Queens-based artist Antonia A Perez brings her newest piece, Light Spectrum, to the garden of Lewis H. Latimer House Museum on April 15.
Supported by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Light Spectrum draws the viewer’s attention to the science of light and color. The sculpture is composed of repurposed lampshade frames through which natural light is filtered. Covered with a colorful new skin of crocheted plastic, the frames reference their former purpose in shading electric light, now transformed as a means of displaying the rainbow colors of the spectrum. The sculpture will open on April 15, 3pm-5pm at the Latimer House, and will be on view till August 6.
In conjunction with the garden exhibit, on Saturday, May 20, 6pm, Latimer House will host Wavelength, a reading event inspired by the sculpture. The Queens Writers Lab will lead the reading to explore the interplay between secret and illuminated spaces and how the unseen is made manifest. A free crochet workshop will take place in the museum on Saturday, June 3rd, at 2:30pm. Taught by Antonia A Perez, the workshop offers fun hands-on activities for the public, who will learn the same technic that the artist used to make the sculpture. The associated public events of Light Spectrum are made possible in part by the Historic House Trust’s Contemporary Art Partnerships program, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York Community Trust.