When There Were Birds (part i) is the inaugural solo exhibition filling the 2000 square foot first floor of the venue. Five of Millicent Young's sculptures occupy the fore gallery; her eponymous 'When There Were Birds' installation of suspended vine and hair structures occupies the aft performance space, rendering the light flooded hall into a sanctuary site. As forms, these works are meditations on the ravages of war and other forms of vanishment yet they exist side by side with the Other for which there is no name, bringing beauty as witness to the unthinkable.
When There Were Birds (part i) is supported in part by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant. At Cross Contemporary Art and 11 Jane St Installation Art and Performance Space, Saugerties, NY. 30 March – 28 April 2019.
- Exploring a soundscape with Steve Gorn, Timothy Hill, and Iva Bittova for When There Were Birds (part ii). Performance in November at Broken Wing Barn, Saugerties, NY. Supported in part by an Individual Artist grant from Arts Mid Hudson
other recent work
- Cross Contemporary Art, NY: Of This (solo) 2018
- Les Yeux du Monde (Charlottesville, VA): Cantos for the Anthropocene (solo) 2018
- Dave Bown Projects: Award of Excellence awarded by Kelly Kivland (DIA) and Helga Christoffersen (New Museum, NY) 2016
- Sweet Briar College, VA: Forms for a New Mythology (solo) 2016
- Millicent Young and artist poet George Quasha in conversation as part of Art Is/Speaking Portraits, Watch the full interview below.