Courtney Love will be honored at the Pioneering People fundraiser at Basilica Hudson on October 27 in Hudson, New York. Basilica Hudson co-founder and former Hole bassist Melissa Auf der Maur is serving as creative director and event producer along with artist Joe Mama-Nitzberg, who served as creative director for the Celebrity Skin album art. Some of the big names on hand to honor Love include her longtime friend and R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, actress Chloë Sevigny, the National’s Aaron Dessner, actor Ebon Moss-Bacharach (Desi from Girls), and many other artists and musicians. The fundraiser supports “Basilica’s mission to present independent and innovative voices in arts and culture while fostering sustainable community.” The raw, industrial Hudson Valley arts space is also host to the annual Basilica Soundscape festival.
According to the Basilica Hudson site, the benefit will consist of “conversations, readings, video, and performance” intended to illuminate “all of the ways that Love has influenced culture and inspired women and marginalized people for almost three decades.”
“Courtney’s legacy is vital to the voice of women in our culture. The passion she brings to her life and art fuels and inspires the long fought battle for the empowerment of alternative voices as they take center stage at last!” Auf der Maur said in a statement. “As the founder and frontwoman of the band Hole, and through her escapades as a Hollywood actress and all-around empowered voice for over three decades, Courtney broke new ground, combining lyrics of intellectual and intellectual acuity with music of a singular power to create a body of work with riveting emotional intensity.”
Tickets for the event can be purchased here.