Michael Bierut 30 Years 90 Notebooks @ The Esther Massry Gallery, Albany. Opening reception: Friday, September 30, 5-7pm with an talk by the artist at 7pm. Noted graphic designer Michael Bierut has recorded his work and thoughts in a series of more than 90 identical notebooks dating back to 1982, The exhibit presents a selection of completed pieces juxtaposed with rough sketches from the notebooks, allowing the viewer insight into the design process. Book Signing: Friday, September 30, 4:30–5:00pm. Artist reception: Friday, September 30, 5-7pm with a book signing at 4:30pm and an artist lecture at 7pm. (Through January 22)
Pursuant Pharoahs @ Collar Works, Troy. An exhibition of 21 US and international contemporary artists that showcases the human desire for relentless pursuit. Opening reception: Friday, October 30, 5-9pm. (Through October 21)
Carla Shapiro: Rewriting Loss @ The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. In the months following September 11, 2001, Carla Shapiro hand copied nearly 2,500 obituaries from the New York Times in honor of those who perished. Writing on sheets of vellum, a labor-intensive process which demanded that she write for four hours a day for five months to complete, the sheets were hung on clotheslines across a stream in Shapiro’s back yard and exposed to the elements for the period of one year. This exhibition presents a selection of her photographs of this process alongside a black and white 8mm film which visually explores the installation. (Through October 9)Shelby Lee Adams: salt & truth @ Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson. Black and white photographs from Shelby Lee Adams’ upcoming book, salt & truth, as well as recent color work, featuring images of the hollow dwellers of eastern Kentucky. (Through October 9) La Wilson @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Found object assemblages by La Wilson. Also on display: sculptures by Drew Goerlitz, drawings by Gillian Jagger and Margrit Lewczuk; paintings by Craig Olson and Liv Aanrud; and a multi-floor elevator shaft installation by Gillian Jagger. (Through October 9) Marie Cole: Never The Same @ Tivoli Artists Coop, Tivoli. Landscape paintings and monoprints by Marie Cole, who focuses on the same set of locales over and over again, striving to create a different vision each time. (Through October 9) Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2011 @ Chesterwood, Stockbridge. Guest Sculptor: Leonda Froehlich Finke. Participating sculptors: John Belardo, Clifford Blanchard, Carole Eisner, Anne Huibregtse, Jilaine Jones, David Judelson, Joshua Koffman, , Richard Rothschild, Mary Ellen Scherl, Kaete Brittin Shaw. Christopher Smith. Ed Smith, Gregory Smith, Leon Smith and Ellen Wetmore. (Through October 10) 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) 8th International Acquisitions Exhibition for Artists with Disabilities @ Fenimore Asset Gallery, Proctors, Schenectady. Presented by Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, this juried exhibition features 111 artworks in a wide variety of media by 70 artists from all over the US as well as Denmark.
Participating artists include: Virginia Achen, Dale Aho, Janet Hudnut Ahrens, Anne Ambrose, Alli Berman, Jack Beverland (Mr. B), Annie Bilder, Paul Bouchard, R. Jane Bouchard, Maxwell Brown, Eilzabeth Castro, Mary Chamberlain, Donna Merle Chance, Tony Cianfrani, Rebekah Clawson, Leigha Cohen, Collaborative Artists of Creative Endeavors Art Center, Martha Brown Cowden, Crew, James Darcy, Paul de Beaumont, Heidi de la Puente, Kenneth Dietcher, M.D., Samuel C. Dietze, Brian Dodd, Carol Eversen, David Fuentes, Matthew Gaetano, David Gerbstadt, Patricia Goodrich, Jamie Graham, Tara Arlene Innmon, d’Elaine Johnson, Barbara Klemz, Debbie Kreiger, Paul G. Kushner, Alan Laird, Mark W. Lubich, Eliette Markhbein, Rose Ann Matthews, Karen Mead, Allison Merriweather, Gail Nadeau, George Napolitan, Mary Newman, Susanne Dagmar Olsen, William Ostrowski, Paul Patrick Perry, Danny Perunovich, Jason Pitcher, Joseph Baron Pravda, Lorna Ritz, Barbara Romain, Ernesto Sanchez, Diane Savino, Heidi Schroder, Ken Smith, Kim Timmerman, Wendy Trowbridge, Max Tzinman, Frank Valliere, Charlotte Walwyn, Mary Waters, Phillip Weissman, Pamela Wilmer, Sheryl Yeager and David Fuentes. MOHU Public Reception, Friday, October 14, 5-9pm. (Through October 14)XMALIA @ 18 Holden Street, North