ArtBeat: What to See


Opening:

Liz Parsons Gets Her Words Out @ LARAC

Liz Parsons Gets Her Words Out @ LARAC

Fragments @ LARAC, Glens Falls. Works by Patricia Sullivan, Anne Stagg, Liz Parsons and Nick Squadere. An exhibition of contemporary artworks that display different techniques and media including painting, jewelry-making, collage and installation, seeking to challenge our perception of our environment or question how social context may influence our daily lives. Opening reception: Friday, August 22, 5-7pm. (Through September 19)

BUMP @ Basilica Hudson

BUMP @ Basilica Hudson

BUMP @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. An interactive whale exhibit created by brothers Frank DenDanto and Dan DenDanto that includes bones from three different whales, suspended at eye level in Basilica’s Main Hall that are accessible for hands-on touching – not normally an activity allowed at fine art galleries or natural history displays. Once touched, they are set in motion, causing shadows dance around the space. Opening reception and Q&A with the artists: Saturday, August 23, 5-7pm. Closing party ($10): Friday, August 29, 9pm, featuring Black Sea Hotel, Charlie Looker and Patrick Higgins. (Through September 1)

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Fernando Orellana: Slurpee Cows in Yellow @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Fernando Orellana: Slurpee Cows in Yellow @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Playful @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. An exhibit featuring new fresco secco art by Phyllis Palmer, Play-Doh constructions by new media artist Fernando Orellana, wooden wall sculpture by Stephen Walling and wooden “toys” by Joseph Kurhajec. Opening reception: Saturday, August 23, 6-8pm. (Through September 21)

Paintings by Noah Post @ PS 209

Paintings by Noah Post @ PS 209

Tracery @ PS 209 Art Gallery, Stone Ridge. Works by Suzy Sureck, Noah Post, Anat Shiftan and Jenny Kemp. Opening reception: Saturday, August 23, 5-7pm. (Through September 28)

Works by Daniel Kruger @ Sienna Gallery

Works by Daniel Kruger @ Sienna Gallery

Angle of Incidence @ Sienna Gallery, Lenox. Jewelry by South African born artist Daniel Kruger. Artist reception: Saturday, August 23, 5-7pm. Artist lecture and book signing: Sunday, August 24, 11am. (Through September 28)

Works by Regis Brodie @ The Opalka Gallery

Works by Regis Brodie @ The Opalka Gallery

Regis Brodie: Surface Expressions @ The Opalka Gallery, Albany. A survey exhibition of works from the past 45 years from Regis Brodie, known for the expressive surfaces and elegant shapes of his ceramic forms. Opening reception: Friday, September 5, 6-8pm with an artist’s talk at 7pm. (Through October 5)


Last Chance To See:

Eric Korenman: Ishmael and Paul Lange: Pip @  4 Shaker Village

Eric Korenman: Ishmael and Paul Lange: Pip @ Hancock Shaker Village

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)

Bruce Murphy: Sound Coming From Nowhere @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Bruce Murphy: Sound Coming From Nowhere @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

A Nod to the Past @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. New paintings by Mark Beard, photographs by David Halliday and abstract works by Bruce Murphy and James O’Shea. (Through August 24)

Winslow Homer: Flirting on the Seashore and On The Meadow @ The Arkell Museum

Winslow Homer: Flirting on the Seashore and On The Meadow @ The Arkell Museum

A View from the Shore: Winslow Homer’s Impressions from the Coast @ The Arkell Museum, Canajoharie. An exhibition that examines Windslow Homer’s fascination with coastal and nautical scenes as an illustrator and special correspondent for the American pictorial press. The images include early illustrations for periodicals including Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper and Harper’s Weekly as well as rare lithographs and large etchings made after Homer’s paintings. (Through August 24)

Julia Morgan-Leamon: Split/Level @ MCLA Gallery 51

Julia Morgan-Leamon: Split/Level @ MCLA Gallery 51

Split/Level @ MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams. A solo show by Julia Morgan-Leamon, who utilizes found and altered objects, assemblage, paint, sculpture and video to explore rifts (and connections) in experience. The exhibition is built around two personal narratives of loss and a feather-light poem that connects them. (Through August 24)

(left) Steven Young Lee: Vase with Peonies (detail) and Sin-ying Ho: Temptation: Life of Goods, No. 2 (detail) @ Independent Art Projects

