The Screening Room is pleased to present Traveling Lady, a solo exhibition by Colombian-born artist Jessica Mitrani (no relation to Rhonda Mitrani) curated by Francine Birbragher-Rozenscwaig. The installation conjures the daring spirit of Nellie Bly, the nineteenth-century American journalist who circled the globe in seventy-two days, carrying little more than the clothes on her back and a jar of cold cream.
Originally presented as a live performance with film,Traveling Lady has been reimagined for The Screening Room as a site-specific installation. A selection of videos are projected onto three surfaces: a long curved screen with Rossy de Palma as Traveling Lady; a suspended canvas bag, and an eight-foot-tall coat illuminated by patterns, colors and textures evoking a voyage around the world.
The black leather bag that Nellie Bly carried with her is also on display, open to reveal its contents: three items of silk clothing, a jar of cold cream, a porcelain box for the perfect pill, a tea cup, a leather manual, and a hopelessness scale for measuring emotions. Transcending the realms of the psychological, the physical, and the cosmic, iconic Spanish actress Rossy de Palma embodies this timeless figure in Jessica Mitraniâ€™s fantastic and subversive world. On view through January 27. @tsrmiami