned for 20 years, in working with targeted audiences, the artist looks to develop democratic structures that allow for participation and a spectrum of options to be voiced about issues of pertinent social concerns. This project is sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, which provided workspace for Allyn on the 91st floor of World Trade Tower 1, to create and experiment as a special project of the "World Views Program". The artist gratefully acknowledges public funds from the Film, Media and New Technologies Grant/New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; the New York Foundation for the Arts' Artists in the School Community Program; and additional support from The Rockefeller Foundations' Bellagio Study & Conference Center Residency, Italy; the National Radio Project, CA; PS33 District 10 Project Arts, the Bronx; Center for Arts Education / Parents as Arts Partners at PS33; Fund for Creative Communities / NYSCA Decentralization Program administered by LMCC. Allyn has also received residency support the Manhattan Graphics Center and a commission for a work-in-progress exhibition from the Downtown Arts Festival.

Helene Rosenbluth is an award-winning radio documentary producer working with Pacifica Radio Network since 1975. Her coverage of women's issues, peace and environmental concerns has won accolades nationwide, including honors and awards from The Associated Press, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Association of Women in Radio & Television, and The National Federation of Community Broadcasters.

A Chair is a Throne is a Freedom Fighter's Camp Stool was created for public libraries and includes a wide-range of educational and public programs specifically developed in conjunction with the exhibit. Attached, please find a complete list of these events. Press kits are available upon request by calling Janet Stapleton at (212) 633-0016.

Installation open during library hours. Call 718. 651.1100 for times and directions. The artist will be on site: Tuesdays 1-6:00pm, Wednesdays 1-5:00pm, and Thursdays 1-8:00pm.

Ø Thursday, April 25-- 5-8:00pm
Public Opening for Artist and Queens' Participants
Ø Wednesdays, April 10, 17, 24--1:00, 2:30 and 4:00pm
Artist Tours: View and discuss Jerri Allyn's art installation
Ø Thursday, April 11-- 6:00pm
Video Screening & Discussion: Slam, a Marc Levinson film. The unanimous winner of the 1998 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Slam is a coming to life ghetto tale of a drug dealer/aspiring rapper who finds salvation in his rhymes. "Stunning, explosive...leaves the audience gasping for air." -- Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press. Rated R. 103 mins.
Ø Thursday, April 18-- 6:00pm
Video Screening & Discussion: This enchanting movie about the absurdity of war, King of Hearts, by director Philipe de Broca, became the longest running film in U.S. history. Both a bold statement on the insanity of war, as well as a heartwarming love story, King of Hearts is subtle and visually striking. Not rated and suitable for children 10 years and up. 101 mins.
Ø Thursday, April 25-- 6:00pm
Video Screening & Discussion: Long Night's Journey Into Day: South Africa's Search for Truth & Reconciliation, by directors Frances Reid and Deborah Hoffman. 2000 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary and Academy Award nominee. As it emerges from its tragedy, S. Africa is showing the rest of the world that even the most bitter of conflicts can be addressed through honesty. Not Rated. 94 mins.
Ø Thursdays, April 11, 18, 25-- 3:00pm
Art Workshops for Teens: Resolving Conflicts Creatively
Ø Wednesday, April 17-- 3:00pm
Stop the Violence Hip Hop Shop with Heru Shango

Installation open to the public while artist is on site: Thursdays, 12-8:00pm, Fridays, 12-6:00pm, and Saturdays, 10:00am-1:00pm. Call 212. 289. 0908 for directions.

