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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