HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, Feb 28-Mar 5, 2018

A selective, curatorial view of the cultural highlights of the upcoming weekend in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region.



‘The Oxbow, Flooded, for Frank Moore and Dan Hodermarsky’ (MASS MoCA #207) by Stephen Hannock


(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Renowned landscape painter Stephen Hannock, who calls Northern Berkshire home, will take part in Colloquium 2018: Making Art, Making Artists: Mentoring from Cole and Church to Today in the Arts Center Theatre at Columbia-Greene Community College (C-GCC) on Thursday, March 1, at 7pm. Hannock is an American painter known for his landscapes –– flooded rivers, waterfalls, and wide vistas among them. Some of his work is thought to be inspired by the Hudson River School; “The Oxbow of 2000,” for one, was inspired by artist Thomas Cole and currently hangs at the Metropolitan Museum of New York. The discussion will be moderated by Yura Adams, an artist and art educator currently serving as an adjunct member of the fine arts faculty at C-GCC.





Joshua Blue


(HUDSON, N.Y.) – PROTEST, a program of protest songs drawn from the folk, rock, pop, and classical worlds, opens the 2018 Classics on Hudson season at Hudson Hall on Saturday, March 3, at 7pm. Devised by Steven Blier, artistic director of New York Festival of Song, the program includes traditional Yiddish and Italian numbers as well as songs by Stevie Wonder, Fats Waller, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, Leonard Bernstein, Woody Guthrie, Marc Blitzstein, and Mohammed Fairouz. The cast includes tenor Joshua Blue and soprano Shereen Pimentel of “Lion King” fame.






Shannon McNally (photo Sebastian Smith)

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Americana singer-songwriter Shannon McNally brings her rootsy songs and soulful vocals to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, March 2, at 9pm. Born in New York but simultaneously roughed up and refined by New Orleans and Mississippi, McNally has cut a singular path through the musical landscape – one that includes a Grammy nomination and a place onstage with a who’s who of rock, country, and soul, including Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Bonnie Raitt, Vince Gill, Levon Helm, Charlie Sexton, Dr. John, Bobby Rush, Luther and Cody Dickinson, and Derek Trucks, among others.







‘Brooke Astor’


(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – “Women and Power,” an exhibition of works by ceramic artist Mary Anne Davis inspired by the manifesto of the same name by Mary Beard, is on view at the Chatham Bookstore through April 6. The exhibit features a group of women Davis represents in decorated porcelain. Each of the women articulated in these whimsical representations held a certain kind of power. Many were trailblazers, such as Katherine Graham, Brooke Astor, and Dorothy Draper.








Michell’e Michaels. The Tenth Magazine, Volume Five cover. Photo by Erik Carter at Dr. Oliver Bronson House & Stables in Hudson, N.Y.


(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The BlkQueer Romantics, an exhibition curated by the Hudson-based creative team behind The Tenth, a biannual publication documenting the history, culture, ideas and aesthetics of the black LGBTQ community, is on view at Hudson Hall through March 18. The exhibition showcases the artists who have contributed to The Tenth’s fifth edition: an homage to the natural landscape and the architectural structures of the Hudson River Valley, from Hudson’s Dr. Oliver Bronson House and a quaint guest house in the Catskills to the Vanderbilt Mansion at Hyde Park, places to which many African-American artists and entertainers escaped at the turn of the 19th century.


Taking its name from a W.E.B DuBois essay titled “The Talented Tenth”, The Tenth champions black LGTBQ voices via photographic essays, in-depth interviews, prose, and events. Since the magazine’s first edition was released in 2015, it has received widespread acclaim for its presentation of counternarratives of black gay and bisexual lives and for its ability to push boundaries and offer stunning visual imagery of and by black LGBTQ artists. The Tenth has curated launch events, exhibitions and symposium with notable partners such as MoMA PS1, the Ace Hotel, and the Provincetown Film Festival, where they partnered with HBO to present UNTAGGED, a photography exhibition that explored the relationship between perceived and projected identity and to celebrate the premiere of HBO’s new documentary, Suited.


The BlkQueer Romantics edition and exhibition showcases photography shot in and around the Hudson Valley, including the Dr. Oliver Bronson House and Stables in Hudson. Photographed by Erik Carter, the cover features world-famous Beyoncé impersonator, artist, and transgender advocate Michell’e Michaels. Known on social media as Miss_Shalae, Michaels made headlines in 2016 with “Lemonade Served Bitter Sweet,” a transgender version of Beyoncé’s latest Grammy Award-winning album.

NPR on The Tenth.






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