Apr 30, 2024, 7:30pm

A Reading by Candace Hill-Montgomery with Lucie Vítková


A Reading by Candace Hill-Montgomery with Lucie Vítková

Join Blank Forms for a reading by Candace Hill-Montgomery with accompaniment by Lucie Vítková, on the occasion of “Pretty Birds Peer Speak Sow Peculiar.” 

Candace Hill-Montgomery (b. 1945) is a Queens-born artist now based in Bridgehampton, Long Island, whose decades-long career has spanned a wide array of media and approach: painting, photography, installation art, public interventions, video, poetry, performance, and fugitive combinations thereof. Over the last ten years, Hill-Montgomery has largely worked with weavings made on homemade looms. Her work is typically exquisitely layered in both composition and subject matter, bursting at the seams with color and movement, mirroring her iterative and free-associative poetry practice and variously drawing from pop-cultural and religious iconography, vernacular textile craft, art-historical and literary references, and delirious, free-wheeling wordplay. She is also active as a poet: her latest publications include the collection Muss Sill (Distance No Object, in 2020) and Short Leash Kept On (Materials, 2022), a long poem inspired by detective fiction and the writing of Lloyd Addison and Russell Atkins.

Lucie Vítková is a composer, improviser, and performer from the Czech Republic, now based in New York. They perform on a wide range of instruments including accordion, hichiriki, percussion, synthesizer, voice, and body, exacting a site-specific approach to improvisation and sonification-based composition. They have founded two ensembles: the NYC Constellation Ensemble, dedicated to examining “musical behavior,” and the OPERA Collective for singing instrumentals. Hill-Montgomery and the OPERA Collective previously engaged in a series of spontaneous collaborations at the Watermill Center, the Long Island-based arts facility founded by Robert Wilson where both artists were in residence.