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Public Displays

When: Feb. 5-28 2016

Friday, Feb. 5 PUBLIC DISPLAYS/SILVER SCREEN

Early film The Kiss, produced by Thomas Edison's company, began a long tradition of public outcry over the moral toxicity of mass entertainment. In the eighteen-second-long clip, two stage actors share a chaste peck. Considered obscene at the time (they didn't have MTV, let alone Internet porn, in 1896), it called down denunciations from newspapers and the Roman Catholic Church. Demonstrating how yesterday's racy is today's quaint, Flanders Gallery asked people to re-create the original PDA for Public Displays, conceived by artists Louis Cherry, Marsha Gordon, Jason Paul Evans Groth, Josephine McRobbie, and Trevor Thornton. The re-creations will be projected alongside the original, and you can add to the work by filming your own kisses at the gallery from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 5 or from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14. How's that for a quirky Valentine's Day date—or a potential meet-cute, abetted by drinks and sweets from Fair Game Beverage Co. and Videri Chocolate Factory? Another, simultaneous exhibit at Flanders is just as cinematic: Tama Hochbaum's Silver Screen, published in a monograph last year by Daylight Books, is a tribute to the artist's mother via bewitching iPhone images of TV screens showing golden age films. The clashing media poignantly evoke the blurry distances opened by time, technology, and Alzheimer's. See both shows at this opening reception, after which they run throughout February. —Brian Howe

FLANDERS GALLERY, RALEIGH, 6–9 p.m., free, www.flandersartgallery.com

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