ArtBeat: What To See

November 19th, 2010, 2:00 pm by Sara
Opening:

Joseph Wheaton: Hey Dude (detail) @ Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield

Joseph Wheaton: Hey Dude (detail) @ Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield

Small Works and Print Fair North/West @ Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield. Small Works is a group show of affordable small art and sculpture by Molly Hatch, Maggie Mailer, Ven Voisey, Greg Scheckler, Joseph Wheaton and others, while Print Fair North/West is comprised of selections from Zea Mays Printmaking. Opening reception Saturday, November 20, 4-6pm.

Jordan Wolfson: Uncertain Spectator

Jordan Wolfson @ Uncertain Spectator, EMPAC

Uncertain Spectator @ EMPAC, Troy. A group show that grapples with the feelings of anxiety, uncertainty, unease and apprehension that currently permeate our culture. Featuring Graciela Carnevale, Anthony Discenza, Claire Fontaine, Kate Gilmore, Tue Greenfort, Susanna Hertrich, Jesper Just, Marie Sester, Superflex and Jordan Wolfson, the exhibit includes works spanning the genres of video, installation, sculpture, and interactive media. (Through January 29)

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Photobook!! 2010 @ Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson. A celebration of self-published photobooks by 20 photographers, with both books and prints available for purchase. Opening reception Saturday, November 20, 6-8pm. (Through December 19)

Gary Hill: Wall Piece

Gary Hill: Wall Piece

“The Frustration of Expression” @ The Center for Photography at Woodstock. Centered around Gary Hill’s “Wall Piece,” a multifaceted installation which features the artist hurtling himself against a wall, uttering a single word from a prepared monologue, the group exhibition also features newly commissioned video installations by Marilla Abrahamsen, Will Lytle, Anthony Morelli, Kaela Smith and Taima Smith both in response to Hill’s work and focused on addressing “the frustration of expression,” particularly in connection to having grown up in Woodstock. Also, “Piranesi,” a solo exhibition by Brookyn-based artist Lothar Osterburg, who uses photogravure, an intensive photographic process known for producing rich blacks and infinite grays through printmaking. Opening reception: Saturday, November 20, 4-6pm. Artist talks: 2:30pm and 5pm. (Through December 23).


Last Chance To See:

Autobiography @ Photo Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Works by Nicholas Walster and Susanna Bartoldus. (Through November 21)

Charles Steckler @ Clement Gallery

Charles Steckler @ Clement Gallery

Charles Steckler: Collage @ Clement Gallery, Troy. Primarily known for his stage designs for theatre, Charles Steckler has also created an elaborate body of work ranging from drawings, photography, painting, box construction dioramas and playful collages, which is the focus of this exhibition. (Through November 24)

Art-Hypnosis Hypnosis-Art @ Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. George Guarino’s installation that offers a new way of hypnotically conditioning yourself in an art gallery setting. (Through Friday, November 26)

Lugh Giacomozzi: Machine (left) and Victoria Goro-Rapoport: Open Mind

Lugh Giacomozzi: Machine (left) and Victoria Goro-Rapoport: Open Mind @ The Limner Gallery

A Show of Heads @ The Limner Gallery, Hudson. In this annual thematic exhibition, the gallery is featuring works in a broad range of media by a diverse group of 24 contemporary artists from across New York, the U.S. and the the U.K. (Through November 27)


Continuing:

When Comics Went Underground @ MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams. 50 works of art by such acclaimed comix creators as R. Crumb, Bill Griffith, Art Spiegelman, Harvey Pekar, Trina Robbins, S. Clay Wilson and others. (Though November 28)

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)

Laura Razzano: Xmas Keith @ Storefront Artists Project

Laura Razzano: Xmas Keith @ Storefront Artists Project

12.25.2009 @ Storefront Artist Project, Pittsfield. An exhibition of photographs all taken within the 24 hour time span on December 25, 2009 by a dozen artists across the globe Artists include Sveva Costa Sanseverino, Barbara Gentile, Richard Greene, Francesca Habe, Barnaby Hall, Drake Higgins, Randy Kato, Kevin Knight, Laura Razzano, Gisella Sorrentino, Monika Sosnowski and Bernard Steffin. Opening reception: Saturday, November 6, 6-8pm. (Through November 28)

Joseph Deuel: Margo Timmons @ Wesley Gallery

Joseph Deuel: Margo Timmons @ Wesley Gallery

Eye Music Portraits No. 3 @ Wesley Gallery, Wesley Health Care Center, Saratoga Springs. With images by world-class photographers Lawrence White, Joseph Deuel and Andrzej Pilarczyk, this exhibition encompasses performance portraits of national and international musicians from all types of music including rock, jazz, folk, blues and country. (Through November 29)

