Just 15 mins north of Hudson and situated on 300 acres in the town of Ghent, Art Omi is a sculpture and architecture park offering visitors the opportunity to experience a range of large-scale works in a singular outdoor environment. The fall foliage acts as a perfect backdrop for works from notable artists and architects such as Tony Cragg, Nari Ward, and Steven Holl.
On the cover this month, photographer Bryan Zimmerman captures skateboarder Justin McDowell in a moment of fierce, wild bliss and impeccable balance, leaving socially distanced onlookers of all ages standing spellbound. You can almost hear the crack and zing of his wheels re-engaging with the curvaceous bowl, not quite like any you've seen before.
Chemi Rosado-Seijo's Mahican Pearl-Hole (The Mahican Bowl) is a site-specific sculptural installation that opened on July 27 at Art Omi in Ghent. "Yes, that is a fully functional skate bowl—as the skateboarders who have already descended on the piece will attest," says Art Omi Communications Director Jessica Puglisi. "To the question of whether this is 'art' or did Art Omi just build a skate bowl, the answer is simply 'Yes.'"
While most art galleries and museums were all closed during the first months of quarantine, upstate New Yorkers still had a place they could go see art. Sprawled over 120 acres of hilly, lush, and tick-infested forest, Art Omi is perhaps the ideal social-distanced art setup. Thus, while the rest of the art world was at a soul-crushing standstill, Art Omi was even able to commission a new work. Better yet, it commissioned a work that functioned as a way for the community to come together—or at least the skating community. Chemi Rosado-Seijo’s Mahican Pearl Hole (Mahican Bowl) was built over the summer, and its story is a testament to just how resilient and close-knit the skating community is. The work is a skate bowl.
"Often compared to one another (as the two most notable sculpture parks in the Hudson valley), [Art] Omi is Storm King’s progressive, free-spirited younger sister. While Storm King boasts a blockbuster collection of Modern Art greats (Calder, LeWitt, Serra), Omi’s collection of lesser-known, more geographically and stylistically diverse contemporary artists are (at least to me) more exciting to experience."
"We thought about closing in the beginning, but our regulars begged us to stay open, so we really stopped and thought about it," said Art Omi Executive Director Ruth Adams.
And so Art Omi is open and has been throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
"It's been lovely, people are so grateful," Adams said. "Even at the worst times of the pandemic, just the idea that you could go somewhere and breathe and relax and walk, I think has been really meaningful for people."
"More than 60 large-scale works—and growing—can be discovered (and interacted with) on the grounds and in the on-site gallery. The organization—built around a residency for artists, dancers, musicians and writers—keeps the entire experience free for all visitors (and dogs are welcome, so long as they are leashed). Highlights are numerous, though perhaps the greatest of all is walking between the sprawling fields and winding wooded paths, happening upon unexpected treasures."
World Architecture: Steven Holl Installs Wooden Sculpture At Art Omi Sculpture And Architecture Park
"Steven Holl's studio Steven Holl Architects has installed a new wooden sculpture at the Art Omi Sculpture and Architecture Park in Ghent, New York. Called Obolin, the sculpture was designed by using three cutouts subtracted from spherical geometry to mark the exact location of the sun’s vector based on its Hudson Valley location at noon on the Summer and Winter Solstices, and at 2:00 pm on the Equinox."
"‘Obolin’ has been installed at the Art Omi’s Sculpture and Architecture Park. Three cutouts subtracted from spherical geometry mark the exact location of the sun’s vector based on its Hudson Valley location at noon on the Summer and Winter Solstices, and at 2:00 pm on the Equinox."
"Earlier this month, Steven Holl Architects designed and created their project Obolin, a sculpture made locally from a single panel of cross-laminated timber, or CLT. It was made for and is now exhibited in the Art Omi Sculpture and Architecture Park, an art center that seeks to explore the intersection of architecture and art through the production of pavilions, installations, landscape interventions, and built environments designed by architects."
"Obolin was fabricated from a single, 50-foot-long sheet of CLT, and was stack laminated and milled with a 7-axis robotic arm. This is the second sculpture by Steven Holl to be installed at Art Omi's Sculpture and Architecture Park. The first was One Two Five, a sculpture cut by CNC from a '21-million-year-old Lecce limestone' installed back in 2018."
