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.



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 

Sound Immersion Salon: Waxing the Crescent Moon

Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Presented by Sister Redhawk

Fee: $35.00

Join us for an evening where Sister Redhawk takes us on a journey of soothing sights and sounds under the spell of the waxing cresent moon. Let the experience wash over you as you relax and unwind in this unique environment. This event is the perfect opportunity to connect with others ad experience the power of sound healing while unleashing your creative energy.

Feel free to bring your own mat or blanket otherwise a blanket will be provided. Seating is also available if you prefer. 

Complimentary beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be served during the event. 

Click here to make a reservation through Eventbite.

This event has limited capacity.  If it is sold out, please contact to be put on the waiting list.  Note: Other salons will be offered throughout the 2024 season and added periodically to eventbrite.  

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

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.

Hudson Eye Festival at Second Ward Foundation:

Animation Films by Michael Lavine, William Kentridge and Alessandro Pessoli

Saturday, August 26, 2023 at 7:30 pm 

Second Ward Foundation 71 N 3rd St, Hudson, NY 

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

Mahicannittuk Sediments Invasive Plants

Sunday October 1, 2023 at 8:00 pm 

16mm films by filmmaking collective Le Ratoire:

Léa Lanoë

Pierre Borel

Katherine Bauer

Joyce Lainé

Loïc Verdillon

Free Admission

An evening of 16mm celluloid chemically processed with wid plants by the French/American filmmaking collective Le Ratoire, including the world premiere of Sediments (2023), filmed while canoeing the Mahicannittuk (Hudson) river and processed with invasive species collected along the journey.

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

Still from Mantra, 2020 

a Non-Profit arts organization

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

Still from Nor'easter, 2018

​​​​​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.


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 

Poetry · Performance · Conversation with Tracie Morris and Tongo Eisen-Martin   

Friday, September 22, 2023 at 7:00 pm 

Admission Free - Click here to make a reservation through Eventbrite

The Flow Chart Foundation joins forces with Second Ward Foundation to present Tracie Morris and Tongo Eisen-Martin.

Get ready to be blown away by their incredible performances, thought-provoking poetry, and conversation. Prepare to be inspired and energized. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to witness the talent of these two exceptional artists. An evening filled with creativity and passion. 

The event will also be live-streamed through WGXC: Radio for Open Ears.

Tracie Morris is a poet, scholar and vocalist working in multiple media. She has performed extensively around the world. Her sound installations have been presented at numerous institutions, including the Drawing Center, Ronald Feldman Gallery, Thomas Hirschhorn’s Gramsci Monument presented by Dia Art Foundation, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Dia: Chelsea, The Kitchen Performance Space, The Museum of Modern Art, The Silent Barn, and The Whitney Biennial. Morris is the recipient of awards, fellowships, and grants for poetry and performance, including NYFA, Creative Capital, and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well MacDowell and Yaddo residencies. Her work has been extensively anthologized and recorded. Her most recent poetry collection, human/nature poems, was published by Litmus Press this year. Tracie is Professor of Poetry at the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, having first been their inaugural Distinguished Visiting Professor of Poetry.

Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker, and educator. His latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, "We Charge Genocide Again," has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. His book Someone's Dead Already was nominated for a California Book Award. His book Heaven Is All Goodbyes was published by the City Lights Pocket Poets series, was shortlisted for the Griffins Poetry Prize, and won both a California Book Award and an American Book Award. His latest book, Blood On The Fog, was named one of The New York Times' poetry books of the year. In 2020, he co-founded Black Freighter Press to publish revolutionary works. He is San Francisco’s eighth poet laureate.


Animation Films at Hudson Eye Festival

Saturday, August 26, 2023 at 7:30 pm 

The Dark Odyssey (2021)

A film by Michael Lavine

Run Time: 8 minutes 31 seconds

A brave captain and his faithful mate transport a captive warrior, and the valuable Inventory of The Mind, across the interstellar line. When their ship is forced to navigate an asteroid field, their mission is jeopardized.

The Dark Odyssey 2: Ice Nexus (2022)

A film by Michael Lavine

Run Time: 11 minutes 22 seconds

A skeptical astronaut discovers a lost spaceship and gets tangled up in a dangerous journey to a mythical space-time portal, the Ice Nexus, in search of the Inventory of the Mind, essential knowledge for ending the Eternal War.

Automatic Writing (2003)

A film by William Kentridge

Run Time: 2 minutes 38 seconds

Producer New Museum, Bick Productions

In Automatic Writing, a haunting series of animated black and white drawings brings viewers into the artist's unconscious, using surrealist techniques to the explore the point where writing and drawing intersect.


Caligola (2016) 
A film by Alessandro Pessoli

Courtesy  Anton Kern Gallery

Run Time: 10 minutes 45 seconds

"Alessandro Pessoli arrived at Caligola through the laborious process of transferring thousands of drawings into film. Through a succession of meandering vignettes, without beginning or end, the story flows with random beats. The rhythmic pace of the animation, along with a droning soundtrack, culminates in a rasping tension to form an almost otherworldly tale. Accordant with the film's fractured narrative, Pessoli’s drawings reveal an interconnected yet slightly skewed story."  Text by Anton Kern Gallery