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Kevin Jerome Everson | Act One: Betty and the Candle, 2010 (installation still) Kevin Jerome Everson | Act One: Betty and the Candle, 2010 (installation still)

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Urban Video Project (UVP) will present an exhibition and special event featuring the work of eminent filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson. The short pieces “Grand Finale” (2015) and “Act One: Betty and the Candle” (2010) will be on view at UVP’s outdoor architectural projection venue on the Everson Museum of Art façade November 9 – December 23, Thursday - Saturday dusk to 11 p.m. The Everson Museum of Art is located at 401 Harrison St., Syracuse.

The filmmaker will be present for a special screening (Syracuse premiere) of the related feature length film “Erie” (2010), which was created during a residency at Hallwalls in Buffalo. Poetic and contemplative, “Erie” consists of a series of single-take 16mm shots in and around communities near Lake Erie, including Niagara Falls, Buffalo, Cleveland and the artist’s hometown of Mansfield, Ohio. The scenes relate to Black migration from the South to the North, realities affecting workers and factories in the automobile industry; contemporary conditions, theater, and famous art objects. The screening and Q&A with Kevin Jerome Everson will take place Thursday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Everson Museum of Art in the Hosmer Auditorium. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the audience and reception. Anneka Herre, technical producer of UVP and an instructor in the College of Visual and Performing Arts' (VPA) Department of Transmedia will moderate the Q&A.

Both the event and exhibition are free and open to the public.

While in Syracuse, Everson will also conduct studio visits with VPA master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degree candidates.


Everson says of his practice, “With a sense of place and historical research, my films combine scripted and documentary elements with rich elements of formalism. The subject matter is the gestures or tasks caused by certain conditions in the lives of working class African Americans and other people of African descent."

Everson’s films have received wide acclaim and have been exhibited internationally at film festivals including Sundance, Toronto, Venice, Rotterdam, Berlin, New York, Ann Arbor, AFI and Oberhausen; and at cinemas, galleries and museums including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Whitechapel in London and REDCAT, Los Angeles.


Urban Video Project (UVP), a program of Light Work in partnership with the Everson Museum of Art and Onondaga County, is an outdoor architectural projection venue dedicated to the public presentation of film, video and moving image arts. It is one of few projects in the United States dedicated to ongoing public projections and adds a new chapter to Central New York's legacy as one of the birthplaces of video art using cutting-edge technology to bring art of the highest caliber to Syracuse.

Using a large venue projector and permanently installed all-weather sound system, UVP’s outdoor architectural projection venue on the north façade of the iconic Everson Museum of Art transforms the adjoining Onondaga County community plaza into a massive video installation every Thursday through Saturday night all year round.