ArtBeat: What To See
Opening:Taking Flight: Audubon and the World of Birds @ The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. An exhibition that centers on John James Audubon and his passion for birds, which drove him to create The Birds of America, a revolutionary work of science and art that launched his reputation as the world’s most renowned wildlife artist (Through June 17)
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Continuing:Occupy UAG @ Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. A group show of works inspired by the OCCUPY Movement. (Through January 27) Charles Lindsay: CARBON @ Center for Photography at Woodstock. A multimedia installation by Charles Lindsay built around a hybrid camera-less process he invented using a unique carbon based emulsion that he electrifies, freezes and manipulates. The highly detailed negatives are scanned at high resolution, digitally processed and then printed or animated. A similar analog to digital transformation occurs in his sound works, beginning with field recordings he gathers in remote environments and then processes. (Through January 29) Dionisio Cortes @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. A solo show of paintings composed of two distinctive bodies of work: “the sky series” which revisits a series of sky paintings executed after the 9/11 events, and “the pattern series”, that further develops an ongoing conversation between pattern, form and space. (Through January 29) Carol Aust @ Harrison Gallery, Williamstown. Aust’s figurative paintings are emotionally-charged narrative fragments infused with mysterious tension and secrecy. She often places her figures in precarious environments where anything could happen. (Through January 31) Awash In Color @ Albany Barn, Albany. Watercolors by Judy Haller-D’Angelo, Charles DeMarco, Mary Frances Millet and Ruby Silvious. (Through January 31) Rembrandt and Degas: Two Young Artists @ The Clark, Williamstown. A selection of portraits by the two great masters, this first-time exploration of Rembrandt’s influence on Degas will present portraits by both artists side-by-side. (Through February 5) Gallery Selections: Group Show of Featured Artists @ Galerie BMG, Woodstock. A group exhibition of work by photographers featured at the gallery over the last several years on rotating display featuring Angela Bacon-Kidwell, Alyson Belcher, Rita Bernstein, Lynn Bianchi, Dan Burkholder, Brigitte Carnochan, Joy Goldkind, Jessica M. Kaufman, Kim Kauffman, Leah Macdonald and Kamil Vojnar.(Through February 6) Sing the Tune Without the Words @ Martinez Gallery, Troy. Paintings by Willie Marlowe and neon sculptures by Pietro Costa along with prints by Depetris, Hofmann, Lohner, Malin, Mehlman, Skerritt, Perez, Tatara, Tolmie, Tracy-Manilow and West. (Through February 10) Curious George Saves The Day: The Art of Margret and H. A. Rey @ , Stockbridge. Featuring nearly 80 original drawings and preparatory dummies for Margret and H. A. Rey’s books and documentation related to their escape from Nazi-occupied Europe, the exhibition will examine the parallels between the obstacles the Reys faced and the drawings that may have saved their lives. (Through February 5) Split Infinitive @ Hudson Opera House, Hudson. Paintings and drawings that hover between figuration and abstraction. (Through Feburary 12) Art Inspires Art @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. Union College visual arts faculty exhibition, with works by Martin Benjamin,Chris Duncan, Walter Hatke, Fernando Orellana, Charles Steckler and Sandra Wimer. (Through February 22) Tranquil Power: The Art of Perle Fine @ Opalka Gallery, Albany. Active in the modern art scene from the 1930’s until the year of her passing in 1988, abstract expressionist painter Perle Fine explored and reworked several abstract styles and ideas. (Through February 26) Norman Rockwell and the Ghost of Dickens @ The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. This celebration of the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth will feature original Rockwell artworks inspired by the literary giant’s contributions, which were among the artist’s favorite books. (Through March 4) 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) Pop Up! The Magical World of Moveable Books @ The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. From the collection of Barbara and Bernard Shapiro, this exhibition of the history and wonder of pop-up books features diverse genres, from whimsy and fantasy to the worlds of art, history and science. Published books by the Munich-based illustrator Lothar Meggandorfer (1847-1925), multi-media artist Red Grooms, and pop-up masters Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart will be on view with selected original illustrations. (Through April 22) African Americans and the American Scene, 1929-1945 @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. An exhibition exploring the role of African Americans in the visual and performing arts during the Great Depression featuring Thomas Hart Benton, Walker Evans, Robert Gwathmey, Dorothea Lange, Aaron Siskind, and Marion Post Wolcott. Artwork by African American artists Samuel Brown, Jacob Lawrence, and William H. Johnson will highlight the ways that black artists engaged with the American Scene movement. The visual art from the 30s and 40s will be paired with Barbara Morgan’s photographs of African American modern dancer Pearl Primus and artistic storyboards from the film Emperor Jones, starring Paul Robeson. (Through April 22) 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) Bryan Nash Gill: Beyond The Landscape @ Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. Abstract sculptures, works on paper, and installations inspired by the natural world. (Through May 28) 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.)