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The Fall Program at Watermill

Mon, 09/20/2021 - 14:39
Martha Hincapie Charry in performance
Julia Schäfer

Regular followers of the Watermill Center will recognize a much more typical fall program this year. With the announcement of new onsite residents, the center has already scheduled an In Process evening Friday and an exhibition of work by the visual artist Paul Thek beginning Saturday.

In Process, routinely hosted by the center, offers a free glimpse into its residents' works in progress. This season, the residents are Matthew Craven, Martha Hincapie Charry, and Duke Riley. All three will participate in tomorrow's showcase.

Mr. Craven is a visual artist from Los Angeles. His collages incorporate found imagery illustrating different time periods and cultures with his own geometric patterns to highlight their common threads. Ms. Charry, who is from Colombia, studied dance in Germany under Pina Bausch. She has collaborated with Robert Wilson, the Watermill Center's founder, in "Luther: Dancing With the Gods." 

Mr. Riley, who is an Inga Maren Otto Fellow, is another primarily visual artist, working in drawing, printmaking, mosaic, and sculpture, but he also harnesses video and "performative interventions" and "infiltrations" to construct multimedia installations. His themes are the tension between individual and collective behavior, introducing myth and historical legend into contemporary issues of society and the environment.

Thek, who died in 1988, was a sculptor, painter, and multimedia artist. He also collaborated with Mr. Wilson. His circle included the photographer Peter Hujar and the author and critic Susan Sontag. He transformed museum spaces into surreal installations devoted to birth, maturation, death, and renewal. His work could include abstractions or landscapes or a "reliquary" in a vitrine with casts of his body parts and wax renderings of raw meat.

The exhibition can be accessed on Saturdays by reservation through Nov. 13. In Process is scheduled for Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The events are free but require prior registration on Eventbrite. Those visiting the Watermill Center must show proof of vaccination at check-in and wear masks indoors.

A previously announced Artists' Table Brunch, with a talk by Mr. Riley and a farm-to-table meal following, will take place Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. Tickets start at $100 and are also available through Eventbrite.  


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