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Jonah Bokaer 2018
Silkscreen & Lithographic Print on Strathmore Paper
4-Color separations, with Hand Rendered Markings, and Gum Arabic
17.5 x 13.5 inches
Edition of 32 with Long Road Foundation and Master Printmaker Patrick Miko
Over the course of three multi-week visits to Long Road Projects, Jonah Bokaer conducted a series of research meetings and collaborations in Jacksonville, Florida. During his residency, Bokaer worked with members of Jacksonville Dance Theatre on the creation of a new work entitled “Did I Remember,” inspired by the 1920’s jazz club, Lenape Tavern, housed within the former Genovar’s Hall. Located in the historic neighborhood and birthplace of American author, politician, and early civil rights advocate James Weldon Johnson, LaVilla—Jacksonville’s first suburb—was the epicenter of the Jazz Age in Northeast Florida and often hosted Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and later Ray Charles. Unfortunately with all of its history, the building and surrounding neighborhood succumbed to a period of decline and neglect. All that is left of the original structure are a few exterior brick walls held up by steel beams from failed preservation attempts. “Did I Remember” seeks to channel the histories and mythos of Genovar’s Hall and LaVilla through movement, choreographic design and the music of Billie Holiday.
In addition to the newly created choreography, Bokaer worked with Master Printmaker Patrick Miko to publish an edition of printed visual works on paper that corresponds to the performance.
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