The international art community combines with The Hamptons one during Watermill Center's Fall Open House held September 17 and 18, 2016. Highlights of the free weekend are two artist talks and an Open Rehearsal presented by its current artists in residence. The Fall Open House is the last big weekend at Watermill Center in 2016. Future events are planned for both New York City and the Water Mill campus. They include two free Open Rehearsals by artists in residents in November and December as well as a performance in October featuring a performance of a work influenced by a past residency at Watermill Center.
The Fall Open House features art by Noel McKenna. An award-winning artist from Australia, McKenna's focuses on the landscape in his multi-media art. During his residency, his art will be informed by the Hamptons landscape as well as objects from the Watermill Center Collection. The Fall Open House also presents an experimental video documentary project by Zeinab Shahidi Marnani of Iran and New York City. Both artists give Artist Talks on their work on Saturday.
On Sunday, Columbian artist Álvaro Restrepo presents a dance performance work in progress in collaboration with members of the Shinnecock Nation in collaboration with eight dancers of La Compañia Cuerpo de Indias to create a performative work based in ceremony and honoring those who have been involuntarily displaced. All events are free but reservations are requested. Continue reading for details.
ARTIST TALK | NOEL MCKENNA
September 17, 2016 from 1 - 2 p.m.
Noel McKenna will create a series of works relating to the local landscape and to the works in the Watermill Collection that include objects from many cultures and all continents during his artist residency.
Noel McKenna works in a variety of mediums including oil, enamel and watercolor, lithography, etching, ceramic and metal. He produces offbeat depictions of everyday scenes, often incorporating displaced objects, people and animals. His sparse canvases hint at narratives beyond the picture plane, often depicting the relationship between humans and animals.
McKenna won the 2015 Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize and was a finalist in the 2015 and 2014 Sir John Sulman Prizes, as well as being a finalist in the 2014 Wynne Prize. The artist won the Sir John Sulman Prize in 1994 and has been awarded the Trustees Watercolor Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales five times since 1997. He has also won the Melbourne Savage Club Prize for Painting and the Mosman Prize. He has exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas including Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Ireland and New Zealand. McKenna currently lives and works in Sydney.
ARTIST TALK | ZEINAB SHAHIDI MARNANI
September 17, 2016 2 - 3 pm
During her artist residency, Zeinab Shahidi Marnani will continue to work on histories, an experimental video documentary project in which she conducts a series of interviews with her relatives. She collects contrary narratives of those who claim to know the story about the origin of her last name “Martyr of Marnan”, which refers to an incident that happened in the late 19th century in Isfahan around the constitutional revolution of Iran.
Zeinab Shahidi Marnani (b. 1983 in Isfahan, Iran) lives and works in Tehran and New York. She holds a MFA in sculpture from Yale School of Art. In 2015, she was an artist-in-residence at The International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York. She is also a recipient of the The Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship and former resident at Akrai Residency (Palazzola, 2013). Her work has been shown at the Thomas Erben Gallery in New York; ALLGOLD at the MoMA PS1 Print Shop in New York; design transfer gallery (UDK) in Berlin; the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts in Iran; and Devi Art. Zeinab Shahidi Marnani is a 2016 Inga Maren Otto Fellowship recipient awarded by Watermill Center.
OPEN REHEARSAL | ÁLVARO RESTREPO/EL COLEGIO DEL CUERPO
September 18, 2016: 4 - 5 p.m.
Álvaro Restrepo will develop a performance-ritual during his residency. The work is based on a massive ceremony he created in 2010 in his native country of Colombia to honor the victims of internal displacement, according to Watermill Center. The performance for Sunday's Open Rehearsal presents the members of the Shinnecock Nation and eight dancers from El Colegio del Cuerpo in a collaborative ceremonial performance.
Álvaro Restrepo and Marie France Delieuvin (co founder of El Colegio del Cuerpo – eCdC- The School of the Body) and the eight dancers of La Compañia Cuerpo de Indias will interact with participants of the Shinnecock community, as well as members of The Hamptons community at large in workshops, master classes and open rehearsals. Restrepo often refers to the 18 year-old eCdC, based on Cartagena de Indias in Colombia, as a four-legged animal: artistic, educational, social and political, having Nature as/in the heart of their creature/institution.
BASIC FACTS: The Watermill Center Fall Open House will be held September 17 and 18, 2016. For details, click here. Watermill Center is located at 39 Watermill Towd Road, Water Mill, NY 11976. www.watermillcenter.org.
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