Open House 2019

Robbie McCauley

Robbie McCauley


Join us on Saturday, July 20, 2019 for Denniston Hill’s annual open house.

Each summer we open the farm house, surrounding garden, and river paths to our alumni, friends, and supporters to celebrate this year's Distinguished Performance Artist award (DPAA) recipient, Robbie McCauley.

The annual DPAA is given to multidisciplinary artists for excellence in the field of performance art. We honor artists who blur the boundaries of the genre and explore social issues. In addition to receiving a cash award, McCauley will be in residence at Denniston Hill to develop a work-in-progress,  culminating in a public performance at our annual Open House on Saturday, July 20th. Previous DPAA recipients include: Xaviera Simmons (2018), Clifford Owens (2017), and Okwui Okpokwasili (2018). It is our pleasure to award Robbie McCauley the 2019 recipient of Denniston Hill’s Distinguished Performance Artist Award. 

Please come and enjoy performances, lunch, and summer drinks in honor of Robbie McCauley on a summer afternoon in the Catskills. RSVP to for more information and directions. 



Exodus Commissions: Kameelah Janan Rasheed

Photo Credit: Arcade Project

Photo Credit: Arcade Project

Wednesday, July 24 at 6:30pm

Triangle Arts, 20 Jay Street,


Artist, researcher and educator, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, will explore the Denniston Hill thematic program Exodus in her summer commission.

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Denniston Hill announces its thematic program for 2018-2022, Exodus. When Moses led the Jews of Egypt out of bondage and into the desert, it was a moment of great upheaval in which timeworn patterns of alienation, subjection, and solidarity in the “house of slavery and iniquitous labor” were suddenly dawning. As they were led away from the security of oppression, the mirages of the desert and their murmurings of uncertainty began to overwhelm them. While the narration of the Exodus often calls to mind the utopic moment of fulfillment upon reaching the “Promised Land”, the real protagonists of the story are the first generation of ex-slaves who made the imaginative leap to reject bondage, and then spent 40 years wandering. Today we bring the Exodus story outside of its religious confines to find new resonance in a world defined by homelessness; both literal and existential; on an epic scale. 

 For the next five years, Denniston Hill dedicates its residency and public programs to the theme of Exodus — the exit from the fantasy of security into the reality of the mirage. In particular, we will investigate the history of slavery and the politics of race and gender in relation to current cognitive confusion. It proposes a full appreciation of the agency of the enslaved as an aesthetic and philosophical resource for the ontological ‘journey’ ahead.

2018 Residency Season

2018 Residency Season

In 2018, we hosted over 20 residents — artists, filmmakers, poets, writers, and other creative visionaries from across the United States; including Kenya and Jordan/France, who have always been on the leading edge of the ontological Exodus. They are the inventors of new imaginaries, language, sensations, and categories of thoughts. A full list can be found here.




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