Adams. Drawings, video, objects, garments and photographs about human-animal relations and the phenomena of vanishing creatures, created by inter-disciplinary artist, musician and performer C. Ryder Cooley. Also on display are found-object dioramas by Dennis Herbert. (Through October 16) Selected Art Faculty Exhibition @ Schick Gallery, Saratoga Springs. An exhibition of work by faculty members Leslie Ferst (ceramics, Deb Hall (graphic design), Robert & Shana Parke-Harrison (photography and sculpture) and David Peterson (jewelry and metalwork). Opening Reception: Thursday, September 15, 5:30-7pm. Gallery Talk: Wednesday, September 21, 4:30-5:30pm. (Through October 16) Eccentric Portraits @ Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock. A wide-ranging group show featuring Barbara Bachner, Loel Barr, Elizabeth Bisbing, Bette Blank, Richard Butler, Didier Civil, Lulu Ekiert, Laura Elkins, Yale Epstein, Peter Franceschetti, Reiko Fujinami, Bo Gehring, Brenda Goodman, Arthur Hammer, Amy Hill, Martha Hughes, Nicole Jeffords, Lenny Kislin, Polly Law, Jason Lujan, Mari Lyons, David Marell, Eva Melas, Ann Pachner, Alan Siegel, Eleanor Steffen, Melinda Stickney-Gibson, Michelle Stone, John Tomlinson, Virginia Tyler, Carl Van Brunt, Rob Van Erve and Catherine Welshman. . Curators Talk: Sunday, October 9, 3:00 pm. (Through October 16) Going Coastal @ studio21south, North Adams. A show about what goes on where water meets the land, that includes graphic prints of rock formations of Monhegan Island, Maine by Chatham artist Frank Curran juxtaposed with Thor Wickstrom’s oil interpretations of the same sites. Also featured are whimsical perspecitves on beach life by Williamstown artist Julia Morgan-Leamon and Eric March’s watercolors of Coney Island. Works by gallery artists will also continue to be on view, including Berkshire landscapes as well as scenes of North Adams and Tanglewood. (Through October 16) Harold Lohner: Gathering @ Opalka Gallery, Albany. Harold Lohner is a long-time mainstay of the Nippertown art scene, exhibiting extensively both locally and nationally. In addition, he’s also coordinator of the fine arts program at Sage College, the faculty advisor for the Little Gallery and a noted font designer. This exhibition will feature recent monographs, most of which were produced in the last 3 years and have not been previously shown. MoHu reception: Friday, October 14, 5-9pm. (Through October 16) Diane Banks and Deanna Lee @ Courthouse Gallery, Lake George. In a process she calls “controlled doodling”, Deanna Lee’s paintings develop from clusters of lines that accumulate into masses that evoke organic forms like hair, muscles, fungi, waves, or wind currents, while Diane Banks creates mysterious, elegant objects out of common discarded materials such as plastic bottles and other debris. (Through October 21) From the Center of Our World: Ann Wolf and Ken Ragsdale @ HVCC Teaching Gallery, Troy. An exhibition of works that explore ideas of memory, reality and personal myth. Ann Wolf’s small colorful gouache paintings combine her background as a pattern designer with an exploration of her recollections and imaginings about growing up on her family’s large upstate New York farm, while photographer Ken Ragsdale re-imagines childhood memories as cut paper dioramas that then serve as photographic models. Discussion with the artists: Wednesday, October 12, 7pm in the BTC Auditorium. (Through October 22) Roberto Juarez: Mural Paintrings 2000-2011 @ Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. Inspired by his world travels and influenced by traditions of Hispanic and non-Western art, an exhibit of mural-scale paintings that range in style and subject, depicting flora and fauna as well as employing geometric abstraction. (Through October 22) 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) Natural History @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. Sculptor Linda Cross works from the landscape, particularly citing geology and archaeology, creating rock formations out of found objects, recycled detritus, paper and paint. Her wall reliefs cling to the wall as very naturalistic sites, many of them familiar places in Columbia County such as Buckley’s Corners and Taghanic Creek. Also on display: mixed media paintings by Ragellah Rourke and linear color paintings by Ralph Stout. (Through October 30)
