ArtBeat: What to See


Opening:

Works by Terry Conrad @ The Courthouse Gallery

Works by Terry Conrad @ The Courthouse Gallery

Terry Conrad: Short Stories Part 2 @ Courthouse Gallery, Lake George. Terry Conrad investigates ideas of decoration, waste, narrative and process using print media and its language to explore themes of systems, geology and the landscape. His “found object” printing presses, constructed of piles and tiers from his growing collection of scraps and recycled materials, suggest geological layers or strata. Opening reception: Saturday, March 8, 4-6pm. (Through April 11)

Betsy Weis: Curtain @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Betsy Weis: Curtain @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

In the Black @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. Black painting, drawing, encaustics and sculpture by Betsy Weis, Sarah Berney, Joseph Maresca, Ralph Stout, Kris Perry, David Paulson, Jay Matthews, Tona Wilson and Linda Cross. Opening reception: Saturday, March 8, 6-8pm. (Through April 13)

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Darren Waterston: Uncertain Beauty @ MASS MoCA

Darren Waterston: Uncertain Beauty @ MASS MoCA

Darren Waterston: Uncertain Beauty @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Painter Darren Waterston’s installation Filthy Lucre — the centerpiece of Uncertain Beauty — is a contemporary re-imagining of James McNeill Whistler’s 1876 decorative masterpiece Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room, reconstructed as a sumptuous ruin. Inside, viewers will find Waterston’s re-interpretations of Whistler’s paintings, along with stalactite-like ceiling fixtures and crumbling shelving replete with 250 hand-painted ceramic vessels. Glaze will appear to ooze down the wall, and the shimmering central peacock mural will partially melt into the floor in a puddle of gold. A soundscape featuring voice and cello composed by the New York-based trio BETTY will be heard intermittently through the space, punctuating the silence with hauntingly beautiful reverberations. The installation hints at parallels between the excesses and inequities of the Gilded Age and the social and economic disparities of our own time. At the same time, the work raises questions about patronage and the relationships between artists, collectors, and institutions. Opens Saturday, March 8. Opening reception: Saturday, March 29, 5-7pm. Performance by Filthy Lucre soundscape composers, BETTY: Saturday, March 22, 8pm. Artist talk: Thursday, August 7, 6pm. Panel discussion presented in partnership with The Mount: Thursday, August 28, 6pm (Through February 1, 2015)

Sarah, Queen of Light from V'Imoteinu (And Our Mothers)

Wendy Rabinowitz: Sarah, Queen of Light @ Daniel Arts Center

The Earth is Our Mothers @ Daniel Arts Center, Great Barrington. Weavings and mixed-media assemblages by Wendy A. Rabinowitz that explore women’s unique stories and themes of sustainability. (Through April 6)


Last Chance to See

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)


Continuing:

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. (Through March 15)

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. (Through March 16)

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)

Lauren Kalman @ Siena Gallery

Works by Lauren Kalman @ Siena Gallery

Lauren Kalman: But if the Crime is Beautiful… Sienna Gallery, Lenox. This ongoing project by Detroit-based artist Lauren Kalman consists of fabricated and found objects combined with the body to produce sculptural compositions, which are then documented in photographs. The title of the series is derived from Adolf Loos’ 1910 lecture, Ornament and Crime, that refers to the naive (in his view) population’s defense of ornament as long as it is beautiful. Loos’ proposition is that ornament is regressive and primitive, and that in his contemporary society only degenerates and criminals are decorated, including women. The “crime” in Kalman’s work points not only to the decorated but also to deviant sexuality and female sexuality, especially 19th and early 20th century constructions. (Through March 23)

Gerard Natale: Into The Gorge @ Southern Vermont  Arts Center

Gerard Natale: Into The Gorge @ Southern Vermont Arts Center

Mud Season @ Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester. A group exhibition of paintings, sculpture, photographs, mixed media and jewelry as well as solo exhibitions of paintings by Gerard Natale and Barbara Harshman. (Through March 23)

Works by Herbert Reichert @ John Davis Gallery

Works by Herbert Reichert @ John Davis Gallery

Herbert Reichert: Apocrypha @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. A solo exhibition of paintings, photographs and sculpture by Herbert Reichert. (Through March 23)

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)

Nancy Johnson: Serenade @ 510 Warren Street Gallery

Nancy Johnson: Serenade @ 510 Warren Street Gallery

Nancy Johnson & Dori Latman: Recent Painting @ 510 Warren Street Gallery, Hudson. (Through March 30)

Works by Dan Burkholder @ Martinez Gallery

Works by Dan Burkholder @ Martinez Gallery

From The Apennines to the Hudson Valley @ Martinez Gallery, Troy. A solo exhibition of works by noted iPhone photographer Dan Burkholder. (Through March 31)

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)

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. 110 Spring Street, 518-587-6433. (Through April 11)

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)

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.) Two-Minute Performances in a One-Seat Theater: Sunday March 9, 2–5 pm, Tuesday, March 18, 11–2 pm and Thursday April 3, 6–9 pm. (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)

Roots and Rhythm 2014 @ Shelnutt Gallery

Roots and Rhythm 2014 @ Shelnutt Gallery

Roots and Rhythms 2014 @ Shelnutt Gallery, Troy. An exhibition in honor of Black History Month that includes many artists who have shown their work in the Shelnutt Gallery over the past decade: Kwame Marcus Anderson, Gregory Coates, Francelise Dawkins, Lamerol Gatewood, Femi J Johnson, Marlene Marshall, Reginald Madison, Montalvo Brothers, George Simmons, , Sergio G. Tornero, Stephen J. Tyson, Ron Walton and Frank Wimberley. (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. (Through April 27)

Gail Giles: From The Bridge I @ The Chatham Bookstore

Gail Giles: From The Bridge I @ The Chatham Bookstore

Gail Giles: Pathways & Waterways @ The Chatham Bookstore. A series of large charcoal drawings, done on-site as well as in the studio, mostly from inspiration at the Hudson River’s edge. (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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