Department of Art and Art Professions


Uzi Parnes, Carmelita Tropicana and Ela Troyano have been collaborating in film and performance since the early 1980’s when they first met legendary filmmaker Jack Smith. Twenty-five years after his death of AIDS in 1989, Recycling Atlantis celebrates Smith’s radical philosophies about the role of art in society through a live exhibition, interspersing projections of historical film and photographs with a live video feed from a “community movie theater”, a film set and studio that the artists will install in one of the gallery spaces. The format of the exhibition seeks to collapse past and present, focusing on the continued relevance of Smith’s ideas about the future through the use of his manifestos as a “score” for action.