ArtBeat: What To See


Opening:

Harry Orlyk: The Edge of Van and Laurel's Land @ The Laffer Gallery

Harry Orlyk: The Edge of Van and Laurel’s Land @ The Laffer Gallery

Harry Orlyk @ The Laffer Gallery, Schuylerville. New works from the noted local landscape artist. Opening reception: Friday, April 5, 6-9pm. (Through May 12)

Bob Avakian: Into the Light @ John Davis Gallery

Bob Avakian: Into the Light @ David Orton Gallery


Stephen DiRado and Bob Avakian @ Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson. For the past year, Bob Avakian of Martha’s Vineyard has been photographing the natural landscape at night and at the break of dawn. At night he use long exposures, which make it possible to turn a night scene into a day scene. In the early daylight hours, by underexposing, it is possible to turn day to night. Stephen DiRado’s Celestial series is comprised of photographs of the heavens with exposures of 30 seconds or less to maintain the sense of the visual eye where stars hang still in the vault of the sky but other objects – satellites and planes – reveal movement. Also on display are portfolio showcases of Susan Bowen and Miska Draskoczy. Reception: Saturday, April 6, 5-8pm (Through May 12)

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Works by Robert Carsten and Susan Stuart @ Saratoga Arts

Works by Robert Carsten and Susan Stuart @ Saratoga Arts

Configurations: Robert Carsten and Susan Stuart @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. Paintings and pastels that examine to the importance of materials in our society and to the process of creating. Opening Reception: Saturday, April 6, 6-8pm. Discussion with the artists: Saturday, April 6, 5:30pm. (Through May 25)

(left) Danya Smith: Thread Experiment #1 and Mia Tarducci Henry: In The Deep @ Limner Gallery

Danya Smith: Thread Experiment #1 and Mia Tarducci Henry: In The Deep @ Limner Gallery

Diametric Visions @ Limner Gallery, Hudson. A large group show of emerging artists. Opening reception: Saturday, April 6, 5-7pm. (Through April 28)

Pamela Avril: Rain @ Schick Art Gallery

Pamela Avril: Rain (detail) @ Schick Art Gallery

The Mythic Figure @ Schick Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs. An exhibition of works by sculptors William Tucker and Ed Smith and painter Pamela Avril. Inspired by classical mythology and using the human figure as a source and a subject, each often makes works that are life-sized or larger-than-life, reflect the struggle toward self-knowledge embodied in many archetypal myths, and attest to the relevance of mythology to contemporary culture. Opening reception: Thursday, April 4, 5:30-7:30pm. Panel discussion: Tuesday, April 9, 6pm. (Through May 19)


Last Chance To See:

Day After Day: The Diaristic Impulse @ University Art Museum

Day After Day: The Diaristic Impulse @ University Art Museum

Day After Day: The Diaristic Impulse @ University Art Museum, UAlbany. The obsessive desire to record day-to-day activities, document private worlds or chart the passage of time is reflected in work that serves as either a staging ground for more ambitious projects or as an end in itself. Artists include Guy Ben-Ner, Simon Evans, Ray Hamilton, Byron Kim, Meridith McNeal, Laurel Nakadate, David Shapiro, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Harvey Tulcensky and Martin Wilner. (Through April 6)

Nari Ward, We the People @ The Tang Teaching Museum

Nari Ward, We the People @ The Tang Teaching Museum

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)

Abraham Ferraro:  This Way @ The Fulton Street Gallery

Abraham Ferraro: This Way @ The Fulton Street Gallery

This Way @ The Fulton Street Gallery, Troy. Over the past 2 years, Abraham Ferraro has been creating structurally engineered sculptures out of reclaimed cardboard and mailing them via the USPS to their destinations. Opening reception: Friday, March 29, 5-9pm. (Through April 11)

Canstruction @ The New York State Museum

Canstruction @ The New York State Museum

3rd Annual Canstruction Exhibit @ The New York State Museum, Albany. Ten teams of architects, engineers, contractors and students have created 10 massive sculptures made completely from 50,000 canned goods, all to benefit The Food Pantries of The Capital District. (Through April 11)

Works by Shalya Marsh and Kyle Bauer @ Saratoga Clay Arts Center

Works by Shalya Marsh and Kyle Bauer @ Saratoga Clay Arts Center

Signs & Symbols: Works by Shalya Marsh and Kyle Bauer @ Saratoga Clay Arts Center, Schuylerville. (Through April 13)


Continuing:

50 at 50: Five Decades of Collecting at The Hyde, 1963-2013

50 at 50: Five Decades of Collecting at The Hyde, 1963-2013

50 at 50: Five Decades of Collecting at The Hyde, 1963-2013 @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. In celebration of The Hyde’s fiftieth year as a public museum, this exhibition focuses on 50 works of art from the fastest growing area of the Museum’s collection: modern and contemporary art. Included are paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture by such artists as Joseph Beuys, Robert Cottingham, Sam Gilliam , Adolph Gottlieb, Philip Guston, Keith Haring, Dame Barbara Hepworth, Sol Lewitt, Diego Rivera and David Smith. (Through April 14)

