CLAP @ CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson. CLAP is a curatorial collaboration between CCS Bard graduate students Nova Benway, Michelle Hyun, Nathan Lee, Dylan Peet, and CCS Bard Executive Director Tom Eccles featuring art from the Marieluise Hessel Collection, including works by Rita Ackermann, Nicolas Africano, Janine Antoni, Ida Applebroog, Siah Armajani, John Baldessari, Georg Baselitz, James Bayard, Joseph Beuys, Bik Van der Pol, John Bock, Cosima von Bonin, Richard Bosman, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Roger Brown, Michael Buthe, Paul Chan, Liz Deschenes, Roe Ethridge, Tony Feher, Saul Fletcher, Robert Gober, Félix González-Torres, Wade Guyton, Mona Hatoum, Eberhard Havekost, Richard Hawkins, Charline von Heyl, Jim Hodges, Rebecca Horn, Alfredo Jaar, Neil Jenney, Joan Jonas, On Kawara, Jannis Kounellis, Sean Landers, Robert Mapplethorpe, Christian Marclay, Virgil Marti, Paul McCarthy, Allan McCollum, Mario Merz, Bruce Nauman, Gabriel Orozco, Tony Oursler, Giulio Paolini, Raymond Pettibon, William Pope.L, Lisi Raskin, Steve Reich, Jason Rhoades, Aïda Ruilova, Carolee Schneemann, David Shrigley, Lorna Simpson, Ryan Trecartin, Nicola Tyson, Kara Walker, Lawrence Weiner, Mark Winetrout, and Andrea Zittel. Opening reception: Sunday, March 27, 1-4pm. Carolee Schneemann will orchestrate a “language activation” at 3 pm during the reception. (Through May 22)Near, Far and In-between @ Mohawk Valley Center For The Arts, Little Falls. Paintings and prints by GG Stankiewicz bridging topographical and frontal landscape features of the Catskill Region, the Great Plains and the City grid through repeated patterns, line and vibrant color. Opening reception: Saturday, March 26, 1-3pm. (Through Sunday, April 23)
Henry Klimowicz: Constructs @ The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. Henry Klimowicz, currently exhibiting his “Paper and Light” site-specific installation in the Wider Window Gallery, now expands into the Crane Room with “Constructs,” centered around another enormous, site-specific installation created from cardboard. (Through March 27)Lorraine Chesin @ Sand Lake Center For The Arts, Averill Park. Lorraine Chesin’s acrylic paintings focus on color and shape, highlighting domestic scenes. Artist reception: Sunday, February 20, 1-3pm. (Through March 31)
Peter Liepke: Cityscapes @ Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson. Moody, atmospheric large-format photographs shot with a Graflex Super D. Also on exhibit: works by Ida Weygandt. (Through April 10)Forty Shades of Green @ Lichenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield. Named after a song written by Johnny Cash after a visit to Ireland, this large group exhibition brings together over forty artists from Berkshire County and the surrounding region for a show of works inspired by Ireland and Irish culture. (Through April 12) Paula Hayes: Understory @ The Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs. 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) Marion Vinot: Interrupting the Game and Harry Orlyk: Winter Landscapes @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. Two noted Hudson Valley painters, portraitist Marion Vinot and landscape artist Harry Orlyck, pair up for what should be masterful show. (Through April 17)
Objects of Wonder and Delight: Four Centuries of Still Life from the Norton Museum of Art @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. Comprised of 51 works in a variety of media from the collection of the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida, the exhibition features some of the most famous artists in Western art history such as Gustave Courbet, William Harnett, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Steichen, Robert Mapplethorpe and Andy Warhol. (Through April 21)Charles Steckler: Sketcher Recalls/Concerning the Art of Drawing @ The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. A selection of pen and ink drawings from his series Per Passa il Tempo. Derived from a daily practice, the abstract markings in these experimental works suggest imaginary landscapes and fresh botanical inventions. Reception: Friday, March 25, 5-9pm (Troy Night Out). (Through April 22) Susan Klein @ Courthouse Gallery, Glens Falls. Susan Klein examines the intersection between painting, sculpture, collage and photography. Through a succession of experimentation and recycling, new work is created from old work, which may later become the source for future work. The exhibit will feature recent work in various media that combines both the contradictions and relationships between abstraction and representation, 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional, and what is “temporary” vs. “permanent”. Opening reception: Saturday, March 19, 4-6pm. (Through April 22) Recent Work: Aida Laleian and Steve Levin @ William College Museum of Art, Williamstown. Recent works by two studio art faculty members: Aida Laleian’s embroidered digital prints and Steven Levin’s oil paintings. (Through April 24) Truro Light @ The Photography Center of the Capital District, Troy. Eric Lindbloom (working in traditional black and white prints) and Joseph Schuyler (working in color digital inkjet prints) exhibit their photographs of the town of Truro, Massachusetts, a summer vacation community on Cape Cod. Opens March 11. Opening Reception: Friday, March 25, 5-9pm (Troy Night Out)(Through April 25)
Graham Parker: The Confidence Man @ EMPAC, Troy. New York-based artist Graham Parker has long been interested in spectrality—the concealing of one set of operations behind the appearance of another. His 2009 book Fair Use (Notes from Spam) explored spam emails as the latest manifestation of a longstanding mode of deception that has accompanied nearly all new developments in human transport and communication networks (the book touched on such phenomena as Nigerian spam, 19th century railroad cons and medieval beggar gangs). The Confidence Man features work that has grown out of that research—including hacked ATM machines, rogue WIFI networks, monologues drawn from spam emails, and a tribute to the 1973 film The Sting.
