Winter wonders at Wave Hill

WAG still recalls its visit to Wave Hill for an April 2018 feature  – and a reminder of its winter programming has us considering a return.

The 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Riverdale section of the Bronx is about to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its Winter Workspace program. Each year, Wave Hill transforms its Glyndor Gallery into a unique space for regional artists, giving them an opportunity to explore the its winter landscape and draw inspiration from its plant collection.

Here’s how it comes together, as described by Wave Hill materials:

“The Winter Workspace provides diverse, emerging and mid-career artists with substantive opportunities to experiment, develop and create new work. Artists are identified through a process that combines an open call with nominations. Recognizing the importance of expanding opportunities to engage with visitors, Winter Workspace artists open their studio to the public during Drop-In Sundays and Open Studios held at the end of each session. By interacting with visitors on this very personal level, artists receive feedback from visitors, while the public gains valuable insight into the artistic process. Additionally, five 2019 Winter Workspace artists offer workshops, providing the public with an exclusive opportunity to meet and engage closely alongside working artists as they introduce their creative process.”

The 2019 program features two six-week sessions, from Jan. 2 to Feb. 17 and Feb. 19 to March 31.

Participating artists in the first session include Melissa Calderón, Nandini Chirimar, Elana Herzog, Christopher K. Ho, Shervone Neckles and Armita Raafat. Nobutaka Aozaki, Liene Bosquê, Tijay Mohammed, Jessica Segall and two New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellows, Duy Hoàng and Emily Oliveira, are the second session’s artists.

In a related winter-programming note, the series of Curatorial Talks hosted by Wave Hill and the Hudson River Museum continues at 2 p.m. Jan. 6 with “Waterways, Sites of Action and Reflection.” The conversation, to be held at the Yonkers museum, will be devoted to the ways that artists are engaged with waterways. Eileen Jeng Lynch, Curator of Visual Arts at Wave Hill, will be speaking with Miwako Tezuka, Curator of the Hudson River Museum’s “Maya Lin: A River is a Drawing.”

Wave Hill is West 249th Street and Independence Avenue in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Hudson River Museum is at 511 Warburton Ave.

For more, visit wavehill.org or hrm.org.

– Mary Shustack

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