(left) Steven Young Lee: Vase with Peonies (detail) and Sin-ying Ho: Temptation: Life of Goods, No. 2 (detail) @ Independent Art Projects

Grand Opening Weekend @ Independent Art Projects, North Adams. Independent Art Projects (IAP) celebrates the grand opening of its 2,500 square-foot exhibition space at 1315 MASS MoCA Way with a reception and a series of talks by artists and the gallery owners who represent them. The exhibit includes works by Tanya Marcuse and Christopher Russell, represented by Julie Saul Gallery; Shuli Sadé, represented by Cynthia-Reeves; Steven Young Lee and Sin-Ying Ho, represented by Ferrin Contemporary; and Lauren Fensterstock, represented by Sienna Patti Contemporary. (Through August 24)

Jim Miller: Inferno @ Albany Barn

Jim Miller: Inferno @ Albany Barn

The Big Picture @ Albany Barn, Albany. Photographs by Jim Miller. Also on display: Unexpected Photography, featuring works by Elise Van Allen, Mike Wagner, Kat Brockschmidt, Rayann Czarnecki, Michael Ortega, Nicole Campon and Jim Paulsen. (Through August 25)

Works by Jaeok Lee @ PRESS

Works by Jaeok Lee @ PRESS

Nature as Medicine, Nature as Companion @ PRESS, North Adams. Works of printer Erika Radich and ceramicist Jaeok Lee. (Through August 25)


Continuing:

Works by Regis Brodie @ Salem Art Works

Works by Regis Brodie @ Salem Art Works

Cynthia Rosen & Regis Brodie @ Salem Art Works, Salem. (Through August 31)

Paintings by Delphine Cossais and Mika @ Enchanté Whole Leaf Teas

Paintings by Delphine Cossais and Mika @ Enchanté Whole Leaf Teas

“L’Un n’ empêche pas l’Autre” (One does not exclude the Other) @ Enchanté Tea House, Troy. The collaborative paintings of Delphine Cossais and Mika, two very different professional painters in love. (Through August 31)

Kim Beck: NOTICE: A Flock of Signs @ Art Omi

Kim Beck: NOTICE: A Flock of Signs @ Art Omi

Summer Exhibitions @ Art Omi, Ghent. New works by ten artists, including contemporary sculptures and innovative architecture projects by Afruz Amighi, Kim Beck, Denise Hoffman Brandt, Rob Fischer, Haresh Lalvani, Harrison Atelier, Celeste Roberge, Alison Saar, Alex Schweder and Stephen Westfall.

Mark Peterson: Mayor Bill Deblasio Talks To The Press Before The Start Of The Veteran’s Day Parade In NYC 11/2013 @ The Center for Photography at Woodstock

Mark Peterson: Mayor Bill Deblasio Talks To The Press Before The Start Of The Veteran’s Day Parade In NYC 11/2013 @ The Center for Photography at Woodstock

The Space Between: Redefining Public and Personal in Smartphone Photography @ Center for Photography at Woodstock. Eight international artists and two online collectives whose work invites us to experience the poetics found in the intersection of image-making and social media tools: Laura El-Tantawy, Henry Jacobson, Chip Litherland, Florence Oliver, Kerry Payne, Mark Peterson, Sofia Verzbolovskis, Echo/Sight and Tiny Collective. (Through August 31)

Mose Tolliver: Self Portrait @ The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Mose Tolliver: Self Portrait @ The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Faces and Figures in Self-Taught Art @ The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie. Paintings, drawings and sculptures by artists who operate without academic training and outside traditional artistic discourse, including works by Steven Ashby, Henry Darger, Thornton Dial, Howard Finster, Dwight Macintosh, Donald Mitchell and Inez Nathaniel Walker as well as others. (Through August 31)

Photographs by John Lipkowitz. @ 510 Warren Street Gallery

Photographs by John Lipkowitz. @ 510 Warren Street Gallery

Paris, Giverny and the Loire Valley: Personal Impressions @ 510 Warren Street, Hudson. Works by fine art photographer John Lipkowitz. (Through August 31)

