Women Warriors

An art installation by Isis Kenney

On View
October 15th through December 17th, 2017

Opening Reception
October 15th, 5 – 7 pm

The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA) is excited to announce a new exhibition, “Women Warriors,” open through December 17th.

The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA) is excited to announce a new exhibition, “Women Warriors,” up now through December 17th. “Women Warriors” honors the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in America, as well as the continuing fight for equal rights in the public sphere. A voting booth will be created by artist Isis Kenney in conjunction with ArtsWestchester’s “Give Us The Vote” exhibition. Kenney has created five large panels depicting suffragettes like Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth in their fight for equal rights, as well as depicting modern day feminist icons Bella Abzug, Sonia Sotomayor, Dolores Huerta, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Adelina Otero-Warren, Oprah Winfrey, and Shirley Chisholm as superheroes, resplendent in costumes inspired by Wonder Woman. The work of Cey Adams, celebrated muralist, designer, and artist will also be on display with his culture-laden American flags. Both Kenney and Adams utilize the visual language of Hip-Hop in their work to create bold, colloquial images that speak to the essence of what it is to be an American citizen and warrior.

Isis Kenney describes the importance of “Women Warriors” by saying: “Women, no matter where they are in the world, have faced astronomical challenges, whether on the basis of religion, tradition, culture, even fashion. We are living in a community and an atmosphere that demeans women, that is interested in making them more vulnerable and more insecure. Young girls need to recognize their power. A lot of times, we don’t see that this is an ongoing issue. I think that this show, in highlighting these powerful women in history, asks us to think about ourselves and where we are in history.”

Livia Straus, director and co-founder of HVCCA, says: “Our vision of America would negate our seeing women so demeaned, yet it is only 100 years ago since American women gained the right to vote, only 152 years ago since the abolition of slavery. As racial tensions still plague us, and the possibility of a female president eludes us, we look to history to teach what has been accomplished and what ingrained issues still must be addressed. We celebrate the suffragettes as super heroes of our past as Marvel’s Wonder Woman explodes on our screens and Super Woman carries the weight of the world on her shoulders.”

In the spirit of free expression, the opening reception of “Women Warriors” featured an open mic for participants to read poetry, rap, or share their thoughts. 

Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, Isis Kenney currently lives and works in New York City. In 2004, Isis moved to Brooklyn, New York, and studied at the School of Visual Arts, The City College of New York and SUNY Empire State College. Isis Kenney’s nuanced understanding of the current political climate is displayed in her artwork, weaving political, social and cultural commentary into brilliant collages. 

Cey Adams, a New York City native, emerged from the downtown graffiti movement to exhibit alongside fellow artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. As the Creative Director of hip hop mogul Russell Simmons’ Def Jam Recordings, he co-founded the Drawing Board, the label’s in-house visual design firm, where he created visual identities, album covers, logos, and advertising campaigns for Run DMC, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Notorious B.I.G., Maroon 5, and Jay-Z. Cey draws inspiration from 60’s pop art, sign painting, comic books, and popular culture. His work focuses on themes including pop culture, race and gender relations, cultural and community issues.

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Between I & Thou

Detail of “Number 8”                                                             Detail of “Who’s Afraid 
by Leonardo Drew                                                                   of Aunt Jemimah” 
                                                                                                    by Faith Ringgold

On view through Fall 2018

Opening reception February 4th, 2017 from 5 to 7 pm.

Click here for the complete catalog of Between I and Thou!

“Between I & Thou” includes artists from many different areas of the globe, exploring
interconnections between the personal, cultural, religious and national. The works reflect the human need to tell the story of self and society, offering a rich conversation about the sameness and differentness among us. There is an emphasis on the inclusion of senior artists whose works cogently reflect lives lived across significant changes in history. ‘Between I & Thou’ celebrates diversity.

Discussing this, Livia Straus, HVCCA Director, said,

“Faith Ringgold is arguably one of the most renowned African American living artists. Her work in quilts, drawings and book form speak to social justice as well as the stories and memories of her own childhood. Judith Zabar works through free association, her painting/drawings often beginning with doodled thoughts done at odd times, mining her subconscious. Other artists’ works overlay personal with cultural cues, like Aminah Robinson who interweaves memory laden buttons and fabrics from discarded, overused clothing, embroidering her assemblages with words referencing her spiritual journey as she treads the time worn stones of Jerusalem. An artist like Leonardo Drew draws on the materials that surround us as well as comfort us, such as cotton batting from mattresses now disposed of, but when recycled into art carry the stuff of our dreams.”

