Friday, August 7, 2009

"In the morning" - Michael Chang and Jan Kather Collaborations - 136 E. State St.

In the morning of August 5, 1962, actress Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her home. In the morning of June 28, 1969, Greenwich Village Stonewall Inn was raided by police and the gay liberation movement began.

Inspired by these two events, Danish artist Michael Chang and regional artist Jan Kather have created a video installation. Tammy Renee Brackett (Alfred), Tom Oberg (Elmira), Graham McDougal (Ithaca), Dan Reidy & Wendy Taylor (Elmira), John Criscitello (Ithaca), Wilka Roig (Ithaca), Janeen LaMontagne (Waverly), and Marty McCutcheon (San Francisco) were invited to contribute to this installation.


  1. Greetings from Copenhagen.

    I would like to express my gratitude to the artists for finding the time to participate in this project, and for sharing their work process so openly. Secondly to the audience at the opening for taking an interest and find time to listening to the artists. Thirdly to the "To Let" program which is both simple, discreet and yet direct — qualities that I as an artist appreciate very much.

    I place my full confidence in the pedestrians of downtown Ithaca, who now have an opportunity, to stop, look and wonder and at some point get involved in the art community of Ithaca and share an open minded spirit.

    Michael Chang, Copenhagen, Denmark

  2. I think the Ithaca community is very fortunate to have the artists in The Working Relationship investing so much of their own time in providing a less traditional view of art and art making in a public space. Having art readily available for viewing on the Commons allows for an informal discussion of ideas, which I believe is the point of installing art in non-traditional venues such as the empty storefront windows. Concept Systems, Inc. and all other landlords deserve applause as well for supporting this initiative that provides artists and viewers with a new venue where they can explore contemporary art.