"From its home in Ghent, Art Omi seeks to introduce creativity into the lives of the Hudson Valley community. The 120-acre sculpture park attracts an international roster of artists to display on the grounds, take up residencies, and participate in local programming."
"With more than 60 installations, it's one of the few places in the world where practicing architects can display their creations alongside more traditional sculpture and has featured pavilions created by noted architects Steven Holl, Benjamin Cadena, and Hou de Sousa among others."
"In the grass near the pavilion, stone blocks stand in rough steps, the color of quartz and clamshells. In an ordinary year, children would be climbing on them freely, and on hot days they could have a drink of cold water. This summer, they will have to keep a few feet away from the sculpture. But they can come with their families and run across the lawn."
The creative community has certainly been doing its part to adapt and assist in its own imaginative ways over the course of the ordeal. Art Omi, the 120-acre sculpture and architecture park in Columbia County, has opened its panoramic premises to individuals and small groups in need of some artistic distraction. "We recently installed a new, untitled piece by the sculptor Bianca Beck that's really colorful and joyful," says Omi's executive director, Ruth Adams.
Art Omi’s summer season has had to adapt and plan according to the changed world we are all living in. However, the arts center is working hard to provide visitors with so much to view in the park and preparing for indoor viewing as well.
Scroll: Why writers’ residencies in general – and Sangam House in particular – may go on despite Covid-19
DW Gibson, Director, Art Omi: Writers and co-founder of the Sangam House residency in Bengaluru, reveals the plan – and the hope: "The first time I ever heard about a “residency” for writers was in college. I nodded along with the other students even though I had no idea what the instructor was talking about. I think the word immediately struck me as intimate: residency is that place where you live – your home – but the word also confused me because it has a long term, if not permanent, feel to it. More than 20 years later, I see a similar mixed reaction from others whenever the subject of a residency comes up – and it comes up a lot for me because residencies have been a part of my professional life for the past 15 years."
Over the past several weeks, a modest of trickle of museums and cultural institutions have slowly and cautiously begun to reopen their doors with coronavirus safety measures firmly in place while others announce tentative plans to reopen later this summer or in the fall. Others remain shuttered indefinitely. For those who aren’t quite ready to venture indoors in the (limited) company of fellow museum-goers, standalone sculpture parks and outdoor art spaces affiliated with museums remain a viable alfresco option in which social distancing is perhaps made a bit easier.
Read more at Architect's Newspaper!
At a time when museums and galleries have closed their doors, Art Omi in Ghent has something that most exhibition spaces don’t: 120 acres of field and forest that serve as the setting for dozens of installations by contemporary artists.
“We feel really lucky to be able to offer an experience to the public during a time when a lot of arts organizations can’t,” said Ruth Adams, Omi’s executive director. With wide-open spaces, roomy trails, limited parking (enforced by attendants) and new signage reminding visitors of recommended guidelines, “it’s a safe place for people to be,” Adams said. Read more!
Amid concerns over community spread during the COVID-19 shutdown, Art Omi Executive Director Ruth Adams said the park is doing everything it can to encourage social distancing among visitors, including posting signs in the parking lot and around the grounds.
Art Omi, the iconic sculpture park in Ghent, NY, has been around for decades but is still a bit of a hidden gem. Filled with massive works from internationally acclaimed artists, the fields and woods at Art Omi offer a lot to contemplate and appreciate. Omi is home to the “ReActor” seesaw apartment, which created an international buzz when completed in 2016.
Local arts in a time of coronavirus: No concerts to hear. No plays to watch. No gallery openings to roam. For all of us, crazy times. For arts organizations and the artists themselves, even crazier.
Like many of us, Art Omi has watched the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic with deep concern. We are writing to announce that as of Thursday, March 12 at 5:00 pm, Art Omi will suspend all public events and classes until further notice. The Benenson Center will be closed as of March 13 until further notice. Visitors will be welcome in the Sculpture & Architecture Park. We encourage all visitors to observe a safe distance from others when visiting the park, and to adhere to other practices that prevent the spread of the contagion.
