Open House 2019
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 recipient, Robbie McCauley.
The annual award is given to multidisciplinary artists for excellence in the field of performance art. We honor these 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 (DPAA).
Please come and enjoy performances, lunch and summer drinks in honor of Robbie McCauley on a summer afternoon in the Catskills. RSVP to email@example.com for more information and directions.
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, 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 uptopic 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. Bringing the Exodus story outside of its religious confines finds new resonance today 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 and 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.
In 2018, we hosted over 20 residents—artists, filmmakers, poets, writers and other creative visionaries from across the United States, 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.