Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Sunday June 4th, a day of AV

In Peekskill

2pm -

The final installment of HVCCA's 2006 Video Artists in Dialogue series will bring Papar Rad, and Cory Arcangel to the Museum to discuss and show their work. The series costs $7.50 for members & $10 for nonmembers.

In Beacon

The summer film series at Dia:Beacon continues with a selection of films by Ken Jacobs and Bob Flieshner, Andy Warhol, and Andre Meyer/Victor Hock. The series is free with museum admission.

Also at 2pm, at Dia:Beacon, the St Luke's Chamber Ensemble will be perform a program entitled "Fresh Paint"


As part of its Take another bau series, bau (161 Main St) will be screening video works by Neil Needleman starting at 6pm.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Calls & opportunities

Here are a few things that have been sitting in my inbox recently.

Newly added 5.30.06


Publishing company looking to purchase or commission artwork that
explores the theme of learning, teaching, apprenticeship, sharing
knowledge, technical skills, or vocational/technical trades. Artwork
and subject matter must be suitable for a corporate and diverse
environment. Additional information about the company can be viewed at

Please send examples of artwork that adheres to the theme with a
pricelist for existing works, or up to 15 examples of current artwork
and a proposal/sketch and pricing guidelines for commissioned art
applications. Electronic submissions preferred, either by web address
or a PC-formatted CD, but slides will be accepted as well. Include SASE
for mailed submissions. Submit to: Jennifer M Hines at or American Technical Publishers, 1155 W 175th
St., Homewood, IL 60430.

Request for Proposals- Poughkeepsie Train Station Public Art Project: Dutchess County Map.

Deadline for this is Monday June 5 at 5pm. Details can be found at

Locust Grove exhbition opportunity:
The deadline for this has passed, but for future reference, Locust Grove is seeking "contemporary Hudson River School style artwork" for public exhibition at the site. Application proceedures can be found here.

Live/Work space opportunity in Middletown CT:
The North End Artists Cooperative in Middletown is
accepting applications for a 1BR, 875 sq. ft.
live/work space available immediately. Rent is
$520/month and does not include utilities, however,
$600 is deposited annually into each tenant's art
equity account upon completion or 30 hrs arts
community service.

NEAC is an Equal Opportunity, affordable housing
association. Eligibility to apply for this unit is
based on an income cap of appx. $30,885. Maximum
number of tenants for a 1BR is two people. One cat or
dog is allowed.

Each unit is recently renovated and features a
dishwasher & washer/dryer. The co-op is conveniently
located near a kiln (Wesleyan Potters), recording
studio (Green Street Arts Center) and art library
(Wesleyan University), as well as numerous other
performance spaces and galleries. It is centrally
located for artists who work throughout the state and
within 30 minutes of Hartford and New Haven.
Please email for a pre-application
or to arrange a tour of the building. Serious
applicants will be required to interview with the
co-op members and present a portfolio of their work.
For more information, go to

Saturday, May 27, 2006

This Weekend in Beacon

Here is a last minute posting of some art related goings on this weekend.

Today at 1pm, Dia:Beacon has another gallery talk. Today's talk is given by Dia curator Lynne Cook, and she will be discusssing the work of Agnes Martin.

Also this weekend, Dia is kicking of a series of summer film screenings. The series, curated by Douglas Crimp is titled, Lives of Performers: Art, Film, Performance around 1970. This week's presentation will feature work by Andy Warhol and Shirley Clarke.
Films will be screened every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm through Labor Day Weekend. A complete film schedule can be found here

Later on tonight, the benefit for Flying Swine continues with musical performances at Howland Cultural Center by Jennifer Clapp and Gwen Laster.
Tickets for tonight's performance are $25, and seating is limited. For more info, please call 845.230.7010

We attended last night's Taste of Beacon, portion of the Swine benefit. Selected scenes were presented last night, including two scenes from Deborah Breevort's play "Signs of Life" which will be presented in its entirety latter this fall in Beacon by Flying Swine. I generally don't get all twittery on theater, but this production is certainly something to look forward to. The two actors (I need to ) were stunning and incredibly natural as a married couple. The response to this short performance was resounding. I'll of course post info on the upcoming performances as they happen. You'll not want to miss this.

Enough of the theater review. I've been backlogged lately, but this weekend, I will be posting images ov events from the past month, and there are some upcoming calls for artists and such that I'll be posting as well.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Rebecca Solnit reading at Dia

Rebecca Solnit will be presenting a reading of her recent writing at Dia:Beacon tomorrow, May 21 at 2pm. The reading is part of the ongoing Readings in Contemporary Litererature series.
Rebecca Solnit is the author of ten books, including A Field Guide to Getting Lost (2005); Hope in the Dark, Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities (2004); and River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (2003). An activist and longtime San Franciscan, she writes regularly for publications such as TomDispatch, Orion, Sierra, Harper's and the San Francisco Chronicle, and other outlets about landscape, cities, and other geographies, the environment, politics, and visual culture. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, and a Lannan Foundation Fellowship.

Evolving from the Readings in Contemporary Poetry Series held at Dia:Chelsea from 1987 to 2003, the Readings in Contemporary Literature series invites writers working in a variety of literary genres to read from their recent work at Dia:Beacon and to participate in a short residency in the city of Beacon.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Museum announces new director

HVCCA in Peekskill has announced the appointment of Matthew Distel as it's new executive Director. Distel arrives at HVCCA from Cincinnati, Ohio where he served as Associate Curator of Exhibitions and Head of the Curatorial Department at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati.

More background information on Distel, and a link to a pdf of the official press release is located here.

