OpeningInhabited Landscapes – Bougault’s Algeria @ The Tang, Saratoga Springs. An exhibition of panoramic photographs of northern Africa by Alexandre Bougault includes recently acquired works as well as research on them by independent curator Ana-Joel Falco´n-Weibe. (Through April 23) Wave Field Synthesis Audio System Demonstration @ EMPAC, Troy. EMPAC music curator Argeo Ascani and audio engineers Todd Vos and Jeff Svatek will lead a series of introductory demonstrations using EMPAC’s new Wave Field Synthesis audio system. The 496-channel system is capable of very precise sound spatialization and is an emerging platform for electronic composition. Thursday, February 16 – Saturday, February 18.
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Last Chance to See:No Parking: The Alleys and Garages of Hudson @ Hudson Opera House, Hudson. Images of those small streets that run parallel to the larger thoroughfares in Hudson, dating back nearly two decades, from local artists Lisa Durfee, William Hellermann and Peter Spear. (Through February 19)
ContinuingAbandoned Luncheonette @ Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson. Works by Conor Backman, Lisa Beck, Francis Cape, Jennifer Coates, Adriana Farmiga, Frederick Hayes, Richard Klein, Tracey Miller, Walter Robinson, Nancy Shaver, Amy Talluto and Tony Thompson. (Through February 26) Phantom Bodies: Photographs by Tanya Marcuse @ Esther Massry Gallery, Albany. An exhibit that presents 66 platinum and pigment prints that bring together two seminal projects: Undergarments and Armor (2002–2004) and Wax Bodies (2006–2008). Both probe unsettling tensions between absence and presence, body and image, past and present. (Through February 26) Cessation of Violence @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. A solo exhibition of drawings and ceramics Jared Buckhiester. (Through February 26) En Mass: Pushing the Boundaries of Graffiti @ Diana Felber Gallery, West Stockbridge. Works by three Massachusetts artists: Farce Ged, Limer YL and Wayne Cod. (Through February 27) The Art of Photography @ Art DeCure, Albany. Works by 11 artists and photographers. (Through March 3) Still @ Courthouse Gallery, Lake George. A solo exhibition of work by Sarah Sweeney exploring the space between information that is stored in our memory and the information that is captured by documentary technologies, such as cameras, phones, stereoscopic images and home videos. (Through March 3) Together Until the End: Schenectady in World War I @ Schenectady Conty Historical Society, Schenectady. 100 years after World War I, this exhibition explores the Great War’s effect on Schenectady and its peoples: the soldiers who fought, the nurses who cared, and everyone at home whose world was reshaped, completely. Sarah Walko: So That I Might Speak to You of Your Magnificence @ The Teaching Gallery, Troy. An exhibition of sculpture, installation and drawings by Brooklyn artist Sarah Walko that explores the mythic possibilities of objects, images and imagination. (Through March 4) Gravity & Light @ Opalka Gallery, Albany. Stone sculpture by Caroline Ramersdorfer. (Through March 5) Sixfold Symmetry: Pattern in Art and Science @ The Tang , Saratoga Springs. An exhibition of contemporary and historical art, artifacts, and material culture exploring the human desire to use and create pattern to understand the world around us. (Through March 12) 5×5: Participatory Provocations @ Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. An exhibition featuring models by 25 young American architects as a response to issues including immigration, a growing income gap and globalization as well as technology’s impact on our lives, surveillance and power. (Through March 12) Americana @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. An exhibition of contemporary “artifacts” relating to American history, culture and tradition defined by previous centuries, featuring works by Frank Litto, Linda Newman Boughton, Andrew Buck, Harry Orlyk, David Halliday, John Cross, Russell De Young, Carl Grauer and Arthur Hammer. (Through March 12) Prismatic Explorations @ LARAC, Glens Falls. Works by Jenny Hutchinson, Stephanie Serpick, Amanda Kralovic, William L. Doebele and Elisa Sheehan that explore the relationships between colors, with paint as the medium of choice. (Through March 17) Information Language @ Collar Works, Troy. A show of painting, sculpture and installation, curated by Jenny Kemp, with works by emerging artists Nadine Beauharnois, Danny Ginsburg, Kelsey Renko and Christine Snyder. (Through March 18) Vantage Point: Ben Schwab + James Thatcher @ The Arts Center, Troy. James Thatcher’s mathematically based gradient paintings are massive yet minimalist, created using a combination of precise calculations and experimentation with materials. In contrast, Ben Schwab’s densely packed abstract cityscapes include layers of architectural imagery, representing ever-evolving urban environments. Artist talk with Ben Schwab: Wednesday, March 8, 6:30pm. (Through March 18) Unearthed @ The Arts Center, Troy. Paintings, ink drawings, and metal work by abstract artists Mandi Coburn and Grace Tatara, who each work by releasing control over materials, allowing forms to emerge on their own. Through experimentation, the artists discover colors, shapes and lines that are later connected and manipulated by hand. (Through March 18) To Attract Bees @ Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham. Recent paintings and sculpture by Peter Acheson that examine systems found in nature. (Through March 26) Reflecting on Race @ Chatham Bookstore, Chatham. A photography exhibit featuring work by the local community that reflects their personal experiences with