ArtBeat: What To See


Opening:

Apparently, it’s David Greenberger week in Saratoga Springs as he is featured in in no less than three exhibitions:

David Greenberger and A Strong Dog (Kevin Maul and Mitch Throop), photo by Barbara Price

A Strong Dog: Kevin Maul, David Greenberger and Mitch Throop (photo: Barbara Price)

David Greenberger: One Upon @ The Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs. Greenwich artist David Greenberger explores the individuality, integrity and humanity of the elderly. For over thirty years Greenberger has combined fragments of their conversations with music created in collaboration with professional musicians, to transform the “rich language of personal poetics” into short sound pieces that give listeners a window into the minds of older people. This exhibition transforms the Tang’s mezzanine into an intimate theater space where one audience member at a time listens to a two-minute performance by David Greenberger and his band, A Strong Dog. (In conjunction with this event series, Elevator Music 26 features over 100 short pieces by David Greenberger and his musical collaborators from the past twenty years.)> Opening reception: Saturday, February 15, 6-7:30pm. (Through April 13)

Two-Minute Performances in a One-Seat Theater:
February 15, 3–6 pm
Wednesday February 19, 4–7 pm
Sunday March 9, 2–5 pm
Tuesday, March 18, 11–2 pm
Thursday April 3, 6–9 pm

Drawings by David Greenberger @ The Springs Street Gallery

Drawings by David Greenberger @ The Springs Street Gallery

A Fair Wage: Drawings by a Working Artist @ Spring Street Gallery, Saratoga Springs. A solo exhibition of drawings by David Greenberger. Opening reception: Thursday, February 13, 6-8pm. 110 Spring Street, 518-587-6433. (Through April 11)

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Jordan Baker: I Wrote You a Love Letter @ Collar Works

Works by Jordan Baker @ Collar Works

I Wrote You a Love Letter @ Collar Works Gallery, Troy. An exhibition of twenty love letters and a documented performance by Capital Region artist Jordan Baker, who began this ongoing project in response to the pressure women feel to be an endless source of love. If a woman’s value is related to how much loving attention she exudes, would the perfect woman fall in love with everyone she met? Baker writes love letters to people in her daily life: coworkers, acquaintances, friends, professors. She delivers the letters via post to both female and male subjects, only to have them borrowed back by the artist to display. This exhibition brings up issues of vulnerability, the exhaustion of embodying a role, and the invisible labor of caretaking. Opening Reception: Friday, February 14, 6-10pm. Closing reception: Friday, February 28, 6-9pm. (Through February 28)

Once Upon A Time @ The Laffer Gallery

Once Upon A Time @ The Laffer Gallery

Once Upon a Time @ The Laffer Gallery, Schuylerville. Paintings by Christopher Murray and sculptures by Cheryl Horning. Reception: Saturday, February 15, 5-8pm. (Through March 16)

Paintings by Rebecca Allan @ Hudson Opera House

Paintings by Rebecca Allan @ Hudson Opera House

Rebecca Allan: Ground / Water @ Hudson Opera House. Rebecca Allan is a New York-based painter whose work centers on the landscape and themes of music. Rivers, tributaries, and coastal regions of the Northeast, Pacific Northwest, and northern England are the artist’s primary sites of investigation and inspiration. The show includes four original pieces created specifically for The Crossroads Project, which will be performed at the Hudson Opera House on Saturday, February 15, 7pm. Opening reception: Saturday, February 15, 5-7 pm. (Through March 15)


Last Chance to See

Works by Julia Contacessi, S C Aldo and Dolores Tema @ Sorelle Gallery

Works by Julia Contacessi, S C Aldo and Dolores Tema @ Sorelle Gallery

Complex Systems @ Sorelle Gallery, Albany. New works by S C Aldo, Julia Contacessi and Dolores Tema. (Through February 20)

