September 29, 2012 - July 28, 2013
Peekskill Project V: The New Hudson River School
Contemporary Artists Address the Regional Landscape
The 19th century group of artists known as the 'Hudson River School' shared a strong passion for the landscape of the region. These artists and their patrons shared a love affair with this young country that often surpassed connections to their roots in England and Europe. Though the period of the Hudson River School was short lived, spanning just thirty years, painters Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Cole and Frederic Edwin Church emerged as some of the most memorable artists of the era. Many of these artists did not call the Hudson Valley home, yet they drew artistic inspiration from the region, defining an important genre.
Peekskill Project V brings together 120 artists whose works will be exhibited in the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art and in venues throughout the City of Peekskill, situated on the majestic shores of the Hudson River. These artists have been influenced by the vast Hudson Valley Region, extending from Lake Tear in the Clouds, the origin of the Hudson River, to its mouth at the Atlantic Ocean. The impact of this dynamic landscape is reflected in these works. This New Hudson River School addresses the landscape but goes far beyond the heritage of putting brush to canvas, embracing the use of found materials and new media, including video and installation. Several works investigate the region by literally digging into its history and archeology, addressing the grittiness of its urban sites. Others highlight the bucolic splendor of the riverfront, splendid estates, waterfalls, mountains and valleys. The works reveal the cacophony of cultures, economic strata, and ethnic roots that have been reflective of this region from its Colonial period until today.