Architect's Newspaper: This season of Art Omi: Architecture explores handiwork through hand drawings and glass blowing
"Archaic methods and practices in the context of contemporary architecture are the common themes for two new exhibitions presented by Art Omi: Architecture, the nonprofit Hudson Valley, New York, arts foundation and exhibition space. The two shows, Single-Handedly: Contemporary Architects Draw by Hand and InConstruction: SO – IL, both opened on January 11." Read more at Architect's Newspaper!
"Every year, the not-for-profit arts center, Art Omi: Architecture, invites ten architects from around the world to take part in a two-week residency in Ghent, New York. Launched in 2017, the residency program allows early to mid-career architects the chance to develop their work while receiving feedback from expert critics in an annual Architecture Review at the end of their stay. " Read more at Architects Newspaper!
“In this season that is supposed to be joyous, but can also be quite stressful, Unsilent Night offers a welcome respite,” Kline says. It's easy to do, you get to be part of a large party playing gorgeous, glittering music, and it's free.” Those who are unable to attend the event but wish to hear this year’s presentation can tune in to Wave Farm who will be live broadcasting on WGXC 90.7-FM.
Read more at Chronogram.
"In a sexist society which regards ambitious women and heroines as “strange monsters,” DiMattio’s statues defiantly relish in their monstrosity, fusing masculine and feminine, human and animal, civilized and abject."
Read more at The Brooklyn Rail.
"This non-profit art center and sculpture park in Ghent offers 120 acres of beautiful scenery and sculpture. In addition to its expansive grounds, Art Omi makes a name for itself in the local community by offering both immersive art classes and yoga on the grounds." Read more at Hudson Valley Happenings.
"On a humid late-summer evening, a storm is blowing over Chatham, sending breezes through PS21's open-air theater and providing a soundtrack of crackling thunder for the dance class taking place onstage. After running the two dozen students of all ages (including a handful of young musicians from nearby Art Omi) through a set of warm-ups, choreographer Liz Gerring begins to construct a dance using simple, accessible movements."
"Art Omi’s 2019 exhibition season has kicked off at the nonprofit’s 120-acre sculpture and architecture park, where visitors can, for free, wander among primitive huts, inflatable habitats, towering machinery, high-tech textile pavilions, and more." https://archpaper.com/2019/08/art-omi-summer-season-2019/: Read more at Architect's Newspaper.
"Wear your walking shoes and head to the historic town of Ghent, New York, where outdoor sculptures and architectural pavilions are gracefully strewn across 120 acres of verdant landscape at Art Omi." Read more at Architectural Digest.
"Though Art Omi may be best known as a sculpture garden, it is also home to a gallery space. Here, that space will take center stage with a new exhibition of work by Tschabalala Self," reports Katie White for artnet.
"Music power couple Alicia Keys and Kasseem Dean, known as Swizz Beatz, bought [Blonde and Father,] paintings by emerging artist Tschabalala Self," reports Katya Kazakina for Bloomberg. Both works are included in Self's solo exhibition in the Newmark Gallery at Art Omi, on view July 27 - September 29, 2019.
"From large-scale outdoor works like Atelier Van Lieshout‘s “Blast Furnace” to a David Shrigley solo show indoors, there’s work here for all ages."
ARTNews: ‘Making a Mark and Not Trying to Express Something’: David Shrigley on Drawing, Theresa May, and Electric Guitars
"David Shrigley is known for drawings that balance dark sarcasm with heartfelt modesty. His mix of whimsy and morbidity has also been explored through sculpture, painting, and, over the past few years, music. His new show, “To Be of Use,” is on view at Art Omi in upstate Ghent, New York, through July 21, with new works including five electric guitars, a usable telephone (though with the number zero omitted), a calculator that can only subtract, and a piece called The Artist that is like a Roomba with a face that draws on the floor with markers placed in its nostrils."
Read more at ARTNews.
