Thursday, August 28, 2014

BUMP: Whale Bones at the Basilica

If you missed seeing and experiencing BUMP, the interactive exhibit of whale bones at Basilica Hudson, you have another chance this weekend. The exhibit is open on Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31, from 1 to 4 p.m., and on Labor Day--Monday, September 1--as well. 

The installation, made up of bones from three different whales, is the creation of Daniel DenDanto and Frank DenDanto. Daniel is a cetecean biologist; Frank is a light and theater designer. The brothers have collaborated previously on whale skeleton articulations for museums, but BUMP is their first exhibit centered around an educational and interactive fine art approach rather than a traditional scientific assembly.

BUMP was first exhibited at the Maine College of Art and has also been shown at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Portland, Maine. "Bringing BUMP to Hudson," says Basilica creative director Melissa Auf der Maur, "reflects Basilica's commitment to the rich history of our region and the Hudson whalers, who played a big part in what we love about Hudson today." 

Tomorrow night--Friday, August 29--there is a closing party with "an intimate, early music vibe." The a capppella trio Black Sea Hotel will be performing "electrifying arrangements of Balkan folk songs, interweaving the ancient and the contemporary in a harmonic blend that has been called otherworldly, haunting, even spellbinding." Also performing will be Charlie Looker, whose haunting voice and guitar create music that ranges "from early music to demented covers," and Patrick Higgins, who's been described as an "electrified Bach for the classical guitar." The doors open for the party at 8 p.m., and the music begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.

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