Seegers @ Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz. A multimedia project inspired by the lives and work of Pete Seeger and Ruth Crawford Seeger, combining live music performance with video projection, poetry and electronic sound. New works by Hudson Valley composers Gabriel Lubell, Nathan Hall and Bob Lukomski will respond to the Seegers’ own music; newly created video projects by Gabriel Chalfin-Piney, Annelli Goeller and John Owens and excerpts from Joseph Bertolozzi’s Bridge Music (created using the sounds of the Mid-Hudson Bridge) recreate the Hudson Valley milieu which inspired and influenced the Seegers’ work throughout their lives. Tickets are available at the door for a suggested donation of $10. Friday, April 21, 6-8pm.
Radcliffe Bailey: Western Currents @ The Tang Teaching Museum
If I had Possession over Judgment Day – Collections of Claude Simard @ The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Examples from Simard’s collection show a diversity of art and artifacts that is unparalleled, from medium to country of origin to subject matter, including works by Radcliffe Bailey, Matthew Barney, Alighiero e Boetti, Nick Cave, Geoffrey Chadsey, Pierre Dorion, Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Louise Fishman, Phil Frost, Leon Golub, David Ireland, Brad Kahlhamer, Titus Kaphar, Bharti Kher, Andrew Lord, Kerry James Marshall, Roberto Matta, Jackie Nickerson, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Chris Ofili, Gabriel Orozco, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Malick Sidibé, Jeff Sonhouse, Nancy Spero, Jessica Stockholder, Claude Tousignant, Carlos Vega, Leslie Wayne, Hank Willis Thomas and B. Wurtz . Opens Saturday, April 22. (Through September 24)
Memphis soul great Booker T. Jones heads to MASS MoCA
Photograph by Ed Conway
In North Adams, the already massive MASS MoCA is about to double its gallery space with the Sunday, May 28 grand opening of the 130,000 square foot Building 6, featuring major new exhibitions and installations by James Turrell, Laurie Anderson, Jenny Holzer, Robert Rauschenberg, Sol LeWitt and more.
And MASS MoCA is also expanding its performance offerings for the upcoming summer season. The museum has previously announced a number of high wattage performances – including outdoor concerts by the rock band Cake (Sunday, May 28) and My Morning Jacket (Saturday, August 12), as well as the return of the big multi-day music festivals Solid Sound (June 23-25) and FreshGrass (September 15-17), but now they’ve upped the ante with a summer-long schedule of concerts, films, theater, a dance party and lots more.
Tickets for the newly announced events are now on sale, and if you purchase tickets by Wednesday, May 3, the early-bird price includes a 25% discount.
Here’s the schedule of newly announced performance events for MASS MoCA’s 2017 summer season:
Allen Blagden: Victoria Crowned Pigeons @ The Hyde Collection
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)
Works by Elisa Sheehan, Josh Smith, Gary Zack and Zack Lobdell @ Laffer Gallery
Beyond Color @ The Laffer Gallery, Schuylerville. Bold, vibrant works by Zack Lobdell, Elisa Sheehan, Josh Smith and Gary Zack. (Through April 16)
Organized by Professor Adam Tinkle and Dayton Director Ian Berry, the exhibition pairs the archives of jazz maverick Sun Ra with contemporary sonic and sound-inspired artworks and performances. Although best known for evoking the outer spaceways in his music, Sun Ra also made key philosophical, poetic and visual contributions that have inspired movements in Afrofuturism and Afrosurrealism.
The exhibition culminates in two nights of multimedia performance featuring spoken word, sonic art and visual
art by emerging and established legends of the avant-garde.
Juan Fontanive: – Passerine 2016 mechanized flip-book
By David Brickman
Extensive open hours may not be the best reason to like a gallery, but it’s a factor in my positive assessment of Union College’s Mandeville Gallery in the Nott Memorial, where a show intriguingly titled “Radical Kingdoms” is on view through June 18. It’s great that you can go see it any day from 10am to 6pm.
But a more substantive reason to like the Mandeville is its eminently able leader, Julie Lohnes, who deftly organized the show around a theme of botanical and biological illustration by contemporary and historical artists, drawing connections from the past and linking traditional scientific illustration to more expressive modern iterations of the style.
A visit to the Nott is always a step into the past, as it is a unique structure that exemplifies the state-of-the-art design and engineering of 100 years ago, and that makes this show a particularly comfortable fit for the unique space that the gallery occupies on a circular, second-story balcony. Lohnes has chosen works by five contemporary artists, augmented by examples of work by ten historical illustrators drawn from Union College’s archives that range from an anonymous 19th-century printmaker to the uber-famous John James Audubon.
Carla Shapiro: A Deep Dreamless Sleep and Carol March: Query @ Davis Orton Gallery
Carla Shapiro: To Capture a Shadow and Carol March: Bloom @ Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson. Carla Shapiro works in this exhibit are in response to personal loss; photographing trees and then scratching the negatives and platinum/palladium prints with sandpaper, she ultimately transformed her images into magical illuminations. Carol March creates photographic collages of botanical elements using a working method is derived from painting, which used to be her primary artistic medium. Also on display: portfolio showcases by Linda Hamilton Laux and Michael Bogdanffy-Kriegh and birch tree lamps by George Pollack. Artists’ reception: Saturday, April 8, 5-7pm. (Through May 14)
Claire Bendiner: Untitled @ Limner Gallery
Neoteric Abstract @ Limner Gallery, Hudson. A large group show of abstract works in a wide variety of media. Opening reception: Saturday, April 8, 5-7pm. (Through April 29)
Material Witness: The Object of Photography @ Collar Works, Troy. An exhibition of artists who exemplify the shifting ground under what we now call photography: Sarah Comfort, Scott Nelson Foster, Matt Frieburghaus, Danny Goodwin, Robert Hite, Nichola Kinch, Ellie Krakow, Anna Yeroshenko and New York State Mesonet. Opening reception: Friday, March 31, 5-8pm. Closing reception and artist talk: Friday, April 28, 5-8pm. (Through April 28)
Still Explorations @ Lapham Gallery
Still Explorations @ Lapham Gallery, Glens Falls. A collection of works by regional artists that have captured various worlds through their lenses, creating a collection of still explorations, featuring works by Lindsay Tripp, Sarah Stonefoot, Michael Hower, Zack Zoll, Chris Stach and Marty Hardin. Opening reception: Friday, March 31, 5-8pm. (Through April 28)
In the realm of human-computer interaction — a field that drives the development of immersive and virtual digital environments and performances — the physical and affective aspect of the human experience has often received secondary consideration within the design and development of new technologies. Integrating the practice of dance improvisation with an analysis of the human body in digital culture, Kozel offers a somatic counterpoint to this tech-driven approach to HCI.
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