Fall Arts Opening Weekend Inaugurates a New Season in Wave Hill’s Magnificent Garden Setting

Saturday & Sunday, September 19-20

Acclaimed for its stunning garden landscape, Wave Hill has an equally distinguished history as a venue for visual and performing arts, a tradition that goes back almost to the time the former estate, now a public garden and cultural center,  opened to the public 50 years ago. Indeed, exploring human connections to the natural world through the arts is central to Wave Hill’s mission. That vital connection was vividly demonstrated this past spring with Night Lights, a month-long anniversary celebration that featured installations by artist Chris Doyle.

The energy and enthusiasm continues this fall. It all kicks off over the weekend of September 19 and 20, with the opening of the fall exhibition and the first concert of the 2015–2016 season. Located in the Riverdale neighborhoodof the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades, the garden landscape in fall provides a naturally inspiring setting for a new season of visual and performing arts.

Matthew Friday, Hydrographic Apparatus, 2010-present. Mobile water testing and painting studio. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Focusing on the processes of observation and notation central to the practice of many artists, Field Notes presents work by Matthew Friday, David McQueen and Michelle Stuart. Whatever the medium used—sketching, photography or video—notations from travels serve as inspiration for each of the artists in this exhibition. Matthew Friday presents a field station of sorts, documenting the changing ecologies of the lower Hudson Valley Watershed. David McQueen constructs an imagined narrative between Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) and his wife Olivia during their two-year sojourn in Wave Hill House (1901–1903). Michelle Stuart’s drawings and photographs are inspired by her extensive travels in Morocco in the early 1980s.  In the Sunroom Project Space, two site-specific installations open, both by the 2016 Van Lier Visual Artist Fellows: Julian Chams has created tactile, photo-based assemblages of memories, feelings and experiences, seeking to soften our information-laden world; Beatrice Glow’s installation converts the Sun Porch into a retelling of trans-Pacific histories, using sights and scents that reference the spice trade.

Tanya Bannister, photo by Lisa Marie Mazzucco, September 2015

Historic Armor Hall is the home of Wave Hill’s indoor concerts, an annual series of ten, hour-long performances.  This season’s adventurous mix of performers offers a variety of traditional music and innovative sounds and styles—from string quartets and a brass quintet to early music and a big band performance.  Elegant and award-winning pianist Tanya Bannister opens the indoor season. Bannister is joined by string players for an hour of intimate music-making featuring chamber ensemble arrangements of piano concertos by Chopin and Mozart.    

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What:           Fall Arts Opening Weekend

Where:         Wave Hill, West 249 Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx, NY

Schedule:     Fall Exhibitions Reception, Saturday, September 19, 2‒4:30PM  Glyndor Gallery and on the grounds. Free with admission to the grounds.

Concert:      Tanya Bannister: Intimate Piano Concertos, Sunday, September 20, 2PM  

                     Adults $28/22 Wave Hill Member, Children (ages 8–18) $15/$12 Wave Hill Member.  Order tickets online at wavehill.org or onsite at the Perkins Visitors Center.

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The Sunroom Project Space is supported in part by the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation.  The Edward & Sally Van Lier Visual Arts Fellowship is supported by The New York Community Trust.  Additional support for the Arts at Wave Hill is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts. Funding for Matthew Friday’s project has been made possible by the Puffin Foundation Ltd.  

Wave Hill, Inc. is an independent, non-profit cultural institution governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.  The buildings and grounds of Wave Hill are owned by the City of New York.  With the assistance of the Bronx Borough President and Bronx representatives in the City Council and State Legislature, Wave Hill’s operations are supported with public funds through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums Grant Program administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts.

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