ARTIST RECEPTION: Friday, October 12th, 6:30 – 8:30pm at Rio II Gallery

Bardo  Project by Harlem artist Marne Lucas is an exploration of creativity and legacy, presented in a gallery exhibition of Lucas’ photography, sculpture and video, alongside works by her deceased artist collaborators Chris Brunkhart, Marel Kalyn and Joe Heaps Nelson.
The premiere exhibition was designed to coincide with Re:Imagine End of Life, a New York city-wide week of events about death and dying, taking place from October 28 – November 3, 2018, organized by Andrew Ingalls.

TALK: ‘In Conversation: Creativity, Ethics, and Spirituality in End of Life Care’

Monday, October 29th, 7:00pm-9:00pm at Rio II Gallery. Please RSVP.
Bardo Project will participate in Re:Imagine End of Life with the exhibition and a talk on October 29th, In Conversation: Creativity, Ethics, and Spirituality in End of Life Care’ with Mt. Sinai ICU chaplain Maggie Keogh, Jeff Struthers, MA, ACNP/Spero Medical Group and artist/end of life doula Marne Lucas.

“Bardo Project is an ongoing visual art and social practice project using creativity as a form of spiritual end-of-life care, illuminating the positive effects of art as mind and body are integrated; coupled with relics from those journeys. Collaborating with terminally ill artists and hospice patients to express artistic endeavors that best represent their legacy, I aim to help the dying attain acceptance in the face of death. Presenting the creativity of those pondering, or facing and accepting the end of life, my project allows viewers to enjoy visual beauty while engaging with mortality. I succeed in advocacy towards helping the dying gain agency in actively participating in their end of life process and help citizens think about their own future end of life choices. The philosophical impact of making plans about one’s death provides peace of mind.

“Bardo” is the Tibetan word for the transitional existence between death and rebirth. Living with terminal illness and the process of dying are similarly “in between” states and are opportunity for introspection and honesty. As an end-of-life Doula I volunteer as witness and guide, supporting patients and families at the end. In concert, as artistic collaborator, I coax the dying to arrive at peace and acceptance in a short time frame, making photographic portraits and assisting them to define their creative legacy through unique works. The dying process acts as a space for a person to reflect on their life and career. In witnessing that vulnerability, I am faced with the question “What is most valuable?” –Marne Lucas

Bardo Project is made possible with Creative Engagement grant funding from Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation (UMEZ) to serve upper Manhattan/Harlem, administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; an inaugural grant designed to provide arts programming for the underserved area of Harlem and uptown. Additional support is by Fractured Atlas, Materials for the Arts, Soda/WERKS and Spero Medical Group.

RIO II GALLERY/Broadway Housing Communities, 7TH Floor
583 Riverside Drive (at 135TH ST) New York, NY 10031
1 train to 137TH ST. City College, Bus M5, M11 to 135TH St/Riverside Drive.
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm. *Open one weekend only November 3 & 4, 10am-4pm, artist in attendance.
Free and open to the public. ADA accessible.

CONTACT: Rio II Gallery info: Ana Ofelia Rodriquez,, (212) 568-2030


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