Curator Susan Cross on theÂ Wassaic Project:
Our neighbors from down the street in Wassaic were here at MASS MoCA for theÂ Solid Sound Festival.Â If you arenâ€™t already familiar with The Wassaic Project (run by three Williams College grads: Eve Biddle, Bowie Zunino,Â and Jeff Barnett-Winsby), we hope you had the chance to learn more about this exciting arts organization.
Located in a sprawling agricultural complex in the hamlet of Wassaic, New York (located off Route 22 right near the Metro North train line), this artist-run space hosts an international residency program (with studios in the gorgeous Luther Barn â€“ see above photo) and features art exhibitions and works by their artists-in-residence in the towering grain elevators of the former Maxon Mills (photo below).Â Their annual music and arts festival drew over 2000 fans in its second year in 2009, and this year the festival (August 5th-7th) will include 100 artists, 25 bands, poetry readings, dance performances, film screenings, and more.
The Wassaic Project offers artists and audiences a unique setting for making and engaging with art while working to save the historic buildings of Wassaic and engage with the local community. And admission to their exhibitions and the festival is FREE! (Donations welcome).
Their vision and energy are inspiring, and we love to think of them as a sister institution.
For Solid Sound, The Wassaic Project partnered with the Bureau for Open Culture to bring artists Breanne Trammell and her kite-making workshop as well as Jen-N-Outlaws Fish Fry Truck and Crawfish Boil to MASS MoCA.
The Wassaic Project is having a fundraiser on July 9th from 5:00 to 8:00pm. I’ll be making remarks to celebrate the great work the Wassaic Project is doing at 6 PM.
Posted July 6, 2011 by MASS MoCA
Filed under Bureau for Open Culture: I Am Searching for Field Character, Wilco Solid Sound Festival
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