ArtBeat: What To See
Opening:Aline Smithson and Meg Birnbaum @ Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson. Aline Smithson’s photographic series, Arrangement in Green and Black, incorporates traditional darkroom techniques to which she has added the richness of hand painting. After Whistler’s Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1 (Whistler’s Mother), Smithson has posed her 85 year-old mother in 20 ensembles. Also on display are Meg Birnbaum’s documentary photographs of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence as well as portfolio showcases by Caleb Cole and Susan Copich. Reception: Saturday, May 17, 6-8pm (Through June 22) Off the Beaten Path: Prints by J. Ann Eldridge and Photographs by Bill Duffy @ Spencertown Academy Arts Center. New Hampshire-based artists J. Ann Eldridge and Bill Duffy are a husband and wife team whose artworks focus on aspects of the natural and human world that are often hidden or overlooked. Eldridge’s drawings and etchings are inspired by her gardening and land conservation work. Photographer Duffy, who is also a cartographer, is influenced by the people and places he encounters during his map-making work. Artists’ reception: Saturday, May 17, 4-6pm. (Through June 22)
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Last Chance to SeeYura Adams: Paintings @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Recent oil paintings by Yura Adams. (Through May 18)
Continuing:Footnotes @ CCS Bard/Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson. An exhibition of works from the CCS Bard Hessel Museum, co-curated by the class of 2015 MA candidates, that rethink the relationship between title, text and footnote. Artists include: Janine Antoni, David Altmejd, Barbara Bloom, Moyra Davey, Keith Edmier, Olafur Eliasson, VALIE EXPORT, Saul Fletcher, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Mona Hatoum, Alfredo Jaar. An-My Lê. Paulo Nazareth, Gabriel Orozco, Pipilotti Rist, Martha Rosler. Daniela Rossell. Mika Rottenberg. Frances Stark and Thomas Struth. Also on display is Deviance Credits, thirteen exhibitions and projects curated by second-year students in its graduate program in curatorial studies and contemporary art. (Through May 25) Doris Simon: My Inner Universe @ 510 Warren St Gallery, Hudson. (Through May 25) 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) BASH An Exhibition in Two Parts @ Kleinert/James Arts Center, Woodstock. This two-part group exhibition, produced in association with MAXART, will feature recent works by emerging and internationally recognized contemporary artists, including Laurie Anderson, Ulla von Brandenburg, Olaf Breuning, Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová, Heather Cook, John Giorno, William Hunt, Nick Mauss, Josephine Meckseper, Dieter Meier, Marilyn Minter, Wangechi Mutu, David Noonan, Mai-Thu Perret, Ugo Rondinone, Josh Smith, Mickalene Thomas, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Robert Wilson. Curated by Daniel Mason. (Through May 26) Dust to Dust: Artists in Pastel @ Clement Art Gallery, Troy. Fourteen artists working in pastel: Constance Alexander, Connie Dodge, David Francis, Laura Garramone, Carolyn Justice, Julia Lesnichy, Leo Loomie, Michelle Mrowka, Jerolyn Ouimet, Corey Pitkin, Margaret Reed, Mary Ellen Riell, Takeyce Walter and Jim Richard Wilson. (Through May 28) Paintings by Carol Gobin & Gail Sauter @ The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown. Opening reception: Saturday, May 3, 5-7pm. (Through May 30) The Print Show @ Woodstock School of Art. 46 hand pulled prints selected by Woodstock printmakers Karen Whitman and Richard Pantell will be on display. (Through May 31) 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) New Offspring @ The Open Studio, Catskill. Kachina-inspired cloth dolls by Julie Chase, made with a mix of found fabrics and covered in an array of talismans and charms. Also on display are ceramic works by Dina Bursztyn and new assemblages in the collection of The ArTchaeological Museum. (Through May 31) Yuni Kim Lang @ Siena Gallery, Lenox. Yuni Kim Lang is a Michigan-based visual artist who creates sculptures, photographs and wearable art that explores themes of weight, mass, accumulation, hair and cultural identity. (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) Meliti Kontogiorgi @ The Foundry for Art Design + Culture, Cohoes. Meliti Kontogiorgi investigates how relations of power and violence interfere in shaping identity, reducing them to absurd constructions in order to contradict and cancel the status of the representation itself. (Through June 1) Under the Influence (of the New York School) @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. Works of Abstract Expressionism by Lionel Gilbert, Judith Lindbloom, Russell De Young and William Bond Walker. Reception: Saturday, April 26, 6-8pm. (Through June 1) Four Seasons @ The Laffer Gallery, Glens Falls. Works by Leslie Peck and George Van Hook, both known for their power of observation in capturing nature’s subtle beauty and simplicity: Using strong contrasts in light and shadow, Peck searches for the poetic balance between the natural and the manmade, while Van Hook’s plein air works follows in the tradition of the impressionists. (Through June 4) Gabe Brown: Open Sea Dark Land @ Courthouse Gallery, Lake George. Gabe Brown’s multilayered paintings combine a narrative of personal experience with colorful landscapes where geometric forms mix with the natural and man-made worlds of birds, ships and swirling teardrop rainbows. (Through June 6) 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) Of Like Mind @ The Photography Center of the Capital District, Troy. From rusted trucks to plaza fireworks, two master photographers, Jeffrey Altman (1947–2012) and Jeffrey Perkins, view their worlds with like minds. (Through June 15) As Above So Below @ Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham. Works by Peter Acheson, Martha Lloyd, Tony Martin and Larry Webb. (Through June 15) Diane Cournoyer @ Good Purpose Gallery, Lee. Paintings by Diane Cournoyer that investigate construction, shape and lyrical line. (Through June 16) Martina Angela Müller: Small Works on Exhibit @ The Chatham Bookstore. Ghent artist Martina Angela Müller displays small works from her new series of oil paintings, a body of new work that is painted with nature, making the movements of wind and water visible on the canvas through a number of unusual ways of engaging the actual forces of wind and water. (Through June 31) 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. Body Language @ Albany International Airport Gallery, Colonie. A group show of eleven artists whose work focuses on the human figure and its expressions: Darcie Abbatiello, Melanie Baker, Leona Christie, Brian Cirmo, Sean Hovendick, Sergei Isupov, Paul Miyamoto, Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison, Amy Podmore, Lin Price. (Through September 7) 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)