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The Watermill Center Announces Community Day

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Featuring performances, workshops, and installations from an array of artists,

including local Long Island talent 

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WATER MILL, May 09, 2021 — The Watermill Center announces its spring Community Day, offering the local community the chance to experience The Center’s grounds as its Artists-in-Residence do — as a space to explore, unwind, and get inspired, on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Community Day will feature workshops, installations, and performances by Brianna L. Hernández Baurichter, Andrea Cote, Tamar Ettun, Nile Harris, and Erica-Lynn Huberty. Guests are also invited to explore The Watermill Center’s ten-acre manicured grounds and gardens through a self-guided tour and scavenger hunt.

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“The grounds and gardens serve as a constant source of inspiration for our Artists-in-Residence,” shares Elka Rifkin, Director of The Watermill Center. “Artists from across the globe are able to take advantage of the natural beauty of the East End and the unique landscape here at The Center. Being able to open up our property to the community to discover our grounds through the eyes of artists is a truly magical experience that we’re excited to offer.” 

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The day’s offerings include an installation and performance by Watermill Alum Tamar Ettun; a live performance directed by Nile Harris, who will be in residence at The Center this Spring; a dance and movement workshop with artist Andrea Cote, a Hampton-Bays based artist, and educator; a site-specific installation by Bridgehampton artist Erica-Lynn Huberty; and an exhibition of work by Brianna L. Hernández Baurichter, who will be in residence at Ma’s House & BIPOC Art Studio this summer. The afternoon will also include a land acknowledgment ceremony by Shane Weeks and Kelly Dennis from the Shinnecock Nation, and live music by The Jam Session.

Tamar Ettun, a New York-based artist, will present “Lilit the Empathic Demon,” a textile installation activated by performance. Inspired by empathic demon trapping rituals from ancient Babylon, Ettun weaves together benevolent demonology, traditionally female labor practices, and magic in a hands-on ritual. Using large hand-dyed sails, religious headcovers, and hospital textiles, the installation and performance reimagines new ways to heal from illness and grief to empower audiences.

Nile Harris will present a preview of his latest work, “this house is not a home,” which sets an improvised physical score inside of a sound-responsive bounce castle. Interweaving sonic feedback as a malleable material, the unique vocal utterances of the cast create a biometrically unique musical composition that cannot be repeated. “this house is not a home” is made in collaboration with performer Malcolm-x Betts and composer slowdanger.

Andrea Cote will lead a movement and dance workshop inspired by themes of time, space, and slowness in Robert Wilson’s work and at The Watermill Center. Working with the natural environment and curated gardens at The Center, Cote will host free-form workshops engaging participants in meditative and collective actions.

Erica-Lynn Huberty’s work, “Somewhere Or Other We are Found: Pride Installation,” expands on her “Veil and Memoria” series, utilizing fiber arts and needlework traditions for a site-specific installation on The Watermill Center’s grounds. Pulling inspiration from the poem “Somewhere or Other” by Christina Georgina Rossetti, Huberty investigates our relationship to grief and how it changes over time, exploring loss and memory through her woven and stitched pieces.

Brianna L. Hernández Baurichter will show work from her “Aquí Descansamos” series, which presents a living cemetery composed of floral sculptures mirroring the shapes of common grave markers. The work explores the complex layers of end-of-life care, the process of dying, grief, and mourning by pulling from her lived experiences and cultural research.

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Registration for Community Day is required.

Tickets start at $25. The Center offers reduced pricing for those needing financial assistance.

For more information and to register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/322700043517.

