ArtBeat: What To See


Opening:

Frank Rapant: Flight #2 @ Burns Art Atrium Gallery

Frank Rapant: Flight #2 @ Burns Art Atrium Gallery

On Longing @ Burns Art Atrium Gallery, Schenectady. Works by photographer Frank Rapant that examine the grieving process and how a person might approach this from a faithless standpoint. Opens Tuesday, September 23. Artist presentation and reception: Thursday, September 25, 4:30-7pm. (Through December 24)

Works by Martin McMurray @ Jeff Bailey Gallery

Works by Martin McMurray @ Jeff Bailey Gallery

Martin McMurray: The Case for Dream Insurance @ Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson. An exhibition of new faux books that have the appearance, weight and feel of real books (although they do not open). Their uncanny titles seem vaguely familiar or laughably plausible. Also on view are paintings and drawing on found paper, old book covers and other materials by Erik Schoonebeek. Opening reception: Saturday, September 20, 6-8pm. (Through October 18)

Paintings by Harry Orlyk @ The Laffer Gallery

Paintings by Harry Orlyk @ The Laffer Gallery

Landscapes@ The Laffer Gallery, Schuylerville. An exhibition of paintings by renowned local landscape artist Harry Orlyk. Opening reception: Saturday, September 20, 5-8pm. (Through October 26)

Works by Susan Hartung @ The Teaching Gallery

Works by Susan Hartung @ The Teaching Gallery

Susan Hartung: Following a Line @ The Teaching Gallery, Troy. A retrospective of paintings, drawings and prints including works based on or in opposition to the grid from the 1980s and 90s and more recent works where her minimalist marks meander freely. Opening reception: Thursday September 18, 4-6. Curator’s talk with Peter Dudek: Thursday, September 18, 3-4 pm. (Through October 25)

The Great Outdoors @ Tivoli Artists Gallery

The Great Outdoors @ Tivoli Artists Gallery

The Great Outdoors @ Tivoli Artists Gallery, Tivoli. Landscapes and outdoor paintings by Ella Davidson and Mary Untalan, plus a tent space installation with an audio soundscape of the wilderness. Opening reception: Saturday, September 20, 6-8pm. (Through October 12)


Last Chance To See:

(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. (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)

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. (Through September 21)

Sara Farrell Okamura: Humanoid and Hideyo Okamura: Probably @ MCLA Gallery 51

Sara Farrell Okamura: Humanoid and Hideyo Okamura: Probably @ MCLA Gallery 51

Things You See @ MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams. Hybrid paintings by Sara Farrell Okamura and paintings and video work by Hideyo Okamura.. (Through September 25)

Featured artist Sam Davies camping out at UAG, staying up for 72 hours to make 72 drawings for The Members Show

Featured artist Sam Davies camping out
at UAG, staying up for 72 hours to make 72 drawings for The Members Show

The Members Show @ Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. (Through September 26)


Continuing:

In These Shoes: Bespoke Footwear in America @ Lichtenstein Center for the Arts

In These Shoes: Bespoke Footwear in America @ Lichtenstein Center for the Arts


In These Shoes: Bespoke Footwear in America @ Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield. An exhibit highlighting the traditional, artisanal hand-lasting and hand-welting process of making shoes, with examples by Daphne Board, Anne Marika Verploegh Chasse, Amara Hark-Weber and Paul Opperman, timed to coincide with Pittsfield’s Fourth Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence on September 18. (Through September 27)

Paintings by Nancy Ghitman @ 510 Warren Street Gallery

Paintings by Nancy Ghitman @ 510 Warren Street Gallery

Looking Up: Tree Portraits @ 510 Warren Street Gallery, Hudson. Paintings by Nancy Ghitman. (Through September 28)

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)

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. (Through September 28)

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.

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. (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)

Tim Arroyo: Elise @ Limner Gallery

Tim Arroyo: Elise @ Limner Gallery

Strange Figurations @
Matthew Zappala: Evening Above the Wheatfield @ GCCA Catskill Gallery

Matthew Zappala: Evening Above the Wheatfield @ GCCA Catskill Gallery

After the Shot in the Wheatfield @
GCCA Catskill Gallery, Catskill. Matthew Zappala’s exhibition offers a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh. Also on display: The Other Side,an exhibition honoring the journey of recovering addicts and their friends and families, with artwork by individuals who have been affected by addiction and featuring portraits of recovering addicts by local photojournalist Kyle Adams. (Through October 4)

