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:
Lewis’s tattered canvases and pasted over drawings mirror a world in need of constant upkeep and repair.
Seeing the Toronto Biennial of Art through my daughter’s eyes helped me push past some of its challenges by experiencing it on a primordial level.
Installations by Jessica Campbell, Yasmine K. Kasem, Suchitra Mattai, Haleigh Nickerson, and Nyugen E. Smith are now on view at JMKAC in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
With its titular blend of Western culture and Asian ethnicity, Tyrus Wong’s “Chinese Jesus” painting embodies Asian American identity.
Prehistoric Planet is visually ambitious, but the docuseries often fails to contextualize those visuals for the curious viewer.
The first global survey dedicated to the use of clothing as a medium of visual art features works by 35 contemporary artists, including Nick Cave, Kent Monkman, Louise Bourgeois, and Mary Sibande.
Imelda Marcos and her husband were accused of plundering billions of dollars from the country.
Probably not, but it sure looks like one.
Who says tragedy has to be tragic? Co-presented with National Black Theatre, this fresh, Pulitzer-winning take on a classic centers Black joy and liberation.
I won’t bother you with talk about how obscenely decadent and out of touch the Frieze art fair is. And yet…
Curators Tahnee Ahtone, La Tanya S. Autry, Frederica Simmons, Dan Cameron, and Jeremy Dennis offered the public a window into their curatorial processes through the work they produced during their fellowships.
As part of Hyperallergic’s Emily Hall Tremaine Journalism Fellowship for Curators, Jeremy Dennis presents an exhibition to offer insight into his curatorial process.