Seeing Ourselves: Masterpieces of American Photography from the George Eastman House Collection @ The State Museum, Empire State Plaza, Albany. Photographs of historic and contemporary moments in American history by Ansel Adams, Mathew B. Brady, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Dorothea Lange, Eli Reed, Alfred Stieglitz and many others. (Through May 9)
The Suspended Hour: Works by Ilana Bram, Kimberly Brickley, and Sten Miller @ Luckey Platt Arts Collective (Facebook link), Poughkeepsie. Opening reception: Saturday, February 13, 2010 from 5 – 9 pm
Recycle some old books into works of art at ReadCycle: Albany Alters Books, A Community Art Project @ Pine Hill Branch Library, Albany. Visual artists from the Upstate Artists Guild will present a hands-on workshop on how to make altered books using found and recycled materials. Saturday, Feb. 13, from 1:30-3:30pm. Free.
Opening Sunday, February 14: Giovanni Boldini in Impressionist Paris @ The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. There’s a free lecture by associate curator Sarah Lees discussing Boldini and his evolution as a painter at 3pm on Sunday, February 14. (Through April 25).
Nature Abstracted @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson: Paintings by Elise Freda and works on paper by Madelon Jones, plus paintings by Nancy Rutter and Joseph Maresca in the backroom. (through February 15)
New Works @ The Jay Street Gallery, Schenectady. Group show at this artist-run studio coop/gallery. (Through February 16).
Michael Sibilia: 10 Days in Alaska and Birgit Blyth: Recent Work @ Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson. (Through February 21).
Mike Glier: “Along a Long Line” and Amy Podmore: “Predicaments” @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. The annual Williams College Studio Art Faculty Exhibition featuring paintings by Mike Glier and a range of sculpture, video, and installation by Amy Podmore. (Through February 21).
Practice @ Opalka Gallery, Albany. Works by all 16 Sage Colleges Visual Arts faculty members, including Lynn Caprisello, Beau Comeaux, Jean Dahlgren, Melody Davis, Melanie Printup Hope, Sean Hovendick, Kelly Jones, Harold Lohner, Matthew McElligott, Timothy M. Martin, Kent Mikalsen, Linda Morrell, Sally Packard, Gina Porcelli, Gary Shankman, and Janus Welton. (Through February 21).
Artist reception from 6-9pm for Dan McCormack: Varied Projects Show @ Photography Center of the Capital District, Troy: an array of recently developed techniques and processes, including palladium diptychs, cyanotypes, Nimslo, pattern, face scan, lillith, photograms, Holga camera, 4 × 4, and pinhole camera. (Through February 21).
Fresh Paint, Hot Pots, Dressed Wood @ North Adams Artists Coop Gallery, North Adams. A group exhibition by members of this burgeoning co-op gallery. While “fresh paint” will fill the air with “just off the easel paintings”, “hot pots” will emerge from the kiln with surprises in store for both artist and viewer. Free. (Through February 22).Opening reception from 5-9pm for Harry Orlyk: Here and Now @ The Clement Gallery, Troy. 35 new landscape paintings by Washington County legend Harry Orlyk. (Through February 25).
Marcus A. Vincent and Jesse Royston: “Seeing In Side Out” @ Terra Nova Gallery, Troy. (Through February 26).
Max Liboiron: Future Natural @ The Lake George Arts Project Courthouse Gallery. Solo exhibition of new work in mixed media artist and scholar, who lately has been using dioramas, pinhole photographs, prints, drawings, digital art, installation and animation to represent “nature” as the complex and inextricable relationships between people, social history, and the local environment. (Through February 26, 2010).
Jason Houston: Family of Mine @ Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield. Solo photography show featuring eleven large scale prints of moments captured at Houston’s family get-togethers between 2002 and 2007. (Through February 27, 2010).
Then & Now @ Albany Center Gallery, Albany. More than 50 drawings and sculptures by Jeri Eisenberg, Mimi Czajka Graminski and Iona Park UPDATE: David Brickman reviews this show here. (Through February 27)
Yura Adams: The Walking Series @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Paintings that focus on the figure, motion and abstract forms. (through February 28)
Selections @ BCB Art, Hudson. This exhibit of highlights from the 2009 season and previews of upcoming shows includes work by Jef Bourgeau, Jim Goss, David Salle, Joy Taylor, Christopher Quirk, Barbara Friedman, Ed Smith, Fred Scruton and others, as well as a new video by Lucio Pozzi featuring a grand lecture on the history of art given in his own invented “Pacciamina” language. (Through February 28).
