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Rachael Petach outside C. Cassis

Tasting Room in Rhinebeck, where she serves bespoke cocktails made with her blackcurrant liquer.

Photo by David McIntyre



8 On the Cover: Guillaume Lethiere

A 19th-century painter is rediscovered.

12 Esteemed Reader

Jason Stern is touched by a work of art

15 Editor’s Note

Brian K. Mahoney remembers a long drive.


16 Pasta People: Via Ravioli

Steve Gonzalez, a founder of Sfoglini dried pasta, has opened a ravioli company with his wife, Kate Galassi.

19 Sips and Bites

Recent openings include Moreish in Beacon, Fulton & Forbes in Ancram, and Nightswim in Kingston.


20 The Just-Right House

Taking a page out of Sarah Susanka’s The Not So Big House, Beth Hill built herself a home for one in Hurley.


30 Counter Argument: OtC Contraception

Confusion reigns around a recent executive order signed by Gov. Hochul in April allowing OtC contraceptive sales.


35 Beyond the Rainbow: Pride Flags

Pride banners have come a long way since Gilbert Baker unfurled the first one in San Francisco in 1978.

36 Visibility is Everything: Queer Space Evolution

New queer spaces are popping up across the region, including Camp Kingston and Unicorn Bar, calling back to the gathering spots of earlier decades.

40 Pride Events and Celebrations

Listings of where to celebrate this month.

42 What Pride Means To Me

Community members speak from the heart about what Pride means to them this month.


44 Rhinebeck: Crafting the Future

Through the revamping of its comprehensive plan, the Northern Dutchess County municipality asks itself an existential question: What is a village for?

52 Rhinebeck Portraits by David McIntyre


59 “The Plastic Bag Store” at Mass MoCA

Robin Frohardt’s installation and theatrical piece examines the collateral damage our throw-away culture.

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Over 3,000 people attended Pride in the Sky on the Walkway Over the Hudson on May 17. The highlight of the event was a procession across the bridge with a portion of a 15-foot wide, 500-foot-long portion of a rainbow flag created especially for the flag’s 20th anniversary in 1998 by Gilbert Baker.

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60 Music

Michael Eck reviews All This Time by Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams. Tristan Geary reviews RainShine by Kristin Hoffman. Dan Epstein reviews Out of the Nowehere. Into the Here by Stephen Bluhm. Plus recommendations from Kingston Wire editor Dan Barton.

61 Books

Susan Yung reviews Getting to Know Death—A Meditation, Gail Godwin’s latest, a medical/aging procedural that weaves together the stories of key relationships, brushes with mortality, and pressing sociopolitical topics into a bold look at nonbeing. Plus short reviews of How to Be Old: Lessons in Living Boldly from the Accidental Icon by Lyn Slater; The Rich People Have Gone Away by Regina Porter; Muse of Fire by Michael Korda; Close Your Eyes: Visions by Michael Ruby; and Murder on Demand by Al Roker and Matt Costello.

62 Poetry

Poems by Madison Corbin, Laura Daniels, Margarett DiBenedetto, Brian Gallio, Jennifer Howse, John Kiersten, C.P.Masciola, Warren Mumford, Ken McCarthy, Mary K O’Melveny, Christopher Porpora, Lily Reynolds, Paul Sacca, Richard Shea, Susan Liev Taylor. Edited by Phillip X Levine.


100 Developing Endurance, Building Defenses Cory Nakasue reveals what the stars have in store for us.


104 “Photography as Data” at the Lehman Loeb

Using images drawn from the extensive photography collection at the Lehman Loeb Art Center, including early collotypes by Eadweard Muybridge, the exhibition explores the ways in which photography has been read, used, and manipulated as data.


66 POP + FOLK performance listings

68 Five concerts not to miss this month, including Michael Franti and Spearhead at Hutton Brickyards.

71 Sonic Youth cofounder Kim Gordon brings her band to Basilica Hudson on June 12 in support of her second solo album, The Collective

72 CLASSICAL + JAZZ performance listings

75 The second annual Beacon LitFest returns for a weekend of all things literary June 7-9.

77 In April, Dayglo Presents (Brooklyn Bowl, Capitol Theater) signed a multiyear deal to present shows at the Bearsville Theater.

78 THEATER performance listings

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83 The first annual More Than a Feeling Comedy Festival hits Saugerties June 7-9.

84 DANCE performance listings

86 ART EXHIBIT listings

92 The Norman Rockwell Museum hosts an exhibition of artwork and ephemera from MAD magazine, “What Me Worry? The Art and Humor of MAD Magazine,” June 8-October 27.

95 Listings of museum and gallery shows across the region this month include “Far & Wide National” at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Ho Tzu Nyen’s “Time and the Tiger” at the Hessel Museum at Bard College, Ruth Sofer’s “From Sky to Sea” at The Local, curated by Emerge Gallery.

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From Guadeloupe to the Louvre

The Rediscovery of Guillaume Lethiere

Guillaume Lethiere (1760-1832) was one of the most well-known artists of his generation, making a name for himself painting portraits of the rich and famous in Paris, operating a successful studio that rivalled his peers, and serving in prestigious academic posts across the continent. But the neo-Classicist has slipped off the art world’s radar since his death 200 years ago.

Lethiere’s canonical fortunes are about to change, however, as he will be the focus of an exhibit examining his life and career at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, this summer. “Guillaume Lethiere” opens June 15 and is on view through October 14.

The first retrospective of its kind, the exhibit was organized in partnership with the Musee du Louvre. Five years in the making, it features over 100 paintings, drawings, and sculpture. Clark Director Olivier Meslay and Deputy Director Esther Bell led the museum’s curatorial effort for this exhibit. “Lethiere was one of the most respected painters of his time, yet his influence and achievements are not well known today. His work deserves to be studied and celebrated. We are truly excited to bring his art to light,” Bell says.

Lethiere was born in the French colony of Guadeloupe to a white plantation owner and an enslaved woman of mixed race. At age 14, he moved with his father to France, where he trained as an artist and witnessed the French Revolution. A favorite artist of Lucien Bonaparte, Napoleon’s brother, Lethiere served as director of the Académie de France in Rome, as a member of the Institut de France, and as a professor at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. A respected teacher, he operated a successful studio that rivaled his contemporaries.

Communications director Victoria Saltzman explains the partnership between the Clark and the Louvre: “The Louvre generously lent several paintings. The director of the Louvre was very enthusiastic and interested in co-organizing. The exhibition will open in Paris at the Louvre on November 13 after it closes in Williamstown.”

With a permanent collection rooted in French paintings, the Clark often makes connections between its permanent collection and special exhibitions. “When the Clark acquired Lethiere’s Brutus Condemning His Sons to Death in 2018, we became deeply immersed in researching Guillaume Lethiere, and our curatorial team

recognized that the rich story of his extraordinary career and accomplishments had the potential for being an important exhibition.”

It took five years of intensive research in France, North America, and the Caribbean by several members of the curatorial team and the assistance of scholars from around the world to produce the Lethiere exhibit.

When asked about the significance of the painting featured on the cover, Saltzman says, “Woman Leaning on a Portfolio is among Lethiere’s most arresting portraits. It represents Lethiere’s stepdaughter, Eugenie Servieres, who, after training in his studio, went on to have a successful career as a professional artist.”

The exhibit does not shy away from the difficult subjects of colonialism and slavery, which are examined with insightful essays by Frederic Regent and Anne LaFont. A 432-page catalog, the first book published on Lethiere, provides an overview of his extraordinary career.

On Saturday, June 15 at 11am, cocurators Esther Bell and Olivier Meslay will discuss their research and the work that went into creating the exhibition.

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Two paintings by Guillaume Lethiere: Woman Leaning on a Portfolio, oil on canvas, circa 1799; Oath of the Ancestors, oil on canvas. circa 1822. From the exhibition “Guillaume Lethiere” at the Clark Art Institute June 15 to October 14.

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Like sex, the experience of being touched by a work of art is always the same and always different. It happens only very rarely and each time I am taken by surprise. I become filled with the sense of a vast mystery and feel an electric charge that brings my whole being to alertness and attention.

This experience of art happens to me very rarely. Once I watched my friend Livia Vanaver of the Vanaver Caravan perform a solo piece as part of a tribute to Ruth St. Denis and the Denishawn Dance Company. It was decades ago but the image remains clear and strong. As she came onto the stage and began to dance I felt the atmosphere of the room change. Each posture within the dance bore a definite but ineffable meaning. My skin tingled and I found I was participating in a transmission of knowledge within the act of creation.

Later I watched a one-man play by Gurdjieff teacher Frank Crocitto. He had assembled the piece from the writings of Walt Whitman. We were a small, warm audience in an improvised theater. Frank wore a Whitman-style beard and the big boots and a floppy wide-brimmed hat of the poet.

“The spotted hawk swoops by and accuses me, he complains of my gab and my loitering. I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable, I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world…”

Frank belted out the rough poems in a resonant voice and it was as though a spirit entered the room. The impression was one of time intersecting with eternity in a moment of creation.

Again, in the Uffizi museum standing before Da Vinci’s Annunciation I feel the quickening. The message of the painting beggars description and contains a density of knowledge that is greater than any interpretation could convey. I stand in front of this painting for a long time and gradually more of its internal geometry and significance blooms in me. I feel that the painting is telling me something about being receptive to a higher will in the manner of Mary as the Archangel informs her that she will be the mother of God.

The same with Van Gogh’s painting of his bedroom in Arles, which hangs in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. The longer I look, the more I feel I am able to behold the subtle and intense world of energies Van Gogh sees. Despite the mundane subject, the painting emanates the terrible passion of his perception as a palpable force and I understand how his sensitivity drove him mad.

This sense of living artwork is pronounced in surviving statues from ancient Egypt. For example, there is a four-thousand-year-old statue depicting the goddess Iwnit in the Luxor Museum. It is carved from diorite, one of the hardest types of stone requiring a diamond-tipped blade to cut, let alone sculpt, using modern tools. The sculpture is a masterpiece of technical perfection, symmetry, and beauty. But greater than the mystery of its manufacture and mastery was, for me, the sense that the statue is alive. In fact, I felt that the statue was more present, vital, and compassionate than I was. Standing before the piece of stone was deeply humbling.

Another experience of living art that opens a portal to the unconditional was a concert of Leonard Cohen’s a few years before he passed. One can catch a glimpse of the depth of the artist in his poetry, which is at once true at the level of ordinary life and the deeply spiritual. Cohen sang most of the concert in a posture of prayer on his knees. With his resonant, attentionfilled voice he created an atmosphere of reverence by exuding gratitude and humility toward the members of his band, the audience, and something greater. The result was that a quality entered the space which I can only describe as an invisible Music beyond the music.

All these experiences left me with a certainty that when art is connected to a creative source beyond the personality of the artist, it conveys knowledge far greater than any ordinary instruction. Art that is connected in this way bypasses the mind, its preferences and analyses, and engages a dense, coherent conversance with the heart of the human being.

Art that opens a portal to the infinite and eternal is an event of the moment. When it is painted on canvas or carved in stone it has the possibility to transmit its knowledge to future moments and future humanity. Art of this kind introduces something real and vital for human beings to understand our role and purpose as microcosmoses within the great body of the totality.

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It’s the clouds that sparked the memory. A flotilla of cumulus, high and loose—classic puffballs sailing across a cerulean sky that reminds me of another bright spring day over 30 years ago. And not unimportantly, a brighter, springier version me—who might just have been a bit high and loose at the time as well.

We were driving over the Ashokan Reservoir, travelling from the SUNY New Paltz campus to Corey’s mom’s house in Margaretville, or some other obscure hamlet nearby. Corey was my roommate and coconspirator in various hijinks and minor misdeeds known to a certain mischievous set of male college students and the authorities they inevitbaly come into contact with. He drove a white Peugeot station wagon—a car roomy enough to ferry eight people to a revival screening of Fantasia (including three in the back tripping on acid) yet slim enough to squeeze across pedestrian bridges on campus in the wee hours of the morning.

The semester was still in session, so it must have been late April or early May. The year was probably 1991. For those of you not old enough to remember, 1991 was the year the Soviet Union collapsed (Bush the Elder gave his “New World Order” speech); coalition forces booted Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait in the first Gulf War (the US’s beef with Saddam would flare up again soon); the Coen brothers released Barton Fink (starring SUNY New Paltz alum John Turturro); Bret Easton Ellis published American Psycho (completely misunderstood at the time, especially by me); Nirvana dropped Nevermind (hot take: overrated); and most importantly, I turned 21 in November, which had the salutary effect of turning my illegal “underage drinking” to plain old legal drinking in the eyes of New York State.

Despite attending school only 20 miles away, I had never seen the reservoir, this engineering marvel that provided the ancestral Mahoney estate in Queens with some of the world’s finest tap water. Coming upon 12-mile long lake after shooting through the woods of Marbletown and Olivebridge was a revelation. The expanse in front of us opened wide and Catskill peaks ringed the scene, a painting we were driving into. Corey, whose family had lived in the Catskills for generations, told me of the deep wound the building of the reservoir had caused to the displaced communities and of the locals’ ongoing aversion to New York City and its precious water.

We had the windows down, the wind whipping through the car, my head out the window like a dog, trying to take in all the visual inputs. No

doubt we were high, because we were almost always high back then. We were listening to Fisherman’s Blues by the Waterboys on cassette, a tape of Corey’s that had been rattling around in the console. The fourth album by the British-Irish folk rock band, Fisherman’s Blues signaled a move away from an earlier bombastic rock sound and toward a more traditional Celtic-tinged folk rock.

Now listen: I’m no fan of the traditional Irish music I was force-fed as a child, the repetitive tweedley-deedley bullshit of “The Irish Rover” or the weepy “Danny Boy” bullshit or the chestthumping, reunited-Ireland bullshit of “A Nation Once Again.” Love Ireland, hate the music.

But Fisherman’s Blues—despite having a number of straight-up traditional tracks on it—was closer to Thin Lizzy than the Clancy Brothers. And as we shot across the causeway, the last track on side A, “Sweet Thing,” began to play. (It’s a cover of a Van Morrison song from 1968’s Astral Weeks, but I was years away from discovering Morrison’s mystical reveries.)

I’m a sucker for a slow-building crescendo, and “Sweet Thing” delivers. It begins with an acoustic guitar followed by violins slow and languid, then a bit of propulsion from the drummer before Mike Scott starts singing, working himself into a lather over seven minutes, scatting delicious nonsense between Morrison’s ecstatic poetry: “And I will walk and talk / in gardens all wet with rain / and never ever get so old again.” I’d even go so far as to say that the song grooves, which is something no one ever said about “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.”

I wasn’t thinking that at the time, of course. Probably not thinking much at all. But I was feeling a sense of the seemingly limitless possibilities of life. My own potentiality humming in me. (You feel it at 20. You remember the feeling of feeling it in your fifties.) The air, the water, the sky, the cloud, the weed, the music all added up to something much more than just a couple of dudes driving across a bridge. I mean, “limitless” had its limits. I wasn’t going to be president—or perhaps even graduate from college in the knucklehead way I was going about it— but I might meet a girl, or write a good poem, or hear more music as wild and captivating as what was filling my ears.

I think of this moment on sunny days like today. And of something that the illustrator Saul Steinberg wrote about taking LSD, for the first and only time, at the age of 51, at Timothy Leary’s place in Millbrook: “A day of such happiness that the memory of this possibility existing in me makes everything else unimportant, reduces miseries to their proper scale.”


It’s come to my attention that some readers of the print version of Chronogram are unaware that we publish articles nearly every day on, most of which never appear in print. These pieces are similar to the stories you’ll find in the magazine— our effort to record the grand narrative of the place we call home—and, in fact, much of the content in the print version is first published online. The profile of the pasta-making couple Steve Gonzalez and Kate Galassi at Via Ravioli in Coxsackie being one example (page 16).

These stories, along with the rest of our print content, are packaged into our email newsletter, which goes out four times a week and contains our latest and greatest discoveries of doings around the region. If you want to know what we know, all of what we know, you can sign up for the newsletter at

The June issue contains another installment of the blockbuster Summer Arts Preview (page 65), which Arts and Culture Editor Peter Aaron has wrangled expertly yet again. Take a look at the abundance of programming this season—from Berlioz to Banksy and all that lies in between— and start planning your cultural forays. Tickets go fast, and fall will be here before you know it. We’ll be kicking off the summer season right here in the event space below our offices in the Fuller Building in Kingston on June 11 from 5:30-7:30pm with our Summer Arts networking event. It’s a chance for those involved in the local cultural sausagemaking to get together before the season begins in earnest. The evening is presented in partnership with Upstate Art Weekend and all are invited. For some bonus programming, Sonnenberg Gallery will be hosting a pop-up exhibition in the Fuller Building event space, a three-person show, “Byways,” featuring the work of Jenny Snider, Joe Concra, and Thom Grady.

Speaking of the Summer Arts Preview: We’ve been selected as a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsmedia award for Special Section for last year’s Summer Arts Preview. The winners will be announced at the AAN convention in Charleston in July. Keep your eyes on this space in the August issue for either unseemly boasting or wounded accusations of cheating.

A final note: We are excited and proud to publish the 2024 Guide to Pride (page 34) in this issue, produced in partnership with Big Gay Hudson Valley. As allies, it’s one small way we can support the LGBTQ+ community and promote the values of love, tolerance, and inclusion. Thanks to Big Gay’s Stephan Hengst for helping to pull this fabulous supplement together.

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Pasta People



Outside of New York City and Arthur Avenue, there’s not that many ravioli places,” says Kate Galassi, who opened Via Ravioli in Coxsackie with her husband, Steve Gonzalez, to tackle just that challenge.

And not just any ravioli. The pair are veterans of the food industry, Galassi on the sourcing and operations side, and Gonzalez a master pasta maker and cofounder of organic, artisanal dried pasta brand Sfoglini. In 2017, the couple moved upstate to Coxsackie when Gonzalez relocated Sfoglini’s manufacturing facility from Brooklyn.

“Steve has always been interested in doing ravioli,” Galassi says, on the phone from Milan, where she and Gonzalez were currently researching pasta equipment and meeting with producers. “Ten years ago, there

weren’t that many people doing dried pasta—Sfoligini felt really fun and exciting. And now, there are a lot of people doing really good dried pasta and not that many people doing ravioli. So, once Steve sold his shares and we were talking about what was next, ravioli was an exciting option.”

In October, the couple closed on a former auto shop on 9W in Coxsackie and spent six months transforming it into a commercial kitchen and retail shop. They opened the doors on March 6. “This is not our first rodeo. Definitely with this project, it finally feels like we are reaping the rewards of having opened food businesses in the past,” Galassi says. “When we make decisions, it’s just the two of us and we move fast. There’s a lot of joy in that—in knowing we’re doing what we want to do.”

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As their website says, the ravioli is “mixed, rolled, filled, frilled, cut, and boxed” daily in Coxsackie. You can also find frozen ravioli, ready-to-bake lasagna, dried pastas, sauce, and a selection of antipasti. Anything that doesn’t get sold in the day is stored in the freezer. “They have such a short shelf life because they’re not pasteurized. A lot of the ‘fresh ravioli’ you see in classic Italian-American places have a thicker pasta, it’s a denser ravioli, but the ones we make are super delicate, very thin.” Like the fresh ravioli, the frozen ravioli can get dropped in a pot of boiling water and have a (frozen) shelf life of about six weeks.

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But ravioli isn’t the only thing for sale. Via Ravioli also offers three kinds of fresh egg noodles as well as vegan pastas, all made fresh daily. (A vegan ravioli is in the works as well.) They also sell sauces, ready-to-bake lasagna, dried pastas (including Sfoglini), and a selection of antipasti.

“We’re on the main commercial stretch of Coxsackie,” Galasso says. “Our building is not cute, it’s not in the quaint historic downtown. We’re next to Stewart’s and across the street from the Y. We get folded into people’s errands, which is great, it’s exactly what we want.” With 20 parking spaces and all the products pre-packaged, you can pop in and out in a few minutes.

“It feels exciting to be doing this in Coxsackie,” Galassi says. “A lot of the most exciting food stuff feels like it happens on the other side of the river sometimes. So it feels wonderful to be living in our community and opening the shop here.”

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Tarts & Bread

3304 Route 343, Amenia

Baker Christophe Raza, Kyle Raza, and Callyn Phillips will soon open the doors to their French/Belgian bakery in Amenia, Tarts and Breads (a mechanical issue has delayed the original April 27 opening date). Using sourdough starter and avoiding dairy where possible, the aim is to make delicious, affordable treats that are easy to digest. The bakery’s offerings are based on Belgian recipes and ingredients, which tend to be simpler than cuisine from neighboring France, while incorporating French techniques Christophe learned during his time at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. With lime-wash walls and wood accents, the interior brings the fairytale warmth of Belgian design stateside. Though there are plenty of pastries and rolls to be had, those who want something savory will find sandwiches, quiches, and in-house spreads, which are also available to buy to take home.

