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ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Opening:

Hersteading @ Saratoga Arts

Hersteading @ Saratoga Arts

Hersteading: Cold Antler Farm @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. Miriam Romas’ photographic documentary of Jenna Woginrich, a young woman who quit her corporate job to become a homesteader in upstate NY. Artist’s talk and reception: Saturday, July 18, 6-8pm. (Through July 31)

Mel Ziegler: Alabama, December 19, 2016 @ The Tang

Mel Ziegler: Alabama, December 19, 2016 @ The Tang

A More Perfect Union @ The Tang, Saratoga Springs. The first exhibition of Flag Exchange, a multi-year project by conceptual and social interventionist artist Mel Ziegler. With a stock of new American flags in his trunk, Ziegler traveled to all 50 states collecting worn American flags, exchanging the old for the new and, in the process, mimicking the actions of a political candidate, arriving, making a connection and then moving on. The space will also feature a large stage where a series of debates, lectures, performances and more will explore the upcoming election cycle and the role of democracy today. (Through January 1, 2017)

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ArtBeat: Summer Shows To See [Get Visual]

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
Venus with an Organist and Cupid by Titan is on view at the Clark this summer.

Venus with an Organist and Cupid by Titan is on view at the Clark this summer.

By David Brickman

Summer has arrived, and it’s usual for a spate of blockbuster art exhibits to open at our region’s major museums. But, alas, this year is a disappointment – there’s no Van Gogh and Nature (which smashed box-office records at the Clark Art Institute last year); there’s no Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George (which put The Hyde Collection – and Glens Falls – at the center of the art world’s focus in 2013); and there’s no Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera (which exemplifies the drawing and staying power of a well-formed exhibition, as it went on tour from Stockbridge’s Norman Rockwell Museum in the summer of 2010 and, since then, has generated over 12,000 page views of my review.

The closest thing we have this year to a summer blockbuster is the Clark Art Institute’s Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes from the Prado (which opened on June 11). However, in our age of ubiquitous Internet pornography, it is almost quaint in its outdated immorality, and rather uninspiring compared to the usual star-studded summer fare offered by Williamstown’s queen of art museums.

Instead, we seem to have a season of prints: The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls is presenting Dürer and Rembrandt: Master Prints from the Collection of Dr. Dorrance Kelly (set to open on Sunday, July 10) and the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown has Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in Bohemian Paris (which opened last month), featuring posters, prints and drawings – but no paintings.

We also have a summer of outstanding contemporary art, in venues as diverse as the Albany International Airport Gallery; The School in Kinderhook; libraries in Albany and at Union College; small galleries in Lake George, Hudson and Schuylerville; and the vast MASS MoCA in North Adams, where conservative skeptics are won over every day by consistently excellent selection and installation of today’s most challenging living artists.

Here are my recommendations for summer viewing, in approximate descending order of scale:

1. Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder, MASS MoCA through April, 2017. I could recommend this show on the basis of the title alone – but it includes a grand swath of international artists, at least one of whom I know I love, so there’s reason to believe it delivers on the promise. And there are nine (count ’em) other current exhibitions there as well. Just plain go.

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ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

freefunfridaysFree Fun Fridays sponsored by The Highland Street Foundation offers free admission this Friday, June 24, to local cultural venues Tanglewood, The Clark, MASS MoCA and The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home.

Paintings by Richard Butler @ BCB ART, a gallery on the Belo3rd Arts Walk

Paintings by Richard Butler @ BCB ART, a gallery on the Belo3rd Arts Walk

BeLo3rd 9 Gallery Stroll @ Warren Street, Hudson. Explore nine galleries and opening receptions, all within a few blocks of each other, on bustling Warren Street. Saturday, June 25, 5-7pm.

Paul Chojnowski: Infrastructure Series @ Bright Ideas Brewery

Paul Chojnowski: Infrastructure Series @ Bright Ideas Brewery

DownStreet Art @ Downtown North Adams. This first DownStreet Art Thursday of 2016 will include works of visual art on display in museums, galleries and non-traditional spaces; the grand openings of four creative incubator spaces; live podcasting, musical and theatrical performances and a night market featuring local food and craft vendors. Thursday, June 30, 5-9pm.


Opening:

Norman Rockwell: The Connoisseur @ Norman Rockwell Museum

Norman Rockwell: The Connoisseur @ Norman Rockwell Museum

Rockwell and Realism in an Abstract World @ Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. An exhibition that examines the forces that inspired the relegation of narrative painting, and especially the art of illustration, to a lesser status by mid-century as well the resurgence of realist painting during the latter half of the twentieth century. Artists’ panel: Thursday, July 21, 5:30–6:30pm. (Through October 30)

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ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Opening:

Stephen Dixon: Restoration: Liu Xiabo @ Ferrin Contemporary

Stephen Dixon: Restoration: Liu Xiabo @ Ferrin Contemporary

Exposed: Heads, Busts and Nudes @ Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams. A group show of ceramic figural sculpture by from 1970 to present, including works by Robert Arneson, Rudy Autio, Christie Brown, Beth Cavener, Cristina Córdova, Claire Curneen, Stephen Dixon, Jack Earl, Edward Eberle, Philip Eglin, Viola Frey, Alessandro Gallo, Georges Jeanclos, Gerit Grimm, Coille Hooven, Sergei Isupov, Doug Jeck, Michael Lucero, Kadri Pärnamets, Esther Shimazu, Dirk Staschke, Akio Takamori, Tip Toland, Patti Warashina, Kurt Weiser and Beatrice Wood. Opening reception: Saturday, June 18, 4-6pm. (Through August 7)

Thomas Scoon: Companions #1 @ Chesterwood

Thomas Scoon: Companions #1 @ Chesterwood

The Nature of Glass @ Chesterwood, Stockbridge. Chesterwood opens its 38th annual outdoor sculpture exhibition with works 24 works by 12 internationally recognized glass artists, including Martin Blank, Peter Bremers, Nancy Callan, William Carlson, Daniel Clayman, Sidney Hutter, Richard Jolley, John Kiley, Thomas Patti, Kait Rhoads, Richard Royal and Thomas Scoon. Opens Saturday, June 18. (Through September 18)

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ArtBeat: Daniel Brody’s Films & More @ the BerkshireNow Gallery [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
Daniel Brody’s abstract works explode and blossom with biomorphic shapes.

