For the entire month of April, join Hudson Valley MOCA for a variety of captivating activities. From practicing a popular Ukrainian decorative craft to discussing classic films with a Hollywood insider, there are plenty of ways to shake off the winter chill and spring into a new season of art.
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The former Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art has been a huge driving force behind the artistic renaissance over the past 15 years in Peekskill. Exhibiting over 5,000 artists in those years, the MOCA is the brainchild of former Fordham professor Dr. Livia Straus. Straus and her husband, Marc, opened an arts and education center in an abandoned store in 2003 and have grown it into a massive local center for artistic endeavors, showcasing artists from around the world.
Figurative Sculpture in Social Critique: Curating the Straus Family Collection
The New Museum’s Kraus Family Curator Gary Carrion-Murayari will join Death is Irrelevant co-curator Tim Hawkinson, as well as collector and curator Sarena Straus in a conversation moderated by Hyperallergic editor and Minerva Projects founding director Yasmeen Siddiqui. This panel will investigate sociopolitical dimensions in contemporary figurative sculpture, with a special focus on Polish artist Paweł Althamer’s The Power of Now (2016).
In an atmosphere with daily headlines tracking potential climate catastrophe, political division and inequality, a new exhibit from Peekskill’s Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art places a spotlight on dystopian contemporary paintings.
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If you’re tired of looking at the same old stuff you studied every year in school, visit the Hudson Valley MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) for some of the most current works being created by artists around the world. Boasting both a permanent collection and works on loan in a 12,000-sq-ft exhibition space, the HVMOCA champions Peekskill as a major arts destination. The museum offers an Artist-in-Residence program that gives artists the opportunity to create long-term installations as well as many educational programs, like lectures and varying special events.
Where is the Madness You Promised Me: Dystopian Paintings from the Marc & Livia Straus Family Collection
Hudson Valley MOCA is pleased to announce Where is the Madness You Promised Me: Dystopian Paintings from the Marc & Livia Straus Family Collection, an exhibition of contemporary paintings on view February 16–April 21, 2019. There will be an opening reception Saturday, February 16, 5-7pm.
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The culturally inclined can attend student- and community-run events at the high school’s 575-seat performing arts center and assorted activities held by the Tompkins Corners Cultural Center at the historic Tompkins Corners United Methodist Church. Hudson Valley MOCA, a contemporary art museum in Peekskill, is a few miles away.
Hudson Valley MOCA Public Programs in March 2019
Hudson Valley MOCA is offering engaging activities for visitors of all ages during the entire month of March. From an opportunity to sculpt a one-of-a-kind souvenir to a lecture taking a shrewd look at curation, it’s time to thaw the winter frost and spring into a month of compelling events and activities.
Hudson Valley MOCA Offers Free Admission to Furloughed Government Workers
Effective immediately, Hudson Valley MOCA will offer free admission to visitors affected by the partial government shutdown. Furloughed government workers and those working without pay will be offered complimentary admission with one guest when they present a valid federal employee ID.
Hudson Valley MOCA and Studio Theater in Exile Present the 13th Annual Writing the Walls Open Call
Hudson Valley MOCA, in partnership with Studio Theater in Exile, presents Writing the Walls 2019, a poetry and playwriting open call asking writers to interpret artwork from the exhibition Death is Irrelevant into original poems and one-page plays.
Hudson Valley MOCA Public Programs in February 2019
Hudson Valley MOCA is offering engaging activities for visitors of all ages during the entire month of February. With a new exhibition of contemporary dystopian paintings and a lecture on shocking art subjects, now is the perfect time to experience new, compelling events and activities.
Hudson Valley MOCA Public Programs in January 2019
Hudson Valley MOCA will start the new year by offering creative activities for kids, families, and adults. From a screening of a classic film at our monthly Cinema Club to whimsical curatorial discussions of art, make it your New Year’s resolution to delight in new experiences and deepen your engagement with contemporary art.
Death is Black and White: Selections from the Marc and Livia Straus Family Collection
Through a selection of stark monochromatic photography and video art, Hudson Valley MOCA presents Death is Black and White: Selections from the Marc and Livia Straus Family Collection. The exhibition takes a focused look at how the examination of mortality illuminates what it means to be alive.
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art Reopens as Hudson Valley MOCA, Presents Inaugural Exhibition: Death Is Irrelevant
The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, a community art space founded 15 years ago, is now HUDSON VALLEY MOCA, with its new name reflecting an expanded mission to bring world-class art and ideas to the Hudson Valley region.
Death Is Irrelevant: Selections from the Marc and Livia Straus Collection
Through a selection of figurative sculptures curated from the Marc and Livia Straus Collection, Death Is Irrelevant looks at how artists consider their existence and how they express their present socio-political and personal situation.
Peekskill Film Fest and HVCCA Team Up to Present Local and International Shorts
The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art is moving the gallery to the big screen with these short films.
Effie Phillips-Staley joins HVCCA as Executive Director
Drs. Marc and Livia Straus, founders of the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art and its Board of Directors are pleased to announce the appointment of Effie Phillips-Staley as the institution’s Executive Director.
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From New York City, it is a one-hour road or train trip to Peekskill, home to the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, which brings together works from around the world. Recent shows have featured art celebrating women’s suffrage in the US and the collages of Cey Adams, art director of Def Jam Recordings.
Living Arts in Westchester #109 with Cey Adams
Living Arts is please to share this interview with legendary artist Cey Adams. Cey has a wonderful message for our youth and some great projects coming up.
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Why head into the city to check out the MoMA for the umpteenth time when your home county is full of celebrated, innovative, and up-and-coming museums and galleries in New York? Not only do we have the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, but we’ve also got the Katonah Museum of Art, the Neuberger, pretty much half of downtown Peekskill, and for that matter art walks and gallery showings in pretty much every major city and town up and down the Hudson River.
Orly Cogan reinvigorates vintage materials including tablecloths and baby linen through embroidery, crochet, and paint to create unabashed depictions of her experience as a twenty-first century woman.
Peter Bynum’s “Illumination of the Sacred Forms,” a multi-media installation of illuminated paintings
The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art will present an installation of illuminated paintings by Peter Bynum, with an additional multimedia component of soundscapes and video projections. This is the first time an artist has been given the largest room at the museum for a solo exhibition.