What a weekend for art lovers! Tonight, DownStreet Art takes over North Adams. Tomorrow is Troy Night Out in downtown Troy and this weekend NADA Hudson and The Hudson Independent Artists Trail take over all of downtown Hudson.
MCLA Gallery 51 is presenting “Meet Me in the Middle of the Air,” a solo exhibition of new work by local artist Sean Riley that feature paintings, drawings, and works constructed from fabric. Riley’s recent work derives from a project he embarked on in response to the 2008 loss of his father in which he created a quilt from his father’s clothes. Riley’s ultimate goal with the project is to eventually use his father’s entire wardrobe to create an extensive body of work. (Through August 26)
The Jarvis Rockwell Gallery will open “The Toy as Art,” an exhibit brings together the work of both local and regional “custom” toy makers. Artists on view: Bob Conge, Bryan Collins, Danielle Christensen, C. Ryder Cooley, Jason Martinez, Sarah Martinez, and Todd Robertson, among others.
studio21south opens “Black and White (more or less)” featuring paintings, drawings, and prints in generally, if not exclusively, a monotone mood, including woodblock prints and engravings by Frank Curran, a series of charcoal streetscape drawings by Bob Lafond and an installation of 150 drawings by Karen Walter. Urban nocturnes and other paintings by Thor Wickstrom will also be on view.
The Hudson Independent Artists Trail takes over downtown Hudson this weekend with a self-guided tour of artist open studios, pop-up galleries and more. At Henry Hudson Studios, there’ll be a communal installation by Hudson-area artists and a large group exhibition of artworks, as well as a performance by Brian Dewan on Saturday at 7pm.
Also on tap: NADA Hudson @ Basilica Hudson. A site-specific showcase of contemporary sculpture, installation and video featuring 48 artist projects in and around the Basilica.
And if that’s not enough, the inaugural exhibition for CR10, a new gallery and performance space in Linlithgo, opens with a reception on Saturday, July 28 from 4-6pm with an exhibition featuring a dozen visual artists as well as readings by novelist Maggie Estep and memoirist Richard Boch and a performance by New York City underground-rock duo Aliens.Laura Von Roak: Antartica @ Clement Gallery, Troy. An exhibition of new work from a series depicting interpretations of the Antarctic landscape by painter Laura Von Roak, who travelled to Antarctica last fall to assist biologist Dr. Sam Bowser and his research team. Opening reception: Friday, July 27, 6-9pm as part of Troy Night Out. (Through August 29) Hudson Light and Electric @ J Damiani Gallery, Hudson. Photographer Joan Damiani explores the tonal contrasts of sunlight and twilight on the natural character of the city of Hudson. Opening reception: Saturday, July 28, 5-8pm. (Through August 31) Fence Select and Playland @ The Arts Center, Troy. The artwork in the Fence Select exhibition has been chosen by juror Jim Richard Wilson from the 511 works exhibited in the recent Fence Salon. Playland is a solo exhibition by collagist Niki Haynes, the recipient of the 2011 Fence Salon President’s Award, in which she explores human nature through themes of consumerism, cultural boundaries, and gender roles. Opening reception: Friday, July 27, 5-9pm as part of Troy Night Out. (Through August 31) Esoteric Kitsch, Part II @ Limner Gallery, Hudson. Oil paintings by Hawk Alfredson. Opening reception: Saturday, July 28, 5-7pm. (Through August 26)
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)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) 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) 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) 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) Sports! A Rockwell Celebration @ The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. Though not necessarily a sportsman himself, Norman Rockwell was frequently called upon to create images celebrating our national love of athletics, from baseball, the Great American Pastime, to football, fishing, basketball, boxing and bicycle-riding.(Through October 28) 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, 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) 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) 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) Terry Adkins: Recital @ The Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery, Saratoga Springs. a selection of work from the past thirty years by artist and musician Terry Adkins, who stages installation-based experiences that activate architecture, sculpture, video and photography with live happenings. Also on view is Dance/Draw, a large group show that examines the blurring of formal distintions between media. (Through December 2) 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. 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) Rethink! American Indian Art @ The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. Contemporary works in a range of media and techniques, from video installations, contemporary basketry, and beadwork to ceramics, sculpture, and glass, by accomplished artists Marcus Amerman, Jeremy Frey, Teri Greeves, Diego Romero, Preston Singletary and Bently Spang. The exhibition also will include historic Native American art objects from Berkshire Museum’s permanent collections. (Through January 6, 2012) 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) 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)