After a week of nonstop parties celebrating luxury goods at Art Basel Miami Beach (or, more appropriately, #ABMB), it is especially welcome to be reminded of organizations that still provide the space, the time, and the resources for artists to experiment without the demands of the market and the pressures of city life. Accordingly, the Shandaken Project, a residency program in the Catskills founded by Nicholas Weist, will fete its three-year anniversary with a retrospective exhibition featuring more than 60 artists.
I hope that this glance at a particular group of artists at this particular moment in time will give a sense of the output of the community we endeavor to support.
The December 12 opening features a performance by Penis, the New York-based feminist punk band formed by Sophia Cleary and Samara Davis, along with never-before-seen art created during the residency and new works that respond to the exhibition space—an East Village apartment. “I hope that this glance at a particular group of artists at this particular moment in time will give a sense of the output of the community we endeavor to support,” Weist says. “I am excited to see how this retrospective will articulate connections between these vanguard cultural producers, and how this fantastic space…proposes new frameworks of meaning for the objects.”
The Shandaken Retrospective opens tonight, December 12th, from 7pm-10pm, and runs through January 15th, 2015. 59 East 4th Street, 7th Floor, New York City. For a full schedule, visit the Shandaken Project website.