Fulton & Forbes

1415 County Road 7, Ancram

With rustic brick-edge floors and a farmhouse aesthetic, Fulton and Forbes is a new wine and spirits shop in Ancram that evokes the appeal of rural vineyards and distilleries. The wine selection focuses on classics from around the world with an emphasis on small, independent growers and producers as well as Northeast spirits in an English cottage-style setting. Owner/operator Rachel Merriam trained at the Culinary Institute of America before getting a bachelor’s in hospitality management. She developed a passion for wine while working at Michelin-starred Casa Mono in Manhattan, and brings this honed sensibility to the curation of Fulton & Forbes wine and spirits selection. Complimentary tastings take place every Friday with Merriam available to discuss the wines and answer questions. The shop also sells drinkware, barware, and other goodies for the home.


Beacon Food Hall, 288 Main Street, Beacon

In the colloquial British parlance, the word “moreish” is used to describe food that’s so delicious you can’t help but want more. English chef Michael Johnson and his wife, Shey Aponte, are striving to reach that bar at Moreish, the newest addition to the Hudson Valley Food Hall. The new spot serves up an array of sweet and savory British classics. Favorites include bangers and mash, full English breakfast, and savory hand pies. Johnson brings over 20 years of experience to the table with a CV that includes time at Michelin-starred restaurants, luxury five-star hotels, airlines, and even stints at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. If it’s good enough for the queen… @moreishnewyork

Cafe Silvia at Magazzino

2700 Route 9, Cold Spring

Last September, Magazzino debuted its new Robert Olnick Pavilion to the public, adding 13,000 square feet of exhibition space to the grounds—and an Italian-style eatery. Cafe Silvia, which Magazzino director Vittorio Calabrese describes as “a killer combination of Italian food and farm-to-table,” is headed by Milanese chef (and current Garrison resident) Luca Galli. The restaurant combines high-quality Italian products and recipes with local Hudson Valley produce, some of which is grown in a small garden right on the museum property. Of course, espresso in all its many forms is available for a post-art jolt, along with sweet treats like sfogliatella, tiramisu, and crema al limon. If you’re in the mood for something more savory and substantial, the cafe also serves hot paninis, housemade lasagne, ricotta and spinach ravioli, and a cannellini bean and scallop soup. The star dish, named for Italian artist Mario Schifano features an umami mix of chickpea puree with shrimp, crunchy guanciale, and parsley sauce.


744 Broadway, Kingston

In October, Rebecca Kush and Tiffany Themens headed an all-female group of partners who bought the Broadway building that formerly housed Kingston bar and restaurant The Anchor. The new establishment, Nightswim, got a sleek, minimal makeover before its opened on May 24. Kush and Themens co-own Williamsburg’s Crystal Lake and aim to bring the same friendly, mid-price, neighborhood bar vibe to the Kingston spot with bar eats like smash burgers, tap beer, and mixed drinks (not “10-minute cocktails” specifies Kush).


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Beth Hill in front of her one bedroom Cape in Hurley. She couldn’t find a home that fit her needs or style, so she built one. Designing the home, finding a lot, and making her vision a reality was a challenge, but she’s delighted with the results. “I hope more people will consider building small houses,” she says. “They’re not only charming, but allow for energy-efficient living and a modest use of resources.”

In January of 2020 when Beth Hill decided to return to her hometown of Kingston, her path collided with recent history. Over her varied career as a teacher and fundraiser for UNICEF, she’d lived in New York City, Vietnam, and, most recently, on Maui—but always found herself pulled back to her Hudson Valley roots. “I’ve always been drawn to Ulster County,” she says. “It’s a safety net for me. I missed my family and I missed the change of seasons. I thought I’d come back and buy a house.”

Her timing could not have been, well, more timely. “I returned just before the pandemic hit,” she says. “As I was searching, the market skyrocketed because people saw the charm of the area and began moving here.” She surveyed a few ranch houses with swollen price tags. “ Too expensive,” she says. “ They would have been a hundred thousand less the year before.” She visited a few ramblers. “ Too big,” she explains. “I’ve had houses with rooms I never used before. I didn’t want to pay for the heat or the maintenance.” She also saw a few fixer-uppers. “ Way too much work,” she says. “I didn’t want to deal with plumbing from the 1950s.”

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Beth Hill's House for One in Hurley

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Hill likes to lead a life open to possibilities. “I tend to be open to changes and shifts,” she explains. “ That way, I can take the opportunities as they come.” She remembered a project she’d done as a college student at Cornell, where she majored in product and interior design, with a bit of architecture thrown in. “One of our assignments was to design a house in the woods,” she says. “I just loved it and told a friend I’d love to design my own house someday.” She forgot about the idea as life took her in different directions, but, surveying the landscape of super-sized homes and underwhelming design choices, her college fancy returned with a vengeance. She thought to herself: ‘Why not? I could keep the design small, I could add what was important to me, and it would be a fun challenge.’ She believed she could do it. ‘Yes,’ she thought. ‘I’ ll try it.’

Not Too Big

Hill took her design inspiration from architect Sarah Susanka’s 1998 classic, The Not So Big House. Based on the fundamental question of how people can live richly in intentionally utilized spaces, Susanka’s books and the design movement they inspired center around the idea of building homes tailored to specific lifestyle requirements,

rather than mindlessly amassing square footage. Through careful craftsmanship, site integration, and versatile design techniques, Susanka advocates building homes that emphasize character, quality, and personalized comfort. Paging through the book, Hill came across the chapter “A Home for One.” “I loved the Japanese feel of the design, and all the wood reminded me of Frank Lloyd Wright,” she says. Even though the home was small, the well-conceived floor plan made it feel expansive. “It had a large living room where everything happens,” says Hill. “I’d lived in studios and liked the idea of doing everything in one room.” There was a small, utilitarian kitchen adjacent to the living area and a private bedroom and bathroom at the opposite end of the house. Also, the design included a screened porch. “And I love screened-in porches,” says Hill.

Not Too Complicated

What ’s more, the plan was ingeniously simple. “ There was one solid back wall with mechanicals and plumbing and everything was geared toward that,” she says. Hill dusted off her college drafting skills and sat down to sketch out her own version on graph paper. “I made it to scale and started with a 20-by-40 rectangle,” says Hill. “ That ’s 800 square

Left: Inspired by architect Sarah Susanka’s Not So Big House series, Hill sketched out the home’s design herself, focusing on incorporating elements that were important to her and eschewing the rest.

Top right: In the living room, vaulted ceilings and westfacing windows give the space an expansive feel and also capture views of the sunset. Hill added two square windows along the north wall for cross ventilation.

Bottom right: The home’s glassdoor entrance and rows of windows run along the home’s south-facing wall. A long open hallway connects the home’s private and public spaces and floods the home with light through the day. Above Hill’s desk an untitled gouache on newsprint work by Vietnamese artist Dinh Y Nhi.

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feet plus the screened-in porch.” After working out the design on paper, she hired engineer and architect Khattar Elmassalemah in Saugerties to finalize her drawings. Then she found Dave Wilt of DSW Contracting in Kerhonkson and showed him the plan. “He’s a renaissance guy who can do everything,” says Hill. “I showed him my initial handdrawn plans and he said, “ Yeah, that will work. I’d like to build that.”

Not Too Far

Meanwhile, Hill began looking for a lot to build on. She found multiple four to six acre parcels. “ Too large,” she says. “I didn’t want to pay taxes on land I wasn’t using.” She found multiple properties farther afield. “ Too remote,” she says. “I didn’t want to be out in the boonies. I wanted it to be convenient to grocery stores and other shops.” Finally, Hill found a .62 acre lot in the town of Hurley. Close to Kingston, but shielded from the street by a natural rock outcropping and surrounded by trees, the lot felt private even though it was surrounded by neighbors. It was the right

combination of tucked away in the woods and affordable. Hill bought it and readjusted her home sketch to fit the lot.

Modern, But Not Too Modern

Hill wanted the exterior of the home to fit into “the fabric and feel of Hurley,” she explains. “I wanted a modern spin on a traditional house.” Hill saw a neighbor ’s Mid-Century Modern home and thought it was cool. “I showed it to Dave and he was very lukewarm on the idea,” she says. After pricing it out, she realized it was too expensive and not oriented to the landscape at all. “So I set that plan aside.” A friend suggested a small country cottage, which she liked, but the style wasn’t specific enough to Hurley. “ The home is only a short distance from Hurley ’s historic Main Street of 17thand 18th-century stone houses,” she says. “I really wanted my new little house to respect that traditional architecture.” Then Hill thought of her own history in the area. “ This is Hurley, where there are a lot of traditional Cape houses,” she says. “I liked that, because I grew up in a Colonial Revival house in Kingston and the designs felt connected.”


With the help of contractor Dave Wilt, Hill was able to maximize her home to include several distinct spaces. The bathroom includes both a shower and a full bathtub nook with a window facing the woods. “Although the home is only 800 square feet—smaller than some apartments I’ve lived in—it doesn’t feel small or crowded,” she says.

Hill’s bedroom gets plenty of morning light through the east- and south-facing windows. One of Hill’s priorities was to imbue a sense of calm into the home’s design. To do this she chose minimal, neutral colored and glass furniture throughout the interior and kept most of the surfaces white. She painted the exterior of the house a natural bark brown color so that it would look “quiet.” In the bedroom, a poster from her college days hangs over her bed.

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By throwing out superfluous rooms and extraneous design details, Hill could focus on adding an absolute essential: A covered porch. “The home feels private and quiet, despite other houses being nearby,” says Hill. “I especially love the small screened porch—it’s the perfect spot to spend hot summer days.”

Just Right

Soon after finalizing the design, Wilt and Hill broke ground on the project. Throughout the process Hill stayed true to her vision of incorporating only what she loved and discarding the rest. To maximize natural light, she oriented the home to face south, with the solid wall inspired by “A Home for One” running parallel to the lot ’s northern edge. She then flipped her original design and put her bedroom in the home’s southeast corner, incorporating both southand east-facing windows, then sited the open-concept living area at the home’s western end. “How light works is very important to me,” she says. “I like sunlight in the bedroom in the morning and, in the afternoon when I’m in the kitchen and living room, I like seeing the sun set. “

To create a spacious living room, and capture more afternoon and evening light, Hill added vaulted ceilings and a simple transom window at the apex of the westfacing wall. “I love the orange sky and I get the light that comes in at the end of the day,” she says.

To keep the interior visually serene but amplify the feeling of space, Hill chose a white color scheme for

the walls, ceilings, and appliances, and added blond wood flooring throughout. “ The most important thing I wanted in the design was a sense of calm,” she says. Copper accents and a copper and gold chevron pattern incorporated into the kitchen design visually divides the space from the living room while adding a playful patterned element. The vaulted living room has enough space for a dining area, an office, and a lounge—Hill hopes to eventually add a fireplace to the design. Outside, Hill’s screened-in porch is ideal for lounging during summer afternoons.

Through careful planning and the right selection of features, finishes, and appliances, Hill’s home was finished within her budget in July of 2023. Although, the project was a gamble, and nerve-wracking at times, she’s pleased with the results. “ You can look at things on a piece of paper, but you never really know how things will turn out or feel,” she says. “I wondered, am I going to really like living here?” But Hill’s creation feels expansive. “I love the quiet, calm feel of the house, and the way the sun streams into it,” she says. “I love it. It ’s just enough house for me.”



Confusion Around Over-the-Counter Contraception

We can’t discuss reproductive health without also considering reproductive freedom. Although great strides have been made over the past 50 years to provide women with access to birth control, safe and legal abortion, prenatal services, safe childbirth, and fertility services, lately, it feels like the clock is spinning backward at warp speed.

Around the country, laws around women’s bodies are changing, often at the expense of health and, in many cases, the cost is life itself. While the Biden administration is committed to protecting reproductive rights, not all federal and state agencies are in agreement.

According to Planned Parenthood, after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June 2022, one in three women now live in states where abortion is not accessible. Less than two years after women lost their constitutional right to abortion, 21 states banned or severely restricted abortion. Three additional states blocked bans, but the future is uncertain.

Our next presidential election is months away, and it’s an understatement to say abortion is a divisive issue. Politically driven attacks against women and their right to control their bodies are

hot-button issues (among many) that are about to catch fire. Former President Trump thinks abortion should be left to individual states, while the Biden administration continue to fight for reproductive freedom for all women, regardless of where they live.

In New York, abortion has been legal since 1970, and, according to the state government website, “Because the right is codified in New York State law, federal decisions to limit access to abortion will not impact New York State.”

This reproductive freedom benefits not only New Yorkers, but anyone from outside the state who needs abortion care. Both medical abortion and in-clinic abortion are available in New York State up to and including 24 weeks of pregnancy, and after 24 weeks, abortion is available if a woman’s health or pregnancy is at risk.

Hochul is part of the Reproductive Freedom Alliance, “a nonpartisan coalition of 23 governors committed to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom,” and in January, she announced $100 million in new funding to support abortion providers and reproductive health care. New York’s commitment to reproductive freedom includes a $35 million

investment to support abortion providers across the state and purchasing a five-year supply of the abortion pill misoprostol. Hochul is also signing laws that protect patients and providers, which includes bolstering access to abortion care through telehealth services.

In addition, Hochul joined New York State Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald on March 19 to sign a standing order authorizing pharmacists to dispense three types of hormonal contraceptive medication—an oral hormonal pill, a hormonal vaginal ring, and a hormonal contraceptive patch—without a prescription. According to reporting from Gothamist, when the order was signed, Dr. McDonald said, “Health department data shows 85 percent of pharmacies plan to take advantage of the order, but it will take some time for them to complete the required training.”

The program seems to be getting off to a slow start in the Hudson Valley. I called Dedrick’s Pharmacy in New Paltz and was told, “It’s not in effect yet for us. We don’t have it set up so far. It’s a brand-new ruling.” I brought up the order and the information on the state website, but the pharmacist said, “It’s all up in the air. We don’t

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Governor Hochul announced New York pharmacists can now provide hormonal contraception without a prescription at a press conference at College Parkside Pharmacy in Albany on March 19 Photo by Darren McGee

even know what we’re doing yet.” Nekos-Dedrick’s Pharmacy in Kingston declind to answer, telling me: “We’re super short-staffed and super busy.”

On April 23, over a month after the order was signed, I spoke with Rebecca Kelly, a pharmacist who owns Kelly’s Pharmacy, which has locations in West Coxsackie, Greenville, and Delmar. Kelly told me that her stores aren’t offering it yet but that pharmacists can actually write a prescription for birth control (not true) and that she didn’t think the order had “come out” yet (it had). Kelly also told me that “it’s not something we’ll carry on the over-the-counter shelves because it requires medical oversight.” I asked Kelly about Opill, the first nonprescription daily oral contraceptive that can be bought off the shelf that the FDA approved last July. “I have no idea what that is,” Kelly said.

The pharmacist at Vogel Pharmacy in Wappingers Falls seemed slightly more apprised of the situation when he said, “I do not have any at the moment.” When I asked if he already carried it but just didn’t have any in stock, he told me, “I know they were putting something out, but I didn’t know it came out yet.” He told me he’d look into it and I should call back.

I tried College Parkside Pharmacy in Albany, where Hochul and Dr. McDonald signed the order. I figured they’d have it, but they did not. “You have to try one of the bigger retail places,” the clerk told me. “We’re too small.”

I finally succeeded in finding Opill at Walgreens on Holland Avenue in Albany and at Walgreens in Hudson. CVS in Hudson also carries Opill, but CVS in Rhinebeck told me, “Our location isn’t carrying that yet.” Satisfied that over-the-counter birth control is at least available in the Hudson Valley—albeit not without a prohibitively long drive for some people—I stopped making phone calls to pharmacies and turned my focus to getting additional information from county and state offices as well as from medical professionals.

No Comment

I contacted Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck and Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, but neither could find an OB-GYN to comment.

I then reached out to the Family Planning office at the Greene County Public Health Department. Although the receptionist I spoke to was friendly and told me someone would get back to me with comments on birth control access and reproductive freedom, I never heard from her again.

I had higher expectations for Ulster County, which has almost five times the Greene County population. I called the county office and was connected with Amberly Jane Campbell, assistant deputy county executive. Campbell is the Ulster County communications chief and she told me she could get a statement from Jen Metzger, Ulster County Executive. I wanted to hear from a health professional, not a politician, and as a former journalist, Campbell understood and told me she’d get back to me. A week later, she responded, “We

conferred with a few different doctors and tried to get someone who would be willing to go on the record, but we were unable to find anyone.”

Blanket Prescription

With the local hospitals and county offices not willing to comment, I reached out to the New York State Department of Health. Danielle R. De Souza, M.Sc., senior public information officer, cleared up some of the confusion, specifically that the standing orders for contraception and overthe-counter products like the FDA-approved Opill are not the same.

“The standing order is functionally a blanket prescription for all New Yorkers and those visiting New York from out of state that has been written and signed by State Health Commissioner James

“While increasing access to birth control is not a solution to the ongoing attacks on abortion access and other forms of sexual and reproductive health care, it is a critical part of protecting our reproductive freedom.”
—Wendy Stark, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York

McDonald, a licensed physician, which is what allows individuals who meet appropriate screening criteria to obtain a hormonal contraception without first visiting a prescribing clinician,” De Souza said. While the oral pill, the hormonal vaginal ring, and the hormonal patch will be available without an individual prescription (because of the blanket prescription from Dr. McDonald), they do require a consultation with a pharmacist and are not available over-the-counter.

Opill is truly over-the-counter. It will be in the family planning aisle and can be picked up and paid for just like condoms. The price will vary, but it should be around $20 to $25 a month. Opill is federally approved, and all 50 states can sell it, though pharmacies aren’t required to carry it.

“Participating pharmacists dispensing these medications are required to provide the

individual with a self-screening patient intake form,” De Souza says. “If the pharmacist deems the selected medication appropriate, they will provide counseling including direction for selfadministered usage, potential risks associated with medications, and risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.”

A Huge Plus

What does over-the-counter birth control mean for reproductive freedom? Well, it’s complicated. “While increasing access to birth control is not a solution to the ongoing attacks on abortion access and other forms of sexual and reproductive health care, it is a critical part of protecting our reproductive freedom,” says Wendy Stark, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York.

Georgie Kovacs is a former biopharma strategist who founded Fempower Health, an organization that educates and empowers women to find answers and solutions to their healthcare needs. “From a reproductive rights perspective, the availability of over-the-counter birth control is an incredible step forward, allowing more individuals to exercise their right to choose when and if to have children, without the barrier of a prescription,” Kovacs says.

Kovacs lives in the Westchester village of Irvington and was happy to discover that her local CVS carries Opill for about $20. Because Opill is as easily accessible as any other over-the-counter product—and there’s no age restriction—one group who may benefit is teenage girls seeking a birth control method to use in place of, or in conjunction with, condoms.

(One problem: insurance doesn’t cover products bought over the counter, which means cost may be a challenge for some. Even for those with insurance, other issues include finding healthcare providers who are taking new patients and then, if they are, waiting several months to get an appointment.)

“Another huge plus of the new order is that pharmacists can dispense up to 12 months of supply [at one time], and a larger dispensed supply has been shown to improve contraceptive continuation,” says Paula M. Castano, MD, MPH, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, chief, Division of Family Planning and Preventive Services and medical director of Outpatient Services, Columbia University Irving Medical Center/New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

“Some states and plans include over-the-counter coverage,” Dr. Castano says, adding that Opill is offering discounts with more packs purchased and they have an assistance program.

“This is a game-changer for communities impacted by systemic health inequities,” says Mary Jane Minkin, MD, OBGYN and clinical professor at the Yale University School of Medicine. “In the best of all possible worlds, all women would have an outstanding women’s health care provider, but unfortunately, many do not. Having safe, reliable contraception available is vital, especially in this day and age.”


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2024 Guide to Pride

My husband Patrick Decker and I created Big Gay Hudson Valley back in 2008 as we found ourselves sharing what we knew about parties, performances, causes, and LGBTQ+-owned businesses with our friends. What started first as a Facebook page and a weekly email newsletter is now a full-blown, multichannel resource for queer events, happenings, city guides, and travel resources across our region—and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

In the early 2000s, Pride events were few and far between in the Hudson Valley. Most of us had to travel to New York City and beyond to find parades, parties, and festivals—the stuff that celebrations are made of. Fast forward to 2024—villages, towns, and cities across the region are packed with festivals, meetups, picnics, and parties—not just in June, but throughout the year. Pride season 2024

has us triple-booked on some weekends. What a fabulous problem to have. Community only grows when people show up to support it. We’re fortunate to call the Hudson Valley home because of the wealth of residents and visitors who believe in making this a world-class place for LGBTQ+ people to find a partner, buy a home, start a family, open a business, or simply spend a weekend away.

Working with my friends at Chronogram, I’m honored to play a role in guest editing this June issue. I hope it helps to inform some about the heritage of our flags, inspires others to gather in some new places, and continues to reinforce how special the already solid foundation of community is in our Big Gay Hudson Valley.

