'Broken Legs' Exhibit Begins Today at The Sheen Center
From October 23rd through November 30th, The Catholic Archdiocese of New York's new downtown cultural initiative, The Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Center for Thought and Culture, located at 18 Bleecker Street, will host "Broken Legs"- a painting exhibit by Rebekah Lazaridis that visually explores theatre superstitions. The exhibit opens with an artist reception at The Sheen Center on Friday, October 23rd from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
"Broken Legs" takes the viewer behind the scenes of long standing theatrical myths, spooks and folklore. Lazaridis explores these superstitions by incorporating old discarded theatrical scenery with a myriad of methods, giving new life to tattered curtains, bruised platforms and dented flats. Painted in black and white, the pieces are then spliced, reoriented and stitched back together, transforming into an entirely new image.
"I've been immersed in the hauntings of theater since I was 12," says Rebekah. "I remember hiding backstage to eat my lunch and feeling this weighty presence even though I was completely alone, or so I thought. These paintings were an effective way for me to share my love affair with the theatre, both the physical space and the spiritual emotional atmosphere that lingers there".
The "Broken Legs" exhibit will be on view daily from October 23rd through November 30th, 9:00a.m. - 6:00p.m. and will be open to ticket holders before and after Sheen Center events.
Named after the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, best known for his popular radio and TV ministry in the 1950s and 60s, The Sheen Center is the newest arts center in Manhattan in 35 years, and will showcase works that affirm the highest values of the human spirit through the performing and visual arts, symposia, lectures and exhibits. The state-of-the-art complex has a 274-seat proscenium theater equipped with five-camera high-definition livestream capability and a multi-track recording studio with thirty-two onstage inputs; an 80-seat black box theater; four rehearsal studios; and an art gallery.