Works by Hillary Fayle and Yari Ostovany @ The Courthouse Gallery

Works by Hillary Fayle and Yari Ostovany @ The Courthouse Gallery

Hillary Fayle and Yari Ostovany @ Courthouse Gallery, Lake George. Hillary Fayle creates collages of stitched and embroidered found materials from the natural world. Yari Ostovany’s paintings are records of an intuitive journey; densely layered compositions made over time with numerous layers of thick and thin washes and glazes. (Through February 21)


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Charles E. Burchfield: Fireflies and Lightning @ The New York State Museum

Charles E. Burchfield: Fireflies and Lightning @ The New York State Museum

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)

Works by Judith Simonian @ John Davis Gallery

Judith Simonian: Fruit on Blue Table @ John Davis Gallery

Judith Simonian @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. A solo exhibition of Judith Simonian’s recent acrylic paintings. (Through February 23)

Persistence of Spirit @ MCLA Gallery 51

Persistence of Spirit @ MCLA Gallery 51

Persistence of Spirit @ MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams. Paintings by Philippe Dodard, Gontran Durocher and Ronald Mevs, three artists who live and work in Haiti, in an exhibition that provides viewers with a glimpse of the strength, resilience and vitality of the Haitian people in the face of significant economic and social challenges. (Through February 23)

Works by John Stritch at the Whitney Center for the Arts

Works by John Stritch at Whitney Center for the Arts

John Stritch: A Reflection @ Whitney Center for the Arts (Facebook). An exhibit of work by legendary local artist John Stritch, a former surgeon who served in World War 2 and met Pablo Picasso during a sojourn in Europe, that features his entire oeuvre including sculpture, mixed media pieces and paintings, some never before publicly shown.

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 Works by Sharon Butler, Peter Dudek and Victoria Palermo @ Union College Atrium

Works by Sharon Butler, Peter Dudek and Victoria Palermo @ Union College Atrium

Blueprint @ Union College Atrium, Schenectady. The works of Sharon Butler (painting), Peter Dudek (installation) and Victoria Palermo (sculpture) juxtaposed against a guidebook of Simon Mawer’s The Glass Room. Artists’ talk: Thursday, February 20, 3:30pm followed by a reception from 4:30-6pm. (Through February 27)

Nude @ Sohn Fine Art Gallery

Nude @ Sohn Fine Art Gallery

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)

Judy Linn: Patti With Bolex @ Esther Massry Gallery

`Judy Linn: Patti With Bolex @ Esther Massry Gallery

My Land/Patti Smith and Other Things @ Esther Massry Gallery, Albany. Works by New York photographer and author Judy Linn that focus on the late 1960s and 1970s and featuring 47 vintage, silver halide photographs of American poet-songwriter-punk artist Patti Smith and friends including Robert Mapplethorpe and Sam Shepard. Also on exhibit are 33 digital, ink-jet prints from the same era that reveal life in Detroit’s racially divided suburbs where Linn was a young newspaper photographer. Visiting artist events on Friday, February 7: Book signing: 4:30-5pm. Reception: 4-7pm. Artist’s lecture: 7:00pm. (Through February 28)

OUTSIDE: Selections from the estate of Cynthia Coulter @ BCB Art.

OUTSIDE: Selections from the estate of Cynthia Coulter @ BCB Art.

OUTSIDER: Selections from the estate of Cynthia Coulter. @ BCB Art, Hudson. The late Cynthia Coulter was a well-respected artist who had a passion for collecting unique and unusual outsider art from her native state of Oklahoma, as well as from country locales in Texas, Illinois, and New York. This tribute exhibition will focus on select pieces from her impressive collection, such as ornate handmade lamps fashioned from ice cream sticks and marbles, tables made from twigs and sewing spools, colorful paintings and drawings, and carved and polychromed wooden animals. Per the artist’s wishes, all proceeds from the sale of these artworks will be donated to various charities, including the Texas Women’s Shelter and the US Humane Society. (Through February 28)

Works by George Guarino @ Tierra Coffee Roasters

Works by George Guarino @ Tierra Coffee Roasters

George Guarino: It’s Agreeno @ Tierra Coffee Roasters, Albany. George Guarino’s digital triptychs of ink transfers on wood serve as focal points for meditation. Reception: Friday, February 7 (Albany First Friday), 6-8pm. (Through February 28)

