New Mexico Premiere of Judy Chicago's "A Butterfly for Brooklyn" in Belen on July 4th
Premiere and Discussion
Saturday, July 4, 2:00 p.m.
Belen Public Library, 333 Becker Avenue, Belen, NM
Reception to follow at the Belen Harvey House Museum, 104 N. 1st Street, Belen, NM
We hope you can join us! All events are free but space is limited; reservations are required. Please contact Ronnie Torres at (505) 514-3911 for information and reservations.
“A Butterfly for Brooklyn” will be shown at 2 p.m. at the Belen Public Library. Afterwards, the artist, her husband, photographer Donald Woodman, and two Belen residents who helped set up the massive fireworks piece, Kevin Lederer and Aaron Silva, will discuss the project.
Judy Chicago began creating pyrotechnic pieces in Southern California in the late 1960s. The 2014 “A Butterfly for Brooklyn” was her largest and most complex fireworks. It incorporated flares, fireworks and LED lighting in the shape of a butterfly. An acre of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park was roped off for the April 26, 2014 spectacle.
The 22-minute film, overseen by award-winning director Kate Amend and filmmakers Joan Churchill, Alan Barker, and film editor Helen Kearns, follows Chicago and her crew in creating the pyrotechnic display that attracted more than 12,000 people. The documentary premiered in April at the Brooklyn Museum, where Chicago’s monumental work The Dinner Party is housed.
Chicago’s special presentation is sponsored by Through the Flower, her non-profit organization that promotes feminist art and education, the Belen Harvey House Museum and the Belen Public Library, with cooperation from the Rail Runner.
Note: People are invited to ride the Rail Runner to the event. It departs Santa Fe at 10:44 a.m. and 12:12 p.m. from the Downtown Albuquerque station. It arrives in Belen at 12:50 p.m. The library is about a 15-minute walk from the train station. Limited transportation will be available. The north-bound train leaves Belen at 5:45 p.m.
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Judy Chicago -- Brilliance Award
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LA / MA
The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
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Tacoma, WA / Kennesaw, GA / Bronx, NY
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Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA, February 9 - May 21, 2016
Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY, June 23 - September 11, 2016
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Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, Summer 2016
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