Open Position: Lead Curator/Coordinator

 Hudson Valley MOCA in Peekskill, N.Y. is seeking a lead curator/coordinator for a major city revitalization project to install public art from the Waterfront through the Downtown, including, but not limited to, up to 10 sculptures with light elements to illuminate the walking path from the river to the downtown, as well as murals, banners and installations to highlight the city as a major hub for the arts in the Hudson Valley.

Qualifications:

  • The curator must be an individual with expertise in contemporary art, especially technology-based art, and connections to the contemporary art community, individual artists, art schools, and art residencies.
  • The Curator must be able to work collaboratively with the varied project committees so that each can draw on their circle of contacts to attract the best, most exciting, and proficient artists to the project.
  • The curator must have strong organizational skills to streamline the selection process, artists to museum, museum and project committees to city communication, approvals, and consensus.
  • The curator must be adept as writing regular reports and overseeing that government requirements are duly addressed.
  • The curator should have the skills to oversee and coordinate installation and construction stages.
  • The curator must have expertise in budget oversight, issuing work orders and invoices for materials, soliciting competitive bids.
  • Basic computer skills required: Windows or MacOS, Microsoft Word, Digital marketing and social media, Zoom, Skype, Quickbooks, Excel, some graphic design, blogging.
  • Submit resumes and inquiries to liviastraus@hotmail.com

HUDSON VALLEY MOCA UPDATE

November marks Native American Heritage Month and here, at Hudson Valley MOCA, we are proud to display works by two extraordinary contemporary artists, Jeffrey Gibson and Marie Watt.  

HVMOCA’s history with Jeffrey goes back to 2015 when he appeared in our exhibition, ‘The New Hudson River School’ and later when he worked with the advanced creative writing students from Peekskill’s Middle School.  Jeffrey’s roots are in the Cherokee-Choctaw nations.  One of the rare contemporary artists to be supported through art school by his tribe, Jeffrey comes with a classic art background having graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago and receiving his MFA from the Royal College of Art, London. Early works referenced abstract painting but gradually morphed into an integrated language that embraced his native artistic heritage.  Jingles, beads, studs, geometric imagery, potent phrases embellished ‘Everlast’ punching bags, tapestries and figures, metaphors that cut to the heart.  Marie Watt, a graduate of Yale, has roots in the Seneca nation, her language mainly textile based, drawing on Iroquois proto-feminism and indigenous teachings.  She explores the intersection of history, community, and storytelling.  Through powerful communal sewing circles she elicits words, ‘mother’, ‘peace’, ‘beautiful’, ‘strong’, ‘time’, each embroidered on squares, sometimes on new felt, often on repurposed ‘story blankets’ that bear the scars and marks of time and memory.  Her blanker obelisks can be frontal, human size, or totemic, reaching to the clouds, some 10ft’ high.

When artists work with materials that are viewed as ‘craft’ based, they blur the boundaries between ‘fine art’ and ‘craft’, often making their works more difficult to categorize, to accept.  Add to that the challenge of being accepted on merit, despite heritage, culture, or racial nuance.  These two artists have managed to bridge these challenges, creating works that are universal in appeal, that speak to the heart.  And after all, is that not what great art must do.

Sneak Preview: How We Live: Part II: An expansion of 'How We Live' reflecting on global artistic visions of need and empathy, political chaos and its repercussions.

Jeffrey Gibson. Someone Great is Gone
Jeffrey Gibson. Someone Great is Gone
How We Live II, Hudson Valley MOCA


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