Dima Gavrysh: PASAB @ Davis Orton Gallery

Dima Gavrysh: PASAB @ Davis Orton Gallery

Afghanistan: Photographs by Dima Gavrysh and Andrea Camuto @ Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson. Dima Gavrysh will exhibit Inshallah, a project that explores the Soviet and American occupations of Afghanistan. Andrea Camuto’s work documents the plight of refugees in makeshift living quarters in the war-ravaged country. Also on display are portfolio showcases of David Gardner: Life on Wheels: The New American Nomads and Stan Raucher: Los Israelitas – The New Promised Land. (Through August 31)

Abby Dubow: Perseus @ Lauren Clark Fine Art

Abby Dubow: Perseus @ Lauren Clark Fine Art

Amy Dubow: Explorations @ Lauren Clark Fine Art, Great Barrington. Monotypes, monoprints, collage and Chine-collé, created around oil-based inks and incorporating Plexiglas, zinc, copper, tin, prepared fiberboard and other found materials. (Through September 1)

Draga Susanj: Honeycombed @ GCCA Catskill Gallery

Draga Susanj: Honeycombed @ GCCA Catskill Gallery

Ad Infinitum @ GCCA Catskill Gallery, Catskill. This site-specific installation is a collaboration between the selected artists, who will make a conceptual, maze-like web of sculptures, photograms, and collages to walk through in the gallery, with much of the art rooted in natural themes with repeating organic forms and patterns made from recycled materials, found objects and every day objects. Artists include Jordan Baker, Matt Bua, Dana Gentile, Jared Handelsman, Sam Horowitz, Sono Kuwayama, Paula Lalala, Anne-Marie McIntyre, Sara Pruiksma and Draga Susanj. Opening reception: Saturday, July 12 (Catskill 2nd Saturday), 5-7pm. (Through September 1)

Butterflies @ Berkshire Museum

Butterflies @ Berkshire Museum

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. (Through September 1).

Tasha Depp: Hair Weed Synthesis @ GCCA Catskill Gallery

Tasha Depp: Hair Weed Synthesis @ GCCA Catskill Gallery

Tasha Depp: Connected Vision @ GCCA Catskill Gallery, Catskill. A solo show of work by Tasha Depp, whose near photo-realistic paintings investigate art-making and sustainable living in a culture of consumption. Opening reception: Saturday, July 12 (Catskill 2nd Saturday), 5-7pm. (Through September 1)

Works by Jim Youngerman @ No. Six Depot, West Stockbridge

Works by Jim Youngerman @ No. Six Depot, West Stockbridge

Works by Jim Youngerman @ No. Six Depot Gallery, West Stockbridge. Lyrical, surreal and sometimes humorous paintings and drawings in watercolor and graphite that draw from many influences including dada, surrealism, the classics and conceptual art. (Through September 2)

Works by Michael Lindsay-Hogg @ BCB Art

Works by Michael Lindsay-Hogg @ BCB Art

You Game? I’m Game @ BCB Art, Hudson. New paintings, drawings and works on paper by music, movie and stage director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, noted as the prime force behind creative productions such as the Beatles’ “Let It Be,” the Rolling Stones’ ”Rock n’ Roll Circus” and the off-Broadway play, “The Normal Heart.” (Through September 7)

Martin Benjamin: Donna, Arles, France, 1988 @ The Albany Institute of History and Art

Martin Benjamin: Donna, Arles, France, 1988 @ The Albany Institute of History and Art

Summer Exposures @ The Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany. Photographic works by Martin Benjamin, Carolyn Marks Blackwood, Tom Fels, Dana Hoey, and William Jaeger. (Through September 7)

Ceramic heads by Sergei Isupov @ Albany International Airport Gallery

Large sculpted ceramic heads by Sergei Isupov @ Albany International Airport Gallery

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)

Peter Aaron: Summer Wheat Field @ ARTspace

Peter Aaron: Summer Wheat Field @ ARTspace

Syria: Then and Now @ ARTspace, Germantown. In 2009, architectural photographer Peter Aaron traveled through Syria just before the revolution broke out, recording the extraordinary architecture, both ancient and recent, and the people. This exhibition comprises a selection of these images juxtaposed with more recent photographs of the destruction that has occurred since his visit. (Through September 7)

