Drawing from an eight-year project by New York-based movement artist Ralph Lemon (b. 1952, Cincinnati) in conjunction with Little Yazoo, Mississippi resident Walter Carter (1907–2010), 1856 Cessna Road explores a friendship that evolved into a close collaboration and features digital animation, large-scale color photographs and a video installation.
Ralph Lemon is a dancer, choreographer, writer and visual artist, and is the Artistic Director of Cross Performance, which he founded in 1995. In 2004, Lemon concluded the ten-year project The Geography Trilogy. Lemon’s most recent multimedia performance, How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere? (2008–10), included the installation Meditation.
Lemon has participated in solo and group exhibitions at many visual arts institutions including Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; the Hayward Gallery, London; The Kitchen, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, North Carolina; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, among others.
Lemon is currently completing Four Walls, a live dance and film that will premiere in November 2012 at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in Troy, New York. Come home Charley Patton, the final book in The Geography Trilogy, will be published this fall by Wesleyan University Press. This fall, he will also curate a performance series titled Some sweet day at the Museum of Modern Art.