Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art
Hudson Valley MOCA on a rainy, Saturday morning on September 23, 2023, which
was a perfect way to spend time indoors appreciating art. We took a very
informative tour with artist Jo-Ann Brody who explained the Exhibition "How
We Live, Sculpture and Video from The Marc and Livia Straus Family Collection."
by Ozioma Onuzulike
exhibition was an interesting mélange of art by 37 artists from 21 countries.
One of the many impressive highlights of our visit included the large-scale
work entitled "Royal Babariga, 2002" measuring 124 x 120 x 8 inches and
made with 15,875 ceramic palm kernel shell beads, stoneware clay bodies,
recycled glasses, and copper wire, by Nigerian ceramic artist Ozioma Onuzulike
(1972). This stunning work was not only impressive by its sheer-size, color,
and structure, but also by the fact that Ozioma had handcrafted each of the
"The Chief Justice"
by Moffat Takadiwa
interesting was a work entitled, "The Chief Justice (3), 2018" created
by Zimbabwean artist Moffat Takadiwa (1983) using computer keys to create his
wall sculpture measuring 98.5 x 39.4 x 7.9 inches, that had great movement and
color. Our only regret was that we did not have more time to spend at the Museum
and explore this work at length to discover if Moffat had created any messages
with his placement of the computer keys.
"The Design of Pursuit"
by Chris Jones
artist Chris Jones (1975) also captured our imaginations with his engaging and
deft and creative use of paper, magazine, book images, and board to create an
impressive body of work including his standing motorcycle entitled "The
Design of Pursuit, 2014" and wall art entitled "Seasons Don't Fear the
"To hear a pin drop you must be silent"
by Patricia Miranda
imaginative and massive work was by New York artist Patricia Miranda, entitled
"To hear a pin drop you must be silent, 2022" made from donated and
found repurposed vintage textiles, cotton thread, muslin pins, and steel ring.
Looking at this large-scale work was like taking a step back in time with her
creative placement of aprons some of which had embroidery or applique designs,
crocheted doilies, and embroidered and lace tea linens, dresser scarves, ladies'
hankies with delicate crocheted lace edges, embroidered cocktail napkins, and
much more. Our interpretation is that it is a statement about the artwork that
went into the creation of the everyday items that went beyond mere
functionality. What a lovely reminder and creative use of the past to create
art in the present.
"Seasons Don't Fear the Tear"
by Chris Jones
many wonderful pieces in the Exhibition, and the art that we have chosen to
highlight is only a small representation of the full-scale collection, which
must be seen to be fully appreciated beginning with the robot placed at the
time, keep enjoying and supporting the arts!
Admission: Hudson Valley MOCA is open Thursdays and Saturdays
from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm. Admission: Museum Members: $20, Non-Members: $30,
Peekskill Residents: $25 with proof of Peekskill residency, Veterans and
Active-Duty Military: $25, Seniors: $25, Students: $20, Children under 8: Free
with adults, Tours for 8-10 Individuals: $250, 10-20 Individuals: $350.
Hudson Valley MOCA
1701 Main Street
Peekskill, New York 10566
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