Works by Matthew Blackwell @ John Davis Gallery

Paintings by Matthew Blackwell @ John Davis Gallery

Matthew Blackwell @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Also on display: sculpture by Maud Bryt, paintings by Judith Simonian, Angela Dufresne and Kathy Osborn and photography by Ruth Lauer Manenti. (Through September 7)

Works by Erika deVries @ Hudson Opera House

Works by Erika deVries @ Hudson Opera House

Erika deVries: whathaslightodowithdarkness @ Hudson Opera House, Hudson. An exploration of the artist’s sense of presence and absence in multiple media, with her signature works in neon expressing a personal narrative of girlhood, womanhood and subsequent motherhood. (Through September 7)

Larry Kagan: Shadow Puppet II @ The Hyde Collection

Larry Kagan: Shadow Puppet II @ The Hyde Collection

Larry Kagan: Lying Shadows @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. 28 wall-mounted works that illustrate Larry Kagan’s process of creating a hybrid form of sculpture that combines the solid component of a steel wire sculpture and the specific shadow it casts on the wall in a way that challenges expectations. Also on display: Emerging from the Shadows: Edward Hopper and His Contemporaries, 25 works on paper that explore the use of shadow as a narrative dimension. (Through September 14)

(left) Gina Occhiogrosso: Just Keep Going and Susan Meyer: Vinyl @ Esther Massry Gallery

(left) Gina Occhiogrosso: Just Keep Going and Susan Meyer: Vinyl @ Esther Massry Gallery

Art + Design 2014 Faculty Show @ Esther Massry Gallery, Albany. Participating faculty are Ann Breaznell, Anne Hobday, Chris St. Cyr and Jessica Loy, graphic design; Jeanne Flanagan, gallery director; Scott Brodie and Ben Schwab, drawing and painting; Kris Corso Tolmie, printmaking; Paul Mauren, sculpture; Rob O’Neil and Tom Santelli, photography; Gina Occhiogrosso and Susan Meyer, foundations. Additional faculty include Brian Cirmo, Chris De Marco, Abraham Ferraro, Andrea Hersh, Sharon Siegel and Marian Sullivan Chilson. Reception: Friday, September 5, 5-7pm. (Through September 20)

Rodney Wood: Evanescence @ Clement Art Gallery

Rodney Wood: Evanescence @ Clement Art Gallery

Of Beauties & Beasts @ Clement Art Gallery, Troy. 13 diverse artists in an exhibition devoted to figurative and nature art’s narrative and emotive possibilities: Claus Brusen, Jon Christopher Gernon, Russell Gordon, Igor Grechanyk, Caitlin Hackett, Spring Hofeldt, Steven Kenny, Richard A. Kirk, Jennifer Knaus, Scherer & Ouporov, Benjamin Vierling, Jeff Wigman and Rodney Wood.. (Through September 20)

Container for Cowrie Shells with Seven Yaks on Lid @ The Clark Art Institute

Container for Cowrie Shells with Seven Yaks on Lid @ The Clark Art Institute

Cast for Eternity: Ancient Ritual Bronzes from the Shanghai Museum @ The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. In this exhibition drawn from the core of the Shanghai Museum’s exceptional collection of bronze vessels and bells dating from the late Xia through the Western Han dynasties (c. 1800 bce–c. 8 ce), thirty-two objects show the range of artistic expression and variety of sculptural forms realized during China’s Bronze Age. (Through September 21)

Amy Sillman: Black Doorway (detail) @ CSC Bard Galleries

Amy Sillman: Black Doorway (detail) @ CCS Bard Galleries

Amy Sillman: one lump or two @ CCS Bard/Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson. Amy Sillman’s first museum survey, this exhibition follows her development as an artist from the mid-1990s to the present as her work moved from drawing to painting to moving images, and from figuration to abstraction. Featured are more than 90 works, including drawings, paintings, ‘zines (which she calls “a chance to present one’s own epiphanies”) and her recent forays into animated film. (Through September 21)

Anne Collier: Negative (California), @ CCS Bard Galleries

Anne Collier: Negative (California), @ CCS Bard Galleries

Anne Collier @ CCS Bard/Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson. Encompassing around forty works, an exhibition presenting several themes that have dominated Collier’s practice during the past decade, including pop psychology, the clichés and conventions of commercial photography, autobiography and the act of looking or seeing. (Through September 21)

