It’s not news that there isn’t much to do in the art world in August. Most people go on vacation, and those who don’t are stuck hovering next to the lone fan at gallery openings. But the Wassaic Project Summer Festival is one of the few anticipated art-related August events, this year taking place August 13-16. The Wassaic Project, about two hours outside the city by train, features over 40 site-specific installations curated by artists Eve + Bowie and Elan Bogarin as well as a sizeable linup of music, film, performances, and poetry readings. (While the artwork is up all summer in rotating exhibitions, the performances are only for the weekend.)
The curators encouraged artists to create work that couldn’t be seen anywhere else and seem to have culled a diverse group, including animator David Lobster and previous masthead artist Fiona Gardner. The grounds themselves also offer some unique spaces for installation, like an old grain and feed elevator called Maxon Mills. The festival schedule—not to mention photos of the space itself—makes it look like artsy summer camp, complete with evening stand-up comedy and a late-night campfire. But unlike summer camp, this festival is free of charge (with affordable suggested donations).