ArtBeat: What To See


Opening:

Amy Madden: Batik Weeds and Laura Radwell: Impressions of Berlin and Other Works @ Davis Orton Gallery

Amy Madden: Batik Weeds and Laura Radwell: Impressions of Berlin and Other Works @ Davis Orton Gallery

Two shows at Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson: Batik Weeks is a series of small, mixed media works by Amy Madden, while Impressions of Berlin and Other Works presents Laura Radwell’s abstract photographic collages. Opening reception: Saturday, May 14, 6-8pm. (Through June 19)

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Works by Ranier Judd and Gllynnis McDaris @ Gallery 135

Works by Ranier Judd and Gllynnis McDaris @ Gallery 135

Photographs by Ranier Judd and Glynnis McDaris @ Gallery 135, Hudson. Opening reception: Saturday, May 14, 6-8pm. (Through June 25)

 Untitled (Series #3)

Untitled (Series #3)

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot @ EMPAC, Troy. Two sound works: On the mezzanine, the installation untitled (Series #3) unfolds with bowls, dishes, and glasses floating in several pools of water. As these objects touch, the space is filled with their fleeting, floating music.
The second installation, index (v.4), is an interpretation of EMPAC’s communication network activity, played by two-computer controlled pianos at the entrances at each end of the building. Software written in collaboration with EMPAC’s IT team monitors the networks and translates bits and pieces into musical notes for the pianos—using the computers and pianos to connect work and play. (Through September 1)


Last Chance To See:

Elwood H. Smith: Stalling (detail) @ The Norman Rockwell Museum

Elwood H. Smith: Stalling (detail) @ The Norman Rockwell Museum

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.” (Through May 15)


Continuing:

M.C. Escher @ The Berkshire Museum

M.C. Escher @ The Berkshire Museum

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)

Martin Benjamin: Ferry To Naples/Venice Italy

Bull’s Eye: New Photographs by Martin Benjamin @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. An exhibition of over 80 recent photographs by noted photographer and Union College professor Martin Benjamin that examine his experiences as an artist living locally and abroad in Italy and Vietnam, evoking both nostalgic and emotional responses to the people and environments he encounters. The title of the exhibition is drawn from an image of a Kodak Bull’s-Eye Brownie Camera, Benjamin’s first camera as a child. The image titled “My First Camera” is a photograph Benjamin took of this camera, a relic of his history as a photographer. There will be a full color catalog available including an essay by Shelby Lee Adams, a 2010 Guggenheim Photography Fellow. (Through May 22)

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. (Through May 22)

Andre Wagnerf: Treptower Park

Andre Wagnerf: Treptower Park

The Emotional Landscape @ Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson. A group show of photographs by Anna Collette, Lependorf + Shire, Michael Marston, Juan Garcia Nunez and Andre Wagner in which each photographer has intentionally done something to the landscape to provoke an emotion or heighten the dramatic impact. Also on exhibit will be a series of photographs by Lori Van Houten titled Cooper Street. (Through May 22)

Leticia Ortega Cortes: Tender Grace @ John Davis Gallery

Leticia Ortega Cortes: Tender Grace @ John Davis Gallery

Leticia Ortega-Cortes: Paintings @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. A series of experimental small oil paintings exploring the formal syntax of drapery. (Through Sunday, May 22)

Jessica M. Kaufman: Panopticon @ Galerie BMG

Jessica M. Kaufman: Panopticon @ Galerie BMG

Jessica M. Kaufman: Panopticon @ Gallery BMG, Woodstock. The exhibition title refers to a prison structure which allows unknown observation of those being watched. In these photographs, taken on the grounds of Nazi concentration camps, Jessica Kaufman uses her traditional landscape theme to show the natural world bearing witness to atrocities and “fusing indeterminate disturbance with transcendent beauty.” (Through May 23)

Dylan L. L. @ ArtCentric Gift Gallery

Dylan L. L. @ ArtCentric Gift Gallery

Dylan L.L. @ ArtCentric Gift Gallery, Troy. (Through May 23).

