For the sixth year, the Wassaic Project‘s annual festival filled its reclaimed former mill with eclectic art that bounded through the old wood beams and into the surrounding landscape among the Hudson Valley hills.
The festival, held last weekend, is the exclamation point of the nonprofit’s summer programming, although the two exhibitions in the former Maxon Mills’ towering structure continue through the beginning of September and events happen there year-round. Over 100 artists contributed to the shows, with installations ranging from Carmen Osterlye’s “Den of Blossomy” (shown above), where the blooming of flowers filmed in the Wassaic, New York, area were 3D-mapped over furniture, to Louie Hinnen’s “Cornbread and Buttermilk” kitchen, which could be played like an instrument with pistons that made its cabinets and appliances slam open and closed in a clatter.
This was my third visit to the Wassaic Project, having stopped by in 2011 and in 2012, and while there wasn’t as much art as in previous years, it did seem to be more focused, even if the somewhat undisciplined nature of the installations rambling through the worn wooden space is definitely an appeal. As Bowie Zunino, one of the founders and co-executive directors, explained to me: “This year the work has more of a presence; it’s matured.” And there was a clear refinement in much of the work.
While I didn’t take the camping option to stay all three days, I did spend most of the day Saturday exploring the festival. Here are some highlights in photographs:
What would it look like if museums turned their billions toward positive good instead of questionable investments simply for profit?
Patricio Guzmán combines reflection on the past, observation of the present, and hope for the future into an expansive vision of all the ideas he’s explored in his work.
Featuring over 70 installations and performances at the George Washington University’s historic Flagg Building, the Corcoran’s end-of-year showcase is now available for virtual viewing.
So closely do Disney’s animators assimilate the sensibility of French design that on occasion their source material appears almost more Disney than Disney itself.
The Grand Avenue Billboard Project enables artists like Karen Fiorito to publicly express their political views.
Artists reflect on histories of oppressive power structures in Brazil in this exhibition at the Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
The museum opens to the public on October 8 with a 24-hour kickoff and a rebooted California Biennial.
The report estimates that 6.7 million Indigenous objects and human remains continue to be held in Canadian institutions, most of which do not have formal repatriation policies.
The Association of Art Museum Directors announced a shift in its longstanding policy, which restricted the use of funds from sales of art to new acquisitions only.
Martín Mobarak may have broken Mexican law, but he burned the proof.
Your list of must-see, fun, insightful, and very Los Angeles art events this month, including the Maya Codex of Mexico at the Getty, Beatrice Wood, Trenton Doyle Hancock, and more.