Entering HVCCA, one is confronted by Asya Reznikov’s mother images: the artist gathering nursing milk over several months, filling bottles to overflow.  In our video room is an installation by Peter Bynum, whose illuminated glass paintings bring us into the biological structure of our oneness. This is an exhibition seeking to touch upon the common hopes, needs and dreams that must take us, as human beings, to that which leads to a more caring and peaceful existence, one is modeled within the ‘I in Thou’.

Featured artists:
 Cristina Alvarez-Arnold Laura Battle  Peter Bynum Orly Cogan  Leonardo Drew  Camille Eskell  Kristján Gudmundsson  Erika Harrsch  Meg Hitchcock Chris Jones  Remy Jungerman  Barbara Korman  Cal Lane  Katherine Mangiardi Todd Murphy Brigitte Nahon Susan Obrant  Jong Oh  Margaret Loy Pula  Liz Quisgard  Raquel Rabinovich  Asya Reznikov  Faith Ringgold  Aminah Robinson (Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson)  Antonio Santin  Yardena Donig Youner  Jayoung Yoon  Judith Zabar 

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“Illumination of the Sacred Forms”
by Peter Bynum

February 4th, 2017 through Fall 2018

“Common Ground” by Peter Bynum


The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art presents Peter Bynum’s “Illumination of the Sacred Forms,” a multi-media installation of illuminated paintings.

HVCCA will present an installation of illuminated paintings by Peter Bynum, with an additional multi-media component of soundscapes and video projections. This is the first time an artist has been given the largest room at the museum for a solo exhibition.

Livia Straus, Director of HVCCA, says “Peter Bynum’s ethereal, light-infused paintings bring us into an intimate relationship with the biological structure of our oneness. Working at the intersection of art and science, he has invented a technique for illuminating paint’s innate ability to express the forms and rhythms of the living universe. Floating on multiple layers of glass, biomorphic forms spread, pool, and flow. We are visually swimming in the paint and the light. This ‘secret life’ of paint is evocative of trees and roots, capillaries and synapses — the purposeful fluidity of life on the planet.”

Black velvet drapes at the entrance signal the immersive spiritual experience to come.  Upon entering, sacred music creates an environmental soundscape. The room glows with six paintings full of cosmic energy and ecstatic beauty, advancing our contemplation of the divine as well as the human threat to the biosphere.

A separate curtained booth allows visitors to sit and watch video projections of paint in action, showing its behavior under pressure as it flows and branches, a psychedelic experience of life forming and flowing before our eyes.  In another booth, viewers can sit in privacy to contemplate the painting “Between us, here, now,” a work that invites us to explore our relation with the Other, whether human or divine.

Says Dede Young, former chief Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Neuberger Museum, “Peter Bynum has made one breakthrough after another, invented a new way of painting with light, and pushed the language of painting into a new place.  This goes so far beyond what painting on canvas has ever been able to achieve. It changes the conversation.”

“In all life-forms, energy is circulated through a nervous system,” says Bynum.  “In animals, through a coherent system of veins and arteries.  In plants, through a system of roots, branches and leaves. Paint has within it this same fluid genius. The nature of paint, it turns out, is to act like nature.”

Peter Bynum’s work has been exhibited in Rome, Shanghai, Paris, Basel, Cologne and throughout the U.S.  In 2011, the Rome Museum of Contemporary Art included his paintings in it’s landmark exhibition “Macro: The Road to the Future of Contemporary Art.”  In 2013, New York’s Museum of Art & Design commissioned a large illuminated triptych to feature alongside renowned light artist James Turrell, naming Bynum and Turrell two of the most influential artists of the last half-century who work with glass. In 2014, he was commissioned by the New York Public Library to fill its 5th Avenue windows with 17 large illuminated paintings.  That exhibition, using four tons and 2,000 square feet of glass, was illuminated day and night for eight months and seen by an estimated 9 million people. His most recent exhibition of public art is on the Hudson Riverfront in Peekskill, NY.  Commissioned by the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, his paintings fill ten arches, each 26 ft. high x 16 ft. wide.

Bynum’s work is in 80 private and public collections in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America. He received his MFA from New York University.  He lives and works in New York’s Hudson Valley.

The installation is in conjunction with the museum’s main exhibition, “Between I and Thou.”

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“HVCCA is the most dynamic contemporary art site in Westchester… Maybe one day, these regional, more experimental art places might supercede art-stately New York City.” —Ben Genocchio, NY Times