(clockwise from upper left) Dale Payson: Untitled Floral with Red Tulip, Jenny Kemp: Concentricity 3, Anne Francey: Of Birds and Geometry No. 3 and Kathy Burge: Strake @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

(clockwise from upper left) Dale Payson: Untitled Floral with Red Tulip, Jenny Kemp: Concentricity 3, Anne Francey: Of Birds and Geometry No. 3 and Kathy Burge: Strake @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

An Early Spring @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. Color-drenched still lifes by Dale Payson, abstract gouache paintings by Jenny Kemp, wall relief ceramic paintings by Anne Francey and abstract oil paintings by Kathy Burge. (Through April 14)

Dan Welden: Antarctic Thirst @ BCB Art

Dan Welden: Antarctic Thirst @ BCB Art

Making Tracks @ BCB Art, Hudson. Abstract paintings, prints, and drawings by Dan Welden, inspired by tracks in the landscape etched by nature, animals or man. Welden is also the author of Printmaking in the Sun, a book that describes Solarplate, an innovative, eco-friendly, acid-free etching technique he invented. Also on view are works by gallery artists Jef Bourgeau, Jim Goss, Lucio Pozzi, Fred Scruton and others. (Through April 21)

Neil Johns: Napoleon @ North Country Arts Center

Neil Johns: Napoleon @ North Country Arts Center

Spring Awakening @ North Country Arts Center, Chestertown. A group show of paintings, drawings, sculpture, fiber art, photography, woodworking, cards and jewelry by emerging artists and artisans in the southeastern Adirondack region. (Through April 27)

Backstories @ The Clark

Backstories @ The Clark

Backstories @ The Clark, Williamstown. Works of art can lead a double life; often, one side is revealed to the public while the other – the back – remains forever hidden from view. In this exhibition, more than thirty masterworks from the Clark’s permanent collection (including two-dimensional works, such as paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs) will be displayed on pedestals so that viewers can walk around them. Seen this way, the works of art tell their little-known “backstories” and reveal the ways they were made, the way they have been cared for by collectors, and the many changes they have survived. Using “the back” as an artistic theme, the exhibition will also present pictures in which artists portray the human back. (Through April 21)

Works by Faith Ringgold  @ The Opalka Gallery

Works by Faith Ringgold @ The Opalka Gallery

Stories and Journeys: The Art of Faith Ringgold and Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson @ The Opalka Gallery, Albany. Integrating the materials and visual language from their African-American heritage with those from the Western tradition, each of these extraordinary artists tell stories which inspire, educate, commemorate and preserve memories both individual and collective. Opens January 22. Reception: Friday, February 1, 5-9pm with a story tour at 7pm. (Through April 21)

Gustave Barry and Philippe Jacques Linder: Waltz at Mabille @ The Clark

Gustave Barry and Philippe Jacques Linder: Waltz at Mabille @ The Clark

Electric Paris @ The Clark, Williamstown. An exhibition that explores the ways in which artists depicted older oil and gas lamps and the newer electric lighting that emerged around the turn of the twentieth century. Paintings and prints in both high art and popular culture demonstrate that the systems of lighting, rather than the abstract idea of light itself, played a key role in defining Paris as a modern city. (Through April 21)

Works by Jen Harris and Jack Millard at MCLA Gallery 51

Works by Jen P. Harris and Jack Millard at MCLA Gallery 51

OTHER HUDSON Chapter One @ MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams. An exhibit that focuses on psycho-geographic themes in the New York Hudson Valley through the artwork of four distinctive regional artists: Jen P. Harris (prints), John Cooley (assemblages), Claudia McNulty (paintings) and Jack Millard (paintings). (Through April 21)

Erin Walrath: Muse @  John Davis Gallery

Erin Walrath: Muse @ John Davis Gallery

Erin Walrath: In Formation @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Assemblages of found objects by Erin Walrath. (Through April 21)

AntARTica: Exploring Art & Science at the Bottom of the World @ Tannery Pond Community Center

AntARTica @ Tannery Pond Community Center

AntARTica: Exploring Art & Science at the Bottom of the World @ Tanner Pond Community Center, North Creek. An exhibit that examines how artists and scientists can inspire each other and collaborate on projects that enhance their ideas and practices, featuring Laura Von Rosk’s landscape paintings and Sam Bowser’s watercolor paintings of Foraminifera as well as video work from two other team members: documentary filmmaker Hilary Hudson and musician Henry Kaiser. (Through April 24)

