UNIFY @ The Marketplace Gallery, Albany. New York photographer/filmmaker/artist Sam Bassett is noted for his portrait photography, his documentaries about Chelsea Hotel residents and his masking tape sculptures that have won him comparisons to Christo and gotten him arrested. Also in the show is Albany photographer/DJ Truemast Trimingham. Part of Albany First Friday. Opening reception May 7-9, 5-11pm. Closing reception May 29, 5-11pm. (Through May 29)
Other Albany First Friday Arts Walk events:
Mary Kocol and Rebecca Doughty @ Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson. Mary Kocol’s landscape and garden photographs are part of a series made with a plastic Diana camera, a toy camera she has used for over twenty years to exploit the light transducing properties and signature soft focus of its plastic lens. Rebecca Doughty’s comic-like paintings are simple and spare yet show a mastery of expression. Opening reception: Saturday, May 8, 6– 8pm. (Through May 30)
Jeff Bourgeau: The Geometry of Time (color-filled, computer generated abstractions) and Jim Goss: the pleasure of being absent @ BCBART, Hudson. Both artists are showing new work. Borgeau’s pieces are color-filled, computer-generated abstractions, while Goss paintings are more minimalist but build “to a world of parody, playful tension and interaction.” Also on display will be a group exhibition of gallery artists — including work by Rodney Alan Greenblat, Liz Ainslie, Garth Evans, Erik Hansen, Marco Badot, Eric Rhein, Elaine Langerman, Ching Ho Cheng, John Foxx and others. Opening reception Saturday, May 8, 6-8pm (Through June 6)
Clemens Kalischer @ Hudson Opera House, Hudson. A solo exhibition featuring recent and well as older works by this noted photographer and photojournalist. Opening reception Saturday, May 8, 5-7. (Through June 5)
Carol Aust @ The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown. Vibrant figurative paintings embodying “emotionally-charged narrative fragments infused with mysterious tension and secrecy.” Opening reception Saturday, May 8, 5-7pm. (Through May 31)
Michael Millspaugh: Recent Work @ Lake George Arts Project’s Courthouse Gallery, Lake George. Artist reception on Saturday, May 8, 4-6pm. (Through June 11)
“North of New York: The New York School Generation in the Hudson Valley Region,” @ Kleinert/James Arts Center, Woodstock. Curated by Mark Thomas Kanter. Opening reception: Saturday, May 8, 4-7pm. (Through June 13)
Double Shot Solo Show @ Varga Gallery, Woodstock. A showcase of the Visionary Art Collective featuring Michael Hunt and Andrew Wible. Opening reception: Saturday, May 8, 6-8pm, followed by live drumming at 8:30pm with the “Bongo Jerkz,” a newly formed VARGA Gallery in-house drumming group. (Through June 6)
Schenectady Art Society Spring Show @ Moon & River Café, Schenectady. Opening reception Saturday, May 8, 2-4pm (Through May 31)
Process in Progress @ Hudson Valley Community College Teaching Gallery, Troy. Juried student art exhibit. (Through May 8)
Liz Howe: Tethered @ Tom Myott Gallery, Glens Falls. a new series of ceramic and mixed media sculptures by the noted area ceramicist Liz Howe that draw inspiration from nautical navigational markers, combining elements of portraiture, landscape and everyday objects. (Through May 8).
Paul Graubard: Stories from the Bible and Other Places @ Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield. Colorful constructed paintings from this Outsider artist now residing in Lenox. (Through May 8)
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)
Branching Out @ Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield. Community Access to the Arts (CATA) presents this exhibit featuring a rustic theatrical set (from the recent CATA annual performance event) that will be dismantled, exhibited and sold. Proceeds from the sale of the set will help fund CATA’s arts programs for over 500 people with disabilities in Berkshire County.(Through May 9)
“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).
