Tuesday, October 21, 2014

With Remarks by Djelloul Marbrook, son of Juanita Guccione
Saturday, November 1
Seligmann's Studio

Juanita Guccione (1904-1999) is one such artist whose work -- and life -- mirrored the radically creative and philosophical underpinnings of Surrealism. Guccione infused social realism, cubism, surrealism and abstraction with her own indefinable and audacious style, creating an independent mythology and challenging social conventions in her art and life. Women populate her canvases in wonderland environments, alongside animals, architecture, and fantastical landscapes, at times hinting to world events, other times mystic explorations. The writer and poet Anais Nin said of Juanita, “Few people can paint the world of our dreams with as much magic, precision and clarity.” Guccione’s work continued to evolve and elude the interpretations of critics worldwide – ultimately to her peril, as her name and art fell into relative obscurity. 

The art critic Michael Welzenbach of the Washington Post writes that Guccione’s “single-minded approach to her work, [her] willingness to follow its development wherever that might lead…locates [her] squarely among the few but formidable ranks of the modernist avant-garde – a group whose integrity and vision will not be seen again in this century.”

Djelloul Marbrook is the author of five books of fiction and three poetry books, Far from Algiers (2008, Kent State University Press, winner of the 2007 Wick Poetry Prize and the 2010 International Book Award in poetry), Brushstrokes and glances (2010, Deerbrook Editions), and Brash Ice (forthcoming late 2014, Leaky Boot Press, UK).  His poems have been published by American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Taos Poetry Journal, Orbis (UK), From the Fishouse, Oberon, The Same, Reed, Fledgling Rag, Poets Against the War, Poemeleon, Van Gogh's Ear Anthology, Atticus Review, Deep Water Literary Journal, and Daylight Burglary, among others. He lives in the mid-Hudson Valley with his wife Marilyn.

Saturday, November 1
Workshop: 1:00pm, Reading 3:30pm
Seligmann's Studio

Teresa Marta Costa will present a workshop on writing and the avant-garde. Costa is the author of Cosmic OrgasmsCO2- What We breathe Out, and Bon(e) Appetit(e).  Her work has appeared in numerous journals including Mombacchus JournalThe Woodstock TimesChronogramHome Planet News, and Wildflowers; an Woodstock Anthology.  She is also known for her work producing readings in the Hudson Valley, in the past at the Cross St. Gallery and presently at the Bohemian Book Bin.  Her poetic influences include Captain Beefhart and Alice Cooper.

Lauren Camp is the author of two volumes of poetry, most recently The Dailiness, winner of the National Federation of Press Women 2014 Poetry Book Prize and a World Literature Today “Editor’s Pick.”  Her third book, One Hundred Hungers, was selected by David Wojahn for the Dorset Prize, and is forthcoming from Tupelo Press.  She is the winner of the Más Tequila Review Margaret Randall Poetry Prize and the 2012 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Award.  Her work has also appeared in Tinderbox Poetry JournalBeloit Poetry JournalThe Laurel ReviewNimrod and elsewhere.   She hosts Audio Saucepan, a global music/poetry program on Santa Fe Public Radio.  More information is available at www.laurencamp.com.

Wednesday, November 5
Seligmann's Studio

There's a seat for you at the table! Enjoy a good meal with others from the community. Held on the first Wednesday of each month, our Potluck Suppers provide a space for people to meet, eat, and share. Please bring a dish to share along with your own plate and cutlery. All are welcome. 

On view for one night only. 
Friday, November 7, 7:00-9:00pm
Seligmann's Studio

In August 2014, three of Seligmann's paintings, executed in Paris, were returned to the Seligmann Center. Join us for a one-night exhibition, reception, and lecture by author, scholar, and curator Stephen Robeson Miller. 

Saturday, November 8, 9:00pm-6:30am (November 9)
Seligmann's Studio 
$65, Register

Throughout the night and into the early morning, seven gong players will rotate every 45-50 minutes while guests relax and sleep with the vibrations of the gongs. In the early morning, the gongs will become silent and the puja will end. Participants will rise on their own time, before sharing breakfast. Finally, the group will return to the Puja space to review their experiences.

Friday, November 14, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Seligmann’s Studio and Foyer Gallery

A national, juried, small-works exhibition featuring works by 27 artists. Exhibited in Seligmann's Studio and Foyer Gallery (located in the Robert Fagan Art Library). 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Leif Vollebekk spent two years searching for perfect takes. This search took him from his home in Montreal to a studio in Manhattan, from a farmhouse in Woodstock, NY to a mansion outside Paris, and the result is a dusty, polished, new, old record called North Americana.

"I wrote the songs, I found the best band in the world, and then all I had to do was find the right studio, for the right take," he says. "And it took forever."

After his 2010 debut, Vollebekk knew the kind of album he wanted to make next: a record like the ones he loves by Gillian Welch or Ryan Adams, that feel old and familiar even when they're new. But also a record that speaks to the listener through its lyrics, with songs "that can hold up in a storm," that are packed full of perfect little mistakes. So he started writing. Ten new songs, the best he had ever written, with lines about love and the end of love, about journeys and homecoming, about the death of friends and drinking yourself dry. Now Vollebekk laughs: "I thought the record was done when I was finished writing the songs. 'All we need to do is record it!'" But when you're searching for the perfect take, recording is no small task. It happened only piece by piece, session by session, song by song, over the course of seasons.

The players were these: Vollebekk, singing, playing guitar and piano, harmonica, rusty fiddle on "When the Subway Comes Above the Ground"; the jazz musicians Hans Bernhard (bass) and Philippe Melanson (drums). "I wanted to be able to roam with them wherever I go," Vollebekk says. Arcade Fire's Sarah Neufeld played violin, arranging her own parts. Joe Grass played pedal steel, and Adam Kinner played tenor sax.

The heart of the songs were always recorded live, to tape. Old school, spontaneous, one real captured moment. To find these moments, they travelled. To Montreal's legendary Hotel 2 Tango studio, working with Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Coeur de Pirate, Godspeed You! Black Emperor). To New York City, working with Tom Gloady (Ryan Adams, Sigur Rós, Patti Smith). To La Frette studios, in La Frette-sur-Seine, France. And then back to Montreal, for one song at Breakglass studios. Vollebekk even tried recording with John Simon, the producer whose credits include Music from Big Pink and Songs of Leonard Cohen. At his home in upstate New York, Simon listened to "Cairo Blues," then travelled up to Montreal to record it. "There was just not a good take," Vollebekk says. "I ended up doing it a few months later, again at the Hotel, between takes of something else  and that's just how it went." North Americana took years. "All this time," Vollebekk says, "trying to get one take." But the result is a beautiful, alive, human  shambling ballads, noisy folk songs, vivid portraits of a 27-year-old's watercolour life. "I feel like I created a record from 1970something that no one's heard before," Vollebekk says. "I'm haggard and this record is all I got."


Opener TBA

Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:00pm

All ages event. Limited seating available. Call 845.469.9459 to reserve seats.
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