For three weeks starting on Monday, March 21, the artist will be working in the space for a few hours each day, using the exhibition as a studio and making ongoing alterations to the installation. Parker will be available for conversations with the public on a drop-in basis if he is onsite. To book or confirm a tour or conversation with the artist, please call the EMPAC box office at 518.276.3291. (Through April 30)The Art and Animations of Elwood H. Smith @ The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. Enter the wild and wonderful world of illustrator Elwood Smith, with a look at his 40-year career producing energetic illustrations for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Time, and such favorite children’s books as “Hot Diggity Dog” and “Stalling.” Opening reception/book signing: Saturday, February 19, 4-7pm, free for members or with museum admission. (Through May 15) M.C. Escher: Seeing The Unseen @ The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. Wrap your brain around one of the 20th century’s most popular artists including an up-close look at several rarely displayed original woodblocks, watercolors, drawings and prints. (Through May 22) BULL’S-EYE: New Photographs by Martin Benjamin @ Mandeville Gallery, Union College, Schenctady. Opens March 24. New works by noted area photographer Martin Benjamin that explore his experience as an artist living locally and abroad in Italy and Vietnam, evoking both nostalgic and emotional responses to the people and environments he encounters. Opens March 24. Artist’s Reception and gallery talk: Thursday, April 7, 5-7pm. (Through May 22)
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)Travels With Norman @ The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. Between 1962 and 1975, Norman and Molly Rockwell traveled together to twenty-eight countries, including the U.S.S.R., India, Columbia, and Mexico. Molly’s slides documenting their travels are shared publicly for the first time in this exhibition, displayed alongside the related work of her husband. (Through June 19) 1911 Capitol Fire @ The New York State Museum, Albany. In the early morning hours of March 29, 1911, a fire broke out in the northwest corner of the New York State Capitol. The fast-moving flames claimed the life of an elderly night watchman and destroyed much of the State Library and irreplaceable collections of the State Museum. The 100th anniversary of the Great Fire of 1911 is commemorated through historic photographs, dramatic eyewitness accounts, and important objects that survived the inferno. (Through June 18) David Hinchen: Cityscapes @ The Stockade Inn, Schenectady. David Hinchen’s colorful paintings, mostly of Albany, focus squarely on buildings, skylines and architectural details. Opening Reception: Sunday, March 13, 2:30-4:30pm. (Through June 30) Environment and Object: Recent African Art @ The Tang, Saratoga Springs. A show of recent African art that examines the impact of the environment on contemporary African life as well as the use of found objects and appropriated materials as a recurring presence in current African art. Artists include El Anatsui, Zwelethu Mthethwa and Yinka Shonibare as well as emerging artists such as Bright Ugochukwu Eke, George Osodi, and Nnenna Okore, among others. (Through July 31) Katharina Grosse: One Floor Up More Highly @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Katharina Grosse’s new installation fills with massive Building 5 gallery with her largest commission to date. Cool video here showing the ingenious way the MASS MoCA folks managed to get 700 cubic yards of soil into Building 5. (Through October 30)