With Pride, Stephan Hengst Cofounder, Big Gay Hudson Valley



The 2023 Warwick Pride parade. Photo by Melissa Shaw Smith

Beyond the Rainbow


Pride flag designs have evolved and changed to represent various LGBTQ+ communities since Gilbert Baker unveiled his original eight-color Pride flag in 1978. Clockwise from top, a sampling of Pride flags: Original eight-color Pride flag, sixcolor Pride flag, Progress Pride Flag, Asexual Pride flag, Ally Pride flag, and Intersex Pride flag.

There’s something quite stirring about a banner flowing in the breeze. Humans have been designing and using flags for so long that no one’s really sure when it started. Flag-like symbols go back at least as far as the 11th century BCE in China, home of lightweight, gleaming silk. During the Age of Sail, flags became an important way to communicate your identity at a distance, and people have been doing that ever since. There are well over two dozen Pride flags out there, here are some you may encounter at marches and celebrations.

The eight-color Gilbert Baker flag was first flown in 1978 at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade. Its colors, top to bottom, represent sex, life, healing, sunlight, nature, magic, serenity, and spirit. Demand spiked after the assassination of City Supervisor Harvey Milk that November, and hot pink fabric grew harder to find, leading Baker’s company to use standard seven-color rainbow fabric. In 1979, again for purely practical reasons, it became the familiar six-stripe banner. The Trans Pride flag, with pastel pinks and

blues separated by a white center stripe, was created by transgender activist, author, and US military veteran Monica Helms in 1999. Her symmetrical design retains its meaning whether upside down or sideways—there’s no wrong way to fly it. The white space in the center symbolizes the space for change.

The Community Lesbian Pride flag was chosen in a 2018 poll among a variety of options, conducted so that a lesbian pride flag could be mass-produced, and is based on a design by Catherine Becker. It’s intentionally called “community” and not “official” out of respect for those who prefer other choices, of which there are many.

The Bi Pride flag made its debut at the BiCafe’s first anniversary party in 1998. Designed by Michael Page, its stripes symbolize opposite sex attraction (blue), same sex attraction (pink), and the lavender blending of both. The colors and the overlap concept were inspired by the biangles symbol designed by artist Liz Nania for the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in 1987.

The Bear Brotherhood Pride flag, developed by a psychology student in 1995, celebrates those who gleefully subvert the tropes of conventional machismo with stripes of dark and light brown followed by gold, pink, beige, white, gray, and black, with a bear pawprint in the upper left corner.

The Pansexual Pride flag made its debut in the 2010s when it was posted on an anonymous Tumblr by Jared V. and gained rapid acceptance. Its three stripes are meant to invoke women, nonbinary folks, and men.

The Philadelphia Pride flag, adopted by that city in 2017, adds black and brown stripes to promote visibility for people of color in the queer and trans community

The Progress Pride flag, designed by Daniel Quasar in 2018, added a chevron in colors that represent transgender people, marginalized communities of color, and those lost to AIDS. The forward-pointing design of the chevron symbolizes the need for continued progress for all.

—Anne Pyburn Craig

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Visibility is Everything THE EVOLUTION OF QUEER SPACES

For all the glitter of its name, from the outside, one might assume that Unicorn Bar was just another unpretentious relic of Kingston’s past. Situated in a quiet, tidy building on Foxhall Avenue, the newly minted “queerforward” bar is nestled between two-story family homes and low-lying warehouses.

It’s only once you’ve stepped inside that Unicorn’s full character comes into bloom: subdued lighting emanates from Art Deco sconces, portraits of queer icons hang along stretches of Tom of Finland and vulva wallpaper, and a spacious dance floor unfurls beneath a dazzling constellation of disco balls. “There are 39 in total,” says Francesca Hoffman, the bar’s owner, with a gleam in her eye. “I have so many ideas, and I just keep trying to lean into them all.”

Across from the bar, there’s a large mural by Singha Hon of a phoenix rising through an indigo sky while a unicorn looks on. “I really see Kingston as this queer mecca now,” Hoffman says. “There’s been a thriving scene here for a long time—though I’ve seen a lot more growth in the

last several years.”

Unicorn Bar, which opened in May, is queerowned, and is Kingston’s first more-or-less-gay bar to launch in nearly a decade. But Hoffman describes the business as “a bit of a hybrid model”: some of its events—like karaoke nights, or brass band concerts—are designed for “everyone,” while others are directed towards niche subsets of the queer community.

“Many bar parties are often gay men-focused,” Hoffman explains. “Queer women need their own, unique events as well.”

It’s a similar concept to that of another queer-owned space that opened last fall: Camp Kingston. Located in a white brick building across from Keegan Ales, the cafe features a sunny, central sitting area, as well as two event spaces in the back. Coffee is served throughout the day, with lunch in the afternoon and libations in the evening. “I like the idea of us being a bit of a watering hole,” says owner Samuel Shapiro. “You can come here from morning to night.”

Shapiro drew inspiration from the summer

camp that his family operated in Sullivan County for 75 years—and indeed, one detects its influence in the cafe’s playful event itinerary: You can come to view a queer art show, play a game of pinball, or catch the latest episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race ”

“It’s been incredible to see how people gather cross-generationally,” Shapiro muses.

Comforting Spaces

This idyllic, present-day vision of communal harmony is a far cry from the reality that once defined establishments with a queer clientele.

“Gay bars would traditionally have darkened windows, or none at all,” remembers Jay Blotcher, a former New York City-based activist who played key roles in launching the first New Paltz Pride celebration and founding the Hudson Valley LGBTQ+ Community Center in Kingston. “In the last few decades, we’ve seen bars with plate glass windows that look out onto the street. That was a huge breakthrough.”

It’s a point echoed by Phil Ryan, who also frequented gay bars throughout New York during

Mattachine Society “Sip-In” at Julius’ Bar, 159 W. 10th Street, New York, New York, April 21, 1966, from the Center for Photography at Woodstock exhibition “Pride and Protest: Photographs by Fred W. McDarrah,” June 1 to September 1.

the ‘70s and ‘80s. “In those days, if you ran a gay bar, you had to pay someone off,” he says. “It wasn’t necessarily operated by the mob, but someone was going to be knocking on your door.”

According to Michael Erp, building manager at the LGBTQ+ Center, there were many places in the region to go for a drink and a good time, but they tend to blend together in retrospect. “There was one right on the Rondout,” he recalls, stretching his memory, “and another across from the Chinese restaurant on Broadway.”

He specifically remembers Prime Time in Highland as “a very nice dance bar.” Blotcher, on the other hand, offers a more tempered assessment: “It was the only game in town. People would come from 20, 30, 40 miles away. It was their only tie to community.”

The bar that looms largest in these men’s memories is The Maverick in Woodstock, which operated through the 1990s. “It was a roadhousetype bar, with rooms upstairs,” quips Blotcher. “A no-tell motel.” Ryan remembers it as being “a bit notorious,” due to extensive on-site drug use: “It was kind of out of control.” Yet Erp’s memories are more wistful: “A cadet from West Point would play the piano, and a drag queen in red sequins would go up and down the stairway.”

Erp also emphasizes how comforting these spaces could be, in spite of all the hazards that accompanied them. “It was surprising to run into people from the supermarket who I didn’t know were gay. I met friends there that I’ve held onto for 30 years.”

Hiding in Plain Sight

As bars started to shutter in the wake of, first, the AIDS crisis, then economic recessions and the rise of social media, many patrons were forced to pack up their tank tops and call it a day. “We still had the city,” says Erp. “We would go back and forth. But we also settled down.”

This decline in the Hudson Valley bar scene was felt by many queer people in the region—not least of all Stephan Hengst, cofounder of Big Gay Hudson Valley and a driving force behind countless local queercentric events over the last two decades.

Hengst was living with his now-husband and Big Gay Hudson Valley cofounder, Patrick Decker, while working at the Culinary Institute of America in the mid-aughts. “We wanted more things to do. We were very proud of the area, and kept getting annoyed with our gay friends who complained that it was too boring.”

He started organizing events through CIA— including dinners that raised funds for HIV/ AIDS patients and Hudson Valley AIDS Related Community Services (ARCS). “That’s where I met most of the queer business owners that I’m still working with today.”

Scenes from Unicorn Bar, a queer space that opened in Kingston in April. Owner Francesca Hoffman is pictured behind the bar in the middle photo. Photos by Chase Bauer

At the same time, other members of the community were taking direct political action. “I thought I was going to hang up my activist marching boots and become a rural guy,” Blotcher who moved to High Falls with his partner, Brook Garrett, in 2001, says with a laugh. But three years into their bucolic existence, Blotcher and Garrett became one of 25 same-sex couples married by New Paltz Mayor Jason West in a demonstration that helped prompt New York State’s legalization of marriage equality. “It’s not as if, with the weddings, there was suddenly a gay community here,” says Blotcher. “There always had been— they’d simply been hiding in plain sight.”

The marriages served as an inflection point for the region’s queer community, as many other local activists jumped at the opportunity to push for greater visibility. Among them was Virginia “Ginny” Apuzzo, who had just moved to New Paltz following a formidable of career in activist organizations, as well as in state and federal government.

“I had time, and an interest in the community,”

she remembers. Apuzzo participated in the creation of New York City’s first LGBTQ+ center in the early ‘80s—an experience which taught her that “no one in government is any smarter or worthier than we are. It’s all just people.”

Mission of Connection

It was Apuzzo who conceived of a community center in Kingston, and who understood the necessity of making such an institution a fixture of the region. “It was important that the building become a landmark. Because, then, who sees this landmark? Real estate agents. People from the city. It becomes a magnet that draws in more queer and queer-friendly people.”

That kind of visibility has had a tangible impact on the Hudson Valley’s existing queer community, too. “There are people in our groups who are just coming out at 60 years old,” says Michael Erp, who formerly ran the men’s group at the Kingston Center. “There’s great fear and trepidation—but a major part of the center’s mission is connection, and that can really happen anywhere that there’s

the facility to do so.”

Camp Kingston’s Shapiro is of a similar mind; he sees his own cafe as a space for gentle, unrushed growth. “The process of coming out is not straightforward for a lot of people,” he says. “For those who don’t identify as queer, and maybe never will, just to be able to be around more gay people, to feel like they have a place to go, is invaluable.”

Unicorn Bar owner Hoffman can also testify to the importance of having safe spaces: As a queer woman who grew up on Long Island, she remembers venturing into Manhattan drag bars while still in high school. “Having those places, having access to that world and knowing that it existed, was incredibly helpful to me and my queer friends in our youth. I think visibility is everything.”

In time, it’s likely that Unicorn Bar will come to serve a similar role for the next generation.

“I’ve been joking that I want this place to be the queer Cheers,” she laughs. “I want people to get to know the staff, to come in regularly. So much has changed in the last few years. I’m just so grateful that this is where I’ve landed.”

Queer Cabaret at Unicorn Bar on April 27 produced and preformed by local queer performers Ginger Maraschino and the Lady Slipper. Left to right: the Lady Slipper, Ginger Maraschino, Kellie Skyline, Charli Ariel, NosferThotu, and Tavi. A bi-monthly event, the next Queer Cabaret takes place on June 22. Photo by Chase Bauer Who will be #1 July1st Findout the winners

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Love is Love


The Hudson Valley loves love—also, and not coincidentally, fairness, equality, and self-expression. We love us some love, and we’re proud of Pride—and of the fact that, even in these politically conflicted times, queer folks find a warm and friendly welcome in the vast majority of our communities and spaces. After all, the marvelous month of June was made for festivities—and local Pride organizations are increasingly filling the calendar with exuberance.

“I’m thrilled that Safe Harbors of the Hudson will be presenting its inaugural Pride on the Green celebration this year,” says Ken Martinez, director of performing arts and community programming at Safe Harbors. “Our Green is located right at the heart of downtown Newburgh, at the corner of Broadway and Liberty Street, and has become a de facto town square for our community—a responsibility we take seriously as the stewards of this vital gathering space. Since joining Safe Harbors in January, I’ve met with so many community members and found there is a real need for LGBTQ+ focused events that not only celebrate Pride Month but also bring Newburgh’s

beautifully diverse community together.”

So, in keeping with Safe Harbors practice of meeting community needs, he’s doing something about that—and it ought to be a blast for everyone. “Pride on the Green is one of the first new programs I have instated here, and it means quite a great deal to me both as a gay man and a citizen of Newburgh to see that this is generating the excitement and interest that it has already,” says Martinez. “The good news is this is just the beginning; we are laying a foundation this year and intend to make Pride on the Green an annual event, growing into a bigger and better celebration every year.”

That’s the spirit of regional Pride talking, and the scope and variety of the planned fun has blossomed in recent years; there’s absolutely too much planned to fit here: tea dances, film screenings, performances and gatherings of all sorts, not to mention Pride Night with the Hudson Valley Renegades at Dutchess Stadium (June 11) which benefits Dutchess Pride.

To get the full scoop on all of this month’s Pride events, visit

—Anne Pyburn Craig

Opposite, from top: The 2023 Poughkeepsie Pride parade.

2023 Peekskill Pride at Peekskill Brewery: Belle Torres, Councilman Brian Fassett, Sepp Spenlinhauer, Deputy Mayor Patricia Riley, Mayor Vivian McKenzie, Ben Lukens, Charles DeGruccio, and Leslie Masson.

Rhinebeck Community Pride Day at the Church of the Messiah in 2023.

Celebrating at the 2023 Pride Picnic and Family Fair at Opus 40 in Saugerties. Photo by China Jorrin


New Paltz Pride

This event should be especially joyful in this 20th-anniversary year of the historic gay nuptials on the steps of Village Hall. The march steps off at New Paltz Middle School at noon, with festivities in Hasbrouck Park until 5pm and an unleashed after party at Snug Harbor featuring music and drag.

Stanford Pride

The 3rd annual celebration of Stanford Pride will be held at Thomases Equestrian on Pumpkin Lane in Clinton Corners from 1 to 4pm, with music, food, and activities for all ages.

Putnam Pride

The fifth annual Putnam Pride, happening in Carmel, will begin at 1pm with speakers at Gilead Presbyterian Church; from there, revelers will join in a car caravan to the festivities in Veteran’s Park, hosted by Angel Elektra and Shay D’Pines and featuring music, vendors, performances, kids’ activities and an open mic hosted by I.Den.t.T!.

Opus 40 Pride Picnic

The Saugerties sculpture park will host its second annual Pride Picnic and Family Fair from 11am to 5 pm, featuring Drag Story Time with Epiphany Penn, live music from queer-forward brass band Brasskill, Queer Bingo with Sis Jenner, local queer-owned food vendors and a kids’ dance party.


Athens Pride

Athens will host its fifth annual flag raising at 5pm at Riverfront Park in celebration of the courage and resilience of queer and trans folk past, present and future. There will also be more Pride on display in a comedy celebration on First Friday (6/7) taking place at the Athens Cultural Center from 5 to 7pm.


Poughkeepsie Pride Parade

The city’s sixth annual pride parade kicks off at noon and marches down Main Street to Waryas Park, where festivities will feature dozens of local restaurants, creatives, entrepreneurs, companies, and more.

Pink Robin Launch

Industrial Arts Brewing in Beacon will host the 2024 Launch and Pride Party from 12 to 9pm, featuring DJ Dolce. There will be kids’ games from 12:30 to 3:30pm, raffles, prizes and dancing, and the launch of Pink Robin, the first e-commerce marketplace dedicated to queer-owned brands. Part of the $20 admission fee, which includes a free raffle ticket, goes to support advocacy organization Defense of Democracy.


Warwick Pride

Warwick Community Center will host their annual family friendly Pride Day: Rise & Shine from 11am to 5 pm. Festivities will feature food, music, games, art, support tables, vendors and a parade stepping off at 1:30pm; a Pride Show will happen from 2:30 to 4:30pm at the Veterans Memorial Park Pavilion.

BeckHook Pride

A Pride organization formed in 2023 to support and celebrate the queerfolk of the Rhinebeck/Red Hook neighborhood, BeckHook will host its 2nd annual Celebration at Rhinebeck’s Church of the Messiah from 2 to 5pm. Festivities will begin with a nonsectarian gathering at 2 and continue with food, resources, music, crafts and dancing.

Woodstock Pride Parade

Woodstock Pride’s parade will step off at 12:15pm from the Comeau Upper Lot and frolic its way to Colony, where a postparade bash emceed by Julie Novak with kickin’ music, hilarity, and some special guests, the owners and original bartender of the Stonewall Inn.


Kingston Pride Weekend

Features nightly celebrations at the Unicorn Bar, the repainting of the Pride Crosswalk in front of the LGBTQ+ Center on Saturday from 8 to 9am, Pride Alley festivities all day Saturday at Camp Kingston, and too much more fun to list, including a pet parade and men’s nude yoga.


Beacon Family Pride Day

Beacon Pride will host Family Pride Day at The Yard from 1 to 6pm, with lots of music, food, swag, and neighborliness.


Hudson Pride

OutHudson’s 14th annual Pride theme is “The Age of Aquarius—Peace, Love, and Understanding.” Things will kick off with a performance from Betty at Hudson Hall on Friday (6/21) at 7pm; the parade will line up starting at 12pm on Saturday at 7th Street Park, then step off at 2pm led by the four grand marshals.


Red Hook Pride Parade

BeckHook Pride will take to the streets of the Village of Red Hook for a Pride Parade, starting at 10am, lining up at Linden Avenue Middle School (Route 199 and Linden Avenue). A celebration in the village’s municipal lot will follow, with music, performance, face painting, and light refreshments.


Pride on the Green

Safe Harbors of the Hudson is hosting its inaugural Pride on the Green in Newburgh from noon to 6pm, including a sidewalk parade down Liberty Street gathering at around 11:30am, a Drag Queen Story Hour at 12:30pm, main stage entertainment from 1:30 to 4pm, and dancing from 4 to 6pm.


Peekskill Pride

Family Pride in the Park features crafts and games, music, pet photos, Drag Queen Story Time and performances with hosts Cacophony Daniels and Evita Loca from 1 pm-5 pm in Pugsley Park.


pride What Pride Means to Me

Pride Month resonates deeply with individuals across diverse backgrounds, experiences, and roles within the Hudson Valley. From business owners to activists, clergy members to local leaders, the significance of Pride manifests in many ways. For some, it’s a journey of personal courage and authenticity, while for others, it’s a testament to the enduring spirit of resistance and resilience. Join us as we listen to the voices of those who call the region home, each sharing their perspective on how Pride shapes their vision for a more inclusive and empowered future.

I was a cofounder of the Hudson Valley’s first Pride March and Festival, held June 2005 in New Paltz. As hundreds of people paraded down Main Street, I wept with joy. Since then, our LGBTQ+ community has grown exponentially. And several Pride events will happen across the region. This is what social change looks like. But this year, my celebration will be edged in defiance and anger as Republicans escalate their attacks on queer rights in a cynical pursuit of power and votes. Pride this year, more than ever, means fighting back against this hatred.

—Jay Blotcher, cofounder New Paltz Pride March

Pride is the warm feeling I get when I know I’ve done the right thing. Coming out in my teens, it’s been a lifelong journey, often times fiercely having to embrace my identity in a world where acceptance wasn’t always guaranteed. For 30 years, I’ve lived openly and proudly pulling from the courage of my past and present communities. For me, Pride means being genuine, part of my community and an example of how to do this, not perfectly but intentionally.

—Davina Thomasula, co-owner Goodnight Kenny and HGTV personality

To me Pride embodies love, acceptance, education, and celebration. It’s the freedom to embrace your true identity. Be whoever you want to be. It offers the chance to openly express, love, and be truthful. Pride means fearlessly embracing your authentic self, ideally greeted with empathy and encouragement. It’s also about feeling a sense of belonging and connection.

—Pim Zeegers, owner of Citiot in Catskill

I have always been an activist for social justice, gender equality and LGBTQIA+ rights. Serving the queer community in Hudson—a city of wildly creative humans, both gay and not— has allowed me ample opportunity to consider what having “pride” means.

Merriam-Webster: “a reasonable and justifiable sense of one’s own worth: self-respect.” This definition of Pride sums it up. I encourage everyone to respect, to celebrate, and to take pride this month, and every month.

—S. J. Williams, co-chair OutHudson Pride Parade and Festival

Pride to me is accepting that we are always becoming and always changing. It’s showing up as our most authentic selves and exuding the love we feel about ourselves and our own journey outward into the world to be a little light for the next person discovering how to do the same.

—Samuel Shapiro, owner Camp Kingston

In the beginning, God drew us forth from creation and breathed God’s Spirit within us. All are made in the beautiful and diverse image of our Creator. Pride acknowledges how allencompassing and magnificent is this image. To restrict God to only our own perceptions is to limit how God has chosen to reveal God’s own self. As an ally, I rejoice in this magnificent diversity and celebrate all the ways that God has chosen to reveal themselves through so many different people. Pride is a joyous expression of God themselves!

