ArtBeat: What To See

May 25th, 2017, 10:00 am by Sara

Opening:

MASS MoCA's Building 6 opens to the public on Sunday, May 28.

MASS MoCA’s Building 6 opens to the public on Sunday, May 28.

Building 6 Grand Opening @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. MASS MoCA doubles in in size beginning May 28, with an all-day celebration featuring a members’ preview, a Soundsuit performance and a concert with veteran rockers CAKE. The galleries will feature long-term exhibits of works by Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Bourgeois, James Turrell, Jenny Holzer, Laurie Anderson and Gunnar Schonbeck. Additional artists to be shown in Building 6 include Spencer Finch, Dawn DeDeaux, Lonnie Holley, Mary Lum, Barbara Ernst Prey, Janice Kerbel, Joe Wardwell, Sarah Crowner, Richard Nonas and the Optics Division of the Metabolic Studio. GO HERE for more info…

Work by Tony Tasset @ Art Omi

Work by Tony Tasset @ Art Omi

Summer Season Opening @ Art Omi, Ghent. The summer season opens with new sculptures on view in the Fields by Tony Tasset, Tom Burr, Angela Bulloch and Matt Wedel. In the Benenson Visitors Center, a site-specific installation by André Kruysen will be shown with drawings by Joan Banach.

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FREE FEST: Bands Announced for Art On Lark

May 25th, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg

Art On Lark

June is almost here, which means it’s time once again for Art on Lark. This free summer street festival will celebrate Greater Nippertown arts, artisans and businesses from 11am-6pm on Saturday, June 10.

Lark Street will be shut down to vehicular traffic from Madison to Washington avenues, allowing festival-goers to enjoy all that this event has to offer.

The annual fest will feature the work of photographers, painters, jewelers, ceramicists and more to view and/or purchase. And, of course, there’s plenty of live music throughout the day.

Here’s the musical line-up for the 2017 Art on Lark:

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ArtBeat: MASS MoCA Takes a Giant Leap Forward

May 23rd, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg
James Turrell: Breathing Light, 2013 (photo: Floriann Holzerr)

James Turrell: Breathing Light, 2013 (photo: Floriann Holzerr)

Photographs by Sara Ayers, Floriann Holzerr, Leland Brewster, Andreas Engel, Douglas Mason

This is gonna be big. Really BIG…

On Sunday (May 28), MASS MoCA will become one of the largest museums of contemporary art in America.

The opening of Building 6 will double the capacity of the already sprawling North Adams museum, bringing its total gallery space to a massive 250,000 square feet.

The new exhibition space will feature installations of work by six major artists: sculptor Louise Bourgeois, light artist James Turrell, conceptual text artist Jenny Holzer, multimedia performance artist Laurie Anderson and teacher/instrument-maker Gunnar Schonbeck. Each are long-term installations, which will remain on view at the museum for 15-20 years.

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“Downtown Is Pawsome”: Nipper’s Pups Take to the Streets

May 23rd, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg

The roster of artists selected to participate in the Downtown Albany BID’s “Downtown Is Pawsome” public art project has been announced.

The outdoor public art installation will feature 20 three-foot-tall sculptures based on Albany’s most famous canine resident and beloved local landmark, Nipper the Dog. The fiberglass Nippers will be customized by regional artists and placed on exhibit at a variety of locations throughout downtown from mid-June-May, 2018.

The call for artists issued last month resulted in an outpouring of enthusiasm with nearly 90 applications to
creatively interpret the sculptures submitted by schools, community groups and artists ranging from talented toddlers to tattoo artists to nationally recognized graphic designers.

Due to the overwhelming response to the project, the number of sculptures was doubled from 10 to 20. The first litter of the painted pups are scheduled to hit the streets in mid-June, with the second wave of sculptures arriving in early July.

The Downtown Is Pawsome exhibit will kick off with a Garden Party from 5:30-8pm on Friday, June 16 in Albany’s Tricentennial Park. Historian, author and former Assemblymember Hon. Jack McEneny will be presented with the 2017 Norman S. Rice Arts, Culture and Education Award at the event.

Tickets are $60 in advance; $65 at the gate; $40 for ages 29 and under, and all proceeds from the Garden Party will benefit the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, as well as the Downtown Albany BID’s continued revitalization of downtown Albany. GO HERE to purchase tickets for the Garden Party.

Here’s the complete list of artists selected to create the 20 Nipper pups:

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“GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World” @ Berkshire Museum

May 19th, 2017, 1:30 pm by Greg

Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World @ Berkshire Museum

Strummed or picked, acoustic or electric, playing a hard rock anthem or gentle folk tune, the guitar is the most popular instrument in the world.

Opening today (Friday, May 19) at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, “GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World” is a fully immersive exhibition exploring all aspects of one of the most enduring musical icons of the last 200 years.

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ArtBeat: What to See

May 18th, 2017, 10:00 am by Sara

Opening:

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus @ Hudson Hall

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus @ Hudson Hall

Community Day @ Hudson Hall, Hudson. The newly-renamed Hudson Hall (formerly the Hudson Opera House) opens its doors to the public to show off its newly restored performance hall, with workshops and performances by Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. Sunday, May 21, 12-5pm.

Maj Kalfus: Rooster on the Rocks @ Spencertown Academy Arts Center

Maj Kalfus: Rooster on the Rocks @ Spencertown Academy Arts Center

Art From Farm to Table @ Spencertown Academy Gallery, Spencertown. An invitational gallery show, featuring the work of regional artists, that includes depictions and interpretations in various media of landscapes, buildings, farm life, flowers, vegetables, insects and animals. Opening reception: Saturday, Saturday, May 20, 4-6pm. (Through June 18)

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ArtBeat: What To See

May 11th, 2017, 10:00 am by Sara

Opening:

Women on Wheels @ Schenectady County Historical Society

Women on Wheels @ Schenectady County Historical Society

Women on Wheels @ Schenectady County Historical Society, Rotterdam Junction. Author Ellen Gruber Garvey presents a program that examines the freedom that the bicycle offered to women and girls as they first adopted the bicycle in the 1890’s. Saturday, May 13, 2-4pm.

Michael St. John: Bouquet @ Hudson Hall

Michael St. John: Bouquet @ Hudson Hall

Bouquet @ Hudson Hall, Hudson. To celebrate the re-opening of Hudson Hall after its recent restoration, Michael St. John has been commissioned to make 20 paintings of flowers to benefit Hudson Hall. Each work will bear a hand-written name of one of the many distinguished speakers, poets, artists, and performers who appeared at the Opera House over the generations. Artist’s reception: Saturday, May 13, 5pm. (Through July 30)

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ArtBeat: What To See

May 4th, 2017, 11:00 am by Sara

Opening:

Birgit Blyth: Untitled I @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Gathering Ground @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. A group exhibit of figurative painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and works on paper that blur the lines between painting and photography, featuring works by David Konigsberg, Birgit Blyth, David Dew Bruner and Linda Cross. Artists’ reception: Saturday, May 6, 5-7pm. (Through June 18)

Paintings by Roxanna Melendez @ Martinez Gallery

Paintings by Roxanna Melendez @ Martinez Gallery

State of Affairs @ Martinez Gallery, Troy. A group exhibition, opening on Cinco de Mayo, celebrates the gallery’s 16th anniversary. Opening reception: Friday, May 5, 5:30-7:30pm. (Through May 31)

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