Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Lives of Hamilton Fish

Our "Lives of Hamilton Fish" screening and performance was a success! Around 50 people showed up to enjoy fish chowder and sides courtesy of Birdsall house, and an amazing performance courtesy of Rachel Mason.
Signature to this performance, Mason included props from the film- displaying the original newspaper article and figurines featured in the film outside the viewing space. Mason also incorporated a wind chime, typewriter, and other objects into her perfromance. Moving through the aisle, standing at her podium, displayed on screen- Mason filled with space.
After it ended, audience members were left speechless. Applause roared through the intimate crowd and questions began. The viewers loved and were entranced by what they had just seen.
Look for an exclusive interview-based piece coming soon- which analyzes Rachel Mason's creative process- both in life and in her film.
For more info on the film itself, such as future screenings, please see livesofhamiltonfish.com or rachelannmason.com

Patrons enjoying a delicious meal courtesy of Birdsall House and John Sharp
Table outside of viewing space, with props and documents from/relating to the film
Rachel Mason performing as the newspaper editor alongside her film

What Matters Mural

We are overjoyed to announce that the "What Matters?" mural by Lana Yu, in collaboration with HVCCA and Arts Westchester, has gone up in Peekskill! With the work of hundreds of vvolunteers, young and old, the mural was painted, pieced together and hung the encouraging work on James St. The bright colors, positive messages, and community support really emphasis what Peekskill is really about- community. Click here to watch a short video of the "unveiling" along with an interesting look at the process. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Lives of Hamilton Fish (Chowder)

In a special collaboration with the ever-delicious and ever-generous Birdsall House here in Peekskill, NY, HVCCA will present Rachel Mason's "The Lives of Hamilton Fish" paired with a meal of a similar name. Guests will enjoy fish chowder courtesy of March Walker and craft beer courtesy of John Sharp at Birdsall House while viewing Mason's acclaimed "karaoke rock opera". Mason will be performing live with the film and also hosting a Q&A and reception at the museum. 

Join us on October 26th from 5 to 7  for food, film, fine craft beer, and a night full of fun. Tickets are only $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers, and includes beer, chowder, side dishes, and a ticket to the show and reception. 

Prepayment is required so call 914-788-0100 or email info@hvcca.org for more ticket information.

Hope to see you there! 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Artist Update: Asya Reznikov

We are pleased to announce that Asya Reznikov, a HVCCA artist, has two upcoming projects! Asya joined our Peekskill Artist Club in 2013 during our "Power of Place" Exhibit and showed 5 films in the video room here during Peekskill Project V in February- March 2013. 

 From October 2nd to November 1st Asya is having a solo exhibition entitled “Coming and Going and Sitting Still” at the Digital Media Gallery at Lycoming College. 
On October 5th, Asya will be showing her film “Baggage” ON, not in, The Omni Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas. As part of Expanded Cinema at The Dallas Video Fest, the video will be projected onto the building’s facade from 5pm to 8pm.
If you’re nearby, these two showcases are most definitely worth checking out!
See the artist’s website for more: asyareznikov.com

Thursday, October 2, 2014


Stay tuned for a new feature of the HVCCA blog!

Starting next week, the museum will begin a new feature called "Interview with an Artist" in which a question will be poised to two or three different HVCCA artists. We'll post the results here and see what we get- should be interesting!
Some working questions include:
"Who are your biggest inspirations?"
"What are you trying to say through your work?"
"How important is environment to your artistic process?"

Comment below with any potential questions you'd like asked or any specific artists you'd want to hear from!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

October 12th: Opening of "The Women's Room"

Join us on October 12th from 5 to 7 to celebrate the opening of a new exhibit: The Womens Room: Female Perspectives on Men, Women, Family, and Nation.

Curated by Marcy B. Freedman and Livia Strauss, this video based exhibit feautures the works of revolutionary female artists such as Amy Jenkins, Rona Yefman and Alex McQuilkin. Each work is of personal significance to the artist- yet also explores themes meaningful to any audience.

The Exhibit is open until December 7th and is included in the typical admittance.

See the website for more details.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New: After School Art with HVCCA

Beginning October 2nd, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art will be the host to a new kind of artist- pre-teens. A new after school program, which meets every Thursday from 3:30 to 5, will combine budding talent, discussion, and a contemporary art collection to create a workshop perfect for young artists. This workshop, taught by new educational director Donna Mikkelson, is open to children ages 8-12, and is a perfect educational yet fun afterschool activity. For more information: see here.
("Egg Decorating" Workshop of Spring 2014)