Melissa McGill (Photo by Ellis Michael Quinn)
Melissa McGill (Photo by Ellis Michael Quinn)

Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center announces Melissa McGill’s Palmas – a site-specific sound installation and live music and dance performance. “Her work masterfully continues Russel Wright’s legacy of creative experimentation and celebration of place at Manitoga,” Manitoga Executive Director Allison Cross said.

Two outdoor performances will take place at Manitoga on Saturday, Sept. 27: a Family & Friends Performance at 1 p.m. ($45/$35 for Manitoga members) and a Benefit Performance ($500/$125) at 4 p.m. Rain date: Sunday Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets available at Call 845-424-3812 for information.

McGill’s surround sound installation activates Manitoga’s Quarry Pool and encircling paths through Nov. 10, 2014, in timed intervals. The work takes its name from the improvised, rhythmic clapping that is an integral part — the heartbeat — of Flamenco.

McGill has been exhibiting her artwork internationally since 1991. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work involves an interdisciplinary process, primarily incorporating drawing, sculpture, and sound to explore the space between absence and presence, bringing to light the overlooked, hidden, or lost.

McGill has become increasingly passionate about art in public spaces and its ability to contribute to communities in a larger sense. She is currently working on Constellation, a large–scale sculptural installation on the Hudson Highlands’ Pollepel Island with the Bannerman Castle ruin, scheduled to premiere in June 2015.

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