The show includes the photograph, “River Journey,” which Ripley created by shooting in onto a negative that is 100 feet long and 2 feet high, spooled across a giant 19th century brass lens. About 75 feet long, “River Journey” is a record of an exposure in a giant camera mounted on a boat traveling down a river.
Artist talk: Monday, November 7, 5:30pm. (Through November 27)Eco*Topia 2011 @ The Lark Street BID, Albany. Artist Thomas D’Ambrose in a solo show of his joyful eco primitive artworks. Opening reception: Friday, November 4, 5-9pm (Albany First Friday). John MacDonald: Williamstown Landscapes @ Harrison Gallery, Williamstown. >John MacDonald’s “digital woodcuts:” the images are first created by brush and hand, painted in black and white, and then scanned. Following traditional woodcut techniques, color is added by creating various layers, but in a software painting program. The prints are created in the studio on an Epson archival printer. Opening reception: Saturday, Nov. 5, 5-7pm. (Through November 30)
The Birding Life @ Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield. A group exhibition of art in all media by various artists who use bird imagery as implied or symbolic references including those featured in the book “The Birding Life: A Passion for Birds at Home and Afield” (Clarkson Potter Publishers). Evocative and powerful, the marvelous beauty of the bird has long inspired artists to honor them in their artwork. Artists include Leonard Baskin, Chris Berti, Michael Boroniec, Morgan Bulkeley, Bernadette Curran, Walton Ford, Paul Graubard, Molly Hatch, Christy Hengst, Giselle Hicks, Jason Houston, Matthew Metz, Melanie Mowinski, Lynn Peterfreund, Gregory Scheckler, Cassandra Sohn, Ven Voisey and Red Weldon Sandlin. (Through December 3)A Resolution of the Arts and Sciences @ Schick Gallery, Saratoga Springs. An exhibition of work by Skidmore students, faculty, and alumni exploring connections between the disciplines of art, science, and technology. (Through December 4) Are We Having Art Yet? @ BCB Art, Hudson. Selected drawings 1978-2011 by Bill Griffith, creator of the syndicated comic strip Zippy The Pinhead, published daily by over 200 newspapers and websites. (Through December 4) Draw Me A Story @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. Originating from the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, California, an exhibit of works by 41 artists presents both unique works of art and thirteen books in a journey through the history of children’s book illustrators and illustration techniques. Among the award-winning artist/illustrators included in the exhibition are Randolph Caldecott, Jules Feiffer, Kate Greenaway, Sarah Noble Ives, Maurice Sendak, William Steig, and Chris Van Allsburg. (Through December 4) David Gerbstadt: Recent Works @ Viewpoint Gallery, Schenectady. David Gerbstadt has been immersed in making art all his life, and not even being hit and nearly killed by a tractor trailer four years ago is slowing him down. (Through December 9) After School Special: The 2011 Alumni Show @ University Art Museum, University at Albany. A large, wide-ranging exhibit of over 100 works by 72 alumni artists including Serdar Arat, Justin Baker, Donald Bartholomay, Liz Blum, Andrew Boardman, Roberto Bocci, Judith Braun, Luca Buvoli, Christian Carson, Brian Caverly, James Charlton, Brian Cirmo, Dawn Clements, Gigi Cohen, Colleen Cox, Page Darrow, Linda Dennis, Sara Di Donato, Alex Dunwoodie, Nancy Engel, Benjamin Entner, Anthony Faiola, Abraham Ferraro, Maryann Ficker, Tara Fracalossi, Randall Friedman, J.C. Garrett, Michael Gaynes, Rakefet Gilad, Ben Godward, Allen Grindle, Gwen Gugell, John Hampshire, Israel Hershberg, Doug Holst, Aaron Holz, Judith Hugentobler, Kim Hugo, Marta Jaremko, Peter Jogo, Gayle Johnson, Larry Kagan, Adrienne Klein, Thomas Lail, Jude Lewis, P. Lipman, Phil Lonergan, Ingrid Ludt, Mark Miller, Sanford Mirling, Gerri Moore, Brant Moorefield, Lillian Mulero, Gail Nadeau, Michael Oatman, Matthew Peebles, Steven Perkins, Ken Ragsdale, Tom Richard, G.G. Roberts, Lou Schellenberg, Michael Schuetz, Sandra Scolnik, David Shapiro, Rebecca Shepard, Jackie Skrzynski, Bruce Stiglich, Susan Stuart, Jake Winiski, Ann Wolf, Michele Wright, and Allen Yates Lecture and book signing by curator Ken Johnson: Monday, November 7, 7pm. (Through December 10) Ten Years: Remembering 9/11 @ The Atrium Gallery, College of Saint Rose, Albany. On the heels of her recently published book, Ten Years: Remembering 9/11 (reviewed here and here), photographer Marie Triller exhibits 10 prints, one from each year of her annual pilgramage to photograph the site of the Twin Towers on the anniversary of 9/11. (Through December 11) Mark McCarty: Skin @ Opalka Gallery, Albany. Black and white photographs spanning 26 years by noted area photographer Mark McCarty in an exhibit accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with essays by Phyllis Galembo and Lyle Rexer. Opens Sunday, October 30. Reception: Friday, November 4, 5-9pm with an artist guided tour at 7pm. (Through December 11) Media Nodes @ The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Award-winning photographer Sean Hemmerle, in collaboration with the Columbia Journalism Review, took his camera into newsrooms around the country to investigate the interior landscape of a news industry in transition. (Through December 16) 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) Dwell @ Contemporary Artists Center, Troy. Site-specific works that examine the intersection between art and the built environment with works by The Bridge Club, Timothy Buwalda, Peter Edwards, Brian Kane, Helena Slosar and Alex Young. Co-curated by Leah Rico and Michael Oatman, the exhbition touches on themes as diverse as dreamed utopias, the traces left behind by history, virtual place-marking, environmental stimuli, architecture, and sustainability. A series of related talks, films and events happen throughout the length of the exhibition. 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. Artist dialogue: Thursday, November 3, 7pm. (Through December 30) Living Walls @ various locations, Albany. While the conference is over, the murals live on. Sebastien recounts the story of the one on his house. Masters on Main Street (Round 3) @ Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill. Ten storefront installations pop up along Catskill’s Main Street with participation from students and alumni of the San Francisco Art Institute, New York University’s Steinert School of the Arts, East Carolina University, SUNY New Paltz, University of Massachusetts Amherst, The College of Saint Rose, Cal Arts, Hunter College and Columbia University. (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) 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.)