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Up On The Roof: Storm King Presents Heather Hart Exhibition

Heather Hart's work is on display at Storm King Art Center.
Heather Hart's work is on display at Storm King Art Center. Photo Credit: Submitted
Heather Hart's work is on display at Storm King Art Center.
Heather Hart's work is on display at Storm King Art Center. Photo Credit: Submitted

NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. --  When's the last time you walked on a roof?

Now you can, thanks to a new interactive sculptural environment at Storm King Art Center .

"Outlooks: Heather Hart," on view through Nov. 26, takes the form of a domestic rooftop and will be activated by performances, discussions, and other events.

Hart’s work -- with the roof as a recurring them -- spans social and participatory sculpture, drawing, and printmaking and deals with issues of perception, liminality, history, and spirituality. She refers to the roof as a space between the sky and earth, between shelter and danger, between private and public.

The Brooklyn artist sees carpentry, the profession of her father, as being related to oral histories, as a skill passed down from one person to another.

Now in its fifth year, Outlooks is an exhibition series that invites one emerging or mid-career contemporary artist to engage with Storm King’s landscape and history and create a new, site-specific work to be installed on-site for a single season.

Titled "The Oracle of Lacuna," Hart's sculpture takes the form of the home's rooftop that has seemingly fallen to the ground. The sculpture also contains an interior sanctuary, accessible via a dormer window and a truncated window. Visitors are permitted to both walk upon the rooftop and explore the interior sanctuary.

The title of the work references the gap in the written history of the Hudson Valley region that individuals fill with their personal interpretations and fantasies.

The creation of the interior sanctuary is based in part on Hart’s research into the history of Storm King’s surrounding area, in particular narratives regarding migration and immigration to the region.

Public performances, workshops, and gatherings will happen on and around the rooftop’s exterior, including music, workshops, movement, spoken word, and poetry. Programming with community partners such as Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh, Horizons-on-the-Hudson elementary school, Newburgh Free Academy West high school, Hudson Valley Writing Project, Rise & Root Farm, and music presented by the Ferry Godmother, are among many under development (check the website for details).

As the first Outlooks artist to create a work that is activated by programming and public participation, the Center has expanded its artist-driven programming and worked on further engaging the community.

Storm King is located at 1 Museum Rd., 845-534-3115, www.stormking.org .

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