Performance Art Event About Louis Kahn's Artistic Path from Medieval Estonia to Roosevelt Island

Performance art show celebrating the works of an Estonian-born American architect Louis Kahn. Five New York-based artists will explore how our physical surrounding can change artistic perception.

New York, NY, September 24, 2016 --( In 2016, an Estonian art critic Heie Treier published a book "KAHN: The Islander" exploring the motivations, and subconscious inspirations behind Kahn's work. She elaborately focused on medieval Estonian architecture and analyzed how Kahn's birthplace might have influenced his creative work. In October 2016, five New York-based artists will explore how our physical surrounding can change artistic perception. Four different artistic numbers inspired by Kahn's architecture will bring the audience to a multimedia space where they can explore Kahn's work through contemporary music, drawing and writing. One of the center pieces of the show will be the Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park as an iconic landmark and one of Kahn's last works of architecture.

The event is organized by The Foundation for Estonian Art and Letters and put together by two artists Jaanika Peerna and Valev Laube.

Jaanika Peerna is an Estonian-born internationally exhibited artist and art educator who has lived and worked in New York since 1998. In Estonia she was the director of the now well-known art school Collegium Educationis Revaliae and worked as well for the Visual Thinking Strategies project funded by the Soros Foundation. In New York Peerna has taught at the State Univerisity of New York and Garrison Art Center and has actively helped to introduce Estonian culture in New York via various curatorial projects. She is currently a guide at Dia Art Foundation and a freelance artist whose work addresses transitions of natural phenomena through drawing, installation, and performance. Her work is represented by Galerie Ulf Larsson, Cologne, ARC Fine Art, Connecticut, and IdeelArt, worldwide.

Valev Laube is an Estonian-born graphic designer, digital artist, and musician currently based in New York. He is an alumnus of the United World College of the Adriatic, Italy, and a current student of the University of Rochester, New York. His works have been exhibited in the United States and Canada. His most recent projects include a music video for the Estonian-Finnish indie-pop band Popidiot and numerous promotional designs for companies such as, Kenneth Cole, Steve Madden, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and WilsonArt. In 2016 he was the creative director of the Estonian Cultural Days in New York and collaborated asvideo artist on an Estonian performance-art piece, "Reflection Spectrum."

Other featuring artists include Diina Tamm (dancer and choreographer), Evan Basta (musician), and David Rothenberg (musician and writer).
The Foundation for Estonian Arts and Letters
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