Joshua Primmer and Katie Richardson @ NAACO Gallery, North Adams

(left) Joshua Primmer: Birdbath and (right) Katie Richardson: Tucked Away @ NAACO Gallery

Complementary Contrast @ North Adams Artists’ Co-op Gallery, North Adams. An exhibit pairing stoneware artist Joshua Primmer with Katie Richardson, a sculptor who works primarily in glass and metals. (Through November 29)

Work by Kim Kauffman @ Galerie BMG

Work by Kim Kauffman @ Galerie BMG

Florilegium @ Galerie BMG, Woodstock. An exhibit of works by Kim Kauffman inspired by the lush 17th and 18th century Europeans books of flower paintings that documented newly discovered botanical species from around the world. Using a flatbed scanner, Kauffman collages together multiple layers of flowers, leaves, seed pods and other objects of nature to create an rich and detailed abstract visual environment. (Through November 29)

John Traynor: Morning Star

John Traynor: Morning Star

American Impressionists @ The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown. Works by David Lussier, John Terelak, John Traynor and George Van Hook. (Through November 30)

Peter Acheson: Paintings @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Recent abstract works. Opening reception: Saturday, November 13, 6-8pm. (Through December 5)

Charles Steckler: Boxed Sets @ The Perrella Gallery, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Johntown. A career survey of Charles Steckler’s perspective boxes – which he calls “dioramas” – and his stage settings for theater presented in production photographs. (Through December 10)

Fine Arts Alumni Exhibition @ The Teaching Gallery, HVCC, Troy. Artist Talk: Valerie Rafferty: Novemer 11 3pm. Works in a wide variety of media by seventeen alumni of Hudson Valley’s Fine Arts programs. Opening reception: November 11, 4-6pm (Through December 11)

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)

Richard Merkin: Untitled (Self-Portrait with Pencil)

Richard Merkin: Untitled (Self-Portrait with Pencil) @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Richard Merkin: Paintings and Drawings @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. An exhibit of vivid, Modernist works by the late painter and illustrator. The cartoonish works, rendered in a sure hand, reflect Merkin’s fascination with pop culture, baseball and vintage pornography. Concurrently in the backroom is an exhibit of both large and small abstract paintings by Meg Lipke. (Through December 12)

Joe Overstreet: Carry Back

Joe Overstreet: Carry Back

African American Abstract Masters @ Opalka Gallery, Sage College, Albany. A group exhibition by 14 artists born between 1914-1937 who have enlisted a variety of approaches and aesthetic influences over the span of six decades. The show, which travels up from from the Anita Shapolsky Gallery in New York City where it exhibited this past spring, features Robert Blackburn, Betty Blayton, Frank Bowling, Ed Clark, Herbert Gentry, Bill Hutson, Harlan Jackson, Norman Lewis, Sam Middleton, Joe Overstreet, Thomas Sills, Merton Simpson, Alma Thomas, and Frank Wimberley. (Through December 12)

David Lebe: Morning Ritual No. 28 @ Carrie Haddad Photographs

David Lebe: Morning Ritual No. 28 @ Carrie Haddad Photographs

Ordinary Things: When Artists Make Their Private Life Public @ Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson. A photography exhibition featuring works by David Lebe, Harry Wilks, Thatcher Keats, Sabine Delafon and Allyson Levy that revisits the tradition of focusing on the day-to-day life of family members as subjects. (See Sebastien B.’s writeup and photos here) (Through December 12)

Works by Elizabeth Albert (left) and Rebecca Shepard

Works by Elizabeth Albert (left) and Rebecca Shepard @ The Courthouse Gallery

An exhibition of paintings and drawings by Elizabeth Albert and Rebecca Shepard, two artists who use fantasy, history, memories and personal stories to create imaginary worlds where life’s challenges play out. Opening reception: Saturday November 13, 4-6 pm. (Through December 17)

 Musho Rodney Alan Greenblat: Thunder Bunny Buddha Shrine

Musho Rodney Alan Greenblat: Thunder Bunny Buddha Shrine @ BCB ART, Hudson

Painter, sculptor, children’s book author and illustrator, game designer…Musho Rodney Alan Greenblat’s vivid and whimsical designs span multiple categories. An exhibit of new and recent work, combining his colorful vision of Buddhist imagery and his Japanese mass-market character and product designs. Also on display will be a selection of work by filmmaker/director John Inwood as well as a group exhibition of gallery artists, including work by Garth Evans, Ching Ho Cheng, Barbara Friedman, Eric Rhein, Martha Lloyd, Philip Howie, Frank Cressotti, Fred Scruton and others. Opening reception: Saturday November 13, 6-8 pm. (Through December 19)

