Between I & Thou

On view through December 2018

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

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“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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Spring Artist In Residence, Mark  Berghash

April 1st through August 30th, 2017

Opening reception April 23rd, 2017 from 5 to 7 pm

 I’S OPEN, Aspects of the True Self”

I’s Closed, I’s Opened: The Inner Self 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 eyes closed, the second image with 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.

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.” 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.

As part of his exhibition at HVCCA Mark Berghash photographed subjects, especially from the Peekskill community, on April 1st – 2nd, 2017. Photographs taken will be included with the exhibition of I’s Closed, I’s Open.

In parallel with the opening of I’s Closed, I’s Open,  HVCCA is proud to premier Donna Barkman’s play, Viewfinder, based on the auto-biographical  dioramas of Emma Rivers. Click HERE for more information about Donna Barkman’s play.

*Photograph courtesy of the artist

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Spring Artist in Residence, Jinsu Han

“Liquid Memory”

June 4 – December 2017


Opening reception: 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.

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“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.

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“Illumination of the Sacred Forms”
by Peter Bynum

February 4th through December 17th, 2017

“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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