Catskill Mountainkeeper and Catskill Art Space to present a screening and discussion of Michel Negroponte’s film Herd, on Saturday, November 11 at 5pm in the CAS River Gallery

A herd of shaggy Belted Galloway cattle is delivered to a neighboring pasture in the Catskills and instantly inspires a new film. The filmmaker’s growing fascination with the cows leads him to reflect on the modern idea of animal personhood. Michel Negroponte’s essay film is equal part rumination, observation and meditation. It reveals the cow’s essence and challenges us to think differently about our fellow living animal beings.

Join us on 11/11 for the local premier of this inspiring new film. 

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Livingston Manor, NY – Catskill Art Space is pleased to share a weekend of interdisciplinary  programming over Veterans Day weekend to activate its second-floor River Gallery space. The  weekend will begin with a discussion between artist Nancy Davidson, whose work is exhibited on the ground-floor galleries, and arts writer Jo Anna Isaak. The discussion will explore  Davidson’s exhibition Braids, Eggs, and Legs: A Wandering and art, feminism, and the power of  women’s laughter. The talk will take place on Saturday, November 11 at 4pm at Catskill Art  Space, 48 Main Street, Livingston Manor, NY in the second floor River Gallery. Free and open  to all.  

Together with Catskill Mountainkeeper, Catskill Art Space will present a screening and  discussion of Michel Negroponte’s film Herd, on Saturday, November 11 at 5pm in the CAS  River Gallery. Negroponte was inspired to make his film after a herd of shaggy Belted Galloway  cattle was delivered to a neighboring pasture by his home in Livingston Manor. As his  fascination with the cows and their daily routines through the changing seasons grew,  Negroponte began to reflect on the idea of animal personhood. The resulting essay film is equal  part rumination, observation, and meditation. It reveals the cow’s essence and challenges us to  think differently about our fellow living animal beings.  

2023, color, 60 minutes. 

Free popcorn and refreshments will be served. 

World Premiere - The Thessaloniki International Film Festival 

Best Documentary - The New Jersey International Film Festival 

Best Documentary and Best Cinematography - The Choice International Film Festival ABOUT THE ARTISTS 

Nancy Davidson is a contemporary artist whose practice encompasses sculpture, installation,  drawing, and photography. She has focused on exploring the female form, power dynamics, and  societal expectations. Davidson's work is characterized by its innovative use of materials, such  as inflatable latex sculptures that challenge conventional representations of femininity. Her  works are imbued with a keen sense of humor and playfulness, while also addressing deeper  issues of gender and power. 

Jo Anna Isaak is a writer, curator, and Professor Emerita at Fordham University in New York  City. She is the author of The Ruin of Representation in Modernist Art and Texts; Feminism and  Contemporary Art: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Laughter; Nancy Spero; Heresies: A  Feminist Publication on Art and Politics; Idioma: A Journal of Feminist Post-Totalitarian  Criticism; along with numerous articles and catalogue essays. She has curated several  exhibitions including: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Laughter, an exhibition of about the  transformative potential of humor as wielded by women artists; Laughter Ten Years After, a  replay and expansion of the Revolutionary Power of Women’s Laughter exhibition; Looking  Forward, Looking Black an examination of race, representation and the contested cultural  constructions of identity; H2O, an exhibition focusing on water and the human body; And for all  this, Nature is Never Spent, an exhibition about the stewardship of the environment; Arctic  Subtext, a photographic exhibition of life in the Arctic by artist Subhankar Banerjee; Palas por  Pistolas, with the artist Pedro Reyes converting guns into shovels to plant trees; Art for Arctic’s 

Sake, an exhibition that calls attention to the profound impact climate change is having upon the  sensitive ecosystem of the Arctic. 

Michel Negroponte is an award-winning filmmaker who has been making feature length  documentaries for more than 40 years. He was born and raised in New York City, and studied  filmmaking with Richard Leacock and Ed Pincus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in  the 1970s. His films include Jupiter's Wife (1994), Methadonia (2005), I'm Dangerous with  Love (2009). His work has been broadcast on PBS, HBO, the Sundance Channel, and the BBC.  His film, Jupiter's Wife was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in  Documentary and won the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Michel Negroponte  has also taught in the graduate and undergraduate film programs at New York University's  Tisch School of the Arts, Temple University, the School of Visual Arts and The Vermont College  of Arts. He currently lives with his wife, the artist Joni Wehrli, in Livingston Manor, NY. 


Catskill Art Space (CAS) explores contemporary art practices of emerging and established  artists. Through exhibitions, performances, classes, lectures, and screenings, CAS fosters  creative community in the Catskills.  

Established as Catskill Art Society in 1971, CAS reopened in October 2022 as Catskill Art  Space following a major renovation and expansion of its multi-arts center, located in the  picturesque hamlet of Livingston Manor in the Western Catskills. CAS presents a rotating slate  of exhibitions, performances and other events featuring national and regional talents, alongside  long-term installations of works by James Turrell, Sol LeWitt, Francis Cape, and Ellen Brooks.  Learn more at  


Notes to Editor  

Event date: November 11, 2023, 4pm 

Address: 48 Main St. Livingston Manor, NY 12758 

Long-term installations on view: Long-term presentation (through 2027) of James Turrell’s light  installation Avaar (1976) and two site-specific wall drawings from Sol LeWitt, as well as solo  presentations of well- established artists from the local area, Francis Cape (through 2027) and  Ellen Brooks (through 2027).  

Instagram: @catskillartspace  

For media inquiries, please contact: 

Sally Wright, Executive Director 

[email protected] 646-696-1044

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