Farmers, artisans, vintage collectors, chefs and makers of handmade goods will converge at the annual Basilica Farm & Flea Spring Market Sat, May 6 and Sun, May 7, the perfect way to jump into Spring to find an extraordinary array of local, vintage and handmade objects, representing the abundance and splendor of the Hudson Valley. (Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sunday 11am – 5pm). $5 for the whole weekend (free for children under 12).
Spring in our 2K square foot exhibition space features the talent of local artists and Hudson-As-Muse, taking a page from Sonia Ruscoe and Elbert Perez’s Hudson Alt-Herstory mural from last fall.
A show by Basilica Hudson March Artist in Residence Tristan Schipa
Exhibition viewing hours: 12pm – 5pm Saturday April 8 / 12pm – 5pm Sunday April 9
“What would taking seriously the Chinese adage that the Cosmos is composed of two basic things — water and money — look like? Monday showers? To that effect I’ve set out to erect — after the fashion of Egypt — an image, a decor, a whole series if you will, of accidents mounting on top of another — rain, rain, rain.”
Curated by Sonia Corinna
presented by Instar Lodge
Exhibition opening: Saturday, April 15 @ 6 – 8pm
A Seat at the Table / Seder-style dinner and conversation: Wednesday, April 19 @ 7pm (Free with RSVP required)
Closing Conversation: Sunday, April 23 @ 4pm
Special 2017 Pre-Season Program
Hudson River At Risk
Wednesday, April 5 @ 7PM
FREE with suggested donation towards supporting the work of the Filmmakers and Basilica Hudson.
The Hudson River, like many waterways around the world, has long been treated like an infinite waste barrel, a dumping ground for toxic chemicals, hazardous waste and trash. But for the past fifty years an amazing collection of environmental groups – Riverkeeper, Scenic Hudson, Clearwater and many more – have worked to revive the Hudson and the beautiful valley that surrounds it. These accomplishments remind us what a resilient resource the river is. The expanding web series, The Hudson, A River At Risk, by Oceans 8 Films, reports on a handful of serious and growing threats to the river.
Join us in Basilica’s North Hall screening room for this special event and discussion with the filmmakers and representatives from Hudson River advocate groups including:
Scenic Hudson – Director of Public Policy & Special Projects
Riverkeeper – Communications Director
The Hudson: A River at Risk – Filmmaker
Schooner Apollonia – Captain
Despite a fifty-year-long clean-up, with many success stories, the Hudson River still faces serious threats. Bomb trains and barges loaded with highly flammable and toxic crude oil course the river. A leaky nuclear power plant at Indian Point continues to operate, surrounded by twenty million residents. The threat of pipelines carrying oil and natural gas grows.
Bomb Trains on the Hudson
The boom in transportation of crude oil is turning the Hudson Valley into an energy corridor. Each train carries three million gallons of highly flammable and toxic fuel.
The Long Shadow of Indian Point
The Indian Point Energy Center sits just 35 miles from Times Square and has a long history of leaks, spills and fires. Many, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, would like to see the plant shut down permanently.
A Bridge Over Troubled Waters
The construction of a pair of new bridges to replace the Tappan Zee is the largest building project in North America. Inevitably it has environmental impacts.
PCB’s: A Toxic Legacy
PCBs dumped into the Hudson by General Electric goes back to the 40s, resulting in a poisoned river and a monumental, government-enforced clean-up. Now G.E. has pulled out before the job is finished.
A Pipeline Runs Through It
Two different pipelines, two different stories. One carries natural gas, the other crude oil. One goes under the Hudson and skirts Indian Point, the other hopes to parallel the NYS Thruway’s ‘right-of-way,’ essentially butting it up against residents backyards.
The Hudson has long served as a marine highway, connecting Albany to NYC. Crude oil has begun making its way along the channel by barge. A new proposal to increase the number of anchorages in the Hudson suggests that more barges will follow suit.
Our 7th season is upon us at our old factory down by the river. The zoomed-out world is a strange place. Be that as it may, the zoomed-in mighty microcosm of Hudson — and Basilica standing within it — teems with artists and activists, farmers and chefs, makers and doers. It’s time to roll up our sleeves and get back to work.
7 seasons, 7 seas, 7 continents on this planet, 7 musical notes in the diatonic scale, and 7 annual Basilica programs coming back around again… couldn’t be more perfect, really. To add, this year we’re doubling down with a few special programs and new partnerships. Check it out below!
What a year for community! Double the Farm & Flea with the springtime unveiling of a new event, a delicious pairing of Hudson Valley-made edibles on the rise, a marathon reading of Cage-ian proportions, a plethora of new partnerships, free film screenings for old and young, the return of wunderkind jugglers throwing fire around our industrial church like WHAT… and… the birth of Baby Basilica! Continued good work from our beloved neighbors-in-the-nest and a talented, potion-making chef, the return of a local-led business expo, and a recent end-cap which brought together a growing community of Hudson Valley activists who reminded us that thinking globally and acting locally is still the way to go. And wait until you hear about all the carbon a community supporter has offset while being on-site.. in our monument to industries past. Hooray for our tiny-but-mighty city nestled between the ancient Taconic foothills and the grand Hudson River!
Part 3 of 4. For a short review of our whole season, please click here.
Six years in, we were excited to host our first official visual artist-in-residence, who contributed in many ways — curation, one-of-a-kind event merch, tattoos (!) — to our 2016 season. Additionally, a Magical Trailblazing Woman of Dance graced our halls in a pre-season call to arms (and legs). Our Back Gallery hosted more exhibitions in succession than in ever before, giving rise to an official Back Gallery Series. Our annual events saw an increased visual presence overall, in all nooks and crannies in and around Basilica — sometimes spilling out into the streets beyond! A veritable Who’s-Who of area literati participated in a marathon reading. We hosted a powerful triad of female artists twice over (first in performance, then in visual arts). And a beloved, Brooklyn-born performance series came back up river to hang with us again. Read about it all below…
Part 2 of 4. For a short review of our whole season, please click here.
Our industrial cathedral was awash in sounds of all stripes this year as we presented pioneering people and delighted DRONE devotees. Sound art and music co-mingled to points beyond recognition in an exhibition of sonic academic inquiry and a holiday procession of old-school cassette boomboxes. Basilica SoundScape turned a partnership corner and a milestone age, and a new neighbor / old friend filled our halls with classic sounds-turned-new with the help of her dad. Our Co-Founder and Director reminisced onstage with a former classmate to a standing-room-only audience, and our annual (FREAK) FLAG DAY expanded into an all-day-all-night celebration of music, dancing and community. Read more below…