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Sat, Sep 14, 2013 12:00pm –
September 14, 2013 to September 21, 2013


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

Morningside Lights

Design. Build. Craft. Create. Join us as we light up Morningside Park and the Columbia University campus! Morningside Lights is a weeklong arts event of free community workshops held at Miller Theatre at Columbia University, culminating in a procession of illuminated mobile sculptures in Morningside Park. Join your neighbors in creating a fleet of handmade lanterns inspired by the theme The Luminous Deep. 


SEPTEMBER 14-20, 2013
Daily lantern-building workshops
Miller Theatre at Columbia University

SEPTEMBER 21, 2013, 2-5pm
Family craft table at the Common Ground Festival
Morningside Park (117th St. and Morningside Avenue)

SEPTEMBER 21, 2013, 8 p.m.
Meet in Morningside Park at 7 p.m. to line up

Last year’s inaugural Morningside Lights celebrated “The Imagined City” with illuminated skyscrapers soaring high above the crowds through Morningside Park. On the evening of September 21, 2013 a sea-floor fantasy of luminescent life forms will emerge from the workshops of the second annual Morningside Lights, lighting our way once again from Morningside Park to the Columbia University campus as our community comes together to explore the theme “The Luminous Deep.”

Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles, artists and creative directors of Processional Arts Workshop (PAW) —whose creations lead the city’s annual Halloween Parade—will return to teach participants building techniques and help members of the Morningside Heights community realize their ideas and visions in beautiful executions of large-scale illuminated objects.

From Alex and Sophia, creative directors of Processional Arts Workshop:
We see processional art as a means to reflect on local and current realities. After hurricane Sandy flooded New York, we were struck, as we listened to New Yorkers’ harrowing stories, by how increasingly precarious and illusory the city’s separation from nature really is. Whereas last year’s procession was a celebration of the heights of utopian urbanism and manmade structures, we felt this year should address the deep and inevitable connection of the city to nature. The great cliff-side of Morningside Park is one of the few places in the city where you can still sense the vestiges of New York’s prehistoric geography, so for the The Luminous Deep, we used the idea of the depths as a post-diluvian allegory. Imagining the deepest and oldest recesses of the natural world, our sea-floor fantasy of bio-luminescent creatures seeks to ask what lies beneath the fragile presence of human artifice, while recalling, in the wake of Sandy’s waters, how those surrounded by darkness find ways to make their own light.

Building on the success of last year’s musical component, composer Nathan Davis will again create a participatory score integrated into the procession. Those interested in music will have opportunities to both construct and perform handmade instruments.

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 21.