(left) Maria Katzman: Quiet Space and (right) Playing With A Full Deck @ Greene County Council on the Arts

(left) Maria Katzman: Quiet Space and (right) Playing With A Full Deck @
Greene County Council on the Arts

Playing With A Full Deck @ Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill. In this fundraiser for the Greene County Council on the Arts’ Visual Arts Program, original works will be exhibited along with a limited edition deck of playing cards, designed by a star-studded list of 52 artists with Kiki Smith’s custom design for the card backs. Special events include a poker tournament on Saturday, February 8 at 6pm and an auction of works at the closing party on Saturday, March 1 at 7pm. Also on display: Maria Katzman: Quiet Space, a solo show of plein air oil paintings that chronicles the artist’s six-year residency at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe cabins. (Through March 1)

2014 Mohawk Regional Invitational @ Albany Center Gallery

2014 Mohawk Regional Invitational @ Albany Center Gallery

2014 Mohawk Hudson Regional Invitational @ Albany Center Gallery. Three artists selected from the more than 70 artists of the 2013 Artists of the Mohawk Region exhibition last fall: Mary Anne Erickson, Scott Nelson Foster and Michael McKay. (Through March 1)

Works by Bolton Brown @ Kleinert/James Arts Center

Works by Bolton Brown @ Kleinert/James Arts Center

Bolton Brown: Strength and Solitude @ Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock. This exhibition examines the lithographs and paintings of one of Byrdcliffe’s founders, Bolton Coit Brown, renowned for his expertise in lithography and as a mountaineer. (Through March 2)

Caleb Cole @ The Foundry For Art Design + Culture

Photographs by Caleb Cole @ The Foundry For Art Design + Culture

Other People’s Clothes @ The Foundry for Art Design + Culture, Cohoes. A solo exhibition of works by Brooklyn-based photographer Caleb Cole that convey a a visual expression of his experiences stepping into the shoes of the types of people he sees on a daily basis. Closing reception and artist lecture Sunday, March 2, 1pm. (Through March 2)

(left) Donise English: Getting Sleep Tree and (right) Newbold Bohemia: Life's a Picnic @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

(left) Donise English: Getting Sleep Tree and (right) Newbold Bohemia: Life’s a Picnic
@ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Modern Artists @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. Contemporary paintings and photographs, both figurative and abstract, by Tracy Helgeson, Katheryn Holt, Jenny Kemp, Newbold Bohemia, Donise English, Giselle Potter and Patty Neal. (Through March 2)

Painting by Leigh Wen @ The Albany Institute of History and Art

Painting by Leigh Wen @ The Albany Institute of History and Art

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)

Ruther Sanderson: Illustration from “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” @ Norman Rockwell Museum

Ruther Sanderson: Illustration from “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” @ Norman Rockwell Museum

Dancing Princesses: The Picture Book Art of Ruth Sanderson @ Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. A renowned fantasy artist and illustrator of children’s literature, Ruth Sanderson has created imagery for more than seventy-five picture books, many of which bring classic tales to life. This special holiday installation, featuring more than sixty original illustrations for classic and original stories, includes her personal favorite—The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Now in the permanent collection of the Norman Rockwell Museum, Ruth’s paintings and studies for this enchanting tale will be accompanied by the opulent costumes that she commissioned specifically for her work. (Through March 9)

Sheila Ross: Escape from paradise, lost @ Mandeville Gallery

Sheila Ross: Escape from paradise, lost @ Mandeville Gallery

On Being: Exploring Psychological and Spiritual Well-Being Through the Creative Process @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. Figurative works by Valerie Hammond, Keun Young Park and Sheila Ross and their visual explorations of well-being through the symbolic use of destruction and reconstruction of form, the incorporation of spiritual iconography and the direct confrontation of mortality. (Through March 9)

Kate Hamilton: Empty Pockets

`Kate Hamilton: Empty Pockets

Kate Hamilton: Big Shoes to Fill @ Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham. Works by Kate Hamilton exploring the nature of clothing through design, sculpture and costume. (Through March 9)

