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A vocal performance on the Hudson River, aboard the Estuary Steward 


Performances Thursday July 18th; 7pm and 8pm

and Saturday July 20th; 7pm and 8pm


Boarding at 2 Washington Street, Newburgh, NY 12550

Reservations required: https://strongroom_waves.eventbrite.com


STRONGROOM is pleased to present (waves), an immersive, choral performance by Audra Wolowiec. The event will take place aboard the Estuary Steward, a passenger boat crossing the Hudson River between Newburgh and Beacon. 

There will be four crossings: Thursday July 18th, at 7 and 8pm, and Saturday July 20th, at 7 and 8pm, as part of Upstate Art Weekend. The boat will leave from the dock located at 2 Washington Street, Newburgh, NY 12550.

Audra Wolowiec is an interdisciplinary artist whose work oscillates between installation, print, sculpture, and performance with an emphasis on sound and the material qualities of language. For (waves), an ensemble will vocally perform a sound score composed from distillations of words and utterances from several texts, including “The Waves” by Virginia Woolf, and “Discourse of Bodies in Water” by Galileo, to form an aqueous chorus.  Chosen words will be presented in three dimensions, cast in ice and released into the river, to further merge language with water. The Hudson River as a site will be expressed through breath and cadence, conjuring the history of passage, and our complex, embodied relationship with water. 

The score will be interpreted through the voices of five performers: Davi Cohen, Chris DiMeglio, Young Sun Han, Kyoko Kitamura, and Clae Rountree. Costume designs by Rujuta Rao. 

Audience members will receive a print with the score by Audra Wolowiec.

Seating is extremely limited and can be reserved at the following link:


Please note the performances will be filmed.

Audra Wolowiec’s work has been shown internationally and in the United States at MASS MoCA, CCS Bard Hessel Museum, ICA at MECA (Maine College of Art), Print Center New York, and Art in General. Reviews and interviews have appeared in Artforum, BOMB Magazine, The New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail, and Sound American. Recent awards include a 2023 NYFA grant in Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts and an Artist Fellowship at the New York Public Library Picture Collection, investigating how sound is contained in images. She is currently an Artist in Residence at Center for Book Arts and directs the publishing platform Gravel Projects.

Parking is available at the Ferry Landing parking lot. If you are coming from NYC you can take the Metro North Hudson line to Beacon and take a cab/uber over the bridge (about a 15 minute ride). On Thursday evening the Newburgh-Beacon ferry also runs for rush hour trains, the schedule is available here: https://new.mta.info/document/123581. Please note there is no ferry service on the weekends between Newburgh and Beacon.

(waves) by Audra Wolowiec is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. 

Special thanks to the Bannerman Island Trust.

STRONGROOM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Newburgh, NY producing site-specific contemporary art exhibitions and events




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