ArtBeat: What To See


Opening:

 Joe Alper: Bob Dylan, Suze Rotolo, Lena Spencer and Pasha the cat at Caffe Lena @ The Tang Teaching Museum


Joe Alper: Bob Dylan, Suze Rotolo, Lena Spencer and Pasha the cat at Caffe Lena
@ The Tang Teaching Museum

Caffe Lena: Inside America’s Legendary Folk Music Coffeehouse @ The Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs. Featured in this exhibition is a selection of photographs made at Caffè Lena during its first decade of existence by Joe Alper (1925-1968). A self-taught freelance photographer, Alper’s work includes historic jazz, folk, and blues performance photography. His candid black-and-white photographs of the musicians, audience, and staff at Caffè Lena capture the Caffè’s intimate, creative environment. Opens Saturday, June 1. (Through October 20)

Prints by Ellsworth Kelly @ Thompson Giroux Gallery

Prints by Ellsworth Kelly @ Thompson Giroux Gallery

Happy Birthday Ellsworth! @ Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham. A collection of prints by noted American minimalist Ellsworth Kelly. Also on display are additional work by the EK Boys: Jack Shear, Nick Walters and Joseph Yetto. Opening reception: Friday, May 31, 6-8pm. (Through June 30)

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Works by Banjie Nicholas @ Clement Gallery

Works by Banjie Nicholas @ Clement Gallery

Banjie Getsinger Nicholas – Echoes @ Clement Gallery, Troy. Interpretations of the strength and fragility of the natural world rendered in egg tempera paintings and silverpoint drawings on clamshells. Opening reception: Friday, May 31, 6-9pm. (Through June 26)

Michael Rousseau: La Petit Mort @ Ybar

Michael Rousseau: La Petit Mort @ Ybar

Salon Style @ Ybar, Pittsfield. More than 40 oil paintings from the past four years that reflect Michael Rousseau’s self-guided exploration into the many facets of oil painting, including an in-depth study of materials and techniques employed by painters from the High Renaissance to modern masters. Receptions: Friday, June 7, 6pm-midnight and Thursday, June 20, 5-10pm. (Through June 30)

Kaaterskill Clove: Where Nature Met Art  @ The Zadock Pratt Museum

Kaaterskill Clove: Where Nature Met Art @ The Zadock Pratt Museum

Kaaterskill Clove: Where Nature Met Art @ Zadock Pratt Museum, Prattsville. Works by contemporary painters Athena Billias, Patti Ferrara and Carol Slutzky-Tenerowicz alongside one of the late Thomas Locker’s renderings of Kaaterskill Falls. The exhibit is intended to raise awareness about the importance of the Clove and the need for its preservation in the face of the environmental strain it has been under for the past several years. Lecture on the Hudson River school artists by Dr. Kevin Avery: Saturday, June 1, 1pm. (Through October 14)

Anna Fidler: The Colonel @ Collar Works

Anna Fidler: The Colonel @ Collar Works

Cascadia @ Collar Works, Troy. An exhibition of eighteen artists that explores the current artistic climate of the Pacific Northwest regions of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia featuring Anna Fidler, Michelle Forsyth, Aja Rose Bond, Cable Griffith, Britta Johnson, Ryan Molenkamp, Molly Magai, Rita Alves, Chip Baker, Scott Grigg, Libby Gerber, Suzy Kitman, Sarah Morejohn, Gordon Nealy, Uli Ostermann, Garric Simonsen, Martha Schlitt and Christy Turner. Reception: Friday, May 31, 5-9pm. (Through June 22)

Ellen Hoverkamp: Magic Carpet @ Spencertown Academy

Ellen Hoverkamp: Magic Carpet @ Spencertown Academy

Beauty and the Feast @ Spencertown Academy, Works by botanical photographer Ellen Hoverkamp. Opening reception: Saturday, June 1, 4-6pm. “Introduction to Floral Scanner Photography” lecture/demonstration: Sunday, June 2, 10am-12pm (($20, reservations required). (Through June 30)

Works by Jane Dell and Liz Parsons @ Saratoga Arts

Works by Jane Dell and Liz Parsons @ Saratoga Arts

Mind and Matter: Jane Dell and Liz Parsons @ SCAC Arts Center Gallery, Saratoga Springs. An exhibit that brings together two painters who explore both inner psychology and the physical world around them. Discussion with the artists: Saturday June 1, 5:30pm. Opening reception: Saturday, June 1, 6-8pm. (Through July 27)