—Pastor Jen Boyd, Trinity Lutheran Church, Brewster

For me, Pride is about community— honoring our community, fighting for our community, and being there for one another. Pride is an opportunity to see how far we’ve come, while also recognizing we have to continue working until everyone in our community is safe, loved, and liberated. It’s also a chance to come together publicly and be joyous, celebrating our lives and our love in a way that was not always available to those who came before us. Pride is joy, Pride is resistance, and Pride is love.

—Danny Freeman, author of Danny Loves Pasta

To me, Pride simply means love. When there is a spirit of caring and compassion and welcoming in a place, that’s a place I want to be. When we can create a place where people can relax, be themselves, laugh, gather together and have fun, all our lives will be enriched. It takes love to make that happen and by putting people first, that’s Pride.

—Melaine Rottkamp, president and CEO, Dutchess Tourism, Inc.


My pride is deeply rooted in togetherness, community, and history. Knowing that my current queer experience is a part of a long lineage of ancestors and elders plays a crucial role in the work that I do. My own art, my curation with Dream Brother Gallery, and my building of physical spaces to gather are all highly influenced by my ongoing desire to connect intergenerational dots and discover mutual desires and narratives within our shared queer storyline.

—Nathan Rapport, founder Dream Brother Gallery

On a personal level, pride is about standing unapologetically in my truth. On a broader level, pride is about community. When we come together united in pride, our shared strength can create the greatest of collaborations, overcome the most significant challenges, allow us to see beyond our differences and make possible the strong, supportive community that we deserve and need.

—Richard Heyl de Ortiz, executive director, Hudson Valley LGBTQ+ Center

The way I see it, Pride is all about queer joy. It is about embracing multiple and intersecting identities and letting your movements and choices be guided by love. Pride is a celebration of queer liberation, and while we have so far to go, as queer folk we’ll continue that fight together and sustain each other along the way. As I fight for a better future where we can all feel safe and free, I ground myself through my community—at the weekly drag shows at the Roosevelt, on the roller rink, and in the homes of people who love me unconditionally.

—Justice McCray, librarian and activist

Pride means celebrating the creativity, resilience, beauty, and bravery of my queer community. Every day we choose to be visible in a world that wants to silence us, and we do it with compassion, empathy, and vibrant style. We are a diverse array of voices amplified, colors burning bright, and hearts wide open. We are hope. We are liberation. We are justice. We are more powerful together. And above all, we know that love is everything.

—Julie Novak, performer and cofounder of the TMI Project

Pride is a time to celebrate the gains we have made as a community while recommitting to the challenging and uncertain work that lies ahead. As I reflect on our history of resistance, I am reminded of the political nature and necessity of Pride, especially at the local level. Pride calls on us to uplift every intersection of LGBTQ identity and fight toward our collective liberation. Hudson’s first Pride in 2010 was a crossroads in history, and it continues to be a grassroots celebration, supported and funded entirely by the community. Sustaining Pride moving forward requires us to come together from across generations to support a new generation of diverse leaders.

—Charlie Ferrusi, founding board member, OutHudson

Hudson Valley LGBTQ+ Resources

The Hudson Valley is a big place and new organizations pop up regularly. Below are some highlights. To see the full list of organizations visit

Catskills Pride @catskillspride

Dutchess Pride Center @dutchesspride

BeckHook Pride @beckhookpride

Hudson Valley LGBTQ+ Center | @lgbtqcenter

GLSEN Mid-Hudson | @glsenmidhudson

Mid-Hudson Lesbian Meet-Up Group

New Paltz Pride Coalition @newpaltzpridecoalition

Newburgh LGBTQ Center @newburghlgbtqcenter

Out Hudson @outhudsonny

Peekskill Pride @peekskill_pride

Pink Stallion @pinkstallionevents

Pride Center of the Capital Region @capitalpridecenter

Rockland County Pride Center @rocklandcountypridecenter

Trans Closet of the Hudson Valley @transclosethv

The Loft Westchester LGBTQ Center | @loftlgbtq

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Crafting the Future Rhinebeck

It takes a village, they say. To do what? you might ask. Build new infrastructure? Support neurodiversity? Choose the best grocery store?

The dozens of people combing over walls pasted with zoning maps, population charts, and housing data in Rhinebeck’s Village Hall might not look like the soul of a community pondering these challenges, but many of them have been mulling the questions for more than two and half years. Not during a glitzy forum or in public debates, but quietly, methodically—through the sometimes-boring workings of government.

These Rhinebeck residents, including lifelong locals and freshly minted transplants, were scanning prints of the Village of Rhinebeck’s new draft 74-page comprehensive plan, a deceptively impactful legal document that attempts to articulate the community’s values, strengths, weaknesses, and desires for its own future.

“What is a village for? What is its purpose?” questions Matt Johnston, the chair of the Comprehensive Plan Committee, which guided the creation of the document.

As a professional facilitator with experience coaching executives and startups around the country, his questions helped direct the work’s legal recommendations and decisions as minute as permissible sidewalk materials. Because of these knotty issues, the committee’s years of work also produced the document’s story, which Johnston explains, is a story of community engagement. It’s hard to explain the importance of the document without slipping into legalese, but Johnston emphasized that its recommendations, from the most technical to the most ambitious, were driven by the committee volunteers’ interactions. They reached over 1,000 individuals in Rhinebeck—an impressive number for a village of 2,800. It led to a plan that tries to turn highminded ideals into actions, from housing to accessibility to sustainability.

“There are some things that are clearly distinct about what’s occurred here,” Johnston says. “My sense of it is that part of what occurred is a real commitment to listening and engaging in a dialogue about what matters.”

Matt Johnston, Rhinebeck Comprehensive Plan Committee member, leading a discussion of the village's comprehensive plan in early May at Village Hall. Opposite, top: Buttonwood Farm, a 185-acre thoroughbred training facility; Mirbeau, a a 49-room, Parisian-style, boutique hotel and luxury spa in downtown Rhinebeck.

That dialogue produced a forward-thinking vision of the village’s future, providing concrete if ambitious solutions for its problems. For example, Rhinebeck residents say they value the village as a commercial and social hub for the broader region, but there’s no physical space to anchor. So the plan recommends the creation of an expansive village green, an open lawn for the community to gather and host events.

The plan received public comments that the committee will take into consideration before voting on a final document to send to the village government, where it will once again go through a public hearing process. Only once that finishes can officials vote to adopt it as law, and incorporate its recommendations into a new zoning code. The public hearing process is expected to continue for most of this year, with the updated code ideally taking shape in 2025, officials say.

“When you’re in a village and you live next to people you don’t necessarily agree with, you still have to be able to talk to them,” says Village Trustee Lydia Slaby, who has spearheaded the comprehensive plan project since she took office in 2020. “You have to be able to work together.”

All People

Working together to achieve a community-wide goal isn’t new for Rhinebeck. Creating an accessible community— something highlighted in the plan—for autistic and neurodiverse residents has been an ongoing program in the village.

This year marks the centennial anniversary of the Anderson Center for Autism, a sprawling nonprofit that educates and cares for people on the autism spectrum. The center was founded in Shrewsbury, New Jersey, by Dr. Victor V. Anderson in 1924 but moved its campus to Staatsburg just two years later. Since then, it has educated over 1,700 students, many of whom have lived on campus, receiving full-time care from specialists and medical professionals.

Reflecting on the anniversary, working outside campus has been an especially important part of Anderson’s mission, says CEO Patrick D. Paul. “The reality is that individuals who have autism or neurodivergent needs really need the support of the community,” he says. “We’re all people and we all want a community we can access and engage in.”

From top: Josh Kroner, chef/owner of Terrapin, which has been a mainstay in Rhinebeck for 25 years.

Chrissa Santoro, senior director of commuications at Omega Institute, on the grounds of the 250-acre campus.

Artist Sean Bowen in his studio.

Opposite: On May 5 competing groups demonstrated on different corners of the village's main intersection over the war in Gaza.


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Rhinebeck was the first municipalty to receive Anderson’s Autism Supportive Community (ASC) designation, distinguishing the village’s push to increase awareness and knowledge of autism. Dozens of participating restaurants and businesses have received some level of training to provide support for people with autism. “They had the concept and we implemented it,” says Village Mayor Gary Bassett, who also serves on the ASC Committee, adding that it’s a win-win for the businesses and neurodivergent community members wanting to enjoy the village.

Lorrie Kruger, who co-owns Rhinebeck Mercantile, a boutique in the center of the village, knows firsthand the intersection of these interests, as her son Owen, 19, was diagnosed with autism before the age of three.

He has been living at the Anderson campus for the last six years, but through public school has been attending classes on campus for 12. Growing up, he has benefited from both Anderson’s care and his mother’s knowledge of the local Rhinebeck community. Through the programs which teach life and vocational skills, from personal hygiene to communication, Kruger has been able to stay close to her son even as he spends most of his nights at Anderson.

“He needed a team,” says Kruger, who says she communicates with her son even though he is considered “nonverbal” because he can’t form a complete sentence, though he often speaks and expresses himself through software on a tablet.

While Anderson takes its students on trips to Poughkeepsie, Albany, or New York City, recently going to see “Aladdin” on Broadway, one of the Kruger's favorite local spots is Village Pizza on East Market Street, itself an Autism Supportive Community business. “It’s pizza and ice cream,” says Kruger. “What’s not to love?”

Volume of Wisdom

Rhinebeck’s many businesses are constantly changing with the direction of the community. Prominently, the much-loved A. L. Stickle variety store closed its doors after 76 years last May. But an existing local business quickly moved in to replace it—Upstate Down, a real estate and design firm that also sells art, furniture, and household goods.

Opening its doors in March, the owners are renting the space from the Stickle family and are interested in maintaining the history of the space as they leave their own mark on it. “Reinventing a space is what I love to do,” says Delyse Berry, who co-owns Upstate Down with her husband Jon, but she says she wants to “make sure we’re honoring the history of the space as much as we can.”

Rhinebeck Mercantile co-owner Lorrie Kruger with her son Owen at the Anderson Center for Autism, which is celebrating its centennial this year

On May 1, the Rhinebeck Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Taste of Rhinebeck event, with restaurants, spirit shops, and specialty food retailers setting up shop around the village. From top: Serving tasty bites on the porch at Market St, Duo Andalucia performing on Montgomery Street, The Grove Restaurant & Bar serving hibiscus margaritas.

The real test of a community is not just what it sells, but what it talks about. Radio Free Rhinecliff, an online radio station and podcast platform which broadcasts in the hamlet of Rhinecliff, has been programming with the local audience in mind since its inception three years ago.

Jennifer Ciotta, the host of “The Rhinebeck Scoop,” regularly experiences how the local community both comes together and bickers. Her biweekly show mixes up news, social commentary, and local gossip as Ciotta dives into topics as varied as affordable housing and “how to get laid.”

“You want to poke at things and have fun, but you don’t want to go too far,” says Ciotta, a novelist who hosts two of her own podcasts outside of Radio Free Rhinecliff. She says her most controversial discussion on the show wasn’t about politics—though she avoids directly discussing local elections—it was about which grocery store is the best in the area.

“You’re walking this fine line,” says Ciotta, who shops at Tops, Whole Foods, and Sunflower Market, along with farmstands like Hearty Roots and Migliorelli. “You have to pick and choose your battles wisely.”

But even that controversy comes from shared experience, the core characteristic of village life, says Matty Rosenberg, a founder of Radio Free Rhinecliff who cohosts the show with Ciotta. “When I go to the farmers’ market and talk to people,” he says, “they can tell me ‘I loved so and so on the show.’ This brings the people in town together.”

That shared experience relies on the people, and as all of these transitions and complicated changes take place in the community, officials, residents, and business owners repeatedly stressed the quality of expertise committed to creating a prosperous future.

Johnston and Slaby both say they benefited from the community’s knowledge firsthand as they reached out to every corner of the village, soliciting opinions to inform the comprehensive plan. “The volume of wisdom that was made more available to me was incredible,” says Johnston. “There’s an incredible amount of expertise that’s available here in the village.”

It will take continued effort for the village to adapt to the long-term struggles identified in the comprehensive plan— from the housing crisis to climate change—but many community members echoed a desire to face the challenges together. They might not agree on where to shop, but many are ready to compromise to make Rhinebeck a place to get things done.

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It rained steadily for the entirety of opening day at the Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market on May 5, where we held our latest community pop-up shoot. If folks look a little damp in the photos, that’s why. Despite the bad weather, Rhinebeckers showed up in numbers for their close-ups. Thanks to market managers Andrea Bartolomeo, Michael Rosario, and Misty Rosario for hosting us. The Bread Alone coffee helped stave off the chill, and the falafel sandwiches from Aba’s were as delicious as ever.

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Georgia Dent, Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market board member.
Top row: Andrew Caplan, ARponcho, with Linda Caplan; Anne Moffat, editor, with Charlie Moffat; Asher Papeika, Ardith Mae Farmstead Goat Cheese; Gabriella Ostrom and Seeyin Layode, CIA students. Middle row: Chantal Collins, fifth-grade teacher; Claudia Cooley, Enjoy Rhinebeck; Dana Boisson, the Brooklyn Milliner Hat Shop owner; DeDe Leiber, Upstate Films cofounder. Bottom row: Gabrielle Langlois, community development health promotion; Ed Bergstraesser, consultant; Frank Gaglio, Antiques at Rhinebeck show manager; Carli Fraccarolli, Scenic Hudson.
Top row: Mindy Nowik, finance manager; Norm Magnusson, artist and performer; Olivia Redfield, real estate salesperson for Rouse + Co.; Philippe Denham, documentary filmmaker. Middle row: Rory Chase, Chaseholm Farm Creamery; Todd Young, Living Edge Designs; Sara Capozzoli, nonprofit fundraiser, Scott McGuire, carpenter, and Cassidy McGuire; Mindy Fradkin, aka Princess Wow, performer and hat designer; Bottom row: Jeffrey Scales, Riverkeeper Advisory Board chair; Steve Miller, commercial director, Martin Kemp, Morton Library president, and Leslie Hill, realtor and photographer; Franc Palaia, artist and muralist.
Top row: Gary Bassett, Village of Rhinebeck mayor, with Brenda Bassett; Jaki Levy, digital media professor, with Rosa Levy; Jeff Perry, Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market; Lois DiDonna, Allure Salon owner. Middle row: Jennifer and Bob Dubraski; Joanna Hess, Art Studio Views and Albert Shahinian, Albert Shahinian Fine Art; Kailey Morrissey, manager at Tousey Winery; Lauren Rose, Bard College professor. Bottom row: Jeff McCord, Jeffrey McCord, Martha Toumey, Spencer McCord; Matthew Rosenberg, Radio Free Rhinecliff program director; Michael and Misty Rosario, Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market managers.
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Disposable Future


Mass MoCA is an excellent venue for artists to engage in world building. Robin Frohardt’s “The Plastic Bag Store,” tucked away in the recesses of Building 1, is no exception. Resembling more of a bodega than a grocery store (or art gallery), this faux-mart doesn’t actually sell anything. Instead, visitors will find fruits and vegetables, baguettes, cupcakes, sausage links, deli meat, junk food, flowers, cereal, soda—even cigarettes and magazines—made from or containing plastic trash. The objects, which visitors are encouraged to touch, aren’t breathtakingly transformative. Instead, many dry goods house single-use plastic garbage inside sleek and seemingly new packaging.

I should clarify: Visitors are ticket holders. After 10 minutes of browsing the store’s inventory, a pleasant intercom voice announces the start of the performance and apron-wearing museum staff roll away shelves and Gaylord boxes, unfold the produce display, and transform the store into a theater.

What follows is a one-hour immersive and singular theatrical experience involving film, puppetry, and live performance. A film plays first. Act One introduces us to Thaddeaus, an ancient European who invents a “single-use disposable vase” that contains “Knowledge Water,” meant to be thrown away once consumed.

“What is ‘away’?” asks his mother. “Where’s that?”

“I dunno—somewhere outside of town,”

Thaddeaus replies.

Set in modern times, Act Two follows a character named Helen, a janitor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she collects various pieces of plastic detritus she encounters throughout the day—a water bottle, a cup lid with straw, and a six-pack ring. Once home, and after learning from a television program that plastics live forever, she pens a tender and, at times, wry letter to “Far-Off Future Person.” The letter becomes a message in a bottle, found by said Far-Off Future Person in Act Three.

Frohardt’s storytelling, puppet design, and intricate sets—coupled with moving puppetry performances, a mesmerizing score by Freddi Price, and skillful photography and sound design by Robert Kolodny and Chad Raines—elevate the film from dramatized advocacy to a poetic fable.

The show is also chock full of brand symbolism, tongue-in-cheek references to consumer culture, and other jabs at American capitalism. “I’m more interested in calling out the corporations that are creating the problem,” says Frohardt. “I don’t want to shame people…but we definitely can’t recycle our way out of this.”

The exhibition’s activity guide spells out the problem in no uncertain terms: “Imagining a world without plastics is nearly impossible [but] plastic doesn’t decompose; it only breaks down into microplastics which have been found in the water we drink, the food we eat, the air we breathe, the soil below us, and even inside

of our bodies.” The guide offers information, poses questions, makes suggestions, and presents challenges, such as inventorying a week’s waste, avoiding plastic-wrapped consumables, and finding alternatives to single-use plastic products. Start with a small change to begin with, it says, and then challenge yourself more over time.

But we have been at this for a long time, haven’t we? We watched An Inconvenient Truth, former Vice President Al Gore’s Academy Awardwinning 2006 climate change documentary. The 2015 video of a plastic straw being removed from the nostril of a sea turtle has been viewed over 86 million times on YouTube. We bring our fabric bags to the supermarket, purchase reusable coffee filters for our Keurig machines, religiously refill our BPA-free Nalgene water bottles and stainlesssteel Stanley tumblers, and buy expensive bamboo cutlery for our Fourth of July picnics.

What else can we do? Frohardt doesn’t have any answers. But her message lingers, but not because of the punny products or the bag-themed playlist. The film in particular is a gentle, touching, sincere reminder of what is happening to the Earth, and asks us to, at the very least, acknowledge it.

“I wish I could do more,” writes Helen. “But I am but a humble custodian.”

“The Plastic Bag Store” is presented in association with Williamstown Theatre Festival and is on view through September 2. Reservations required.

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Robin Frohardt with items from “The Plastic Bag Store,” her installation at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams All This Time

(Royal Potato Family Records)

As a wannabe multi-instrumentalist, even thinking about Larry Campbell makes my head hurt. The word monster comes to mind. He’s just that good. In league with his wife, terrific singer-guitarist and musical theater star Teresa Williams, Campbell’s many strengths come to the fore. The couple’s latest release, All This Time—their fourth—is a strutting Americana exercise, which, like their departed pal Levon Helm’s work, at once defines the genre and explodes it. R&B and country merge effortlessly here in numbers like “Ride with Me,” “I Think About You,” and the chiming-but-tough title track, all of them with deep, sultry grooves decorated not only by matrimonial harmonies but by Campbell’s seemingly effortless electric guitar work.(It doesn’t hurt that some of his time was spent by Bob Dylan’s side.)

Campbell, who produced the album, also plays mandolin, acoustic guitar, steel guitar, and bass here. And Mr. Helm’s drums are heard on “That’s All It Took”—yes, the George Jones/Gene Pitney single covered by Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris—which also features lovely Nashville piano from Little Feat keysman Billy Payne. Keyboardist Brian Mitchell, bassist Brandon Morrison, and drummer/recording engineer Justin Guip complete the band. Other key tracks include covers of Julie Miller’s plainspoken “I Love You” (replete with a dazzling Campbell solo) and Jesse Colin Young’s, stately, album-closing “The Pretty and The Fair,” which is drenched in duet vocals and gorgeous pedal steel washes.


Kristin Hoffmann RainShine (Independent)

Cushioned by sparse piano, blankety percussion, cinematic strings, and soaring vocals, Kristin Hoffman’s RainShine is at first calming, although listeners beckoned deeper into the album will find that it is in fact a work of searing intensity. In RainShine, the Juilliardtrained, New Paltz-based singer creates textural tracks that reward patient, eyes-closed listening, ultimately creating a soundtrack for some of our most mindexpanding endeavors—they strive for self-understanding and the exploration of our interconnectedness. Swirling and suspenseful, Hoffman masterfully dials dynamics to create enveloping swells that creep up on the listener, such as on the title track, making the entries of Hoffman’s operatic voice immediately arresting. “Release Me, Reveal Me” is the most anthemic of the album, hinting at Hoffmann’s seasoned abilities as she develops a gentle motif into a fiery soundscape over eight minutes. A subtle stamp throughout the album, the tracks are allowed to build, breathe, and burn out without rush or stubborn objective.