Works by Susan Walsh @ Matteawan Gallery

Works by Susan Walsh @ Matteawan Gallery

Only the Sun Can Prove That I Am Useful @ Matteawan Gallery, Beacon. An exhibition by Susan Walsh that takes its title from the words inscribed on a 16th-century sundial, and includes recent photographs and videos whose imagery is created with thread and shadows cast by the sun. (Through October 5)

Photographs by Lear Levin @ Davis Orton Gallery

Photographs by Lear Levin @ Davis Orton Gallery

Burlesque & Cabaret @ Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson. Photographs by Lear Levin. (Through October 5)

Photographs by Wendy Paton @ Davis Orton Gallery

Photographs by Wendy Paton @ Davis Orton Gallery

Visages de Nuit @ Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson. Photographs by Wendy Paton. (Through October 5)

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 Lin Ainslie (left) and Lorenza Sannai at BCBART

Works by Lin Ainslie (left) and Lorenza Sannai at BCBART


Not The Thing We Were Thinking and Ideal Garden@ BCBART, Hudson. New work by Liz Ainslie and Lorenza Sannai. Also on display is a group exhibition including work by Lucio Pozzi, Lynn Itzkowitz, Jim Goss, Willem deKooning, Jef Bourgeau, Dan Welden, Erik Hanson, Antonio Alvarez and others. (Through October 5)

Works by Leonid Lerman @ John Davis Gallery

Works by Leonid Lerman @ John Davis Gallery

Leonid Lerman @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Sculptures by Leonid Lerman in the main gallery and sculpture garden. Also on view are paintings by Tine Lundsfryd, Linnea Paskow and Chuck Bowdish and photographs by Paul Hamann. (Through October 5)

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)

Works by Thomas D'Ambrose @ Fulton Street Gallery

Works by Thomas D’Ambrose @ Fulton Street Gallery

Fire in the Belly @ Fulton Street Gallery, Troy. A group show of self-taught artists, featuring Thomas D’Ambrose, Bob Gullie, Misty LeMay, Leslie Sharkey and Tony Thompson. (Through October 10)

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 18)

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)

Sculpture by Caroline Ramersdorfer and John Van Alstine @ Courthouse Gallery

Sculpture by Caroline Ramersdorfer and John Van Alstine @ Courthouse Gallery

Confluence of Opposites III @ Courthouse Gallery, Lake George. Caroline Ramersdorfer’s carved and polished marble sculptures integrate light as a sculptural medium, while John Van Alstine’s sculptures examine the tension and interaction of of stone and steel. (Through October 17)

Zach Gross: El-P @ Hudson Opera House

Zach Gross: El-P @ Hudson Opera House

Zach Gross @ Hudson Opera House, Hudson. Photographs, cameraless photography, paintings and video by Zach Gross, an internationally published photographer with a focus on portraits, fashion, and landscapes. (Through October 19)

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)

Sarah Sweeney: Still @ Schick Art Gallery

Sarah Sweeney: Still @ Schick Art Gallery

2014 Selected Art Faculty Exhibition @ Schick Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs. New works by Kate Leavitt, Janet Sorensen, Sarah Sweeney and Joanne Vella. Gallery Talk: Tuesday, September 30, 4-5pm. (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)

Shanna Saldãna: Mistress @ The Wikoff Gallery

Shanna Saldãna: Mistress @ The Wikoff Gallery

LGBTQ at Union, 2014 @ Wikoff Gallery, Schenectady. The annual LGBTQ at Union exhibition, coinciding with October’s LGBTQ History Month and National Coming Out Day on October 11, includes works in photography, documentary film, musical composition and creative writing by Martin Benjamin, Stephanie Burlton, Pakk Hui, Trevor Martin, Michael Allen Potter, Sarah Rand, Shanna Saldãn and Amilcar Tirado. Reception: Thursday, October 9, 5-6pm. (Through November 3)

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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)

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Imperialism @ Mandeville Gallery

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Imperialism @ Mandeville Gallery

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. Works by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, who uses humor and satire to examine myths, stereotypes and the paradox of Native American life in contrast to the consumerism of American society. Artist talk and reception: Tuesday, September 16, 5-7pm. (Through November 30)

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)

Works by Brian Cirmo @ Massry Center for the Arts

Works by Brian Cirmo @ Massry Center for the Arts

Black @ Standish Atrium Gallery, Albany. This new series by Brian Cirmo studies the darker, depraved side of American life, as the bespectacled, bearded and slightly balding protagonist travels around the country to discover what it means to be American. (Through February 25)

Eclipse @ MASS MoCA

Eclipse @ MASS MoCA

Eclipse @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. An installation that combines video, sound, and text to create an immersive and contemplative exhibition that examines species extinction through the passenger pigeon, whose once-massive population disappeared 100 years ago. (Through Spring, 2015)

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