ARTNews: Joep van Lieshout’s 40-Foot ‘Blast Furnace’ Heads to Art Omi in Upstate New York for Two-Year Sojourn
Art Omi: Artists, Alum & Program Board Member
Dan Devine, USA, 1993
"Art Omi ... has chosen John Newman, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Ralph Lemon, Jennifer Bartlett, and Johannes Girardoni as the winners of its 2019 Francis J. Greenburger Award. Each artist will receive $12,500, and the prizes will be presented at the New Museum in New York on April 1."
The Museum of Modern Art in New York has hired Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi as a curator in its department of painting and sculpture. Nzewi will be coming from the Cleveland Museum of Art, where he’s currently curator of African art. Read the full article at ARTnews. Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi was the 2018 Art Omi: Artists Critic-in-Residence.
Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi was the 2018 Art Omi: Artists Critic-in-Residence.
Art Omi: Writers Spring 2016 resident Laura van den Berg (USA) remarks on her residency experience.
"Architects, like everyone else, will one day die—but their work will live on, allowing meditations not only on the loss of their own lives but on death as a whole. In upstate New York, the nonprofit arts group Art Omi is probing the intersection of design and mortality with EXIT Architecture: Speculations for the Hereafter..." Click here to read the full article.
Art Omi: Artists alum Tania Bruguera, 1995/Cuba
Art Omi is pleased to announce the ten 2019 architects selected for the 2019 Art Omi: Architecture Residency. Now in its third year, the Art Omi: Architecture residency is the first and only of its kind in the United States, inviting ten early- to mid-career architects from around the world to develop work during a two-week residency at Art Omi’s campus in Ghent, New York. Described as “one of the world’s most inspiring design residencies,” by Artsy, alumni include architects from over ten countries.
Art Omi: Artists is pleased to launch an annual Art Omi Local Fellowship for artists who live and work within Art Omi’s local region. Applications for the 2019 Local Fellowship will be accepted from December 1, 2018 - January 20, 2019.
Local artist Matthew Thurber's Art Comic is available to purchase from us, as well as his custom designed t-shirt for Art Omi! Click here to buy one.
Exhibition curated by Art Omi: Artists past juror and recurring visitor, Monika Fabijanska, which includes work by alumni Roya Amigh (Artists, 2016) and Jennifer Karady (Artists 2017)
Art Omi: Artists alum Tania Bruguera, 1995/Cuba
"Bruguera, who has spent time detained in Cuba for her political outspokenness, organized the intervention at the Tate Modern as part of her 10,143,210 exhibition responding to the international refugee crisis."
Learn more about Bruguera's latest commission for the Tate Modern, which is on view through February 2019.
Daily Mail: Moving home! Designers Create Incredible 'Seesaw House' That Sways in the Wind and Tilts Up and Down Depending on Where Inhabitants Stand
"The work of Buenos Aires-born, New York-based artist Liliana Porter problematizes scale. Toys (already a scale version of reality) first appeared in Porter’s work in the 1970s..."
Hudson Valley 360: Art Omi Partners with Ellsworth Kelly Foundation to Integrate Arts into Curriculum at Local Public Schools
Arch Daily Mexico: Architects who have represented Mexico, Puerto Rico and Chilé at the Art Omi: Architecture Residency
Tarik Currimbhoy is an Art Omi Trustee, artist with work in The Fields Sculpture, and Board Member of Art Omi: Artists + Art Omi: Architecture
The New York Times: Art Omi: Artists alumni Dread Scott + Nicole Awai Imagine Replacement Solutions for Confederacy Statues
Art Omi: Artists alumni Dread Scott (USA, 2011) and Nicole Awai (Trinidad/USA, 2004) are among a group of six artists who are imagining ways to replace statues that celebrate the Confederacy. The New York Times asked artists to contemplate these markers of our country’s racist and violent history — the space they take up, physically and psychically — and imagine what should happen when they are gone. Click here to read the article.
The Architect's Newspaper: Art Omi: Architecture Issues Open Call for Exhibition Exploring Post-Mortem Architecture
Art Omi has issued an open call for an upcoming exhibition that will explore the future of design for death. Exit Architecture: Speculations on the Hereafter will showcase proposals that present critical and speculative looks at both present and future visions of post-mortem architecture and “new ways of marking our exit” from this world.
