performance & lectures


The BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts (36 Tinker Street, Woodstock) is one of the finest performance venues in the area. The superb acoustics and warm, intimate atmosphere attract a diverse array of musical talent.

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Byrdcliffe’s outdoor exhibition at White Pines, Psych Out!!!, curated by Alan Baer, is the point of departure for this conversation about art and the psychedelic between a well-known artist and a well-known critic. Read more about the exhibition here

Isaac Abrams, whose New York City gallery Coda first exhibited psychedelic art in 1965, started making art in the psychedelic mode soon after the ground-breaking Coda exhibition. Abrams’s art has been exhibited at many museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Tate Gallery in Liverpool, The Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Carlo McCormick is a critic and curator based in New York City. As a guest curator for The Downtown Show: The New York Art Scene from 1974 to 1984 (at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery), he identified a diverse cross section of artists that emerged after 1960s psychedelic, pop art, and experimental eras. McCormick’s articles have appeared in Art in America, ARTnews, Artforum, Spin, Vice, and many other journals. He serves as the senior editor for Paper. McCormick’s books include Trespass, a survey of graffiti and urban street art, and Beautiful Losers, which traces the works of artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. McCormick recently co-curated PUNK LUST: RAW PROVOCATION 1971-1985 with Vivien Goldman and Lissa Rivera at the Museum of Sex.

Lecture Date and Time: Saturday, August 24, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location: Byrdcliffe Theater, 380 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY
Cost: FREE

Program includes Gershwin, Hayden, and Mussorgsky. Free performance. The recital is generously sponsored by Maverick Concerts and Paul Washington, President of the Board of Directors of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild and a trustee of Maverick Concerts.

Concert Date and Time: Saturday, September 28, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location: The Byrdcliffe Barn, 485 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY
Cost: FREE

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Ilya Yakushev

An Intertwinement of Arts, Industry, and Culture

This two-hour lecture will be presented by historian and filmmaker Stephen Blauweiss. A native of Manhattan and Hudson Valley resident since 1999, Blauweiss’ passion for arts, history, and storytelling guarantee an evening that will entertain and inform both natives and newcomers of all ages. Beginning in 1819, Blauweiss will lead the audience through a colorful history that extends from nineteenth century New York City and England to twentieth century Woodstock and its environs, covering key personalities, art movements, agriculture, industry, institutions, and aspects of American history that explore how Woodstock came to be – its history and what it represents today. The multimedia presentation will include over one hundred historic photographs and images, and screening of original short films by Blauweiss about Woodstock and its artists.

About Stephen Blauweiss: Stephen Blauweiss is an independent filmmaker focusing on art and education to social and environmental issues. He has produced over 75 short films, 3 features, and several music videos. A number of Blauweiss’s films have been screened in museums, exhibitions, and festivals across the US, Europe, and Canada, and he has received NYSCA and NEA grants. A native of New York City, he has over twenty years of experience with clients including The New York Times, PBS, and CBS TV. Blauweiss has taught for over 25 years, including a decade at Pratt Institute and FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology). Blauweiss is co-director and co-producer of Lost Rondout: A Story of Urban Removal, a feature documentary chronicling how in the 1960s, federally funded urban renewal projects destroyed hundreds of working-class communities across America, including Kingston’s Rondout neighborhood. The film has been screened across the Hudson Valley, Albany and New York City, and received numerous awards.

Lecture Date and Time: Friday, October 11, 2019, 8:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Cost: $15 general admission or $13 for Byrdcliffe members – please purchase your tickets online now!

Stephen Blauweiss

On Saturday, December 14, 2019, Byrdcliffe’s Annual Winter Solstice Concert will be held at the Woodstock Playhouse. Curated and hosted by New York folk star Happy Traum, the Solstice Concert features favorite musicians singing a combination of holiday and American classics. It’s a concert to which everyone goes happy, and leaves happier. This year’s line-up will be revealed in the coming months. Proceeds from the event support Byrdcliffe’s ongoing work as a center for the arts in the Hudson Valley.

