Opening:Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross @ The Norman Rockwell Museum, Pittsfield. The first museum exhibition celebrating the artwork of Alex Ross features over 130 paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures from Ross’s personal collection. The pieces range from a crayon drawing of Spider-Man that he created at the age of four to paintings from his early career on projects like Marvels and Kingdom Come through to his more recent work on Flash Gordon and Green Hornet. This exhibition outlines Ross’s career of redefining comic books and graphic novels for a new generation of followers of Superman, Batman, Spider-Man and other classic comic book superheroes. (Through February 24) Sang Wook Lee @ Courthouse Gallery, Lake George. Skidmore professor Sang Wook Lee’s site specific installation using ramen noodles as his main artistic medium. Opening reception: Saturday, November 10, 4-6pm. (Through December 14) Julie Evans @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Mixed media works by Julie Evans. Also on view are monotypes by Louise Fishman. Opening reception: Saturday, November 10, 4-6pm. (Through December 14)
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Continuing:Group Show @ Ivy Art Space, Schuylerville. An exhibition of works by James M. Goss, James Howard Kunstler, Noah Savett and Mark David Walp. Meet the artists: Sunday, November 11, 1-4pm. Closing party: Saturday, November 17, 5pm-closing. (Through November 17) Alchemists @ Martinez Gallery, Troy. Works by Willie Marlowe, Julia Santos Solomon, Tina Lincer and Roxanna Melendez. (Through November 19) New Works by John Umphlett @ Collar Works, Troy. This solo exhibition includes kinetic sculpture, video work, and a sprawling sound installation, tackling subtlety and excess. Laylah Ali: The Greenheads Series @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. The figures inhabiting Laylah Ali’s works in The Greenheads Series are enigmatic round-headed beings of indeterminate sex and race who inhabit a regimented, dystopian world where odd and menacing, though sometimes strangely humorous, encounters prevail. (Through November 25) This Blue Marble: The Universe of Josh Simpson @ MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams. An exhibition of celestial-inspired “planets,” luminous glass spheres encasing kaleidoscopic landscapes, underwater scenes and vistas of outer space that reflect Earth’s vastness and complexity. (Through November 25) Fly By: The Bird at PRESS @ PRESS, North Adams. A showcase of letterpress prints and postcards that feature the familiar silhouette of a bird or birds created at PRESS by Melanie Mowinski as well as bird images by C. Ryder Cooley and PRESS interns. (Through November 25) A Show of Heads @ Limner Gallery, Hudson. The gallery’s annual group show of portraiture features a wide array of styles and media.(Through November 25) Jon Gernon: Alchemy & Ecstasy@ The Clement Art Gallery, Troy. A solo exhibition by Jon Christopher Gernon focusing on metalpoint drawings in silver, pure gold and platinum, as well as mixed media works. (Through November 27) Vote For Me And I’ll Set You Free: Works From The Collection of Lawrence B. Beneson @ Art Omi, Ghent. An exhibit that draws on historical documents, artifacts and works of contemporary art to create a kaleidoscopic view of the political process of voting and the role of the public and the artist in the political process. (Through November 30) Exceptional Holiness: Photography by Eileen Clynes @ Romaine Brooks Gallery, Albany. Digital photography by Eileen Clynes inspired by traditional Catholic art. 5-9pm. (Through November 30) Live Outside The Box @ The Albany Barn, Albany. Works by Matthew Bartik, Ana Gallira and Claire Sherwood, ranging from the realistic to the abstract and fashioned from such everyday items as forks, rubber and cardboard. (Through December 1) 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) Tami Bone: Mythos @ Galerie BMG, Woodstock. Dreamlike, soft-focused black and white images, woven into a personal and poetic narrative, taken from fragments of memory and figments of imagination from a childhood spent growing up in deep South Texas.(Through December 3) 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. Rachel Foullon: The Braided Sun and Dana Hoey: The Phantom Sex @ University Art Museum, Albany. Rachel Foullon’s sculptures constructed from custom-milled cedar boards and hand-dyed, hand-sewn canvas reference a former agrarian existence based on utilitarian need that has long been subsumed by modern progress. Dana Hoey has examined what it means to be female through her photography for more than 20 years, exploring issues of gender and culture using both staged and directed photography. (Through December 8) Abu Dhabi is Love Forever @ HVCC Teaching Gallery, Troy. From August, 2010 to June, 2011, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy and their family lived in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. During that time, through video, collage and found imagery, the McCoys reacted to and contemplated the culture and landscape of their new, temporary home in the desert. (Through