In conjunction with More Art – a non-profit dedicated to bridging the gap between artists and artists and society as a whole and on whose board Janine James, our President and Chief Creative Officer sits – The Moderns are hosting a screening of Kimsooja’s “An Album: Hudson Guild” this Friday, March 4, from 6pm to 8pm.
Under the patronage of More Art, Kimsooja created a video project with a group of senior citizens from the Hudson Guild Senior Center in Chelsea. The artist spent several days at the center and asked the residents about their lives, backgrounds, families, and memories. She spent time getting to know them, gaining their trust and support and then filmed them over a period of two weeks.
The shared memories and stories were personal. They expressed an intimate exchange between the artist and each of the sitters, therefore maintaining their confidentiality. The final video, “An Album: Hudson Guild,” is in fact silent. The images are charged with emotions that speak for themselves, resulting in a poignant and elegant work. The camera lingers for several minutes on each person, capturing his or her unique personality and attitude through the subtle changes visible in deep-lined and expressive features.