POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Inspired by the multi-media exhibition Muhheakantuck: Changing River, Changing Cities, currently on view in the James W. Palmer Gallery, Vassar College will hold a panel discussion exploring the role of public art in the redevelopment of Yonkers and Poughkeepsie. The discussion, to include artists, an architect and an economist, will be held on Tuesday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Villard Room, Main Building. The gallery will be open for viewing prior to the discussion and a reception will immediately follow. These events are free and open to the public.
The discussion, titled Changing Cities/Changing River, will consider the role of artists and government in improving the quality of life in formerly industrial towns on the Hudson River. The panelists include Nancy Cozean, Mayor of Poughkeepsie; Barbara Segal, Yonkers artist; Franc Palaia, Poughkeepsie artist; Ray Curran, Scenic Hudson; Stephen Aronson, architect & property owner; Peter Leonard, Vassar College Field Work Office; Ed Murphy, director of economic development, City of Poughkeepsie; and Jeep Johnson, director and co-founder of Clayworks. Vassar senior Jessica Jacobson will moderate the discussion.
The exhibition Muhheakantuck: Changing River, Changing Cities features a model of Segal's sculpture of the same name, which was commissioned by the MTA/Arts for Transit program and permanently installed at the Yonkers train station. The exhibit also includes a Yonkers timeline by Segal, a timeline of Poughkeepsie by Palaia and a video documentary by Jacobson.
Muhheakantuck: Changing River, Changing Cities, whose title is inspired by the Native American name for the Hudson River, will be exhibited through Friday, March 10. For gallery hours, or to arrange accommodations for people with disabilities, call the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.