The Little Building was illuminated with art and messages of celebration Saturday night, part of a projection installation to honor Emerson’s Class of 2020 and graduating seniors from across Boston whose commencement ceremonies this spring were postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19.
One Emerson, which premiered May 16 at 9:30 pm (the International Day of Light), and is slated to run nightly for approximately two weeks, covers 11 stories of the recently renovated Little Building. The premiere was livestreamed via emerson.edu/live and Emerson’s Facebook page. A video of One Emerson also will be viewable on YouTube soon.
“I have never been more proud to be an Emersonian than I am right now,” President Lee Pelton said prior to the event. “These last few months have tested our resiliency, but also brought to light the common humanity and strength of our community.”
One Emerson features a digital message from Pelton, along with commissioned artwork from four artists: Bunnie Reiss, Allison Tanenhaus, Randy Stolinas, and Thomas Wimberly III.
The project was a collaboration between Emerson’s Media Technologies and Production (MTP) and various offices and departments across campus.
“One Emerson was made possible by a small group of very talented and dedicated student, staff, and faculty Emersonians who put in endless hours to create something wonderful for our 2020 graduates,” said MTP Associate Vice President Jane Pikor. “Their efforts were truly a labor of love.”
Contributors include MTP staff members Tony Ascenso ’00, original animation producer and artist; Tim MacArthur ’00, live event producer and director; videographers Victor Lopez III and Bob Murphy; live event video producer and director; and production manager Karen McKeen. Students Linus Schill ’21 and Francis Fascella ’21 did animation for the project, and Leonie Bradbury, Distinguished Curator-in-Residence, curated the professional artwork. Alicia Carlson ’02, video production manager in Emerson’s Office of Marketing helped livestream the event on Facebook.
“Of course, One Emerson could not have happened without our resident ‘wizard behind the curtain,’” Vice President of Government and Community Relations Peggy Ings, Pikor said.
One Emerson is the second digital projection created by Emerson. In December 2017, The Uncommon Project, a large-scale installation of multiple artists, was projected onto Little Building during its renovation.
Bunnie Reiss, a Los Angeles-based artist, muralist, and sculptor whose works can be found all over the world.
Allison Tanenhaus, a Boston-based digital glitch artist who specializes in abstract geometrics, vibrant color fields, optical perspectives, playful patterns, mind-bending motion, and unexpected dimensional qualities.
Randy Stolinas, a screenprint graphic designer based in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Thomas Wimberly III, an artist and designer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, currently working in Los Angeles, and art director of Studio Number One, Shepard Fairey’s creative agency.