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Florcy Morisset’s Vivant turns 10! Double bill, Gurumbé and Ione Nash in Scribe Video-Taller Puertorriqueño collaboration; Jonathan Lyndon Chase and Jennifer Packer in important Kohn Gallery show; Plus, Artblog’s Annual Appeal is On!

We are sticking with the magic three (plus one) in this short, sweet News Post, with some congratulations, news of excellent films to see, two of our favorite artists in a great show in Los Angeles, and (ahem) some Artblog News!



Double bill at Taller Puertorriqueño in collaboration with Scribe Video – Tues, Nov. 28, 7 PM! – Check out the two wonderful-sounding films, one about Ione Nash and African dance in Philadelphia and the other about the hidden history of slavery in Spain and the impact on Spanish arts and culture.

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 7 PM
Taller Puertorriqueño
2600 North 5th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19133
Cost: $10, $5 Scribe and Taller Puertorriqueño members
Register for ticket

Ione Nash – Her Life, Her Art
2013, 23 mins
by Arthur Hall Afro-American Dance Ensemble Alumni
A production of Scribe Video Center’s Community Visions.

A pioneer in the Dance Arts, Ione Nash has made a significant contribution to African dance in Philadelphia and the US through her belief that passionate expression of feeling is at the heart of great dance.

2016, 72 min
directed by M. Ángel Rosales (Spain/Mexico/Portugal/Senegal)
Spanish with English subtitles

Today Europe’s southern borders are shielded with barbed wire and fences, but once a trade flourished here that forcibly kidnapped thousands of African men and women into exile and exploitation. Giving voice to its Afro Andalusian memories, Gurumbé leads us to question Spanish identity, reminding us that Africa is weaved into its fabric.

Miguel Ángel Rosales is an Andalusian anthropologist and documentary filmmaker. His contact with cinema began at a very young age following his father across the South of Spain projecting films in local cinemas. Miguel Angel studied at the Conservatory of Music in Granada and later directed musical, theatrical and audiovisual projects. In 2004 he began his first projects as a documentary film maker. Gurumbé is Miguel’s his first feature film.

Film still from Gurumbé, screening at Taller Puertorriqueño (in collaboration with Scribe Video)
Film still from Gurumbé, screening at Taller Puertorriqueño (in collaboration with Scribe Video)

Two artists we know and love, Johnathan Lyndon Chase and Jennifer Packer, are both included in the important show, Engender, at Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles.

The group exhibit presents mostly figurative works by 17 artists whose work deals with the human condition and human identity expressed in a multiplicity of ways that skirt the traditional binary gender stereotypes. The stellar list of artists also includes Nicole Eisenman, Zoë Charlton, Hernan Bas, Firelei Báez, Tschabalala Self and others. The show is open now and runs to Jan. 13, 2018. More information at the gallery website. Listen to our 2017 podcast interview with Jonathan Lyndon Chase recorded at Moore’s TGMR for Artblog Radio.

Florcy Morisset and Vivant celebrate ten-years as an arts and culture platform and supporter!  This weekend they’re having a series of events. More below.

In traditional Vivant fashion, we are hosting a 2-day extravaganza with an African Diasporic exhibition and three signature events! And you are cordially invited to the party! Vivant’s mission has expanded to an arts platform and philanthropic engine for cultural artists and local non-profit arts organizations.

Join us as we continue our mission and kick off the celebration Friday night with an Art Soirée, hosted by SYNERGY & Sensation Zouk! The party continues on Saturday with two events: Arts & Politics hosted by the National Coalition 100 Black Women – PA Chapter and our Signature Champagne Art Auction! All the events are free but due to limited space, RSVP is requested. You will have the opportunity to purchase artwork for a steal and directly impact a local non-profit art organization: Rush Arts Philadelphia, this year’s beneficiary organization. I hope you will join us to celebrate and usher in another 10 years! Vivant!
Cheerfully yours,

Florcy Morisset

Details about the celebration events are at the event registration site.


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