Works by William McCarthy and David Bryce @ The Good Purpose Gallery

Works by William McCarthy and David Bryce @ The Good Purpose Gallery

Earth & Atmosphere @ Good Purpose Gallery, Lee. Luminous paintings by William McCarthy and whimsical sculptures by David Bryce. (Through July 15)


Last Chance To See:

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)


Continuing:

Works by Melanie Kozol @ Courthouse Gallery

Works by Melanie Kozol @ Courthouse Gallery

TreeHouse @ Courthouse Gallery, Lake George. New paintings by Melanie Kozol, a Brooklyn-based painter whose work focuses on color, light and the landscape with the Northeastern terrain – forests, rivers and oceans – as primary sites of her investigation. (Through June 7)

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)

Photographs by Fred Scruton: Amber Groome (left) and Joe Minter @ BCB ART

Photographs by Fred Scruton: Amber Groome (left) and Joe Minter @ BCB ART

Visionaries: Outsider Portraits by Fred Scruton @ BCB Art, Hudson. Fred Scruton travels extensively throughout the country to document self-taught artists and their work, examining the vitality of visions formed outside of the artistic mainstream. This exhibition focuses on environmental portraiture within the personal worlds each artist has created. Also on view will be a group show of gallery artists, including work by Ching Ho Cheng, Frank Cresotti, Rodney Alan Greenblat, Emily Gui, Julie McCarthy, Dan Welden and others. (Through June 9)

Shanna Saldaña: I Want the Cat Ears @ Wikoff Student Gallery

Shanna Saldaña: I Want the Cat Ears @ Wikoff Student Gallery

LGBTQ @ Wikoff Student Gallery, Union College, Schenectady. The fifth annual exhibition of LGBTQ-themed artwork includes pieces by both students and alumni, working in painting, photography, film, and rap performance. (Through June 13)

William H. Haney: Antiseptic agent attacks hydrophobic membrane of planktonic @ Limner Gallery

`William H. Haney: Antiseptic agent attacks hydrophobic membrane of planktonic @ Limner Gallery

Art Biologic @ Limner Gallery, Hudson. Twenty seven contemporary artists interpret the biological world in this exhibition featuring traditional and eclectic works in all media by regional, national and international artists. (Through June 15)

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)

Photographs by Jeff Jacobson @ The Center for Photography at Woodstock

Photographs by Jeff Jacobson @ The Center for Photography at Woodstock

Jeff Jacobson: The Last Roll @ Center for Photography at Woodstock. Works by Jeff Jacobson in the wake of his diagnosis with Lymphoma a few days before Christmas of 2004 and the subsequent announcement of the elimination of his beloved film Kodachrome – the tool which shaped his artistic vision over the course of his career in photography – by its manufacturer, Kodak. Artist presentation and book signing: Saturday, May 4, 3-5pm. (Through June 16)

Renee Iacone: Stacks 102, 104, 103 @ John Davis Gallery

Renee Iacone: Stacks 102, 104, 103 @ John Davis Gallery

Renee Iacone: Stacks & Artifacts @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. John Davis Gallery’s new exhibition season opens with six solo shows featuring Renee Iacone in the main galleries showing Stacks & Artifacts, a series of stone cairns, and Jon Isherwood in the Sculpture Garden with three hand-carved, eight-feet-tall sculptures in granite and marble. In the Carriage House are sculptures by Victoria Palermo and paintings by David Hornung, Cecelia Rembert and Herbert Reichert. (Through June 16)

Robin Schwartz: Greyhound Hair, Paris @ The Center for Photography @ Woodstock

Robin Schwartz: Greyhound Hair, Paris @ The Center for Photography @ Woodstock

Photography Now 2013 @ Center for Photography at Woodstock. This years’ installment of the annual Photography Now exhibition presents eight artists who employ photography to put forth varied discourses within the documentary genre. Noah Addis, Alinka Echeverria, Ilona Szwarc and Samantha VanDoren look outwards into society, exploring timely or pertinent subjects ranging from forays into surreal subcultures to records of international movements and events. Beth Chucker, Ayala Gazit, Gary Grenell and Robin Schwartz each turn inwards with their work, training their eyes on conflicts and pleasures close to home. (Through June 16)

