ArtBeat: What To See


Opening:

Downstreet Art kicks off tonight in North Adams at 5pm.

Downstreet Art kicks off tonight in North Adams at 5pm. Shown above: a mural by Muralismo Publico at the back of the Mohawk Theater parking lot and Victoria Palermo's Bus Stand, a permanent installation on Main Street.

Shards by Virginia Vergara @ Marshall Street Space, Vs. by Ven Voisey @ MCLA Gallery 51, photojournalist Gillian Jones @ The Transcript Gallery

Shards by Virginia Vergara @ Marshall Street Space, Vs. by Ven Voisey @ MCLA Gallery 51, photojournalist Gillian Jones @ The Transcript Gallery

Downstreet Art @ Downtown North Adams. The last-Thursday-of-the-month city-wide summer celebration takes over North Adams tonight with 15 exhibition openings, 5 performances, 2 ribbon cuttings, specials at local businesses… and more. Various times and locations – here’s the schedule.

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Field photograph of Igbo Ogbodo Enyi masker dancing before audience in Enyigba Izzi @ Williams College Museum of Art

Field photograph of Igbo Ogbodo Enyi masker dancing before audience in Enyigba Izzi @ Williams College Museum of Art

Power Runs in Man Channels: Diversity in Nigerian Art @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. An exhibition that highlight the artistry of the Igbo and Yoruba people, the most populous ethnic groups whose artwork is widely collected by American museums, as well as artworks by smaller, less well-known cultures such as the Mumuye and Jukun peoples. (Through October 21)

Photographs by Seneca Ray Stoddard @ The New York State Museum

Photographs by Seneca Ray Stoddard @ The New York State Museum

Seneca Ray Stoddard: Capturing the Adirondacks @ The New York State Museum, Albany. Works by Adirondack photographer and conservationist Seneca Ray Stoddard, who was instrumental in the establishment of the “forever wild” Adirondack Park, including over 100 of his photographs, an Adirondack guideboat, freight boat, camera, copies of his books and several of his paintings. (Through February 24, 2012)

Works by Tom Patti @ The Berkshire Museum

Works by Tom Patti @ The Berkshire Museum

Commissioned works by Tom Patti @ The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. Site-specific artworks in glass by Pittsfield native Tom Patti. Also on view: “Echoes in Space,” featuring ideas, inspirations and maquettes that were part of the creative process for the commissioned works. Gala celebration: Friday, June 29, 6pm. Community Day (free admission all day): June 30.

The Billboard Art Project will open on Monday, July 2

The Billboard Art Project will open on Monday, July 2

Billboard Art Project @ Fuller Road and Cherry Street, Albany. Works by 70 artists displayed on a digital billboard. (Monday, July 2 – Sunday, July 15) In conjunction with this project, Guilding the Collapse @ Collar Works, Troy, features eighteen artists who have previously exhibited works with the Billboard Art Project. Opening reception: Friday, June 29, 5-9pm. (Through July 20)

Fran Forman: Miele’s Dream @ Davis Orton Gallery

Fran Forman: Miele’s Dream @ Davis Orton Gallery

Nadine Boughton and Fran Forman @ Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson. Two artists working in photo collage: Nadine Boughton’s “True Adventures in Better Homes” juxtoposes images from 1950’s and early 1960’s issues of men’s adventure magazines and Better Homes and Gardens, while Fran Forman’s dreamlike and surreal “The Alchemy of Memory” merges photography with painting. Also on view: portfolios by Suzanne Gonsalez-Smith and Julie Brook Alexander. Reception: Saturday, June 30, 6-8pm. (Through July 29)

Works by Scott Nelson Foster @ Clement Art Gallery

Works by Scott Nelson Foster @ Clement Art Gallery

Flatland: The Suburban Landscape in Watercolor @ Clement Art Gallery, Troy. Photo-realistic watercolor paintings by Scott Nelson Foster. Opening reception: Friday June 29, 6-9pm. (Through July 25)


Last Chance To See:

Works by Linda Mussman @ Time + Space

Works by Linda Mussman @ Time + Space

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)

