Bindlestiff Family Cirkus is pleased to announce The Art of the Cirkus, a special exhibition and celebration at the Hudson Area Library that honors the craft, visual, and photographic artists who have collaborated with Bindlestiff’s Cirkus After School program over their 14-year history in Columbia County. The exhibition will showcase unique artworks tucked into corners of the library, suspended from the rafters, gracing the walls of the building’s entrance hall, and emanating from video screens.
The Art of the Cirkus includes photographs by Zach Neven, B. Docktor, David Lee, S. Trianna, and Eric Ferrer; hand-painted costume artifacts from The Memorial Project by Ifetayo Cobbins, Ntchota Badila, NaQuera Roach, Amy Chen, and Stephanie Monseu. It will also feature wearable art by Cirkus After School junior staff Romello Robinson, Cashmere Whitmore, Serenity McGriff- Phillips, and Jasiah Riley, made during a residency with local artist and fashion designer, Loki Anthony. A slide show documenting the creation of a mural for the Hudson Youth Center in 2019/2020 and a series of video interviews with the The Memorial Project artists will also be on show.
Exhibition: On view from Thursday, September 28 – Saturday, October 14, during library hours
Celebration event: Thursday, October 12, 6 – 8pm
Location: Hudson Area Library Main Space and Community Room
Registration: Registration required. Click here to register.
Photo credit: Loki Anthony
Bindlestiff’s Cirkus After School uses skills like juggling, stilt walking, tumbling, partner acrobatics, prop manipulation, and physical comedy to help youth to become stronger learners, community members, and leaders. The program encourages them to express themselves creatively, challenge themselves physically, and work inventively with others. The work takes place at the intersection of creative arts and physical discipline, and is grounded in the values of life-long learning, safety, choice, trustworthiness, practice, collaboration, empowerment, compassion, and respect. Activities include weekly after-school classes, a summer Juggling Club, teen workforce development, field trips to professional circus performances, visits from world-class teaching artists in the circus and variety arts field, community performances by youth, and collaboration with numerous cultural and arts organizations.