Spring 2017 Artist in Residence,
June 4 – December 2017
Sunday, June 4, 2017, 5 – 7 PM
The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art is excited to announce two site- specific installations, Liquid Memory, by Korean artist Jinsu Han that directly involve the Peekskill community and the Manitou School in Cold Spring, NY. Both iterations speak to the nature of memory.
For the construction of the installations, Jinsu is asking members of the community to bring in bowls or containers that have a family memory or storyattached and lend them to Jinsu for the installation, which will honor our collective memories. Robotic elements will create a gentle movement.
Metaphorically, the objects, water, and the repetitive movement of the robotics connect the idea of how gradual change alters memory and how objects and story relate to the persistence of memory.
Jinsu Han has been making robotic sculptures for over 20 years. His work uses different materials varying from custom-made parts to found objects. The sculptures evoke poetic nostalgia, ‘offerings to memory.’ Community memory containers will be returned after the exhibition, with yet another story attached.
Jinsu Han (b. 1971) is a multimedia artist from Seoul, Korea. He received his BFA and MFA from Hongik University, Seoul, Korea and earned another MFA in sculpture and an Edward L. Ryerson Fellowship at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007. Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition“Fantasy Factor” (Force Gallery, Beijing. China) in 2016 and a group show “The Apotheosis of The Ex-Fish Market” in New York, 2016.
Spring 2017 Artist in Residence,
“Selknam: Spirit, Ceremony, Selves”
May 13- September 17, 2017
The Selknam, an extinct aborigine tribe of Tierra del Fuego, is the inspiration for Elisa Pritzker’s installation at the HVCCA. Over ten years ago when Pritzker visited Patagonia, she felt an urgency to discover the people who had lived in Tierra del Fuego “before all the tourists came, speaking all different languages, from many cultures,” except for that of the Selknam, whose voices were gone.
Pritzker has created an installation that honors the tribe, gathered into reservations in the 1940’s and eradicated by diseases and cultures not their own. She began an in-depth study of the Selknam Tribe, using source materials from anthropologists and photographers, among them Anne Chapman. In the 1950’s and 1960’s Chapman documented the Selknam’s unique culture and recorded their language and chants. Chapman was cured of a life threatening ailment by Lola Kiepkja, the last Selknam shaman alive. After intensive research, Pritzker realized how much the ancient cultures and traditions had to teach and her solo show at HVCCA brings the viewer – stone by stone – into the Selknam realm.
Elisa Pritzker, born in Argentina, now lives in upstate New York. Her work has appeared in exhibitions and museums worldwide. Brian K. Mahoney, Chronogram Magazine editor, said, Pritzker “… has helped to shape the evolution of the regional arts scene.” Certainly, Pritzker’s work, installations and objects, has reshaped how we think about culture, ancient, urban, natural or spiritual. Looking anew at the old, Elisa Pritzker’s installation at the HVCCA, provides a contemporary artist’s view of an ancient world.
An original performance piece, which uses Elisa Pritzker’s vision, integrates music, dance, and narration, giving the Selknam voice through the perspectives of three women, a female shaman, an ethnographer, and a mythological moon woman. The performance is at 5PM, Saturday, May 13th as part of the opening reception of Pritzker’s show. Performance collaborators are Marcy B. Freedman, art historian and performance artist; musicians/composers Nannette Garcia, Maurice Minichino; and dancers Marsi Burns and Nomi Bachar.
HVCCA’s 2017 Spring Artist-in-Residence
“I’s Closed, I’s Open: Aspects of the True Self”
On view: April 23 2017- June 18, 2017
Mark Berghash was born in Buffalo, NY in 1935, and has lived and worked in New York City since 1957.
Berghash’s Aspects of the True Self challenges the notion that it is the photographer rather than the subject who determines the success of a photographic production by selecting the moment when the subject’s character or personality is fully revealed. By presenting his participants with questions that explore their history and their psyche and giving them the ability to work the shutter and thus self-record their reactions, he places the power of the exploration into the hands of the subject.
I’s Opened I’s Closed is a series of head and shoulder photographic diptychs, each one accompanied by a Haiku-like poem. In creating each portrait the subjects are requested to think about their inner life. The first image is with their eyes closed, the second image with their eyes open. After the photo session, the subject wrote down his or her thoughts and feelings. From these, Berghash and his wife Rachel, a poet, composed a Haiku-like poem for each subject. Berghash’s intention in making these portraits is to record aspects of a person’s true inner self.
In an article for Art F City in 2016, Rom Vaughan said, “Whether Berghash succeeds in truthfully plumbing his subjects’ minds is known for certain only by them; but there is no doubt that he strikes to the core of the precept that photography is significantly related to memory. Photographs are often saved simply because they revive the past. Berghash has pushed the process of reviving the past to its most extreme and nearly un-photographable point by producing work that is the manifestation of memory, not just an instrument of recollection.”
Livia Straus, Director of HVCCA spoke of Berghash’s work saying, “His combination of words and images create a powerful confessional mode that both reveals and hides. His other Authentic Self projects such as ‘Twin Selves’, ‘Galut’, and portraits of Holocaust survivors explored the different aspects of personality that we reveal in public and that, born of hidden desires, that remains unseen.”
Among other institutions, Berghash’s work is included in collections of and has been exhibited at The California Museum of Photography, Riverside; Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio; Franklin Furnace Archive, NYC; International Center of Photography, NYC; International Polaroid Collection; the Jewish Museum; NYC; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; MOMA NYC; Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel; and Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. The Berghash opening will
As part of his exhibition at HVCCA, Mark Berghash will be photographing subjects, especially first and second- generation immigrants from the Peekskill community, on April 1st – 2nd, 2017. Photographs taken for this project will be hung with exhibition of I’s Opened I’s Closed photographs, opening April 23rd, 2017.
There are two other events at HVCCA are related to the Berghash show. Donna Barkman’s new play, Viewfinder, which is based on the work of Emma Rivers, will open with the Berghash exhibit at 4:00PM on April 23rd. On May 20th at 8:00 pm and May 21st at 3:00 pm, Sol Miranda’s play, I am Here, I Belong, which was written by and for Peekskill’s immigrant residents under the What Matters Project will be presented.
For more information about participating in the photoshoot on April 1st and 2nd, or for more information about the plays or exhibit, please contact the museum at [email protected] or by phone at 914-788-0100.