The Art Scene 10.20.11

Design Awards in Southampton
    The American Institute of Architects’ Peconic Chapter will present an exhibit of architecture and an architectural design awards program at the Southampton Cultural Center on Saturday.
    The presentation of the Daniel Rowen F.A.I.A. Memorial Design Awards will be followed by a symposium led by the jurors and a discussion of the projects with the audience. The jury for the awards consists of John Belle, Mark Simon, and Carl Stein, all fellows of the institute
    On display will be exhibits from projects in Bridgehampton, Amagansett, Southampton, Sagaponack, East Hampton, Riverhead, Bellport, Quogue, Greenport, Southold, Water Mill, and Sag Harbor.
    The exhibit will be open from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday and begin with a reception.

Watermill’s New Residents
    This week, the Watermill Center announced its fall 2011 and spring 2012 residencies. This is the fifth year that the center will conduct this program, which invites artists to further their performance works in a home and laboratory environment. So far, 72 artists have taken up residency there in terms lasting up to six weeks.
    More than 180 artists applied for the 17 openings and were selected by a committee of artists and academics from various disciplines. The names of the individuals and groups chosen from other countries are Shirin Neshat and Abbas Akhavan from Iran, Alli Avital Tsypin and Krymov Lab from Russia, Shahryar Nashat and Adam Linder from Switzerland and Germany, Catarina de Oliveira and Camilla Willis from Portugal and the United Kingdom, The Wet Weather Ensemble from Australia, Theo Adams Company from the U.K., Katharina Schmitt from Germany, Melati Suryodarmo from Indonesia, Halldór Úlfarsson, Davyde Wachell, and Davio Brynjar Franzon from Iceland, and from the United States, Daniel Knox, the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Anna Telcs, Samita Sinha, Tristan Perich and Argeo Ascani, and Christopher Williams.
    Works are presented to the public in free showcases throughout the term. The selection committee includes Marina Abramovic, John Rockwell, Jonathan Safran Foer, Alanna Heiss, Robert Wilson, and a wide range of international artists and academics.

Body of Work Returns
To Ashawagh

    “Body of Work VI,” a collection of figurative work by a group of contemporary artists, will return to Ashawagh Hall this weekend with a reception on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.
    The core group of artists includes Rosalind Brenner, John Capello, Michael Cardacino, Bob Markell, Bill Negron, Frank Sofo, and Margaret Weissbach, and in this show three new exhibitors will be added into the mix — Michael A. Butler, Terri Kennedy, and Cynthia Loewen.
    While the artists choose the figure as a subject, for many it is merely a starting off point for a more reflective and personal expression of it, as in Ms. Brenner’s painting. Others may maintain fealty to the form, but arrive at it in a more abstract way, such as the stippling Ms. Loewen employs in her work. Still others build forms of found objects, perhaps incorporating a bust in an unusual way as Ms. Kennedy does in a piece called “Maudie.”
    The exhibit will be on view Saturday through Sunday.