Jul
20
2:00 PM14:00

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 info@dennistonhill.org for more information and directions. 

 

 
 
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Robbie McCauley, recent recipient of the IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) Award for Solo Performance, and selected as a 2012 United States Artists Ford Foundation Fellow, has been an active presence in the American avant-garde theatre for several decades. Also lately, she directed a critically successful Roxbury Repertory Theater production of “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams. She received an OBIE Award and a Bessie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance for her play, Sally’s Rape.

She is widely anthologized including Extreme ExposureMoon Marked and Touched by Sun, and Performance and Cultural Politics, edited respectively by Jo Bonney, Sydne Mahone, and Elin Diamond. One of the early cast members of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf on Broadway, Robbie went on to write and perform regularly in cities across the country and abroad.

Striving to facilitate dialogues on race between local whites and blacks, she created the Primary Sources series in Mississippi, Boston and Los Angeles produced by The Arts Company. In 1998 her “Buffalo Project” is highlighted as one of “The 51 (or So) Greatest Avant-Garde Moments” by The Village Voice, a roster including work by artists such as Igor Stravinsky, Pablo Picasso, and John Cage.

Robbie McCauley is Professor Emerita of Emerson College Department of Performing Arts and the 2014 Monan Professor in Theatre Arts at Boston College.

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Find Out Where They At
Mar
28
6:30 PM18:30

Find Out Where They At

Find Out Where They At

Autumn Knight

March 28, 2019 6:30 p.m.

at Triangle Arts Association.

20 Jay Street, Suite 317 Brooklyn, NY 11201

"Find Out Where They At" uses text, sound, and sculpture to think about exodus as it exists in the psyche and the residue this type of departure leaves in those left behind. What is revealed in the trail of slime in a drawn-out departure or in the particles of dust from a hasty escape? This performance is curious about the mechanisms or vehicles of both forced and autonomous exodus -from vast bodies of water to deadened eyes. Find Out Where They At is considering these questions: How do we, in secret, communicate the moment of exodus? How do we keep the forces of oppression and violation from following us into the space of exodus? How will they know that we are gone? The title is derived from a line within Douglas Turned Ward’s play Day of Absence wherein a town wakes up to find that all the black people have disappeared without a trace.
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Autumn Knight is an interdisciplinary artist working with performance, installation, video, and text. Her performance work has been on view at various institutions including DiverseWorks, Project Row Houses, Blaffer Art Museum, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Crystal Bridges Museum, and Krannert Art Museum. Knight has been an artist in residence with Denniston Hill (2017) and most recently Triangle Arts Association (2019). 
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For the next four years, Denniston Hill dedicates all of its programs to the Exodus and the exit from the fantasy of security into the reality of the mirage. In particular, DH seeks to investigate the legacy of slavery and the politics of race and gender in relation to the current wave of cognitive confusion. At stake is a full appreciation of the agency of the enslaved as an aesthetic and philosophical resource for the journey ahead. Exodus calls on artists, writers, architects, intellectuals, and activists to take advantage of this moment to interweave work, action, and intellect to re-imagine an engaged withdrawal through disobedience, intemperance, the right of resistance, and miracle. Read more of our mission here. 
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Photos Courtesy of the Artist 

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Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

This is a Film (1.2.).



Denniston Hill, The Laundromat Project, and Triangle Arts Association are pleased to present:

Chloë Bass:

This Is A Film (1.2).

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November 15th,  7:00 PM
at Triangle Arts Association
20 Jay Street, Studio 317, Dumbo, Brooklyn

The performance will be followed by a discussion with the artist

This Is A Film (1.2) is a lecture performance exploring what it means to turn footage into language. Using clips of family home movies found in various online archives, Chloë Bass creates a descriptive piece for the audience to hear and imagine. Where is the film: in the language? in the images that come into each listener's head? Is it shared between us? What do we see, and how does it make a story?

This Is A Film (1.0) premiered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Version 1.1 was presented for an intimate audience at Amherst College at the invitation of Macon Reed. This is version 1.2. Each new edit reflects changes based on the specifics of the venue or organization presenting the work, as well as straying further from direct description of the original pieces of footage.

This Is A Film (1.2). was developed with the support of The Laundromat Project's Create Change Residency Program in partnership with Denniston Hill. Chloë Bass was also a 2017 artist-in-residence at Triangle Arts Association. Chloë is a multiform conceptual artist working in performance, situation, conversation, publication, and installation. Her work uses daily life as a site of deep research to address scales of intimacy: where patterns hold and break as group sizes expand. She began her work with a focus on the individual (The Bureau of Self-Recognition, 2011 – 2013), has recently concluded a study of pairs (The Book of Everyday Instruction, 2015 – 2017), is currently investigating the immediate family (Obligation To Others Holds Me in My Place, 2018 - 2020), and will continue to scale up gradually until she’s working at the scale of the metropolis. You can learn more about her at chloebass.com.

Chloë Bass is a multiform conceptual artist working in performance, situation, conversation, publication, and installation. Her work uses daily life as a site of deep research to address scales of intimacy: where patterns hold and break as group sizes expand. She began her work with a focus on the individual (The Bureau of Self-Recognition, 2011 – 2013), has recently concluded a study of pairs (The Book of Everyday Instruction, 2015 – 2017), is currently observing immediate families (Obligation To Others Holds Me In My Place, 2018 - 2020), and will continue to scale up gradually until she’s working at the scale of the metropolis. Chloë has held numerous fellowships and residencies; 2018’s include a residency at Denniston Hill, the Recess Analog Artist-in-Residence, and a BRIC Media Arts Fellowship. Her projects have appeared nationally and internationally, including recent exhibits at the Knockdown Center, the Kitchen, the Brooklyn Museum, CUE Art Foundation, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the James Gallery, and elsewhere. Reviews, mentions of, and interviews about her work have appeared in Artforum, The New York Times, Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail, BOMB, Temporary Art Review, and Artnews among others. Her forthcoming monograph will be published by The Operating System in Fall 2018; she also has a chapbook, #sky #nofilter, forthcoming from DoubleCross Press. Her short-form writing has been published on Hyperallergic, Arts. Black, and the Walker Reader. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Queens College, CUNY, where she co-runs Social Practice Queens with Gregory Sholette.

About Denniston Hill

Situated in the Southern Catskills on a 200-acre campus, Denniston Hill (DH) was established on the conviction that it is imperative for artists of all disciplines, backgrounds and career stages to have time and space for reflection and research. The organization was founded in 2004 by a group of primarily LGBTQ artists, architects, and writers of color. We are an artist-centered interdisciplinary arts organization that fosters an inclusive, practical discourse about the aesthetics, function, ethics and meaning of contemporary artistic practice. Our mission is guided by the principle that creative and critical voices are important in shaping a just, equitable society.

About The Laundromat Project

Founded in 2005, The Laundromat Project (The LP) advances artists and neighbors as change agents in their own communities. We envision a world in which artists and neighbors in communities of color work together to unleash the power of creativity to transform lives. We make sustained investments in growing a community of multiracial, multigenerational, and multidisciplinary artists and neighbors committed to societal change by supporting their artmaking, community building, and leadership development.

About Triangle Arts Association

Triangle is an artist-founded non-profit art institution in New York City, working locally and globally since 1982. Our programs emphasize research, dialogue and experimentation through residencies and public programs.

This is a Film (1.2). is part of Denniston Hill’s Exodus project.

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