Upcoming Exhibitions
 

Frohawk Two Feathers: Kill Your Best Ideas
February 7 - May 10, 2015

 
  Frohawk Two Feathers, On loving someone who doesn’t love you back and compensating for that with plotting and murder. T H O T 1 7 9 1. That high-born on the team. Lucretia Theroux. Self-styled Queen of New York and founder of the Order of Bast. Or, another example of the historical side-chick, dipped in the latest fashions, fronting like she real., 2014, acrylic, ink, coffee, and tea on canvas, 35 1/2 x 29 3/4 inches, Courtesy of the artist and Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, © Frohawk Two Feathers Frohawk Two Feathers, On losing the love of your life to treachery, fighting a guerilla war against a numerically superior foe, and still managing to keep your feet on everybody’s neck. It’s magic, baby! P O N Y 1 7 9 1. Pharaoh of New York. Bonnie Prince Johnnie. Conqueror of the Dutch in North America and self-styled Liberator of the Lenape. Crown ruler of the Lower Hudson. Or, a ruthless thug, out for self, snatching cribs and paper on the fly, looking cool in his finery., 2014, acrylic, ink, coffee, and tea on canvas, 36 x 29 inches, Courtesy of the artist and Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, © Frohawk Two Feathers  
 

       Frohawk, artist and storyteller, paints and writes stories about battles, conquests, and the cast of characters that make it all happen for his imaginary Republic of Frengland. In ink, acrylic and tea, on paper and on canvas, Frohawk, born Umar Rashid in 1976, creates a fictional world that looks quite a bit like our real one.
       Kill Your Best Ideas opens at the Hudson River Museum on February 7, 2015. The exhibition is the fifth and last in Frohawk’s series The American Proteus: An Invocation and the Wars Between the Rivers.  Proteus, mythic Greek god of rivers and seas, is an apt name for the contemporary myth Frohawk fashions as he chronicles the struggles of European adventurers and colonists, North American Indians, and black slaves and soldiers who quarrel on the banks of the Hudson all the way up to Lake Oneida, north and east of the New York city of Syracuse.
       The action begins in 1791 and continues through 1793, at about the same time as the real city of New York on the southern tip of the island of Manhattan was thriving under English rule, the Dutch having unwillingly departing the boundaries this city that they called New Amsterdam. The subsequent real skirmishes in the Hudson Valley are echoed in the conflicts, peppered with victories, in Kill Your Best Ideas. Real and not real, fact and fiction, Frengland (a combo of France, England, and Ireland) and Batavia (the Netherlands) fight the climactic Battle of Yonkers, recorded and viewed for the first time in the Hudson River Museum’s exhibition. The Battle of Yonkers and the Death of Iroquois Chief Joseph are two new large works on canvas especially made for this exhibition.
       Frohawk Two Feathers, an Illinois native who now lives and works in Los Angeles, California, first studied photography, film, and writing at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He has had recent solo exhibitions at the Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT., Wellin Museum of Art (Clinton, NY), the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (Summit, NJ), the Nevada Museum of Art (Reno, NV), and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver, CO), and he has participated in many  group shows.

The exhibition is organized by Bartholomew F. Bland, Deputy Director, Hudson River Museum, and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog.

Images courtesy of the artist and Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York

 
 

Envy: A Classic Tale
June 6 – September 26, 2015

 
 

       Adrien Broom creates the consuming experience of envy, as she draws from age-old myths and the lore of fairytales to bring a fearsome green world to bloom in her cinematographic photographs, molding a tightrope balance between reality and fantasy. Beware that Broom’s mass media strategies do not kindle the emotion of envy in you, the viewer.
       “It's going to be a weird head place to be in for a year,’ Broom says. “It's just thinking about envy all day long. Fairy tales are very dark, but very fascinating. I'm going to be living in those old, old texts for a while. The show will be really cool. I’m taking a ton of photographs and doing three rooms with full installation and I'm really looking forward to that.”
       A smoldering “green-eyed monster,” envy may be a subtle spur to success. It is definitely endemic in the celebrity-infused worlds of Hollywood, Washington, the art scene, in global cities such as New York, and in “keeping up with the Joneses” suburbia, such as Westchester, New York City’s status-hungry suburb. Envy can produce pleasure of sorts when we watch the downfall of others who dared to reach higher than we. Lest it sound all good, envy also implies not just resentment of others but dissatisfaction within oneself. In many ways envy is a “gateway” emotion, one that leads to other more overt behaviors, such as the violence of wrath.
       Adrien Broom lives and works in Brooklyn and is an artist with a penchant for the bizarre and beautiful. She took a degree in computer animation from Northeastern University and studied fine art in Florence and art history in London. Broom's photographs have been featured in numerous exhibitions in Connecticut and New York City, as well as in the American Dreamers exhibition at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence in 2012.

The exhibition is organized by the Hudson River Museum and curated by Bartholomew Bland, the Museum’s Director of Curatorial Affairs.