James Jahrsdoerfer:  Deluge 2011 @ Limner Gallery

James Jahrsdoerfer: Deluge 2011 @ Limner Gallery

Arte Natura @ Limner Gallery, Hudson. The natural world as interpreted in contemporary works in traditional and eclectic styles in all media by 28 regional, national and international artists. (Through June 30)

Paintings by Connie Bush and Marina Petro @ Flores Gallery`

Paintings by Connie Bush and Marina Petro @ Flores Gallery

Freedom @ Flores Fine Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Works by Marina Petro, Connie Bush, Francine Stuart, Mary Frances Millet and Chelsea Bard. (Through June 30)

Michael Milton: "Painture I @ The West Kortright Centre

Michael Milton: "Painture I @ The West Kortright Centre

Painting & Sculpture: Symphonies in Wood @ The West Kortright Centre, East Meredith. Works by Michael Milton. (Through July 6)


Continuing:

Mark Beard (as Bruce Sargeant):  Picnic on a Hill @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Mark Beard (as Bruce Sargeant): Picnic on a Hill @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

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. (Through July 8)

Photographs by Scott Nammacher @ The Hudson Opera House

Photographs by Scott Nammacher @ The Hudson Opera House

Treasures of Hudson Valley’s Night Sky @ Hudson Opera House, Hudson. A photographic exhibition of nebulas, galaxies, and other treasures of the night time sky taken from the local private observatory of amateur astrophotographer Scott Nammacher. (Through July 8)

Photographs by Bryan David Griffith @ Galerie BMG

Photographs by Bryan David Griffith @ Galerie BMG

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)

Pamela Cardwell: LES 4 @ John Davis Gallery

Pamela Cardwell: LES 4 @ John Davis Gallery

Pamela Cardwell: Paintings @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Also on display: sculpture by John Ruppert, Gregory Whyte and Debra Priestly; paintings by Geoffrey Owen Miller, Henry Coupe and Yura Adams; and installation by Debra Priestly. (Through July 15)

Works by Jessica Burke @ Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts

Works by Jessica Burke @ Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts

Better Than the Real Thing, Kaleidoscopic Arrest, The Geography of Landscapes and Crossroads@ The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, Blue Mountain Lake. Better Than the Real Thing is a series of portrait drawings by Jessica Burke that allows the sitter to assume the identity of a fictional character from popular culture that was particularly influential during their formative years. Kaleidoscopic Arrest is comprised of mixed media paintings by John Nelson that explore tension and release via design and color. The Geography of Landscapes shows works in mixed media and digital collage by Allyn Stewart that examine a visual relationship between landscape, maps, geography and becoming lost. Crossroads is an exhibit of Inguna Gremzde’s miniature oil paintings placed inside standardized plastic bottle caps. Gallery reception: Saturday, July 21, 5:30-7pm. (Through July 21)

Ben Rubin: A Shakespeare Accelerator: Experiments in Kinetic Language @ EMPAC

Ben Rubin: A Shakespeare Accelerator: Experiments in Kinetic Language @ EMPAC

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)

Works by Jake Messing,  Charles Steckler  and  Daniel Brody @ Saratoga Arts Center

Works by Jake Messing, Charles Steckler and Daniel Brody @ Saratoga Arts Center

Dreamscape @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Surreal and fantastic works of the unconscious by Jake Messing, Charles Steckler and Daniel Brody. (Through July 28)

Harry Gamboa, Jr. : Asco, The Gores  @ Williams College Museum of Art

Harry Gamboa, Jr.: Asco, The Gores @ Williams College Museum of Art

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)

Works by Kayla Corby and Myrna Lieb Citron @ Good Purpose Gallery

Works by Kayla Corby and Myrna Lieb Citron @ Good Purpose Gallery

Charcoal and Stone @ Good Purpose Gallery, Lee. Studies in light and shadow with works in charcoal by Kayla Corby and carved stone sculptures by Myrna Lieb Citron. Also on view in the annex are drawings and paintings by Judith Koppel. (Through July 30)

Yuta Ishino: #534 and Eric Laffer: Digital Atmosphere @ The Laffer Gallery

Yuta Ishino: #534 and Eric Laffer: Digital Atmosphere @ The Laffer Gallery

SoHo Artists @ The Laffer Gallery, Schuylerville. The gallery’s inaugural exhibit features a group show by Tracy Silva Barbosa, Guillermo Barreto, Erik Laffer and Yuta Ishino. (Through August 7)