Stephen Bluhm Out of the Nowhere. Into the Here. (Independent)

Listening to the new album from Stephen Bluhm is a little like stumbling into the parlor of some early 20thcentury Hudson Valley mansion, where a well-mannered young man is seated at the piano and earnestly entertaining assembled guests with his elegantly enunciated yet subtly whimsical song stylings. The Greene County-based Bluhm’s self-titled 2017 debut was a more synthoriented affair, but the intimate, intricate chamber pop of his sophomore effort utilizes strings, brass, and woodwinds—many of them played here by members of the Bard Conservatory Orchestra and The Orchestra Now—to give songs like “The Moon and the Twelve Tones” and “Easter” a genuinely timeless feel. The album’s lovely arrangements, which often recall John Cale’s Paris 1919 or Nick Drake’s Bryter Later, can be heard in even greater detail on the CD’s second disc, which features instrumental versions of all 10 of its tracks with the vocal melodies performed by violin, clarinet, oboe, and hecklephone

SOUND CHECK | Dan Barton

Each month here we visit with a member of the community to find out what music they’ve been digging.

I was very late to jump on the vinyl revival bandwagon, so much of my listening of late has been through the wonderfully dusty and beautifully crackly analog lens of LP records. Besides giving me something to do in antique marts, it’s led to my fuller knowing of old favorites, like the Stones’ Exile on Main Street, Steely Dan’s The Royal Scam, and Cocteau Twins’ Treasure, as well as discoveries I wouldn’t have made otherwise. (It’s also given me a new hobby with a near-infinite potential for spending money, but you knew that already.) I have dug Kate Bush’s The Dreaming since I was a kid, but listening to it on vinyl was a revelation. You really need to give it your full attention and follow along with the lyric

sheet for maximum effect. Trust me—it’s very much worth it.

Hip-Hop, too: The vinyl versions of Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and the Fugees’ The Score are sonically far better than their CD or streaming versions. Another “Eureka at 33 1/3” moment: Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s Welcome to the Pleasuredome was the best prog album of the 1980s. Other recent listens include Talib Kweli and Madlib’s Liberation 2, R.E.M.’s Chronic Town, YouTube DJ sets from Avalon Emerson and DJ Pennywild, early Count Basie, and yacht rock, both classic and modern. After binging old “Beavis and Butt-Head” episodes, my own personal grunge revival is underway. Call me the “Dan in the box…”

Dan Barton is the managing editor of Kingston Wire.


How to Be Old

Lyn Slater PLUME, 2024, $28

Peekskill resident Lyn Slater, a lifelong professor and social worker, sparked a new era for herself at 61 when she started a blog, “Accidental Icon,” wanting to express a side of herself that academia wasn’t ready for: Namely, that women need not become invisible as they age and youth is not the only time to experiment and reinvent. Today she’s got 750,000 Instagram followers of all ages. They and many more besides will appreciate her frank discussion of accepting the inevitable while doing whatever you want about everything else.

The Rich People Have Gone Away

Regina Porter


Set against the backdrop of a couple locked down in a Catskills cabin during the pandemic, award-winning playwright and novelist Porter sends her Park Slope refugees, Theo and Darla, hiking on the Devil’s Path, where an intense confession and Darla’s ensuing disappearance upend the lives of their entire, wildly diverse circle. Through the lens of the mystery, as Porter’s story casts clear, vivid light on community, privilege, love, loss and the human dilemma—don’t expect to put this one down ’til you’re done.

Muse of Fire

Michael Korda


World War I cast its deadly net far and wide, catching up four million men in the US Army alone. Among them were the poets and thinkers of the time, whose service resulted in insightful, vivid and brutal works that sparked fresh, tragic understanding. Pleasant Valley farmstead resident Korda, former editor in chief at Simon & Schuster and author of a long list of bestsellers, weaves their lives and work and his own family’s history into a rich tapestry of anguish, insight, and history as it’s seldom seen.

Close Your Eyes: Visions

Michael Ruby STATION HILL PRESS, 2024, $18.95

Blending the literary identities of Wall Street Journal editor and surrealist poet may sound like a bit of a surreal life path in itself, but Ruby—a long-time Brooklynite who now resides in the tiny Columbia County town of Gallatin—is nothing if not a master of contrast. This collection of lyrical poetry explores how what we can see with our eyes closed leverages the mundane and physical as a bridge to the timeless and immeasurable, crafting a journey that grabs you in the gut over and over.

Murder On Demand

Al Roker and Matt Costello BLACKSTONE, 2024, $27.99

Beloved NBC weathercaster Al Roker’s Billy Blessing novels, centered on a morning show chef who’s always encountering a murder to solve, have hit both the New York Times bestseller list and the Hallmark Channel. Roker’s got an engaging insider’s take on TV and culture, and in this outing, he’s teamed up with Cold Spring resident and award-winning novelist Matt Costello to put his protagonist out of a job (thanks, streaming services!) and out on the Island, where twisted intrigue and hilarity set in to upend his plans for a low-key life.

—Anne Pyburn Craig

Getting to Know Death

Let’s face it: Most of us actively avoid confronting mortality until it looms so large that we simply can’t avoid it. In Getting to Know Death—A Meditation, celebrated Woodstock author Gail Godwin recounts falling in her garden at 85 years old while attempting to water a newly planted dogwood tree, and fracturing her neck (the C2 bone, or the colorfully nicknamed “hangman’s break”). The book recounts, in lucid prose, her moment-to-moment decisions after the fall— calculating the distance needed to reach the house after finding herself on the ground, baking in the sun, head and neck twisted to the left, blood dripping. She butt-walks to the steps, managing to reach the phone and dial 911.

As it turns out, there are too many potential complications to first consider operating, so Godwin wears a hard collar for a spell, and is admitted into a rehab/nursing facility. Such an experience can summon dread—a cold, sterile environment; sharing a room with a stranger in decline; being tended to by heartless functionaries—but Godwin finds some light. She befriends her roommate, Agnes, and softens to the rule-bound attendant. She also finds a caregiver, Rusa, who becomes a happy part of her ensuing life. She returns home, but after six months another scan reveals the unwanted news that the break has widened and surgery is required.

Godwin enriches a medical/aging procedural by weaving in the stories of key relationships in her life, brushes with mortality, and pressing sociopolitical topics. As a child, her friend Pat was brave enough to drink from a water fountain labeled “BLACK,” disproving a widespread myth that your skin would turn black after doing so. The water fountain locale: Pack Square in Asheville, North Carolina, is where the Vance monument was situated—a memorial to a three-time Civil War governor and a slave owner. The monument was removed in the wake of Black Lives Matter, but it may yet be restored. (See recent news about the restoration of Confederate names to two Virginia schools.)

Death has played a prominent, ominous role in her life—her father and brother committed suicide. Raised by her mother and stepfather, Godwin had seen her father twice before inviting him to her high school graduation; he then invited her to spend time at the beach with him and his new wife. He rustles up a scrap of paper with the doctor’s diagnosis of his ailment to show his daughter: “Psychoneurotic, with compulsion to drink.”

The day after celebrating their mother’s birthday, her brother shot his girlfriend and himself after a fight in her car, where a gun lay in the glovebox for protection. Godwin links their death to the NRA (to which her brother belonged), which pushed for ease of arms access, positing that if no gun had been present, they would not have died.

Godwin weaves in quotes and concepts from other writers such as Kevin Powers, E. E. Cummings, Henry James, and Samuel Beckett, whose terseness inspires her. She also includes a poem by her friend Pat with this stanza: “How to climb down / Into my death.” It’s about ascending and descending a high dive platform via a ladder as a youngster, then the Eiffel Tower at an advanced age and finally asking for help.

The final page tells of the felling of the dogwood tree that caused her to break her neck. Godwin’s volume proves the lasting power of the writer, deploying her skill as a weapon, even while staring down death.

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The Holes of Notebooks

One, two, three, the clock ticks

I’m sitting at my desk taking notes in my blue notebook

Four, five, six, the student taps his pen repeatedly against his desk, Seven, eight, the door shuts, making a clicking noise

Nine, a piercing noise echoes through the halls, The booming sound continues, shouting in the distance I freeze, putting my pen down beside my notebook

Ten, I gaze around the classroom to see my classmates, The color draining slowly from their faces, eyes wide in realization, The clock continues to tick, eleven, twelve I hoped for time to freeze, and correct itself, it doesn’t

Time is continuous, the blaring sounds down the hall approaching Thirteen, the clock ticks

I retrace my morning

I ate a bowl of cereal only two hours ago I said bye to my mom only two hours ago

Fourteen, I sit under a desk, once used for class

Now, my shelter of survival

The clock ticked again, and the darkness of the room engulfs the faces of my peers

The clock ticks again, Fifteen, I am only Fifteen years old Sixteen, our backpacks have become shields

Seventeen, I touch the now-dampened sleeves of my hoodie, I brush my tear-stained cheeks, each tear, reminding me of reality


When is it enough?

How many lives have to be taken, How many have to be injured, How many parents have to come home to an empty house

To realize that notebooks should only have three holes

—Lily Reynolds (16 years)

Hold On

It’s 9:45 / at night / phone rings / I’m reading in bed / his dad answers / friend calling / from the E.R. / he’s going into surgery / and wants you to know / he loves you / jarred into flight mode I grab a canvas bag / robotically drop in / two pairs of underwear / an extra t-shirt all my medication / clear the nightstand / of reading glasses / ear plugs unfinished / journals and books / ready for a / numb to the bone 150-minute trip / to the next state / hold on son we are on / our way

—Laura Daniels

Three Haiku garden pinwheels spinning in the breeze jealous sunflowers

summer storm

lightning flashed back to my childhood

wisdom offered sweet is advice rarely taken fortune cookie

—John Kiersten


So much depends on the yearly growth of green— the rise of the moon, the mess contained in a garden’s noon. Spring is a map of the human mind, too sweet to be seen.

—India Braine

what sleeps so soundly in democracy’s bell jar still awaits a kiss

—Jennifer Howse

Last Request

A boulder beckons.

How can I refuse this proffered seat

Amidst a shady hemlock grove?

In front of me, a sylvan glade

Of velvet, verdant ferns, A mossy bed of softest hues; The moss bed cushion bids me, too.

Please, when I am old and frail, Bed-confined, or of questionable mind, Please do this for me:

Paint a forest on my walls

Of dappled leaves with muted light And fill my room with forest calls; A gentle hush of wind, a bubbling, chucking creek.

A veery trill, an oriole, Black-capped chickadee’s

Cheerful, captivating call

A soaring hawk, an evening owl, An eagle’s lonely, eerie trall.

And, if I am as crazy as a loon, then Give me loons as well.

Paint a lake into the scene and let me hear

Their hollow, plaintive cries that bring to mind

The lovely, melancholy days Of trees and birds and love And almost love…

And this, the most important, most of all: I need at dawn and dusk a hermit thrush— Its fluting, pulling, soulful song…

If I can look ahead to numbered days, Not moribund, but forest-bound, Then I will gladly take that proffered seat And live my final years or days

In grateful, blissful, natural peace.

—Margaret DiBenedetto

Oh Happy Day

I wake up with a song in my heart

And a light in my head

When the song moves to my head

At least I can shine a light on it

And ask it to leave.

—Richard Shea Sleuth

When Sherlock was my lover his long lanky body smelling of cherry tobacco wrapped me with dark heat.

His lips tasting of red wine made husky promises to love me while he discovered my mysteries. I would have expected nothing less.

—Susan Liev Taylor

62 POETRY CHRONOGRAM 6/24 poetry EDITED BY Phillip X Levine

The poems we love six months in Endless variations on the fertile theme of navel gazing.


Poems about genocide —and hypocrisy.


Bags of flour for the famine-stricken soaked in the blood of children.

You can’t sell designer real estate ads with that.

The broken time piece... ticks on.

Beautifully consistent.

Post-it on editor’s desk:

“Put a BIPOC on the June cover to show our solidarity with the downtrodden”

—Ken McCarthy

Riding Trains

Some of the most profound reflection has come from riding trains

A liminal space

I’ve been riding a particular line for so many years now Try it sometime

—Brian Gallio

Making an Altar

I watched my judgements to see where they land and became eaten alive.

Flowers and sweets do not adorn this altar, only confusions and pains, empty cups for losses to come, the agents of my humbling, the seeds of awakening.

Baby Lady

It’s odd

I wake like a baby lately helpless and befuddled waiting for someone to pick me up and turn me in the direction I belong hold me and provide what is good for me, lest I let myself dissolve like piss into cloth I am soft like a baby but gangly stretched by thirty years the pull of lovers, the yank of knowledge how it drags the limbs out and bends them, the vessel growing larger in an attempt to contain all which passes through it’s crowded in there if I’m being honest too crowded oh, so this is the difference darling baby cannot move for it knows not yet where to go lanky lady lies still for she knows all the places she could

Molting Season

Suddenly I am shedding objects like a molting tanager or grackle. Yesterday my mobile phone drove home with a friend after our lunch date. Day before my fitness tracker departed for places unknown. One brown leather glove sits alone in my bag, its mate abandoned roadside or downed on some restaurant floor. Of course I know the difference. Bird molts are timed to restore, repair wings, ready them once more for mating dances, fancy flights, nest design, pastimes that entrance others—younger, heady with raw desire, stamina. I wonder if leaving things behind is a last stand. A plea—remember me, like that bygone Kilroy wall scrawl. What I really want to do is shed meaningful words onto a page. Not scattered riffs or easily erased random rhymes but a more enduring chronicle of my migration. Most birds molt to stay vibrant, aloft, worthy of awe. Their feathers do not vanish all at once. Instead, they drift softly toward ground— wing shadows, an off-kilter haiku.

Everyday Issues

Dog I thought barking was not but a machine catches grinding burps barks this happens when neighbor knocks on her window I think signaling help follow this like a film noir unfolds its tale: dog, machine, lady linked bizarre story so dog did not bark machine was grinding it up burping sausages in neighbor’s kitchen and she wasn’t banging on window for my assistance (she’s always hated that dog, and me) now startled falling backward down outside cellar steps… solution of conundrum.


Ancient Agora

Block upon block Stone upon stone Piled high in holy adoration.

Paths worn smooth over centuries of pilgrimage. Philosophy debated, votes cast.

Long ago democracy born on this sacred ground. Monuments paralyzed in pose remind us of a glorious legacy. We must choose to recall what these men long dead have said. Block upon block Stone upon stone Piled high in holy adoration

—Warren Mumford

Love Is Not Small

love is not small— love is grandest— the very grandest of it all

* so when you tell me there ain’t enough room it’s just that in you love has yet to bloom

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—Christopher Porpora

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“2024 Visual Arts Exhibition”

Kaatsbaan Cultural Park

June 1-September 30

This year’s annual summer exhibition at the Tivoli arts space is curated by Hilary Greene and features eight regional artists—Emil Alzamora, Sequoyah Aono, Arthur Gibbons, Kenichi Hiratsuka, Ashley Lyon, Ian McMahon, Mollie McKinley, and John Sanders—whose work will be displayed in the lobby of the Kaatsbaan Studio Complex and across the 150-acre campus. The show includes a couple of Chronogram favorites, sculptors Emil Alzamora and Ashley Lyon, who both work with the human body but create vastly different pieces, Alzamora’s sensual and sleek, Lyon’s a report from the realm of motherhood. One installation not to be missed is Arthur Gibbons’s whimsical Kaatsbaalloon (pictured), a giant yellow inflatable wedged between three wooden pillars, seemingly by an oversized infant who didn’t want to lose his favorite toy. —BKM


No doubt about it: The Hudson Valley is undergoing a quantum cultural renaissance. Recent months have brought us steady word of one dramatic and welcome new enhancement to the arts scene after another—Dayglo Presents’ takeover of the Bearsville Theater’s programming; Art Omi’s groundbreaking in May for its 200-acre Pavilions satellite site; the announcement of plans for the Campus, a new multi-dealer art space in a former school just outside of Hudson—with much more on the horizon.

And now, here, just as we do every June, we’ve once again lovingly assembled a bespoke roundup of what we feel is the absolute creme de la creme of what’s on offer in the area in the way of exceptional, not-to-be-missed creative happenings for the summer season. In addition to tagging

some reliable, recurring favorites (Opus 40’s outdoor concert series, Jacob’s Pillow’s nine-week international dance explosion, the Berkshires’ iconic Tanglewood), we’ve also highlighted a whole stack of intriguing one-off offerings (the Norman Rockwell Museum’s MAD magazine exhibit, Elevator Repair Service’s “Ulysses” at Bard SummerScape, Kim Gordon at Basilica Hudson). Whether you’re in search of visual art, opera, dance, theatrical productions, music festivals of all styles, or stand-alone concerts, it’s all happening right here, in exactly the kind of glorious weather that you’ve been looking forward to all winter.

So go ahead, then, dig into Chronogram’s annual Summer Arts Preview and get ready for a full calendar of entertainment, inspiration, camaraderie—and fun. Hope to see you out there.

—Peter Aaron


Morisette plays Bethel Woods with Joan Jett on July 5, and the Sun Ra Arkestra performs at Opus 40 July 5-6.

Bethel Woods

June 7-September 13

The site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival shines with Warren Haynes (June 7), John Fogerty (June 14), Roger Daltrey (June 16), Hootie and the Blowfish (June 27), James Taylor (June 28), Alanis Morrisette and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (July 5); Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, and Robert Plant and Allison Krauss (July 6); Jason Mraz (July 12), Santana and Counting Crows (July 18), Daryl Hall and Elvis Costello (July 20), Pat Benatar (July 21), Train and REO Speedwagon (July 24), Hank Williams Jr. (July 25), Limp Bizkit (July 26), Phish (August 9-11), Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top (August 16), Melissa Etheridge and the Indigo Girls (August 21), Tedeschi Trucks Band (August 25), Deep Purple (September 6), Megadeth (September 13), and more.

Arrowood Farms

June 15-September 22

Raise a glass: Arrowood Farms brewery and distillery serves up a tasty musical crop once again. The season starts with the Wood Brothers (June 15) and from there it’s the Follow the Arrow Festival, featuring curator Marco Benevento with Phish’s Mike Gordon as well as Os Mutantes, W.I.T.C.H., the Ghost Funk Orchestra, and others (June 29); Los Lobos with Joan Osbourne (July 12); Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams’s July Jam with Hot Tuna, Jackie Green, the Secret Sisters, Connor Kennedy, and more (July 20); Waxahatchie (August 31); and the Woodsist Festival with Yo La Tengo, Real Estate, and others (September 21-22).

Mass MoCA

June 28-September 22

The Western Massachusetts multi-arts destination boasts Wilco’s returning Solid Sound festival, featuring the curators themselves along with Jason Isbell, Horse Lords, Dry Cleaning, Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets, Soul Glo, Ratboys, Etran De L’Air, the Young Fresh Fellows, Iris Dement, Mary Halvorson, and more (June 28-30). Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 stir it up (July 12); Roomful of Teeth sing gloriously (August 24); and the FreshGrass festival has Shakey Graves, Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway, The Devil Makes Three, Drive-By Truckers, Bela Fleck, Edmar Castaneda, Antonio Sanchez Trio, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and more (September 20-22).

Opus 40

Through October 5

With many of its shows once again being organized under the Chosen Family Presents logo, the breadth of the seasonal live music bookings at the landmark sculpture park continues to astound. The up-andrunning roster includes Dry Cleaning with Rider/ Horse (June 27); Son Rompe Pera (June 30); two nights with the Sun Ra Arkestra (July 5 and 6); Arooj Aftab (July 25); the Euphonia! Mini-Brass Fest (July 27); Mokoomba (August 2); Beings (August 8); Junior Toots (September 7); and Beverly Glen Copeland (October 5). Movies, nature walks, and other attractions—along with much more live music—with more to be found on the schedule as well.


September 5-8

Founded in 2015 with a mission that “preserves roots music and traditional folkways through artist and audience participation, connecting neighbors, bridging cultures, and sharing insight and wisdom across generations,” roots music festival Oldtone returns with the Foghorn Stringband, Los Texmaniacs, Kiki Cavazos, Sweet Megg, the Deslondes, Jesse Lege and Bayou Brew, Dawn Paisley and Southern Grass, JP Harris, Dumpster Debbie, Jourdan Thibodeaux/ Joel Savoy/Cedric Watson, the Downhill Strugglers, Will Mentor, Ranse Chase, Zach Bryson, Krissie and the Kranks, the Chatanooga Dogs, Maura Gahan, Moonshine Holler, Slinky Armadillo, and a whole mess more.

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

July 17-21 at Walsh Farm in Oak Hill

Every July, thousands of bluegrass music lovers flock to the grassy expanses of Walsh Farm in Greene County for four days of world-class music, camping, jams, and lessons. The convivial, family-friendly event features four stages and dozens of top acts. This year, the festival is hosted by Dry Branch Fire Squad—a throwback to the first ever Grey Fox in 1984. This year’s artist in residence is the female-led, Grey Fox favorites Della Mae. Other top headliners include the ever-vital 85-year-old Del McCoury, the Steeldrivers, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Earl Scruggs tribute band Tony Trischka’s Earljam. —Peter Aaron and Marie Doyon

The Dan Tyminski Band, Grey Fox High Meadow Stage, 2023. Photo by Dave Weiland Opposite from top: Freshgrass returns to Mass MoCA September 20-23, Alanis


Five Concerts Not to Miss in June

Michael Franti and Spearhead

June 20

Hutton Brickyards in Kingston

The jam-friendly, socially conscious singer-songwriter and his band hit Kingston for this open-air, riverside performance.