African-American history and race, as well as historic images. (Through March 31) By the Patterns @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. Kira Nam Greene, the fourth featured artist in the gallery’s Art Installation Series, has installed her patternist collages. (Through March) Andres Serrano: Selected Works 1984-2015 @ The School, Kinderhook. Works by the noted photographer; included in this exhibition are selected photographs from various series including America (2001-2004), a panorama of American society; The Morgue (1992), an investigation of death; History of Sex (1995-1996), graphic images which have been taped to repair previous vandalism; and Torture (2015), his most recent work. Serrano has also photographed numerous other subjects including the Ku Klux Klan, the homeless, and bodily fluids. Also on display: Home Room, a multimedia group exhibition featuring works by Huma Bhabha, Nick Cave, Turiya Magadlela, Enrique Martínez Celaya, Claudette Schreuders, Laurie Simmons, Michael Snow, Becky Suss and Carlos Vega. Seasons on the Farm: The Plein Air Works of Deborah Angilletta @ Mabee Farm Historic Site, Rotterdam Junction. Paintings by Deborah Angilletta, who, as artist-in-residence at the farm last year, spent time each week capturing views of the historic property, taking advantage of natural light and color. (Through April 1) A Clock and Map Minute @ University Art Museum, Albany. Connor Backman’s first solo museum exhibition featuring paintings, assemblages and sculptures that investigate the history of materiality and illusionistic space in realist painting. (Through April 1) Dave McKenzie: An Intermission @ University Art Museum, Albany. A newly conceived project in the form of translucent banners that publicly address the rereading and re-interpretation of images in the wake of recent social and political events. (Through April 1) Japanese Impressions @ The Clark, Williamstown. An exhibition of more than a century of Japanese printing traditions represented by seventy-three color woodblock prints, including works by Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Hiroshige, Itô Shinsui, Kawase Hasui, Yoshida Hiroshi and Kiyoshi Saitô . (Through April 2) Marking the Moment: The Art of Allen Blagden @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. Allen Blagden is renowned for his paintings of birds, animals, and people, as well as the landscapes of New England and the Adirondacks; his contemporary realist painting style has often been compared to that of Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth. This career survey includes approximately 50 works and coincides with the publication of a new book on the painter by publisher David R. Godine. (Through April 16) Lorna Bieber: Forces of Nature @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. Large photo murals and montages by Lorna Bieber, who reinterprets the natural word to evoke a sense of collective memory. (Through May 14) Captured Moments: 170 Years of Photography from the Albany Institute @ Albany Insitute of History and Art, Albany. More than 100 images from the Albany Institute’s extensive photography collections. (Through May 21) Active Turn: The Devil’s Wheel @ Art Omi, Ghent. Photographers Kahn + Selesnick have created a new work for use in Freya Powell’s zoetrope. (Through May 28) Hanna-Barbera: The Architects Of Saturday Morning @ Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. The first museum exhibition on the world’s most successful animation partnership, providing a glimpse of the extraordinary story of how two astute businessmen reacted to a dying film animation industry and revolutionized a new format for their product, while hiring the best talent in the business, and exploring how their product transformed over the years. (Through May 29) Radical Kingdoms @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. An overview of natural history illustration by early practioners such as John James Audubon, J. Sowerby, Mary Peart and Georg Dionysius Ehret as well as works by contemporary artists including George Boorujy, Portia Munson, Juan Fontanive, Amy Ross and Anne Siems. (Through June 18) Janine Antoni & Stephen Petronio: Entangle @ The Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs. An exhibition featuring video and choreographed performance in three phases over the show’s six months. Rope Dance (January 28-March 19), an interactive experience created by legendary movement artist Anna Halprin, with Antoni and Petronio; On the Table (April 6-April 30) in which the gallery is at once a set and a dinning room, featuring a tablecloth woven out of 200 neckties; and Honey Baby (May 13-July 16), an immersive experience created by Antoni and Petronio in which the spectator reclines on the horizontal plane to view the video above, confounding our notion of the body’s relation to gravity. (Through July 16) Cloudlands @ Albany International Airport Gallery, Albany. Investigations of elusive and ethereal worlds by Julie Evans, Joshua Field, Dana Filibert, Edward Mayer, Susan Meyer, Gina Ruggeri and Naoe Suzuki. Reception: Friday, February 17, 5:30-7:30pm. (Through July 31) Concinnitas Portfolio @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. A portfolio of ten fine art aquatint prints featuring equations, expressions or formulas transcribed by ten notable mathematicians and physicists, in response to the prompt to record their ‘most beautiful mathematical expression.’ Each image was hand-drawn by each of the following participants: Sir Michael Atiyah, Enrico Bombieri, Simon K. Donaldson, Freeman Dyson, Murray Gell-Mann, Richard Karp, Peter Lax, David Mumford, Stephen Smale and Steven Weinberg. (Through August 2018)