Vincent Serbin: Raw Objects Appear Life Size” @ GalerieBMG, Woodstock. Photograms, created by arranging everyday objects, photographic negatives and xrays on photo paper and then exposing it to light, exploring scale and positive/negative conversions. (Through May 17)
Upstate Figurative @ Fulton Street Gallery. Group show featuring Sean Calhoun, Michael Gwozdz, Jenny Hutchinson, Deborah Morris. (Through May 22)
James O’Shea , Russell Smith and Sarah Berney @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. Recent contemporary work from a trio of painters who approach texture and composition in radically different ways. (Through May 23)
Imagine, Make Create: MCLA Student Art Show @ MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams. Opening reception Friday, April 29, 5-7pm. (Through May 23).
Living Under The Same Roof @ Hessel Museum of Art and CCS Galleries, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. An exhibition that examines the idea of the museum’s collection as a system with variable entrances. The public is invited to select works from storage to be seen in a viewing room, with the work displayed in a rotating system according to weekly requests. (Through May 23)
McWillie Chambers @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. A Solo exhibition of colorful, sexually-charged paintings in two separate bodies of work: football players and men on sundrenched beaches. (Through May 23)
CL Hildebrandt: Paintings and Drawings @ ArtCentric Gift Gallery (Through May 26)
D. Jack Solomon: Small Talk @ Clement Gallery. New paintings by an artist whose work David Brickman characterized as packing in “calligraphic elegance, geometric acrobatics, compelling encounters, numerological mysteries, and just plain silly fun.” (Through May 26)
Natura: paintings and drawings by Ryan Parr and Naomi Lewis @ Saratoga Arts at the Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (Through May 29)
The Human Landscape @ Limner Gallery, Hudson. A group show of interpretations of the human form. (Through May 29)
Polaroids @ Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson. Works by William Wegman, Mark Beard, John Dugdale, Melinda McDaniel and Tanya Marcuse. (Through May 30)
John Siddeli: Altered States @ Park Row Gallery, Chatham. Sparingly composed constructions from found objects. (Through May 31)
PQ:100 @ The Center For Photography, Woodstock. Works that have been featured on the first 100 covers of CPW’s journal, PQ (Photography Quarterly). Artists include: Anonymous, Shelby Lee Adams, Thomas Allen,Lili Almog, Eugene Atget, Christine Back, Lillian Bassman, Dawoud Bey, Martin Brading, Tim Bradley, Debbie Fleming Caffery,Keith Carter, Linda Connor, Joseph Cornell, Tony Culver, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Judy Dater, Bruce Davidson, Jen Davis, Mike Disfarmer, Will Faller, James Fee, Michael Feinberg, Donna Ferrato, Ann Fessler, Michael Fredericks, Ralph Gibson, Jaimie Lyle Gordon, Ruzzie Green, Kathy Grove, Betty Hahn, Judith Harold-Steinhauser, Richard Hill, Dana Hoey, Horst P. Horst, Kevin Hyde, Graciela Iturbide, Derek Johnston, Larry Jordan, Colleen Kenyon, Kathleen Kenyon,Birgit Kleber, John Kleinhans,Eric Krieger, Barbara Kruger, Nina Kuo, Andrea Land, Gay Leonhardt, Eric Lindbloom, Carlos Loret de Mola, Mary Mattingly,Tim Maul, Dan McCormack, Sheila Metzner, Mark Mignogna, Brad Moore,Stacy Renee Morrison, Sarah Morthland, Patrick Nagatani & Andree Tracey, Luciana Napchan, Bea Nettles, Gary Nickard, Elaine Tin Nyo, Yong Soon Min, Timothy O’Sullivan, Jose Picayo, Tim Portlock, Linda Post, Michael Prince, Vicki Ragan, Lilo Raymond, Martha Rosler, Elliott Schwartz, Jay Seeley, Cindy Sherman, Bernard Silberstein, Aaron Siskind, Mickey Smith, Andrea Barrist Stern, Kunié Sugiura, Robert Toedter, Neil Trager, Hanneke Van Velzen, Robert J. Vizzini, Brian Weil, Edward Weston, Susan Wides, Joel Peter Witkin, and James Wojcik. (Through May 31)
UPSTATE II @ Nicole Fiacco Gallery, Hudson. Melora Kuhn, Catherine Mosley, Erik Schoonbeek, and Allyson Strafella. (Through June 5)
Natural Selections @ Greylock Arts, Adams. A group exhibition of artistic interventions and interpretations in and of the natural world.Artists include: Christian Cerrito, Charles Giuliano, Alex Kauffmann, Henry Klein, David Lachman, Michelle Vitale Loughlin, Jeremy Rotsztain, Martha Denmead Rose, Gregory Scheckler. (Through June 5)
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 infrared film, capture the mysterious radiance and residual spirituality of the land. (Through June 13).