Stephen Marley opens.

Alan Cumming

June 21

Paramount Hudson Valley Theater in Peekskill

Pianist Henry Koperski accompanies the acclaimed Scottish stage and screen actor for “Alan Cumming: Uncut,” an intimate evening of riveting and revelatory cabaret.

Fleet Foxes

June 21

UPAC in Kingston

In support of their newly released album Live on Boston Harbor, the influential Seattle indie folk band makes this long-awaited visit to the region.

Ben Folds

June 28

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington

Flying high on his tellingly named “Paper Airplane Request Tour,” the piano-based indie songster and podcaster lands for a night in the Berkshires.

Monet X Change

June 28-29

Bard College Spiegeltent in Annadale-on-Hudson

A drag star known for her memorable turns on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” the exuberant diva here makes her debut under the Spiegeltent big top with her autobiographical show, “Life Be Lifin’.”

Fleet Foxes play UPAC in Kingston June 21

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Bayou Ramblers

Perhaps no figure embodies the cooler edge of the postpunk epoch than musician, singer, songwriter, and producer Kim Gordon, a founding member of Sonic Youth, participant in numerous other musical projects, and vital solo artist. It’s in the latter capacity that Gordon, who has been cited as an influence by creatives ranging from Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna to filmmaker Sofia Coppola, will perform at Basilica Hudson on June 12 with her band in support of her newly released second solo album, The Collective Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 day of show.

“It’s very hard to make [the music] sound just like the record, but that’s not really the intention anyway,” says Gordon via Zoom about playing the songs from The Collective, which she and producer Justin Raisen (John Cale, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) created electronically, with her band in a live setting. “Some things get filtered out, and we make up new parts. There’s a lot of rehearsing. It can be a puzzle—a collage.”

The visual-art analogy is apt for Gordon, who attended Otis College of Art and Design in her native Los Angeles and had intended to go into that medium

before moving to New York in 1980. The following year, she played in the short-lived trio CKM before picking up a bass and forming Sonic Youth with guitarist and singer Lee Renaldo and her eventual husband, guitarist and singer Thurston Moore (the couple separated in 2011).

With a succession of drummers that culminated with Steve Shelley, the group’s longest-serving percussionist, Sonic Youth became the era’s defining noise rock band. Shattering and redrawing the parameters of guitarbased rock ’n’ roll with their fearlessly experimental approach, the quartet (later a quintet) helped immensely to introduce avant-garde styles from the punk underground into the broader culture, both directly and by way of the acts that they inspired, such as Nirvana, the Flaming Lips, Pavement, and Hole. The group’s 15th and final studio album, The Eternal, appeared in 2009.

With a distinct vocal style that glides between hushed, sexy menace and cathartic wailing, Gordon was a formidable force within and alongside Sonic Youth throughout their 30-year run, and has continued to be one since that band’s dissolution. She oversees X-Girl, the clothing line she co-launched in 1994;


Queen of Noise


June 12, 7pm at Basilica Hudson

has acted in films (2005’s Last Days, 2007’s I’m Not There) and TV shows (“Portlandia,” “Animals”); and has reconnected strongly with her visual-art roots through solo exhibitions at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and, currently, L.A.’s O-Town House. Her 2015 memoir, Girl in a Band, was a bestseller, while Keller, about her late brother, Keller Reed Gordon, was published last month.

On the musical front, Gordon has been most active recently in the guitar-duo format, performing and recording with Bill Nace in Body/Head and with Alex Knost in Glitterbust. Her solo debut, 2019’s No Home Record, was highly praised for its claustrophobic mix of dub-beat punk electronica and guitar noise. The Collective, which was partially inspired by Jennifer Egan’s 2022 novel The Candy House and revolves around trap and trip-hop beats, is markedly different than its predecessor. Why the change?

“I don’t want to just repeat things,” says Gordon. “But I hope people who hear what I do find something they can identify with. Music creates its own environment.”

—Peter Aaron

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Jon Batiste performs his distinctive blend of jazz, classical, and pop at Tanglewood on June 28. Alexander Platt conducting the Maverick Chamber Orchestra inside the historic Maverick Concert Hall Photo by Angela P.Schapiro Maria Loudenitch brings her violin to Tannery Pond Concerts at the Darrow School on July 6.


Tannery Pond Concerts

June 1-September 7

A treasured part of the regional summer festival panorama for over 30 years, this five-date chamber music offering is presented annually by the Capital Region Classical organization at the rustic and historic Shaker Tannery barn at the Darrow School in New Lebanon. The Saturday series includes intimate concerts by cellist Peter Stumpf and pianist Xiahou Yang (June 1), flutist Brandon Patrick George (June 22), violinist Maria Loudenitch (July 6), the Terra Quartet (August 31) and the Israeli Chamber Project (September 7).


June 9-August 16

The Westchester series revs up with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (June 22), Roomful of Teeth (June 28), Madison Cunningham, Lizzie No, Fantastic Cat, Solomon Hicks, and others (June 29), the Knights and Aaron Diehl performing Mary Lou Williams’s “Zodiac Suite” (June 30), the Lost Bayou Ramblers (July 12), the Orchestra of St. Luke’s with Milos (July 13), Purcell’s “The Fairy Queen” (July 20), Sandbox Percussion (July 21), “Our Song, Our Story: The New Generation of Black Voices” (July 25), Time for Three (July 26), the Caramoor Jazz Festival (July 27), Rhiannon Giddens (August 3), the Orchestra of St. Luke’s with Jeremy Denk (August 4), Olabelle (August 9), Mokoomba (August 16), and more.


June 20-August 31

The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s (BSO) seasonal home since 1937, Tanglewood brims with pop, rock, folk, and more alongside its core classical fare. This year has Kool and the Gang with En Vogue (June 23), Jon Batiste (June 28), Trey Anastasio with the Boston Pops (June 29), Brandi Carlile (June 30), James Taylor (July 3-4), the BSO with “Broadway Today” (July 6), the BSO with Renee Fleming (July 7), Milos Kardaglic (July 10), the BSO with performing Stravinsky and Rimsky-Korsakov featuring the Boston Ballet (July 12), the Pretenders (July 16), Yuja Wang (July 17), the BSO playing John Williams (August 3), Henry Louis Gates Jr. (August 10), the BSO with Yo-Yo Ma (August 18), Judy Collins, Rufus Wainwright, and the Indigo Girls (August 30), and others.

The Garage at Chatham

June 29-September 21

Now in its fifth season, this salon-style concert series centers on jazz-classicalfusion Third Stream music and takes place in an actual garage and other unique venues around the charming Columbia County town of Chatham. For 2024, the schedule promises the likes of PubliQuartet (June 29), Taka Kigawa (July 13), the Shelly Isaac Ensemble (July 20), Miranda Cuckson (July 27), T. S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” and other poems with music by Thomas Bo and choreography by Nadia Khayralla (August 10), the Kirk Knuffke Trio (August 24), and Jean-Paul Satre’s “No Exit” directed by Carmen Jakobi (September 21).

Maverick Concerts

June 29-September 14

America’s longest-running summer chamber festival has Fred Hirsch (June 29), the Manhattan Chamber Players with David Fung (June 30), the Escher String Quartet (July 7), the Four Nations Ensemble (July 13), 2024 featured composer Viet Cuong with Wyndsync and Blair McMullen (July 14), Simon’s Dream playing the Penguin Cafe Orchestra (July 20), an afternoon presentation by children’s book author Nicholas Day and illustrator Chris Raschka on John Cage’s “4:33,” which premiered at Maverick in 1952 (July 27), the Pacifica Quartet (July 28), the Simon Shaheen Trio (August 3), the Isidore String Quartet (August 18), Margaret Leng Tan (August 24), Jenny Lin (August 30), Bill Charlap (August 31), Happy Traum and Cindy Cashdollar (September 14), and others.

Bard SummerScape/Bard Music Festival

June 20-August 18

Focusing this season on the life, music, and world of French Romantic composer Hector Berlioz (1803-1869), the annual fetival and “festival within a festival” at Bard College includes concerts, opera, theater, dance, comedy, and cabaret. The Bard Music Festival itself is split into two weekends of Berlioz’s music (August 9-11 and August 15-18), while the larger SummerScape calendar has the premiere of Giacamo Meyerbeer’s opera “La Prophete” (July 26-August 4) and the Summer Soiree at nearby Blithewood (August 17). SummerScape in the Spiegeltent includes Monet X Change (June 28-29), Larry Owens (July 5), Ari Shapiro (July 6), Choro das 3 (July 7), Susanne Bartsch (July 12-13), Summertime Swing (July 28), Sierra Hull (August 1), Justin Vivian Bond (August 2-3), Sandra Berhnard (August 9-10), and Nona Hendryx (August 18).

—Peter Aaron







Other Realities

Exploring Proximate Mysticisms

Justin Vivian Bond (Athens, NY)

Jesse Bransford (Catskill, NY)

Lionel Cruet (Harlem, NY)

Paula Hayes (Athens, NY)

Elizabeth Insogna (Brooklyn, NY)

Frederick Gladding Kahl (Brooklyn, NY)

Bill Arning Exhibitions

Lionel Cruet, Sun Simulacrum #3 , 2023. Photographic Print, 30 x 20 in.
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Beacon LitFest

June 7-9

Amitava Kumar will give talks and lead a prose workshop at Beacon LitFest.

Bookish folks, rejoice! Celebrate your cerebral passion and rub elbows with the lovely literary lights of the Hudson Valley June 7-9, when the second annual Beacon Litfest brings three days of readings, performances, and workshops to the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon.

The Litfest got its start in Newburgh “by a combination of happenstance and necessity” says festival founder and co-organizer Hannah Brooks, a retired physician. “I’ve always been a lover of books, and I’ve pursued more creative writing as my medical career was winding down. An award-winning writer, Danielle Trussoni, moved next door to me in Newburgh. We agreed a festival to highlight and expand the literary presence in the area was an essential need. Like any birth, it included a couple of glasses of wine and more love than money.”

That initial Newburgh Litfest was in 2019. Brooks has since moved across the river to Beacon and partnered with creative writing prof and Live Writing founder Ruth Danon and producer/director Shane Killoran, founder of Hit House Creative, to reinvent the party on the eastern shore. Brooks credits Danon with much of the organizing of a lineup of local legends: Pulitzer Prizewinning novelist Jennifer Egan (A Visit From the Goon Squad), accomplished memoirist and novelist Amitava Kumar (My Beloved Life), attorney and multiaward winning author Jode Millman (The Empty Kayak); and acclaimed fiction writer and memoirist Abigail Thomas (Still Life at Eighty). Poets include Edwin Torres, a performance poet and audience favorite; Timothy Liu (Lui Ti Mo), an award-winning poet and editor of An Anthology of Gay American Poetry; Tina Cane, poet, YA author, and past poet laureate of Rhode Island; and a special appearance by David Herskovits, multiple Obie award-winner and founding artistic director of Target Margin Theater in New York City.

The fun starts Friday evening with a party with food, drinks and entertainment from Core Improv and local writers Caroline Eisner, Terry Nelson, Marjorie Lewit, and Magda Schonfeld. The main program the next day will feature readings, interviews, audience Q&A sessions and “a special focus on dramatic adaptations and interpretations of written work” followed by book sales, signings and a cocktail bash. Sunday will feature three workshops: “Imagination Belongs in Memoir, Too,” “Building Blocks in Fiction,” and “Poetry Live Writing.” For dessert, organizers have planned a June 20 “special edition” evening of performance at the Towne Crier Cafe featuring journalist and memoirist Lucy Sante and a dramatic collaboration featuring Killoran and Herskovits. —Anne Pyburn Craig

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Iris DeMent plays Bearsville Theater June 26.

A Bear-y Big Deal


June 1-October 21

In 2019, entrepreneur Lizzie Vann’s acquired the sprawling Bearsville Theater complex and completed a massive renovation of its aging campus. Since that time, the theater and its surrounding facilities, which reopened just before Covid erupted, have been through an epic saga of challenges, presenting live music and other events intermittently while seeking a permanent and capable promoter to book the venue.

In April, it was announced that New York music magnate Peter Shapiro’s Dayglo Presents firm signed a multi-year lease to present shows at the theater. Shapiro, who owns and operates the Brooklyn Bowl franchise (locations in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, and Nashville) and the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, brings a wealth of experience to the task.

The former owner of the influential Tribeca nightclub Wetlands Preserve and the publisher of Relix magazine, he also produced the 2007 U2 concert film U2:3D and organized 2015’s “Fare Thee Well” concert series featuring the remaining Grateful Dead members and friends. To assist in the new operation, Shaprio has brought in some sage local blood: talent buyer Mike Campbell, formerly of the Colony, and general manager Frank Bango, a music industry veteran and accomplished singer-songwriter.

If the rundown of upcoming shows is anything to go by—which, of course, it is—Dayglo’s overseeing of the concert roster is a boon, indeed.

The company’s bookings commence with Don Was and the Pan-Detroit Ensemble (June 1) and continue with, among other highlights, Guster (June 14-15), Iris Dement (June 26), the Mountain Goats (July 27), Guided by Voices (August 10), Scott Metzger/Joel Harrison/Nels Cline (August 16), the Dirty Dozen Brass Band (August 22), the BoDeans (August 24), the Beths (September 6), the Zombies (September 21), and the Drive-By Truckers (October 21). A full schedule, with new events being added, is viewable at the Bearsville Theater website.

—Peter Aaron

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The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center April 9 – September 15, 2024 Vassar College PHOTOGRAPHY Augmentation, Extraction, Objectification AS DATA The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center April 9 – September 15, 2024 Vassar College PHOTOGRAPHY
Objectification AS DATA The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center April 9 – September 15, 2024 Vassar College PHOTOGRAPHY
Extraction, Objectification AS DATA Kenji Nakahashi, My Left Hand , 1991, gelatin silver print, © estate of Kenji Nakahashi
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Powerhouse Theater at Vassar College workshop of "The Chevalier." Photo by Buck Lewis Dan Lauria and Jodi Long in Great Barrington Public Theater's production of "Just Another Day" in 2023. Photo by Kat Humes


Through September 11

The Chatham multi-arts center has scads of events going on besides live theater (see website for listings), but within that realm Portuguese playwright Tiago Rodrigues’s “The Beauty of Killing Fascists” (July 4-5) makes its US premiere at the facility’s open-air pavilion; Gandini Juggling stages “Smashed2” (July 12-13), which “borrows from Pina Bausch’s gestural choreography to reimagine the dark art of juggling and contemporary circus for the 21st Century”; and the New York premiere of Peruvian director Chela Ferrari’s adaptation of “Hamlet” (July 19-20) for a cast of young actors with Down syndrome will be presented.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare


June 13-September 2

Established in 1987, the venerated festival returns with three inviting productions (though, interestingly, no Shakespeare): the world premiere of “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd,” (July 13-September 1), a stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s 1926 novel of the same name; “By the Queen” (July 15-August 31), Whitney White’s original play based on Shakespeare’s characterizations of Queen Margaret; and “Medea: Re-Versed” (June 11-September 2), Louis Quintero’s fast-paced, hip-hop reimaging of the classic Euripides tragedy of family, power, and revenge rendered in battlerap verse.

Shadowland Stages

Through October 20

The Shadowland season is reliably packed with variety when it comes to the theater’s dramatic, comedic, and

musical productions. There’s an uproarious spoof of the Sherlock Holmes thriller “The Hound of the Baskervilles” (through June 16), the heartwarming romance “Dear Jack, Dear Louise” (June 21-July 7), the sing-tastic farce “Lend Me a Soprano” (July 12-August 4), the up-beat revue “Beehive: The ’60s Musical” (August 9-September 8), the new comedy “The Garbologists” (September 1329), and the world premiere of the dramatic “The Road to Jerusalem” (October 4-20).

Great Barrington Public Theater

Through August 11

Encompassing the 300-seat McConnell Theater, intimate Liebowitz Black Box on the campus of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and the Saint James Place arts center, GBPT focuses on new plays and Western Massachusetts playwrights and performers. Its 2024 calendar has the poignant “Dog People” (through June 16), the fundraising gala “An Evening with Great Barrington Public Theater” (June 7), the Russian comedy “Survival of the Unfit” (July 6-21), and the cabaret production “Night at the Speakeasy” (July 26-August 11), which features traditional jazz and new and classic Broadway songs by up-and-coming theatrical star Janelle Farias Sando.

Powerhouse Theater

June 25-July 30

Vassar College’s Powerhouse Theater program is celebrating its 37th year with a workshop of Mimi Quillin and Michael Berresse’s “Call Fosse at the Minskoff” (July 20-23); a workshop of “The Chevalier” (July 22), about the life of composer Joseph Bologne and featuring the Harlem Chamber Players; Ariella Serur and Sav Souza’s “We Start in Manhattan: A New Queer Musical”; Truth Future Bachman’s “Skyward: An

Endling Elegy” (July 7-9); “Behind the Attic Wall” (July 28-30), a puppet piece based on the young adult novel by Sylvia Cassedy, adapted by Peggy Stafford; rounding out the season will be free readings of new works by Johnny G. Lloyd (The Tank), Judson Jones (Theatre East), Peter Gil-Sheridan, and much more.

New York Stage and Film

July 18-August 4

This vanguard organization ensconced at Marist College has been the summer incubator for awardwinning musicals like “Hamilton” and “Hadestown.” The upcoming season is dense with winners: “Jim Dale: Living with Laughter” (July 17), “Mommy: A One-Woman Cho” with Margaret Cho (July 19), Delta Rae’s “The Ninth Woman” (July 20), a workshop of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” writer Amber Ruffin’s “Bigfoot” (July 21), the dance-oriented “Game Night” (July 26-27), the moving monologue “Tulipa” (August 1), the EDM-scored “The Heart” (August 2-3), and other presentations.

Williamstown Theater Festival

July 2-August 10

A Berkshires institution for seven decades, this revered fest is known for its diverse calendar of world-premiere plays and musicals, bold revivals, and wealth of accompanying cultural events. Things start off with the musical “Dragon Mama” (July 2-14), part two of writer Sara Porkalob’s “The Dragon Cycle,” and unfolds with the musical comedy “Death, Let Me Do My Show” (July 5-14); the curated “WTF Cabaret” (July 25-August 10); “WTF is Next” (August 1-4), a mini-festival of new works; the romantic noir “Pamela Palmer” (July 23-August 10); the company’s “Fridays@3” reading series (July 12-August 2); as well as directing workshops and more. —Peter Aaron

Laurence Fishburne rehearsing his oneman show "Like They Do in the Movies" at Marist College last year, part of New York Stage and Film's 2023 summer season. Photo by Emilio Madrid




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A Lifetime in a Night


June 20-July 14

Maggie Hoffman, Scott Shepherd, Vin Knight, and Stephanie Weeks expriencing the miracle of childbirth in Elevator Repair Service's production of "Ulysses," the theatrical centerpiece of Bard College's SummerScape festival.

Photo by Owen Hope

“One of the reasons we like working with literature is because it gives us a big problem of form that we have to grapple with, while also coming with the gravity of these great novels,” says John Collins, the artistic director of New York theater company Elevator Repair Service, which from June 20 through July 14 will stage the world premiere of its original adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses at Bard College’s Fisher Center as part of the 2024 Bard SummerScape festival. “I had always wanted us to take on something that was big and intimidating, something that would require a new and unique approach. I think I got my wish.”

No doubt. Besides being known as one of the most important, game-changing works of modernist literature, Joyce’s epic, stream-of-consciousness 1922 novel about the lives of three Dublin natives over the course of a single day has long enjoyed a reputation as being one of the canon’s most confounding reads. Much of that is by the design of the author, who loosely based the story on Homer’s Odyssey and maintained that he “put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that’s the only way of insuring one’s immortality.”

If there’s one theatrical ensemble in America that is up for taking on such a project, however, it’s Elevator Repair Service. Founded in 1991 by Collins, who for 13 years worked as a sound designer at the pivotal Wooster Group (the alma mater of Willem Defoe and Spaulding Gray), Elevator Repair Service—cited as “one of New York City’s few truly essential theater companies” by the New York Times—has produced acclaimed adaptations of other modernist works, including a version of William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury; “The Select,” a

reworking of Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises; and, most famously, “Gatz,” an eight-hour performance of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

The idea of doing “Ulysses” came via a 2019 proposal by Symphony Space, for which ERS staged a workin-progress version at the Upper West Side theater’s event for Bloomsday, a yearly international celebration of the novel that takes its name from Leopold Bloom, the book’s central character. “It seemed like a crazy idea, genuinely impossible,” Collins recalls. “But that just made it more attractive.” Although theatrical presentations of Ulysses have been attempted before—1958’s OffBroadway “Ulysses in Nighttime” starring Zero Mostel as Bloom, and later in Ireland, Scotland, and elsewhere in New York—ERS’s version is, says Collins, very different from those incarnations.

