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Lenora Champagne

Art on the Beach, Chambers and West Streets

For the last seven years Creative Time has sponsored “Art on the Beach,” one of New York’s most unpredictable exhibition and performance programs, on the Battery Park landfill in lower Manhattan. This season marks the end of this innovative summer series of cross-disciplinary collaborations, since the high-rise condominiums and office buildings long planned for the site are now scheduled for construction. That’s a shame, because the stunning setting—the banks of dunes beside the Hudson River; the sweeping view of the harbor; the flanking wall of skyscrapers, dramatically lit (the performances took place just before sunset)—is irreplaceable.

One of the many provocative, successful works commissioned by this program was Lenora Champagne’s Eye of the Garden, 1985. Champagne fashioned a theater piece of magical realism from typically idiosyncratic source material—the photographs of Mother St.

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