The Reel President
Sunday August 29, 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm
Outdoors at Stuyvesant Cove Park
(23rd Street and the East River)
The Reel President is a public art event comprised of a large-scale video projection that illustrates the power of cinema and examines the tools used to create a presidential image. Artists Morgan Schwartz and Amy Sharp will project video on a wall adjacent to Stuyvesant Cove Park to explore the relationship between acting presidential and being presidential.
The Reel President will take place on the evening of Sunday, August 29, the night before the Republican Convention opens at Madison Square Garden. The event offers New Yorkers an open-air cinema experience, with a unique take on the concept of convention. The White House has appropriated the notion of the "President" from Hollywood and employed Hollywood tactics to sell America a constructed image. Sharp and Schwartz will use Hollywood films, televised debates and press coverage, to investigate the political climate and the role of still and moving images in the portrayal of the Presidency. Structured by dueling images, The Reel President will look at the relationship between staged identity and reality. The video and sound montage will loop, allowing viewers to join at any point.
With help from the Community Environmental Center The Reel President is a sustainable production, power usage for the event will stem from renewable solar electricity.
For more information contact: John Garvie 212-505-6050