Farm and Field: The Rural Folk Arts of the Catskill Region
FARM AND FIELD is a collaborative initiative between the New York Folklore Society, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County, and Catskills Folk Connection, to document and showcase the rural folk arts rooted in the agricultural heritage of the Catskill Region of New York State.
The Catskill Region continues to have a strong agricultural identity that has evolved more than three centuries since the arrival of its first pre-Revolutionary settlers. Its dairy industry continues to play a prominent role, but it now shares the spotlight with growers of fine foods and produce to satisfy the palate of local and regional consumers alike. The photographs highlight a variety of interactions between people and their landscape that reflect the ongoing nature of agriculture in Sullivan and Delaware Counties.
A photographic study in black and white, FARM AND FIELD: THE RURAL FOLK ARTS OF THE CATSKILL REGION, will be on display at the New York Folklore Society, 129 Jay Street, Schenectady beginning March 3, 2017. The photographs highlight a variety of interactions between people and their landscape that reflect the ongoing nature of agriculture in rural Upstate New York, and will be on display at the New York Folklore Society through Memorial Day weekend.
An informal “opening reception” and curator’s talk took place Sunday, March 5th, between noon and 2:00, at the New York Folklore Society, 129 Jay Street, Schenectady. Benjamin Halpern, photographer, and curator of the exhibit, discussed the objectives of his photo-documentation and answered questions. The public was invited and light refreshments were served.
Photo by Benjamin Halpern. See Voices 38:1–2: “Sullivan County’s Diehl Homestead Farm”
Through April 2016
Daniel Pierce Library
328 Main Street, Box 268
Grahamsville, NY 12740
The exhibition was previously on display at Delaware County Maple Weekends March 23–23; March 29–30, 2014.
Livingston Manor Free Library
92 Main Street, Livingston Manor, NY
June 3 —July 31, 2015
Reception and Curator’s Talk
with Benjamin Halpern and Ellen McHale, PhD
July 24, 6:30 p.m.
The Livingston Manor Free Library hosted a short program to take place on July 24, beginning at 6:30 p.m., during which Dr. Ellen McHale, Executive Director of the New York Folklore Society and Benjamin Halpern, photographer and curator of the exhibit, discussed the objectives of their program and answered questions.
August 25–October 10, 2015
Liberty Public Library
189 N Main St, Liberty, NY 12754
September 20, 2015
Harvest Festival, Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts
200 Hurd Road, Bethel, NY 12720
READ “Halpern documents the changing face of agriculture” in the Sullivan County Democrat.
The project has been supported with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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