Through November 1
Victorian Glenview, Gothic Stage for Art
Skeletons, eerie light, names, and words from the past fill the rooms of Glenview, the Hudson River Museum’s Victorian river home through November 1. In this Halloween season seven YOHO artists, inspired by Glenview’s Victorian décor, have filled the home’s rooms with six artworks in the exhibition Gothic Glenview. The Victorians, themselves, as the 19th-century drew to a close, were intensely interested in the "Cult of Mourning.” Projecting their loss outwards, they wore black crepe clothes for years after a death, made jewelry made from the hair of deceased loved ones, and covered their mirrors,. The Victorian interiors of Glenview are an ideal setting for the contemporary YOHO artists, who have created artworks that ruminate on the idea of death, and, more universally, on the subject of loss and its enduring link to the experience of being human.
YOHO Art Community
YOHO is a community of more than 70 artists and artisans working in the historic Alexander Smith Carpet Mills factory situated just outside Downtown Yonkers. Adam Shultz, from Irvington, an artist specializing in painting, sculpture, object, installation, and performance, organized the exhibition. He said, "Mixing contemporary art in a grand historic Victorian mansion is a creative challenge that requires the artists to step outside of their comfort zone of working in a traditional exhibition space setting. Each artist took a room or area in Glenview, fitting existing work or creating site specific work that explores the passage of life into death, remembrance of those past, spirituality, haunting, existentialism, and the beautiful reflection on the mystery of the afterlife."
Other artists include: John Bruton, Yonkers musician and poet; Catherine Latson, from Tarrytown, who creates sculpture and objects, using materials from the natural world; New York City-based Gary Moran whose work straddles photography and drawing; Alexa Grace, from Riverdale, a multidisciplinary artist who focuses on drawing, objects, jewelry, and printing; Deer Moses, from Marble Hill, who specializes in painting, drawing, installations, both participatory and conceptual; and, Bronx-based Alison Collins who focuses on sculpture, installation, and object.
YOHO Art in Glenview at the Hudson River Museum
Alison Collins, in Temps Perdu, covers the walls of Glenview’s Dining Room with muslin painted with the words of French novelist Marcel Proust from A La Recherche Du Temps Perdu. She colored the words with a dye gathered from the rust of her own decaying sculptures. The rust testifies to beauty made from transformed fragments of the past as well as time’s ability carelessly alter man’s creations. In the Parlor, Alexa Grace’s Death and the Maiden shows a skeleton holding the hand of a living girl as they dance together. The work, porcelain on asphalt paper on board, illustrates the superstition stemming from the Middle Ages that the dead rise up at night to dance on their graves so that they may lure the living to dance with them and, then, to their own deaths. In the Ebony Library Catherine Latson’s Dancing With Death presents a feathered gown layered with patterns, textures, and colors that echo the Victorian decorative style and colors of Glenview’s interior. Though the gown can be worn, it drapes an unmoving mannequin, mutely expressing its story, a ghost of the past. Latson said, “If I were going to dance with death this is what I would wear.” Adam Shultz and John Bruton teamed to install Residual, recorded poems about death, read in a romantic language. Barely audible, it plays upon the concept of death, haunting, and residual spirits. Gary Moran created the skeletal Fish Ghost glowing from backlit film,and two ink jet prints, Fish Sentinels. The fish represent the fish of the Hudson River, who have sustained so many people and return as protectors in this season that presages the death of winter, to remind us that we are all part of the circle of life. In the Great Hall Deer Moses creates a light sculpture, Surprise, Surprise, and in keeping with mourning traditions all other pictures and furniture were removed from the area. The light installation is inspired by the candles of a birthday cake celebrating life as well as the flame of the memorial candle lit at death. The single sculpture is seen in two parts, just as it reinforces the idea that we should understand life and death not as two experiences, but, instead, one, integral to each other over the course of a lifetime.
On Sunday, November 1 from 1 - 1:30 pm and, again, from 3 - 3:30 pm, YOHO artists lead tours and discuss their work with all who join the Tours, which are FREE with Museum admission.
THE HUDSON RIVER MUSEUM (hrm.org) is the largest cultural institution in Westchester County and a multidisciplinary complex that draws its identity from its site on the banks of the Hudson River, seeking to broaden the cultural horizons of all its visitors. The Museum collections focus on
19th-century through contemporary American Art; Glenview, an 1876 house on the National Register of Historic Places; Hudson Riverama, an environmental teaching gallery; a state-of-the-art, 120-seat planetarium, and a 400-seat outdoor amphitheater. It presents exhibitions, programs, teaching initiatives, research, collection, preservation, and conservation – a wide range of activities that interpret its collections, interests and communities.