Still/Life Exhibition + Programs

HQTBD | Still//Life

May 22 – June 14, 2015
Opening Night – May 22, 6-10 PM

Back Gallery, Basilica Hudson
110 S. Front Street, Hudson, NY

Hours Sunday – Friday 12-4 PM / or by appointment


HQTBD presents Still//Life, a 3D rendering of contemporary practices in the Hudson area.

Peggy Ahwesh, Ephraim Asili, Conor Backman, Annie Bielski, Hannah Black, Jeffrey Gibson, Elise McMahon, Takeshi Murata, Aily Nash, Nick Payne, Carla Perez-Gallardo, Daniel Seward, Tristan Schipa, William Stone, Earl Swanigan, Jon Wang

A still life (plural still lifes) is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural (food, flowers, fruit, dead animals, plants, rocks, or shells) or man-made (drinking glasses, books, vases, jewelry, pipes, coins, iphones, and so on).

As an art historical tradition, the still life creates relationships through the arrangement of everyday objects. Composed of sculpture, video, furniture, food, painting, sound, movement and discussion, this exhibition reimagines the still life as a living arrangement, activated by the bringing together of works and programs by artists of diverse backgrounds into a single community space.

HQTBD / Headquarters To Be Determined is a parasite project that inhabits and programs various spaces in Hudson, NY. The first iteration will take place in the Back Gallery at Basilica Hudson from May 22 – June 14. HQTBD will serve as a container and framework for an exhibition and a series of events– performances, screenings, talks, and food. It will also function as a temporary headquarters for the community, open for local hours, serving coffee and juice throughout the week.  HQTBD is organized by Hannah Black, Elise McMahon, Aily Nash, and Jon Wang.

The programs for the opening night of the exhibition include a screening of moving image works by three artists in the exhibition, Many Thousands Gone (2015) by Ephraim Asili, Kissing Point and Lessons of War (both 2014) by Peggy Ahwesh, and Om Rider (2014) by Takeshi Murata. All three artists will be present to discuss their work.

Exhibition Opening – May 22
6-8pm – Opening and soup by artist/chef Hannah Black
8pm – Screening Program of work by Ahwesh, Asili and Murata, co-presented by Basilica Film and Media
9pm – Tea & Qi, Performance by WANGSHUI

SCHEDULE (Subject to change. Please check our website for updates.)

May 25 – June 14 OPEN HOURS Sun-Fri 12-4p
May 22 OPENING 6-8p Soup
May 22 SCREENING 8p Peggy Ahwesh / Ephraim Asili / Takeshi Murata
May 22 PERFORMANCE 9p Tea & Qi with WANGSHUI
May 25 PERFORMANCE 5p Post Script with Annie Bielski
May 27 TALK (TBD)
May 28 FOOD 8p Dinner
May 31 FLAG WORKSHOP 2-7p with Basilica Hudson
JUNE 1 PERFORMANCE 7p HELP \YOUR/ SELF with Carla Perez-Gallardo and Leila Bordreuil
JUNE 2 FLAG WORKSHOP 2-7p with Basilica Hudson
JUNE 4 DANCE 4p Auto Body with Lucy Seager
JUNE 10 READING GROUP 7p Reena Spaulings (a novel)
JUNE 11 FOOD 8p Potluck
JUNE 13 FLAG DAY 12-8p Open Hours
JUNE 14 CLOSING 11a Chia Brunch

Image: Takeshi Murata, Golden Bananas, 2011. Courtesy of the artist, Ratio 3 and Salon 94