Friendships In Arcadia: Writers And Artists At Yaddo In The Nineties
April 15 - May 20, 2000
New York (April 14, 2000) —
On April 15, 2000, the Yaddo Centennial Arts Festival inaugurates a four-month multidisciplinary program celebrating the
centenary of Yaddo, the legendary Saratoga Springs, New York artists'
community, with the exhibition Friendships in Arcadia. The exhibition,
organized by Barbara Toll, will take place at Art in General in the Lower
Manhattan neighborhood of Tribeca. By juxtaposing wall-texts by 25 writers
to works by visual artists they have chosen to discuss, this innovative
exhibition explores the complex professional and personal relationships that
can develop in Yaddo¹s arcadian atmosphere. Among the participating writers
are novelists Oscar Hijuelos, A.M. Homes, and Rick Moody, as well as poets
Peter Balakian, Anne Carson, and Sapphire. The visual artists, who work in
mediums ranging from painting to performance to film, include Zeke Berman,
Luca Buvoli, Susan Crile, Julia Jacquette, John Kelly, Melissa Meyer, Anne
Truitt, and William Pope.L. A full roster of participants follows.
This innovative exhibition project explores the spirit of creative
interchange that is a hallmark of the Yaddo program, as writers respond to
artists and the art they create. Such cross-fertilization represents the
ideal sought by Yaddo¹s founders at the time of the community¹s founding.
Incorporated in 1900 by Spencer and Katrina Trask, Yaddo provides
professional creative artists the opportunity to work without interruption
in a supportive community. The Yaddo Centennial Arts Festival celebrates the
inspired philanthropy of the Trasks, the accomplishments of the artists who
have been their guests during the past century, and the creative vitality of
the arts in America today.
While the purpose of a residency at Yaddo is an uninterrupted workday, in
the evening, after dinner, a lively camaraderie develops among artists
working in different disciplines. For writers, this collegial spirit of
dialogue can result in articles, poems, stories, essays, or reviews that
find their source in the studios of Yaddo visual and performing artists. For
artists, the stimulation of conversation involving the articulation of
abstract ideas often leads to new directions in their work.
Yaddo offers residencies to professional creative artists from all nations
and backgrounds working in one or more of the following media: choreography,
film, literature, musical composition, painting, performance art,
photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video. Artists may apply
individually or as members of a collaborative team of two or three.
Invitations are based upon reviews by a panel of professional artists.
Residencies last from two weeks to two months and include room, board and
studio. Yaddo¹s mission‹to provide artists uninterrupted time to work, good
working conditions, and a supportive community‹has remained central to its
operation and has contributed to the success of its artists. Yaddo artists
have been awarded 53 Pulitzer Prizes, 52 National Book Awards, a Nobel
Prize, three Academy Awards, and many other important honors. Thanks to the
generosity and vision of its founders, Yaddo is known for its inspirational
powers, and some artists credit the community with creative breakthroughs.
While the work made at Yaddo today reflects contemporary sensibilities,
styles, and forms, the fundamental mission that sustains this achievement
has remained constant. For Friendships in Arcadia, each writer has
contributed a brief statement, a personal reaction to a specific work or
Friendships in Arcadia: Writers and Artists at Yaddo in the '90s
JONATHAN AMES AVA GERBER
DONALD ANTRIM ZEKE BERMAN
PETER BALAKIAN FRAN SIEGEL
JO ANN BEARD DARRA KEETON
PETER CAMERON JOHN KELLY
ANNE CARSON KIM ANNO
SUSAN CHEEVER SUSAN CRILE
HENRI COLE SUSAN UNTERBERG
ALFRED CORN GAIL WITTWER
PETER DAVISON MATHEW WEAVER
LYNN FREED LUCA BUVOLI
COCO FUSCO BARBARA HAMMER
ALLAN GURGANUS MELISSA MEYER
OSCAR HIJUELOS LUIS CASTRO
A. M. HOMES JAMES ESBER AND JANE FINE
ERIC LANE BETH REISMAN
M. G. LORD LINDA GOTTESFELD
RICK MOODY JULIA JACQUETTE
CULLEN MURPHY HELÈNE AYLON
JOAN MURRAY RON BARON
SAPPHIRE BEVERLY McIVER
TOBIAS SCHNEEBAUM ANNE TRUITT
HELEN SCHULMAN GARRY MITCHELL
STEVEN WATSON WILLIAM POPE.L
LINDA YABLONSKY JONATHAN SANTLOFER
For a complete listing of Festival events, please visit the Yaddo web site at http://yaddo.org. The direct link to the full festival schedule is here: Festival Schedule.
You can find additional information at the Art And Culture web site at http://www.artandculture.com.
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