No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.
- Ingmar Bergman

May 13, 2014

Pawel Althamer -- The Draftsmen's Congress

Filmmaker About Town -- what I film when out and about

A rain-soaked Saturday is always a good time to explore the museums in New York City, and so I did with a few friends by my side.  We stopped into the New Museum's exhibit showcasing Polish artist Pawel Althamer.  Though he is known for the figurative sculptures he creates of himself, his family and other people within his community, he also is an artist advocate who has gathered various groups of people to help push forward certain causes.  "Common Cause" initially began as a project to beautify a run-down park by turning it into a sculpture garden.  In New York, he initiated a coat drive for the Bowery Mission by offering free admission to "Draftsmen's Congress" to anyone that donated a free coat.

Althamer's The Draftsmen's Congress embodies his idea of community collaboration.  In this work, he invites visitors to express themselves by drawing or painting whatever inspires them on white sheets of supplied paper taped to the New Museum's walls.  The idea was met with much enthusiasm as people picked up their instrument of choice and began coloring the walls and floor with images and words in different sizes, colors and shapes.

Using my iPhone, I shot and created a short film showing the energy and excitement inside of the room with the white papered walls.

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