Thursday, March 6, 2014

Plan Your Saturday

The temperature on Saturday is expected to reach a balmy 46 degrees, but if you can resist the urge to do nothing but walk around enjoying not having to be bundled up and shivering, you may want to spend the better part of the day at the Hudson Opera House. There are two events, back to back, that could keep you there from 3 p.m. until dinnertime.

At 3 p.m., Rebecca Allan, whose exhibition Ground/Water is currently on display in the gallery, will present a gallery talk. Allan is known for her richly layered and chromatically nuanced abstract paintings. For many years, she has concentrated on rivers, tributaries, and watershed environments as primary sources of investigation. Her studio in the Spuyten Duyvil neighborhood of the Bronx overlooks the Harlem and Hudson rivers. In her gallery talk, Allan will discuss her exhibition, Ground/Water, and her relationship to "a transcendental American landscape tradition that includes painters such as Frederic Church, Charles Burchfield, and Joan Mitchell."

Allan's gallery talk takes place this Saturday, March 8, and again next Saturday, March 15, at 3 p.m.

At 5 p.m, Elisa Albert, Sari Botton, Chloe Caldwell, Dana Kinstler, and Rebecca Wolff will read from the collection Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York.

In 1967, Joan Didion wrote an personal essay entitled "Goodbye to All That," which captured "the mesmerizing allure Manhattan has always had for writers, poets, and wandering spirits." In the collection of essays Goodbye to All That, twenty-eight writers take up Didion's literary legacy and share their own stories of the city that is "the only place on Earth where a person can become exactly who they are meant to be."

Saturday's event is dedicated to the memory of Maggie Estep, who was one of the contributors to the collection. Estep's essay will be read by Chloe Caldwell.

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