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THE ARTISTS

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Brianna L. Hernández Baurichter is a Chicana artist, curator, educator, and death doula guided by socially-engaged practices. Her background includes experience working in community organizations, galleries, museums, higher education settings, and as a consultant with public health researchers. In developing as an artist and creative professional, Hernández Baurichter credits her late mother, Sylvia D. Hernández, as her most significant mentor and inspiration for the creativity, resilience, and compassion she demonstrated throughout her life. In the studio, Brianna creates installations through large-scale charcoal drawings, video art, sculpture, and performances, each incorporating a high level of physicality and movement. Brianna is currently the Curatorial Fellow at the Parrish Art Museum in Watermill, NY, and proudly serves as Board Secretary at Ma’s House & BIPOC Art Studio on the Shinnecock Indian Nation, NY, Board Treasurer at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Committee Member for the Gente Chicana/SOYmos Chicanos Arts Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.
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Andrea Cote is an interdisciplinary artist working in photography, video, printmaking, and performance. Her practice encompasses studio-based work, mixed-media installations, and public projects that involve community participation. In 2021 she presented the multidisciplinary project “Social Fabric: In the Public Square,” a collaboration with Ann Robideaux and Chris Jones at Guild Hall in East Hampton. “The Radiance Project,” supported by a residency at Southampton Arts Center, was a community-centered year-long project in 2018 for the East End of Long Island involving collective dance & printmaking with a final installation in the SAC Theater. Cote has taught traditional and innovative visual art and movement courses for over twenty years, working with The Watermill Center, Parrish Museum, Guild Hall, Purchase College, Lang College, and The New School for Social Research.
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Tamar Ettun is a multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She has had exhibitions and performances at Pioneer Works, PERFORMA, Sculpture Center, Madison Square Park, Art Omi Sculpture Garden, The Barrick Museum UNLV, e-flux, Herzelia Biennial, Socrates Sculpture Park, Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Jewish Museum, Fridman Gallery, among others. She received awards and fellowships from The Pollock Krasner Foundation, Chinati Foundation, Moca Tucson Artist Residency, MacDowell Fellowship, RECESS, Art Production Fund, and Iaspis. Ettun received her MFA from Yale University in 2010. She teaches at Columbia University School of Arts, and was a 2015 Artist-in-Residence at The Watermill Center.
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Nile Harris is a performer and a director of live works of art. His work has been presented at the Palais de Tokyo, Under the Radar Festival (Public Theater), The Watermill Center, Volksbühne Berlin, Prelude Festival, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Otion Front Studio, and Movement Research at Judson Church. His work has been supported by Pepatián, Foundation for Contemporary Art, Abrons Arts Center, YoungArts, and Brooklyn Arts Exchange. He has worked extensively as a performer originating roles in works by various artists, including Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, 600 HIGHWAYMEN, Bill Shannon, Robert Wilson, Nia Witherspoon, Lilleth Glimcher, Malcolm Betts X, and Miles Greenberg in venues including New York Live Arts, Museum of Modern Art, Tanz im August, The Walker Art Center, EMPAC, Danspace Project, Superblue, Stanford Live, Dublin Theatre Festival, and MESS Festival. Nile Harris is a recipient of the 2022 Baroness Nina von Maltzahn Fellowship for the Performing Arts at The Watermill Center.

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Erica-Lynn Huberty is a pioneer in the contemporary fiber art movement. She earned her MFA in Painting (and an MA in British Literature, both in 1995) from Bennington College, where she studied with Amy Sillman and Andrew Spence. Her work mingles textiles and sewing arts techniques with watercolor and ink, embroidery, crochet and knitting, loom-woven grounds, mediums overlapping as if done simultaneously, and exploring the historical tradition of “women’s work.” She is informed by 17th-19th Century naturalist drawings, self-taught and folk art traditions, and environmental and architectural factors, particularly the fragility of endangered environments, flora and fauna, and vanishing historically-significant sites. Her art has been exhibited at Racine Art Museum, WI; David&Schweitzer Contemporary, Brooklyn; Ricco Maresca Gallery and Denise Bibro Fine Arts in Manhattan; Sara Nightingale Gallery, Sag Harbor, and Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, NY. 

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The Jam Session, Inc is a not for profit production and education arts organization that produces live jazz music, including Latin and World Music, through performances, recording, broadcast and educational opportunities for the people of the East End of Long Island, primarily Eastern Suffolk County. The Jam Session brings the music to the community it serves in various ways, including at partnering venues that are accessible and well serving to the public. The Jam Session’s ultimate purpose is to bring these diverse groups together through music and have shared public experiences, and thus to nourish the roots of the community…its people. The Jam Session is composed of percussionist Rodney Harris, bassist Steve Shaughnessy, and keyboardist Bill Smith.

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THE WATERMILL CENTER

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Founded in 1992 by avant-garde visionary Robert Wilson, The Watermill Center is an interdisciplinary laboratory for the arts and humanities situated on ten acres of Shinnecock ancestral territory on Long Island’s East End. With an emphasis on creativity and collaboration, The Center offers year-round artist residencies and education programs, providing a global community with the time, space, and freedom to create and inspire.

The Watermill Center’s rural campus combines multifunctional studios with ten acres of manicured grounds and gardens, housing a carefully curated art collection, expansive research library, and archives illustrating the life and work of Artistic Director Robert Wilson. The Center’s facilities enable Artists-in-Residence to integrate resources from the humanities and research from the sciences into contemporary artistic practice. Through year-round public programs, The Watermill Center demystifies the artistic process by facilitating unique insight into the creative process of a rotating roster of national and international artists.

The Watermill Center’s programs are made possible by awards from Cowles Charitable Trust, Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust, Dr. Lee MacCormick Edwards Charitable Foundation, Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art, Humanities New York CARES Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal CARES Act, JAF Foundation, Jerome Robbins Foundation, Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, The LLWW Foundation, mediaThe foundation Inc., The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, The Nightingale Code Foundation, The Red Butterfly Foundation, May & Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, The Suffolk County Office of Economic Development, The Suffolk County Office of Film and Cultural Affairs, Leila & Mickey Straus Family Charitable Fund, Town of Southampton, and Trust for Mutual Understanding. 

The Watermill Center is the principal operation of the Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation,

a US 501(c)3 organization incorporated in the state of New York.

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The Watermill Center | 39 Watermill Towd Road, Water Mill, NY 11976 | +1 (631) 726.4628 

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