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Jul 7, 2017 7:00 PM





Director: Emma Penaz Eisner, 2016, 5 min, USA
7PM in the Cinema

Cold War Christmas will screen as the opening of the July 2017 New Bohemia exhibition.


Cold War Christmas is an award-winning, short experimental non-fiction film. In 1970's America, a Czech immigrant family lovingly celebrates a beautiful Christmas Eve, but is all calm and bright? The film is an immersive collage of image, sound, and silence that evokes the defector's experience of displacement during the Cold War era. Eisner worked with her grandfather's Super 8 film footage from 1971, analogue equipment from the same era, and modern digital camera equipment to create the film's cinematography. The original soundtrack features today's voices of the young mother and father in the film reel, the filmmaker's grandparents, then in their twenties and now in their seventies. Cold War Christmas is a work that draws viewers into the sense of displacement, loss, and discovery inherent in the experience of Czech immigrants to America. The film elucidates this experience by using image and sound to create a bridge between what it means to be Czech and what it means to be American, particularly during the Cold War.


Emma Penaz Eisner is a fifteen year old emerging moving image artist from San Francisco.  In the past four years, she has created critically-acclaimed short films that have screened worldwide in galleries and as official selections in competition at over 125 international film festivals, including Seattle International Film Festival, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, and Revelation Perth International Film Festival.  Earning 40 awards, her work is in experimental filmmaking, live action combined with animation, and stop motion animation.  Emma is a dual American and Czech citizen.  Because of her close relationship with her Czech grandparents and mother, who defected from Czechoslovakia to the United States in 1968, her personal life and artistic sensibilities have been formed by Czech customs, stories, and art.  

A fundamental influence in her work is the Czech surrealist filmmaker Jan Švankmajer.



NEW BOHEMIA series at the Czech Center New York

New Bohemia is a part of the Thomas M. Messer Bohemian Creative Hub organized by Czech Center New York to support emerging artists who have been inspired or influenced by Czech culture in some way. This is a unique opportunity for visual and performing artists under the age of 30 to exhibit or perform their work in our gallery and cinema in one of two sessions - July or November. Artists have one week to prep, install, or rehearse in the space before the opening. A professional development component is offered in partnership with the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)


Barbara Karpetová
Barbara Karpetová has been the Director of the Czech Center New York since November 2014, during which time the Thomas M. Messer Bohemian Creative Hub (BCH) was founded and has brought interesting opportunities to Czech, American and international artists through two exciting programs: Prague-New York Effects and New Bohemia. Barbara is a career diplomat with a wealth of experience in public and cultural diplomacy.  She served as a cultural counselor of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington DC from 2010-2014, during which time the Mutual Inspirations Festival was created and has now gone on for seven successful years with 10,000 visitors per year, and with collaboration by forty major Czech and American cultural institutions.

Charlotta Kotik
Charlotta Kotik is a Curator Emerita of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum and an independent curator based in Brooklyn, NY. Born in Prague, she was a curator at the Albright Knox art Gallery, Buffalo, NY and later at the Brooklyn Museum. She organized over 100 exhibitions and was an American commissioner for Venice Biennale where she presented work of Louise Bourgeois. She also lectures at the School of Visual Arts, New York. Her most recent project was the exhibition Politicizing Space at the Shiva Gallery of John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

David C. Terry
David C. Terry is an independent curator as well as the Director and Curator of Grants and Exhibitions at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). He earned his BA at the College of William and Mary, and his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a working artist, a curator with over 100 exhibitions and curated experiences to his name, as well as a juror, and a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural affairs, Lumen Arts Festival, and a Board Member of the College Art Association and the Executive Member of the Fine Arts Federation. Mr. Terry’s awards include New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture, the Arts and Business Council’s Arts Leadership Institute Award, the Elizabeth Foundation’s Residency Grant and the Node Center for Curatorial Studies’ Innovators Grant.

Marie Tomanova
Marie Tomanova was born in the former Czechoslovakia. She received her MFA in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Czech Republic in 2010. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn. Through photography, performance and video, her work focuses on the nature of identity, gender, displacement, and sexuality. Tomanova has shown her work at exhibitions at A.I.R. Gallery(NYC), SPRING/BREAK Art Show(NYC), Czech Center New York(NYC), a TED Talk in Prague(CZ), Untitled Space(NYC) and others. She curated "Youth Explosion: The New Bohemia" and "Baby, I Like It Raw" for the Czech Center New York. She is currently co-creating, with Mirenka Cechova, the international multi-media performance piece Miss Amerika.

Thomas Beachdel, PhD
PhD, Art History, The Graduate Center at City University of New York
MA, Art History, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University 

Thomas Beachdel is an art and architectural historian whose work focuses on landscape aesthetics/ideologies between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries, particularly in the formation of political and scientific thought and in the relationship between human and environment in the Anthropocene. Emphasizing the notion of the hybrid as a methodological approach, his interdisciplinary research interests cross chronological and geographic boundaries to focus on the relationship between aesthetics and scientific inquiry.

An Assistant Professor in History of Art and Architecture and the Humanities at City University of New York, Hostos, he has lectured at the Dahesh Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, the Guggenheim, the New Museum, the Whitney, DIA Beacon, and at contemporary New York galleries. He has taught courses on art and architectural history at Hunter College, The Pratt Institute, Parsons The New School for Design, and at Spitzer School of Architecture (City College).



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NY 10021 New York
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Jul 7, 2017 7:00 PM


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