Downtown Gallery Series Continues with First Video Installation

Thursday, August 30, 2018, 9:40 am
By: 
Alice Dreger

Above: A still image related to the film, "A Place at the Table."

East Lansing design studio east arbor architecture (which uses all lowercase for its name) is continuing its free gallery series with a special video installation on the 2017 March on Lansing by award-winning filmmaker Alexandra Hidalgo. The opening reception will be Friday, August 31, from 5-8 p.m. and attendees will be able to meet the filmmaker.

“A Place at the Table” is a 17-minute film that “attempts to unpack the experience of the 2017 March on Lansing featuring the voices of 16 attendees. The interviewees reflect on three questions: why they attended the march, what the experience was like, and what we can do to keep the momentum of the march going.”

The event is free and open to all. The architectural firm and gallery are located in the Michigan Energy Options building at 405 Grove Street. Nearby parking is available in the City Hall lot and the Grove Street ramp.

Amanda Harrell-Seyburn of east arbor architecture tells ELi, “The gallery is perfect for video installation and this collaboration fulfills a desire to bring installation art to the East Lansing community.”

She explains, “The entire gallery space is devoted to the viewing of this single film. The film is on a loop and available for viewing Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. until September 28, 2018 for those who can’t make the reception or who want to see it again."

I asked Harrell-Seyburn why east arbor architecture has decided to provide art to the community in this ongoing gallery series, which Harrell-Seyburn curates. Previous exhibits have featured various forms of graphic art, including, for example, the paintings of Jon Burley.

She responded that the company she operates with Dan Bollman “specializes in historic preservation, traditional detailing, and critical regionalism. The east arbor architecture studio is passionate about designing places and spaces for the visual arts. In pursuit of this passion, east arbor architecture operates a contemporary gallery as part of their studio known as the ‘east arbor architecture + gallery’.”

Harrell-Seyburn says she and Bollman – who currently chairs East Lansing’s Planning Commission – “are delighted by the success of the gallery. The gallery began as an experiment and, thanks to enthusiasm and encouragement by the East Lansing community, has become a fixture of the architecture studio. Each exhibition runs for several months at a time and we encourage the community to feel free to stop by anytime during an exhibition’s run to experience the work.”

This video installation is being sponsored by the following units of Michigan State University: College of Arts and Letters; Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Culture; The Doc Lab; Department of Media and Information; Diversity Research Network/Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives; Center for Gender in Global Context; Chicano/Latino Studies.