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Opening Day: Ceremony & “Shoulder Land” Video Festival

August 7, 2015 at 4:45 pm - 7:30 pm

| Free

Join us at 4:45 pm at the Rosendale Theatre (408 Main Street) for the second part of the opening day celebration with live music by Rosendale Improvement Association Brass Band & Social Club, Emily Speed’s sculptural performance and enjoy cocktails and opening remarks by our special guests. We are very excited to present the video festival Shoulder Land curated by Dani Leventhal at 6pm. This program of experimental film and video features six artists who communicate complex ideas and deep emotional states of humanity’s impact on the land and on each other. Shoulder Land features Peggy Ahwesh, Nancy Andrews, Carolyn Lambert, Jeanne Liotta, Rachel Stuckey, and Deirtra Thompson.

Curator Dani Leventhal writes, Using animation, found footage, and live action, this program of experimental film and video features the work of six artists who communicate complex ideas and deep emotional states of humanity’s impact on the land and on each other. Alternative versions of past, present, and future yield dystopic geographies. Something is being birthed out of this, something like a warning.


Peggy Ahwesh

Peggy Ahwesh (born 1954 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania) is an American experimental filmmaker and video artist. She received her B.F.A. at Antioch College. A true bricoleur, her tools include narrative and documentary styles, improvised performance and scripted dialogue, synch-sound film, found footage, digital animation, and crude Pixelvision video. Her work is primarily an investigation cultural identity and the role of the subject in various genres. Her interests include: women, sexuality and feminism; genre; reenactment; artists’ books. Her works have been seen around with world in San Francisco, New York, Barcelona, London, Toronto, Rodderdam, and Creteil, France. Starting in 1990, she has taught at Bard College as a Professor of Film and Electronic Arts. Her teaching interests include: experimental media, history of the non-fiction film, and women in film.

Nancy Andrews

Nancy Andrews lives on the coast of Maine, where she makes films, drawings, props and objects. She works in hybrid filmic forms combining storytelling, documentary, puppetry, and research. Her characters and narratives are synthesized from various sources, including history, movies, popular educational materials and autobiography. Her work has been presented by the Museum of Modern Art, Pacific Film Archive, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Jerusalem Film Festival, Flaherty Seminar, Nova Cinema Bioscoop, Brussels, Belgium, and Taiwan International Animation Festival, among others; and is in the film collection of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and six of her films are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. She has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, LEF New England Moving Image Fund, Illinois State Arts Council, The Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (supported by the Jerome Foundation and New York State Council on the Arts), and National Endowment for the Arts. She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received a Master of Fine Arts in 1995, and her undergraduate studies were at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, BFA, 1983.

Carolyn Lambert

Carolyn Lambert’s videos, objects, and installations have been exhibited and produced throughout the U.S. and Canada at venues the SculptureCenter, Exit Art, Proteus Gowanus, Flux Factory, Spring Break Art Fair, and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Michigan. She received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon, where she was subsequently a Fellow at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry until 2008. Lambert has received funding and support from the Steinbrenner Institute, The Sprout Fund, The National Wildlife Federation, and NYFA, and has been awarded residencies at the Banff Centre, Berwick Research Institute, and in summer of 2015, at Coast Time in Cutler City, Oregon.

Jeanne Liotta

Jeanne Liotta makes films, videos, and other ephemera including installed projections, works on paper, and photographic works. Her works encompass a constellation of mediums and interests often located at a lively intersection of art, science, and natural philosophy. OBSERVANDO EL CIELO (2007), her signature 16mm film of the night skies, was voted one of the top films of the decade by The Film Society of Lincoln Center, took the Tiger Award for Short Film at Rotterdam International Film Festival, and was listed in Artforum Top Ten Films of 2007. In 2011 Liotta was voted among the top filmmakers of the decade by Film Comment magazine, and in she 2012 received the Helen Hill award from the Orphans Film Symposium. In 2013 Anthology Film Archives held a retrospective of her work called THE REAL WORLD AT LAST BECOMES A MYTH. Her works are exhibited internationally, including The New York and Rotterdam Film Festivals, The 2006 Whitney Biennial, The 2013 Sharjah Biennial, The Centres George Pompidou, The Cinematheque Francais, The Arthouse/ Jones Center in Austin, The Exploratorium in San Francisco, The Wexner Center for the Art in Ohio, The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, and the Cornell Astronomical Society amongst other venues. Liotta is presently Assistant Professor in Film Studies at The University of Colorado Boulder, as well as Film/Video faculty for the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.

Deirtra Thompson

Deirtra Thompson is an artist working with film, video, sculpture, and drawing. Using both linear and experimental narrative forms, Thompson creates fictional environments that mirror and mutate real world structures in order to explore the relationships between language, labor, and systems of authority. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Rachel Stuckey

Rachel Stuckey is a moving-image artist who works primarily with video and new media to make exploratory works on topics involving nature, technology, and the occult. Rachel programs for Experimental Response Cinema and The Mad Stork Cinema in Austin, Texas and runs the digital residency program Welcome to my Guest Room.

Dani Restack

Dani Restack is an Assistant Professor of Drawing at The Ohio State University. In 2003 she received an MFA in studio arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and in 2009 an MFA in film/video from Bard College.  She has screened her single-channel videos at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Gene Siskel Film Center, PS1, Cine Cycle, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Union Docs, VIEWS of the Avant Guard and Anthology Film Archives. Restack has been the recipient of the Wexner Center Film/Video Residency, the Kazuko Award and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice Visual Arts Grant. Her drawings and videos are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.


August 7, 2015
4:45 pm - 7:30 pm
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Rosendale Theatre
408 Main Street
Rosendale, NY 12472 United States
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