Willie Marlowe: Box of Lights @ The Arkell Museum

Willie Marlowe: Box of Lights @ The Arkell Museum

Willie Marlow – A Survey: 1977-2010 @ The Arkell Museum, Canajoharie. If you missed the Opalka’s huge retrospective of Willie Marlowe’s dazzling, saturated paintings this past winter, you’re still in luck: the touring exhibition, pared down a bit, makes a stop at the Arkell Museum. (Through May 25)

Works by Laura Von Rosk, Leslie Anderson and Sylvie Kantorovitz @ Clement Art Gallery

Works by Laura Von Rosk, Leslie Anderson and Sylvie Kantorovitz @ Clement Art Gallery

Different Worlds @ Clement Gallery, Troy. Paintings by Laura Von Rosk, Leslie Anderson and Sylvie Kantorovitz. (Through May 26)

Garden Variety @ Upstate Artist Guild, Albany. An exhibition of artwork inspired by flowers, plants, and other green things that sprout from the earth, with featured artist Shannon Russell. (Through May 27)

Works by Jason Paradis @ Saratoga Arts

Works by Jason Paradis @ Saratoga Arts


The Visual Dynamic @ @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. Jennifer Hunold’s sewn images and Jason Paradis’ installations explore the dichotomy between societal relationships and our perceived environment. (Through May 28)

Works by Meg Birnbaum (left) and Howard Saunders @ Davis Orton Gallery

Works by Meg Birnbaum (left) and Howard Saunders @ Davis Orton Gallery

Meg Birnbaum and Howard Saunders @ Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson. Meg Birnbaum’s “Person/Persona” is a series of diptychs exploring the transformative power of costume-wearing and the creation of alter egos. Howard Saunders’ “Axeman” is comprised of mixed-media pieces based on his faux graphic memoir “Axeman Who Will Be 70 In The Year 2010.” Also on view at the gallery are electronic and hands-on portfolio presentations of photographers Robert Kalman and Gordon Stettinius & Terry Brown. (Through May 28)

Jeanet Ingalls: Woman Laying @ Storefront Artist Project

Jeanet Ingalls: Woman Laying @ Storefront Artist Project

O Solo Mama Mia @ Storefront Artist Project, Pittsfield. Works in a variety of media exploring themes of motherhood, identity, history and female empowerment. Artists include Autumn Doyle, Julie Love Edmonds, Katerie Gladdys, Jeanet Ingalls, Andrew Klass, Alla Lazebnik, Luciana Mariano, Leo Mazzeo, Penny Perkins, Monika Pizzichemi, Peggy Reeves and Michael Rousseau (Through May 28). The exhibit is in conjunction with WAM Theatre’s O Solo Mama Mia festival of solo works written and performed by women to benefit the training of at least one community midwife at Edna’s Hospital in Somaliland. The Festival will run from May 5-8 in Troy, NY (James Meader Little Theatre) and May 12-15, 2011 in Pittsfield, MA (Storefront Artist Project’s popup theatre).

To Wax Natural @ Albany Center Gallery

To Wax Natural @ Albany Center Gallery

To Wax Natural @ Albany Center Gallery, Albany. Works by inspired by nature by Lorrie Freddette, Ali Herrmann and Fawn Potash. (Through May 28)

Natalia Danilin: Alchemical Sunrise @ Limner Gallery

Natalia Danilin: Alchemical Sunrise @ Limner Gallery

Arte Natura @ Limner Gallery, Hudson. Twenty three contemporary artists interpret the natural world in a wide ranging show featuring both traditional and eclectic works in a variety of media. (Through May 28)

Melodie Provenzano @ The Marketplace Gallery

Melodie Provenzano @ The Marketplace Gallery

Drawn Together @ The Marketplace Gallery, Albany. Featuring works by artists Melodie Provenzano and Philippe Simille. Closing reception: Saturday, May 28 featuring live musical performances by Acacia & the Bandit and NYC-based pianist Hans Chew. (Through May 28)

Carlos Loret de Mola : Being Upstate @ The Center for Photography at Woodstock

Carlos Loret de Mola : Being Upstate @ The Center for Photography at Woodstock

Being Upstate @ The Center for Photography at Woodstock. This solo exhibition of work by Carlos Loret de Mola is an immersive stream-of-consciousness experience of the interior dialogue within the mind of a photographer, a husband, a father, a son, a man finding himself in the mid-stage of his life.

