I was recently awarded a residency at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum as part of their Habitat For Artists (HFA) program – a chance for artists to work with the public and experiment with a new idea or further develop a project.
My goal was to flip the narrative of exhibition curation, placing the power of choice in the hands of the viewers that might feel inimidated or even alienated by art. Heck, many museums and galleries often show work that is so ‘out there,’ one feels that a PhD is needed in order to understand it. The fact is, artists need viewers to engage on a deeper level, but sometimes the institutional systems muddle things along the way. My experiment was to see if I could help bridge that gap.
To keep the process as approachable as possible, I randomly selected 60 prints from my instagram feed and printed them (actually, CPW did – thank you Michael!!! Also, thank you Ben for helping me with set up – you guys rock!). Granted, I am working from my own images so there is some unavoidable input by nature of how I see the world. Willing participants perused said bin of prints and made a selection of what moved them, to “exhibit” on the #HFA shed. Conversations ranged from what they find meaningful in art, to composition of images, art in general, landscapes, politics, you name it. At the end of our interaction, I made a portrait of them along with their selection.
This was a fun concept to explore. Most of my weekend’s participants happened to be artists that loved the process and sequencing. Others seemed to have a connection to art and I’m not sure if that’s just because Woodstock is a very artsy town to begin with, or if we just needed different signage (“Don’t Get Art? This is for you!”); perhaps this is what makes me want to try this again. Being able to understand what moves someone and makes them tick is an always-present curiosity for me.
And bonus – I have new work that might just end up in an upcoming exhibition!
Upcoming HFA projects:
July 21-22: Get on the Bus with Roger Lazoff
July 25-27: Mileage Allowance with Barbara Loisch
July 28: Yoga & Photography, with Juan Giraldo
Photo of Miriam Romais by © Levi Shagalow
One of the most common comments I hear about my Hersteading: Cold Antler Farm series is:
Is that a REAL HAWK?
I need that photo!
Well folks, here’s your chance. Jenna (Cold Antler Farm) and I have joined forces again this Solstice to create a new set of 5×7″ gift cards. It’s a limited edition, and last year’s sold out fairly quickly, so go ahead and peruse your options in my new STORE.
If you are looking for framed prints or want to see your options in person, head on over to LARAC, where I’m part of the Holiday Shop through Dec 24th (love how they take us procrastinators into account! Evening hours on Dec 22 too). I have work there ranging from $5 (cards) to $200 for larger framed photos.
For matted prints, check out the Gift Shop at Saratoga Arts, also carrying my work – AND, the framed prints on view at Saratoga Springs Public Library are also available for purchase through them until December 31st. Oh, and I’m not done yet! The exhibition Sul do Brasil at Berimbau in NYC was extended until the end of January (and yes, you can have one of those too).
Happy holidays to all!
PS – and speaking of Holidays, Jenna is also featured in the Holiday issue of Simply Saratoga, along with some of my photos (p68-71)
SUL DO BRASIL
Photographs by Miriam Romais
EXHIBITION EXTENDED THROUGH FEBRUARY 13, 2017.
Meet the Artist Receptions:
Tuesday September 13 & Friday October 14, 2016
“I am not the same, having seen the moon
shine on the other side of the world.”
– Mary Anne Radmacher
With Brazilian Independence Day around the corner (Sept 7 but in NYC we’re celebrating on Sept 4), it is a great time to share my exhibition at Berimbau again, along with the photos from the first opening reception on July 26 – thanks to the amazing photographer and friend, Fernando Navarro. I’m grinning like a fool in most of them; could not be helped… I was surrounded by family and friends and loving every second of the gathering.
I’d like to have another reception or two before the show closes (happy-hour get togethers), so be sure to follow my photo page on Facebook for the latest announcements (@miriamromaisphotos).
Thanks to everyone that made the opening: Lola Flash, Groana Melendez, Ron Herard, Ray Llanos, Jill Waterman, Phyllis Galembo, Leticia Lunardi, Veronica Commock, Dani Cattan, Fernando Navarro, my parents and Mario de Matos (owner of Berimbau)!
About the series:
Sul do Brasil is a personal journey through southern Brazil, where my family still lives. Even though I lived there as a kid, the series is still a process of discovery for me and a somewhat nostalgic one at that. The images show the southern countryside of Brazil as I criss-crossed my way to visit relatives, bringing up long forgotten memories and making new ones.
Berimbau do Brasil is worth the trip (brazilian food, caipirinhas & art!); it’s located at 43 Carmine Street (bwtween Bedford & Bleeker). Tel: (212) 242-2606
a photo project about Cold Antler Farm by Miriam Romais
On view at Saratoga Arts, June 11 – July 31, 2016
July 9, 6-8pm
Opening Reception for 10×10 and Hersteading exhibitions
July 18, 6-8pm
Artist Talk • Book Signing • Reception
Artist talk and slide presentation with Romais and homesteader and author Jenna Woginrich of Cold Antler Farm. Exhibition catalogues will be available for purchase and signing, as well as Jenna’s books thanks to Northshire Books. The Reception (7-8pm) features a delicious tasting from Bon Bon Brazil, with Druthers providing beer and yummies.
The Theatre Gallery at Saratoga Arts
320 Broadway • Saratoga Springs NY
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9-5pm + Sundays in July, 11-5pm, with extended hours on performance nights (check events calendar for evening hours)
A HUGE thanks to support by Saratoga Arts, Northshire Books, Druthers Brewing Co, Bon Bon Brazil, Canson Infinity and Archival Methods. Saratoga Arts has made part of this program possible with a Community Arts Grant funded by the NY State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NY State Legislature.
Thursday, November 5th from 6-8pm
Join me and 42 other photographers for Animal World, an exhibition and book launch at Umbrella Arts gallery in NYC. The exhibition conveys an appreciation of the joys and difficulties experienced by animals in the intertwined yet essentially absurd predicament of domestication and freedom.
Umbrella Arts is located at 317 East 9th St (btwn 1st & 2nd Ave), NYC, NY 10003. 212-505-7196. firstname.lastname@example.org
The exhibition will be on view through November 28, 2015
Gallery Hours: Thurs-Saturday, 1-6pm
Curator: Harvey Stein
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