“Taking Root: Caniskek and The Meeting of Two Worlds” Reflections upon the 1665 Collision of cultures in the lands of which is now Athens, New York. An investigative mix of art and artifacts.
Exhibition at the Athens Cultural Center | June 6 – July 26, 2015 Designed and Curated by Carrie Feder
24 Second Street, Athens, NY Friday, 4-7 pm Saturday, 2-7 pm Sunday, 1-4 pm or by appointment Call 518 421-3443
“Taking Root: Caniskek and The Meeting of Two Worlds”, curated by Carrie Feder, opens at the Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second Street, Athens, New York, on June 6th with an opening reception from 6-9 pm. The exhibition will run through July 26th with gallery hours on Fridays: 4 -7 pm, Saturdays: 2 -7 pm and Sundays: 1 – 4 pm or by appointment: call 518 421-3443.
Imagine it is 1665. The place is the wilderness along the banks of the river whose “waters flow both ways.” The native inhabitants are the Mohicans, the newcomers wishing to settle and trade are the Dutch. Exactly 350 years ago a deed was signed for the land the Mohicans called Caniskek, a place that would change forever and evolve into the present day town called Athens, New York. “Taking Root: Caniskek and The Meeting of Two Worlds” is the exhibit which takes this local historical event and uses it as a jumping off point to envision and contemplate the past as well as reassess the immediate world around us. Neither a traditional historical nor a contemporary art exhibition, “Taking Root” employs an unexpected and interdisciplinary approach to the subject matter. Juxtaposing historical artifacts with contemporary art, the exhibit tells the tale of colliding worlds, investigating what the world was like here in 1665 as well as the powerful ideas of exploration, settlement, ownership, loss, culture and destiny…the very concepts which are so much a part of our American journey.
Artists included in the show are: Bob Braine, Matt Bua, Tina Chaden, Dikko Faust: Purgatory Pie Press, Geoff Feder, Jeanette Fintz, Jim Holl, Kahn & Selesnick, Cynthia Karasek, Pat Kaufman, Louise Laplante, Michael McKay, Julie Anne Mann, Michael McKay, Claudia McNulty, Patrick McPhee, Terri O’Connor, Leslie C. Reed, Christy Rupp, Kiki Smith, Crystal Tourtillott and Susan Wides. Excerpts from the written word and recorded background music by members of the Stockbridge – Munsee Community, Band of Mohican Indians will also be included in the exhibition. Several associated programs including panel discussions on related topics are being planned and will be announced.
This exhibition is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities and made possible (in part) with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts administered through the Community Arts Grants Program by the Greene County Council on the Arts, Peckham Family Foundation and the Athens Community Foundation.
I recently had the great privilege and honor of being nominated to participate in the American Academy of Arts and Letters 2015 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts.
About the Exhibition
January 29, 2015 – Paintings, sculptures, photographs, and works on paper by 40 contemporary artists will be exhibited at the galleries of the American Academy of Arts and Letters on historic Audubon Terrace (Broadway between 155 and 156 Streets) from Thursday, March 12 through Sunday, April 12, 2015. Exhibiting artists were chosen from a pool of over 200 nominees submitted by the members of the Academy, America’s most prestigious honorary society of architects, artists, writers, and composers.
After being awarded a grant for an art project based on GMOs from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, (administered through the Community Arts Grants Fund in Greene County by the Greene County Council on the Arts.) I began research on the issue. I soon discovered the Sarelini Rat Study and their documented photos of lab rats that had developed massive tumors as a result of being fed a GMO diet for 2 consecutive years.I adapted these appallingly graphic images for the painted rats on my screen.
