Adaptations, Companion Exhibition -Christina Hunt Wood with selection of experimental films
Curated by Megan Adams Irving and Sydney L. Waller
November 7-17, The Smithy.
The companion exhibit for 2019, Adaptations, presents the work of artist, Christina Hunt Wood, and three experimental films. The films, provided to Glimmerglass Film Days by Jane Steuerwald of the Black Maria Film Festival, are Ghost Dance for America, 1890, Karl Nussbaum, Thanksgiving is Insane, Josh Raskin and Daniel Davis, and Unsettled, Tara Knight. Adaptations offers the opportunity to look again, through the eyes of these artists, at assumed histories, traditions, and everyday actions in North America and more specifically our local, rural culture.
Christina Hunt Wood says of her work, “Using video, photography, and found objects, I examine the mundane actions of rural people that often thwart opportunity for social, economic, and environmental progress in the name of perceived tradition or patriotism.”
Opening Reception, Thursday, November 7, 8:00-9:30 (Glimmerglass Film Days Opening Night Party, tickets $40)
Open (free and open to the public):
During Film Days, November 8-9, 11 AM-4 PM
Sunday, November 10, 1-4 PM
Saturday, November 16, 11 AM-4 PM
Sunday, November 17, 1-4 PM
Artists Talk and Closing Reception, Sunday, November 17, 3-5 PM (free and open to the public)
Also open by appointment until November 17, call curator Sydney Waller, 607-547-5327 or 315-941-9607 to schedule a visit if she does not answer, you can try 607-547-9777
This exhibition would not have been possible without the support of a dedicated team. We would particularly like to recognize Film Days’ indefatigable technical advisor, Xander Moffat, who manages the many technological challenges inherent in presenting film and video. We thank William J. Ralston, furniture maker, for creating ceiling-suspended projector platforms for the videos. We thank Janet Erway of the Smithy and the Cooperstown Art Association, for graciously making this wonderful, unconventional space available. And most especially, we thank Christina Hunt Wood and Jane Steuerwald for recognizing the possibilities inherent in this exciting collaboration and for being so generous throughout the prep work for the show.
Christina Hunt Wood, Untitled Interactions: Oh! The Measures
A multi-channel poetic documentary looking at the ways people in a rural Northern community use symbols and actions as a device to maintain privilege and the myth of white superiority.
Artist Statement | Christina Hunt Wood
—As an African American living in socially contentious times, I am driven to understand the hegemonic structure of my rural, predominantly white Appalachian community in upstate NY. Using historical archives, interviews, collected objects, and personal experience, I examine the mundane actions of rural people (past and present) that can thwart opportunity for social, economic, and environmental progress. Actions include the embrace of segregationist symbols as part of our “heritage” or the consumption of “road sodas (alcoholic beverages)” while driving and then discarding the spent cans into the ditches of the idyllic back roads. For the perpetrators, these acts might feel like expressions of power, but they’re damaging to the integrity of our history and hurt the very spaces rural people cherish.
Christina Hunt Wood, Detail, Charlotte Creek Road
Christina Hunt Wood, Turnpike Rd. Meredith, NY (I) 8x8 in, archival silk paper 12x12 in framed 2016
Tara Knight, Unsettled
Multiple layers of archival and historically-based images appear and disappear as they reveal glimpses into the ecological and economic histories of the American landscape. A journey through American history includes the early lives of Indian peoples morphing into white settlements, industrial development, railroads, and dense landscapes. (Tara Knight, Denver, CO Experimental - 7 min.)
Josh Raskin and Daniel Davis, Thanksgiving is Insane
As generally understood, the American holiday of Thanksgiving commemorates a neighborly feast that was shared by Pilgrims and Indians in 1621. However, Thanksgiving reveals the origins of a country forever fascinated, conflicted, and shaped by its fraught relationship with American Indians. (Josh Raskin, Toronto, Canada and Daniel Davis, Washington, DC, Animation - 5 min)
Karl Nussbaum, Ghost Dance for America, 1890
Name the country built on the genocide of one race and the enslavement of another.' Ghost Dance for America, 1890 is about the birth of our nation, the violent history of the 1800’s and how it presages today’s political climate. The Ghost Dance was a religious movement of the Native Americans in response to the U.S. government’s westward expansion and terrorism against them. (Karl Nussbaum, Brooklyn, NY. Experimental - 19 min.)