An artistic collaboration

The musicians of SKIN AGAINST METAL, Nanette Garcia and Maurice Minichino, with performance artist Marcy B. Freedman, right, will team up to present “Madness & Nudity: Women in Art” on Dec. 5. Photograph by Gene Panczenko.

Marcy B. Freedman, the Croton-on-Hudson performance artist, is teaming up with the musicians of SKIN AGAINST METAL to present a benefit performance Dec. 5 in Yorktown Heights.

“Madness & Nudity: Women in Art,” will be offered at 8 p.m. in a private home to raise funds for the Talking Arts Foundation.

The program of music and spoken-word performance will feature Freedman, Nanette Garcia and Maurice Minichino exploring the “plight and power” of women in the world of art.

Freedman, an art historian as well as artist, shares that the evening will “give voice to a diverse spectrum of women who have appeared nude in sculpture, painting, photography and performance art, dating from pre-historic times to the contemporary era.”

Her spoken-word performance will be accompanied by the music of SKIN AGAINST METAL, with Garcia, a musician and composer, offering “insight into the challenges faced by women artists, exposing the ongoing struggles that plague those women who dare to express themselves freely.”

In addition, dancer Belle Ritter will be on hand to offer a choreographed piece.

Talking Arts Foundation, founded by Minichino and Garcia in 2005, was designed to bring music and art education programs into communities where marginalized children, young adults and senior citizens are underrepresented because of their socio-economic status. In order to raise funds for the foundation, the couple hosts multidisciplinary performances at their unique private residence. These performances also serve to highlight local talent, to enrich the local art scene and to develop a community of supporters for the foundation.

The suggested donation is $20. Space is limited. Required reservations may be made by calling 914-245-5554 or emailing

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– Mary Shustack

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