May 8 - August 28, 2013
susan c. dessel
american samplers, series 3 (the chicken chronicles, nos. 1-14).
This suite of fourteen drawings are inspired by the food traditions of the Jewish community in New York from the arrival of the first Jewish refugees from Recife, Brazil, who arrived in Nieuw Amsterdam in 1654, to the Jewish and immigrant communities of today. The works convey visually particulars in the challenges faced by women responsible for meeting the requirements of traditions and laws of food preparation and in the continuity of their concerns and dreams as shared among subsequent immigrant groups. The visual language of Dessel's allegorical tale also celebrates the lives of these women by honoring the traditional sampler. Her repetitive pattern of playful lobsters represents the bounty of non-Kosher and is a play on the restrictions experienced by the minority Jewish community in the New World.
The drawings present historical realities that continue to impact our national dialogue on diversity, reflecting the artist's belief that "art gives people freedom to contemplate things they might not feel comfortable talking about in today's charged environment." With humor, the drawings highlight fears and cultural differences, intermingling, intermarriage, and eventual assimilation, and the xenophobia that has marked the maturing of immigrant communities in the U.S.A. for the past 350+ years.
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Septmber 25 - November 10. 2013
Jennifer L. Kronowitz
Transcendence: Photographs of the Gomez Mill House Landscape
Transcendence: Photographs of the Gomez Mill House opens Sunday, September 25, 2013 with 20 works by photographer Jennifer Lauren Kronowitz of Poughkeepsie, NY.
Kronowitz, a self-taught professional, has photographed local productions of The Vagina Monologues and The Rosendale Zombie Festival, and local musicians Jimmy James and Laura Hope and the Ark Tones, for their promotional materials. She offers her work to local bands and businesses at little cost, as she prefers to play a part in their success as a supporting creative collaborator. In addition to photography, Jennifer volunteers her services and works to charity, including a four one-hour photography sessions to the Family of Woodstock Domestic Violence Services for its charity auctions. Her appreciation for natural beauty is reflected in photographs from rare, precious depictions of wildlife to those of old, toothless men in hula skirts. "I prefer candid journalistic photography. I find true beauty in the laughable and ignored," says Kronowitz. "What brought me to Gomez Mill House is my love for historic, beautiful places. I fell in love with the grounds and house." Her true originality gleans somewhat singular on these historic walls as portrayed in this wonderful, original exhibit.
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Gomez Mill House
MAPPING THE MILL HOUSE: A Geographic Evolution of Gomez Mill House Property Ownership
(Dates of exhibit TBD.)
This exhibit traces the history of the Gomez Mill House property ownership through historic maps, deed registrations, and other historic documentation from early Native American tribes of the region to the current site ownership by the Gomez Foundation for Mill House. Illustrations reflect the ebb and flow of lands assigned and acquired by Mill House owners from the17th and 18th Century Colonial Dutch and English patents, to Gomez land purchases and divestiture, through continuous ownership of the Mill House property in various permutations to 2013.