Nancy Grossman: Road to Life @ The Tang

Nancy Grossman: Road to Life @ The Tang

Masked @ Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Exploring the duality of public appearance and private experience in constructing identity, the works in this exhibition suggest the variety of ways we conceal and reveal facets of ourselves to the outside world. The exhibition features photographs, prints, and sculpture from the Tang Collection by artists Marina Abramović, Nayland Blake, Jeanne Dunning, Phyllis Galembo, Daniel Gordon, Nancy Grossman, Yasumasa Morimura, Lillian Mulero, Eduardo Paolozzi, Man Ray, Laurie Simmons and Andy Warhol. (Through September 28)

Carleen Sheehan: Stag @ Thompson Giroux Gallery

Carleen Sheehan: Stag @ Thompson Giroux Gallery

Friend of a Friend@ Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham. For this exhibition, Thompson Giroux turned the selection process over to the artists themselves — seven who have previously shown at the gallery were each asked to invite someone new. Connections between inviter and invitee may or may not be apparent, but are fun to look for. Artists include: Simeon Amstutz, Adam Brent, Steven Careau, Sasha Chermayeff, Andrew duPont, Jean Feinberg, Marianne Gagnier, Jolynn Krystosek, Kim McLean, Susan Rabinowitz, Ed Rath, Asya Reznikov, Carleen Sheehan and Michael Tong. (Through September 28)

Kamil Vojnar: Elsewhere @ Galerie BMG

Kamil Vojnar: Elsewhere @ Galerie BMG

Kamil Vognar: Elsewhere @ Galerie BMG, Woodstock and Bearsville. A new series of work by mixed media photographer Kamil Vojnar, who creates multiple layers of imagery using photographs and textures as well as varnishes and paints. (Through October 5)

Works by Daniel Jocz @ Curatorium

Works by Daniel Jocz @ Curatorium

Like Garage Band @ Curatorium, Hudson. Daniel Jocz’s installation of 13 ripped, cut, shredded and spray painted narratives on industrial grade aluminum panels. (Through October 11)

Works by Mary Reid Kelley @ University Art Museum

Works by Mary Reid Kelley @ University Art Museum

Mary Reid Kelley: Working Objects and Videos @ University Art Museum, Albany. Three recent videos by Mary Reid Kelley: You Make Me Iliad, The Syphilis of Sisyphus and Priapus Agonistes, as well as an exploration of the inventive process by which she has fused live performance, drawing, sculpture, costume design and digital media. (Through October 12)

Jasper Johns: Target

Jasper Johns: Target

Make It New: Abstract Painting from the National Gallery of Art, 1950–1975 @ The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. An exhibition that examines the different paths taken by abstract painting in the first quarter-century of the postwar period, presenting Abstract Expressionist and color field masterpieces alongside other canonical works organized by the formal categories of pattern, texture, and shape. Featuring key works such as Jackson Pollock’s Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist), Mark Rothko’s No. 1 (1961) , and Lee Bontecou’s Untitled (1962), the show also includes paintings by Jean Dubuffet, Jasper Johns, Yayoi Kusama, Robert Ryman and Cy Twombly. (Through October 13)

Photographs by Julie McCarthy @ Chesterwood

Photographs by Julie McCarthy @ Chesterwood

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)

David Smith: Circle II @ The Clark Art Institute

David Smith: Circle II @ The Clark Art Institute

Raw Color: The Circles of David Smith @ The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. Painted in hues contrary to those found in nature, David Smith’s sculptures were constructed to stand in concert with the dramatic Adirondack landscape of the fields surrounding his home and studio in Bolton Landing, where he placed them. (Through October 19)

Edward Hopper: Men Seated at Café Table @ Norman Rockwell Museum

Edward Hopper: Men Seated at Café Table @ Norman Rockwell Museum

The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator @ Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. A study of the little-known twenty-year illustration career of the realist master as well as attitudes towards art and the crosscurrents of contemporary commercial society during the early to mid twentieth century. (Through October 26)

Proposal For Torus, Variation I (screen capture) @ The Tang

Kamau Amu Patton: Proposal For Torus, Variation I (screen capture) @ The Tang

Elevator Music 27 Kamau Patton: Torus-Variation 1 @ Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery, Saratoga Springs. New work by New York based artist Kamau Amu Patton, who has assembled a group of analogue video monitors that present streams of geometric abstraction and video feedback with synthesized sound, building on his investigations into the electromagnetic spectrum and audible material as a social and aesthetic phenomena. (Through October 26)

