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WHAT: "Unlimited Partnerships: Collaborations in Contemporary Art, Part II"
WHEN: Begins with a reception from 8 to 11 tonight in conjunction with Curtain Up!, on view through Dec. 22
WHERE: CEPA Gallery, 617 Main St.
INFO: 856-2717
It's not just a loose expression to say CEPA Gallery is in the heart of the Theater District. The gallery, located in the E.B. Greene-designed Market Arcade building, sits opposite Shea's Performing Arts Center and is adjacent to Andrews Theatre, home of Irish Classical Theatre. Up the street is Studio Arena and Alleyway theaters. Surrounded as it is by all this theater activity, CEPA is logically the one art gallery to take part in the Curtain Up! celebration tonight.

The second part of "Unlimited Partnerships: Collaborations in Contemporary Art" is appropriately theatrical. It includes seven artist collaboratives who work in an almost daunting variety of ways, including everything from interactive work and installation to unusual photo-documentation.

The partnership SPIR (Jill Casid and Maria DeGuzman), keying old boy-meets-girl narratives, will offer new photographs and installations along with older work from 1991 onward. Jessie Shefrin, Joseph Scheer and Peer Bode will present "Real Time Shifts," a cross-media project that includes multi-channel video, an interactive CD-Rom and an artist's book. "Tire Fire," the collaborative work of Sue Wrbican & Mary Carothers, is the result of the team's recent travels to campgrounds near tourist attractions. Carole Conde & Karl Beveridge's "Theatre of Operations" is a public art project on the many problems of health care. The Culture and Conflict Group shows another public art project, this one investigating surveillance of the public in Belfast, Ireland. Millie Chen & Evelyn Von Michalofski offer two new sound and mixed media sculptures, including one that uses the sounds of synchronized swimmers. "Germ Theory," a mulitmedia installation, is by Buffalo-based Virocode (Peter D'Auria and Andrea Mancuso).

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