AN ARTIST SEEKING PARTICIPANTS FOR A DANCE AND VIDEO PROJECT:
AN OPEN CALL TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE
IN MARGARET GARRETT’S ARTIST RESIDENCY
FEBRUARY 11TH | 10:30 AM – 1 PM
FEBRUARY 12TH | 10:30 AM – 1 PM
FEBRUARY 18TH | 10:30 AM – 1 PM
FEBRUARY 19TH | 10:30 AM – 1 PM
TICKETS: Free with RSVP; participants
must be 16 or older
Margaret Garrett, Anima 4, 2019, Pigment Print, Courtesy of the Artist.
Guild Hall’s Swept Away, 2022, Photo Credit Joe Brondo.
Sag Harbor, NY. — An Artist Seeking Participants for a Dance and Video Project. As a part of The Church’s hallmark artists residency program, we are pleased to welcome interdisciplinary artist Margaret Garrett. Garrett’s residency at The Church will focus on creating four choreographed ritual dances and artworks relating to the dances. This project requires the participation of everyday people, not necessarily trained dancers. On her behalf, we are seeking community volunteers who are excited by the notion of becoming a dancer for the day. Over the course of two weekends, participants will be welcomed to The Church by the artist and embark on learning choreographed dances inspired by the four elements: earth, water, fire, and air. The dances are simple and easy to learn; dance experience is not required but remember that this is a movement-based art project, so your participation and focus are vital. Interested individuals are welcome to sign up for any or all of the four sessions. There is a limited number of participants for each session.
Each session will begin with an introduction from Garrett and a brief warmup. Participants will then learn the movements and the choreography of the piece and rehearse it. By the end of each session the group will be able to run the full dance with music. The dance will be filmed for documentation and Garrett will also be filming individuals doing portions of the dance for a video collage project. There will be one break with refreshments during each session. The participation in this art project is free but we do ask you RSVP on The Church’s website and honor your commitment as there are a limited number of slots available for each session. Volunteers are asked to wear one color and to avoid wearing white.
Margaret Garrett is an interdisciplinary American artist. Her artistic practice includes painting, printmaking, collage, and video work. Born in North Carolina and raised in Pennsylvania, she grew up training to be a dancer and went on to dance with the Pennsylvania and Cleveland Ballet companies. In her early twenties, she discovered painting, finding something spiritually akin to dance in the movement of line and color and switched her focus to visual art.
In 2017, Garrett returned to dancing to inspire new works: She began filming herself dancing and using video clips as material to create moving video collages. For the project “The 19”, which was presented at Planthouse in NYC, she took this approach one step further in working with 19 poses that the Martha Graham Dance Company had selected as a way to honor the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Drawing from these Graham poses, Garrett created a video, two groups of collages, and a suite of seven woodblock and chine collé prints.
Garrett’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States, including Planthouse, Danese/Corey, the FLAG Art Foundation, Birnam Wood, and the Parrish Art Museum. Her work has also been included in the Armory Show, Art on Paper, the Dallas Art Fair, and the Contemporary Print Fair at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Her film “Elegy” was an official selection for the London International Motion Picture Awards in 2020. She has been awarded residencies at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and in Assisi, Italy, and has collaborated on two projects with Flatbed Press in Austin, Texas. She is currently working on a large-scale glass mural commission for NYU Langone to be installed in 2023. Her work is held in numerous private and corporate collections in the United States and in Europe. Museum collections include the Blanton Art Museum, Parrish Art Museum, Jordan Schnitzer Collection, the Leiber Collection, and Guild Hall Museum. She lives and maintains a studio on Shelter Island, NY, with her husband, the composer and pianist Bruce Wolosoff.
Photo by Jamie Lopez
The Church was established in 2019 by artists Eric Fischl and April Gornik. Housed in a deconsecrated 19th century church, its doors were opened in April 2021. Our mission is to foster creativity and to honor the living history of Sag Harbor as a maker village. The East End represents an exceptional artistic legacy, spanning the practices of indigenous art of several centuries ago, Abstract Expressionists of the mid 20th Century, and the many celebrated writers, makers, musicians, and visual artists of the recent past and current moment. Core programming includes visual art exhibitions, concerts and events, educational programming, workshops, lectures, and an artist’s residency.
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