Ice Age: To The Digital Age: The 3D Animation Art of Blue Sky Studios @ The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. An interactive exhibition exploring the art of animation in the digital age featuring animation heavyweights Blue Sky Studios, critically acclaimed for their animated films Ice Age and its sequels, Robots and Rio, as well as special effects and animation work for TRON, Alien Resurrection, Star Trek: Insurrection, Joe’s Apartment and numerous others. (Through October 31)Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964-77 @ Dia:Beacon and CCS Bard Galleries, Annandale-on-Hudson. Concurrent exhibitions of the first North American retrospective of the work of German abstract painter Blinky Palermo. (Through October 31) 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, open seasonally through October) 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) It’s a Dog’s Life: Norman Rockwell Paints Man’s Best Friend @ Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. An installation focused on Norman Rockwell’s work with man’s best friends including original artworks, photographs, and archival materials that offer insights into his artistic goals and working methods. (Through November 11) Art Exhibit: War, Materials & Lies, Part 2 @ @ Time + Space, Hudson. The second in a series of exhibitions that focus on rethinking, remembering and reacting to a seemingly endless era of conflict. Featured artists include: John Cooley, Ryder Cooley, Janet Cooper, Ann Getsinger, Jen Harris, Christine Heller, Linda Horn, Berta Leone, Jack Millard, IR Mutt, Franc Palaia, Rob Ragaini, Peggy Reeves, Sam Sebren, Josh MacPhee, Peter Schumann, Earl Swanigan, Ed Smith, and Carlo Travaglia, Chris Stain, Kevin Caplicki, Molly Fair and others. (Through November 11) Opener 22: Whiting Tennis @ Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs. The first solo museum show for Seattle-based artist Whiting Tennis includes sculpture, painting, drawing, and collage from the past twelve years as well as several new paintings and outdoor sculptures. (Through December 30) I Myself Have Seen It: Photography and Kiki Smith @ The Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery, Saratoga Springs. The first comprehensive survey of photographic works by Kiki Smith, an artist best known for her sculpture, prints, and drawings, includes a series of installations incorporating large-scale photographs; photographic images realized in other media, such as prints and artist’s books; sculpture; video; and some 1,000 small snapshots running the length of the lower gallery walls. Opening reception: Saturday, October 15, 6-7:30pm. Artist dialogue: Thursday, November 3, 7pm. (Through December 30) 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) Sculpture in the Streets @ various locations, downtown Albany. They’re large, they’re stainless steel and they move in the wind: five kinetic sculptures by George Rickey are gracing the streets of downtown Albany. Here’s the map. You can read Get Visual’s review here. (Through March, 2012) Rising From the Sea: The Art of Jay Hall Connaway @ The Arkell Museum, Canajoharie. Works inspired by both the coastline of Monhegan Island and the landscape of Vermont by Impressionist painter Jay Connaway . (Through May 22, 2012) All Those Vanished Engines @ MASS Moca, North Adams. Inspired by a text commissioned from science fiction author and local North Adams resident Paul Park, Stephen Vitiello’s sound installation in MASS MoCA’s former Boiler Plant (a cavernous early 20th-century brick and steel building that stands separate from the main galleries) reimagines the space as cover for a secret, experimental project exploring the industrial production of sound. The installation includes 20 sources of sound from multiple locations throughout the building using sound recordings from both off and on-site. Jane Philbrick: The Expanded Field @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. An immersive 1.5-acre landscape consisting of a progressive sequence of site-specific elements, including The Asphalt Meadow, which transforms the back access road and disintegrating asphalt lots into a welcoming green space; The Rounds, made of rammed earth and dry stack stone; and The Body Pockets, planted with elfin thyme and cut into the diagonal slope of the three-tiered stonewall (formerly the foundation and retaining walls for a building razed in 2004.)