Cheers at Five

Joe Fyfe

April 11, 2020

Galleries are shuttered, but you can still have a Saturday art moment with this walkthrough of the vivid exhibition “Kimber Smith: Paintings 1965-1980,” at Cheim & Read, NYC, narrated by Yaddo artist and curator Joe Fyfe.

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Gabriel Kahane

April 10, 2020

We’re sliding into Friday night on the mellifluous tones of the great singer/songwriter/composer/theater artist Gabriel Kahane (once memorably dubbed “a one-man cultural Cuisinart” by The New York Times Magazine), seen here performing “Veda (1 Pierce Drive)” from his wonderful album and performance piece, The Ambassador. Happy weekend, all.

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Deborah Berke

April 9, 2020

Trapped inside? No room with a view? Take a history-filled virtual walking tour of New York’s expansive East River waterfront with architecture critic Michael Kimmelman and Yaddo board member, the architect Deborah Berke.

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Allan Gurganus on Melissa Meyer

April 8, 2020

The writer Allan Gurganus first met the painter Melissa Meyer at Yaddo in 1975, when both were young talents just beginning to find their footing. In his account of how that summer brought the “rusticated woodwind” hues of Yaddo’s lakes and forest paths into Meyer’s work for the first time, Gurganus makes a powerful case for…

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Tarik O’Regan

April 7, 2020

Settle in with your quarantini and listen to composer and Yaddo artist Tarik O’Regan narrate this immensely entertaining BBC radio documentary on the emigré composers from Europe and Russia who were behind the golden age of the Hollywood film score.

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Michael Harrison

April 6, 2020

Composer, pianist and Yaddo artist Michael Harrison shares a new recording of his moving, lyrical “In Flight,” the title track from his very first album of original piano solos, released in 1987.  #MusicMonday

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Peter Cameron on John Kelly

April 3, 2020

The chameleon-like performance and visual artist John Kelly—who has embodied figures from Egon Schiele to Caravaggio to Joni Mitchell in four decades on the New York cultural scene—first came to Yaddo in 1994. In today’s excerpt from “Friendships in Arcadia,” his fellow Yaddo artist, the writer Peter Cameron, recalls his introduction to Kelly’s protean talent, at…

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David Cale

April 2, 2020

The marvelous, magical David Cale sings “The Feral Child,” from his “indisputably courageous, frequently shocking and deeply moving” (The Chicago Tribune) musical memoir, We’re Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time. Today’s moment of beauty.

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Patrick & Daniel Lazour

April 1, 2020

A duo to watch: the extraordinary Lazour Brothers, here singing “Habitable Planet,” a track from their new album, Freres.

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Donald Antrim on Zeke Berman

March 31, 2020

“The studio is like an artist’s installation of a biohazard site.” The author Donald Antrim first came to Yaddo in 1990, the photographer Zeke Berman in 1989. In 1999, they overlapped—as Antrim details in this account of the memorable contents of Berman’s studio, today’s cocktail-hour installment of “Friendships in Arcadia.” Zeke Berman pulls up to…

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