Multimedia Installations to Take Over Back Gallery at Basilica Hudson

Takeshi Murata, Golden Bananas, 2011. Courtesy of artist, Ratio 3 and Salon 94

Takeshi Murata, Golden Bananas, 2011. Courtesy of artist, Ratio 3 and Salon 94

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Still/Life, a 3-D rendering of contemporary practices in the Hudson area featuring works by 16 artists, opens in the Back Gallery at Basilica Hudson on Friday, May 22, 2015, at 6 to 10pm, and runs through Sunday, June 14, 2015. The installation, by HQTBD, includes an extensive schedule of screenings, performances, talks, workshops, dance, readings, and food events.

The programs for the opening night of the exhibition include a screening of moving image works by three artists in the exhibition: “Many Thousands Gone” (2015) by Ephraim Asili; “Kissing Point” and “Lessons of War” (both 2014) by Peggy Ahwesh; and “Om Rider” (2014) by Takeshi Murata. All three artists will be present to discuss their work.

Artists featured in the installation are Peggy Ahwesh, Ephraim Asili, Conor Backman, Annie Bielski, Hannah Black, Jeffrey Gibson, Elise McMahon, Takeshi Murata, Aily Nash, Nick Payne, Carla Perez-Gallardo, Daniel Seward, Tristan Schipa, William Stone, Earl Swanigan, and Jon Wang.

A still life (plural still lifes) is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural (food, flowers, fruit, dead animals, plants, rocks, or shells) or man-made (drinking glasses, books, vases, jewelry, pipes, coins, iphones, and so on).

As an art historical tradition, the still life creates relationships through the arrangement of everyday objects. Composed of sculpture, video, furniture, food, painting, sound, movement and discussion, this exhibition reimagines the still life as a living arrangement, activated by the bringing together of works and programs by artists of diverse backgrounds into a single community space.

HQTBD / Headquarters to Be Determined is a parasite project that inhabits and programs various spaces in Hudson. Still/Live at Basilica Hudson’s Back Gallery is its first iteration. HQTBD will serve as a container and framework for an exhibition and a series of events – performances, screenings, talks, and food. It will also function as a temporary headquarters for the community, open for local hours, serving coffee and juice throughout the week. HQTBD is organized by Hannah Black, Elise McMahon, Aily Nash, and Jon Wang.

The complete schedule of events for Still/Life follows:

Exhibition Opening – May 22

6-8pm – Opening and soup by artist/chef Hannah Black

8pm – Screening Program of work by Ahwesh, Asili and Murata, co-presented by Basilica Film and Media

9pm – Tea & Qi, Performance by WANGSHUI


May 25June 14 OPEN HOURS Sun-Fri 12-4p

May 25 PERFORMANCE 5p Post Script with Annie Bielski

May 27 TALK (TBD)

May 28 FOOD 8p Dinner

May 31 FLAG WORKSHOP 2-7p with Basilica Hudson

JUNE 1 PERFORMANCE 7p HELP \YOUR/ SELF with Carla Perez-Gallardo and Leila Bordreuil

JUNE 2 FLAG WORKSHOP 2-7p with Basilica Hudson


JUNE 4 DANCE 4p Auto Body with Lucy Seager


JUNE 10 READING GROUP 7p Reena Spaulings (a novel)

JUNE 11 FOOD 8p Potluck

JUNE 13 FLAG DAY noon-8p Open Hours

JUNE 14 CLOSING 11a Chia Brunch
Basilica Hudson is a rapidly growing, newly incorporated nonprofit multidisciplinary arts center located in Hudson, New York which supports the creation, production and presentation of arts, culture and sustainable community.  Founded in 2010 by musician Melissa Auf der Maur and filmmaker Tony Stone, Basilica is sited in a 17,000 sq. ft. historic industrial factory. Through its programs—ranging from acclaimed music festival, Basilica SoundScape, to experimental film screenings, to unconventional art events, to large-scale community gatherings — Basilica forges experiences that aspire to the scale, grit and beauty of the building and its surroundings.

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