December 8) Landscapes @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. New works by four artists whose works represent the trajectory of Landscapes past, present and future, from traditional to abstract: Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Harry Orlyk, Nancy Rutter and Stephen Brophy. (Through December 9) Orchids @ Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. A selection of photographs by Edwin Hale Lincoln (1848-1938), botanical illustrations by Mary Emily Eaton (1873-1961) and watercolors by Mary Vaux Walcott (1860-1940), all featuring the orchid, as well as live orchids displayed in terrariums. (Through December 9) Milton Glaser: In Search of the Miraculous or One Things Leads to Another @ Opalka Gallery, Albany. This exhibition takes an in-depth look at the creative processes of one of the most influential graphic designers in the world, and celebrates the unpredictability of creative action. Also on view is The Posters: A Survey, a glimpse into the archives of Glaser’s highly lauded designs and illustrations. (Through December 14) The Muse at Home @ The Schick Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs. An exhibition of art from the personal collections of Skidmore arts faculty and staff that explores how and why we live with art and the many ways art inspires our work. Related exhibit text and programming also includes discussion of the history of art collecting, and the many motivations of those who collect art today. (Through December 16) Cosmologies @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. An exhibit that considers just a few of the many ways in which art can explore the complex themes of cosmological thought, including works by Kiki Smith, Vija Celmins, Thomas Ruff, Duane Michals, June Wayne, Bernard Cohen, Lynn Chadwick, Joseph Cornell, Wallace Berman, Adolph Gottlieb, Robert Rauschenberg, Vik Muniz and Barbara Takenaga. (Through December 16) Landscapes And Their Changing Moods @ BCB ART, Hudson. New paintings by Sasha Chermayeff. Also on display will be photographs by Jef Bourgeau and John Foxx. (Through December 23) Tasha Tudor: Around The Year @ Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. An exhibit that illustrates the changing seasons and their special celebrations with over 100 outstanding examples of this beloved author and illustrator’s original art for children’s books and greeting cards. (Through December 31)
Dance Masks of Guatemala: The Collection of Ed & Carmen Contento @ The Folklife Gallery, Glens Falls. Gallery talks/short films/dance demonstrations by Ed & Carmen Contento: Wednesday, October 17, 7-8pm and Thursday, November 29, 7-8pm. (Through December 31) 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) Visions on the Spectrum II @ Good Purpose Gallery, Lee. Acrylic paintings by self-taught artist Jessica Hillary Park. Also on view are blown glass works by Hoogs and Crawford. (Through January 2) 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) 1937: A New Deal For Artists @ The New York State Museum, Albany. During the Great Depression, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt promised a “new deal for the American people,” initiating government programs to foster economic recovery. Roosevelt’s pledge to help “the forgotten man” also embraced America’s artists. The Public Works of Art Project (PWAP) enlisted artists to capture “the American Scene” in works of art that would embellish public buildings across the country. They painted regional, recognizable subjects – ranging from portraits, to cityscapes and images of city life, to landscapes and depictions of rural life – that reminded the public of quintessential American values such as hard work, community and optimism. (Through January 20) From Giverny to the Brooklyn Bridge: American Impressionist Paintings from the Arkell Collections @ The Arkell Museum, Canajoharie. Sun-dappled views of France and America by Childe Hassam, John Twachtman, Theodore Robinson, J. Alden Weir, and Edward Redfield are among the notable paintings in this exhibition. (Through February 2, 2013) 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) 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) Wink: Pairings From Berkshire Museum’s Collection @ Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. Guest artist Maggie Mailer has organized an exhibition that features pairs of paintings, photography, and prints from the Berkshire Museum’s permanent collection. (Through March 31, 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) We The People @ The Tang Teaching Gallery, Saratoga Springs. An exhibition and event series that explores constitutions and how they act to create order, configure communities, and form a collective identity featuring Allison Smith, Francis Cape, and Nari Ward. (Through April 7) Skyline Adrift: Cuban Art and Architecture @ Omi International Arts Center, Ghent.
Large-scale architectonic installations by Cuban architects Yilena Lourdes Feitó Echarri and Yoandy Rizo Fiallo and internationally renowned Cuban visual artists Alexandre Arrechea and Armando Mariño Calzado. (Through May, 2013) 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)