Two shows at The Center for Photography at Woodstock: Justine Reyes: Vanitas in which, working off of the tradition of still lifes, Reyes juxtaposes personal heirlooms and seemingly banal, everyday objects alongside symbols which hint at the passage of time. Also, Landscape Forever, a group exhibition of newly-commissioned work made by local photographers as they explored the untouched lands protected by the Woodstock Land Conservancy (WLC), featuring Richard Edelman, Gay Leonhardt, Bill Miles, Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott, Fawn Potash, Peter Schoenberger, Carla Shapiro, and Williams & Russ. (Both shows run through February 28, 2010).
Cynthia Dillenbeck, Jason Schultz, Chip Fasciana and Ken Jacobie @ Chapel + Cultural Center, Troy. Painting, photograph and wood and metal sculpture.
Thomas Paquette: Journeys in Color @ Windham Fine Arts, Windham. Landscapes in both oil and goauche. (Through March 1, 2010).
“BerkshireCity: Pittsfield on Film” @ Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield. Juried exhibit of photography showcasing Pittsfield’s built landscape featuring 26 photographers including Kevin Sprague, Scott Barrow, Scott Edward Cole, Kay Canavino, Mary Garnish, Karl Volkmann, Nicole Garzino and many more. (Through March 6).
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle: “Juggernaut” @ William College Museum of Art, Williamstown. In this new video, the pristine, gleaming white salt flats of the El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve are disturbed by the menacing and thundering sounds of human intervention. (Through March 14).
Lives of the Hudson @ The Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga. (Through March 14).
Oddly Alive @ The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Group show featuring the work of Rachel Abrams, Graham Caldwell, Marianne Fourie, Sabrina Gschwandtner, Mayumi Ishino, Sky Kim, and Ven Voisey. (Through March 19).
The Amazing Acoustaphotophonogrammitron @ MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams. A synesthetic exhibition lavishly brimming with resonant frequencies of sound and light featuring work by makers who find themselves somewhere between visual artist and musician: Joshua Churchill, Paul de Jong, Lesley Flanigan, Christy Georg, Mark Mulherrin, Ed Osborn, Tristan Perich, Ven Voisey and Nick Zammuto. Gallery Performance: February 25, 7:30 p.m. Free. (Through March 21, 2010).
“An Enduring Legacy: American Impressionist Landscapes” @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. On view are 64 landscape paintings by 47 artists who were students and/or sketching partners of such seminal figures in the development of Impressionism in America such as William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, Willard L. Metcalf, John Henry Twachtman, and Robert Henri. Here’s David Brickman’s review. (Through Sunday, March 28)
Carroll Dunham Prints: A Survey @ University Art Museum, UAlbany. Widely known for his comic, hallucinatory paintings, this survey features over 100 prints including lithographs, etchings, drypoints, linocuts, wood engravings, screen prints, digital prints and monoprints all made since 1984. UPDATE: David Brickman reviews the show here. (Through April 3).
Opening reception from 5-9pm for What Are You Doing Now? @ Martinez Gallery, Troy. Eighteen artists respond to that question by providing an example of their most current work, from paintings and prints to sculpture, as well commenting on the issues they explore. Includes works by Dan Burkholder, Armando Soto, George Hofmann, Caren Canier, Willie Marlowe, Arlene Baker, Leigh Wen, Tim Cahill, Gay Malin, Dorothy Englander, George Simmons , Sylvie Kantarowitz, Jim Flosdorf, and Anthony Montes, Colin Boyd, Brynna Carpenter and Sean Calhoun. (Through early April)
“Material Witnesses: Photographs of Things” @ Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. This focused exhibition considers how documentary images stand not only as material witnesses to times and places past, but as aesthetic objects that are at once accessible and uncanny. (Through April 11).
“To Rockwell, With Love: Fan Mail and The Saturday Evening Post” @ Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. Fan correspondence received by Norman Rockwell, archival photographs and the original Saturday Evening Post tearsheets that inspired such lively public response will be on view. (Through May 16).
Armed & Dangerous: Art of the Arsenal @ Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. A showcase, suitable for the entire family, of a large swath of history illustrated by arms and armament. (Through June 6).
The Eternal Light of Egypt: The Photography of Sarite Sanders @ Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany. Egyptian ruins, photographed with infared film, capture the mysterious radiance and residual spirituality of the land. (Through June 13).
Material Witness @ Albany International Airport Gallery. Drawings, photographs, study models and site specific installations by Rensselaer students imagining new spatial and structural possibilities in found, discard or recyled materials. (Through June 20).
Also, Constable and After: Sir Edwin Manton and the British Landscape @ Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. An exhibition of art patron Manton’s landscape collection, including John Constable, a pioneer in landscape art and precursor to the Impressionists. (Through June 23).