With the reopening of things lately, the Hudson Valley’s landmark Opus 40
environmental sculpture and arts center has been greatly stepping up its programming game lately, bringing to the Saugerties site outdoor film screenings, exceptional live music, and some very cool gallery exhibits. Among the latter is a showing of new and selected works by artist, author, and activist Molly Crabapple, which will be on view from July 1 through August 8.
To celebrate the exhibition, two special leadup events are in the offing: a poetry reading by Crabapple (Drawing Blood
, Brothers of the Gun
) and her fellow writer-activists Alissa Quart, Rodrigo Toscano, and Rebecca Wolff (June 30 at 6pm) and, for the Opus 40 Community Fridays series, “Stone Cold Solidarity,” a panel discussion moderated by Quart and featuring Crabapple, labor organizer Toscano, and Wolff, an erstwhile Hudson alderperson (July 1 at 5:30pm).
Crabapple’s award-winning writing has appeared in the New York Times
, the New Yorker
, and Rolling Stone
. She’s also an extraordinary illustrator who has collaborated with Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Jay Z, and Human Rights Watch, and other notables. The Opus 40 display includes two pieces from her “Annotated Muses” series, alongside a selection of illustrations and prints. On view in addition to the Crabapple creations will be a giant photo installation produced for “Bossworkers,” an exhibit by the prizewinning journalism nonprofit Economic Hardship Reporting Project that showcases worker co-ops from around the county.
Tickets for the June 30 reading are $5. Tickets for the “Stone Cold Solidarity” panel are $5-$20, sliding scale. See the website for gallery hours.