Heather Hart's Oracle of Lacuna @ Storm King Art Center
I had one of those magical art moments on Saturday, you know the kind...where the art you are standing in front of is so pleasing to the eye, smarter than you expected and speaking directly to you but you can tell that everyone else is also feeling it, even though you can't really articulate what 'it' is.
I was at the Storm King Art Center for the opening of the exhibition Outlooks: Heather Hart. For those who don't know, Storm King Art Center is a 500 acre sculpture park just an hour and a half away from Manhattan (driving). I've been in NYC for close to 10 years and this was my first visit! My loss - this please is insanely idyllic - hills, meadows, babbling brooks, woods, rabbits, geese, so many adorable goslings, and oh yeah...art.
Outlooks is Storm King's annual exhibition series, where they invite one emerging or mid-career artist to create a temporary site-specific installation on their grounds. I've known Heather Hart since my RBPMW days (she was awarded one of our SIP Fellowship's) and have been borderline #artstalking her ever since. Heather's installation, titled Oracle of Lacuna, is a quintessentially American rooftop nestled in Storm King's North Woods. Yeah...she built a rooftop! Visitors can climb all over and under the Oracle of Lacuna. I'm pretty sure NYC's instagram is gonna be full of people posing on top of this piece. But....venturing under the roof was my favorite part.
Most of the artists in Storm King's collection are very pale and very male so it was refreshing to be there to celebrate a black woman artist, especially one who raises questions about narratives and race in her work. The opening festivities included a performance by Chargaux ON the Oracle of Lacuna. Everything just kind of came together perfectly; the sun was out, there was a cool breeze, we were all lying on the grass, staring at this phenomenal sculpture by a WOC artist while two super talented WOC musicians played meditative, jazzy, trance-like music. It was magical.