Kate McGloughlin: Requiem for Ashokan

Requiem for Ashokan-The Story told in Landscape

June 3 – 25, 2017

Reception: June 3, 4 – 6 PM


Friday, June 23
Free Concert with ETHEL in synchrony with Kate McGloughlin exhibit. 
8 PM
+ Walk-through on Requiem for Ashokan with artist Kate McGloughlin. 7 PM.

Maverick Concerts and the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM) are pleased to present ETHEL, the post-modern, indie-classical quartet, in a conversation with Kate McGloughlin. The evening will feature ETHEL’s  spontaneous musical meditation on McGloughlin’s solo exhibit “Requiem for Ashokan-The Story Told in Landscape.”
The event, free and open to the public.

Olivebridge artist Kate McGloughlin will have a solo exhibition of work at the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum entitled, “Requiem for Ashokan-The Story told in Landscape,” June 3 through June 24, 2017 with an opening reception at WAAM, 28 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY, on June 3, from 4-6 pm. McGloughlin, whose ancestors help settle Ulster County twelve generations ago, will offer mixed media paintings, solarplate etchings, maps with audio files and an artist book depicting the emotional impact endured by the loss of home, community and landscape that took place during the construction of the Ashokan Reservoir. Ironically, McGloughlin’s father’s family was among the wave of Irish immigrants landing in New York at the end of the nineteenth century that made its construction necessary.

McGloughlin’s artist book states that her ancestors “led an idyllic life dependent on their land and devoted to the other families who were their beloved community in the Esopus Valley. By 1915, their homes, barns and mills were destroyed, their land ‘grubbed’ and burned, their buried ancestors exhumed and relocated, the iconic waterfall that powered their mills flooded, their lives irrevocably and forever changed…” The weight of that loss, woven into the emotional fabric that is part of her family’s legacy, is still evident in the landscapes the artist depicts.

“I gather images and words at the shoreline of the Ashokan Reservoir and often imagine my ancestors during their lifetime or during their exodus. A propane tank loosed after heavy rains riffs on displacement, the silhouette of a flock of starlings resembles an upturned coal skuttle. Winter vegetation recalls the handcrafted broom… used to sweep out (an) ancestral home before it was razed. Often the weather patterns… seem to depict this unthinkable diaspora as a summer storm brews or a winter sunset unfolds.” McGloughlin adds “This offering is for them. That their sacrifice will not be forgotten, their beautiful, fruitful lives will be remembered, and to let them know that their great granddaughter’s daughter is here to tell their story, and is still listening for them.”

Recent Acquisitions 2009-2016 continues in the WAAM’s Phoebe & Belmont Towbin Museum Wing through June 25. A group show featuring WAAM member artists will be in the Main Gallery as well as a Small Works show in the Founders Gallery. Work by Ackerman Award Winner Catie Thompson will be on view in the YES gallery. At Oriole9, WAAM will exhibit works by Robert Goldfarb.

2017 Solo Shows were selected by juror Susana Torruella Leval, Director Emerita El Museo del Barrio, Chair of the New York City Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission.

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