With Remarks by Djelloul Marbrook, son of Juanita Guccione
Saturday, November 1
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.
WRITING WORKSHOP WITH TERESA MARTA COSTA
READING WITH LAUREN CAMP
Saturday, November 1
Workshop: 1:00pm, Reading 3:30pm
Teresa Marta Costa will present a workshop on writing and the avant-garde. Costa is the author of Cosmic Orgasms, CO2- What We breathe Out, and Bon(e) Appetit(e). Her work has appeared in numerous journals including Mombacchus Journal, The Woodstock Times, Chronogram, Home 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 Journal, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Laurel Review, Nimrod 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
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.
AN UNWRAPPING: THREE SELIGMANN WORKS RETURNED
& A LECTURE BY STEPHEN ROBESON MILLER
On view for one night only.
Friday, November 7, 7:00-9:00pm
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.
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.
OPENING RECEPTION:MAGICAL EVENTS
Friday, November 14, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Seligmann’s Studio and Foyer Gallery
Free 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).