David Paulson: Curiosity

David Paulson: Curiosity

25th Anniversary Exhibition @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. A celebratory group exhibition featuring David Paulson, Allyson Levy, Louise Laplante, John Cross, Vince Pomilio, Darshan Russell and David Halliday. (Through May 29)

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)

The Gun Show @ Kleinert/James Arts Center

The Gun Show @ Kleinert/James Arts Center

The Gun Show @ Kleinhert/James Arts Center, Woodstock. A group exhibition in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, photography, curated by Katharine Umsted and Portia Munson. (Through May 30)

(left) Christa Kreeger Bowden: Nest I and (right) Yo Imae: Untitled @ Center For Photography at Woodstock

(left) Christa Kreeger Bowden: Nest I and (right) Yo Imae: Untitled @ Center For Photography at Woodstock

Photography Now 2011 @ The Center for Photography at Woodstock. A large group exhibition that examines the intersections of photography, drawing, painting, and printmaking featuring work by Rita Barros, Christa Kreeger Bowden, Matthew Dols, Mariah Doren & Johanna Pass, Robin Dru German, Mikhail Gubin, Yo Imae, Chad Kleitsch, Anne Arden McDonald and Bradly Dever Treadaway. Juror Vince Aletti notes what drew him to this year’s image-makers; “At a time when digitally captured and enhanced photographs can achieve new levels of flawlessness, I find myself increasingly drawn to handmade, inherently flawed images.” (Through May 30)

Sara E. Worden: Dormancy @ (hi)story labor(atory)

Sara E. Worden: Dormancy @ (hi)story labor(atory)

Group Exhibition @ (hi)story labor(atory), Hudson. A group show featuring Tad Flynn, Laura Glazer & Phillip Patterson, Adam Hurwitz, Jack Millard, Alexander Turnquist and Sara E. Worden. (Through May 31)

Takeyce Walter: Winter's End

Takeyce Walter: Winter's End @ The Front Room Gallery

Landscape paintings and pastels by Takeyce Walter @ The Front Room Gallery, Saratoga Springs.(Through May 31)

History Of The World @ The Arts Center of the Capital Region

History Of The World @ The Arts Center of the Capital Region

History of the World @ The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Illustrators and artists Owen Sherwood and Andrew DeGraff in an exhibition of drawings, paintings and site-specific wall-based works that incorporate humor, social commentary and personal experience to create connections and rivalries between the microcosms of a creative world. (Through June 3)

Works by David True (left) and  Trevor Winkfield @ Art Omi

Works by David True (left) and Trevor Winkfield @ Art Omi

David True & Trevor Winkfield: Paintings @ The Charles B. Benenson Visitors Center Gallery, Art Omi, Ghent. While their sources and techniques are various, and often incongruous, True and Winkfield share certain common characteristics in their painterly pursuits: most significant, the use of recognizable still objects, symbols and figures, which, combined, present an enigmatic, depthless environment of meanings – as well as the free use of color. (Through June 5)

The Decisive Moment @ The Photo Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Excitement, triumph, and tragedy are momentously depicted among the 45 images on exhibit from the work of 15 photojournalists from throughout the Capital Region. Closing reception: Friday, June 3, 5–9pm. (Through June 5)

Works by Alison Denyer and Jim Boden @ Courthouse Gallery

Works by Alison Denyer and Jim Boden @ Courthouse Gallery

Jim Boden and Alison Denyer @ Courthouse Gallery, Lake George. Jim Boden’s small oil paintings on mylar examine the horrors of government torture. Alison Denyer’s images are drawn from her interest in mapping, geography, and environmental issues. (Through June 10)

Molly Rockwell: Travels With Norman @ The Norman Rockwell Museum

Molly Rockwell: Norman Rockwell entering a mosque, Delhi, India, 1962. (From the permanent collection of Norman Rockwell Museum Archives)

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)

Regis Brodie: Orange and Blue @ Schick Art Gallery

Regis Brodie: Orange and Blue @ Schick Art Gallery

Convergences/Currents @ Schick Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Recent work by ceramist and emeritus professor of art Regis Brodie. (Through June 19)

1911 Capitol Fire: a photo by Harry Roy Sweney @ The New York State Museum

1911 Capitol Fire: a photo by Harry Roy Sweney @ The New York State Museum

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)

My Lens: 10th Anniversary Exhibition @ Martinez Gallery, Troy. Group photography exhibition featuring Natha Bocco, Allen Bryan, Dan Burkholder, Tim Cahill, Cesar Chelala, Chris DeMarco, Mariana Depetris, Jim Flosdorf, Nancy Noble Gardner, Mercedes Guerric, George Simmons, Jill Skupin and Kathy Vargas. (Through June 27)