Benjamin Dimmitt: Palm Hammock, Titusville, Florida and Debi Milligan: First Light, Last Light #1 @ Davis Orton Gallery

(left) Benjamin Dimmitt: Palm Hammock, Titusville, Florida and Debi Milligan: First Light, Last Light #1 @ Davis Orton Gallery

Benjamin Dimmitt, Debi Milligan, Keiko Sono @ Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson. Primitive Florida is a series by Benjamin Dimitt investigating the wetlands, palm hammocks and low-lying forests of Florida, while Deb Milligan’s First Light, Last Light observes the conversation between light and form – the way everything is transformed through the light; now here, then suddenly gone forever. Keiko Sono’s video installation, 110 Days of Winter, follows the formation and evolution of an ice layer on a Catskill boulder from December to April, condensing the five-month-long process into a 40-minute loop. Also on display are portfolio showcases by Kent Krugh and Anna Beeke. Reception: Saturday, May 18, 6-8pm. (Through June 23)

Merritt Johnson: Waterfall Face @ The Foundry for Art Design + Culture

Merritt Johnson: Waterfall Face @ The Foundry for Art Design + Culture

Re-Place Kahonios @ The Foundry for Art Design + Culture, Cohoes. An exhibition of work by native artist Merritt Johnson that honors the peaceful return of 100 acres of sacred land at Cohoes Falls back to the Haudenosaunee, League of Iroquois, by Brookfield Renewable Energy Company. Artist lecture: Sunday June 9, 1pm. (Through June 23)

Ceramics by Regis Brodie @ The Laffer Gallery

Ceramics by Regis Brodie @ The Laffer Gallery

Adventures in Space @ Laffer Gallery, Schuylerville. Ceramics by Regis Brodie, Emeritus Professor of Art at Skidmore College. Opening reception: Friday, May 17, 6-9pm (Through June 23)

Works by Emily Dorr @ Albany Center Gallery

Works by Emily Dorr @ Albany Center Gallery

The Study @ Albany Center Gallery. Works by local artists MammalSoap, Emily Dorr, ♥Neener and Patrick Picou Harrington that explore the natural world from the comfort of the home environment. Artists reception: June 7, 5-9pm. (Through June 29)

R.O. Blechman: Whistler’s Mother @ The Norman Rockwell Museum

R.O. Blechman: Whistler’s Mother @ The Norman Rockwell Museum

R.O. Blechman: The Inquiring Line @ @ The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. A celebrated illustrator, animator, children’s book author, graphic novelist, and editorial cartoonist, R.O. Blechman is well known for his memorable advertisements for Alka-Seltzer and Capezio, among others, and for his witty illustrations for The New Yorker and The Huffington Post. His imagery for magazines, illustrated books, advertisements, and animations will be on view. (Through June 30)

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)

Works by George Guarino @ Uncommon Grounds

Works by George Guarino @ Uncommon Grounds

Pick a Point in a Picture: New Mind Model Works @ Uncommon Grounds, Albany. Thirty digital collages by George Guarino that are meant to serve as focal points for meditation, self-growth and insight. Guarino will be on hand to discuss his process for enhanced viewing of the artwork on Friday, June 28, 7-9pm. (Through July 2)

John Jackson: Kitchen Wizard @ The West Kortright Center

John Jackson: Kitchen Wizard @ The West Kortright Center

John Jackson: Whimsical Metal Sculptures @ West Kortright Centre, East Meredith. John Jackson has been creating sculptures for over 35 years using a sculpture palette consisting mainly of bike and motorcycle parts, distressed musical instruments, old tools and gleanings from flea markets. Favorite themes are musicians, masks, critters, and banksters behind bars. Opening reception: Friday, May 24, 5-7pm. (Through July 8)

Chuck Miller: Midnight at the Palace Theater @ The Living Room

Chuck Miller: Midnight at the Palace Theater @ The Living Room

A Dream in the Dash @ The Living Room, Albany. This exhibit, the grand opening a new exhibition space at the historic St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands, will feature photography and “Dream Windows” by Albany artist Chuck Miller who has framed some of his works in actual windows removed from very old buildings. (Through July 17)

