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JACK WALLS:

An Evening of Spoken Word
September 30 and October 1, 2016
Event at Second Ward
The writer's internal dialogue concerning his Past, the Now, and the Future.
All laid bare in surreal flights of poetic thought through question presented to Jack in audio by Lizzi Bougatsos during an evening of experimental theater.
Including an excerpted reading from:
The Ebony Prick of the White Rose's Thorn.
Directed by James Rasin. 

JD Samson & Men performing at Second Ward 

ETHEL performs Circus!

August 19, 2016

Event at Second Ward

​Second Ward Foundation and Hudson Opera House present ETHEL,

a modern string quartet performs an original work inspired by the Ringling

Museum's incredible archive of circus media.
Work by Christian Marclay was also on display in two of our gallery spaces.

There was a screening of Telephones (1995), alongside photography works

and selected works from the Body Mix series

An Evening with Carolee Schneemann
May 19, 2018

Event at Second Ward

Carolee Schneemann returned to Hudson to present a screening of several of her seminal short films.
Carolee's ground breaking films challenge the viewer on many levels addressing issues of the body, sexuality and gender. A short question and answer period will follow the screening.
The evening ended with a cocktail reception with a long overdue celebration for Carolee's award of the 2017 Golden Lion Achievement at the Venice Biennale.

Click here to see a gallery of ETHEL's performance        

Click here to see work that was in our galleries alongside the performance

24-HOUR DRONE: EXPERIMENTS IN SOUND AND MUSIC
April 23-24, 2016

Event at Basilica Hudson
Video Screening curated by Second Ward Foundation 

Photo: JD Urban

Zs / Arto Lindsay / Brian Degraw / Glausses
September 26, 2015
 

Event at Second Ward 

Tanisha Christie / bathtub: iteration #4
June 1-17, 2018
Event at Second Ward

bathtub is an iterative multimedia performance installation event of radical intimacy and surrender by inviting an audience to experience a bath with a Black woman.
In this iteration the audience will view the installation in process with her collaborator JD Urban. Second Ward’s laboratory environment provides time for the artist to explore ritual and shrine making.

Performances were held:
June 1 (previews), 2 (previews), 3 (opening)
June 8, 9 ,10, 16, 17
- All performances at 7:30pm with sun setting
- 8-10 seats only for each participatory performance.

“ROUGH CUT”

September 2, 2018
a video screening from the  Jungle Red Archives

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Francine Hunter McGivern: Episodic Memory (1977 – present)" at Hudson Hall

Click here for more info

Ghoul House Rock

October 31, 2015

​Event at Second Ward

“About Kazuo Ohno- Reliving the Butoh Diva’s Masterpieces”: Takao Kawaguchi
September 24, 2016
Event at Second Ward

"It suddenly popped into my head, I want to become Kazuo Ohno." - Takao Kawaguchi
In this stunning work of artistic homage, Takao Kawaguchi re-creates the iconic work of Kazuo Ohno, the founding father of butoh, a form of contemporary dance characterized by extreme images created in response to the horrors of the second world war. As Kawaguchi performs on stage, Ohno merges, surfaces, and recedes with each scene, resulting in a powerful duet between Kawaguchi and an illusory image of Kazuo Ohno. The result is a completely new work of art, where the copy becomes the original. Kawaguchi’s powerful evening-length performance celebrated the 110th anniversary of Ohno’s birth—he passed away in 2010 at the age of 103.
Takao Kawaguchi gave a free public talk on the work of Kazuo Ohno on Friday, September 23, 2016 at 7pm at the Inn at Hudson (317 Allen St, Hudson, NY 12534). The event was followed by a reception with the artist.

Bonnie Baxter performing at Basilica Hudson 

Walrus / Carinae
October 1, 2017
​Event at Second Ward

Walrus comes to Hudson, New York by way of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Their musical genre has been described as neo-psychedelic pop with sounds and textures as weird as possible. The latest LP from Walrus, Family Hangover has been described as  ".. a dreamy mix of The Vines and Jefferson Airplane, like Joy Division had sent back a decade earlier to reinvent the sixties by masquerading as The Byrds." (The East). 
Walrus was joined by the psychedelic rock sounds of the band Carinae from Western Massachusetts. Performing "lush compositions paired with poetic heady lyrics combine to create a sonic embro that envelopes the audience."  

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BREAKING THE FRAME 

July 16-30, 2016

Event at Second Ward

​Second Ward Foundation and Carolee Schneemann Foundation present
BREAKING THE FRAME featuring Carolee Schneemann, a film by Marielle Nitoslawska. 


Brian Degraw performance installation at Second Ward

Alex Turnquist performing at Second Ward

440 Hz 
September 13, 2015
 

Event at Second Ward 

Designed by Jess Puglisi

Record and media fair in Second Ward's auditorium

WGXC RECORD & MEDIA FAIR

October 11, 2014

​Event at Second Ward

C. Lavender performing at Basilica Hudson

Performance of Book of Five Rings at Second Ward 

JOHN ESPOSITO & A BOOK OF FIVE RINGS FEATURING VIDEO ARTIST LAURA STEELE 
October 4-5, 2013

Event at Second Ward

JD SAMSON & MEN W/ THE SUZAN PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS 
December 6th, 2013

Event at Second Ward 

440 HZ

September 14, 2014

Event at Second Ward

William Basinski performing at Second Ward

​Joey Arias performing on stage at Second Ward

Graphic designed by Vincent Gagliostro, director and co-writer of "After Louie"

AFTER LOUIE
August 23, 2015
 

Event at Second Ward 

24-HOUR DRONE: EXPERIMENTS IN SOUND AND MUSIC
April 25-26, 2015

Event at Basilica Hudson
Video Screening curated by Second Ward Foundation