Great, Strange, and Rarely Seen @ Albany Institute of History and Art

Great, Strange, and Rarely Seen @ Albany Institute of History and Art

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)

Michelle Erickson: Deep Water Squirrels and Kip O'Krongly: Space Race Teapot @ Ferrin Gallery

Michelle Erickson: Deep Water Squirrels and Kip O'Krongly: Space Race Teapot @ Ferrin Gallery

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)

Civilian Official and Military Officer, Tang Dynasty @ The Clark

Civilian Official and Military Officer, Tang Dynasty @ The Clark

Unearthed: Recent Archaeological Discoveries from Northern China @ The Clark, Williamstown. A selection of antiquities recently excavated from three separate ancient tombs in the Shanxi and Gansu Provinces. The centerpiece of this exhibition is a monumental fifth-century stone sarcophagus in the form of a traditional Chinese house measuring nearly 8 ft. x 12 ft. and weighing more than 10 tons. (Through October 21)

Also on view: Through Shên-kan: Sterling Clark in China, an exhibition of original equipment and artifacts used during Sterling Clark’s 1908-9 expedition to northern China as well as historical documents, photographs and samples of specimens collected by the naturalists who were a part of the expedition. Also, Then & Now: Photographs of Northern China, a presentation of historical photographs from Sterling Clark’s 1908-9 expedition, complemented by photographs of the same scenes captured by Chinese photographer Li Ju 100 years later. (Through September 16)

Photographs by Doug Stalker and Bea DaSilva @ The Berkshire Museum

Photographs by Doug Stalker and Bea DaSilva @ The Berkshire Museum

The BIG Picture: Berkshire Museum Camera Club 75th Anniversary Exhibition @ The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. An exhibition of large-scale photographs, covering a wide range of topics and techniques, by members of the Berkshire Museum Camera Club to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the club. (Through September 16)

Works by Jennifer + Kevin McCoy @ EMPAC

Works by Jennifer + Kevin McCoy @ EMPAC

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)

Photographs by Noel Vicentini @ Hancock Shaker Village

Photographs by Noel Vicentini @ Hancock Shaker Village

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)

Works by Howard Pyle @ The Norman Rockwell Museum

Works by Howard Pyle @ The Norman Rockwell Museum

Howard Pyle: American Master Rediscovered @ The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. Paintings, drawings, prints, and archival materials make up this first comprehensive, critical assessment of the influential artist who is often referred to as the grandfather of American illustration. (Through October 28)

Jane Philbrick: The Expanded Field @ MASS MoCA

Jane Philbrick: The Expanded Field @ MASS MoCA

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.

Michael Oatman: All Utopias Fell

Michael Oatman: All Utopias Fell @ MASS MoCA

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)

Works by Liz Whitney Quisgard @ Berkshire Museum

Works by Liz Whitney Quisgard @ Berkshire Museum

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

All Those Vanished Engines @ MASS MoCA

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)

Dimitri Hadzi: Thermoplae, Jonathan Seliger: Grand Carriage and Lewis de Soto: Imperial America @ Art Omi

Dimitri Hadzi: Thermoplae, Jonathan Seliger: Grand Carriage and Lewis de Soto: Imperial America @ Art Omi

The Fields Sculpture Park Annual Exhibition Opening @ Art Omi, Ghent. Ten new works by noted artists join the nearly 70 contemporary sculptures on view throughout the sculpture park.

François-Joseph Navez: Musical Group @ The Clark

François-Joseph Navez: Musical Group @ The Clark

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)

Works by Anna Betbeze @ MASS MoCA

Works by Anna Betbeze @ MASS MoCA

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 Dimensions @ MASS MoCA

Making Room: The Space Between Two & Three Dimensions @ MASS MoCA

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

Diana Al-Hadid Gradiva: Fourth Wall, part of Invisible Cities @ MASS MoCA

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)

Andrea Mortson (NB), You Are Loved @ MASS MoCA

Andrea Mortson: You Are Loved @ MASS MoCA

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)

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