Lecture: Printmaking Techniques in a A World of Prints @ Mandeville Art Gallery, Schenectady. Sandy Wimer, senior lecturer and printmaker at the Union College Visual Arts Department, will discuss prints in the current exhibition, focusing on the techniques used in their making. Tuesday, November 12, 12:50-1:50pm.
At Freeman’s Farm @ Rockhill Bakehouse Café, Glens Falls. In honor of Veterans Day, The Lake George Arts Project has invited Saratoga Springs poet Marilyn McCabe to discuss and show her video poem, “At Freeman’s Farm,” which combines her poetry with the words and recollections of area veterans and images from the Saratoga battlefield from videographer Peter Veradi, a Vietnam veteran himself. Monday, November 11, 7pm.
Salon 2013 @ Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill. The annual member’s fine art and craft exhibition and sale. Opening reception: Saturday, November 9, 4-8pm. (Through January 4)
Wren Panzella @ Sorelle Gallery, Albany. A display of current works by Wren Panzella, including sketches of performing jazz musicians will be on display through November 14. Panzella will demonstrate the start to finish process she uses when creating a glass transfer painting on Friday, November 8, beginning at 5pm.
Influenced by American history, literature and music, Brian Cirmo creates an environment where the protagonist, inebriated from whiskey, war and solitariness, loses all sense of time in a dystopian landscape while searching for the meaning of being American. (Through November 9)Shapeshifter @ Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham. Works by Benigna Chilla, Jeanette Fintz, Mona Mark and D. Jack Solomon. (Through November 10) The Wonder Verified and Fulfilled @ BCB Art, Hudson. New paintings by Musho Rodney Alan Greenblat, who notes they are “a product of my fascination with Buddhist imagery and reflect my limited understanding of Zen, to whatever limit it can be understood. These serious matters are then blended with brightly colored cartoon craziness, and what emerges is just my way of looking at the world. Also on display will be a group show featuring gallery artists: Ching Ho Cheng, Barbara Friedman, Bill Seaman, Erik Hanson, Garth Evans, Will Pflaum, Eric Rhein, Ed Smith and others. (Through November 10) Carla Shapiro: Memory and Longing and Kate Sterlin: Family @ Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson. Carla Shapiro uses found photographs, scanning them and altering them digitally, prints them in platinum/palladium and then adds paper, fabric and bric-a-brac to their surfaces to create a collaged effect. Carla Shapiro works in black and white including documentary street photography and intimate portraiture. Also on display: portfolio showcases by Andi Schreiber and Shane Welch.(Through November 10)
The Rewilderment collaboration began as a series of performance rituals created by Cooley and Falkner in 2011. Through this collaboration, the artists created videos, costumes, mystical symbols, tattoos and performance works, working in a number of significant sites including burial grounds, swamps and gardens. They also worked with a variety of elements such as poison ivy, goats, rabbits, gingerbread houses and animal relics. In 2012, Falkner and Cooley began a collaboration with Taggart, a photographer, who since has documented a number of their performative actions.
