Real Good for Free: C. Ryder Cooley’s “Singing Tree” @ SUNY New Paltz’s Dorsky Museum, New Paltz, 8/20/09


C. Ryder Cooley
has been Nippertown’s most talked-about performance artist since, well, forever?

A while back she did “Singing Tree” on the lovely Troy campus of RPI – right next to West Hall. Cooley was perched on a swing dangling from a tree branch high above the ground playing musical saw. Other musicians – and some just plain old normal people – gathered around on the ground around the tree and began harmonizing with her with their voices or musical instruments that they had brought.

Not necessarily harmonizing in any traditional sense, but rather in the most primitive, most basic fashion.

It was beautiful.

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Well, Cooley is mounting “Singing Tree” once again, this time on the campus of SUNY New Paltz just outside the Dorsky Museum.

As Cooley advises, “Gather at the SUNY New Paltz Dorsky Museum between 5:30-6:30pm Thursday, August 20, or find the Singing Tree yourself, located outside the museum in a tree. Please bring instruments &/or tree enchantments if you so desire for this participatory installation-performance.”


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One Response to “Real Good for Free: C. Ryder Cooley’s “Singing Tree” @ SUNY New Paltz’s Dorsky Museum, New Paltz, 8/20/09”

  1. romulus smyth says:

    Yes, by all means check it out. You just can’t stop watching.

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