Art Omi: Artists, Critic in Residence 2017
Art Omi: Writers
Hanna Bervoets, Fiction/Nonfiction/Film
The Netherlands, 2018
Click here to read a weblog about Hanna's experience at Ledig House this past spring.
Art Omi: Artists
Paula Flores is the August 2018 featured artists in Art Zealous' #ArtPowerWomen series, which aims to increase the visibility of important, unrepresented women artists. Flores discussed her recent residency at Art Omi along with upcoming exhibitions here.
NYSCA Grantee Spotlight: Art Omi's New Architecture Residency Gives Architects Time and Space to Flourish
Art Omi: Architecture
Art Omi: Architecture receives funding support from NYSCA for 2018. The unique program is highlighted in an interview with Warren James, Director of Art Omi: Architecture. Read the full interview here.
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Jennifer Newsom + Tom Carruthers, aka Dream the Combine, were selected as winners of the 2018 Young Architects Program sponsored by the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1. The pavilion Hide and Seek opened June 28 in the courtyard of PS1, and will be on view through September 3.
Art Omi: Artists
2013, Suriname / The Netherlands
Remy Jungerman has been selected to represent The Netherlands at the 2019 Venice Biennale. Jungerman will create new work that fuses the modernism of De Stijl with the history of Suriname.
Art Omi has named gallerist and co-founder of the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) Zach Feuer as Director of The Fields Sculpture Park.
“Art Omi has been as asset to my community for many years. I’m honored to be able to continue the good work done by predecessors to advance the goals of Omi,” said Feuer. “Working on exhibitions and the expansion at The Fields at Art Omi is a dream job. This institution maintains a culture which I have envied for years—a program with international reach that remains extremely accessible for all. The number of people served by the various initiatives at Omi is constantly inspiring. I hope to be able to expand on the work done before me, and to help grow Art Omi’s reach and continue the high level of programing provided here.”
Art Omi to Receive $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the Art Omi: Artists international residency program.
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Tate Modern announced on Wednesday that the Cuban performance artist Tania Bruguera will undertake the 2018 commission, which will open in October.
No details of the work have been given but Bruguera is known for her politically charged art.
Art Omi: Artists
As part of its ongoing series of commissions for the Stairwell, The Drawing Center has asked New York artist Inka Essenhigh to create a site-specific wall drawing. Essenhigh’s installation will be the third in the series, following Gary Simmons’s Ghost Reels (2016–18) and Abdelkader Benchamma’s Dark Matter (2015–16).
Organized by Brett Littman, Executive Director.
Inka Essenhigh: Manhattanhenge is made possible through the support of Miles McEnery Gallery and Stacey and Rob Goergen.
Image: Installation view of Inka Essenhigh: Manhattanhenge. The Drawing Center, New York, 2018. Photograph by Martin Parsekian.
The curator, John Roach, has put together sixteen artists whose reconsideration of the book ranges from the manic scrapbook to the mechanically-reproduced codex. Ward Shelley and Douglas Paulson’s Archive Library v. I, (2012) sets up a barely-controlled system of correlating fake books with fictional archives. This is comically drawn out, with oil and toner on Mylar, in precariously stacked boxes which seem to fall over themselves trying to remain in their assigned places. Click here for more info.
Queens Museum Screens “FACE THE EARTH” by Ming-Chuan Huang Documentary on Chin Chih Yang (Artists Alum, 2017)
Renowned Taiwanese filmmaker Ming-Chuan Huang partners with Taiwanese American performance artist Chin Chih Yang to explore the artist’s lifelong focus on the culture of waste.
"Binalakshmi Nepram isn’t ready to die. She has work to do. The poet, author, activist, and mother has a message to spread. Things weren’t always so clear. After escaping her home state of Manipur in India she languished, lost, afraid, uncertain." - The Alt
Are you a mid career architect with at least six years of professional practice since licensing or graduation? Do you need time off from the daily grind? Well, Omi Architecture in Ghent, New York has a residency program for you! -Architects Newspaper
One might say that the Primitive Hut pavilion by OMG! is both high-tech and traditional, or even temporary and permanent. A mix of new and old techniques and technologies, the project is designed to last indefinitely while at the same time decompose away. -Architects Newspaper
The shopping list is a neglected artform. Humans have been writing them for centuries, yet one has never appeared in an anthology of literature. Critics haven't come to a consensus on a particular masterpiece of this genre. The artist David Shrigley, however, has transformed one grocery list into an eternal granite monument entitled Memorial, which will remain at Art Omi in Ghent for three years. - Chronogram
More than 1,000 visitors came out to our annual Trick or Treat in the Fields, and enjoyed treats, art making, tractor rides, and more!
