One of the most important artists of her generation, Marina Abramovic is embarking on the largest undertaking of her long and illustrious career as a performance artist – the opening of the Marina Abramović Foundation for the Preservation of Performance Art just down the road in Hudson.
Proposed model for The Marina Abramović Institute for the Preservation of Performance Art in Hudson
Story by Greg Haymes Photographs by Sara Ayers
Art-world superstar Marina Abramovic’s plan for a performance art museum in Hudson was unveiled on Sunday morning, when she opened the doors of the former Community Tennis building at Columbia and Seventh streets to give folks a chance to see what the building looks like now – and, more importantly, her vision of what the building might look like when her Institute for the Preservation of Performance Art eventually opens. The current projected opening is mid-2014.
Earlier this year Abramovic announced that she had signed a deal with architect Rem Koolhaus to design and construct the museum, and on Sunday there were numerous sketches and scale models on display, giving interested onlookers their first look at what she has in mind for her estimated $15 million project.
More than 30 venues…
More than 130 acts…
More than 180 performance…
More than 400 musicians…
The second annual Hudson Music Festival will fill the city of Hudson with non-stop music over the course of three days this weekend – and almost all of it is free.
There will be live music performances in restaurants, stores and galleries. Tented stages will be placed along Warren Street from the Seventh Street Park and continuing down the street to the Henry Hudson Riverfront Park. Festival performances start at 5pm on Friday; 12noon-12midnight on Saturday; 12noon-6pm on Sunday.
Club Helsinki will host the prestigious Festival Showcase with 20 bands on two stages beginning at 5pm on Saturday. The Last Conspirators, the Pawn Shop Saints, C.B. Smith & the Lucky Devils and Oobleck will be among the bands featured on stage, while the Tommy Keys Band, Szelrozsa, the Rooftrees and others will perform in the courtyard. NOTE: There is a $10 suggested donation to the Festival Showcase.
Among the many other bands and musicians performing at the HM Festival throughout the weekend are Todd Nelson’s TN3, Black n Gold featuring Young Paris, Big Frank & the Bargain Bingers, Lady Moon, Chris Merenda & the Wheel, Frank Cuthbert, Drew Jacobs, Ray Murray & the Bomb Squad, the Erin Harkes Band, Pony in the Pancake, Jamie Kent & the Options, Mamalama, Sly Fox & the Hustlers, the Assortment of Crayons, Slink Moss, Nine Votes Short, Miss Shirley’s Buckleshiners, the 7th Squeeze, Head Womb, the Compact, Positive Mental Trip, Rakish Paddy, On the Shoulders of Giants and lots, lots more.
Marina Abramovic performing "The Artist is Present" at MOMA in May, 2010
There’s an awful lot of cool stuff going on Hudson these days – from bigger venues like Time + Space Limited, Club Helsinki and the Basilica to smaller indie art outlets like the Spotty Dog, Musica and Dennis Herbert’s Folk Art Gallery. There are world class recording studios and first class art galleries.
And now it looks like a very bright, international art-world spotlight might be shining on Hudson soon.
Art-world superstar Marina Abramovic’s long-rumored plan for a performance art museum in Hudson is getting closer to fruition. Her proposed Center for the Preservation of Performance Art in Hudson is moving forward with the announcement this week that Abramovic has signed a deal with architect Rem Koolhaus to design and construct the museum.