Daniel Brody’s abstract works explode and blossom with biomorphic shapes.

The BerkshireNow Gallery at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield features the work of award-winning filmmaker and artist Daniel Brody through Sunday, August 21.

The centerpiece of Brody’s exhibition is the nine-minute looping video, “Game On/Game Over.” The video piece is a playful but thought-provoking mash-up of animation and live action: A hooded figure walks in the winter woods, a cartoon character pops out of a hole and dances to the sounds of opera and creaking trees, a room floats over snowy fields and sinks into black waters. The video is both comical and foreboding. The meaning is left up to the viewer. Complementing the video is a collection of recent abstract drawings and paintings which share a similar playful and nervous energy.

“Game On/Game Over” won the juror’s award at the 2015 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region held at the University Art Museum at UAlbany. His films have won awards at the Ann Arbor 8mm Film Festival, the Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Super 8, the Belgium Film Festival, the Spacebound Film Festival, the National Young Filmmakers Festival and the WNET NYC Young Filmmakers festival.

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ArtBeat: Olivier Meslay Named Director of Clark Art Institute [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
Olivier Meslay

Olivier Meslay

The Board of Trustees of the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown has selected Olivier Meslay to serve as its Dena and Felda Hardymon Director. Meslay, an accomplished museum professional and noted scholar, will become the Clark’s fifth director when he assumes his new role on August 22. He currently serves as associate director of curatorial affairs, senior curator of European and American art, and the Barbara Thomas Lemmon Curator of European Art at the Dallas Museum of Art, and brings more than 35 years of international experience to his role. Meslay was unanimously elected to the position during a special session of the Clark’s board.

“We are thrilled to welcome Olivier Meslay as our new director,” said Andreas Halvorsen, chairman of the Institute’s Board of Trustees. “Olivier’s vision, international experience, and exceptional academic and curatorial qualifications match the Clark’s ambitious aspirations. He comes to the Clark with a deep appreciation for our academic mission, an expert understanding of our museum program, and an energetic perspective on ways to enhance our dual mission and extend the Clark’s reach and impact.”

Since assuming his current position in 2012, Meslay has overseen the Dallas Museum of Art’s European and American art collection of more than 4,000 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, and has managed the museum’s curatorial department, conservation program, and art research library. He has also served as the DMA’s curatorial representative with the French American Museum Exchange (FRAME), a collaborative organization of 30 American and French museums. Meslay served as the DMA’s interim director from 2011–2012, managing a staff of 250 employees, directing an extensive fundraising program, and coordinating donor relations that have provided continuing support for the museum. He joined the DMA staff in 2009 after a distinguished career at the Musée du Louvre in Paris.

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ArtBeat: What to See

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Opening:

Saturday is community day at the Hyde Collection

Saturday is community day at the Hyde Collection

Family and Children Community Day @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. Admission to the Museum is free all day, and family activities run from 1-4pm on Saturday, June 11.

The Albany Mural at Quackenbush Square

The Albany Mural at Quackenbush Square

The Albany Mural @ Quackenbush Square, Albany. After over a year of preparation and work, Michaerl Conlin’s mural of six bluebirds in flight on the Quackenbush parking garage has been finished. Opening celebration: Friday, June 10, 5-9pm.

James Concannon: Why Must My Heart Go On Beating @ Basilica Hudson

James Concannon: Why Must My Heart Go On Beating @ Basilica Hudson

Why Must My Heart Go On Beating @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. A solo show of new works by James Concannon, who combines a series of textual anecdotes and self portraits that dissect notions of life, lineage and collective societal consciousness. Also on display: Balloons, Umbrellas, and Snow, a new work in progress by Mathew Placek, as part of (FREAK) FLAG DAY festivities at Basilica Hudson. Opening reception: Saturday, June 11, 7-9pm. (Through June 19)

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ArtBeat: “Borrowed Light” @ the Tang Museum [Get Visual]

Monday, June 6th, 2016
Installation view of Borrowed Light: Selections from the Jack Shear Collection (photo: Arthur Evans)

Installation view of Borrowed Light: Selections from the Jack Shear Collection (photo: Arthur Evans)

Review by David Brickman

The future looks pretty frightening at the moment, and personal legacies may seem like a shallow concern – but Jack Shear’s personal collection of photographs, a huge selection of which is on view at the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs through Sunday, August 14, is an absolutely dazzling legacy.

Shear, who is the executive director of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation, is also a photographer in his own right and has experience as a curator (this selection was co-curated by Shear and Tang Director Ian Berry). But this more-than-500-piece collection, donated in its entirety to the Tang last year, is what he will be remembered for, and with good reason.

Beginning in the 1840s with a vitrine full of Daguerreotypes, and continuing through the early 2000s, this compendium of the history of Western photography is a treasure trove that belongs at a teaching museum, where Berry and Shear contrived to place it at the fingertips of students, curators and scholars for the years to come. For now, we get to be those scholars, exploring about half the collection where it is gorgeously arrayed through the Tang’s entire second floor galleries, in pristine rows and heady constellations of cleanly framed prints.

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