“The tendency in the past has been to do something more stylized, unified, or coherent,” he explains. “But we weren’t looking to clean up or simplify anything. We’re also not purists; it’s not the entire book, although there are verbatim excerpts. [Dramaturgist and codirector] Scott Sheppard did an amazing job with the complicated task of sifting through the text and finding the sweet spot with an honest representation of form and meaning. All the energy and life, the humor and profanity, are packed in. We love trying to figure out what to do with this collision of theater and literature, and the challenge is a little different every time.”

Bard SummerScape will present the world premiere of Elevator Repair Service’s “Ulysses” in the LUMA Theater at the Fisher Center on the campus of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson from June 20 through July 14.

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Than a Feeling Comedy Festival

Upstate Films Orpheum Theater in Saugerties

June 7-June 9

Comedic partners Jodi Lennon and Beth Lisick will host More Than a Feeling Comedy Festival at Upstate Films’ Orpheum Theater in Saugerties

June 7-June 9. The comedic partners Lennon and Lisick met during the pandemic. While taking masked walks together, they brainstormed ideas for comedy shows, which they produced at the Reservoir Inn in West Hurley. Their collective experience and contacts helped them dream up More Than a Feeling, a three-day mini comedy festival of standup, sketch, variety, solo shows, improv, and live music. “There’s a little bit of a Laverne and Shirley vibe involved, hoping we can make our dreams come true,” Lennon says.

Lennon is an alumna of Chicago’s Second City and an Emmy-nominated comedy writer/producer/director whose work has appeared on Comedy Central, Hulu, Max, MTV, and more. A writer and an actor, Lisick published the New York Times bestselling comic memoir Everybody into the Pool. She has also acted in the Amazon series “Transparent” as well as starring in numerous independent films.

Having been involved in comedy and performance for years in New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco, Lennon and Lisick know many comedians. “It made sense to get a bunch of them together,” Lisick says.

For More Than a Feeling, they have booked a solo show by comedian Sara Schaefer, sketch comedy group Unitard, comedian Dave Hill, and more. “We’ve got sketches, solo shows, Powerpoint presentations, and a killer lineup of stand-ups. And if you like rescue animals, expertly crafted miniatures, synthesizers, or wigs, then you’re also in luck. The best way to see any person who performs live is to be in that same room with them. There’s nothing like it.” Lisick adds.

About the venue and their relationship with Upstate Films, Lennon says, “We fell in love with the main room and what a beautiful, classic theater it is. George Burns and Gracie Allen have performed on this stage. Come onnnn And the new renovation in The Mark [the upstairs screening room at the Orpheum] is so gorgeous. That space is intimate, which is ideal for standup. A few of the shows have multimedia elements so being able to use the screens and to have great sound will enhance the performances.”

Working with Paul Sturtz, Jason Silverman, and the team at Upstate Films, Lennon and Lisick have programmed an exciting comedy festival in downtown Saugerties. “It’s a perfect place for people to have drinks and dinner before and after the show, buy a book or a record. Get your legs waxed. Buy a candle,” Lennon says.

Wine from Mud: A Dance Performance by Emotions Physical Theatre

Experience a tale of the creative impulse stagnating and exploding, mediated by wine.

Two Performances: Fri. June 14 & Sat. June 15 at 7:30pm. Tickets: $25.

A Play by Samuel Harps

Saturday, June 8 at 8:00pm. Tickets: Suggested donation. In partnership with Shades Repertory Theater and the Gordon Center for Black Culture and Arts.

Rockland Center for the Arts in West Nyack, NY.

For more information call (845) 358-0877 or visit

Unitard headlines More Than a Feeling Comedy Festival in Saugerties June 7-9. Photo by John McCoy
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June Performances


Paul Taylor Dance Company will perform "Promethean Fire" at PS21 in August.

“In the Fire” at Hudson Hall

June 15

This one certainly sounds like a “sure-fire” family hit. Performed by Toronto-based circus and contemporary dance company Femmes du Feu, “In the Fire” is artistic director Holly Treddenick’s deeply personal homage to her late father George, a former firefighter who served for 37 years with the Winnipeg Fire Department. The multidisciplinary aerial and dance show combines circus, movement, music, and storytelling as it “exploring the evolution of a father/daughter relationship and themes of memory, trauma, self-discovery, aging, and love.”

Jacob’s Pillow

June 26-August 25

The living landmark (est. 1931) presents nine weeks of performances. Up first is the Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlos (June 26-30), followed by the UK’s Royal Ballet (July 3-7), the Ballet Du Grande Theater de Geneve (July 10-14), street dancers the MasterZ at Work Family (July 13), Miguel Guiterrez’s trans/ queer troupe (July 17), modernists MOMIX (July 2428), mambo greats Sekou McMiller and Friends (July 25), Indigenous ensemble Dancers of Damelahamid (July 26-27), Parsons Dance (August 7-11), Soledad Barrios and Noche Flamenco (August 14-18), Princess Lockeroo and the Fabulous Waack Dancers (August 24), and more.

“SCAT!” at Bard SummerScape

June 28-30

Dance troupe Urban Bush Women mark their 40th anniversary with “SCAT!,” which is modeled on the Black floor shows that were part of founder and leader Jawole Willa Jo Zollar’s childhood in segregated Kansas City, Missouri. Performed with a live band to an original jazz score by trombonist Craig Harris, this world premiere at the Fisher Center’s Sosnoff Theater powerfully chronicles the journey of Zollar’s family and the intersection of their dreams and the harsh realities of American life in the 1940s and 1950s.

Mark Morris Dance Group

at Caramoor

August 1

Called “the pre-eminent modern dance organization of our time” by Yo-Yo Ma, the Mark Morris Dance Group was conceived in 1980 and is led by the groundbreaking choreographer Mark Morris and headquartered in Brooklyn. For this rare upstate engagement, which blends extraordinary dance and gripping storytelling, the company will perform at Caramoor’s Venetian Theater to music by Bach, Stravinsky, Barber, and Mendelssohn as played by its resident violin-and-piano outfit, the MMDG Ensemble.

Paul Taylor Dance at PS21

August 2-3

One of the world’s most revered modern dance ensembles, the Paul Taylor Dance Company was established in 1954 by former Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, and George Balanchine dancer Taylor. This much-anticipated return by the New York group to PS21’s Pavilion Theater comprises three of the namesake choreographer’s signature works: “Brandenburgs” (1988) and “Promethean Fire” (2002), with music by J. S. Bach, and “Runes” (1975), with music by Gerald Busby.

New York City Ballet at SPAC

July 9-13

Founded in 1948 by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein, New York City Ballet is one of the world's foremost dance companies, with a roster of spectacular dancers and an unparalleled repertory. NYCB performed at the opening ceremony for the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in 1966 and returns each year for its summer residency, bringing world-class dance to SPAC's openair stage. This year, it perfroms “Jewels” (July 10-11), “Contemporary Choreography” (July 11, July 13) and “Swan Lake” (July 12-13).

Photo by John McCoy
Femmes du Feu will perform "In the Fire" at Hudson Hall in June. Photo by LISEO+CO, Montclair University Urban Bush Women will perform "SCAT!" at Bard SummerScape in June. Photo by Rick McCullough

Midnight, Arlene Shechet, aluminum, paint, 2024. Part of "Girl Group" at Storm King Art Center through November 10.

Photo by David Schulze

Nina Chanel Abney: “Lie Doggo”

Jack Shainman Gallery at The School

Through October 25

A monumental exhibition of paintings, collages, sitespecific murals, sculpture, as well as a digital installation await visitors to Nina Chanel Abney’s “Lie Doggo” at The School in Kinderhook. Paying homage to the sophisticated color theories of Matisse, continuing the legacy of cubists, Picasso and Leger, and connecting with the sensibilities of figures from the Harlem Renaissance, Abney brings these historical movements into contemporary life through bold use of color and the symbols of everyday life. Abney’s pieces challenge viewers to decode messages in spaces of commerce and confront their interpretations, fostering dialogue on societal structures and unspoken agreements. —BKM

Arlene Shechet: “Girl Group”

Storm King Art Center

Through November 10

The Kingston-based sculptor debuts six new large-scale commissions—spanning heights of 10 to 20 feet and lengths of up to 30 feet—along with complementary indoor works in wood, steel, and ceramic. “Girl Group” is colorful—Shechet brings an array of pinks, oranges, yellows, greens, blues, and purples rarely seen at Storm King—and by far the largest the 75-year-old artist has ever worked. The outdoor pieces are also as coy and funny as they are bold and unafraid. The pieces both stick out and fit in with the minimalist pieces at Storm King by the likes of Mark Di Suvero and David Smith. BKM

Upstate Art Weekend

Various Locations

July 18-21

Founded during the first summer of the pandemic by art world veteran Helen Toomer to bring exposure to Hudson Valley art and artists and escape to quarantinefatigued city dwellers, the first year featured 23 arts venues. In 2021, the number of participating sites numbered over 60. This year’s Upstate Art Weekend has 146 participants, from galleries and museums (Bill Arning Exhibitions, Catskill Art Space, Magazzino) to lesser-known art destinations (Weird Specialty Studio), and artists’ open studios. Our must-see this year: “A Dyke Cabin of One's Own” at Mother-In-Law’s in Germantown is Danielle Klebe’s transformation of a country house into a queer "man cave" as immersive installation; in collaboration with the cool kids at Newburgh’s Elijah Wheat Showroom.  —BKM

Opposite: Tasty, Nina Chanel Abney, from the exhibition "Lie Doggo" at Jack Shainman Gallery at The School in Kinderhook through October 25.

Steve McQueen: “Bass”

Dia Beacon

Through April 2025

For over 30 years, the artist, photographer, screenwriter, videographer, film director, and film producer Sir Steve Rodney McQueen (Steve McQueen) has created artworks that express the rawness of the human condition. Engaging with critical themes such as history, class, race, and repression through nonlinear filmic narratives that tend toward a destabilizing mood, McQueen is unapologetic in his presentation of painful biographies. In 2023, The Dia Art Foundation in collaboration with the Schaulager, Laurenz Foundation announced a major joint commission to be presented at Dia Beacon this year before travelling to Schaulager, Munchenstein in Switzerland next year. This special collaborative exhibition at Dia Beacon celebrates Dia’s 50th anniversary with an immersive installation by the artist that explores the full spectrum of visible light accompanied by a sonic component, further galvanizing McQueen as a powerhouse of his generation. —TT

Daniel Giordano: “Crystal Blue Persuasion”

The Hyde Collection

June 22-September 15

My first encounter with Daniel Giordano’s glitteringmayhem-art-as-material-theater at Ryan Turley Gallery in Hudson turned me into an immediate fangirl of this fiercely original artist. Born and raised in Newburgh, Giordano’s commitment to his gritty post-industrial New York roots comes through by way of his dynamic art practice, which includes ceramics, woodworking, assemblage, found objects, and blown glass—all of which are radically incorporated into wildly muscular sculptures comprised of these and other atypical and often outrageous materials. Giordano’s ability to morph miscellaneous paraphernalia into sculptural scenes

reflects his unique creative wizardry. His solo exhibition

Crystal Blue Persuasion at the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls will present a large-scale installation and a series of new sculptural typologies that extend the delightful nature of Giordano’s radical aesthetic spirit, indeed, a visual extravaganza not to be missed. —TT


Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz

June 15-November 3

Curated by Amy Kahng, “Mis/Communication” at the Dorsky Museum will feature work by 16 international artists who explore the power of language in a cultural context, including video, sculpture, drawing, and interactive media. Among the participating artists are Clarissa Tossin (whose recent collaborative, research-based practice investigates the climate crisis at the intersection of place, history, and aesthetics), Frederic Bruly Bouabre (who during his lifetime was committed to studying and memorializing his native Cote d’Ivoire’s Bete community through drawings and handwritten manuscripts), and Dulce Soledad Ibarra (a multidisciplinary artist who considers generational guilt, identity, and displacement through a queer Xicanx perspective). —TT

Carrie Mae Weems: “Remember to Dream”

CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art

June 22-December 1

Pioneering artist Carrie Mae Weems has been at the forefront of the conversation concerning art as political agency for over 30 years. Since meeting the Black Panthers in San Francisco in the 1960s to her involvement in the Black Lives Matter protests around the US, Weems continues to explore an intersection of ideas surrounding racism and sexism in the American social-political landscape through her photography,

video, performance, and installations. In her own words, her politically engaged art practice “explodes the limits of tradition” through her ongoing effort “to find new models to live by.” “Remember to Dream” at CCS Bard Hessel Museum presents a series of rarely exhibited and less-known works that reflect the evolution of Weems commitment to activism and her desire to highlight modes of oppression against people of color and women especially. —TT

Painting by Peter Halley

Sculpture by Steph Gonzalez-Turner

‘T’ Space Gallery

June 2-July 28

‘T’ Space in Rhinebeck remains committed to a cross-pollination of interdisciplinary thinking about art, education, and the preservation of our natural forested habitat through year-round offerings including their lecture series, residency program, and rotating exhibitions. Their upcoming summer show will feature a new wall painting installation by Peter Halley and sculptures by Steph Gonzalez-Turner. Since the 1980s, pioneering multimedia artist Halley has been working in a geometrical style using planes of painted color to express the physical and psychological aspects of urban spaces. In recent years, his site-specific installations have included wall-sized digital prints and other elements that embody a bold new abstraction for a contemporary era. Emerging sculptor GonzalezTurner’s work focuses on architectural intervention and freestanding sculptures with an anthropomorphic edge. For this exhibition, Halley and Gonzalez-Turner are collaborating to create a dynamic dialogue between elements of painting, sculpture, and architecture. The show will be accompanied by a special publication and a gathering with the artists during Upstate Art Weekend (July 20-21). —TT

Steve McQueen, Bass, 2024. Installation view, Dia Beacon, New York, 2024–25. Photo by Bill Jacobson Studio, New York

July 4–October 27


Through September 22


Miguel Covarrubias, Isami Doi, Aaron Douglas, and Winold Reiss

Curated by Tom Wolf

February 4 - July 21, 2024

By comparing the styles and biographies of four artists who crossed paths in New York during the 1920s, Global Connections traces the complicated channels of influence and inspiration within the often-overlooked multiculturalism of American art before the Second World War.

This exhibition is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

90 SUMMER ARTS PREVIEW CHRONOGRAM 6/24 CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Kathia St. Hilaire, David (detail), 2022, reduction linocut in oil-based ink on canvas with tires, resin, banana leaves, fabric, metal, paper, rabbit skin glue, pigment, and thread. Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin. Photo by Guillaume Ziccarelli; Guillaume Lethière, Joséphine, Empress of the French (detail), c. 1807, oil on canvas. Musée des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon, France, MV 4700. Photo: RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, NY; Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, Two Dancers Resting (detail), c. 1879, pastel and gouache on paper. Shelburne Museum, Inv. 1972.6. Photo: Bridgeman Images; Maker Unknown, China, LC Flaring Bowl (detail), 19th century, glass, wood. The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York, gift of Mr. Howard C. Hollis. 64.6.2 WILLIAMSTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS CLARKART.EDU SEE IT ALL THIS SUMMER! FRAGILE BEAUTY: TREASURES FROM THE CORNING
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Miguel Covarrubias, Portrait of a Woman, ca. 1930-40s, Gouache, watercolor, and ink on paper. Courtesy of Throckmorton Fine Art.

Installation view of The Museum of Embellished History, Cate Pasquerelli, 2024. Part of the exhibition "Tall Shadows in Short Order" at Wassaic Project, through September 14.

Below: Deep Flaring Bowl on Wooden Stand, maker unknown, glass, wood, 19th century. From "Fragile Beauty: Treasures from the Corning Museum of Glass" at the Clark Art Institute, July 4 to October 27.

“Tall Shadows in Short Order”

Wassiac Project

Through September 14

Wassaic Project’s annual summer exhibition is always a large one—30 to 40 artists present their work in Maxon Mills, the organization’s seven-story, 8,000-squarefoot historic grain elevator. If the setting isn’t enough to entice you to check out “Tall Shadows in Short Order,” the work of these three participants may be. Argentinian artist Luciana Abait will be featuring a site-specific version of her installation

The Maps that Failed Us, an imposing, geographically illogical, and impassable mountain range that alludes to arbitrary borders and displaced migrants. Katie Peck, a summer 2024 artist-in-residence, will be creating a nearly life-sized felt semi-truck driven by Midge Gertrout the Rainbow Trout, a character Peck created to bring awareness to “all creatures” and plant life’s future living in an atmosphere quickly filling with carbon. And Robin Crookall’s sophisticated black-and-white photographs are actually images of miniature models the artist constructed to challenge viewers’ preexisting notions of reality, memory, and place. —JD

“Fragile Beauty: Treasures from the Corning Museum of Glass”

The Clark Art Institute

July 4-October 27

Corning Incorporated, a renowned materials science company known for glass and ceramic innovations including Corelle tableware and Gorilla Glass, which is used in smartphones, established a museum in 1951 to preserve and feature glass objects from around the world. What a delight, then, to have the opportunity to see 28 pieces from the collection without making the four-hour drive to Corning, New York. Presented in the Clark’s Michael Conforti Pavilion in Williamstown, Massachusetts, these objects draw upon plants, animals, and other aspects of nature for inspiration—and are some of the most exquisitely gorgeous things you will see this summer. —JD

Taliesin Thomas, Julia Dixon, and Brian K. Mahoney


Going MAD



Mad magazine delivered more than 60 years of humor, satire, and stupidity during its run between 1952 and 2019, peaking in popularity with two million subscribers in the early 1970s. After its reformatting from a banned comic book to a magazine in 1955, Mad never really changed its approach and identity, appealing to a readership that was mostly pre- and early adolescent and largely (but far from exclusively) male. Mad’s artists and writers—aka “The Usual Gang of Idiots”—were guides who made fun and made sense of the adult world without talking down to their young audience.

The publication’s frantic, anarchic, and technically sophisticated visual energy will be on full display at The Norman Rockwell Museum’s summer blockbuster, “What, Me Worry? The Art and Humor of Mad Magazine,” on view from June 8 through October 27. The show includes over 250 original illustrations and cartoons across seven decades. Also on view is Mad memorabilia such as the official Mad straitjacket, Mad hats, a statue of Alfred E. Neuman, and a Gulf War chess set.

“I think you could boil all of Mad humor down to one word—‘wiseass,’” says exhibition cocurator Steve Brodner, a preeminent satirical cartoonist. At the time Mad started in the 1950s, there was a tremendous amount of satire reacting to what Brodner characterizes as the conservative “monoculture that was dominating television and advertising. Mad did more about advertising than about any other topic. We all wanted to see the guy descending from the sky in that Hertz commercial crash though the roof of the rent-a-car— and Mad gave it to you in features like ‘Scenes We’d Like to See.’ Why did you want to see a scene like that? Because we wanted to break it up and shake it up because we found the culture dreary and drab and really, really stupid. And Mad was telling you, ‘Yeah, kid, you’re right—it is stupid.”

The art of Mad was “the graphic equivalent of slapstick,” in the words of Judith Yaross Lee, coeditor of a scholarly appraisal of the magazine, Seeing Mad. The magazine’s pages teemed with random secondary jokes packed inside a story (and embedded in the margins by the legendary cartoonist Sergio Aragones), which made Mad eminently re-readable—there was always something you had missed.

Brodner says that the great satirical cartoonists of Mad—Mort Drucker, Al Jaffee, and Don Martin, to name a few—“understood that space needed to be taken advantage of for storytelling,” he says. “Norman Rockwell was the king of this. If you examine any Rockwell painting, you will see the same level of

attention paid to a tiny comb with little blonde hairs coming out of it on the dresser as to the girl who’s trying on a dress, because he knows there is storytelling value in that.”

Moreover, explains exhibition cocurator Stephanie Haboush Plunkett, “Rockwell himself was a humorist. He could do very serious works, but he was also extremely funny.” Some of the master’s work from the Norman Rockwell Museum collection will also be on view to illustrate the point.

Plunkett says that the work will be presented chronologically and there will also be a section on the long history of the face of Mad, Alfred E. Neuman, whose visage started to appear in advertising as early as the 18th and 19th centuries before being appropriated by the magazine’s original editor, Harvey Kurtzman in 1954. The exhibition ends with an installation on the incalculable influence of Mad on popular culture, including television shows like “The Simpsons,” “Saturday Night Live,” and “Mad TV,” which over 14 years starting in the 1990s introduced the magazine’s sensibility and artists to new generations of fans.

The exhibit thus “has this element of both freshness and nostalgia,” says Plunkett. In her view, the magazine’s approach to comedy has relevance today. “Mad pushed back against young people’s acceptance of some of the things they were told, whether by their parents, the government, or in the things they read. Mad taught people to question.”

