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September 19, 2015 to September 26, 2015


Miller Theatre
2960 Broadway
New York  New York  10027
United States
Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre at Columbia University

Morningside Lights: New York Nocturne

Morningside Lights returns September 19, 2015 and invites community members to ponder what image defines New York City at night in this year's theme "New York Nocturne." Is it the utilitarian fluorescence of the all-night taco truck, or the polychrome exuberance of Manhattan’s Art Deco spires? The bustling nightlife of club-goers and hipsters, or rustling wildlife of raccoons, luna moths, bats, owls and other wanderers of the urban wilderness. Is it the subterranean rumble of the Uptown Express, or the airborne echo of a distant amateur saxophone? A glowing marquee or a backlit steam vent? Is it the enveloping anonymity of a darkened street, or the brazen exhibitionism of a lit apartment window? Is it Hopper’s nighthawk diner or Steichen’s steamy Flatiron? Is it Warhol’s glitter or Mies Van Der Rohe’s glass?

The fourth annual Morningside Lights will bring a host of nocturnal images into fleeting focus. Join artists Alex Kahn of Sophia Michahelles of Processional Arts Workshop (PAW) as they lead free public lantern-building sessions, as we once again gather to illuminate the nightscape of Morningside Park. Kahn and Michahelles will facilitate the production of the fleet of 100+ illuminated objects by teaching participants the artistic fabrication techniques needed to bring their ideas to life. 

At Morningside Lights workshops, lantern building is a collaborative process. Each day's workshop activities are a step in the process as our lanterns take shape from idea to final product. You may start a lantern for someone else to finish, or pick up where someone else left off to create a work of art that reflects the collective vision of our community.

The procession will be the culmination of the Friends of Morningside Park’s annual Common Ground festival, which takes place in the park on September 26, 2015.

Sign up now to register for workshops and the procession.