‘From My Home to Yours’ at the Montclair Art Museum – Essex News Daily

Photo courtesy of Laura Ortman
Caroline Monnet and Laura Ortman

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Montclair Art Museum announced that the immersive video, sound and print installation “From my house to yours: Caroline Monnet and Laura Ortman” will open on May 7 and will continue until January 1, 2023, accompanied by a series of performances. Members of the Museum are invited to a vernissage of the exhibition on May 7 at noon before the opening of the installation to the public.

Presented for the first time in the United States, the installation transforms MAM’s Rand Gallery into a living and resonant space to pause and reflect on the home, the long-distance connection and the places in between. “From My Home to Yours” brings together two accomplished Indigenous artists who are longtime friends and collaborators: Montreal-based visual artist Caroline Monnet, who is Anishinaabe and French, and Brooklyn-based musician and songwriter Laura Ortman, who is White. Mountain Apache. The couple exchanged images and compositions from their respective homes 400 miles apart. The resulting layers of sensory collage extracted natural forms and Super-8 footage from Monnet’s mother’s First Nations community in Kitigan Zibi, Quebec, along with local field recordings and Ortman’s experimental violin .

The title of the work is inspired by Ortman’s signature on his notes to Monnet. As the installation oscillates between harmony and tension, stillness and fire, it disrupts the distance between people and places with an intimacy that can be heard, seen and felt.

“‘From My Home to Yours’ represents an exciting new direction in our exhibition and programming, providing museum visitors with captivating experiences like never before at MAM,” said MAM Executive Director Ira Wagner.

“The connection between these two innovative artists and their respective homes in the Northeast is powerful upon entering the gallery, engaging all the senses,” said Laura J. Allen, Native American Art Curator at MAM. “Bringing the work from Montreal to Montclair is such an appropriate coda to highlight Laura Ortman’s local contributions. We are excited to expand this location-based experience with more music, screenings and performances this year for our community in Lenapehoking.

The next public events are:

• A “Sunset Live Score and Projections with Laura Ortmanwill be held Friday, June 17 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Ortman will amplify the MAM environment with a live score of the exhibition accompanied by an outdoor film screening, followed by screenings of award-winning short films of Ortman and Monnet. .

Mildred D. Field