Anchoring, the process by which we affix ourselves somewhere opens up a host of questions and problems. Pulling the term “anchor” from Snug Harbor is a literal and metaphorical process. “Dropping anchor” calls to mind the first step of a nascent colonialism—it hearkens of arrival, and then the setting down of roots in a process that transforms a visitor or settler in to an inhabitant over a number of generations. The artists in this exhibition parse out the spaces of the Newhouse Center to create site-specific regions with which to engage, interpret and respond to the act and cultural symbolism of “dropping anchor” or adhering to a place.
On display August 21 – December 31, 2021
Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art – Buildings C&G
The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor is open Friday – Saturday, 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM and Sunday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Students w/ ID and Seniors: $4
Snug Harbor Members: Free
Students grades 6-12 get in free during open hours with student ID thanks to generous support of our Youth Matters program in part by NYC Councilmembers Debi Rose and Steven Matteo
Artists: William Corwin, Katie Holten, Shervone Neckles, Xaviera Simmons
Via her own family narrative, Shervone Neckles investigate the lives of the indigenous Lenape and the enslaved Africans brought to the island while Katie Holten presents a metaphorical and literal love poem to the native plant species. Snug Harbor was once a rest-home for retired sailors, the phrase “drop anchor” was likely as familiar to them as their own names, and the physical symbol of this idea, of gaining some kind of temporary stasis and stability in the midst of constant movement and chaos, was probably found on many a forearm and shoulder of a resident, as well as in the wall paintings in the Main Hall of the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art. Xaviera Simmons looks at the interactions amongst the sailors, while Will Corwin addresses the boat itself—a vehicle of danger and protection both in this world and the next.
Roots/Anchors and Don’t Shut Up 2021 are both made possible through generous support from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Roots/Anchors is made possible in part by generous funding from the Dedalus Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, and the Francis J. Greenburger Foundation. Don’t Shut Up is made possible in part by a DCA Art Fund grant from Staten Island Arts, with public support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Snug Harbor arts programming is made possible through generous support from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Humanities NY, The New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.