Also, HVCCA's next exhibition, Reverence, opens tomorrow, May 20. There will be an opening reception for the exhibit at the Museum from 4-6pm. I expect that I will be pulling docent duty at the museum somewhere abouts 2pm. Come by and say hi.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Bruce Molsky at Rosendale Cafe

Bruce Molsky will be performing at the Rosendale Cafe, in Rosendale, NY on Saturday, May 20 at 8pm. If you're interested in attending, I suggest you arrive early and grab a seat as Bruce's shows tend to pull a crowd.

Bruce's most recent album was released last week on Compass Records.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

News from Dia

I get home from a very long day, and learn via MAN that Len Riggio is stepping down as chairman of the board at Dia. Carol Vogel reports in the NY Times that Riggio cites the enormous undertaking of building a new Chelsea outpost, searching for a new director, in addition to the general concerns of steering such an institution, as demanding more energy than he has to give.

So much for all of those who gripe that there's never anything new at Dia:Beacon

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

DCAC Individual Artist fellowship & Rinnhofer discussion

The Dutchess County Arts Council will be awarding its 2006-07 Artist Fellowship in the area of Digital and Sound Art. The amount of $5000 will either go entirely to one artist as a full fellowship, or divided into partial fellowships.
Deadline for the application is May 31. Applicants must be resident in Dutchess County for two years as of May 31 2006 to be eligible.

For more information, call Loretta Spence at (845) 454-3222. Full Guidelines and Application package available online at

In connection with her 2005-06 Individual Fellowship in Photography, Angelika Rinnhofer, will be giving an artist talk on Saturday, May 20, 4-5 pm. Angelika's talk is presented by the DCAC and will be held in the Red Parlor at the Cuneen Hackett Arts Center, 9 Vassar St in Poughkeepsie.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Beacon Art Supply Grand Opening May 13

Aong with the other 2nd Saturday events, Beacon Art Supplyat 506 Main St. will be celebrating it opening with fun for everyone throughout the day from 11am-9pm. More info here.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

2nd Saturday---Again

Here it is again, and here is what's going on:

Hudson Beach Glass at 162 Main St will be presenting a glass blowing demonstration by visiting glass artist, Steve Fellerman all day and into the evening.

bau 17: Comedies & Catastrophe, a collaboration of poetry and painting by Elizabeth Winchester, and Jim Coughenour opens at bau with a reception from 6 to 9 pm

The Bannerman Gallery at 150 Main is hosting an exhibit of paintings by Seth Nadel. Opening reception from 2-4 pm

ParaSite at the Ironfish Trading Co. at 167 Main St. is having an opening reception from 5-8pm for Joan Mellon "Contemplating Color"

RiverWinds Gallery opens an exhibit of work by Linda Richichi. Reception 6-9pm

A new exhibit of photographs by Leonard Freed and Brigitte Freed will be on view at VanBrunt Gallery

Photos of a different tone by James King will be featured at Zahra's Studios at 496 Main St in the exhibit: "Trailer Tie-Up! - Reception 6-10pm

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Flying Swine benefit

Two Nights of Top Notch Entertainment

Benefiting One Great Cause -

Bringing the best of new theatre to the
Hudson Valley

Join us on Friday evening, May 26 beginning at 7
At the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon (477 Main Street) for


Beacon’s best restaurants are coming together to give you a culinary sample of the
best and brightest this region has to offer. Enjoy a variety of tastings in food and
beverage and plan your next fine dining evening right here in the Hudson Valley.

While your palette is rejoicing, FLYING SWINE presents a feast for the eyes, ears,
heart and soul with scenes from scheduled upcoming productions featuring the
some of the best artists working on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and the finest
regional repertory theatres.

An evening of fun fare and tasty tidbits, along with a silent auction, provides a
chance to support the best new theatre in New York, right in your own backyard.

“With a classical background and a punk sensibility, FLYING SWINE dissects
the soul’s place in the world, using everything in their power to create a live, raw
experience that reminds a modern society why there’s still great value in gathering
‘round the communal fire to hear and tell stories.”

All proceeds benefit FLYING SWINE’s 2006-2007 production season.
Tickets are $100 per person and are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed
by law. Bring your friends and make a night of it!

Reservations may be made by calling 845.230.7010. Space is limited and tickets
will be reserved on a first come, first served basis.

On Saturday evening, May 27 at 8

At the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon (477 Main Street) for

BEACON: Sounds of Life

A benefit concert in preparation for our Fall production, “Signs of Life” by Deborah Brevoort

Peformer Roster TBA .
Tickets $25 per person

Come to one or both great evenings and help launch the SWINE!

Donald Kimmel
Artistic Director

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

New Max Neuhaus sound piece at Dia:Beacon

Image: Max Neuhaus, drawing for Time Piece Beacon,
2005, colored pencil on paper. Dia Art Foundation. Photo: Cathy Carver

Dia Art Foundation will inaugurate a new sound work by artist Max Neuhaus on May 6, 2006, at Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries. Commissioned for the museum, Time Piece Beacon (2005) establishes a zone of sound around the perimeter of the facility. Tailored to the building and its surrounding environment, the work introduces an aural experience into the museum. Time Piece Beacon enters Dia’s collection alongside Neuhaus’s Times Square (1977), a sound work located on a pedestrian island at Broadway between 45th and 46th Streets in New York City, which was acquired in 2002.

Monday, May 01, 2006

ROCA call for curatorial proposals

ROCA(Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY) is accepting proposals from curators for the 2008-09 exhibition season in the 1,800 sqft Emerson Gallery. Proposal deadline is Oct 15, 2006.
If you're interested in more details, email me at and I can forward a copy of the prospectus I've received, or contact ROCA.