Filed in Home Page Menu by on February 13, 2019

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Woodstock Artists Association. As the banners on the front of our building announce, this year we celebrate community, history, art and creativity. We have a full schedule of exhibitions, events, special programs and surprises planned. It’s going to be an exciting year!

We’ve created a Community Engagement Wall in our newly revamped Shop @ WAAM and we will solicit periodic prompts throughout the year for your participation. We open on February 2nd with an invitation to post your photo on the wall as we celebrate all of the artists who have exhibited at WAAM.

Community and history are also a main feature of the opening exhibition in our Phoebe and Belmont Towbin Wing titled, Arbitrary History: The People’s Choice. We have invited participants from the postman to the politician to select their favorite work from our Permanent Collection. History will also be highlighted in the presentation of materials from our Archives in a number of exhibitions this year. Rarely seen objects, such as George Ault’s palette, Petra Cabot’s Skotch Kooler, Frank Swift Chase’s paintbox, Bolton Brown’s levigator, Carl Walter’s jewelry, and the original announcement of the performance of John Cage’s 4’33” will be displayed as part of our 100 Years / 100 Objects exhibition.

In addition to all of the exciting artwork on exhibit throughout all of our galleries, we will be presenting something we’re calling Centennial Surprises and Fun Facts. These Fun Facts affiliated with the 100 year history of the WAA will be featured on our website and on specially designed labels, and in installations, throughout the galleries. Keep an eye out for them and learn some fun facts about the remarkable history of the Woodstock Artists Association.

The Centennial Surprises are just that….be the 100th person to come through out doors and receive a special gift…be on the look-out for a flash mob….look for gaffer’s tape throughout the building identifying areas of historic importance. They’ll be something to catch your eye and your attention during each visit.

Our programming for the centennial year includes a dynamic Dialogues series that features a performance of composer Mort Feldman’s, For Philip Guston performed by New York’s Bent Duo in conjunction with a special exhibition of Philip Guston’s Pure Drawings; part II of the lecture series, The Woodstock Art Colony: The Nascent Years 1900-1930 presented by Dr. Bruce Weber; a lecture on the counter-culture of the 1960s by art critic Kay Larson in addition to gallery talks presented in conjunction with our solo gallery artists and the Radius 50 and  FOCUS series exhibitions of contemporary work in our Main Gallery.

And of course the main event is our Big Birthday Bash on Sat. July 20th. Come celebrate with us under the tent as we transform our yard for a birthday party replete with birthday cake, ice cream, music and a special sculptural birthday cake for you to decorate.

We will also be celebrating our 100th anniversary with the publication of a centennial book scheduled for release in late August. The publication will feature essays on the history of the association and the history of the Permanent Collection by historians Tom Wolf and Bruce Weber, along with an illustrated timeline and reproductions of highlights from our Permanent Collection. This special publication celebrates the WAA’s remarkable history. Make sure to get your copy!

We hope you’ll join us for the many activities that we have planned and that you’ll be part of this very special year as we honor the 100 year anniversary of the Woodstock Artists Association. Here’s to community, art, history and creativity and the next 100 years!

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