ArtBeat: What To See
Xi Zhang @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Sculpture by Yi Zhang and Willard Boepple, photography by John Dugdale and new paintings by Mark Tambella. Opening reception: Saturday, July 23, 6-8pm. (Through August 14) Mysterious and Unexpected: The Merger of Art and Science @ Spencertown Academy Gallery, Spencertown. Works incorporating science into art by Carrie Crane, Kay Hartung, Larry Kagan, Gwenn Mayers, Karen Schoolman and Catherine Wilcox-Titus Opens Saturday, July 23. (Through August 14) Chatham Meadows @ 101 Harmon Heights Road, Chatham. A season-long outdoor sculpture show with works installed across fifteen acres of rolling meadows, wooded paths, a pond and a stream. The gala opening celebration on Saturday, July 23 from 7-9pm is a fundraiser for Columbia County Council on the Arts. (Through September 10)
Too Much of a Good Thing @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. A group show of sculpture, paintings and performances featuring works by Antonia Kuo, Bill Stone, Donald Baechler, Dylan Kraus, Elizabeth Jaeger, Haley Josephs,Joey Palermo, Kayla Guthrie, Keegan McHargue, Lance De Los Reyes, Marwan Makki, Patrick Higgins, Rita Ackermann, Rose Salane, Ry Fyan, Tauba Auerbach, Vanessa Leiva Santos and Wade Oates. (Through July 24)In Shadow & Light @ Clement Frame Shop, Troy. Landscape paintings by Gail Giles and Dimitrina Kutriansky. Views an online exhibition here. (Through July 27) Topographies Never Traveled @ Sienna Patti, Lenox. Works by Tracy Steepy, whose work focuses on the format and subject matter of jewelry. (Through July 28)
paintings by Walter Robinson. (Through August 7) Society After Revolution: Kian Kowrouzi @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. Working in the medium of black and white digital photography, Union College senior Kian Nowrouzi captures human emotion and a diversity of culture within contemporary, post-revolutionary China and Cuba. (Through August 7) Exposed: Heads, Busts and Nudes @ Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams. A group show of ceramic figural sculpture by from 1970 to present, including works by Robert Arneson, Rudy Autio, Christie Brown, Beth Cavener, Cristina Córdova, Claire Curneen, Stephen Dixon, Jack Earl, Edward Eberle, Philip Eglin, Viola Frey, Alessandro Gallo, Georges Jeanclos, Gerit Grimm, Coille Hooven, Sergei Isupov, Doug Jeck, Michael Lucero, Kadri Pärnamets, Esther Shimazu, Dirk Staschke, Akio Takamori, Tip Toland, Patti Warashina, Kurt Weiser and Beatrice Wood. (Through August 7) Brilliant Colors @ Good Purpose Gallery, Lee. Bold, colorful paintings by Scott Taylor and Joanie Ciolfi. (Through August 8) Corwin Levi and Barbara Price @ Courthouse Gallery, Lake George. Barbara Price’s embroidered and knotted book pages explore the notions of “seeing” and “not seeing” equally. Corwin Levi is project-based artist using a variety of media including painting, drawing, children’s books, sculpture and video. (Through August 12) TIDAL: Patrick Madden @ Hudon Opera House, Hudson. A solo exhibition of drawings and paintings of the Hudson River tidal estuary, “the river that flows both ways.” (Through August 14) Borrowed Light: Selections from the Jack Shear Collection @ The Tang, Saratoga Springs. An exhibition celebrating the major gift of over 500 photographs donated to the Tang by photographer, curator and collector Jack Shear and presenting a visual history of photography from its inception in the 1840s to the present day. (Through August 14) Pourous Light @ Matteawan Gallery, Beacon. A solo exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Susan English. (Through August 21) Not Theories but Revelations: The Art and Science of Abbott Handerson Thayer @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. Works by Abbott Handerson Thayer, renowned twentieth century painter of ethereal angels, landscapes, and delicate flowers, was at the center of a raging debate around Darwin’s theories of evolution. As much a scientist as an artist, Thayer’s study of the visual world expressed itself in articles published in major scientific journals, an epistolary debate with Theodore Roosevelt, and in the development of the first prototype of military camouflage. (Through August 21) Touch The Sky @ Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie. A multi-media exhibition that explores art related to astronomy featuring 50+ works by 18 artists: Laura