May Events at HVMOCA

Anne Samat working in her studio, photo credit Maksim Akelin


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For Immediate Release

Hudson Valley MOCA Public Programs in May 2019

Hudson Valley MOCA invites you to leap into the month of May with a selection of colorful exhibitions and sensational activities. It’s officially spring, so start the season by getting the first look at an exhibition from our international artist-in-residence or engaging with presentations at the intersection of poetry and art.

Every Saturday in May, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Drop In and Create: Plaster Figures

Capture the essence of the monumental sculpture of Italo Scanga by erecting your own lofty figure out of plaster, pipe cleaners, and aluminum foil.

Drop In and Create is a weekly workshop for children, families and visitors of all ages.

Saturday, May 4, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Tai Chi in the Gallery

Following the Northern Wu style of his teacher Tina Zhang, Tai Chi instructor Chris Fox will guide you through the practice of ‘the Form.’ This workshop will take place among the figurative sculptures of our current exhibition, Death is Irrelevant . No prior Tai Chi experience is necessary, and all levels are welcome.

Tuesday, May 9, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
ANNE SAMAT: Greatest Love
Opening Reception

Free with admission

Join us in celebration of Anne Samat’s first solo exhibition in the United States. In her new body of iconic wall hangings, Samat has seamlessly blended intricate textiles and found objects into woven totems to her family members, starting with Samat’s mother and working down three generations to her first nephew. Samat is widely considered to be among the most important artists emerging in Asia. All works were created during her three month residency in Peekskill, NY. Artist will be present.

Thursday, May 11, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Writing the Walls 2019

Writing the Walls 2019 presents an afternoon of poetry readings, workshops, and conversations celebrating the interplay of visual art and the written word. The event features a discussion between sculptor Rona Pondick and Hudson Valley MOCA founder Livia Straus as well as the 13th Annual Poets’ Walk, which premieres a selection of 43 poems and theatrical presentations interpreting pieces from the exhibition Death is Irrelevant .

Thursday, May 23, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Life Drawing

Draw from a life model posed among the figurative sculptures featured in Death is Irrelevant.

Start with short poses, followed by longer poses decided through consensus. Bring the dry media you wish to work with (no wet media). Easels, chairs, and stools are available.

Life Drawing is a monthly figure drawing session for artists at all levels.

New and Ongoing Exhibitions

ANNE SAMAT: Greatest Love

On view May 9 through September 8, 2019

Anne Samat is the latest in a succession of international artists-in-residence hosted by Hudson Valley MOCA. Using intricately-woven textiles and found objects, Samat builds elaborate totems evoking her familial lineage. Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Samat is a graduate of the fiber work program at the Mara Institute of Technology . This is her first solo exhibition in the United States.

Leave an Impression: Peekskill Student Exhibition

On view through May 24, 2019

Shining a light on Peekskill’s young artists, Hudson Valley MOCA’s annual student exhibition showcases works made in partnership between local students and professional creators.

From sound and video art to sculpture, painting to book illustration, the artworks on display are a presentation of creativity and collaborative production.

Death is Irrelevant: Figurative Sculptures from the Marc and Livia Straus Collection, 1975-2018

On view through July 28, 2019

Featuring international figurative sculpture created over a forty-year period (1975–2018), Death is Irrelevant is a contemporary examination of our timeless inclination to recreate ourselves, explore fragility and mortality, and consider what it means to be alive.