Tomorrow is First Friday, the monthly arts walk that takes place on the first Friday of each month across downtown Albany, and it’s shaping up to be a doozy. Grab a map here. The trolley runs from 5-9pm; If you want to bike it, there’s a meet-up at the Albany Soldiers Memorial in Washington Park at 6pm. It’s all FREE! Here aresome highlights:
Domestic Dramas @ Albany Center Gallery. Group show featuring the work of David Austin, Erin Colligan, Ashley Cooper, Colleen Cox, Benjamin Entner, Gary Glinski, Scott Hotaling, Kim Hugo, Gina Occhiogrosso, Catherine Quinones-Austin, G.G. Roberts, Denise Saint-Onge & RFW. Opening reception Friday, August 6, 6-8pm. (Through September 11)
Vacant Lot Flag Project @ 43 Catherine Street, 2pm-dusk. Sponsored by Grand Street Community Arts. Create a flag for yourself, cause or community and display it in a vacant lot.
Justseeds Cooperative: Resourced @ The Marketplace Gallery. Handmade prints tackling issues of climate change, resource extraction and environmental justice.
African Art for a Cause featuring work from Umajaa Art Gallery @ Broadway Arts Center (Facebook). Proceeds from sales go to the building of water wells in Tanzania.
The Albany Community Arts Labyrinth Project (Facebook) is building a temporary labyrinth in Washington Park.
Existing Artists (Facebook) is taking over 4 Central Avenue all weekend with a huge show of 50 artists.
20/21 Modern Style + Studio Craft @ Stonover Farm Barn Gallery, Lenox. An exhibition linking mid-century modernism and contemporary design. Opening reception Friday, August 6, 5-7pm.
Saratoga Inside-Out @ Saratoga Arts. A large group show that explores unconventional notions of Saratoga. Opening reception: Saturday, July 7, 5-8pm. (Through September 25)
Saturday is Saratoga’s First Saturday, a citywide celebration of the visual arts from 5-8pm. All receptions are free and open to the public. Stop by the Saratoga Arts offices for a map.
4th Annual Members Show @ Photo Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Show opens Friday, August 7, 5-9pm. Reception: Friday, August 27, 5-9pm (Through September 12)
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)
Summer Group Show @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. An exhibition of new works with paintings by David Konigsberg, Joseph Maresca and Shawn Snow and sculptures by Monica Mechling. (Through August 8) Carrie Waldman: Lost Seasons @ Brik Gallery, Catskill. Carrie Waldman’s solo exhibit of egg tempera paintings and large works on paper. Opening reception: Saturday, July 10, 6-8pm. (Through August 8)
Designs for a New American Flag @ BCB ART, Hudson. New work by Scott Reynolds, who examines America’s current political, economic and cultural wars in his latest drawings. Also on display will be a group exhibit of gallery artists, including works by Ching Ho Cheng, Eric Fischl, John Foxx, Phyllis Hjorth, Lynn itzkowitz, Martha Lloyd, Jef Bourgeau and others. (Through August 8).
Kathleen Thum @ Lake George Arts Project Courthouse Gallery, Lake George. A solo exhibition of abstract paintings and drawings suggestive of living structures and systems. (Through August 13)
Local Self-Portraits @ Hudson Opera House, Hudson. A large group show self-portrait paintings, photographs and sculpture curated by Richard Roth and featuring a notable group of artists, all of whom live and work, exhibit work, or spend their leisure time in Hudson or Columbia County. Artists include Marina Abramovic, Richard Artschwager, Donald Baechler, R. O. Blechman, McWillie Chambers, Mihail Chemiakin, Judy Glantzman, Musho Rodney, Alan Greenblat, Nancy Hagin, Phyllis Hjorth, Ellsworth Kelly, Dylan Kraus, Barbara Lehman, Reggie Madison, Gerard Malanga, Maria Manhattan, Richard Minsky, Sedat Pakay, Ken Polinske, Lucio Pozzi, Eric Rhein, James Rossant, Dan Rupe, Edwina Sandys, Barbara Slate, Tim Slowinski, Ed Smith, Bill Sullivan, Earl Swanigan, Benjamin Swett, Franklin Tartaglione, Tony Thompson, and Arthur Yanoff. (Through August 14)
Define the Decade 2000-2010 @ GCCA Catskill Gallery. 24 artists frame the new millenium in a show of topical, political and controversial works. Exhibition preview here. (Through August 14) Brenda Goodman: Work: 1990 – 2010 @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Paintings by Brenda Goodman. Also featured will be sculptures by Ben Butler in the Garden; the Carriage House will have a group show of gallery sculptors, an installation in the atrium by Dionisio Cortes and Leticia Ortega-Cortes, paintings by Leticia Oretga-Cortes and Beth Gilfilen, painted collages by Suzanne Ulrich and sculpture by Luis Castro. (Through August 15).
