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The Hudson Eye Stimulates Creativity and Diversity with a new Multi-Venue Series

August 14, 2019 12:51 pm Updated: August 15, 2019 09:13 am


Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation launches the first performance & visual arts series in partnership with artists, venues, and local businesses in Hudson.

HUDSON — Following ten years of decisive activity in Hudson, Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation announces its inaugural new program, The Hudson Eye, arranged by ascendant curatorial voice Aaron Levi Garvey. This series aims to stimulate cultural and economic diversity in the area, taking place August 23rd - September 2nd, 2019 timed through Labor Day Weekend in historic downtown Hudson, NY. The Hudson Eye curatorially frames 20 local and visiting artists, with performances, exhibitions, and talks highlighting ten issues of interest to the local community, with a “Dine Around” series as well. The initiative steers an anonymous $50,000 local matching grant to the arts economy of Hudson. Members of the press are invited to attend an exclusive press welcome on August 23rd at 1 p.m. hosted by Hudson Hall.

The Hudson Eye is an artist-driven 10-day public program and urban showcase, with a focus on Dance, Music, Performance, Film, Visual Art, Dining Out, and Nightlife. Works by the following artists will be featured during the First Edition of Hudson Eye: Jonah Bokaer Choreography, Ryder Cooley, Laura Gutierrez, Patrick Higgins, Rachel Libeskind, Elena Mosely, Tony Orrico, Tijana Petrovic´, Matthew Placek, Davon, Betti Rollo, Erika Schipa, Sheida Soleimani, Timothy Stanley, J.M. Tate, Alexander Turnquist and others.

The program will commence daily with the Hot Topics series, an open forum taking place in the West Room of Hudson Hall, each day at 1:00 p.m. This public conversation series will cover a milieu of topics that relate to both Hudson and global issues at hand. Rotating guest speakers will be featured, whose professional affiliations represent the diversity of Hudson. Speakers include Dr. Carrie Wilkens, Dr. Jeff Foote of Center for Motivation and Change, Sean Kelly founder of Sean Kelly Gallery, Dr. Gidon Eshel of Bard College, Ned Sullivan of Scenic Hudson, Jon Bowemaster and others. Following these salons, attendees are invited to visit performances, screenings, and exhibitions taking place throughout Hudson with curated performances each night at 7:30 p.m. Such programs and performances include a solo performance by Patrick Higgins at Club Helsinki, video artworks by Marina Abramović, Sheida Soleimani and Tijana Petrović, a book launch and reading by Timothy Stanley at Hudson Wine Merchants and a collaborative performance by Jonah Bokaer Choreography and Rachel Libeskind at Basilica Hudson.

Local Venues collaborating with Hudson Eye include Basilica Hudson, Club Helsinki, Hudson Hall, Hudson Area Library, the Old Hudson Area Library, the Second Ward Foundation, Space 428 Hudson, Studio 429, Hudson Wine Merchants, and other underground venues. Additionally, The Hudson Eye program will be including for the second time in Hudson, the highly anticipated underground art event WET NOISE by artist Matthew Placek. This legendary safe-space disco/funk dance party is open to all with a welcoming atmosphere that is free of judgement and free of attitude inviting individuals to express themselves through dance. WET NOISE will once again be hosted in Bokaer’s Space 428 in Hudson on Aug. 31.

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Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which oversees both the choreography and art spaces of Jonah Bokaer. Through the support of its Foundation Board, generous donors, and foundation grants, the organization has triumphed in fulfilling its dual mission: which is to foster the development, research, and presentation of new performance works across disciplines, while establishing affordable art spaces for a diverse community of artists. Art spaces and venues include Chez Bushwick (2002) and CPR (2008) in Brooklyn, NY and a new venue, Space 428 (2016) in Hudson, NY. Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation serves a community of 1,500+ local artists, supporting the next generation of performing arts talent.


Jonah Bokaer Choreography has cultivated a new form of choreography merged with visual art and innovative design, established in 2002. Tunisian-American, Jonah Bokaer is the author of 60 new works, produced in 34 nations, 27 of the United States, and 292 cities – including 41 Museum Exhibitions. Earned and contributed funds to Jonah Bokaer Choreography between 2002-2019 have realized three permanent art spaces, creating more than a dozen diverse jobs and securing more than $11 million in earned and contributed funds to sustain the organization’s mission: which has included CPR since originally incorporating.