The Argyros Collection – Silver Years @ The Photography Center of the Capital District. An exhibit from the collection of Nicholas Argyros, founder of the Photography Center, including works by Ansel Adams, Chris Apostle, Chris Argyros, Eugene Atget, Craig Barber, Denis Brihat, Sonya Bullaty, Alexander Calder, Keith Carter, Lucien Clergue, Van Deren Coke, Andrew Davidhazy, Bruce Davidson, Barbara de Genevieve, John Eastcott, Walker Evans, Ralph Gibson, Diana Grandi, David Hall, Lewis Hine, Wendy Holmes, Eikoh Hosoe, Kenro Izu, William Henry Jackson, Heinrich Kuehn, Elliott Landy, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Eric Lindbloom, Angelo Lomeo, Sheila Metzner, Joel Meyerwitz, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Yva Momatiuk, Barbara Morgan, Robert Motherwell, Sandy Noyes, Elizabeth Opalenik, Lady Ostapeck, Platon, Fawn Potash, Lilo Raymond, Vincent Serbin, Frank Stella, JeanPierre Sudre, George Tice, Jerry Uelsmann, Jack Welpott, Edward Weston, Katherine Wright, and many others. Closing reception Friday, May 28, 5-9pm (Troy Night Out) (Through June 14)
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 recycled materials. (Through June 20).
New Works by Dustin Golden @ Dead Presidents Lounge, Albany. (Through June 22)
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)
World War 3 Illustrated @ The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. 30th anniversary exhibition of America’s longest running political comic book. (Through June 26)
Mark, Paper, Scissors @ Roos Arts, Rosendale, featuring works by Jason Gubbiotti, Travis Head, Nancy Murphy Spicer, Mia Pearlman, Adie Russell, Erik Schoonebeek and Tamara Zahaykevich. (Through June 26)
The Figure Five Ways @ Schick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs. A figurative exhibition featuring contemporary artists Hugo Crosthwaite, Michael Ferris, Jr., Susan Jamison, Sophie Jodoin, and Emily Metzguer. (Through June 27)
PURO AMOR (Nothing But Love) @ Martinez Gallery, featuring German Perez, Dan Burkholder, Catalina Arango, George Hofmann, and others to help celebrate the gallery’s 9th anniversary. (Through July 21).
Tristan Lowe: Mocha Dick @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. Loew has constructed a 52-foot-long sculpture of the fabled whale from industrial wool felt. (Through August 8)
Opener 19: Los Carpinteros @ Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs. An exhibit combining drawings from the past ten years with recent sculpture by the Havana-based duo, Marco Antonio Castillo Valdes and Dagoberto Rodriguez Sanchez, who collaborate under the name Los Carpinteros (The Carpenters). (Through August 31)
Works as Progress/Works in Progress: Drawing in 18th and 19th Century France @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. Drawings as used as aids in the artistic process. (Through October 31.)
Material World: Sculpture to Environment @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Site specific installations using elements not typically thought of as artistic materials. Artists include Michael Beutler, Orly Genger, Tobias Putrih, Alyson Shotz, Dan Steinhilber, Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen. (Through Feb. 27, 2011).
In a Labyrinth: The Dance of Butoh @ The National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs. Photographer Michael Manheim’s exhibition of professional Butoh dancers – a dance genre stemming from post-war Japan. (Through March, 2011)