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Organized in collaboration with Northern Berkshire high school art teachers and young artists, the 2016 Teen Invitational showcases artwork created by high school students from seven regional high schools in a fun and friendly “sporting” environment. The sixth annual exhibition features art created by local students on view in MASS MoCA’s main galleries and opens with a reception and awards ceremony at 7pm on Friday (April 29). The weekend-long exhibition is on view through Sunday (May 1).
The Teen Invitational strives to reach all students who are engaged in the visual arts in northern Berkshire County, and who have made excellent work, inside or outside the classroom. “The Invitational is a celebration of the next generation of Berkshire creatives, showcasing the wide variety of art-making that local high schoolers are engaged with,” says MASS MoCA’s Director of Education Laura Thompson. A panel of MASS MoCA staff, area artists and art teachers jury the work.
Many participating students take art classes in school, but those just testing the waters in the arts are also encouraged to submit work. Formal art training is not required. Student artists create works in competition for cash awards that directly support their schools’ art departments and for tuition credits at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
Review by David Brickman
For a fun and very colorful experience, check out the solo retrospective of sculptor Abraham Ferraro and the annual show of Hudson Valley Seed packs at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy through Sunday (April 24).
Ferraro began making mailable sculptures out of corrugated cardboard in 2008, when he sent a roughly cubical piece about the size of a lunchbox to himself. This act may or may not have been unique or groundbreaking – but it was not in the well-known tradition of “mail art,” wherein the art goes inside an envelope or on a postcard, and it started something big and creative for Ferraro.
Since that start, Ferraro has built up an ever-growing body of work constructed out of geometrically shaped and increasingly colorful modules, all of which were shipped intact from the post office to galleries, where they are assembled like a whacked-out erector set. The exhibition Every Which Way, which fills the Arts Center’s main gallery, adds new units and re-creates years’ worth of past projects that retain their original shipping labels (including that very first one).
Review by David Brickman
Several times now I’ve seen one or two of Susan Meyer’s tiny, fantastical utopias and, every time, they fascinate. So I couldn’t bear to miss her solo show Formation Proposal at the Lake George Arts Project’s Courthouse Gallery in Lake George, which is on view only until Friday (April 15).
Meyer uses brightly colored acrylic sheets to build complex little spaces that are populated in this show by miniature nude figures. Her sense of color and form is outstanding, and she fully exploits the way light penetrates these stacks of stripes.
Though dates were not provided for the pieces on view, they seem fresh – especially the central piece – titled “Together” – which is more airy than dense, with a limited palette of white, yellow and blue, and is suspended from the ceiling, so it floats as if in zero-gravity. As one gallery-goer commented during my visit, it looks like The Jetsons. There’s a playfulness here not completely opposed to that favorite 1960s cartoon – but there is also a slightly ominous dystopian feeling to the worlds Meyer creates, adding to their mystique.
“Fabulousness can come in many forms, and Taylor Mac seems intent on assuming each and every one of them,” The New York Times recently noted. From 4-10pm on Saturday (April 9) at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, the inimitable artist presents a six-hour work-in-progress performance of six decades of A 24-Decade History of Popular Music. His performance will cover the period from 1836-1896, each decade receiving about an hour of exposition from Mac’s wildly ambitious, multi-year effort to chart the history of popular music in America from the nation’s founding in 1776 to the present day. The performance caps off a two-week residency in North Adams by Mac and collaborators. MASS MoCA gallery hours will be extended until 7pm on Saturday, as viewers are encouraged to come and go during the six-hour performance.
Taylor Mac (who prefers the gender pronoun “judy”) is a New York-based theater artist, playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, cabaret performer, performance artist, director and producer whose many talents combine in the spectacular A 24-Decade History of Popular Music. The project is a unique mash-up of music, history, performance and art. In it, judy performs songs spanning the history of America, with approximately one hour of performance (and a riotous corresponding costume by longtime Mac collaborator Machine Dazzle) dedicated to each decade.
Since the undertaking began in 2012, Mac – who was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in Theater/Performance Art on Wednesday (April 6) – has been creating shows covering single decades or a few decades at a time; judy will stitch these together in the 24-hour extravaganza planned for New York City this fall, in which judy will be joined by a 24-piece orchestra, dancing beauties and an array of special guests.
A 24-Decade History of Popular Music is a vibrant whirlwind of musical theater, drag performance and historical storytelling that delights audiences with razor-sharp wit and musical brilliance. Artforum has called the project a “face-wrenchingly funny…chronicle of sex, repression, expression and community” and said, “Mac is a master performer, riveting storyteller and charismatic, otherworldly creature, dressed to the tens in artist/designer Machine Dazzle’s magnificent metamorphic glitz.” The Los Angeles Times has described it as simply “glorious.”