Gallery View: ‘Starstruck’ lights the way to Lehigh University exhibition

September 30, 2022 1:20PM
PRESS PHOTO BY ED COURRIER Shimon Attie with the replica he built of the Bethlehem Star that is atop South Mountain. Scenes move from one video screen to antoher as music plays at "Starstruck: An American Tale," through Dec. 3, Main Gallery, Lehigh University Art Galleries, Zoellner Arts Center.

Shimon Attie’s mixed-media installation “Starstruck: An American Tale,” interconnects Bethlehem’s past and present, through Dec. 3, Main Gallery, Lehigh University Art Galleries, Zoellner Arts Center.

As an internationally-renowned visual artist, Attie creates site-specific installations in public places, with immersive multiple-channel video and mixed-media.

The New York City-based artist engages local communities in finding new ways of representing their history, memory and potential future, while exploring how contemporary media may be used to re-imagine new relationships between space, time, place and identity.

Invited to create a new body of work as Lehigh University’s Horger Artist-in-Residence (2021-’22) in the Department of Art, Architecture and Design, Attie has created an installation which integrates Bethlehem’s past and present as a microcosm of America.

Six persons, representing Bethlehem’s progression from a Moravian Christian settlement in 1741 through its industrial rise and fall, and finally to a contemporary city celebrating diversity, were filmed at various sites linked to the area’s history. There’s a woman in traditional Moravian clothing, a steelworker, healthcare worker, singer from Central Moravian Church, casino worker, and a young woman.

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