Now on View Through July 27, 2014

Art at the Core: The Intersection of Visual Art, Performance & Technology

October 27, 2013 – July 27, 2014

Chen Zhen, "Treatment Musical/Vibratoire"HVCCA’s 2013-2014 exhibition features works that lend themselves to narrative interpretations. The selected artists employ traditional art materials as well as new technology, video and performance to look to art as addressing the very core of our everyday lives, our ‘weltanschauung’.

In the works of Chen Zhen, Jeffrey Schrier, Gilbert and George, and Andres Serrano, we see evidence of the artist addressing identity politics as seen through past cultural and social traditions, race, nationalism, and heritage. Others artists in the exhibition, such as Ben Schumacher, Stephan Balleaux, Matt Keegan and Adam Pendleton, extract materials from the current and future ‘world-in-the-ether’ thus producing across global lines and re-appropriating disseminated images and objects that are the products of technology and industry. Marina Abramovic, represented here by her triptych ‘Spirit House,’ which was performed initially within a circumscribed space at Sean Kelly Gallery, consistently tests the limits of her body. She emerged from Europe as a pioneer in feminism, movement, and installation. Her retrospective at MOMA proved the fact that live performance has the ability, when done by a master, to hypnotize the viewer and to take in and own the presentation in a powerfully psychological way.

In an increasingly fast-moving era, and as explored in ‘Art at the Core’, the world of art and culture bridge artistic disciplines- painting folds into sculpture, into sound, light, video and performance.  Performance, enhanced by installation and often video, asserts itself as an art form, not in the narrative traditions of opera with its stage design, but in a contemporary format that defies traditional descriptions. The eclectic selections from the works of the twenty-three artists exhibited at HVCCA, bring about a show that is riddled with complexities, manifesting diverse approaches to identity, society, culture, and materiality and dedicated to the intersection and melding of life and art.

Whether obvious or implied, metaphorical or physical, the artist’s reflection on life can serve as an eye opening experience to the viewer. In keeping with the spirit and in conjunction with the nature of the exhibition, several video and performance artists as well as 7 playwrights have been invited to produce original scripts that intersect with the works in the exhibition, pulling performers, writers and audience into an active exploration of mind that meets and explores the visual and the sensory at the individual’s ‘core’. Performance/video works will be highlighted during the fall and winter of 2013, plays will be performed monthly from January through July 2014.

Artists: Marina Abramovic, Stephen Balleux, Phyllida Barlow, Rafal Bujnowski, Jonas Burgert, Dan Christensen, David Drebin, Martin Eder, Bryan El Castillo, Robert Fekete, Gilbert and George, Charles Hinman, Lisa Hoke, Suzan Frecon, Lisa Karrer, Matt Keegan, Justen Ladda, Giles Lyon, Mara Mills, Haroon Mirza, Yigal Ozeri, Jon Pylypchuk, Adam Pendleton, Jordan Rathus, Osvaldo Romberg, Antonio Santin, Italo Scanga, Florian Schmidt, Jeffrey Schrier, Ben Schumacher, Andrew Sendor, Andres Serrano, Costa Vece, Phil Wagner, Jeff Wall, Angela Washko, Chen Zhen, Thomas Zipp, and others.

March 29, 2014 through July 13, 2014

Theatrical Performance Series Coming in SPRING!

 @ The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art



“Works of art may speak to us through our visual senses but, when enriched by the spoken word, the works have the capacity to expand what is accessible to our imaginations, to overlay the imagery of one artist upon that of others and to permit us to take the world in so as to offer myriad possibilities.”

                    – Livia Straus, Director of the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art 

“Acting Out: Words that Connect”, a theatrical performance series, features original scripts by eight writers of the Greater New York area interfacing with works from the museum’s exhibition, “Art at The Core.” The resulting one-act plays, as well one commissioned drum piece, will be directed by Mara Mills.

Writers include:  Donna Barkman, Susan Hodara, Tony Howarth, Lisa Karrer, Coni Ciongoli Koepfinger, Matty Selman, and Bob Zaslow.

The series is four evenings, one each month between March and July. On each of these evenings there will be two one-act plays performed, which will be followed by a Q & A with the director, playwrights, and performers.

“Our goal is to intertwine word and image; to break artificial boundaries between audience and art, theatrical and visual. What better place to bring voice to contemporary art than in the dramatic setting of HVCCA?”

–Mara Mills, Director

FOR MORE INFORMATION | see for more details and images from the exhibition. PRICES: Members: $22, 2 evenings for $40, 4 evenings $70; Non-members: $25, 2 evenings for $45, 4 evenings $80 STAGE SETTING | The plays will be set in front of the artworks that inspired them. This is HVCCA’s sixth collaboration with director Mara Mills following the successful “Size Matters: Image and Script” (2008), “The Form of Matter” (2009), “Talk Dutch to Me” (2010), “The Ides of March” (2012), and “Words That Paint”(2013). FUTURE PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE




Tony Howarth & Donna Barkman Saturday, April 26 Sunday, April 27 7-9 PM 5-7 PM
Matty Selman (Full-length play) Saturday, May 31 Sunday, June 1 7-9 PM 5-7 PM
Coni Koepfinger & Bob Zaslow Saturday, July 12 Sunday, July 13

7-9 PM 5-7 PM

Two one act plays will be performed each Saturday, 7-9 and each Sunday, 5-7. On Saturday May 31st and Sunday June 1st, a single full-length play will occur.

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This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. ARTS_NYSCA_Logo