Archive for the ‘Art’ Category
By David Brickman
The local art mafia came out in force last Friday night for Paul Mauren’s exhibition Where Things Go at Albany Center Gallery, and with good reason. Yes, many of the seeming hundreds of guests were this longtime College of Saint Rose professor’s colleagues, counterparts, current and former students, friends and fans, but the show alone is an event worthy of major excitement.
Mauren, a stalwart of the regional arts scene (and beyond) for several decades, has operated under the radar for the most part. Still, he has built up a presence through steady inclusion in important shows – going back to the 1979 Mohawk Hudson Regional, a 1981 solo at Emma Willard’s Dietel Gallery, and the seminal Water Works exhibition, held in 1982 in an Albany public bath house that eventually met the wrecker’s ball.
If you think you know Nick Cave, think again. The artist – not the musician – known for his wearable sculptures called Soundsuits turns expectations inside out at MASS MoCA with “Until,” a massive, immersive installation opening on Saturday (October 15); not a single Soundsuit will be found in this exhibition.
The opening reception – featuring a performance in the exhibition space by Shreveport musicians Brenda Wimberly and Sereca Henderson – will be held from 5:30-7pm. Following the reception, Mercury Prize-winning singer-poet Benjamin Clementine performs in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center at 8:30pm.
Cave fills MASS MoCA’s signature football field-sized space, creating his largest and most overtly political installation to date, made up of thousands of found objects, which will make viewers feel as if they have entered a rich sensory tapestry, like stepping directly inside the belly of one of his iconic Soundsuits. The sheer volume of material that has been gathered is astounding — 16,000 wind spinners; millions of plastic pony beads; thousands of ceramic birds, fruits, and animals; 13 gilded pigs; more than 10 miles of crystals; 24 chandeliers; 1 crocodile; and 17 cast-iron lawn jockeys.
Featuring more than 60 musical acts and 30 visual artists, the seventh annual O+ Festival will be taking place this weekend at a number of different locations throughout Kingston. It’s a unique festival of art, music and wellness, wherein artists barter their contributions directly for medical, dental and other health services from art-loving health care providers.
Saturday headlining acts include singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sondre Lerche at the Old Dutch Church and guitarist-composer Kaki King (with her visually stunning “The Neck is a Bridge to the Body” show) in the back room of BSP Lounge.
Among the other featured performers are the gothic folk ensemble Dust Bowl Faeries led by Ryder Cooley, indie pop sister duo Chaos Chaos, Americana-meets-punk duo Megan Jean & the Klay Family Band, singer-songwriter Jesse Marchant, experimental pop band Pavo Pavo and “slow pop” sextet Loch Lomond.
Being the Measure @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. David Zink Yi’s first museum exhibition in the United States brings together his work in sculpture, photography, music, and video. Marking his foray into live performance, it fuses his interests in Afro-Caribbean music and cephalopod mollusks. Opening performance and reception: Thursday, October 6, 5pm. (Through February 12)
Forced to look for a new home by a rent increase at its current location, Albany Center Gallery has found a new home just down the street at the Arcade Building on Broadway in downtown Albany.
The 40-year-old non-profit gallery is planning to move into the new 2,050-square-foot exhibition space in January. The new space is approximately 300 square feet larger than the gallery’s current location on Columbia Street across from Tricentennial Park.
“The Arcade, across from Jim Dinapoli Park, symbolizes a new era in downtown where traditional buildings can be put to new contemporary and modern uses,” said Tony Iadicicco, executive director of Albany Center Gallery. “This will create a home in which artists will be proud to showcase their art, while bringing a new energy to an underutilized landmark.”
The Arcade Building will mark the gallery’s fifth location, since it was founded by Les Urbach at the Capital District Psychiatric Center in Albany in 1977.