MASS MoCA Announces Fall/Winter Season of Concerts, Theater, Comedy, Talks & More

August 16th, 2018, 12:00 pm by Greg
`Fresh Grass @ MASS MoCA

MASS MoCA’s fall season kicks off with the eighth annual FreshGrass festival on Friday-Sunday, September 14-16, a rollicking weekend devoted to bluegrass and progressive roots music. The schedule also features a few other previously announced shows – Angel Olsen brings her sun-kissed garage rock to the Hunter Center on Saturday, September 29; The Decemberists perform new music on Thursday, October 4; the elusive Bonnie “Prince” Billy shares his magic on Saturday, October 13; and Tune-Yards and U.S. Girls fuel a veritable rave on Tuesday, October 30.

But there are an impressive batch of new additions, too, including an all-day celebration of Sol LeWitt which takes over the North Adams museum on Saturday, November 17 with pop-up stories and performances in the galleries by artists Laurie Anderson, Spencer Finch, Karl Larson, Jeffrey Gibson, Sameer Gupta, Abhik Mukherjee, Barbara Takenaga, Tigue, Joe Wardwell and LeWitt master draftsman John Hogan.

And actor Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) is slated to make his MASS MoCA debut in “Fishing,” a work-in-progress performance in collaboration with Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche and choreographer/director Danielle Agami, which will take over the Hunter Center on Saturday, December 8. We don’t know what it’s all about, but it sounds mighty interesting, don’t it?

Here’s the complete performance schedule for MASS MoCA’s 2018 fall/winter season:

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ArtBeat: What To See

August 16th, 2018, 10:06 am by Sara
Opening

Works by Georg Küttinger and David Burdeny @ Cynthia Reeves

Works by Georg Küttinger and David Burdeny @ Cynthia Reeves

Liminal @ Cynthia Reeves Gallery, North Adams. Photographic works by David Burdeny and Georg Küttinger. Opens Saturday, August 18. (Through September 30)

Herbert Reichert: Untitled (fish) @ John Davis Gallery

Herbert Reichert: Untitled (fish) @ John Davis Gallery

human @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Six solo shows of works by Herbert Reichert, Christopher Cairns, Joel Longenecker, John Lippert, Jiang Weixian and Fran Shalom. Opening reception: Saturday, August 18, 6-8pm. (Through September 9)

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ArtBeat: What To See

August 9th, 2018, 11:00 am by Sara
Opening

Works by Arthur Sordillo @ Thompson Giroux Gallery

Works by Arthur Sordillo @ Thompson Giroux Gallery

Undiscovered Country @ Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham. Works by Marie-Claude Giroux, Jim Holl and Arthur Sordillo. Opening reception: Saturday, August 11, 4-6pm. (Through September 23)

Works by Bruno LaVerdiere and Connie Saddlemire @ The Laffer Gallery

Works by Bruno LaVerdiere and Connie Saddlemire @ The Laffer Gallery

Subtlety and Substance @ The Laffer Gallery, Schuylerville. Featuring the artwork of Bruno LaVerdiere and Connie Saddlemire. Opening reception: Saturday, August 11, 5-8pm. (Through September 16)

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ArtBeat: Jenny Hutchinson @ Lake George Arts Project’s Courthouse Gallery [Get Visual]

August 7th, 2018, 11:00 am by Sara
Lilium - oil paint on panel relief (wall-mounted)

Lilium – oil paint on panel relief (wall-mounted)

Review by David Brickman

I went out of my way recently to see a show by a favorite artist at a favorite venue, and it was well worth the trip. Jenny Hutchinson’s work has regularly caught my eye over the last few years in group shows, where only a few pieces could be seen … but this solo exhibition at the Lake George Arts Project’s Courthouse Gallery in Lake George, titled Shifting Perceptions, is a satisfying feast of 30 drawings, paintings and constructions, many of them brand-new.

In the past, I enjoyed Hutchinson’s work in the abstract, reveling in the shapes, colors and dimensions of her papercuts – but I learned from this collection that her work is more directly taken from nature than I would have imagined.

