5th Year Memorial Jan Sawka Multimedia Screening

5th Year Memorial Jan Sawka Multimedia Screening

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

7:15 pm | $10/$8 members  | Program features a live, post-screening Q&A

August 9, 2017 will mark five years since the passing of High Falls resident and internationally known artist Jan Sawka. Upon his passing, obituaries appeared in the New York Times, LA Times, international art publications and in Hudson Valley press. Sawka’s work is in over 60 public collections internationally, including the Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), The National Museums of Poland, The Museum of Modern Art (Toyama, Japan) and over 60 other public collections, yet the artist had a strong local connection as well. He exhibited locally, since 1989, when the SUNY New Paltz College Art Gallery (now the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art) mounted a major retrospective curated by Neil Trager, that toured many locations throughout the United States.

The Voyage, courtesy of Jan Sawka Estate

The Voyage, courtesy of Jan Sawka Estate

During his life, Jan Sawka created many forms of sequential art, including pieces that were animated and meant for projection. To celebrate the life of the artist, the Jan Sawka Artist Estate will present a selection of sequential art and multimedia at the Rosendale Theater, which was a venue frequented by the artist. Projected artwork selections run from 2 to 20 minutes each. Multimedia selections will include a 20-minute section of “The Voyage,” which was a piece Sawka began developing for collaboration with Jerry Garcia, after he designed a monumental installation for the Grateful Dead’s 25th anniversary tour in 1989. In 2003, Jan Sawka won a Gold Medal at the 2003 Florence Biennial of Contemporary Art for a 17-minute version of “The Voyage.” The current work-in-progress is accompanied by music of the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart. Media in the program will include videos from other collaborations, as well as some previews into the documentary film, “The Voyages of Jan Sawka,” a film that is currently in production. The entire program will run for 75 minutes and it will be followed with a Q&A with the artist’s widow, Hanka Sawka and daughter Hanna Maria Sawka, who is the filmmaker creating the new documentary film. On display in the lobby of the Rosendale Theater will be illustrated panels and posters by the artist.