BATTLESIGHT: Dispatches from Iraq and Afghanistan @ The Arts Center, Troy

BATTLESIGHT: Dispatches from Iraq and Afghanistan @ The Arts Center, Troy

BATTLESIGHT: Dispatches from Iraq and Afghanistan @ The Arts Center, Troy. Three internationally renowned photographers, Cheryl Diaz Meyer, Balazs Gardi and Teru Kuwayam, in a powerfull collection of wartime images that depict the realities of life for combatants and civilians in lands far from most Americans’ view. (Through December 19)

Dave Cole: Kevlar Onesie

Dave Cole: Kevlar Onesie (photo by Sebastien Barre)

Critical Stitch @ Mandeville Gallery., Schenectady. Fiber arts are finally beginning to outgrow the crafts/feminine ghetto, as witnessed by this broad-ranging exhibit that examines and offers social commentary on modern life. Read more about it here. (Through December 19)

Leonard Nimoy: Secret Selves @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Large-scale photographs revealing his subjects’ hidden “secret selves.” (Through December 31, 2010)

Scott McCarney: Last Lines of Poetry (left) and Aaron Stephan: Building Bridges @ Albany International Airport Gallery

Scott McCarney: Last Lines of Poetry (left) and Aaron Stephan: Building Bridges @ Albany International Airport Gallery

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)

Henry Klimowicz: Paper and Light @ The Berkshire Museum

Henry Klimowicz: Paper and Light @ The Berkshire Museum

Paper and Light @ The Berkshire Museum. Henry Klimowicz has transformed the Wider Window Gallery with a site-specific installation extending vertically across the gallery’s two-story window composed of disused cardboard that has been carefully re-configured and arranged to highlight the interplay between natural light and the artwork. Also at the museum is a small exhibit of historical items from its own collection and from the Crane Museum of Papermaking presenting a practical history of the work of Crane & Co. through the years. Part of The Housatonic Paper Trail. (Through January 16)

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).

Chris Martin: The Record Painting @ The Tang

Chris Martin: The Record Painting @ The Tang

The Jewel Thief @ The Tang Teaching Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs. Abstract art by over fifty contemporary artists from the Tang’s collection, including Kathy Butterly, Dorothy Dehner, Bill Komoski, Michael Lazarus, Charles Long, Allan McCollum, and Ann Pibal, alongside recent works by artists including Cheryl Donegan, Roy Dowell, Rico Gatson, Joanne Greenbaum, Liz Larner, Virgil Marti, Carrie Moyer, Richard Rezac, and John Torreano, among many others. Artist reception 10/9 (Through February 27, 2011)

Petah Coyne @ MASS MoCA

Petah Coyne @ MASS MoCA

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)

Michael Oatman: All Utopias Fell

Michael Oatman: All Utopias Fell @ MASS MoCA

All Utopias Fell @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. A long-term installation that will be open seasonally, Michael Oatman’s ambitious vision re-purposes an Airstream trailer into a crashed satellite, complete with parachutes and solar panels. (Ongoing)

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)

Detail from Albrecht Dürer: The Beast with Two Horns Like a Lamb @ The Clark

Detail from Albrecht Dürer: The Beast with Two Horns Like a Lamb @ The Clark

The Strange World of Albrecht Dürer @ The Clark, Williamstown. The strange world of Albrecht Dürer, populated by monsters, witches, hybrid animals, and marauding soldiers, shares spiritual and social preoccupations with our own time. Drawn entirely from the Clark’s extensive holdings, the display will feature approximately seventy-five works by the celebrated German Renaissance painter, printmaker and writer. Opens Sunday, November 14. (Through March 13, 2011)

Paula Hayes, Dome Shaped Hand Blown Glass Terrarium with Miniature tropical tree and fern,

Paula Hayes: Dome Shaped Hand Blown Glass Terrarium with Miniature Tropical Tree and Fern @ The Tang

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)



Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney @ Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. Opening Saturday, November 13, the first major retrospective exhibition of the award-winning children’s book illustrator and designer will feature more than 140 watercolor illustrations spanning his 50-year career, touching on such personal and cultural themes as the African-American experience, the wonders of classic literature and the wisdom in well-loved folk tales. (Through May 30, 2011)