Opening:We Love Bikes @ The corner of River and State Streets, Troy. A one-night-only outdoor art show to celebrate Carrie Will’s self-published photo-based art project documenting the growing bike community of the Capital Region. A photo book, with an essay by Amy Halloran, will be debuted and available for purchase and images from the project will be projected outdoors with the help of a bike powered generator. Reception: Friday May 30, 6-10pm (One night only) October Waves and External Conditions @ BCB Art, Hudson. Two solo shows, October Waves – photographs by Sandra Gottlieb and External Conditions – monotypes by Brenda Giegerich, in which both artists operate in the realm of the imaginary or momentary phenomena. Sandra Gottlieb’s seascapes focus on the shifting tides and changing light of the sunset ocean of Rockaway Beach, while Benda Giegerich’s paintings represent a meditation on our perception of the surrounding landscape. Also on view are works by a selection of gallery artists, including Antonio Alvarez, Sasha Chermayeff, Michael Lindsay- Hogg, Lucio Pozzi, Benjy Swett, William Wegman, Dan Welden and others. Artists’ reception: Saturday, May 31, 6-8pm. (Through July 6) Colorfall @ Sorelle Gallery, Albany. A solo show of new rural and urban landscape paintings by Robert Longley. Reception: Friday, May 30, 5-8pm. (Through June 12)
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Country Visions: A Celebration of Rural Life in Schoharie County @ Clement Art Gallery, Troy. New works in oil, pastel and watercolor by Upstate New York artist Elizabeth Apgar-Smith. Opening reception: Friday, May 30, 6-9pm. (Through June 25) Teetering @ MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams. The mother/daughter team of internationally-renowned artists Gayle Wells Mandle and Julia Mandle collaborate in this exhibition that examines socio-economic issues through multiple media, including large-scaled photography, painting, drawing, embroidery and sculpture. Reception: Thursday, May 29, 6-8pm. (Through June 22) 2014 June Invitational @ 510 Warren Street Gallery, Hudson. Four artists from Berkshire and Columbia Counties: Ann-Marie Light, Ellen Murtaugh, Margo Trout and Ken Young. Opening Reception: Saturday, May 31, 2-6pm. (Through June 30) Butterfies @ Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. Exploring one of Earth’s most unique living creatures along with the fascination they inspire, this inter-disciplinary exhibition includes works by contemporary artists as well as historic and cultural artifacts from around the world. The heart of the exhibition is The Butterfly Pavilion, which will be aflutter with a variety of vivid butterflies, representing species from around the world as well as those found in New England meadows. Admission to the Butterfly Pavilion is an additional $2 per person. Preview party: Friday, May 30, 5:30-7:30pm. (Through September 1).
Last Chance to SeeThe 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)
Continuing: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) Joby Baker: Figures @ Lauren Clark Fine Art, Great Barrington. Paintings by Canadian-born artist Joby Baker. (Through June 8) 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) Art Biologic – Of Nature and Science @ Limner Gallery, Hudson. An exhibition that examines varied interpretations of the biological world, through nature and science, featuring 28 artists using a wide variety of media. (Through June 14) plant Magic dust @ ARTspace, Germantown. A solo exhibition of the work of Dawn Breeze that examines her continual fascination with interwoven connections of thought, time, place, transformation and materials as subject. (Through June 15) 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) 2014 Season Opener @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Six solo shows in the main gallery, sculpture garden and carriage house: Lois Dickson (painting), Lisa Sanders (sculpture), William Stone (sculpture), Reginald Madison (painting), Alison Fox (painting) and Alison Hall (painting). Opens Thursday, May 22. Reception: Saturday, May 24, 6-8pm. (Through June 15) Diane Cournoyer @ Good Purpose Gallery, Lee. Paintings by Diane Cournoyer that investigate construction, shape and lyrical line. (Through June 16) Burnt Offerings @ Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill. A group exhibition of artwork by ceramic artist that examines the interplay between clay as a sculptural medium and representations of similar ideas in other media. This show includes experimental firing techniques and conceptual uses of ceramics. In addition to traditional ceramic pieces, the show will include related drawings, encaustics, prints and sculptures by ceramicists that engage similar themes, stylistic concerns or subject matter. Participating artists include Fred Adell, Susan Beecher, Lois Binetsky, Dina Bursztyn, Faye Eng, Stephen Fabrico, Frank Giorgini, Millie Goldberg, Judith Hugentobler, Denise Kelty, Ariana Kolins, Adam Ledford, Yinka Orafidiya, Lucie Piedra + Meg Oliver (l&m studio), Elizabeth Nields, Yinka Orafidiya, Ruth Sachs, David Smyth, Naomi Teppich, Marcus Villagran and Leslie Yolen. (Through June 21) 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. (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. (Through June 22) 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) Mutable/Immutable, New Works by Christie Scheele @ Chace-Randall Gallery, Andes. Atmospheric, minimalist landscapes that cross the boundaries between traditional realism and the contemporary art world, exploring themes of change and the eternal in the landscape. (Through July 7) Streets of Hudson @ CCCA Gallery, Hudson. Artworks celebrating the city of Hudson by 26 local and regional artists in a variety of media: Donna Barrett, Stephen Benson, Arlene Boehm, Denise Chandler, Gerald Cooley, John Cooley, Olive Farrell, Gretchen Kelly, Scott Keidong, Maria Kolodziej-Zincio, Maria Manhattan, Jack Millard, Holly Northrup, Daniel Region, Karen Rhodes, Ricardo Roig, Trudi Roth, Lori Rothstein, Cecelia Sinclair, Ken Tannenbaum, Glen Tunstall, K. Velis Turan, Karl Volk, Kevin Winkleman, Leonard Wise and Kenneth Young. (Through July 12) Kamilla Talbot @ The West Kortright Center, East Meredith. Oil paintings and works on paper by Kamilla Talbot, whose works are landscape-based, many of them painted en plein air of the trees and ponds of the Catskills and the changing light at dawn and dusk. (Through July 14) Kim Kauffman: New Work from the Florilegium and Confluence Series @ Galerie BMG, Woodstock. Kim Kauffman’s Florilegium and Confluence series combine a variety of natural and man-made objects, using multiple images layered to create an abstract and visual environment. Kauffman’s work will be featured at both Galerie BMG locations in Woodstock and Bearsville. The Bearsville location at Cricket Ridge, opening in collaboration with Sweetheart Gallery, will also feature paintings by Lila Bacon, co-owner of Sweetheart Gallery and a prolific Woodstock artist. (Through July 27) 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. Fowl Portraits/Ye Are God’s Building @ Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield. Photographer Paul Lange’s Fowl Portraits will be displayed along with Eric Korenman’s series, Ye Are God’s Building in the Poultry House Gallery. (Through August 24) 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) An Oasis of Beauty: Photographs by Julie McCarthy @ Chesterwood, Stockbridge. Chesterwood’s 2013/2014 artist-in-residence, Stockbridge photographer Julie McCarthy turns her lens on the possessions and surroundings of Margaret “Peggy” French Cresson, the only child of famed sculptor Daniel Chester French. An accomplished portrait sculptor in her own right, Margaret, born in 1889, lived at Chesterwood in the summer months from the time she was a little girl until her death in 1973. Also on display on the outdoor grounds are eleven large-scale abstract sculptures by world-renowned New York sculptor Albert Paley, with a reception and lecture by Paley on Saturday, July 19 at 4pm. (Through October 13) 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)