A selection of these photographs will be on display, along with props, objects and residue from the rituals. According to Cooley, Rewilderment draws inspiration from fairy tales, remote viewing experiments, spirit communications, lunar navigations and dowsing. The project as a whole sets forth to create hypnotic triggers as gateways for otherworldly phenomena. (Through December 1)David Grainger: Polarized Landscapes @ The Foundry for Art Design + Culture, Cohoes. Watercolor drawings, collages, and sculpture by David Grainger. Among the collages are portraits of individuals that seem encased in ice and suspended in abstracted seascapes, works in which Grainger mines a polar terrain for images at once abstract and figurative, political and absurd. Artist lecture: Sunday, December 1, 1pm. (Through December 1) Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980 @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. An exhibition that examines a pioneering group of black artists whose work and connections with other artists of varied ethnic backgrounds helped shape the creative output of Southern California, featuring approximately 140 works by thirty-three artists including Melvin Edwards, Fred Eversley, David Hammons, Maren Hassinger, Senga Nengudi, John Outterbridge, Alonzo Davis, Dale Brockman Davis, Noah Purifoy, Betye Saar and Charles White.(Through December 1) 72 Degrees: L.A. Art from the Collection @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. Work by artists in Los Angeles during the 1960s and 1970s. Forging various West Coast aesthetics that included assemblage, Finish Fetish, and Conceptualism, these artists departed from traditional modes of representation by exploring materials in new ways. Artists featured in the show include Edward Kienholz, George Herms, Wallace Berman, Robert Heinecken, Ed Moses, Helen Pashgian, Ken Price, Peter Voulkos, Maren Hassinger, Richard Diebenkorn, Vija Celmins, and Ed Ruscha. (Through December 1) Alan Siegel Works @ Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock. Working in many artistic disciplines, blurring the lines between high art and functionality. Alan Siegel has made sculpture, paintings, furniture, drawings, constructions, designed magical houses–plus hybrids of all of these. (Through December 1) Zohar Lazar @ Hudson Opera House. An exhibition of drawings by illustrator Zohar Lazar, a frequent contributor to the New Yorker, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ, and numerous other publications. (Through December 7) Field Elevations: Works by Ed Osborn @ HVCC Teaching Gallery, Troy. Finnish-born installation artist Ed Osborn, originally trained as a composer in traditional music, moved into art in the early 1990s and produced a body work in many forms of electronic media. In “Field Elevations,” Osborn uses low-tech gadgetry to create sculptures that can be activated to make sounds and evoke experiences that come from our everyday lives. (Through December 7) Charlotta Westergren: Progeny @ Esther Massry Gallery, Albany. Paintings on linen, lamé and aluminum,works on paper and video works that examine our relationship with time and the increasing difficulty of stopping and slowing it in the modern age. (Through December 8) Storytellers and Conjurers @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. Works by Kahn & Selesnick, Eileen Murphy, Louise Laplante, Adam Cohen and Claire Lofrese. (Through December 8) Kate Gilmore: A Tisket, A Tasket and Suzanne McClelland: Furtive Gesture_CEDEpart2 @ University Art Museum, Albany. As the sole protagonist in her performative videos, Kate Gilmore struggles to overcome absurd and manufactured challenges – climbing out of holes, jumping rope in heels, squeezing out of tight spots, using her body to explore physical limits and social norms. Suzanne McClelland is best known for incorporating language with vivid abstract compositions. Riffing off the word cede and its homonym seed, McClelland’s hybrid presentation considers the many ways in which power shifts, separates, and grows. (Through December 14) VETS: Portraits of Veterans of War @ Spencertown Academy Arts Center. Pittsfield resident Bill Wright, a veteran of Desert Storm/Shield, exhibits this deeply personal series of portraits of US veterans. Opening reception, catered by Culinary Command, a nonprofit program created by local Chef David Robinson for retooling and retraining veterans and active U.S. military for careers in food, restaurant, hotel and hospitality industries: (Through December 15) An Armory Show @ The Opalka Gallery, Albany. The 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art in New York City, now simply referred to as “The Armory Show,” introduced America to Modernism. 