Caitlin Masley: Verso: Symmetric Tectonics^2 (ode to patch dynamics) @ HVCC Teaching Gallery

Caitlin Masley: Verso: Symmetric Tectonics^2 (ode to patch dynamics) @ HVCC Teaching Gallery

Caitlin Masley: other mental landscapes @ HVCC Teaching Gallery, Troy. Brooklyn-based artist Caitlin Masley creates sculpture, drawings, installations and photography that capture the spaces and places she sees as “monuments to failure,” symbolic of things we create or build and then desert or destroy. (Through March 22)

color/form @ Saratoga Arts

color/form @ Saratoga Arts

color/form @ Saratoga Arts. Works by Jackie Brown, Adam Daily and Dustin London, whose bright and dramatic surfaces draw viewers into manufactured worlds where abstract ideas of systems and intuition serve as pathways. (Through March 29)

Tabula Rasa @ The Center For Photography at Woodstock

Tabula Rasa @ The Center For Photography at Woodstock

Tabula Rasa @ Center for Photography at Woodstock. Anouk Kruithof, Sara Skorgan Teigen and Sonja Thomsen represent a growing interest in forgoing the practice of injecting new images into the overflowing stream that subsumes us on a daily basis. Instead, through their site-specific photo-based installations, each expands on the language of memory, the veracity of photographic impression, and the infinite space held in between and around the photograph. Also on display: Sara Marcel: May The Road Rise To Meet You, a solo exhibition of photographs from one of the last business trips with a man who spent 40 years as a traveling salesman, her father. (Through March 30)

Works by Sang Wook Lee @ The Arts Center of the Capital Region

Works by Sang Wook Lee @ The Arts Center of the Capital Region

Ju money 2014 @ Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Sang Wook Lee’s solo exhibition features two new large-scale works that were designed and installed specifically for The Arts Center’s Main Gallery. The title piece Ju money 2014 is inspired by the traditional Korean costume “hanbok” and the small pouches, or “bokjumoney,” associated with it. These small pouches carried by children to collect red beans, and now money, provide a symbol of good will for the New Year. Lee’s other installation, from his Ramen Noodle Series, is a unique sculpture is made entirely of small blocks of ramen noodle that build a larger, unified structure. Influenced largely by culture and the environment around us, subtleties of human nature become an important part of the work.

(Through March 30)

Paintings by Lamar Peterson @ University Art Museum

Paintings by Lamar Peterson @ University Art Museum

Blue Plastic Bubbles: Paintings by Lamar Peterson @ University Art Museum, Albany. Inspired by CNN, children’s books, elementary school bulletin boards and horror movies, Lamar Peterson is best known for his candy-colored, meticulously-rendered narrative paintings of the black suburban everyman and his nuclear family. Also on display: American Playlist: Selections from the University at Albany Art Collections featuring works that cut a wide swath across American art, history and culture from the early 1900s through 2013, including personal responses from the UAlbany community. Reception: Tuesday, February 25, 5-7pm. Artist’s talk: Tuesday, February 25, 4pm. (Through April 5)

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)

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)

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)

David Greenberger, one updown @ Tang Teaching Museum

David Greenberger, one updown @ Tang Teaching Museum

David Greenberger: one updown @ Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery, Saratoga Springs. In a companion exhibition to David Greenberger: One Upon, opening next month, Elevator Music 26 features over 100 short recorded pieces by David Greenberger and a variety of celebrated musical collaborators from the past twenty years. (Through April 13)

Leela Corman, page 9 from Unterzakhn @ The Tang Museum

Leela Corman, page 9 from Unterzakhn @ The Tang Museum

Graphic Jews: Negotiating Identity in Sequential Art @ The Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. A selection of graphic novels by contemporary Jewish artists that tell stories about Jews, offering both a closer look at sequential art and insight into some of the many ways Jews have figured and reconfigured their Jewish identities. (Through April 13)

(left) Ansel Adams: Trees and Snow; (right) Edward J. Streichen: Nude Torso @ The Hyde Collection

