Keeping up with Marcy B. Freedman

WAG has long followed the career of Marcy B. Freedman, the Croton-on-Hudson artist and art historian.

It’s always a pleasure hearing from her – and hearing about her latest efforts.

This month, as she shared with us, she is more than busy:

  • For Peekskill’s Open Studios event June 4 and 5, the artist will be in her studio at 1006 Brown St., from noon to 5 p.m. As in past years, visitors will see collages, photographs and small sculptures dating from the mid-’90s to the present. Additionally, there will be several monitors, equipped with headphones, allowing people to experience a diverse selection of videos, including two new productions. Working with her longtime video partner, Gene Panczenko, Freedman has created a surreal video entitled “An Open Book,” which will be shared with the public for the first time. She will also present the results of a brand new collaboration with Linda Jean Fisher, a humorous video called “100 Reasons to Eat Something,” also having its world premiere.
  • Another direction in Freedman’s artistic journey involves her ongoing exploration of digital technologies. For an exhibition at SIA Gallery called “The Art of Peekskill,” Freedman has re-worked old images to create a new installation piece called “Surveillance.” Her starting point for this project was a group of photos taken about 20 years ago – surreptitiously – of people visible to Freedman from her large studio window. The exhibition is on view through June 12 at 1 South Division St. in Peekskill.
  • As one of 11 women artists featured in “SHE: Deconstructing Female Identity,” Freedman presents her newest performance piece, “You Are What You Wear,” along with a related installation of garments on view through June 25 at ArtsWestchester Gallery, 31 Mamaroneck Ave. in White Plains.
  • Additionally, she will present “OFFENSIVE: Images of Women in 20th-Century Advertising” on June 18 at the gallery. This new lecture is based upon research done for an older performance piece.

Freedman’s willingness to swing back and forth between past and present may not be surprising given her academic background – she has two master’s degrees, one in art of the Italian Renaissance and one in Modern art.

We applaud her efforts.

For more, call Freedman at 914-271-5891 or email her at mbf@bestweb.net.

– Mary Shustack

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