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George Inness: The Rainbow @ The Arkell Museum

George Inness: The Rainbow @ The Arkell Museum

George Inness: The Arkell Collection @ The Arkell Museumm, Canajoharie. Five landscapes from the Arkell’s permanent collection that reveal George Inness’ diverse painting methods and approaches during the middle of his career—from detailed depictions of nature to gestural brushwork and vague landscapes. (Through November 15)

Erika Verzutti: Mineral (detail) @ The Tang

Erika Verzutti: Mineral (detail) @ The Tang

Opener 28: Erika Verzutti: Mineral @ The Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery, Saratoga Springs. A field of bronze, concrete, clay and wax sculptures marks this first solo museum exhibition for Sao Paulo-based artist Erika Verzutti, whose works often combine dissimilar elements, such as references to common, everyday objects like fruits, vegetables, and eggs, with ceremonial forms, such as totems, tablets, and gravestones. (Through November 16)

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. (Through December 1)

The Dying of the Light: Film as Medium and Metaphor @ MASS MoCA

The Dying of the Light: Film as Medium and Metaphor @ 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.

Jeff Sonhouse: Exhibit A: Cardinal Francis Arinze @ The Tang

Jeff Sonhouse: Exhibit A: Cardinal Francis Arinze @ The Tang

Opener 26: Jeff Sonhouse @ Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Over the past ten years, New York-based artist Jeff Sonhouse has created a powerful body of portrait paintings depicting often-masked black male figures that consistently defy and obscure classification. Adept at mixing pattern, color, and material, Sonhouse’s paintings feature a variety of unusual materials such as matchsticks, steel wool and cowry shells, and include references to art historical figures from Ed Paschke to Pablo Picasso. (Through January 4, 2015)

Kay Rosen: Wanderful!

Kay Rosen: Wanderful!

I was a double @ The Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Visual artists who are rule makers, across a wide variety of styles and disciplines; all of the artists in this show invent rules and then follow them; whether written or not: Suzanne Bocanegra, Regina Bogat, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, André Cadere, Sarah Cain, Karin Davie, Taylor Davis, David Dupuis, Tony Feher, Alfred Jensen. Chris Johanson and Johanna Jackson, Sol LeWitt, Chris Martin, Gabriel Orozco, Bruce Pearson, Ciara Phillips, Kay Rosen, Wolfgang Tillmans, Fred Tomaselli, Johannes VanDerBeek, Ruth Vollmer, Stanley Whitney and Christopher Wool. (Through January 4, 2015)

Beverly Semmes: Angel @ The Tang

Beverly Semmes: Angel @ The Tang

Opener 27: Beverly Semmes: FRP @ Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery, Saratoga Springs. The Feminist Responsibility Project (FRP) by New York-based artist Beverly Semmes includes drawings, video, ceramics, and illuminated glass forms that are suspended throughout the gallery. At the heart of the exhibition is a collection of works on paper that features rough gestural applications of ink and paint that conceal and reveal the body as depicted in pornographic magazines. (Through January 4, 2015)

A Century of Olmsted: Utica and Beyond @ Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute

A Century of Olmsted: Utica and Beyond @ Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute

A Century of Olmsted: Utica and Beyond @ Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica. In the early 20th century, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. (1870-1957) and Thomas R. Proctor (1844-1920) led the way in the transformation of the Utica landscape, creating beautiful and naturalistic recreational spaces that provided escapes from the city and enhanced the quality of life for its inhabitants. This exhibition explores the creation of some of Utica’s most beautiful natural places, including contemporary photographs by Lee Friedlander. (Through January 4)

Works by Franz West @ Williams College Museum of Art

Works by Franz West @ Williams College Museum of Art

Franz West @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. Franz West (Austrian, 1947-2012) is known for willfully un-serious, non-ideological and sometimes mischievously erotic mixed-media drawings, sculptures and furniture. Intentionally crude collages combine awkwardly isolated figures from magazine ads with slapdash coats of thick paint and representations of the artist’s own sculptures. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Hall Art Foundation’s installation of West’s monumental outdoor sculpture Les Pommes d’Adam at MASS MoCA. (Through January 25)

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)

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