Alfred Stieglitz: The Steerage @ Arkell Museum

Alfred Stieglitz: The Steerage @ Arkell Museum

Pure Photography: Pictorial and Modern Photographs from the Syracuse University Art Collection @ Arkell Gallery, Canajohaire. The 30 photographers included in this exhibition have extensive histories that span thematic periods and artistic styles. Taking their cues from master photographers like Edward Steichen, artists such as Berenice Abbott and Manuel Alvarez Bravo built on that foundation in order to explore the very art of photography. (Through July 20)

Kyle Adams: Kids Playing on Hay Bales @ GCCA Catskill Gallery

Kyle Adams: Kids Playing on Hay Bales @ GCCA Catskill Gallery

Plowshares: Living Close to the Land @ GCCA Catskill Gallery, Catskill. This group photography exhibit highlights the agrarian, pastoral and utilitarian aspects of our landscape as well as sustainable economics and lifestyles. Participating artists include regional journalist Kyle Adams, old-process revivalist and rural life chronicler Craig Barber, digital and alternative process specialist Dan Burkholder, conceptualist and photogram experimenter Jared Handelsman, East Texas photo teacher and pin-hole master Vaughn Wascovich and others. (Through July 27)

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)

(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. (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)

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. (Through October 27)

Russel Wright: The White Clover Line for Harker (photo: Adam Anik)

Russel Wright: The White Clover Line for Harker (photo: Adam Anik)

Russel Wright: The Nature of Design @ New York State Museum, Albany. An exhibition featuring the work and philosophy of renowned industrial designer Russel Wright, exploring his career from the 1920s through the 1970s and including approximately 40 objects along with photographs and design sketches. (Through December 31)

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)

Elissa Goldstone: Playboy zine @ MASS MoCA

Elissa Goldstone: Playboy zine @ MASS MoCA

Love to Love You @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. An exhibition that brings together artists who explore fandom as a unique opportunity for shared social experience and extreme personal obsession, presenting fans not as passive spectators but active participants in culture. Whether making memorabilia, writing fan fiction, or singing karaoke, fans become creators as much as consumers of culture; by looking at the social culture of fandom, this exhibition poses questions about authorship, collectivity, and our place in the hierarchy of cultural production. Participating artists include Mark Bennett, Eric Doeringer, Elissa Goldstone, Jason Lazarus, Eva LeWitt, Patrick McDonough and Jeremy Shaw. (Through January 5, 2014)

Jason Middlebrook:  Inspired by Asian Pear Wrapping @ MASS MoCA

Jason Middlebrook: Inspired by Asian Pear Wrapping @ MASS MoCA

Jason Middlebrook @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. For the past decade, Jason Middlebrook has been exploring the complex relationship between man and nature in his sculptures, installations, paintings and large-scale drawings. Responding to the unusual scale of MASS MoCA’s gallery, the artist will be working with planks that in some instances reach tree-like heights, while others will retain a human scale. Middlebrook will also debut a new monumental mobile that will function like a fountain within the gallery. Titled Falling Water after Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Kaufman residence, the work continues the artist’s exploration of manufactured nature while adding a twist to Wright’s notions of living in harmony with the environment. (Through April 7, 2014)

Works by Joseph Montgomery @ MASS MoCA

Works by Joseph Montgomery @ MASS MoCA

Joseph Montgomery: Five Sets Five Reps @ Mass Moca, North Adams. New York-based painter Joseph Montgomery creates compact abstract assemblages (many measuring only 12 x 10 inches) by layering a range of materials — a base vocabulary of sorts — including wood, clay, cardboard, fiberglass, paper, and wire. These elements take on the appearance of painterly gesture, each functioning like a brushstroke. The earliest of these works developed from the artist’s attempts to veil or destroy paintings which he found too earnest or too personal. These rejected works become a support for his subsequent collages and are at times cannibalized as material fragments in newer works. (Through April 7, 2014)

Sculptures by Guillaume Leblon @ MASS MoCA

Sculptures by Guillaume Leblon @ MASS MoCA

Guillaume Leblon @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. This first solo exhibition of Paris-based sculptor Guillaume Leblon’s work in a U.S. museum will feature a selection of works made over the last decade, in addition to two major new projects created for MASS MoCA. While his works refuse a single reading, they often conjure images of the ruin and the passage of time, bringing the present and the past into contact. Leblon can transform everyday components into sculptures that attain a relic-like quality or the aura of a classical statue.. (Through April 7, 2014)

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