Karene Faul Alumni Exhibition @ Esther Massry Gallery, Albany. Curated by Sharon Bates, the exhibition includes works by Kevin Calisto, Marilee Sousiem, Jacqueline Weaver, Chloe Kettlewell, James Van Duyne, Lauren Vallese, David Austin and Kathy Greenwood in a variety of disciplines including painting, photography, drawing, sculpture and video. Opening reception: Friday, June 3, 5-7pm. Closing reception: Friday, September 2, 5-7pm. (Through September 2)The Flow @ D.H.B. Thomas Gallery, Glens Falls. Recent mixed media works by Kate Austin-Avon. Opening reception: Saturday, June 4, 5-8pm. (Through June 30) Inside/Out @ studio21south, North Adams. Paintings by a Northampton-based couple: Katy Schneider paints the interior of the family home, sometimes capturing it in its anarchic natural state, other times organizing its artifacts into carefully composed still lives. David Gloman turns his attention outdoors; working on site, he by turns captures the feral, evanescent qualities of the natural environment or plucks order from chaos, resulting in plain-spoken cityscapes and landscapes. (Through July 10)
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)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)
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 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)
Two shows: 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)Photographs by Ranier Judd and Glynnis McDaris @ Gallery 135, Hudson. Opening reception: Saturday, May 14, 6-8pm. (Through June 25) 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)Thread, Pixels, Paper @ Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson. Mixed media and photography by Melissa Zexter, Melinda McDaniel and Katharine Kreisher. Also on exhibit will be a series of photographs by Betsy Weis titled Water. Nature and Memory. (Through July 3) 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) 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. 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) Painting the Town: A Downtown Pittsfield Retrospective @ Pittsfield 250, a solo exhibition of Scott Taylor’s acrylic paintings of 44 historic Pittsfield buildings. The works will be displayed alongside historic photos and brief descriptions of the buildings. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these paintings will help to support programming at Hancock Shaker Village. (Through July 31) 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) 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) 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)Bureau For Open Culture: I Am Searching For Field Character @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Bureau For Open Culture’s I Am Searching For Field Character is an examination of the today’s cultural worker featuring a series of public conversations, performances, installations, workshops and a beer garden with a slew of artists, writers, designers and thinkers visiting North Adams over the course of the summer. (Through September 23) Collectors’ Choice: Selections from the Jane and Jay Braus Collection @ The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. More than 25 contemporary and modern artworks hand-picked by the couple from their private collection including work by Sam Francis, Nancy Graves, Red Grooms, David Hockney, Alex Katz, Sol LeWitt, and Graham Nickson. (Through October 11) Robert S. Duncanson: The Spiritual Striving of the Freedmen’s Sons @ Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill. The first exhibition featuring the work of the nineteenth-century African-American landscape painter Robert S. Duncanson in many years, bringing the work of this ground-breaking artist to the home of Thomas Cole, who was a major influence on Duncanson. The catalogue for this exhibition contain an essay by curator Joseph D. Ketner including new information on the artist and color illustrations of many new paintings discovered over the past fifteen years. (Through October 30) 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)The Workers @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. An exhibition examining the state of labor today with nearly 40 works by 25 emerging and established international artists including Claire Beckett, Osman Bozkurt, Camel Collective, Mircea Cantor, Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar, Susan Collis, Vicky Funari and Sergio De La Torre, Jason Dodge, Sam Durant, Harun Farocki, Yevgeniy Fiks, Anthony Hernandez, Oded Hirsch, Hugo Hopping, Emily Jacir, Laboratorio 060 with York Chang, Mary Lum, Yoshua Okon, Adrian Paci, Jaume Pitarch, Oliver Ressler, Stephanie Rothenberg, Tyler Rowland, Allan Sekula and Santiago Sierra. (Through March 15, 2012)