ArtBeat: What To See

Arts Walk Alert! Tomorrow (Friday) is Pittsfield First Fridays Artswalk in downtown Pittsfield and Albany First Friday in downtown Albany.


Opening:

Maggie Mailer: You Can't Get There from Here and Kip O'Krongly: Nuclear Cake Stand With Cage @ Ferrin Gallery

Maggie Mailer: You Can’t Get There from Here and Kip O’Krongly: Nuclear Cake Stand With Cage @ Ferrin Gallery

Maggie Mailer: The Starry Outpost @ Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield. The Starry Outpost is a collection of new paintings and drawings depicting locations, characters, maps, and plots from an imaginary novel in which a group of 18th century aristocrats and end-time enthusiasts prepare for their final moment by frolicking in regal gardens, awaiting deliverance to a distant star paradise called The Starry Outpost. Also on view is Kip O’Krongly: Layered Meanings, a solo exhibition of studio pottern and sculptural objects. Opening reception: Saturday, August 4, 4-6pm. (Through September 2)

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Works by Ed Cowley @ Albany Center Gallery

Works by Ed Cowley @ Albany Center Gallery

Ed Cowley: Then and Now @ Albany Center Gallery. A solo exhibition by painter and stained-glass artist Ed Cowley best known for his landscape paintings of simple houses and scenes in Altamont, which combine nostalgia and tranquility with an appreciation for geometric lines and details. Opening reception: Friday, August 3, 5-9pm. (Through August 31)

The Clothes Project @ Salem Art Works

The Clothes Project @ Salem Art Works

The Clothes Project @ Salem Art Works. Melissa Sclafani’s investigation into the personal connection people have with their wardrobe and the sentimental value placed on clothes tied to memories. Also on view is “White Creek,” a three-screen film installation by John Yost, a preview of his forthcoming full-length feature film of the same name. Artist reception: Saturday, August 4, 3-6pm. (Through August 28)

con.struct @ Saratoga Arts

con.struct @ Saratoga Arts

Con.struct @ Saratoga Arts Center. A group exhibition of artists who use their ideas, concepts and perceptions to build visual realities that otherwise would not exist without their mind’s eye. Curated by Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison. Opening reception: Friday, August 3, 6-8pm. (Through September 29)

Karen Halverson: Dickinson, North Dakota @ Davis Orton Gallery

Karen Halverson: Dickinson, North Dakota @ Davis Orton Gallery

Karen Halverson @ Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson. Recent landscape photographs of North and South Dakota. Also on view are portfolios by Stephen Strom and Robin Dana. Artist’s reception: Saturday, August 4, 6-8pm. (Through August 2)

Robert Schechter: American Fauve  The Good Purpose Gallery

Robert Schechter: American Fauve The Good Purpose Gallery

Robert Schechter: American Fauve @ The Good Purpose Gallery, Lee. A solo show of vibrant, colorful abstract paintings. Opening Reception: Friday, August 3, 6-8pm. (Through September 17)


Last Chance To See:

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.

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)

Jennifer Trask: Limb @ Sienna Patti Contemporary

Jennifer Trask: Limb @ Sienna Patti Contemporary

Covet @ Sienna Patti Contemporary, Lenox. A group exhibition with contemporary artists inspired by museum collections and conversations about content, context, social history and patronage. Artists include: Suzanne Beautyman, Melanie Bilenker, Helen Britton, Doug Bucci, Lauren Fensterstock, Warwick Freeman, Caroline Gore, Benjamin Lignel, Iris Niewenburg, Emiko Oye, Seth Papac,, Aaron Stephans, Jennifer Trask, Tanel Veenre, Jonathan Wahl, Francis Willemstijn and Bill Wright. (Through August 8)

Works by Martin Myers, Liz Parsons and John Whipple @ Courthouse Gallery

Works by Martin Myers, Liz Parsons and John Whipple @ Courthouse Gallery

WAY UP State @ Courthouse Gallery, Lake George. A group exhibition of emerging and established artists working in northern New York, including Dave Beck, Ken Brzozowski, Alexis Grabowski, Clea Hall, Deb Hall, Liz Howe, David Kvam, Martin Myers, Liz Parsons, David Powell, Lara Sorensen, Nicholas Warner, John Whipple and Vincent Woolley. (Through August 10)

Works by David Mazure and Elizabeth Snipes @ Lapham Gallery

Works by David Mazure and Elizabeth Snipes @ Lapham Gallery

State of Flux @ Laphan Gallery, Glens Falls. Installations by David Mazure and paintings by Elizabeth Snipes. (Through August 10)


