Paramount Watching, LED Public Art, by John Craig Freeman, Photograph by James Manning, November 2011.
ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage announces the launch of curated programming for the Paramount LED Windows on the façade of 559 Washington Street. Beginning Nov. 16, 2011 at 5:30 p.m., the Arcade Building LED Wall will feature new media work by four contemporary artists.
As part of the re-imagining of the Paramount Theatre, Emerson College created a three-story high, energy efficient LED installation designed to be viewed through the arched windows of the old Arcade building and seen from the street. Now an integral part of the Paramount Center, the Arcade Building houses the Paramount Mainstage, Bright Family Screening Room and Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre. Under the auspices of ArtsEmerson, Joseph D. Ketner II, The Henry and Lois Foster Chair of Contemporary Art and Distinguished Curator-in-Residence at Emerson College, has invited four artists to contribute works for the initial presentation: Jim Campbell, John Craig Freeman, Brian Knep, and Erwin Redl. Images will be visible on the buildings’ three stories-high, seven window bays-wide architecturally scaled art installation. Each artists’ work will run in 15 minute blocks. The program will run nightly beginning 2 hours before sunset and ending at midnight.
According to Ketner, “The intention is to activate the visual dynamics of Washington Street and the Theatre District neighborhood with something a little different—a monumental artistic experience.”
According to ArtsEmerson Executive Director Rob Orchard, “This is a wonderful new venue for ArtsEmerson, adding visual art to our already robust theatre, film and music programming. That it is visible from outside the building contributes to the energy and excitement of this historic neighborhood, and invites our audience, and everyone who lives, works, and plays downtown, to experience art on a daily basis.”