Ø Thursday, May 30-- 5-8:00pm
Public Opening for Artist and Manhattan Participants
Ø Fridays, May 3, 10, 17, 31--12:00, 1:30, 3:00, 4:30pm
Artist tours: View and discuss Jerri Allyn's art installation
Ø Thursday, May 9-- 6:00 pm
Video Screening & Discussion: Long Night's Journey Into Day: South Africa's Search for Truth & Reconciliation. (see April 25)
Ø Thursday, May 16-- 6:00pm
PBS Documentary Video Screening & Discussion: Honorable Nations, The Seneca's Land Rights, by Chana Gazit and David Steward. Winner, American Indian Film and Video Competition, 1992; Honorable Mention, American Film and Video Festival, 1992. Not rated. 54 mins.
Ø Thursday, May 23-- 6:00pm
Video Screening & Discussion: Slam (see April 11)
Ø Thursdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 31--3:30pm
Art Workshops for Teens: Resolving Conflicts Creatively
Ø Wednesday, May 15--10:00am
Video presentation and discussion with Seeds of Peace, a non-profit organization that mobilizes teenagers from global regions of conflict to see "the human face of the enemy."

Installation open to the public while artist is on site: Tuesdays, 12-8:00pm, Thursdays, 1-6:00pm, Saturdays,
1-5:00pm. Call 718. 442. 0158 for directions.

Ø Tuesday, June 25-- 5-8:00pm
Public Opening for Artist and Staten Island Participants
Ø Tuesdays June 4, 11, 18, 25--12:00, 2:00, 6:00pm
Artist Tours: View and discuss Jerri Allyn's art installation
Ø Saturday, June 8-- 2:30pm
Screening & Discussion: Lysistrata, a 1987 film adaptation by Zervoulakos. Aristophanes' ancient Greek classic, complete with double entendres and philosophical humor. Rated R. 80mins.
Ø Tuesdays, June 4, 11, 18, 25--3:30pm
Art Workshops for Teens: Resolving Conflicts Creatively
Ø Thursdays, June 6, 13, 19--3:30pm
Japanese Pen Pals/Fold an Origami Crane for Peace/Teen Workshop

Installation open to the public while artist is on site: Thursdays, 1-6:00pm, Fridays 11:00am-6:00pm, Saturdays, 10:00am-5:00pm. (Except Holiday weekend July 4 - 7). Call 718. 649. 0311 for directions.

Ø Saturday, July 27-- 3-5:00pm
Public Opening for Artist and Brooklyn Participants
Ø Saturdays, July 13, 20, 27-- 1:00, 2:30 and 4:00pm
Artist Tours: View and discuss Jerri Allyn's art installation
Ø Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25--10:30am-12:00pm
Art Workshops for Teens: Resolving Conflicts Creatively
Ø Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25-1-3:00pm
Oral History and Creative Writing Workshop for Teens and Seniors
Ø Saturdays, July 13--10:00am-1:00pm
Ø Garden Market Installation and Artist Tours next to library.
Ø Saturday, July 13-- 2:00pm
Screening & Book Discussion: Dead Man Walking, a film by Tim Robbins. Confronting both the plight of the condemned and the rage of the bereaved, the needs of a crime-ridden society and the Christian imperative
to live. Rated R. 122 mins.
Ø Saturday, July 20--2:00pm
Film Screening & Discussion: The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It, by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Tejada-Flores. 43,000 Americans refused to shoulder weapons because their consciences would not allow them to kill another human being, while others fought for the liberation of Europe from Hitler's Fascist grip.
Not Rated. 54 mins.
Ø Saturday, July 27--1-4:00pm
The Way Out is Singing What You Got: The Blues/A Music and Poetry Celebration hosted by Brooklyn poet Patricia Spears Jones.

Installation open to the public while artist is on site: Tuesdays, 12-8:00pm, Wednesdays 10am-6:00pm, Thursdays 10am-6:00pm. Call 718. 933. 6410 for directions.

Ø Tuesday, August 27-- 5-8:00pm
Public Opening for Artist and Bronx Participants
Ø Tuesdays, August 6, 13, 20, 27-12:00, 2:00, 4:00 and 6:00pm
Artist Tours: View and discuss Jerri Allyn's art installation
Ø Wednesdays, August 7, 14, 21, 28-- 3:00pm
Art Workshops for Teens: Resolving Conflicts Creatively
Ø Thursdays, August 8, 15--3:00pm
Labyrinth Workshop for Teens: A cool out strategy for those heated moments.
** Program dates and times are subject to change.