Concert Date and Time: Saturday, December 14, 2019, 8:00 pm; doors open at 7:30 pm
Location: Woodstock Playhouse, 103 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY
Tickets: $67 / $47 / $27 (plus $3 handling charge)


In celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the Woodstock music festival, the legendary rock/proto-punk band The Fugs performed at the Byrdcliffe Barn on August 17, 2019. Formed in 1965 by poets Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg, the Fugs are a wild mix of intellectual and raunchy counter-culturalism whose anthems include “Kill for Peace” and “CIA Man.” The current ensemble of the Fugs consists of Ed Sanders, leader and founder; Steve Taylor, vocals and guitars; Coby Batty, vocals and percussion; and Scott Petito, bass, keyboards, and other stringed instruments.

The Fugs performed selections from their 50-plus years of songs and poems. In addition to Fugs classics was their “Exorcism of the White House,” with the audience invited to chant along in the “Out, demons, out! Out, demons, out!” section. Read more

Concert Date and Time: Saturday, August 17, 2019, 8:00 pm; doors open at 7:30 pm
Location: Byrdcliffe Barn, 485 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY
Tickets: $30 general admission or $25 Byrdcliffe members tickets – SOLD OUT!!

The Fugs
Photo credit: photo on right by Chris Felver.

Art and the Counterculture in 1960s Woodstock

Woodstock: the word is shorthand for the 1960s counterculture. Artists as well as writers and musicians contributed to Woodstock’s reputation as a bohemian enclave. As early as 1952 experimental composer John Cage debuted his (in)famous 4’33” — four-and-half minutes of silence. Inspired by Cage, avant-garde artist Allan Kaprow staged a 1962 “Happening” in the forests outside Woodstock for which sculptor Eva Hesse made her first three-dimensional piece. Gerd Stern, an intermedia pioneer and founder of the experimental art collective USCO, moved to Woodstock in 1964. In the late 1960s New York School painter Philip Guston moved to Maverick Road to reinvent his practice. This lecture explores Woodstock as a ferment of art, experimentation, and creativity in the 1960s, a period in which artists as much as writers and musicians contributed to a growing counterculture opposed to mainstream values.

The program is a partnership between the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, the Historical Society of Woodstock, Maverick Concerts, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, and the Woodstock Artists Association.

About John Murphy PhD: John P. Murphy PhD is the Hoehn Curatorial Fellow for Prints at the University of San Diego and a specialist on Arts and Crafts colonies. He has published work on Ivan Albright, Bolton Brown, William Gropper, and Charles White. His dissertation examined the colonies of Byrdcliffe, Roycroft, and Rose Valley. His research has been supported with grants and fellowships from the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, the Huntington Library, and the Wolfsonian Museum. He was a 2014-2015 Luce/ACLS Fellow in American art.

Lecture Date and Time: Sunday, August 4, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Cost: FREE

John Murphy PhD

Will Kaufman’s Woody Guthrie and “Old Man Trump” is a song-and-spoken-word “live documentary” telling the story of Guthrie’s battles against his racist Brooklyn landlord, Fred C. Trump, father of the United States president. Based on unpublished songs, letters, and notebooks that Will discovered in the Woody Guthrie Archives, the show brings to life all the anger and contempt that Guthrie felt for those in power who will deny justice to their fellow human beings on account of the color of their skin.

About Will Kaufman:
Singer and multi-instrumentalist Will Kaufman is widely regarded as the world’s leading authority on Woody Guthrie. He has written three books on the legendary balladeer: Woody Guthrie, American Radical (2011), Woody Guthrie’s Modern World Blues (2017), and Mapping Woody Guthrie (2019). Will’s day job is as Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Central Lancashire, England.

The Golden Notebook is partnering with the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild on this event and will have books by Will Kaufman for sale.

Concert Date and Time: Sunday, April 14, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Tickets: $10 online or at the door (please only cash or check at the door)

Will Kaufman
Photo credit: Woody Guthrie photo on right by Robin Carson.


All 2019 Byrdcliffe arts programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.