(left) Ansel Adams: Trees and Snow; (right) Edward J. Streichen: Nude Torso
@ The Hyde Collection

Ansel Adams: Early Works @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. An exhibition of forty early works by the legendary master of American landscape photography that illustrates the evolution of his style, from the warm-toned, painterly images of the 1920s, to the sharp-focused” straight photography work that is associated with his co-founding of Group f/64 with Edward Weston and Imogen Cunningham in the 1930s, and, after the War, toward a cooler, higher-contrast style. Also on display is Photo-Secession: Painterly Masterworks of Turn-of-the-Century Photography, an exhibition featuring original masterworks from an international circle of painterly photographers known as The Photo-Secession. The American triumvirate of Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen and Paul Strand are represented along with other key figures in pictorialist photography from both sides of the Atlantic, including Clarence White, Gertrude Käsebier, Alvin Langdon Coburn and Frederick Evans. (Through April 20)

Photographs by Zanele Muholi @ Williams College Museum of Art

Photographs by Zanele Muholi @ Williams College Museum of Art

Zanele Muholi @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. Internationally recognized South African photographer and visual activist Zanele Muholi bears witness to the experiences of black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and intersexed (LGBTI) individuals from South Africa and other African countries. In a social context in which homosexuality is often perceived as un-African and an affront to national identity, her photographs provide affirming depictions of same-sex intimacy and desires. In this exhibition, three of the artist’s widely acclaimed photographic series are joined with documentary footage created by Ikanyiso, a media collective founded by Muholi in 2009 to further confront discrimination and broaden the visual representation of black queer life. Opens February 1. (Through April 27)

Berkshire Collects at the Berkshire Museum

Berkshire Collects at the Berkshire Museum

Berkshire Collects @ Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. Forty Berkshire County residents share their passionate pursuit of every imaginable kind of object, from rare motorcycles to wind-up toys, exotic insects, vintage guitars, antique toasters, Pez dispensers, and a host of other artifacts and memorabilia. (Through May 11)

Winter Light @ The Hyde Collection

Winter Light @ The Hyde Collection

Winter Light: Selections from the Collection of Thomas Clark @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. A selection of approximately twenty winter landscape paintings including works by Aldro Thompson Hibbard, Hobart Nichols, Ernest Lawson, Arthur James Emery Powell, Arthur Clifton Goodwin and Walter Koeniger. (Through May 11)

Wendell Minor: Look to the Stars @ Norman Rockwell Museum

Wendell Minor: Look to the Stars @ Norman Rockwell Museum

Wendell Minor’s America @ Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. Award-winning illustrator Wendell Minor drew his way through childhood in Aurora, Illinois, inspired by America’s heartland and the richly illustrated magazines that were so much a part of life at the time. Determined to forge a career as an artist, he sold his beloved 1955 Chevy to pursue his studies at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Florida, and moved to New York in 1968, with little more than his portfolio in hand. Since then, his striking visual narratives and elegant designs have appeared on nearly two thousand book covers and more than fifty children’s books. This exhibition celebrates the artist’s four-decade career,with more than 150 artworks gleaned from his expansive visual chronicles, and commentary reflecting on his collaborations with prominent authors, scientists, and historians.. (Through May 26)

Julian LaVerdiere: Lost Cornerstone @ The Tang

Julian LaVerdiere: Lost Cornerstone @ The Tang

One Work @ The Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. A selection of large-scale artwork in the Tang collection that showcase a range of approaches to subject matter and media including painting, photography, sculpture, and installation. The artists include David Brooks, James Esber, Elger Esser, Anya Kielar, Julian LaVerdiere, Katy Schimert, Jonathan Seliger and Beverly Semmes. (Through June 1)

The Mystery of the Albany Mummies @ Albany Institute of History and Art

The Mystery of the Albany Mummies @ Albany Institute of History and Art

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:  Étroits sont les Vaisseaux (Narrow are the Vessels) @ MASS MoCA

Anselm Kiefer: Étroits sont les Vaisseaux (Narrow are the Vessels) @ MASS MoCA


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.

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