Caitlin Hackett: Ivan Ives @ Clement Art Gallery

Caitlin Hackett: Ivan Ives @ Clement Art Gallery

Beautifully Strange @ Clement Art Gallery, Troy. Twelve artists whose work embodies the unusual, surreal and peculiar: Carrie Ann Baade, Lori Field, Jon Christopher Gernon, Robert Gullie. Steven Hazard, Steven Kenny, Caitlin Hackett, Sara Petruziello, Richard Kirk, Cheryl Anne Lorance, Robert Jon Robison and Benjamin Vierling. (Through April 24)

Kyle Bravo: Stuck in Wall @ Collar Works

Kyle Bravo: Stuck in Wall @ Collar Works

Louisiana Sampler @ Collar Works Gallery, Troy. Works by four Louisianna artists currently living and working in New Orleans amidst the post-Katrina resurgence: Kyle Bravo, Rachel Avena Brown, Brooke Pickett and Jonathan Traviesa. (Through April 26)

Ned Castle: Steve B.'s Low and Steve B.'s High @ The Chapel + Cultural Center

Ned Castle: Steve B.’s Low and Steve B.’s High @ The Chapel + Cultural Center

The HIGHLOW Project: An Exhibition About Redemption @ The Chapel + Cultural Center, Troy. Photographer Ned Castle partnered with at-risk youth from across Vermont to dramatically recreate the high and low moments that have shaped their lives. The large-scale photographs are accompanied by audio narrations by each story’s subject to provide context and perspective. (Through April 30)

Christie Scheele: Sunset Roofline @ Thompson Girroux Gallery

Christie Scheele: Sunset Roofline @ Thompson Girroux Gallery

Slow Down Make Space @ Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham. An exhibiton centered on the theme of connecting to the world around us, featuring six artists (Frank Curran, Monica Miller, Joanne Orce, Gabrielle Senza, Christie Scheele and Joseph Yetto) whose connectedness to place reveals a simple awareness and deep understanding of their own environments. (Through May 5)

Works by Mike Willig @ Second Floor Gallery

Works by Mike Willig @ Second Floor Gallery

Mike Willig @ Second Floor Gallery, Glens Falls. Portrait paintings and sculptures in bronze and plaster by Mike Willig. (Through April 30)

Istvan Banyai: Objectivity @ Norman Rockwell Museum

Istvan Banyai: Objectivity @ Norman Rockwell Museum

Istvan Banyai: Stranger in a Strange Land @ Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge.
Part of the museum’s Distinguished Illustrator Series, an exhibit of works by the Hungarian-born artist whose illustrations have appeared on the covers and pages of The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, The New York Times and many others. (Through May 5)

Works by Alexandre Arrechea (top) and Yoandy Rizo Fiallo @ Art Omi

Works by Alexandre Arrechea (top) and Yoandy Rizo Fiallo @ Art Omi

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)

Bats @ The Berkshire Museum

Bats @ The Berkshire Museum

Bats: Creatures of the Night @ The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. A rich array of video, photography, life-like models and interactive stations, all relating the story of the only mammal that flies. (Through May 12)

Eugene Ludsins: Skating in Central  Park @ The NYS Museum

Eugene Ludsins: Skating in Central Park @ The NYS Museum

Eugene Ludins: An American Fantasist @ The New York State Museum, Albany. An exhibition exploring the life and work of the noted Woodstock painter of realist and fantastical landscapes, provocative political allegories and insightful portraits. (Through May 12)

Gordon Parks: A woman and her dog in Harlem, NY, 1943 @ The NYS Museum

Gordon Parks: A woman and her dog in Harlem, NY, 1943 @ The NYS Museum

Gordon Parks: 100 Moments @ The New York State Museum, Albany. Photographs documenting African Americans in Harlem and Washington, D.C., during a pivotal time in U.S. history when both cities were going through significant changes arising from post-WW II urban migration, the expansion of the black press, concern for children’s education, and entrenched segregation and economic discrimination. (Through May 19)

Carrie Moyer: Hook, Line & Sinker @ The Tang Teaching Gallery

Carrie Moyer: Hook, Line & Sinker @ The Tang Teaching Gallery

Opener 24: Carrie Moyer @ The Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery. Abstract works by Carrie Moyer. (Through May 19)

Ansel Adams: Aspens and Andreas Andreas Feininger: Wentletrap Shell @ The Berkshire Museum

Ansel Adams: Aspens and Andreas Andreas Feininger: Wentletrap Shell @ The Berkshire Museum

Ansel Adams: Masterworks @ Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. This exhibition of 47 photographs by Ansel Adams (1902-1984), selected by Adams himself to represent the best of his life’s work, includes iconic landscapes and architectural studies. (Through June 2)

