The Stockade Art Show @ Ferry and Front Street, Schenectady. One of the oldest artdoor art shows in the country, The Stockade Art Show features 112 artists exhibiting paintings, photography and sculpture in Schenectady’s historic Stockade district next to the Mohawk River. Saturday, September 11, 10am-4pm; The raindate is Sunday, September 12, 11am-4pm.
Third Annual Catskill Village Artist Studio Tour @ Catskill. A village-wide tour of home studios, galleries, museum exhibitions and special installations. Preview here. This weekend only: Saturday and Sunday, September 11-12, noon-5pm. Free.
Strange Figurations @ Limner Gallery, Hudson. A large group show focusing on unusual and inexplicable figurative art forms. Preview here. Opening reception: Saturday, September 11, 5-7pm. (Through October 2)
Milestones: Studies in Cyanotype @ Sow’s Ear Studio and Gallery, Schenectady. Photographic prints by Mary Paul. Opening reception: Friday, September 10, 5-8pm. (Through October 8)
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 and RFW. (Through September 11)
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)
Caroline Ramersdorfer: Concept Alters Reality @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Also featured are Farrell Brickhouse, Constance Jacobson, Lois Borgenicht and Sam Sebren. (Through September 12)
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 September 12)
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 September 12)
4th Annual Members Show @ Photo Center of the Capital Region, Troy. (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). Viewpoints @ LARAC’s Lapham Gallery, Glens Falls. Robert Hacunda, Anne Havel, John Kudukey, Judith Plotner, Dolores Thomson. (Through September 18)
Cowgirls 3 @ Brik Gallery, Catskill. An eclectic all-woman group show featuring approximately 100 artists. (Through September 19)
Claiming Moments and The Spectator Place @ BCB Art, Hudson. New work by paintings by Frank Cressotti and Barbara Freidman. Also on view will be an exhibition of gallery artists including work by Jim Goss, Joy Taylor, Lucio Pozzi, Ed Smith, Kay Rosen, Ching Ho Cheng, Susan Fowler-Gallahger and others. (Through September 19)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)
For The Birds @ Clement Gallery, Troy. Works by Spring Hofeldt, Banjie Nicholas, Randi Kish, Jon Gernon, Chris Murray. (Through September 23)Fantastically Feminine: The Creative Spirit of Women @ Davey Jones Gallery, Albany. Photography, sculpture, mixed media, drawings and paintings by Terry Bat-Sonja, oneUnit, Dorothea Osborn and Natalie Paquette. (Through September 24)
Lights! Camera! Video! @ Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. Video works by Sarah Haze, Phil Keayes, Adam Furgang, Jason Cosco and Michael Weidrich. (Through September 24)
Saratoga Inside-Out @ Saratoga Arts. A large group show that explores unconventional notions of Saratoga.. (Through September 25)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).
Kim McLean, Lionel Gilbert & Harry Wilk @ Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson. (Through September 26)
Still Life: Stanley Bielen, Kim Denise & Lucy Kalian @ Harrison Gallery, Williamstown. (Through September 29). The Big Picture @ The Chapel + Cultural Center. Expansive landscapes by David Brickman, Gail Kort, Barry Lobdell and Tom Nelson. (Through September 30)
Dudley Reed: Photographs of the work of Norman Hasselriis @ Rensselaerville Institute, Rensselaerville. (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. (Through October 3)
Illustrious: The Art of the Book @ Eclipse Mill Gallery, North Adams. Illustrated books and graphic novels by artists, illustrators and authors based in Williamstown, Adams and North Adams. (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)
Charles Prendergast: In Search of “Innocence” @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. An exhibit featuring the artwork of Charles Prendergast, brother of American artist Maurice Prendergast, in the light of the medieval, Indian, folk, and “primitive” art that inspired his career. (Through November 28)
This Girl Bends: Art and Feminism Since 1960 @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. A group exhibit that explores the connections between art and feminism through sculpture, video, photography, and prints spanning the past 50 years. Artists include Lynda Benglis, Patty Chang, Ed Kienholz, Glenn Ligon, Ana Mendieta, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Carolee Schneemann, Kiki Smith, Kerry Stewart and Nancy Spero. (Through December 12)
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.” (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)
Jules Olitaki: An Inside View @ Opalka Gallery, Sage Colleges, Albany. A survey of prints spanning 1954-2006 by this well-known artist known more for his Color Field paintings. Less well-known are his smaller, more intimate prints in the media of woodcut, intaglio, silkscreen, lithograph, and monotype. Artist reception: October 1, 5-9pm. (Through May 2, 2011).