Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 1 Sat, Aug 24, 2019 12:00 PM


SEA of Visibility: Support Expression through the Arts
Sponsored by the Patchogue Arts Council/MOCA LI, Muñeca Arthouse, Criterion Company & The Spirit of Huntington Art Center.


Saturday, August 24, at 12 noon | Members $12 | Public $17

With panel of mental health professionals with varied expertise who will be available for support or guidance for participants. Complimentary treats by Food Sponsors Cindy Hand Creations and Over the Rainbow.

For decades, the work of Yayoi Kusama pushed boundaries that often alienated her from both her peers and those in power in the art world. Kusama was an underdog with everything stacked against her: the trauma of growing up in Japan during World War II, life in a dysfunctional family that discouraged her creative ambitions, sexism and racism in the art establishment, mental illness in a culture where that was particularly shameful - and even continuing to pursue and be devoted to her art as she approaches her 90s. In spite of it all, Kusama has endured and has created a legacy of artwork that spans the disciplines of painting, sculpture, installation art, performance art, poetry and literary fiction. After working as an artist for over six decades, people around the globe are experiencing her installation Infinity Mirrored Rooms in record numbers, as Kusama continues to create new work every day. (USA, 2018, 76 Mins, NR, English & Japanese | Dir. Heather Lenz)

The film will be followed by an art teacher-led “happening” by Anu Annam, Margaret Minardi and Caitlyn Shea and presentation by a Kusama expert in the Sky Room. There will be an ephemeral creation of a “Balancing Room”, inspired by Yayoi Kusama’s “Obliterion Room” and other dot installations. Participants will balance a dot composition spatially, visually through color theory and emotionally through the Cognitive Behavior Therapy tenets of Dr. Aaron T. Beck.

Comedy by the talented Mo Diggs and musical performance by Jane Olivia Remauro will be included in this creative afternoon.

An amazing art exhibit by “SEA of Visibility“ visual artists will be on display, as well as by Muñeca Arthouse artists.
With thanks to Anu Annam, Teaching Artist and Independent Curator, Stephanie Rubin, VIBS Counselor, Teaching Artists, Margaret Minardi, Caitlyn Shea and Patty Eljaiek Vice President of Westbury Arts.