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Summer Solstice: Creative Response Justice, imagination, and agency (two-day class) with Karen Finley via Zoom

June 20 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Free – $165

Don’t miss the unique chance to work with the legendary performance artist, visual artist, and writer, Karen Finley. On the Eve of the Summer Solstice our workshop begins. As the longest day awaits us we are beckoned by both the beauty and brightness of summer as backdrop to our political moment. Here, is the writer’s journey to describe and beckon nature as metaphor and constant to communicate the inspiration of change, the solitude of quarantine, the protests against police brutality and systemic racism.  And there is June, the month of celebrations, memories and hope. The month of Pride, Weddings, Graduations. The doings of summers now all experienced with social distancing. Writing is a way to begin to process, center and communicate. With prompts- writing exercises and a deepening of imagery we will encounter the varying landscapes of the human condition. Language sustains, divides and connects us. We have a choice – and in the gesture of writing we associate with a humanity of purpose of expression.

NB: This is a two day class via Zoom: Saturday June 20th 12:30-4:30 & Sunday June 28th 12:30-2:30, special price of $165

Karen Finley is a performance artist whose work has long provoked controversy and debate. She has performed at the Lincoln Center (NYC), the ICA (London), the Steppenwolf (Chicago), and the Bobino (Paris). Her art is in the collection of the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, among other places. She has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Obies, two Bessies, and a Ms. magazine Woman of the Year Award. Her books include Shock Treatment, Enough is Enough, Living It Up, A Different Kind Of Intimacy, George and Martha, The Reality Shows, and Grabbing Pussy. Finley is a professor in the department of Art and Public Policy at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.


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June 20
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $165
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Hudson Valley Writers Center
Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States