Amy Beecher
Container Store Cantastoria

September 19 - October 19
Opening Reception: Sept 19, 6-8PM


Amy Beecher’s show of “printed-out paintings” are explored through cantastoria, an ancient and still practiced method of performing paintings through song. Beecher’s libretto borrows language from Hans Hoffman's Search For The Real mixed with assembly instructions for Container Store shelving units. Paintings will be activated as didactic props by a performer on the night of the opening as well as other times during the exhibitions duration.

Container Store Cantastoria
A Picture Story Recitation 


La la la lala la 

Into this world we came as naked children

Grasping onto the scaffolds of language and letter

Sweaty palms slipping over standards

Pushing and pulling toward other trendsetters

With joy and sadness and hunger alike

We say to one another

Where is the stronghold of my desire?

What might contain my boundless appetite?

How can we contain ourselves?

How can we contain ourselves?

And what kind of anchors will we need?

Is it drywall or plaster or whatever?

A conscious limitation is paramount for an expression of the in-fin-ite

A MUST HAVE for the sartorial sophisticate.

(excerpt from libretto)

Amy Beecher is an artist living and working in New York and Vermont. Her work—sculpture, installation and performance that comically examines the institutions and industries that shape the identities of white American women—has been presented in art centers and galleries nationally, including recent exhibitions and programs at Providence College- Galleries, Providence, RI; Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, NY; Creative Time, Printed Matter, Bruce High Quality Foundation and Muelensteen Gallery, all in New York, NY; Garden Party Arts and Primetime, all in Brooklyn, NY. She has been an artist-in-residence at The Shandaken Project, Shandaken, NY. She holds an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University and a BA in Visual Art from Brown University. This October Beecher will be in residence at the MacDowell Colony as an Interdisciplinary Arts Fellow.