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Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound is a multi-component exhibition featuring interactive installations, immersive environments, and performing objects that explore how the ephemeral and abstract nature of sound is made material. At a time when so much visual information is being dispatched, consumed, and digested, the auditory provides a compelling sensory experience that is capable of reorienting the body to consider spatial and interpersonal relationships anew.
Sculpture parks and gardens across the country are the perfect way to view art and enjoy the changing season simultaneously. Oftentimes located on large pieces of land, these spaces can accommodate enormous works in materials that interact with the surrounding landscape in breathtaking ways. So the next time you need a culture fix, make a point to step outside this fall and take in oversize installations and bursts of nature at one of these sprawling outdoor galleries. - Martha Stewart Living
Design moves forward through conversation, and residency programs tailored to design and craft-based disciplines play an instrumental role in nurturing that dialogue.
Not only do these programs give participants the luxury of time and space to work away from their day-to-day lives, they also bring together creatives working in various disciplines from all over the world, creating an environment where each individual is pushed to expand their own practice in a relatively short amount of time.
For those working in design, especially, having access to large studios and uncommon material processes offers a rare opportunity to refine their skills or even pursue new ones. Below, we gathered 11 leading residency programs that put design center stage. - Artsy
Francis Greenburger, founder and CEO of full-service real estate firm Time Equities Inc., hosted the 2017 Francis J. Greenburger Awards, an event which aims to award and acknowledge contemporary artists who have not been fully recognized by the public, at New York City’s New Museum at 235 Bowery Street. The event was presented by Art Omi, a not-for-profit arts organization also founded by Greenburger, that provides resources for international visual artists, writers, musicians and dancers through funding, residences programs and other offerings. Winners at this year’s ceremony included Gary Lang, Ryszard Wasko, Judy Pfaff, Lorraine O’Grady and Barry Le Va. - Real Estate Weekly
Francis Greenburger purchased his first painting at 14. The literary agent and founder of New York real estate firm Time Equities Inc. was ogling artwork inside an about-to-close gallery when he was asked to make an offer on the piece. The young Greenburger responded he had no money, but the owner cut him an appealing deal, letting him have it for just $10. “Since then, I’ve been collecting and living art,” says Greenburger -Hudson Valley Living
It is often a twisting, unpredictable journey to an artist's first solo exhibition. For Sasha Sicurella, this especially rings true. It's been 15 years since she graduated with an MFA from New York University where, by the end, she was spending as much time in the school's counseling office than in the studio. She was struggling with a sense of herself as an artist and had just about had it with it all. -Times Union
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"Movement is at the heart of Schweder + Shelley's collaboration."
Rodolfo Marron, 27, is officially making it as an artist. Back in August, he decided he needed to focus on producing work for the Charlotte Street 2016 Visual Arts Award Exhibition at Kemper at the Crossroads. He quit his day job — and it’s a good thing he did. Marron’s next artistic pursuit will be at the Art Omi International Artists Residency Program this summer in rural New York, an annual opportunity for one artist sponsored by the Charlotte Street Foundation. -Ink
Two sons, each with their agonizing story, and an eccentric, bibliophile of a father help explain the life course of Francis J. Greenburger. As one of the most successful real estate developers in the U.S., Greenburger could not be more unlike Donald Trump, our headline seizing real estate mogul president, than day is to night, than the Pope is to Putin. -The Huffington Post
For Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley, the term “artist in residence” is often a very literal one: Collaborators since 2007, the pair practice what Schweder describes as “performance architecture,” or the exploration of how inhabiting a space affects us, psychologically. So they build interesting structures, and then move in. Read full article.