Denniston Hill Announces Selection of Artists, Poets and Curators for 2017 Residencies and Clifford Owens as this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Performance Artist Award.
Hailing from three continents, this year’s diverse range of participants reflects Denniston Hill’s (DH) expanding commitment to supporting artists with the time and space to engage in new dialogues and create new work. Starting in May, we will welcome 11 visual and performance artists, 4 poets, 2 curators and an art historian to our 200-acre campus in the Catskills region of upstate New York. The 2017 cohort emphasizes the residency’s enduring commitment to experimentation and innovation across disciplinary boundaries, as well as to cultural exchange across geographic borders. The 2017 residents embody Denniston Hill’s dedication to supporting artists who challenge conventional understandings of gender, identity, and race while working tirelessly to bring attention to the critical issues of our time.
The year’s residents include acclaimed filmmaker and multimedia artist Cauleen Smith, whose work is currently on view in the Whitney Biennial; artist-activist, Kameelah Janan Rasheed; and performance artist Sacha Yanow, who is developing a new piece steeped in the history of the Catskills where her family spent their summers. Weaving together personal experience with broader queer and feminist social histories, Yanow’s work-in-progress will be presented to the public at the end of her residency. Also included in this year’s cohort are poet Natalie Diaz; Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston curator Valerie Cassel Oliver; and art historian Andrianna Campbell.
We are especially excited to announce that Clifford Owens is the recipient of Denniston Hill’s second Distinguished Performance Artist Award. As part of his award, he will lead Seminar: Denniston Hill: A Performance Art Seminar with Clifford Owens, our first residency within a residency. Conceived of as a performance art workshop for emerging performance artists, this initiative marks a milestone in Denniston Hill’s long-term commitment to alternative models for creative pedagogy and mentorship.
In collaboration with AFRICA’SOUT! Initiatives, we will also host a distinguished artist from Africa to be announced in early May. This collaboration furthers our long commitment to LGBTQ advocacy.
This year we will host several group retreats including the Art and Law Program, a seminar-colloquium with a theoretical and philosophical focus on the effects of law and jurisprudence on cultural production and reception, and Badlands Unlimited, an innovative artist-led publisher of books by artists and writers founded by Paul Chan.
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Selected by Denniston Hill’s board of directors and advisors, the residents join the organization’s eight-year history of award-winning and visionary artists who have conducted research and made new work at the 200-acre Catskills campus.
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