Nature Magnified: Photographs by Andreas Feininger @ Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. Photographer Andreas Feininger, most well-known for his depictions of the city of New York, also excelled at capturing the intricate details of nature. A series of shell images are paired with actual shells from the Museum’s expansive natural science collection. (Through June 2)

Norbert Schwontkowski: Dorian Gray @ Williams College Museum of Art

Norbert Schwontkowski: Dorian Gray @ Williams College Museum of Art

Painting Between The Lines @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. Fourteen contemporary painters created newly commissioned paintings based on descriptions of paintings in historical and contemporary novels by authors such as Marcel Proust, Samuel Beckett, Sylvia Plath and Milan Kundera. By examining the ways contemporary artists look at storytelling, literature and writing as expressions of individual thought, the show aims to looks at the state of contemporary painting today, presenting some of its most innovative practitioners such as Laylah Ali, Marcel Dzama, and Fred Tomaselli. (Through June 9)

The Legacy of Currier & Ives: Shaping the American Spirit @ Albany Institute of History & Art

The Legacy of Currier & Ives @ Albany Institute of History & Art

The Legacy of Currier & Ives: Shaping the American Spirit @ Albany Institute of History & Art. An exhibition featuring sixty-four hand-colored lithographs that pays tribute to the popular nineteenth-century printmakers and their role in establishing a form of mass media that was inexpensive and eagerly sought by ordinary people. (Through June 15)

Labeltalk 2013: India @ Williams College Museum of Art

Labeltalk 2013: India @ Williams College Museum of Art

Labeltalk 2013: India @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. The ninth exhibition in the Labeltalk series, exhibitions that aim to explore works of art from a broad range of perspective, this show focuses on Indian art, inviting Williams professors from a broad range of disciplines to write short responses to the works. Also on view: Teaching with Art: The Persian Image, an array of Persian paintings dating from the 15th to the 20th century. (Through June 30)

Corita Kent: come alive @ TheTang

Corita Kent: come alive @ The Tang

Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent @ The Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery, Saratoga Springs. A major retrospective of graphic artist, activist and educator Corita Kent including iconic images from the turbulent 1960s and 70s. (Through July 28)

Works by Shoji Hamada (left) and Shinsaku Hamada  @ Harrison Gallery

Works by Shoji Hamada (left) and Shinsaku Hamada @ Harrison Gallery

Points of Connection: Generations of Mingei @ The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown. In 1918, the British potter Bernard Leach visited Japan where he met a young, then unknown now legendary, potter Shoji Hamada in the small village of Mashiko. This friendship sparked the resurgence of the mingei aesthetic, from which sprung the life force of modern Japanese ceramics. Mingei, the “art of the people,” aspires to celebrate beauty in the functional.

Shoji Hamada, one of Japan’s National Living Treasures, mentored Tatsuzo Shimaoka, also a National Living Treasure, who in turn mentored Ken Matsuzaki. Shinsaku Hamada, son of Shoji, continued the tradition, passing it along to his son, Tomoo Hamada, who, along with Yoshinori Hagiwara, represent the contemporary work in this lineage. Inspired by Bernard Leach, Phil Rogers carries on the legacy in Great Britian. (Through July)

Xu Bing: Phoenix @ MASS MoCA

Xu Bing: Phoenix @ MASS MoCA

Xu Bing: Phoenix @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Drawing inspiration from the contemporary realities of his fast-changing country, Chinese artist Xu Bing spent two years creating his newest work, featuring two monumental birds fabricated entirely from materials harvested from construction sites in urban China, including demolition debris, steel beams, tools, and remnants of the daily lives of migrant laborers. At once fierce and strangely beautiful, the mythic Phoenixes bear witness to the complex interconnection between labor, history, commercial development, and the rapid accumulation of wealth in today’s China.

(left) Thomas Hill: Yosemite Valley and Egyptian cartonnage @ The Berkshire Museum

(left) Thomas Hill: Yosemite Valley and Egyptian cartonnage @ The Berkshire Museum

Objectify: A Look Into the Permanent Collection @ Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. A major new exhibition of some of the most significant and fascinating objects from the Museum’s holdings of more than 50,000 artworks, specimens, and artifacts. Opening reception: Friday, April 5, 5:30-7:30pm. (Through September 1)

Some Assembly Required @ Albany International Airport Gallery
Some Assembly Required @ Albany International Airport Gallery. An exhibition focusing on collage, expressed through traditional cut paper techniques as well as hybrids of photography, film, painting and sculpture. Artists: Todd Bartel, Allen Bryan, Laura Christensen, Susan Spencer Crowe, Paul Forte, Kirsten Hassenfeld, Niki Haynes, Andrea Hersh, Elana Herzog, Thomas Huber, Mary Lum, China Marks, Michael Oatman, Rob O’Neil, Rich Remsberg, Anne Roecklein. (Through September 8)

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)

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