Cassandra Sohn: Ko Chang @ Sohn Fine Art

Cassandra Sohn: Ko Chang @ Sohn Fine Art

Cassandra Sohn: Ko Chang @ Sohn Fine Art Gallery, Stockbridge. Photographer Cassandra Sohn celebrates the opening of her new gallery with a solo show of her work featuring images of Ko Chang, Thailand’s largest island. The gallery will specialize in contemporary photography by emerging and mid-career artists and focus heavily on work created by local artists as well as offering custom printing services. (Through June 19)

David Hinchen: Albany Skyline @ The Stockade Inn

David Hinchen: Albany Skyline @ The Stockade Inn

David Hinchen: Cityscapes @ The Stockade Inn, Schenectady. David Hinchen’s colorful paintings, mostly of Albany, focus squarely on buildings, skylines and architectural details. (Through June 30)

Bing Bang Boing: Radical Instruments of Sound & Vision @ GCCA Catskill Gallery, Catskill. A festival of handmade musical instruments exploring sound, music, sculpture and performance, featuring Peter Head, Brian and Leon Dewan, Harry Matthews, Matt Bua, Nick Yurman, Bradford Reed and Michael Delia. Also on display: a solo exhibition of paintings by John Karch.(Through July 2)

Romuald Hazoume: Dan @ The Tang

Romuald Hazoume: Dan @ The Tang

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)

Works by Nari Ward @ MASS MoCA

Works by Nari Ward @ MASS MoCA

Sub Mirage Lignum @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Encompassing an entire floor of MASS MoCA, Nari Ward’s dramatic sculptural installations are composed of material systematically collected from the neighborhoods where he lives and works or is personally connected to, including his birthplace and childhood home of Jamaica and the century-old restored capacitor factory that houses MASS MoCA.

Martijn Hendriks: Untitled @ MASS MoCA

Martijn Hendriks: Untitled @ MASS MoCA

Memery: Imitation, Memory, and Internet Culture @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Meme + Memory = Memery. Featuring nine artists who extract lasting forms of expression from a seemingly impermanent and ever-evolving online world, this exhibition will debut a new work by Penelope Umbrico and feature new installations in continuing series by Oliver Laric and Martijn Hendriks. Other artists include: AIDS-3D, John Michael Boling, Mark Callahan, Constant Dullaart, Brian Kane, and Rob Matthews. (Through July 31)

Shellburne Thurber: Mitchell Ward House, Front Hallway with Door and TV @ The Tang Teaching Museum

Shellburne Thurber: Mitchell Ward House, Front Hallway with Door and TV @ The Tang Teaching Museum

Alumni Invitational 3 @ The Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs. Artwork that spans four decades—from the late 1960s through the late ’90s—and artists that bring a range of approaches and techniques to their work, from large-scale color photography to recycled furniture design. The four featured artists are Bradley Castellanos, Josh Dorman, Johnny Swing, and Shellburne Thurber. (Through August 14)

(left) Hamaska in Tluwulahu Costume with Speaker's Staff-Qagyuhl, (right) Nickolas Muray: Frida Kahlo @ Fenimore Art Museum

(left) Hamaska in Tluwulahu Costume with Speaker's Staff-Qagyuhl, (right) Nickolas Muray: Frida Kahlo @ Fenimore Art Museum

Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray @ Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Photographer Nickolas Muray (1892-1965) came to America in 1913 from Hungary and began a forty-five year career as a photographer. He began photographing Frida Kahlo in color in the winter of 1938, when Muray and Kahlo were at the height of an on-again, off-again ten-year love affair, and continued to do so until 1948. (Through September 5)

Keeping Time @ Albany International Airport, Albany. Artists navigate the collective and individual mythology of nostalgia with an eye for its humorous, deceptive and often bittersweet nature. Featuring Joel Griffith, Stevan Jennis, Matt LaFleur, Leslie Lew, Michael MIllspaugh, Ken Ragsdale and Randy Regier. (Through September 5)

Katharina Grosse: One Floor Up More Highly @ MASS MoCA

Katharina Grosse: One Floor Up More Highly @ MASS MoCA

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)

Shadow Catcher: Edward Curtis Among the Kwakiutl @ Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Edward Curtis (1868-1954) devoted over 20 years to photographing and documenting over 80 American Indian tribes. After receiving a commission from financier J.P. Morgan, he produced a 20 volume series called The North American Indian, with each volume comprising 75 photogravures and 300 pages of text. The exhibition features the complete Portfolio Number 10, entitled The Kwakiutl. Paired with the Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art, which includes numerous Kwakiutl artworks, the exhibition allows visitors to see the masterpieces of the Thaw collection be brought to life in the ceremonies and lives of the Kwakiutl people. (Through December 31)

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