A Story of Exploitation

Shanekia McIntosh

Friday August 2, 2019   8:00 PM - 1 AM

A one-woman show conceived and performed by Shanekia McIntosh, "Call me Ismael - A story of Exploitation will feature original music by Chris Garneau, visuals by Rebecca Borer and a rockin' after Dj set by Mostly Girls. 

It's going to be a whale of a time.

​$10 admission. Reservations through Hudson Hall. 

Cash Bar 

Still from Nor'easter, 2018

Winter Walk Pop-Up Storefront Display

Saturday December 1, 2018   5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

As part of the Winter Walk event Second Ward will be engaging two storefront windows with video displays. 

On view is the rarely seen Pinea Silva - Lost Meaning of the ChristmasTree. By means of a performance-lecture using a power point presentation Carolee Schneemann offers her interpretations of  iconic symbols of Christmas and provides her insights into their meaning. 

Nor'easter  is a video presented by artist-in-resident James Autery whose work can be seen as a fleetng moment presented as an endless memory of time.  

The storefront is located at 429 Warren Street, Hudson, NY formerly the Hudson City Court & Clerks Office.


Pinea Silva - Lost Meaning of the Christmas Tree installation cosponsored by the Carolee Schneemann Foundation and Second Ward Foundation. Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI).

Screening of Dance Films and After Party

Friday, June 24, 2022 at 8:00 pm Doors at 7:30 pm

Admission is Free

Join us for the first Hudson Screening of MONUMENT, and other brand new dance films.

Dance the night away with sounds by DJ SVB. Live performances throughout the night.



​​​​​Breaking The Frame 

Documentary featuring 

Carolee Schneemann and James Tenney

Saturday May 18, 2018   5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

The Carolee Schneemann Foundation invites you to celebrate her life with a special afternoon film screening and evening dance party to follow. 

A film by Marielle Nitoslawska
Featuring Carolee Schneemann and James Tenney
Saturday, May 18, 5pm

“where the frame breaks—the edge, the fracture—you paint, and you write. You perform, you film, and you write.” – Carolee Schneemann

Marielle Nitoslawska’s Breaking the Frame (2012) is an unusual, exhilarating and insightful feature–length profile of the radical New York artist Carolee Schneemann. A pioneer of performance art and avant-garde cinema, Schneemann broke the frames of the art world for over five decades by challenging the taboos leveled against the female body. Breaking the Frame is a kinetic, hyper-cinematic intervention, a critical meditation on the intimate correlations animating art and life.

Film Screening of Mantra

Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 6:30 pm and Sunday Julu 31, 2022 at 3:30pm

Free Admission 

Second Ward Foundation invites you to the local premiere of Mantra and a reception with the film maker and featured artists. 

MANTRA (2020)
A film by James Autrey

Original Score by Austin Bucket
Featuring Juliet Gentile, Guya Fletcher, Asia Sosnowski, Sheena Wells, Pauline DeCarmo, Chris Fitzwater, Bibbe Hansen, Reggie Madison, Sandra Koponen, Angela Chun, and Jennifer Chun (in order of appearance).
Run Time: 45 min.

Film maker James Autery presents his first film Manta, a meditation on artistiic expression. Melding documentary filmmaking with poeticism this black and white film seeks to invite the audience into a contemplative state of consciousness.

Funding for the film provided by New York State Council of the Art in partnership with Wave Farm through a MAAF grant. Additoinal funding provided by Second Ward Foundation.

​More informaton at Mantra-Film.Com

Shaekia McIntosh

Second Ward Foundation & Tiger House

Saturday December 1, 2018  9:00 PM - 2:00 AM

$10 Admission

The cast of the 2nd Annual Rip Van Winkle + Nutcracker Mashup RIP THE NUT invite you to Dance into the Night.

Let your host Davon warm your soul & guide you through a winter wonderland of turnt queer delights & fierce shows.



Food Truck

Djing by Tedd Patterson


RIP THE NUT directed by Adam Weinhart and performed at Hudson Hall on December 1, 5:15 - 7:45 PM. Admission Fee. More information at HudsonHall.org. 

John Akomfrah at his London studio, 2016. © Smoking Dogs Films Courtesy Smoking Dogs Films and Lisson Gallerysy Smoking Dogs Films and Lisson Gallery

Film Screening of Tropikos at Hudson Eye Festival

Saturday, August 27, 2022 at 7:30 pm and 8:30pm

Click here to Purchase Tickets through Hudson Eye 

Tropikos (2016)
A film by John Akomfrah

Run Time: 36 minutes 41 seconds

In the mid-sixteenth century, England began exploiting the natural resources of Guinea in West Africa, shipping raw materials and humans between Guinea and the port city of Plymouth.

The film confronts that moment in history, exploring the more complex and often subtle dynamics between the slave owners and the people they enslaved. Akomfrah uses still camera shots to create a giant tableau vivant —still living picture—filled with wealthy English merchants in decadent dress silently engaging with their enslaved Africans along Plymouth’s coast. The eye-to-eye interactions suggest the unseen emotional, physical, sexual, and psychological violence millions of African peoples endured for centuries, resulting in immense riches for their European captors.

Shelley Hirsch  at Hudson Eye Festival

Saturday , August 28, 2021 at 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Doors at 7 pm

Vocal Performance 

Admission: $10 (Seniors $5)

Ticket available through the Hudson Eye Festival. 

Shelly Hirsch performs a new score by Christian Marclay titled NO! as well as one of her own composition.

Shelley has performed for audience worldwide and can be heard on over 70 recordings.  Shelley has previously vocalized scores by Christian Marclay, notably at the Whitney Museum where she interpreted a 60-foot long hand scroll consisting of onomatopoeias found in Manga comics.   

The New York Times called her "A woman of a thousand voices... She offered an enthralling demonstration of the way songs, vocal styles and language might have evolved out of more primal musical impulses."

Still from Meat Joy, 1964


Saturday December 7, 2019  9:00 PM - 2:00 AM

$5 -10 Admission (Sliding Scale)

Second Ward Foundation invites you to the second annual Winter Walk Dance Party.

Davon returns this year as host and entertainer along with  a casts of performers throughout the night.  

Live Music


DJ Sets



  Dance Party Celebrating the Life of Carolee Schneemann

Saturday May  18, 2018   8:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Please join us for a dance party celebrating the life of Carolee Schneeman in Hudson, New York. Carolee loved Hudson and one of her last wishes was to throw a party in her honor at Second Ward Foundation.

Doors open at 8pm. The party starts with a cocktails and complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a selection of Carolee's artwork in the side gallery, a Dance party with DJ Tedd Patterson and a performance by Davon.

Admission to the party is free although it is suggested that one makes a reservation at eventbrite.

There will be a cash bar for drinks. A donation of $50 to the Carolee Schneemann Foundation entitles you to an open bar throughout the night. Look forward to seeing everyone and celebrating Carolee.

Photo: Ka Baird

Still from Pinea Silva - Lost Meaning of the Christmas Tree, 1991

Still from Mantra, 2020 

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