Spy vs. Spy [Museum], Peter Kuper, illustration for MAD, mixed media stencils, spray paint, watercolor, ink, colored pencil, and collage, 2007.


Drawings from the Road

May 25 – September 15

An exhibition celebrating yet another aspect of Bob Dylan’s creativity: his talents in visual art. Dylan started what is known as his “Never Ending Tour” in 1988. As he traveled through North America, Europe, and Asia, he sketched glimpses of his life on the road. Dylan made three different collections of his drawings by “remastering” these works, adding vivid watercolor and gouache to digital enlargements of the drawings to create a new, special edition set entitled “The Drawn Blank Series.”

Sponsored in part by The Clark Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas O. Putnam.

This exhibition was provided by Pan Art Connections. Image created by Taina Väisänen/TAKT Oy & Janne Alhonpää/Ensemble Oy

May 25 – September 2

Marc Hom: Re-Framed
Above: Woody Harrelson, actor, Boston, USA, 2020. Photograph by Marc Hom Right: Haight Street Rat, 2010, Banksy. Aerosol - stencil on redwood siding
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Steve McQueen


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limestone carvings of Bradford Graves are a celebration of profound perplexity and mystery. They explain themselves neither quickly nor easily... Stimulating the exercise of imagination...these silent pieces of chiseled rock plumb the sublime.” Afterglow Frederic Church and the Landscape of Memory Sharp Family Gallery Olana State Historic Site May 12 - October 27, 2024 Frederic Edwin Church, TheAfterGlow(detail), c. 1867 Oil on canvas, 31 ¼ x 48 ¾ inches New York State Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation Olana State Historic Site, OL.1981.48.a All Figured Out ON VIEW THROUGH JUNE 16 | Hudson, NY Ransome, Gee’s Bend Quilter Alice Jean 2022 acrylic and collage on canvas, 48"x 36" Mark Beard, William
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Mr Peepers, Craig Hazen, Archival pigment print on metal, 20" x 30", 2022. Part of "Far & Wide National" at the Woodstock Artists Association Museum, June 7 to August 11.



“Interplay.” Work by Janice La Motta, Deborah Freedman, and Amy Masters. Through June 9. “Colored.” Work by Dave Ortiz. June 15-July 28.



“Pater.” Psychogeographical mapping by Philippe Halaburda. June 8-29.



“Pieced Together. Work by Franc Palaia, Chris Ortiz, and Wenda Habenicht.



“Eminem Buddhism, Volume 3.” Work by Elizabeth Englander. Through October 20. “Layo Bright: Dawn and Dusk.” Through October 20.



“Changing Tides.” Work about the environment. Jean Shen and more. June 8-July 14.



“Under 30.” Exhibition of work by artists under 30. June 1-30.



“Object Memory.” Multimedia exhibit by Alison Owen. Through June 9.



“John Fleming Gould (1906–1996).” Work by the artist and illustrator. Through June 2.



“Karen Allen, Curiosities.”

“Points of Origin.” Work by Robin Adler.

“A Spell Against Despair.” Work by Kelly M. O’Brien. All shows June 8-July 7.



“Microcosms.” Work by Peter D. Gerakaris. June 7-August 4.



“Other Realities.” Work by Justin Vivian Bond, Jesse Brandsford, Lionel Cruet, Paula Hayes, Elizabeth Insogna, and Fred Kahl. Through June 23.



“Inaugural Exhibition.” Group show of 80 artists including Jenny Holzer and Rachel Harrison. June 29-Sept. 30.



“Lenore Malen, Debra Pearlman, Samantha Modder, Amy Yoes.” Through June 22.

“Mary Lucier.” June 29-August 29.



“Urban Cuba/Cuba Urbano.” Work by Franc Palaia. June 8-July 31.



“Birth of a Shadow.” Work by Peter Barrett, Peter Dellert, DeWitt Godfrey, Wendy Klemperer, Michael Thomas, Natalie Tyler, and Joe Wheaton. June 29-October 21.



“Red, White, and Rainbow.” Group exhibition of local LGBTQ+ artists. June 1-30.



“Invisible Empires.” Work by Kathia St. Hilaire. Through September 22.

“Edgar Degas: Multimedia Artist in the Age of Impressionism.” June 15-October 14.

“Guillaume Lethiere.” 80 works by a key figure in French painting during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. June 15-October 15.



“Pride and Protest: Photographs by Fred W. McDarrah.” Curated by Vince Aletti. June 1-September 1.



“Seen Scenes.” Member group show. Through July 14.



“Paul Esposito, Adrien Seitz, Carrie Decker, Bernadette Decker, and Joanne Thorne Arnold.” Group exhibition. Through June 30.



“Bass.” Installation by Steve McQueen comprising 60 ceiling-mounted lightboxes that journey through the complete spectrum of visible light in concert with a sonic component. Through December 31. 10am-4pm.



“Sunlight through our eyes.” New work by Gemma Bailey. June 8-August 3.



“Fervornova.” Work by Jacinta Bunnell, Meryl Bennett, Nick Carroll, Amy Cote, Micah Fornari, Phlegm, Kristen Schiele, Craig Wood. June 1-July 20.


1315 MOCA WAY, NORTH ADAMS, MA “By Their Hands: Women Artists.” Group show. June 29-July 27.


211 FISHKILL AVENUE, BEACON “Kung Fu Ink.” Work by Wang Hou Tang. June 1-30.



“Banksy: The Haight Street Rat.” Work by the street artist. Through Sept. 8.

“Bob Dylan Remastered: Drawings from the Road.” Drawings by the musician. Through September 15.

“Marc Hom: Reframed.” Photographs. Through September 2.



“Jackie Fischer.” Large-scale fiber works. Through June 30.



“Phil Buehler: No Man Is An Island.” Photographs of the islands surrounding Manhattan. Through June 23.



“Byways.” Sonnenberg Gallery pop-up with work by Joe Concra, Thom Grady, and Jenny Snider. June 11-July 2.




“This is Us+.” Work by Paola Bari, Mary Ann Glass, Leslie Bender, and Nansi Lent. Through June 30.



“Rose Window." Exhibition of digital images by Werner Sun. Through June 23.

“Travelers, Liars, Thieves.” Exhibition of paintings, textiles, and sculptures by Margaret Lanzetta, Niki Lederer, and David Packer. Through June 23.



“Richard Kroehling.” Multimedia presentation. Through June 29.



“No Place Like Home.” Work by Doron Gild, Rick Parenti, David Lionheart, and Steven Strauss. Through July 7.



“Coulter D. Young IV, 30 Year Retrospective: Buffalo-Peekskill-Beacon.” Portraits spanning 30 years. June 1-July 1.



“Carrie Mae Weems: Remember to Dream.” Revisits the range and breadth of Carrie Mae Weems’s prolific career. June 22-December 1.

“Ho Tzu Nyen: Time and the Tiger.” First in-depth examination of Ho Tzu Nyen in the United States. June 22-December 1.



“Shapeshifters.” Paintings by Allan Osterweil and Ara Osterweil. June 8-July 28.



“Rivers / Flow: Artists Connect.” Group show. Through September 1.




“Phantasmagoria.” Group show. Through June 16.



“Rise.” Art made by and curated by Peekskill High School students. Through August 31.



“Lie Doggo.” Work by Nina Chanel Abney. Through October 5.



“Out on a Limb.” Work by Suprina Kenney. Through June 22.



“2024 Visual Arts Exhibition.” Works by Emil Alzamora, Sequoyah Aono, Arthur Gibbons, Kenichi Hiratsuka, Ashley Lyon, Ian McMahon, Mollie McKinley, and John Sanders. June 1-September 30.



“GUZMAN: Family/Values.” Photographs. Through June 30.



“Photography as Data.” Group show. Through September 15.



“From Sky to Sea.” Work by Ruth Soffer curated by Emerge Gallery. Through June 16.



“This Must Be the Place?” Photographs by Alon Koppel, Lee Day, and Jada Fabrizio. Through June 9.

“The Gift.” Photographs by Han Feng. June 13-July 28.



“Germinal.” Paintings by Mario Schifano (1934-1998). Through August 9.

“Welcome to New York!” Work by Michelangelo Pistoletto, coinciding with the artist’s 90th birthday. Through June 24.



“The Pleasure of Deceit.” Paintings by Brian Higbee. Through June 30.



“A Rare Bird, Flower.” Watercolors and graphite drawings by Emma Larsson. Through July 15.



“Like Magic.” Simone Bailey, Raven Chacon, Grace Clark, Johanna Hedva, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Cate O’Connell-Richards, Rose Salane, Petra Szilagyi, Tourmaline, and Nate Young use healing earth, witches’ brooms, AI, divination, and more to imagine care-full and joy-full futures into being despite the peril promised by the past and present. Through August 31, 2025.

One or Several Tigers, Ho Tzu Nyen, 2017 (still). Two-channel video; 10-channel sound, smoke machine, automated screen, show control system, 14 wayang puppets in aluminum frames. From "Time and the Tiger" at the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College, June 22 to December 1.







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“Mystery and Wonder: Highlights from the Illustration Collection.” Through June 16.

“What, Me Worry? The Art and Humor of MAD.” Explores the art and satire of MAD June 8-October 27.



“Afterglow: Frederic Church and the Landscape of Memory.” At the heart of this exhibition are Frederic Church’s rarely seen memorial landscape paintings. Through October 27.



“Fabrication.” Group exhibition of fiber and textile art. Through July 6.



“Pride Exhibition.” Work by Gabriel Garcia Roman, Jojo Whilden, and Jacinta Bunnell. June 1-30.



“In Plain Sight.” Paintings by Phoebe Helander. Through June 16.

“A Celebration of the Small.” Work by Lothar Osterburg. Through June 9.



“The Karen Barth Archive.” Retrospective of abstract painter. Through September 3.

Koala, Ruth Sofer, illustration. From "From Sky to Sea" at The Local, curated by Emerge Gallery, through June 16.



“Healing Hudson” Work by Selva Ozelli. June 8-30.



“Right Angle.” Work by Adriane Colburn and Graham Collins. Through June 30.



“Global Connections.” Work by Miguel Covarrubias, Isami Doi, Aaron Douglas, and Winold Reiss. Through July 21.



“Raw Footage.” Work by Annie Bielski. Through July 7.




“Spring Affair: Contemporary Art of the Hudson Valley.” Group show curated by Tim Ebneth. June 1-30.



“Hurricane Becomes a Cloudy Day.” Work by Danielle Klebes. Through June 30.



“Arlene Shechet: Girl Group.” Six large-scale outdoor sculptures—spanning heights of 10 to 20 feet and lengths of up to 30 feet—along with complementary indoor works in wood, steel, and ceramic. Through November 10.



“Dispatches from the Tutti Frutti.” Work by Elin Lundman. Through June 6. "Through the Diamond Window." Photos by Tom Stringer. June 8-July 2.



“Liz Rundorff Smith and Barbara Strasen.” Paintings and multimedia work. Through June 30.



“Peter Halley and Steph Gonzalez-Turner." Wall painting and sculpture. June 2-July 28.



“Monoprint.” Work by Louise Eastman, Susan Kaufman, Odette Steinert, Russell Steinert, Janis Stemmerman, Lawre Stone, Katharine Umsted, Guy Walker. Through June 23.



“Ron DeNitto.” Paintings. June 1-30.



“Itty Neuhaus, and Bill Schuck.” June 22-August 3.



“Foreign Substances.” Work by Charlotte Rose and Billy Zane. Through August 15.


37 FURNACE BANK ROAD, WASSAIC “Tall Shadows in Short Order.” Thirty artists with large, site-specific installations. Through September 14.



“Native Prospects: Indigeneity and Landscape.” 19th-century paintings by Thomas Cole and artworks by contemporary Indigenous artists: Teresa Baker, Brandon Lazore, Truman T. Lowe, Alan Michelson, and Kay WalkingStick. Through October 27.



“Yesterday’s Tomorrow.” Work by David Becker. Through July 7.



“Earth’s Refection.” Group show on artistic

interpretations of pollution prevention. June 14-August 9.



“Nature In(m)Balance.” Multimedia exhibition from Scott Sherk and Pat Badt. Through July 7.



“Last Winter: Scenes and Objects from Outside.” Work by Amy Silberkleit.

“Susan Siegel: Small Kingdoms.”

“Woodland Creatures.” Group show juried by Susan Siegel. All shows through June 30.



“Emily Johnston and Sarah Mitchell-Davison.” Through June 9.



“Poetic Intuitions.” Work by Eliezer Parrilla and Eric Banks. Through June 30.



“Emancipation: The Unfinished Project of Liberation.” Group show. Through July 14.



“Summer Bliss, The Catskills.” Group show. June 1-30.



“Red Inc.” Drawings by Erik Long. Through July 7.



“Origins: The Artwork of Edward M. O’Hara.” Paintings and drawings. Through June 9. “Renaissance Recipes: The Art of Amelia Biewald.” Paintings and installations. June 15-July 14.



“Renascense.” Group show. June 1-29.




“Kelsey Renko: you and me.” Paintings. Through June 2.

“Bloom: Symbols of Resiliency.” Documentation of art and poetry made by students. Facilitated by Dakota Lane. June 7-August 11.

“Far & Wide National.” National group exhibition juried by Jane Eckert. June 7-August 11.

“Kathy Greenwood: Catch, Cover, Carry.” Paintings and multimedia sculptures. June 7-August 11.


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Developing Endurance, Building Our Defenses

Spring’s chaos may have us in dire need of reflection and time to integrate the tremendous amounts of information we’ve had to process. How are all of these new ideas, conversations, and experiences working their way through our bodies and any new actions we’d like to take?

Luckily, Mercury enters its home sign, Gemini, on June 3 to grant us the mental acuity and verbal dexterity to cut through confusion. On June 6, a new Moon in Gemini that would typically keep conversations flowing, brings weightier concerns to the fore. There will be temptations to gloss over complex emotional topics, but we’ll be forced to delve. Mars’s entrance into Taurus on the 9th adds to this extra sense of gravity. We’re being encouraged to slow our roll for the next six weeks. Take action, but do so methodically and cautiously. In Taurus, Mars is deliberate. It takes its time and has the endurance and strength to move mountains. This is a good time for literal and metaphorical heavy lifting.

The slow-downs continue as Venus and Mercury enter Cancer on the 17th. The planets of the heart and mind (respectively) drop into the homey, watery, emotional realms. Our thought processes are colored by very subjective emotional content, and our sensitivity levels rise. Cancer is a receptive sign, so we may feel like turning inward to connect more intimately with ourselves and others. We’re likely to feel more territorial about the people and spaces that we think belong to us. On June 20, the Sun moves into Cancer, ringing in the summer solstice. We’d do well to remember that the sign of Cancer isn’t all deep feelings and cuddles; Cancer initiates actions based on fiercely protective instincts. If we’re not careful, we could create offense by antagonistic defense.


(March 20–April 19)

All of your favorite things are located inside the confines of your nesting place: your food, your people, and your sense of safety. After a tumultuous spring, it’s time to hide out and ensconce yourself in nourishment. Give yourself space and time to make contact with your natural, unadorned self. How does this person differ from the roles you perform in public? Is there a way to bridge any gaps between the two personas? Or do the roles you play outside the home give you a sense of armor? Try not to get stuck inside false senses of security.

TAURUS (April 19–May 20)

As Mars enters your sign, you begin to feel strong and steady after a peripatetic spring. You have mastery over your own body and the confident sense of agency that goes with it. You could simply enjoy this upgrade in wellbeing, or you could boldly assert your desires and go after them in a graceful yet powerful manner, like Muhammad Ali, a Mars in Taurus native. The things and people you desire the most might be very close by. You’ll find great comfort by getting more involved with the people in your community—or in your very own family.

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(May 20–June 21)

Gemini is known for being one of the least materialistic signs in the zodiac; it doesn’t get too attached, and it doesn’t tend to worry about change. This month, don’t be alarmed if you find yourself getting a little crabby about discrepancies in the ledger. There’s a heightened sensitivity around what belongs to you, what you’re owed, and maybe some anxiety concerning your ability to hold on to possessions, people, and credit for work done. Even if the books do balance out, and everything looks fair on paper, there could be emotional scores to settle.


(June 21–July 22)

Not only do you have easy access to your tremendous well of sensitivities, you also have the facility to communicate about them with rich detail this month. This will come in handy towards the end of month when an important relationship comes under scrutiny. At this time, you have the wherewithal to be highly persuasive and articulate about emotions and other intangibles. The strength of your arguments don’t rely on the intellectual or practical (even though someone else’s might). This is the perfect month to weigh the importance of feeling versus fact. Perhaps feelings ARE facts.


(July 22–August 23)

I know you love the light, but this month, do everything in the dark. Find some shade, and if you’re looking to explore, check out the back room, underneath the hood, and possibly the garbage. You’re likely to find your treasures there. You may be putting a lot of effort into projects that will be made public later. Try not to confuse the visibility of your work with being visible as a human being. We all have a wardrobe of personas that we don for different situations. Show those off as much as you like, but save your essential self for yourself.


(August 23–September 23)

Pragmatic and critical Virgos are definitely not above getting all mushy and sentimental. This month, your heart feels more tender, and you’re willing to reveal your soft underbelly. Doing so might even motivate the people in your sphere to cooperate with you. Trusting others with your emotions is contagious and creates an environment of sympathy. The women in your life also become more important to you, as well as issues that are particular to women and feminine principles. You may be especially moved to protect the more vulnerable people in your life. Doing so would also be especially joyful now.


(September 23–October 23)

People might be looking to you for the last word on the subject of care. How can you exemplify the type of leadership that puts a premium on nourishment and protection for all who look up to you. You may also find that the people you regard as authorities are uniquely sensitive to your needs. This would be a good time to ask higher-ups for a favor or special consideration. Resist the temptation to be clannish if you’re feeling overexposed or super sensitive. Exclusivity could backfire. Make your judgements on a case-by-case and heartfelt basis.

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(October 23–November 22)

Moving forward into new territories requires that you do a bit of travel back in time. The things you’re learning about your past and where you come from may blow your mind and create a sea change in your heart. If you’re traveling this month, try to visit extended family or the places your parents lived before you were born. You may decide you want to go even further back, to the places your ancestors are from. Memory serves as a new frontier for you. Listen to music from your culture, and read literature about the people and places you come from.


(November 22–December 22)

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Some would say that you should never do business with family, but this month, depending on other factors, you may have a lot to gain from your kin. There may be a family business or other project that pays off financially—or adds to the value of your life in another way. There’s also a focus on family inheritance. Aside from collecting money that might be owed to you, you may also notice other gifts such as talents, temperaments, or responsibilities that have been handed down. This month will also highlight how you feel about the vulnerability of sharing.


(December 22–January 20)

I hope you’re ready to drop into some feelings with someone special this month. At the Capricorn full Moon on June 21, your defenses are down and you’re prone to romanticizing past, present, or future loves. You may be particularly responsive to displays of compassion and people who are good at articulating their feelings. Take it all in! Is there a reason why you typically shy away from such expressions? This month is also a hugely fruitful time for therapeutic conversations and planning creative collaborations. Your trademark practicality is not threatened, it’s being given heartfelt purpose.

AQUARIUS (January 20–February 19)

It’s time to have your heartstrings pulled by the people (or plants or animals) in your life that need loving care. You’re always up for repairing what needs mending, but instead of fixing problems based on logic, you’re being called to hold space for vulnerability. Perhaps it’s your own heart that needs mending. If that’s the case, treat yourself with the utmost gentleness. Give yourself space to feel your feelings. This could even extend to a precious project that needs care. It’s not a time for whipping something into shape. It’s time for soft places to land.


(February 20–March 19)

Whether you have biological children, fur babies, students, or other young people in your life, the people you take care of are reminding you to play. Party like you’re 10 years old! June could be full of cuddle puddles, puppy piles, and cartwheels on the beach, but it equally favors quiet time with your best friend doing arts and crafts. Do all of your favorite summer camp activities. The full Moon in Capricorn that follows the solstice might tell you to grow up, but we all decide for ourselves what “maturity” means. Maturity and spontaneous expression are not mutually exclusive.


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Ears, Athena Tacha, 40 chromogenic prints, trimmed, glued to rag board, 1970-1975. From “Photogarphy as Data” at the Lehman Loeb Art Center, through September 15.


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While digital photography employs the building blocks of data—zeroes and ones—to form its images, unlike film photography, which employs the alchemy of light and chemicals, the fields of data and photography share a long history that goes back to the dawn of the photographic medium. According to Jessica D. Brier and Anna Mayer, curators of “Photography as Data: Augmentation, Extraction, and Objectification,” photography has always served as a technology for the augmentation of reality, allowing the human eye to overcome the limitations of vision, and for the extraction of information about people,

places, and cultures that are rendered objects of study and consumption. Using images drawn from the extensive photography collection at the Lehman Loeb Art Center, including early collotypes by Eadweard Muybridge, the exhibition explores the ways in which photography has been read, used, and manipulated as data—quantifiable, measurable “information” about the world. On view through September 15 at the Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie.


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