Guest Curated by BRIDGET HANSON, KATHLEEN SMITH & ANNA STOTHART
Location: outside the Maxon Mills and Luther Barn
August 5th – 7th, 2011
Located throughout the Wassaic Project grounds, these site-specific interventions are informed by the unique interactions between artist, audience, and environment that take place during the summer festival. While the works may not be directly related to one another thematically, they share a physical and conceptual engagement with the site’s landscape and history that is inspired by the artist-driven nature of the Wassaic Project. These Boston and New York based artists re-purpose and re-imagine found objects and themes of the landscape, social interaction, and information exchange. Many of the works invite the audience to participate, while others evoke a sense of wanderlust. Wassaic’s unique site stages and directs this collection of works in the great out-of-doors towards you – the looking, listening, wondering and wandering summer visitor. So please tour, explore, discover!
Dirk Adams, James Horgan, Middle Kingdom (Alexander DeMaria and James Horgan), Maria Molteni, Liz Nofziger, John Osorio-Buck, Under the Same Shadow (Alexander DeMaria and Owen Rundquist)
Bridget Hanson is the curatorial associate at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. Since 2007, she has worked with the curatorial team at the ICA on numerous exhibitions including Anish Kapoor: Past, Present, Future (2008); The James and Audrey Foster Prize (2008, 2010); ICA Collection: In the Making (2009); Dr. Lakra (2010); Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall: Francesca DiMattio (2010); and the group exhibition, Dance/Draw (2011). Prior to joining the ICA, she worked as the curatorial assistant at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. She received her BFA in Painting and Art History from Washington University in St. Louis. Hanson hails from Wisconsin.
Kathleen Smith is the exhibitions director and the Curatorial Opportunity Program director at the New Art Center in Newton, MA and teaches the history of art and contemporary art as a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. She has taught at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Harvard University and Tufts University, where she earned her MA in the History of Art. She has been independently curating exhibitions of contemporary art as part of alternative, artist driven spaces in New York since 2004. Upon graduating from Williams College in 2003 where she majored in art history and practice, she moved to New York and worked for MoMA/P.S. 1 for three years in the development and communications department. Kathleen hails from New Jersey.
Anna Stothart is the curatorial assistant at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. Since 2009, she has worked with the curatorial team at the ICA on a number of exhibitions including: Damian Ortega: Do it Yourself (2009); Charles LeDray: workworkworkworkwork (2010); Catherine Opie: Empty and Full (2011); and the upcoming exhibitions Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall: Swoon Anthropocene Extinction (2011) and Figuring Color: Kathy Butterly, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Roy McMakin, Sue Williams (2012). She received her MA in Art History and Museum Studies from Tufts University, Medford, MA. Anna is from Bellingham, WA.