Peconic Landing in Greenport will host multimedia artist Andrea Cote on January 17 as she discusses the evolution of her public work and inspiration for “Collective Portrait,” a project that will help place the personal narratives she has captured into context, making them part of a collective story.
Andrea Cote has explored the body and identity as a subject for over 20 years. Since having a child and setting roots on the East End, she has become increasingly interested in community-based projects that explore the collective identity of a place through the bodies and histories of individuals.
In this multi-media presentation she will discuss projects including “Eyes on Main Street,” a 2013 community project in downtown Riverhead that comprised a public installation, a website, videos and several public events. Most recently she installed “A Port of Views,” a site-specific sculpture and series of videos for the Village of Greenport. Imagery included the eyes and stories of Greenport families who have resided here for several generations. Featured families included residents of Peconic Landing, Jo Watkins and Arthur Tasker, whose interviews will be screened.
Many of her recent projects involve a public installation that acts as a portal to a private experience. Throughout all her work she is interested in evoking empathy in the viewer—an understanding of the stories people tell themselves and each other.
Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally at venues including The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Islip Art Museum, Delaware Art Museum, Rotunda Gallery, Abrons Arts Center, The Print Center, The Moore Gallery, and PanAmerican Art Projects. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Miami Herald and Newsday.
Andrea Cote’s discussion is free to all, and will take place Sunday, January 17, at 3 p.m. in the Peconic Landing auditorium. For more info on the project visit aportofviews.wordpress.com.