Here are the cards
Seralini Rat Study: http://gmoseralini.org/en/
Institute for Responsible Technology: email@example.com
Organic Consumers Association: firstname.lastname@example.org
Environmental Working Group: email@example.com
Just Label It: firstname.lastname@example.org
GMO FREE NEW YORK: email@example.com
LabelGMOs, Genetically Engineered Foods – California’s Grassroots: www.labelgmos.org/
The Nutritionist's Dilema
A Nutritionist's Musings on the realities of Eaters and Eating
(re-posted from: http://lifeseedsnutrition.com/2013/09/06/summers-end/)
Farmer’s markets also always inspire. This summer, a day trip led me to the Saugerties Farmer’s Market in the beautiful Hudson Valley. There, beside the wonderful assemblage of growers, bakers and jelly makers I came upon an educational and artistic display about the health effects of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food. Afterward, I kept wondering how did science meet such creative expression, so I traced my way to the work of the person responsible, Claudia McNulty. Claudia is a painter, designer, sculptor and seemingly, environmental activist as well. Her work is beautiful and thought-provoking. Claudia has provided some links to very important information through her Corn Porn GMO project. These include the Seralini GMO Rat Study and a video interview with an MIT scientist on the effects of the increased use of the herbicide RoundUp required by GMO crops. To appreciate our current health crises, it is essential to understand the influence of GMOs.
But, the earth tenders who most personally influenced my own summer, were my friends Justine and Brian Denison, and their crew, the farmers at Denison Farm, providers of my Community Supported Agriculture share, who not only grew, but also delivered weekly, the amazing produce that graced my own table and fed my family. There is a film, Radical Roots: Reawakening the Local Food Movement, by Patricia Lane, that features their farm. It was something captured in this story, that really colored my thoughts and inspired me through these long sunny days. I hope it may do the same for you.
So, to all of summer’s tenders who work so hard as stewards of the land and take care to feed us all, I offer deep and profound thanks, and hope that the fall provides some well deserved rest. And to summer itself, it is always sad to see you go, but thanks for giving respite from our busy year and for illuminating the ways we can re-route the prevailing flow that permits corporate control of our health and environment.
In health, Elyn
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COLUMBIA COUNTY COUNCIL ON THE ARTS MEMBERS SHOW
CORNER OF NORTH 6TH AND WASHINGTON STS., HUDSON NY
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12TH
Join us in celebrating the arts! Members show featuring 150 works
in all media by our local and regional artists. Come meet the artists and enjoy
entertainment by local performers and toast to the arts in Columbia County.
Going north to the picturesque town of Athens you will find a particularly relevant exhibition with the environment at its center. In this era of melting glaciers and looming extinctions, the Athens Cultural Center presents a multi-media exploration of the many meanings of ice in history, popular culture and the artists’ imagination. Curated by Carrie Feder, the show is a visual examination of diverse artifacts and imagery relating to ice in all its forms: polar exploration, the ice industry, sports, utilitarian products, advertising, literature, decorative objects, the environment and art. View Ice >>
Thirteen artists, all with Hudson Valley and many with NYC connections, present their own interpretations of ice. Diverse mediums and styles include figurative and abstract paintings, sculpture, photography and video. Claudia McNulty’s painterly depiction of an iceberg inspired by a Frederic Church painting is overlaid by the ominous charting of HAARP, a weather controlling technology currently being researched. Also don’t miss Christy Rupp’s Walrus and Narwhal Tusks from her “Fake Ivory Series.” Decorated with hydrocarbon chains and greenhouse gases rather than the traditional scenes on scrimshaw, a pointed reference is made to the loss of habitat due to pollution and oil drilling. Both McNulty and Rupp were among those chosen for last year’s popular Hudson Valley Artists Dear Mother Nature exhibition at the Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz. This exhibition runs through August 11. Read entire article>>
Claire Lambe is an Irish born painter whose works have been exhibited on both sides of the Atlantic; she is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and holds an MFA in painting from the City University of New York. In addition to her art-making, she is also the company manager and designer for The Woodstock Players Theater Company —as the company designer she is responsible for everything from the website to the set design. Writing credits include contributing author to Teen Life in Europe (part of the Teen Life Around The World series), and articles and reviews for this publication. Claire Lambe Art Journal