New Watermill Center Residents Are Announced for 2019
The Watermill Center’s just-announced artists in residence for 2019 hail from as far away as Ghana and Peru and as nearby as the Shinnecock Reservation and Wainscott. Each of the individual artists and groups will spend from two to six weeks at the center utilizing its art collection, library, archives, and grounds to develop new work or refine works in progress.
Since the center’s residency program began in 2006, it has hosted more than 640 artists. During each residency, artists present their work to the public as part of In Process at Watermill Center, and past residents have shown works created at the center at such venues as the New Museum, the Whitney Museum, the Kitchen, Performa, and P.S. 122.
The 2019 program will begin on March 12 with Mallory Catlett/Restless NYC, Mountain Time Arts, and Judith Hertog. Ms. Catlett, who leads Restless Productions, an award-winning production company, will work at the center on “Nova Express,” the final concert of a trilogy based on the works of William Burroughs.
Mountain Time Arts, which produces public art projects and is based in Bozeman, Mont., will develop the libretto and set design for its site-specific opera, “Standby Snow: Chronicles of a Heatwave,” which addresses tensions created by drought and fire in southwestern Montana.
Originally from Amsterdam, Ms. Hertog is an essayist, journalist, and teacher now living in Vermont. While in Water Mill she will develop several chapters in “Circling Lhasa,” a nonfiction account of the politics of Tibetan Buddhism and life in Tibet under the Chinese regime.
South Fork resident artists include Laurie Lambrecht, a visual artist from Bridgehampton whose work in fiber and photography celebrates form, subtlety, and enduring presence, and Toni Ross, whose clay sculpture explores shape, surface containment, and the relationship between outside and inside. Mr. Ross lives and works in Wainscott. They will be at the center from April 17 through May 17.
Andrina Smith, a writer and performer from the Shinnecock Reservation who now lives in Brooklyn, has performed at Carolines on Broadway, Dangerfield’s, the Upright Citizens Brigade, and is now on the house team at the People’s Improv Theater in Manhattan. She will be at the center in November.
The other residents for 2019 are Afua Ansong (Ghana), Colectivo Zoológico (Chile and France), Maya Watanabe and Agustina Munoz (Argentina and Peru), and, from the United States, Cleek Schrey, Emily Furr, Jeffrey Perkins, Lynsey Peisinger, Matthew Craven, Ni’Ja Whitson, Raja Feather Kelly, and Sasha Wortzel.