100 years later, this exhibition by Michael Oatman and Kenneth Ragsdale investigates the dynamic changes that occurred in the art world in general as a result of its occurrence, and the history of its effect on the artistic life of the Capital Region. A salon, an exhibition within the installation, will include the work of over 40 artists from the region. (Through December 15) Charcoal! @ Schick Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Works by David Nash, Dozier Bell, Dragna Crnjak, Maggie Evans, April Gornik, Ken Greenleaf, Scott Hunt, Susan Hauptman, Anthony Mitri, Emily Nelligan, Kate Ten Eyck and John Walker. Curated by Schick Gallery Director Paul Sattler in conjunction with the faculty gallery committee, the exhibit includes 33 drawings, three sculptures, and one installation created on site. The works represent a wide range of styles and subject matter, from moody interiors and atmospheric skyscapes to linear abstractions and figurative pieces that suggest mysterious but compelling narratives. (Through December 16) Haim Steinbach: Once Again The World Is Flat @ CSC Bard Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson. An exhibition of a number of the artist’s grid-based paintings from the early 1970s, as well as a series of reconfigured historical installations and major new works created in relation to a selection of works drawn from the Marieluise Hessel Collection. The artworks in the exhibition span Steinbach’s forty-year career. (Through December 20) Helen Marten: No borders in a wok that can’t be crossed @ CSC Bard Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson. Helen Marten has created a group of works in diverse media – from sculptures to wall pieces and videos – in a comprehensive installation including many new works created specifically for the CCS Bard exhibition. (Through December 20) 2×2 Collective: double consciousness @ The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. A collaboration of four artists: Ben Altman, Maria Driscoll McMahon, Sandra Stephens and guest artist Carla Rae Johnson. Working with the gallery space in both traditional and non-traditional ways, the artists find common ground in their uses of the figure at the intersections of the social, political and the personal. (Through December 21) Opener 25: Hildur Asgeirsdottir Jonsson @ The Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson explores the overlap between painting and textile with shimmering paintings on woven silk thread. Often monumental in scale, her work takes its imagery from a range of sources, including brain scans, celestial objects, and most frequently, her native Icelandic landscape. (Through December 29) Curator’s Summer 2013 Choice @ Chace Randall Gallery, Andes. Works by Keith Cardwell, Christie Scheele, Inverna Lockpez, Grant Collier, Judith Lamb, Rimer Cardillo and Michael Rich. (Through December 29) 2013 Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. One of the oldest regionals in the country, this year the show is comprised of work by 75 artists selected by juror Dan Cameron. (Through December 29)
In conjunction with this exhibition, the Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region Annex Show will open at The Shirt Factory, Glens Falls with an artists’ reception Friday, October 11, 8-10pm. (Through November 2) Also on display at The Hyde Collection: The Window Project, an installation consisting of eleven windows transformed into painted and assembled works of art by area youth, ages 16-21. (Through December 31)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) 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) Dmitri Freund: Emerging Light @ Good Purpose Gallery, Lee. Expressionist works by Russian-American painter Dmitri Freund. Also on display are Nina Evan’s painted glass tables. (Through January 2) 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) Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney @ Arkell Museum, Canajoharie. The exhibition features Gurney’s original artwork used to illustrate the Dinotopia book series. (Through February 9) Weather Event @ The New York State Museum, Albany. American painter Charles E. Burchfield’s depictions of the weather south of Lake Erie, where the artist lived for most of his life. Individual weather events are examined through both an artistic and scientific lens. (Through February 23) Nude @ Sohn Fine Art Gallery, Stockbridge. Photography and mixed media in a broad range of styles by John Atchley, Peggy Braun, John Clarke, Greg Gorman, Eric Korenman, Hildy Kronen, Jack Krove, Mona Mark, Matuschka, Irmari Nacht, Lincoln Russell, Cassandra Sohn and Savannah Spirit. (Through February) Big and Bold: Contemporary Paintings, Collage, and Sculpture from the Albany Institute’s Collection @ Albany Institute of History & Art. Paintings by Leigh Wen and Susan Stuart, collage by Michael Oatman and sculpture by Sharon Bates are a few of the works selected for the inaugural exhibition of the Institute’s newly renovated Lansing Gallery. (Through March 2) 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) 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) 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) The Mystery of the Albany Mummies @ Albany Institute of History and Art. An investigation of two ancient Egyptian mummies and their coffins, one dating from the 21st Dynasty and the other from the Ptolemaic Period, acquired by the Institute in 1909. (Through June 8, 2014)
Anselm Kiefer @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. MASS MoCA opens a 10,000 square-foot building devoted to the art of Anselm Kiefer. The exhibition will include Étroits sont les Vaisseaux (Narrow are the Vessels), an 82-foot long, undulating wave-like sculpture made of cast concrete, exposed rebar, and lead; The Women of the Revolution (Les Femmes de la Revolution) , comprised of more than twenty lead beds with photographs and wall text; Velimir Chlebnikov , a steel pavilion containing 30 paintings dealing with nautical warfare and inspired by the quixotic theories of the Russian mathematical experimentalist Velimir Chlebnikov; and a new, large-format commission created by the artist specifically for the installation at MASS MoCA.