Works by David Seiler and Adrian Fernandez @ Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson. David Seiler’s gray and sepia portraits, reminscent of vintage photographs, examine form, impermanance and the tension between motion and stillness. Also on view are colorful still lifes by Adrian Fernandez, part of a series entitled To Be or To Pretend. (Through August 15)
Icons, Symbols, Street Signs @ North Adams Artists’ Co-op Gallery, North Adams. An large group exhibition of graphic images and representations that are iconic, ubiquitous and/or universal, during any time period, within any culture–real or not. (Through August 22)
Allusion to Illusion: Contemporary Realism Today @ Clement Gallery. High realism, still life to figurative to trompe l’oeil, by Carolou Kristofik, Russell Gordon, Erin Gergen-Halls, Jon Gernon and Steven Carrelli. (Through August 26)
Ven Voisey:Artifact @ The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. A multidisciplinary artist who frequently incorporates sound, light and motion into his work, North Adams’ Ven Voisey has been artist-in-residence at the Berkshire Museum for the past few months. “Artifact” is an exhibit of works created during his residency and influenced by the Museum’s environment. (Through August 29)
Comic and Cartoon Art Comes Alive: The Art of Mark Martin @ Storefront Artist Project, Pittsfield. Massachusetts artist Mark Martin has worked in and out of the comics field for 24 years, creating many worlds of his own as well as writing and drawing adventures of such well-known characters as SpongeBob SquarePants and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. (Through August 29)
Andrew Neumann: PARTLYCLOUDYMOSTLYSUNNY @ Center for Photography at Woodstock. A solo show by multimedia artist Andrew Neumann, whose “industrial wall panels” incorporate LCD screens, exposed wires, motorized parts, language, codes, sound, photographs, film, and more in order to explore the relationship between technology and the world it is meant to serve. (through August 29)
Photography Now: Either / And – Part 2: The New Docugraphics @ Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. An exhibit exploring apporaches to depicting and describing the world around us, focusing on specific sociological issues and observations with work by Cynthia Bittenfield, Tony Chirinos, Natan Dvir, Thomas Gardiner, Mike Mergen, Brook Reynolds, Christina Seely, Eric White, and Jennifer Wilkey. (Through August 29)
Susan Stuart @ The Albany Art Room, Albany. paintings inspired by the shapes and colors of the structures and building materials construction sites, some of which were eventually completed and some were abandoned due to mortgage failures. (Through August 29)
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)
Hats & Horses Icons of the Summer Scene @ Sow’s Ear Studio & Gallery, Schenectady. Hats made from homemade paper by Nanette Miranda and equine paintings and found object sculptures in wood and metal by Paul Kanet. (Through September 3)
2010 Fence Select and Transmogrify: Books, Drawings and Objects by Caitlin Foley @ The Arts Center of the Capital Region. (Through September 3).
Andrew Wyeth: An American Legend @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. Works in pencil, watercolor, dry brush and tempera works, including sections devoted to early coastal watercolors and landscape paintings, as well as a look at Wyeth’s models, his interest in vernacular architecture, and his connection to both the Regionalist tradition and Magic Realism. (Through September 5)
Re/Imaging New York @ Studio 21 South, North Adams. Paintings of the outer fringes of New York City by four contemporary realists: Valeri Larko, Eric March, Jaye Fox, and Thor Wickstrom.Opening reception: Saturday, July 31, 3-7pm. (Through September 6)
Mark Shapiro: Bottles and Other Muses @ Ferrin Galery, North Adams. A solo show of ceramic work. (through September 6)
Pepón Osorio: Drowned In A Glass Of Water @ 69 Union Street, North Adams. A large-scale multimedia installation (at a former Chevrolet dealership in North Adams) that slowly revolves and represents the stories of two families from Williamstown and North Adams. (Through September 7. The work will be tranferred to the Williams College Museum of Art, which commissioned the project, opening on September 25 and on view through February 6, 2011)
Picasso Looks at Degas @ The Sterling and Francine Clark Institute, Williamstown. An exhibition examing Picasso’s lifelong fascination with the life and work of Degas. (Through September 12)
The Art of Dissent @ Galeria Inquiab, North Adams. Woodcut prints from the Asaro Collective of Oaxaca, Mexico. (Through September 16)
Maggie Mailer: The Balloonists @ Ferrin Galery, North Adams. A solo show of new paintings. (through September 18).