Battle, Michael Benson, Matthew Brandt, Vija Celmins, Caleb Charland, Chris McCaw, Linda Connor, Teresita Fernández, Nancy Graves, Sharon Harper, Mishka Henner, David Malin, Lisa Oppenheim, Thomas Ruff, Lewis M. Rutherfurd, Kiki Smith, Michelle Stuart, Mungo Thomson and Penelope Umbrico. (Through August 21) African Art Against the State @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. An exibition examining the history of activism, intervention and resistance that has characterized a great deal of African art-making from prehistory to the present, including works by Lalla Essaydi, David Goldblatt, Fathi Hassan, Fabrice Monteiro, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Zanele Muholi and Yinka Shonibare as well as sculptures by the Yoruba People and masks by the Igbo People. (Through August 28) Fire: Its Role in the History and Lives of the People of the Hudson Valley @ Athens Cultural Center, Athens. A multimedia exhibition blending contemporary artworks created by residents of the Hudson Valley exploring the theme of fire, with artifacts, documents and contemporaneous information on the various roles that fire has played in the history of the region. Contemporary artists featured in the exhibition include Kiki Smith, Hilary North, Carol May, Susan Nicolini, Jeanne Cameron, Alice Tunison, Luc Hammond Thomas, Geri Brienza, Susan E. O’Brien, Susan Beecher, Carol Goebel, Kristen Bates, Sue-Ann LaCasse and others. Opens Saturday, July 9. (Through August 28) Dale Chihuly @ Schantz Galleries, Stockbridge. New works by glass artist Dale Chihuly including two large chandeliers and a Persian wall. (Through August 28) Summer Color @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. Colorful works by Stephen Walling, Vincent Pomilio, Marion Vinot and Anne Francey, including ethereal flora, playful portraits and abstracted relationships of line, shadow and design. (Through August 28) A Change of Place: Four Solo Exhibitions @ The School, Kinderhook. Working across painting, photography and sculpture, Pierre Dorion, Hayv Kahraman, Richard Mosse and Garnett Puett converge on themes of transformation, environment and remembrance. Richard Nonas: The Man in the Empty Space @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Nonas has created a major new sculptural work specifically for Building 5, and will also install a selection of existing sculpture. (Through September 5) Masterworks: 225 Years of Collecting @ Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany. An exhibition commemorating the Institute’s 225th anniversary that highlights works from its diverse collections, including paintings, furniture, silver, ceramics, sculpture, prints and more. (Through September 4) Bash Bish Falls @ Roeliff Jansen Historical Society, Copake Falls. An exhibit celebrating the history of Bash Bish Falls, including the geology of the falls, early Native American mythology, the artists associated with the Hudson River School of Art who painted the falls, several commercial enterprises and the efforts to preserve and protect this spectacular cascade. (Through September 4) The Nature of Glass @ Chesterwood, Stockbridge. Chesterwood opens its 38th annual outdoor sculpture exhibition with works 24 works by 12 internationally recognized glass artists, including Martin Blank, Peter Bremers, Nancy Callan, William Carlson, Daniel Clayman, Sidney Hutter, Richard Jolley, John Kiley, Thomas Patti, Kait Rhoads, Richard Royal and Thomas Scoon. (Through September 18) Both Sides Now: Lexa and Dan Walsh @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. The first-time creative collaboration by sibling artists Lexa and Dan Walsh. Dan, a minimalist abstract painter, and Lexa, a socially engaged artist, come together to merge their practices around a shared interest in perception and encounters among objects and people. (Through September 25) Dürer & Rembrandt: Master Prints from the Collection of Dr. Dorrance Kelly. @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. 