PSYCH OUT!!! OUTDOOR EXHIBITION AT BYRDCLIFFE COMMEMORATES 50-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF WOODSTOCK MUSIC FESTIVAL
Opening Saturday, July 13, 2019, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild presents an outdoor group exhibition titled PSYCH OUT!!! The exhibition is on the grounds of White Pines, the Arts and Crafts home of Byrdcliffe’s founders Ralph and Jane Whitehead until 1929 and now part of the organization’s artist-in-residence program.
The opening reception will take place on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at White Pines, 454 Upper Byrdcliffe Road in Woodstock. The reception runs from 3 to 7 pm, with participating artists being introduced at 5 pm and special musical guests performing on the White Pines lawn.
The premise of the exhibition is to celebrate psychedelic art with its many manifestations, including its origins and profound influence on artists and their works over the course of the last fifty years. The exhibition is guest-curated by architect Alan Baer, who is a former member of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild exhibition committee. The exhibition commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the legendary Woodstock music festival: “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music,” held August 15 to August 18, 1969.
Well-known painter and sculptor Isaac Abrams is a guest artist for the PSYCH OUT!!! exhibition. Other participating artists are: Leticia Bajuyo; Dorota Czerner, Russell Richardson, & Noah Creshevsky (team); Ujijji Davis; Nicole & Jon Goldman (team); Kate Hamilton; Pascal Knapp; Elizabeth Knowles & William Thielen (team); Ian Laughlin; Meg Brown Payson; Deliana Simeonova; Nadine Slowik; Naomi Teppich; Susan Togut; Kevin VanHentenryck; Gary Weisberg; and Ellen Wilkinson.
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. He and his body of work have been a focus of art historians ever since. Isaac is a self-taught pioneer who helped to define the movement itself. His unique style, incorporating imagery of dream-like and alternate states of reality, is the very embodiment of the core of psychedelic art. Abrams’s works have 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. While Abrams’s medium is primarily painting, he has also done sculptural works over the years. The specific works to be included in the PSYCH OUT!!! exhibition have never been shown before.
While primarily an exhibition of sculpture, curator Alan Baer encouraged participants to include media works. Four media artists, including a collaborative team, will participate in the exhibition, along with artists who work in metal, stone, fabric, wood, and landscape art.
Additional events planned in conjunction with the exhibition are:
—50th Anniversary of Woodstock Festival concert with The Fugs: Saturday, August 17, 2019, at the Byrdcliffe Barn, 485 Upper Byrdcliffe Road in Woodstock, at 8 pm
—Conversation with Isaac Abrams and Carlo McCormick: Saturday, August 24, 2019, at the Byrdcliffe Theater, 380 Upper Byrdcliffe Road in Woodstock, at 4 pm
The exhibition continues through November 3, 2019.
Carlo McCormick is a critic and curator based in NYC, who has followed the art of Isaac Abrams for many years. 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 Aperture, Art in America, Art News, Artforum, Camera Austria, Effects: Magazine for New Art Theory, High Times, Spin, Tokion, 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.
Exhibition curator Alan Baer is an architect with exhibition design experience who served on the exhibition committee of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild from 2006 to 2014. He helped to organize Byrdcliffe events “Talking Tongues and other Organs” and “Linda Montano Endures as Bob Dylan on his 73rd Birthday.” He assisted curator Linda Weintraub with the exhibition Ahoy! Where Lies Henry Hudson? and curated Quick, Down & Dirty and The Sky is Falling! Baer also curated the Architects, Incognito, Anonymous exhibition at CAGE Gallery (Cincinnati Artists Group Effort). He maintains a private architectural practice in Kingston, NY.
Exhibition location: the lawn of White Pines, Byrdcliffe: 454 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY 12498
Exhibition hours: sunrise to sunset daily.