ArtBeat: What To See
Opening:AVIARY (reimagined) @ 404 Main Street and Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. After being suspended in the rotunda of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on the occasion of the Works and Process 30th anniversary gala, artist Jason Hackenworth‘s large scale installation, AVIARY, made of over 6000 balloons and measuring 35′ tall x 29′ in diameter, travels upstate to be re-imagined and installed throughout the Village of Catskill. Opening reception: April 12, 12-4pm. (Through May 3) Robert Moran: Relics and Stephen Welch: Material World @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Photographer Robert Moran creates portraits of everyday objects, once relied upon and now obsolete. David Welch constructs and photographs the monuments and totems he builds in response to our contemporary consumerist milieu. Also on view are portfolio showcases of Walter Crump and Andrea Rosenthal. Reception: Saturday, April 12, 6-8pm. (Through May 12)
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Last Chance to SeeIn 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. (Through April 13) 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) 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: 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) Outstanding Upstate @ The Foundry for Art Design + Culture, Cohoes. New work by three Capital Region artists: Robert Gullie’s new collage series, Pin Up Saints, inspired by a lifelong interest in the extreme curiosities of the lives of his favorite female Catholic saints; Brian Cirmo’s exploration of American culture through protagonist self portraiture; and Abraham Ferraro’s structurally engineered site specific sculptures created out of reclaimed cardboard and mailed to their destinations. Closing reception and artist panel discussion: Sunday, April 13, 1pm. (Through April 13)
Continuing:Flourishing @ Sorelle Gallery, Albany. Recent paintings by Lori Eubanks. (Through April 17) 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 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) Stephen Reynolds: New Work @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Composed principally of wood and steel, Stephen Reynolds’ sculptures reference architecture, anatomy and scientific instruments. (Through April 20) George Van Hook: New Work @ Clement Art Gallery, Troy. New paintings by contemporary impressionist George Van Hook. (Through April 23) Botany / 808s @ Collar Works Gallery, Troy. New work by Robin Arnold, inspired by botanical phenomena, from the hidden dynamics of a tiny seed to larger ecosystems. (Through April 27) 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) 17th Anniversary Salon & Annual Collectors Sale @ Albert Shahinian Fine Art, Rhinebeck. (Through April 27) 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) CIVILIZATION @ Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham. Works by Irving Kriesberg and Donna Moylan. (Through April 27) Entropy @ Albany Barn, Albany. Paintings by Sarah Holub Schrom. (Through April 30). When Parts Become Whole @ Spectrum Theatre Art Space, Albany. George Guarino continues his exploration of consciousness with his signature triptych artworks, this time as shallow box collage pieces.(Through April 30) Hudson Celebration @ the Niche Gallery, Saratoga Springs. An exhibition of fine art photography by Nippertown’s own Rudy Lu as well as artwork by Frances Gaffney, Patricia MacDonald, Matt Chinian and Kitty Trimarco. The show is a benefit for the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, an organization that works tirelessly to preserve the Hudson River and educate a new generation of environmental leaders. . (Through April 30) Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age, 2001-2012 @ Schick Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Advocacy posters by artists from around the world on topics ranging from environmental degradation to dirty politics to human rights. (Through May 2) In The Forest @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. Aliene de Souza Howell’s work examines our interactions with each other, the objects we use and the natural world through humor, personal stories, imagination and conscious observation of how we effect our environment. In addition to this solo exhibition, de Souza Howell will also be the first artist to partake in the Art Installation Series in the Schaffer Library Learning Commons, an effort to shift the visual arts from a gallery setting and into a public space. Students, staff, faculty and the public will be able to view the artist at work in the library, observe the creative process in real time, and informally interact with her as she creates. Art installation dates: Monday, March 31- Thursday, April 3. Artist talk: Friday, April 4, 12:55-1:45pm. (Through May 11) 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: 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’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) Jim Tovok: Drawings @ OMI International Arts Center, Ghent. Deploying a personal narrative that allows the viewer to empathize and laugh along, Torok comments on a myriad of topics such as: the inner workings of the art world, politics, the life of an artist, everyday events, and occasional self-doubt. Reception and artist’s talk: Saturday, April 5, 2-5pm. (Through May 31) Imaginary Worlds @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Paintings and sculpture by Dara Alter, Siobhan McBride, Susan Meyer and Kristina Paabus that reimagine the physical, transcendental and utopian properties of the world we live in. (Through May 31) 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. 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,) Baseball, Rodeos and Automobiles: The Art of Murray Tinkelman @ Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. Works by award-winning illustrator Murray Tinkelman exploring themes of baseball, rodeos, classic cars and other subjects. (Through June 15) Alumni Invitational @ The Tang, Saratoga Springs. The fourth in a series that features a group of Skidmore alumni artists working at the cutting edge of contemporary art, this exhibition celebrates the vibrant creative energy of four Skidmore graduates that span fifty-years and a diverse range of media: Gayle Wells Mandle (installation), Grace DeGennaro (paintings), Nicole Parcher (paintings) and Courtney Mattison (ceramic sculpture). (Through June 15) Nick Albertson: One Hundred Count @ The Center for Photography at Woodstock. Drawing from various household objects and office supplies, Chicago-based artist Nick Albertson strips everyday objects of their functional purpose and arranges them to create visceral experiences. Items with seemingly little visual intrigue are arranged so as to have a powerful aesthetic impact. (Through June 15) Photography Now 2014 @ The Center for Photography at Woodstock. Juried by Julie Grahame, a group exhibition by eight international artists who approach the medium of photography in a wide range of directions: Linda Alterwitz, Marcus DeSieno, Natan Dvir, Romy Eijckmans, Thomas Jackson, Jung S. Kim, William Miller and Farideh Sakhaeifar. (Through June 15) 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. The Dying of the Light: Film as Medium and Metaphor @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. A mix of atmospheric, documentary and sculptural works, this exhibition features the work of 6 artists — Rosa Barba, Matthew Buckingham, Tacita Dean, Rodney Graham, Lisa Oppenheim and Simon Starling — who capitalize on film’s particular visual, material, aural and even metaphoric characteristics. 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)