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Project Premiere: Kenseth Armstead's "Spook™: INVOCATION" at LMAKprojects in New York

June 16, 2011

June 23 – August 1, 2011

New York, NY

2008 Film/Video grantee Kenseth Armstead premieres his Creative Capital-supported project, Spook™, in Spook™: INVOCATION at LMAKprojects in New York this week.

Spook™ shares and celebrates the life of historical figure James Armistead Lafayette, a slave-turned-spy who provided intelligence to help end the American Revolution. After extensive historical research, Armstead re-tells the story of this man through a variety of contemporary media formats, including hand-drawn images, collage, performance-based work and HD video production. The exhibition Spook™: INVOCATION is comprised of thirty graphic novel inspired drawings depicting three months in the spying life of James in 1781, when he was successfully working as a double agent for America's first Director of Central Intelligence, George Washington. Episodes include his first mission for Washington, under the command of the Marquis Lafayette, and James's dangerous compact with the most feared British General, Lord Charles Cornwallis. This re-mixed take on the story of the American Revolution forces the viewer to examine whether all of our history has been told. James, a lost hero, is drawn in context, for the first time, as a fully realized character. The artist invites the viewer to join him in ambitiously inserting an African Founding Father into the pantheon of heroes traditionally celebrated on July 4th.

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