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. www.nancydavidson.com
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.
ABOUT CATSKILL ART SPACE
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 catskillartspace.org.
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).
For media inquiries, please contact:
Sally Wright, Executive Director
[email protected] 646-696-1044