Peekskill Exhibit Gets To The Core Of Art

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Artwork by Jonas Burgert is part of a new exhibit at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill.
Artwork by Jonas Burgert is part of a new exhibit at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill. Photo Credit: Courtesy of HVCCA
Artwork by Osvaldo Romberg is part of a new exhibit at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill.
Artwork by Osvaldo Romberg is part of a new exhibit at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill. Photo Credit: Courtesy of HVCAA

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. --  A new exhibit at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA) is showing how art and technology can blend together.

"Art at the Core: The Intersection of Visual Art, Performance and Technology," the newest exhibit at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill, runs through July 27.

In the exhibit, the artists employ traditional art materials as well as new technology, video and performance to look to art as addressing the very core of everyday life.  The artists address identity politics as seen through past cultural and social traditions, race, nationalism, and heritage. Others artists in the exhibition re-appropriate disseminated images and objects that are the products of technology and industry. 

The HVCCA has been in Peekskill for 10 years bringing fine art to Peekskill.

"This art would otherwise be seen in museums and galleries in New York City and Berlin," Jo-Ann Brody of HVCCA said. "We pride ourselves on bringing foreign artists who have never been shown in Peekskill."

In March, plays and poetry will be performed from playwrights and poets who were inspired by the artwork. Music will also be performed.

Brody said she hopes patrons look at the world anew after attending the exhibit.

"We hope they see the show and are jarred out of their everyday life," Brody said. "This show addresses identity politics. Many of these pieces are not just paintings on the wall. This is an artists reflection of life."

The exhibit has a mixture of artists well known and unknown and Brody said people come up from New York City to view the work. The show was recently reviewed in The New York Times.

Brody said her favorite pieces are The World's Most Complete Congress of Strange People by Thomas Zip and a piece by Croton resident Jeffrey Schrier.

"It's very exciting," Brody said. "There's so much culture on the floor. These pieces are wonderful."

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