Archive for the ‘Art’ Category
Just two years ago, the Upstate Artists Guild was facing bankruptcy and possible eviction from its storefront gallery exhibition space on Lark Street in Albany. But thanks to lots of hard work by the all-volunteer staff and a series of fundraisers, the doors are still open.
“The Upstate Artists Guild is a not-for-profit volunteer organization, open to all, which promotes the appreciation, practice, and enjoyment of art,” the organization states on its website. “Our mission is to promote art education and artistic endeavors throughout the community; to maintain a space in which to meet for the purpose of exhibitions, lectures, and instruction; and to work with the community to stimulate an interest in the arts.”
Apparently, it’s David Greenberger week in Saratoga Springs as he is featured in in no less than three exhibitions:David Greenberger: One Upon @ The Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs. Greenwich artist David Greenberger explores the individuality, integrity and humanity of the elderly. For over thirty years Greenberger has combined fragments of their conversations with music created in collaboration with professional musicians, to transform the “rich language of personal poetics” into short sound pieces that give listeners a window into the minds of older people. This exhibition transforms the Tang’s mezzanine into an intimate theater space where one audience member at a time listens to a two-minute performance by David Greenberger and his band, A Strong Dog. (In conjunction with this event series, Elevator Music 26 features over 100 short pieces by David Greenberger and his musical collaborators from the past twenty years.)> Opening reception: Saturday, February 15, 6-7:30pm. (Through April 13)
Two-Minute Performances in a One-Seat Theater:
February 15, 3–6 pm
Wednesday February 19, 4–7 pm
Sunday March 9, 2–5 pm
Tuesday, March 18, 11–2 pm
Thursday April 3, 6–9 pm
“River of Fundament,” a new film by visionary artist and filmmaker Matthew Barney, will have its world premiere this week at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The sprawling, six-hour film is an ambitious radical reinvention of Norman Mailer’s novel “Ancient Evenings,” created in collaboration with composer Jonathan Bepler.
Best known for his epic five-film “Cremaster” cycle, Barney combines traditional modes of narrative cinema with filmed elements of performance, sculpture and opera, reconstructing Mailer’s hypersexual story of Egyptian gods and the seven stages of reincarnation, in parallel with the rise and fall of the American car industry.
The film features Maggie Gyllenhaal, Paul Giamatti, Elaine Stritch, Ellen Burstyn, musicians Joan La Barbara, Milford Graves and David Amram, as well as Nippertown’s own Kevin McGuire (the star of such recent Capital Repertory Theatre productions as “A Christmas Carol,” “Red” and “Man of La Mancha”) as Ernest Hemingway.
“River of Fundament” will be screened at 7pm from Wednesday-Sunday (February 12-16) at BAM, in addition to an 11am screening on Sunday (February 16).
Interview by Richard Brody and Jeanne Flanagan
Photographs by Judy Linn
Recently Nippertown contributor Richard Brody and Esther Massry Gallery director Jeanne Flanagan had an opportunity to chat with photographer Judy Linn about her artwork and her current exhibit, “My Land/Patti Smith and Other Things, Photographs by Judy Linn,” which is currently on view through Friday, February 28 at the Esther Massry Gallery at the College of Saint Rose in Albany.
In conjunction with Albany’s First Friday (February 7), the gallery will host Linn for a book-signing (4:30-5pm) and art reception (5-7pm), followed by an artist lecture at 7pm across the street at the College of Saint Rose’s Saint Joseph Auditorium. These events are free and open to the public.
Q: Your exhibition presents two distinctive bodies of work: Detroit suburban life in the early 1970s and Patti Smith and friends honing their identities in New York City. Can you talk about these experiences?
A: The Detroit suite of prints comes out of a time when I was working for The Detroit Area Weekly News, a shopper. It was the summer of 1972 and the locations were the first ring of white suburbs around Detroit City including Roseville, St. Clair Shores, Grosse Point, Warren, Fraser and East Detroit. By the winter of 1973, I became bored with the job, too many handshakes and checks being passed, and returned to New York City. But I always knew I had something.