Robert Mateo Diago: home-less bound-ness @ Kolok Gallery, North Adams. Installation and sculptures that raise questions and stimulate dialogue about homelessness, community, indifference and over-consumption. (Through September 20)
Dan Mills: Meditations on Empire @ Mandeville Gallery, Union College, Schenectady. An exhibition addressing themes and imagery related to imperialism, cartography, landscape and hybrid composite portraits of U.S. leaders and cartoon characters.Closing reception and gallery talk with the artist Thursday, September 16, 5-7pm. (Through September 26).
The Big Picture @ The Chapel + Cultural Center. Expansive landscapes by David Brickman, Gail Kort, Barry Lobdell and Tom Nelson. (Through September 30)
Summer Annual Exhibition 2010 @ Art Omi, Ghent. New additions to The Fields Sculptural Park include Marker #3 by Mel Kendrick, It Up and Her Leaving by Robert Melee, Light Installation from The Estate of Simon Ungers, and Standard by Franz West.
Ransoming Mathew Brady: Re-Imagining the Civil War @ Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany. 25 recent paintings by John Ransom Philips inspired by the life of 19th-century photographer Mathew Brady and American poet Walt Whitman. A companion exhibition of 28 paintings is on view at Sage’s Opalka Gallery through July 30. (Through October 3)
Juan Munoz @ The Sterling and Francine Clark Institute, Williamstown. Works by Spanish sculptor Juan Munoz on the themes of themes of absence, memory, and paradox. (Through October 17)
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)
William Steig: Love and Laughter @ Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. An retrospective of works by the late William Steig, the man renowned for his comic art and best-selling illustrated books like “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble” and “Shrek” (yes, the inspiration for the billion-dollar movie franchise) Also included in the exhibit are sculptures and assemblages by Jeanne Steig, his wife of 35 years. (Through October 31)
True and Honest Before The World @ Hancock Shaker Village, Hancock. For this 50th anniversary exhibition, 30 celebrity curators including Ken Burns, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Graves and Al Roker chose objects from Hancock’s permanent collection of art, furniture, tools and textiles that for them best illustrate the Shakers’ ideals and influence. (Through October 31)
5+5: New Perspectives and The View From Here @ Storm King Arts Center, Mountainville. Storm King celebrates its 50th anniversary with two new exhibits. 5+5: New Perspectives features new or recent works five artists already in the Storm King collection (Alice Aycock, Chakaia Booker, Andy Goldsworthy, Mark di Suvero and Ursula von Rydingsvard) as well as five new artists (John Bisbee, Maria Elena González, Darrell Petit, Alyson Shotz and Stephen Talasnik) The site specific works will remain on view through 2010 and in many cases through 2011. Also opening is “The View From Here,” an exhibit in the Museum Building that documents Storm King’s history and evolution through archival documents, photographs and videos. (Through December, 2010)Leonard Nimoy: Secret Selves @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Large-scale photographs revealing his subjects’ hidden “secret selves.” Exhibit opens Sunday, August 1. (Through December 31, 2010)
The Imaged Word @ Albany International Airport Gallery, Albany. An exhibition of artwork that responds to the material qualities of books and the passages contained within them. Artists include Fern Apfel, Gabe Brown, Gayle Johnson, Paul Katz, Scott McCarney, Amy Podmore, Fawn Potash, William Ransom, Aaron T. Stephan, Robert The and Barbara Todd. (Through January 9, 2011)
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).
Petah Coyne: Everything That Rises Must Converge @ MASS MocA, North Adams. This sentence says it all: “Her innovative use of materials includes dead fish, mud, sticks, black sand, old car parts, wax, satin ribbons, artificial flowers and birds, birdcages, and most recently, taxidermy animals, Madonna statues, and horsehair.” ($6 | Free for members) (Through February, 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)
Suzanne Bocanegra: I Write the Songs and Paula Hayes: Understory @ The Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs. Helping to launch the Tang’s 10th anniversary year, Suzanne Bocanegra is exhibiting walls works, sound and video installations and a new work that combines live dance and recorded sound (through January 2, 2011). Paula Hayes has transformed the Tang’s Payne Room into an immersive environment brimming with life, including a forest of large silicone planters housing small trees, a series of her hand-blown grass terrariums and new custom-designed wallpaper and dinnerware. (Through April 17, 2011)