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Contemporary Art Reinterprets, Deconstructs Peekskill As We Know It

The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art's Peekskill Project V will bring colorful docks, walking street signs, reflective walls and more to the city's public and private spaces for two days.

Thank you to the City of Peekskill for submitting this information from HVCCA:

(HVCCA) is pleased to announce Peekskill Project V: a citywide art festival devoted to bringing cutting edge contemporary art out of the museum and into the community. Using the city as a stage, Peekskill Project activates the urban environment and its inhabitants

through site-specific art exhibitions, performances and screenings sited in multiple venues throughout Peekskill.

Peekskill Project V is a departure from previous installments of the project, which were limited to a weekend of events and exhibitions. This year’s festival begins with an exciting opening weekend on September 29th & 30th, 2012. Related events will continue through the end of July 2013. Programming occurs on the second Sunday of each month, October 2012 – July 2013.

This year’s festival features a wide variety of painting, sculpture, photography, installation, video, film, sound, and performance art by over 75 emerging and established artists currently living and working in Peekskill, the Hudson Valley and the Greater New York City region.

The Project calls upon artists to reinterpret the contemporary landscape and the urban and suburban condition. These works aim to deconstruct ideas of home, history and place in the context of the modern age of technology, information and mobility.

Artists’ installations, exhibitions, performances and screenings will be held in venues throughout the city, with HVCCA as the main hub of the project. Venues include parks, local businesses, former industrial spaces, vacant lots and storefronts.

HVCCA is partnering with the City of Peekskill, Paramount Center for the Arts, Field Library, Westchester Community College and others for programming and exhibition space. Downtown Peekskill and the Peekskill Waterfront also serve as major sites of the project.Peekskill Project V artists were selected by a team of curators: Cristina Arnold, Paul Clay, Evonne Davis, Kerry Cox, Marcy B. Freedman, Matthew Leonard, Cheryl McGinnis, Wilfredo Morel, Lise Prown, Alix Sloan, Livia Straus, Lilly Wei and Emma Wilcox.

Participating artists include: Justin Allen, Andrea Bianconi, Erik Benson, Huma Bhabha, Grayson Cox, Leonardo Drew, Ian Davis, Purdy Eaton, Cara Enteles, Geoff Feder, Jeff Gibson, Greg Haberny, Charles Harlan, Tommy Hartung, Katarin Jerinic, Mike Kenney, Virginia Martinsen, Charles McGill, Maria McMahon, Martha Mysko, Bruce Odland, Daniel Phillips, Elisa Pritzker, Andy Ralph, Leon Reid, Daniel Roberts, Brie Ruais, Christine Sciulli, Nancy Shaver, Skewville, Matthew Slaats, Jonathan Stanish, Chad Stayrook, Ian Swanson, Ouattara Watts, Adrienne Wheeler, and Michael Zelehoski among many others.

Peekskill Project, previously organized in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008, has become a highly anticipated event, attracting thousands of visitors each year as it offers children and adults alike the opportunity to explore the city’s rich social, cultural and geographic history, through the lens of contemporary art.

Peekskill is located in the historic Hudson Valley, a region that has long been a haven and source of inspiration for a diverse range of artists. It is the landscape that inspired the romantic Hudson River School of painting, which beheld nature in its most idyllic form, the untouchable, untamable frontier. Today the region remains a potent source of inspiration and an ideal site to explore the Hudson

Valley, the post-industrial city, socio-economic redevelopment, and ecological preservation.

Peekskill Project is organized and implemented by HVCCA in collaboration with local government, organizations, businesses, and property owners. These important partnerships create a wide network of spaces for artists and viewers to investigate.

*Editor's Note: Photos originally used in this article have been replaced with HVCCA approved images.

Alexis Cole August 08, 2012 at 11:57 PM
I don't like to make negative comments. I LOVE public art, and am so happy to see more is going up. But I think the piece for Bohlman Towers is kind of an odd choice...the raggedy cut up sock, the cigarette butt looking element, maybe it's art reflecting life...but shouldn't there be something a little more inspiring or encouraging, rather than a piece of art that hollers ghetto? I'm interested to hear other people's comments. I don't know the artist, or the thinking behind it, but I'm open to having my mind changed. Also, I think we should remove all the broken children's art tiles around Peekskill. What was meant to be an encouraging public art project gives impressions of Peekskill that they were meant to dispel.
Alexis Cole August 08, 2012 at 11:58 PM
I now see that these are not permanent instillations. That makes me a little less concerned...
Katrina Ellis August 18, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Hi Alexis-- Katrina from HVCCA writing. I understand your concerns, and I wanted to let you know that the image of Owens sculpture is actually an example of his past work. It was submitted to city council to give the idea of the type of wood sculpture he creates-- the pictured work is not representative of what he is creating for Peekskill Project V. But yes, the installations will not be permanent. Most of the art for Peekskill Project will be utilizing borrowed spaces, and the time that they will be up for view is variable. I also wanted to assure you that we have someone working on taking down the broken tiles, and they should all be removed within the next few weeks. We've aimed to include a wide variety of contemporary art works in this year's Peekskill Project. While not all work can be to everyone's taste, we really hope that there will be art included that everyone can respond to and enjoy. Also, that Peekskill residents will love seeing art in unexpected spaces, including formally empty lots and buildings.
bernie stringer September 28, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I would like to applaud all the new art I’ve seen in the beautiful city of Peekskill. For me the addition of new work puts the older work in more of an art context. I like that.
joshua tanner September 28, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I saw some sculptures by the river. Some are good (the diver) but I don't like the sculptures being placed exactly where the best views are. There is too much clutter in the center of the park. That horrible WWII mine looking thing is always in view and now there is a metal loop that looks like something that could have fallen off a water tower or refinery. At the edge of the park I saw what I thought was a rusty storage shed. Then I realized it was a sculpture lol. At least that one was out of the way.

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