The 12 small drawings on display provide a window into Hutchinson’s thought process, as well as revealing an underlying element of her highly refined technique. The drawings are very graphic – solid black ink on flat white paper – and quite representational, depicting tree roots, wilderness landscapes and houseplants in their fundamental forms.

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EMPAC Announces Fall Season of Concerts, Theater, Film & More

August 6th, 2018, 12:00 pm by Greg

EMPAC at RPI in Troy is celebrating its tenth anniversary this fall with a a full season of concerts, theater, dance, film, lectures and lots more – often all intermingled together. And the centerpiece of the season is 10YEARS, a three-day celebration from Thursday-Saturday, October 11-13, featuring a diverse schedule of newly commissioned performances.

Here’s the complete schedule for EMPAC’s fall season of performances:

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ArtBeat: Richard Butler @ BCB Art in Hudson [Get Visual]

August 3rd, 2018, 11:00 am by Sara

Installation shot of Richard Butler’s drawings and paintings at BCB Art in Hudson (photo provided)

Review by David Brickman

You’ve heard Richard Butler – he’s the lead singer of the Psychedelic Furs, with the wonderful bass/baritone voice featured on the hits “Love My Way” and “Pretty in Pink” – but you may never have heard of him as an artist. Currently presenting new drawings and paintings at BCB Art in Hudson in a show titled Happinessisthespace betweensorrows, Butler amply demonstrates his skill in that department, along with a witty darkness that should come as no surprise from an original ’70s-era punk rocker.

What struck me first looking at Butler’s paintings is the fact that this guy is truly a painter – not some star who decided he wants to paint now, but a trained artist. Indeed, he graduated from art school in the United Kingdom, where he grew up, before making it in music and settling in the United States (he now lives in Beacon). Butler loves to push the paint around, while crafting representational images (all the work in this show are portraits) that, up-close, are juicy and smooshy.

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ArtBeat: What To See

August 2nd, 2018, 10:00 am by Sara
Opening

Paintings by Cathy Wysocki @ Eclipse Mill Gallery

Paintings by Cathy Wysocki @ Eclipse Mill Gallery

Cuckoo’s Call @ Eclipse Mill Gallery, North Adams. Painting and sculpture by Wayne Hopkins and Cathy Wysocki that push figuration into strange territories. Opening reception: Friday, August 3, 6-8pm. (Through September 3)

Robert Hite: Migration House @ Carrie Haddad Galery

Robert Hite: Migration House @ Carrie Haddad Galery

Photography @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. A group exhibit that demonstrates the power of technology to enhance our experience through magnification, distillation and narration in the digital age, including selections from Robert Hite, David Halliday, Jeri Eisenberg, David Seiler, James Bleeker, Lependorf + Shire, Lisa Frank, Stephanie Blumenthal, Andrew Buck and Elliott Kaufman. Artists’ reception: Saturday, August 4, 5-7pm. (Through September 16)

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FEST: The Second Annual O+ Poughkeepsie Festival Is This Weekend

July 31st, 2018, 12:08 pm by Greg

The O+ Festival in Kingston has become an annual fixture on the festival calendar, and now the fest is returning to Poughkeepsie for the second time this weekend. Last year’s inaugural O+ Poughkeepsie festival of art, music, wellness and community was an overwhelming success, and it’s back on Poughkeepsie’s Main Street on Friday and Saturday (August 3 & 4).

Three mural artists and more than two dozen bands and solo musicians will participate in the O+ Poughkeepsie festival of art, music and wellness, including legendary graffiti and mural artist Lady Pink, mural artist and graphic designer Joe Pimentel and muralist Sam Meyerson, all of whom will make large-scale artworks in response to the theme “Shadow.”

O+ Poughkeepsie will feature bands and solo musicians from the Hudson Valley and beyond with an emphasis on busker-style street performance. Genres include hip-hop, reggae/dub, indie rock, folk/bluegrass, electronic and spoken word. Music highlights include Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones, Bear Grass, Luis Mojica, Bright Dog Red, Royal KhaoZ, The Warp/The Weft and J.A.H.G.

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