September 27, 12pm – 6pm Museum Day Live! Free admission for 2
2 pm Special Event: Free Docent Tour
HVCCA participates for the second year in Museum Day Live!
Each Ticket provides free admission for two people.
Free tickets available now online at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/
October Thursdays: Oct. 2 – 30, 3:30-5:00pm Art Speaks!
After School Program ART SPEAKS! is a 5-week
after school series for ages 8-12
Jon Pylpchuk “I Thought They Were My Children’
Budding artists will be introduced to the international contemporary art world through works that are currently exhibited at HVCCA. We will discuss the power of art as a vehicle for self-expression and a means to convey important cultural ideas.
Students will explore their own voice through mixed media projects.
$75 for HVCCA members/ $100 for non-members
Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 from 3:30 – 5pm.
Prepaid registration required
[email protected] / 914-788-0100
October 12, 5 pm – 7 pm Opening Reception!
Exhibit: October 12 – December 7, 2014
The Women’s Room: Female Perspectives on Men, Women, Family and Nation
Curated by Marcy B. Freedman and Livia Straus
HVCCA is proud to present video artworks by women who use the medium to explore the intricacies and dilemmas of gender, human relationships, and nation-centric politics. Each of the selected artists has endowed her video with a very personal point of view and simultaneously created a video that is meaningful to a larger audience. The topics considered are of universal significance, and the viewers of these videos will be inspired to think deeply about them.
Casual Encounter: A Month of Sundays by Kate Hampel features the artist in a long, dark wig, reading selections from a Craigslist website for “women seeking men.” The video suggests the ways in which men are objectified and reduced to a set of physical traits and broad personality types by certain women. (www.katehampel.com)
The shifting terrain of gender identity is addressed in Amy Jenkins’ pair of interconnected videos. In Audrey Superhero, the artist documents the desire of her six-year old daughter to be a boy. In Becoming, Jenkins memorializes her son’s first haircut at the age of three. As his long, blond, curly tresses are cut off in this ancient ritual of change, his gender neutrality is relinquished. (www.amyjenkins.net)
Adela Jusic’s When I die, you can do what you want reveals the challenging personal and political history of an elderly woman, as well as the touching bond between a grandmother and her granddaughter.
In her video Joan of Arc, the artist Alex McQuilkin suggests a deep and powerful connection between herself and the 15th century French national heroine and Roman Catholic saint. McQuilkin’s Magic Moments (Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl) addresses the sexualization of young women in our contemporary media. (www.alexmcquilkin.com)
The deceptively simplistic scenario of Sara Shaoul’s Erin Mahoney (friend, union organizer, activist) belies its sophisticated exploration of female bonding and contemporary politics in the United States. (sarashaoul.com)
Pippi Longstocking, the strongest girl in the world! at Abu Dis, Palestine, a collaboration between Rona Yefman and Tanja Schlander, places a classic children’s heroine in the midst of the troubling contemporary politics of the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict, while addressing the power of women to make changes in the world.
Maria Marshal’s President Bill Clinton Memphis shows the artist’s children in the frenzied act of constructing and deconstructing their environment, all to the rhythm of the underlying text – read by a child – of the President addressing the dignity and importance of human productivity.
October 26, 5 pm – 7 pm Live Performance!
THE LIVES OF HAMILTON FISH a cinematic rock opera by Rachel Mason inspired by a true story
Live Musical Performance and Screening with The Artist
Reception and Q & A
THE LIVES OF HAMILTON FISH (2014) is a cinematic rock opera inspired by a true story that occurred in New York’s Hudson Valley. A serial killer and a statesman, both named Hamilton Fish, die on the same day; Hamilton Fish II, a descendant of one of the most prominent families in New York State and Hamilton “Albert” Fish, a psychopath and notorious child murderer (executed at Sing Sing Prison). Their obituaries, both published on the front page of The Peekskill Evening Star Newspaper of January 16, 1936, prompt the paper’s editor to become obsessed with the coincidence.
The film’s story is told entirely through songs in the newspaper editor’s voice, played by Rachel Mason, as a surreal tale unfolds where supernatural events and historic facts merge in a wild, musical journey. The film’s score is intended for performances with a live band playing in the presence of the audience.
The gentle power of Ms. Mason’s voice made it clear why the piece had to be performed live. Soothing yet haunting, her voice made the story intimate. The history became tangible. -Nikki Lohr (New York Observer)
Her musical palette both on and off screen is impressive, from propulsive rock songs to unsettling ghostly ballads, from howling flute to chilling gusts of metal guitar… the portrait performs the miraculous feat of speaking, truthfully, to the living. - Adam McGovern ( Independent Film Critic)
Rachel Mason is a sculptor, songwriter and performer. A graduate of UCLA and Yale University, she has written three operas, recorded ten full length albums of songs, and has toured, screened films, exhibited sculpture, video and performance at the Queens Museum, Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art, School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Henry Gallery in Seattle, James Gallery at CUNY, University Art Museum in Buffalo, Sculpture Center, Hessel Museum of Art at Bard and Occidental College, Kunsthalle Zurich, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, The New Museum, Park Avenue Armory, Art in General, La Mama, Galapagos, Dixon Place, Human Resources, and Empac Center for Performance in Troy. Mason has shared stages and toured with Josephine Foster, Prince Rama, Diane Cluck, Sharon Von Etten, Phosphorescent, Light Asylum, Ed Askew among other renown musicians and she has been the subject of a numerous articles in publications including The New York Times, Artforum, The LA Times, Art in America and FlashArt. Mason was a 2013 recipient of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Harvestworks Residency.
The film’s cast features: Theodore Bouloukos, a New York-based actor and writer, Bill Weeden, a multi-award-winning cabaret performer, comedy writer, and composer, Sarah Baskin, a Brooklyn based actor, originally from Montreal, Shana Moulton, an internationally renowned artist who works in video and performance, Geo Wyeth, an artist and musician, and Vincent William Cooper, who is currently working towards his BFA in acting at NYU.
For more information about Rachel Mason, The Lives of Hamilton Fish, and the cast, please visit rachelannmason.com
Tickets for the live performance are sold at the door. $5 for HVCCA members, $7 for non-members.
“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