Art at Grace Farms demonstrates our integrative vision and a dynamic interplay between people, architecture, and landscape. We develop and present new, collaborative, and site-responsive works at the intersection of the visual, literary, and performing arts by convening artists and practitioners across disciplines to explore complex subjects through an inquiry-based approach.
"What art seeks, and what contemporary artists are uniquely positioned to contribute, is a way of knowing that reclaims memory, imagination, intuition, and the senses. These agencies, situated within artistic practices, propose a rigorous methodology suited to address complex subjects."
—Kenyon Victor Adams, Founding Arts Initiative Director
The Practicing series, the Arts Initiative’s signature program, often leads to the creation of significant projects shared with the public following extended workshops at Grace Farms. The series brings together accomplished artists and other practitioners with a range of perspectives to examine and collaborate on complex subjects such as empathy, awe, silence, and joy. Artists who have collaborated in the workshops, which began in 2016, include renowned artistic director Bill T. Jones, choreographers Andrea Miller of Gallim and Silas Farley, and poet and Guggenheim Fellow, Ilya Kaminsky. To view our Practicing Series visit our video gallery.
Our many audiences encounter the artistic process through critical seeing, listening, moving, and making. These opportunities take the form of showings; installations; publications; artist talks; facilitated workshops, as well as discovery guides, and play environments for families.
Alongside Practicing, we offer distinguished artists opportunities to develop works-in-progress, collaborate across disciplines, and explore creative processes in a distinct environment. Julianne Swartz, created a three-part, multi-sensory, Joy, still., a site-responsive installation synthesizing a year-long investigation of joy. Joy will continue to be the central concept in our Open Arts Studio for Families.
Christian Wiman’s poetry inspired a new composition by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw, while critically acclaimed Meredith Monk created projection elements for the then unfinished Cellular Songs, which were inspired in-part by the Grace Farms landscape. Cellular Songs premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) a month later and was celebrated with a review in The New York Times.
Carrie Mae Weems
Distinguished artists such as Carrie Mae Weems contribute to our programming. Weems will continue her impactful work during an extended residency at Grace Farms.
Practicing Empathy | Workshop and Showing with Bill T. Jones
This video documents the first installment of Grace Farms Foundation's Practicing Series. Tony Award and National Medal of Arts Award-winning director, choreographer, and dancer, Bill T. Jones was joined by an ensemble of artists at Grace Farms to create a new work exploring the practice of empathy and its relationship to advancing justice in our world.