Continuing:

Louise Fishman: Blue For You @ John Davis Gallery

Louise Fishman: Blue For You @ John Davis Gallery

Works by Louise Fishman @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Recent paintings, drawings and prints by Louise Fishman in the main galleries. Also on display in the Sculpture Garden and the Carriage House are works by Leonid Lerman, Linnea Paskow, Priscilla Derven, Brenda Goodman and Lisa Sanders. (Through August 12)

Geoffrey Moss: Blue Icebar @ Lauren Clark Fine Art

Geoffrey Moss: Blue Icebar @ Lauren Clark Fine Art

Pop Art: New Drawings and Paintings by Geoffrey Moss @ Lauren Clark Fine Art, Housatonic. A tribute to that all-American icon, The Popsicle, in all flavors and conditions. (Through August 13)

Works by Angela Bacon-Kidwell @ Galerie BMG

Works by Angela Bacon-Kidwell @ Galerie BMG

Angela Bacon-Kidwell: Traces of Existence @ Galerie BMG, Woodstock. A solo exhibition of intensely personal, abstract works featuring a complex layering of hand painted photographs, drawings and resin to create each image. (Through August 20)

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)

Paintings by Hawk Alfredson @ Limner Gallery

Paintings by Hawk Alfredson @ Limner Gallery

Esoteric Kitsch, Part II @ Limner Gallery, Hudson. Oil paintings by Hawk Alfredson. (Through August 26)

(left) Sean Riley: Eulogy @ MCLA Gallery 51;  (right) a custom toy made by Todd Robertson @ Jarvis Rockwell Gallery

(left) Sean Riley: Eulogy @ MCLA Gallery 51;
(right) a custom toy made by Todd Robertson @ Jarvis Rockwell Gallery

DownStreet Art @ Downtown North Adams. Meet Me in the Middle of the Air @ MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams. A solo exhibition of new work by local artist Sean Riley that features 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 Toy as Art @ The Jarvis Rockwell Gallery, North Adams. An exhibit that 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.(Through August 26)

Paintings by Laura Von Roak @ Clement Gallery

Paintings by Laura Von Roak @ Clement Gallery

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. (Through August 29)

Photographs by Joan Damiani @ J Damiani Gallery

Photographs by Joan Damiani @ J Damiani Gallery

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. (Through August 31)

Niki Haynes: Playland @ The Arts Center

Niki Haynes: Playland @ The Arts Center

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. (Through August 31)

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)

Daniel Shiffman @ Greylock Arts

Daniel Shiffman @ Greylock Arts

Five @ Greylock Arts, Adams. A large, eclectic group exhibition to celebrate the center’s fifth anniversary. (Through September 2)

Doubles, Dualities, and Doppelgängers  @ The Center for Photography at Woodstock

Doubles, Dualities, and Doppelgängers @ The Center for Photography at Woodstock

Doubles, Dualities and Doppelgangers @ The Center for Photography at Woodstock. “People Photographing Twins” focuses on photographs of twins featuring works by Roger Ballen, Janette Beckman, Elinor Carucci, Annabel Clark, Jodi Cobb, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Rineke Dijkstra, Mike Disfarmer, Louis Faurer, Charles Harshberger, Mary Ellen Mark, Martin Schoeller and Hiroshi Watanabe. “Twins Photographing Twins” features photographs created by and of twins and features works by Eileen Cowin, Lynn Geesaman, Colleen Kenyon, Kathleen Kenyon, Christa Parravani and Carrie Will. “Twinning: Dualities as Metaphor” presents works in which the concept of “twinning” is used for the purpose of metaphysical and psychological explorations. Featured here are works by Kelli Connell, Cornelia Hediger, Sarah Moon, and Ruud van Empel. (Through September 9)

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)

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)

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)

Four Sporting Boys: Baseball and Four Sporting Boys: Golf @ The Norman Rockwell Museum

Four Sporting Boys: Baseball and Four Sporting Boys: Golf @ The Norman Rockwell Museum

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)

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)

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)

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)

Terry Adkins: Still @ The Tang

Terry Adkins: Still @ The Tang

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)

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)

Bently Spang, The Modern Warrior Series: War Shirt #1 @ The Berkshire Museum

Bently Spang, The Modern Warrior Series: War Shirt #1 @ The Berkshire Museum

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)

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)

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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