Opening:Four Painters @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. Mark Beard paints in the 1920s style of his imaginary gay great-uncle Bruce Sargeant, creating images of athletes in various stages of dress and undress. The late Joseph Richards painted functional objects, such as locomotives, cranes and anchors, in which he found beauty because of their color, texture and form. Jeff Briggs’ pointillist paintings explore the way that sound might be represented through color and rhythmic mark-making. Todd Germann was formally educated as an architect but is a completely self taught painter who creates ‘landscapes’ of texture and color. Opening reception: Saturday, June 2, 6-8pm. (Through July 8)
A Promising Venture: Shaker Photographs from the WPA @ Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield. Nearly 200 black and white photographs taken by Noel Vicentini in 1936 to document Shaker furniture, architecture and craft for a Works Progress Administration project of cataloging important American art. (Through October 26)
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Last Chance To See:Transmittal: The Airwaves as a Creative Medium @ GCCA Catskill Gallery, Catskill. An exhibition celebrating the interdisciplinary nature of transmission arts in video, sound, installation, performance and works-on-paper. Artists include Brett Ian Balough, Max Goldfarb, Maria Papadomanolaki, Sam Sebren and Phillip Stearns, with listening stations from Radio Arts Space and Radio Boredcast. (Through June 2) Donald Moffett: The Extravagant Vein @ The Tang, Saratoga Springs. An original member of ACT UP and the 1980s AIDS activist collective Gran Fury, Moffett has been a persistent and influential presence on the New York art scene; this first comprehensive survey of his work selects from nine important bodies of work that reveal his sustained political engagement and explore how he interrogates and blurs the definition of painting, incorporating nontraditional materials such as video and photography. (Through June 3) Stanley Whitney: Six Paintings @ Art OMI, Ghent. Geometric forms, both formal and playful on exhibit at The Charles B. Benenson Visitors Center and Gallery. (Through June 3)
Continuing:Mohawk Hudson Regional Invitational @ Albany Center Gallery, Albany. An exhibition showcasing the work of three participants of past Mohawk-Hudson Regional exhibits. Renee Iacone’s heavily textured ceramic sculptures are evocative of figures and ancient weapons. Nancy Van Deren’s abstract paintings are inspired by landscapes and the Color Field movement and offer unique and playful takes on color, form, and composition. Lynn Schwarzer’s large mural-like, monochromatic drawings bring to mind biology and evolution and are inspired by such issues as the politics of display and communication technology. (Through June 9) Rosemarie Schiller, Margi Weir and Ekaterina Smirnova @ Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, Blue Mountain Lake. Sculpture by Rosemarie Schiller, watercolor paintings by Ekaterina Smirnova and installation by Margi Weir. Closing reception: June 9th, 6:00 – 7:00pm (Through June 9) Donise English and Carmelo Midili @ Courthouse Gallery, Lake George. Encaustc paintings by Donise English and mixed media sculptures by Carmelo Midili. (Through June 15) Facing Change: Documenting America @ The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Facing Change a non-profit collective of writers and photojournalists that aims to pay tribute to and continue the work started by the Depression-era photojournalists, has enlisted artists – including two Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers – to record America’s current struggles. Photographers include David Burnett, Alan Chin, Debbie Fleming Caffery, Danny Wilcox Frazier, Stanley Greene, Brenda Ann Kenneally, Andrew Lichtenstein, Carlos Javier Ortiz, Lucian Perkins and Anthony Suau. (Through June 16) Paintings by Rosanna Bruno @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Also on display: sculpture by John Ruppert, installation by Debra Priestly, sculpture by Jean Apt, paintings by Martin Bromirksi, paintings by Mary Addison Hackett, collage by Suzanne Ulrich and paintings and sculpture by Heidi Pollard. (Through June 17) Call Me Melville @ Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield. Contemporary paintings by Paul Graubard and Rebecca Weinman in a show that coincides with the City of Pittsfield’s celebration honoring Herman Melville, whose house still stands and operates as a museum today. (Through June 17) 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) Micromorphic @ Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock. An exhibition focusing on biomorphic forms, including works by Jen Bradford, Jodi Colella, Laura Gurton, Constance Jacobson, Karen Kamenetzky and Susan Spencer Crowe. (Through June 17) 6,000 Miles of Portraits @ LOCAL, Lenox. In the spring of 2011, Molly and Aurélien de St André drove from Afghanistan to France in a 1966 Volkswagen minibus and documented their journey on an antique Afghan box camera. Read more about this exhibition at The Rogovoy Report. (Through June 22) Mark Haven: The Commute and Remi Thornton: From the Road @ Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson. It’s a car theme: Mark Haven’s photographs of the 350-mile stretch of highway between Rochester, where he taught photography, and New York City, where he resides, began as a way to deal with the tedium of the weekly commute. Remi Thornton wanders rural roads and deserted sections of town to create night photographs of isolated dwellings, municipal service buildings and decayed structures. (Through June 24) Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen: Life Observed Up-Close @ Arkell Museum, Canajoharie. Mark Adams’ large prints present single objects — a glass jar, cigar box or martini glass — at a size much bigger than real life. Beth Van Hoesen’s attention is more often focused on nature rather than manufactured or handmade objects. (Through June 24) Surface Tension @ Center for Photography at Woodstock. Photo-based works by 10 artists who establish new languages within photography wherein our notions of the “photographic” are challenged and expanded. Artists include: Marisa Baumgartner, Matthew Brandt, Christopher Colville, Megan Flaherty, Joseph Heidecker, Mark Lyon, Aspen Mays, Klea McKenna, Alison Rossiter, Paul Mpagi Sepuya and Brea Souders. (Through June 24) Jaime Rodriguez: The Nordic & Baltic Landscapes of Europe @ Clement Gallery, Troy. (Through June 27) M . . M . . M . . . . OIL! @ Time + Space, Hudson. An installation by Linda Mussmann, inspired by Melville’s “Moby Dick” and the world’s obsession with oil, and dedicated to Ken Saro-Wiwa, a prominent Nigerian journalist and activist. The TSL gallery has been painted an inky-sea blue and acts as a chalkboard for Mussmann’s drawings and text, with the muted lighting gives a feeling of underwater shadows and mystery. The images of an albino sperm whale, a 19th century woman, an Shell oil logo; and Ken Saro-Wiwa, to name a few, weave a story about our search for oil and some of its consequences. (Through June 30) Painting & Sculpture: Symphonies in Wood @ The West Kortright Centre, East Meredith. Works by Michael Milton. (Through July 6) Bryan David Griffith: In a Big World Wandering @ Galerie BMG, Woodstock. In his most recent series of photographs, Bryan David Griffith combines low-tech, large format equipment and the nineteenth-century platinum palladium printing process to create simple, dreamlike images that invite quiet contemplation. The photographs reveal glimpses of small, unknown figures, at various times mysterious, playful or even haunting. (Through July 9) A Shakespeare Accelerator: Experiments in Kinetic Language @ EMPAC, Troy. In this work-in-development for a permanent installation that will open at the Public Theater in New York later this year, New York City-based media artist Ben Rubin transforms EMPAC’s public interior into a laboratory of words and motion, projecting glowing white text from Shakespeare’s complete dramatic works onto walls, walkways, and other surfaces. (Through July 28) Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972-1987 @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. The first retrospective to present the wide-ranging work of the Chicano performance and conceptual art group Asco. (Through July 29) Great, Strange, and Rarely Seen @ Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany. As the title suggests, this exhibition showcases rarely displayed and wildly disparate items as Chinese lacquer, Japanese netsuke, eighteenth-century English porcelain statuettes, patent models, human hair jewelry, unusual clocks, a chronology of mirrors, women’s dresses, British and American pianos and folding fans. (Through August 26) COVET: Art + Objects @ Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield.An exhibition of homage: curators Leslie Ferrin and Sienna Patti invited artists to visit museums, talk to curators, and find inspiration, and then to riff on the works that inspired them. (Through September 2) Jennifer + Kevin McCoy: Index @ EMPAC, Troy. An EMPAC-commissioned public art installation by Rensselaer Arts alumni Jennifer and Kevin McCoy consisting of multiple sculptures filmed via small, live cameras. Inspired by a J.G. Ballard short story called The Index, the resulting video projection, as well as the models, will appear throughout EMPAC’s public spaces during an extended residency with the artists. (Through September 29) 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.) Open seasonally May through October. All Utopias Fell @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Michael Oatman’s ambitious vision re-purposes an Airstream trailer into a crashed satellite, complete with parachutes and solar panels.(Through October) Liz Whitney Quisgard: Kaleidoscope @ The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. In this exhibition featuring paintings, sculptures and fiber wall hangings, Liz Whitney Quisgard uses an exuberant palette to produce intricate geometric patterns comprised of marks placed in a mesmerizing array of triangles, spirals, lines and circles. (Through October 21) All Those Vanished Engines @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. A layered sound installation by sound artist Stephen Vitiello created especially for the MASS MoCA boiler house, a relic from the industrial past of the site that was once used to heat the factory buildings that now make up the museum. (Through November 4) Clark Remix @ The Clark, Williamstown. A salon-style installation of works from The Clark’s permanent collection, including some 80 paintings, 20 sculptures and 300 examples of decorative arts. Visitors will be able to create their own “curatorial remix” of the collection through an interactive project called uCurate, available in the gallery and on the Clark’s website and can then submit them to a gallery that will be featured at clarkart.edu. The Clark’s curatorial team will regularly review the submissions, and will select the best of these for exhibitions that will be presented at the Clark. (Through Jan. 1, 2014) Anna Betbeze: New Work @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Using Greek Flokati carpets as a ground for a mix of pigments that range from brilliant to muddy, Anna Betbeze creates unexpectedly textural paintings that verge on the sculptural. (Through January 1, 2013) Making Room: The Space Between Two & Three Dimension @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Works by an international group of artists who combine two- and three-dimensional media in a single work using a marriage of new technology with more hand-crafted or out-of-date processes. By using traditional or analog media, these artists reflect a shared yearning for deceleration in the digital age and nostalgia for simpler technologies. Artists include Daniel Arsham and Jonah Bokaer, Dawn Clements, Inci Eviner, Claire Harvey, Laleh Khorramian, Kakyoung Lee, Chloë Østmo, Laura Riboli, and Luke Stettner.(Through January 2, 2013) Invisible Cities @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Titled after Italo Calvino’s beloved book – which imagines Marco Polo’s vivid descriptions of numerous cities of a fading empire to Kublai Khan – the exhibition features the work of ten diverse artists who re-imagine urban landscapes both familiar and fantastical, exploring how our perceptions of place are shaped by personal influences as diverse as memory, desire, and loss, as well as by cultural forces such as history and the media. The show includes work by Lee Bul, Carlos Garaicoa, and Sopheap Pich, as well as major new commissions by Diana Al Hadid, Francesco Simeti, Miha Strukelj, and local artists Kim Faler and Mary Lum. (Through March 1, 2013) Oh, Canada @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. The largest survey of contemporary Canadian art ever produced outside Canada, this show features work by more than 60 artists who hail from every province and nearly every territory in the country, spanning multiple generations and working in all media. (Through April 1, 2013)