82 print showcasing 29 engravings and woodcuts by the German printmaker, Albrecht Dürer, and 35 etchings by the Dutch Master, Rembrandt van Rijn. In addition, the exhibition features 18 printed works of their contemporaries, including Hendrick Goudt, Lucas van Leyden, Aegidius Sadeler and a rare engraving by Lucas Cranach the Elder. (Through October 2) Sensing Place: Reflecting on Stone Hill @ The Clark, Williamstown. An exhibition that immerses visitors in the rich natural and cultural history of Stone Hill, a prominent geologic formation on the Clark campus, Artists, writers, philosophers, scientists and naturalists lend knowledge and personal experience to the exhibition—both in the Lunder Center galleries and out on the trails—in the form of storytelling, sound recordings, historical displays, artifacts and more. (Through October 10) Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes from the Prado @ The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. An exhibition of 28 Old Master paintings from the Museo Nacional del Prado that celebrate the role of the nude in Western painting. Twenty-four of the paintings have never before been shown in America. (Through October 10) Future Perfect: Picturing the Anthropocene @ University Art Museum, Albany. Works by over 20 visual artists that explore our conflicted relationship to the natural world. Participating artists include Colin C. Boyd, Amy Brener, JoAnne Carson, Edgar Cleijne & Ellen Gallagher, Tommy Hartung, Dana Hoey, Darius Kinsey, Jason Middlebrook, Alexander Ross, Miljohn Ruperto & Ulrick Heltoft, Jacolby Satterwhite, Letha Wilson, among others. Their work will be exhibited with works from the University Fine Arts Collection by artists including Marilyn Bridges, Larry Fink, Eduardo Paolozzi, Robert Smithson and Edward Steichen. Artists’ reception: Friday, September 16, 5-7pm. (Through December 10) Finding Raven: Art and Stories from the Northwest Coast @ Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. Fantastic tales set in the oceans, streams and forests of the Pacific Northwest are accompanied by totem poles, carved masks and other ceremonial and utilitarian objects reflecting the traditions and artistry of the Haida, Tsimshian, Kwak’waka’wakw and Tlingit groups, among others. (Through October 30) Rockwell and Realism in an Abstract World @ Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. An exhibition that examines the forces that inspired the relegation of narrative painting, and especially the art of illustration, to a lesser status by mid-century as well the resurgence of realist painting during the latter half of the twentieth century. Artists’ panel: Thursday, July 21, 5:30–6:30pm. (Through October 30) Living on Earth: The Work of Robert Hite @ Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield. A solo show of sculpture and photography, co-presented this summer in a special collaboration by the Berkshire Museum and Hancock Shaker Village. (Through October 30) Slippery Slope by Georgie Friedman @ Peter Irving Wold Center, Schenectady. A site-specific video installation piece by interdisciplinary artist Georgie Friedman. (Through November 30) Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. New and existing works by 23 international artists, each touching on certain facets of wonder, including: the perceptual/visionary, the technological/scientific, the philosophical/meditative, time/cosmos, and illusion/fear.
Spotlight: Alexander Hamilton @ Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany. Founding father Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804) first visited Albany in 1777 to speak to General Horatio Gates on behalf of George Washington. Three years later he married Elizabeth Schuyler in the parlor of her Albany home, the Pastures, now known as Schuyler Mansion. For the next 20 years, Hamilton was connected to Albany traveling to the city to visit his in-laws and conducting legal business. This exhibition highlights objects related to Alexander Hamilton from the Institute’s collection with a few significant loans including a portrait of him by Ezra Ames courtesy of Union College Permanent Collection. (Through December 31)A More Perfect Union @ The Tang, Saratoga Springs. The first exhibition of Flag Exchange, a multi-year project by conceptual and social interventionist artist Mel Ziegler. With a stock of new American flags in his trunk, Ziegler traveled to all 50 states collecting worn American flags, exchanging the old for the new and, in the process, mimicking the actions of a political candidate, arriving, making a connection and then moving on. The space will also feature a large stage where a series of debates, lectures, performances and more will explore the upcoming election cycle and the role of democracy today. (Through January 1, 2017) 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 2017)