PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art will hold its annual Peekskill Project this weekend, bringing cutting-edge contemporary art out of the museum and into the community.
Peekskill Project V will be different from previous installments in that it kicks off a year-long event. This year’s festival begins Saturday with a weekend of free exhibitions and programming and continues in a series of monthly events through the end of July.
“This year we’ve expanded it so that most of the works will be up for at least a month,” said HVCCA Executive Director Katrina Ellis. “Most of the outdoor sculptures are going to be up for a full year. And then we have some temporary venues that we’ve borrowed from generous landlords, so we have exhibitions in factory spaces down by the waterfront that will be up until December.”
This year’s festival features paintings, sculptures, photography, installations and presentations of video, film and sound. There will also be performance art and presentations by artists working within the Hudson Valley and the greater New York City region chosen by a team of curators.
Venues being used this year include parks, local businesses, former industrial spaces, vacant lots and storefronts. Shuttle bus service will start at noon Saturday and Sunday and run in a loop until 6:30 p.m. Stops include the HVCCA, the Peekskill train station and the Field Library.
There also will be one-person exhibits and performances taking over several spaces downtown, such as window fronts near Assumption Church and the Peekskill Coffee House, as well as the Gazebo on the corner of South and North Division streets. Peekskill artist Lana Yu will be at her interactive project at the gazebo on Saturday.
“I am gathering words from the public to create an opportunity for self expression for people of all backgrounds in our community,” said Yu. “My dream is to transcribe the words into a mural here in Peekskill.”
A full schedule of this weekend’s events can be found on the HVCCA Peekskill Project V page.