Site-specific performances at Olana’s Groundswell this Saturday

Olana (photo by Dion Ogust)

Olana (photo by Dion Ogust)

The Olana Partnership and Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM co-present a third iteration of their award-winning exhibition event “Groundswell” on Saturday, September 19 at the Olana State Historic Site in Hudson, the home of the famous Hudson Valley painter Frederic Church. In Groundswell, more than nine conceptual and performing artists respond to the landscape at Olana with site-specific performances, installations and compositions.

Participating artists include the John Cage Trust, represented by musician and multimedia artist Seth Chrisman, conceptual artist John Cleater, composer and artist Brian Dewan, sonic performance artist Gambletron, visual performance artist Tyson Hauf, experimental double bassist Bernd Klug, the art duo LoVid, multimedia artist Douglas Irving Repetto and Quintron.

Olana’s 250-acre landscape was originally designed in relation to its spectacular views: the “Olana viewshed.” Groundswell installations and performances will be situated along Olana’s historic Ridge Road, which was created by Frederic Church and of which he famously wrote, “I can make more and better landscapes in this way than by tampering with canvas and paint in the studio.” While passing through native woodlands and recently restored meadows, participants will interact with the artists, Olana’s artist-designed landscape and its iconic viewshed, which is largely intact due to ongoing protection efforts.

Food and drink will be available for purchase from Daughters Fare and Ale of Red Hook. Stationed at the picnic area overlooking the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, Daughters will offer an assortment of delicious handmade sandwiches, salads, ale, wine and more.

Groundswell takes place on Saturday, September 19 from 1 to 5 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, September 20. Admission costs $20 in advance, $30 the day of the show; students with valid ID and those aged 12 and under are admitted free. To purchase tickets, visit The Olana State Historic Site is located at 5720 Route 9G in Hudson.


Groundswell, Saturday, September 19, 1-5 p.m., $20/$30, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson;

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