ArtBeat: “Radical Kingdoms” @ Mandeville Gallery [Get Visual]

April 10th, 2017, 2:00 pm by Sara
Juan Fontanive:  - Passerine 2016 mechanized flip-book

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.

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ArtBeat: What To See

April 6th, 2017, 1:00 pm by Sara

Opening

Carla Shapiro: A Deep Dreamless Sleep and Carol March: Query @ Davis Orton Gallery

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

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)

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ArtBeat: What To See

March 30th, 2017, 10:30 am by Sara

Opening

Robert Hite: Migration House  @ Collar Works

Robert Hite: Migration House @ Collar Works

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

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)

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A Talk by Media Theorist Susan Kozel @ EMPAC [Berkshire on Stage]

March 28th, 2017, 1:00 pm by Sara

On Wednesday (March 29), EMPAC at RPI will host media theorist Susan Kozel to discuss her research on the convergence of philosophy, dance and media technologies. The talk, titled When Performance and Philosophy Become Design Materials: Dialogues Between Dance and Interaction Design, will start at 7pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

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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FILM: “Some Kind of Joy” Profiles Architecture Firm That Designed EMPAC [Berkshire on Stage]

March 27th, 2017, 2:00 pm by Sara

In 2001, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw and his practice won the architectural competition for the design of EMPAC at RPI in Troy. Throughout the building’s construction, the collaboration between Grimshaw Architects (now just Grimshaw) and RPI was very close in all details of this extraordinary project.

Tonight (Monday, March 27) EMPAC and the Rensselaer School of Architecture will screen the new documentary Some Kind of Joy: The Inside Story of Grimshaw in Twelve Buildings at 6pm in the EMPAC Theater. Admission is free. The film will be introduced by Grimshaw partner William Horgan, who was the lead project architect for EMPAC.

ArtBeat: What To See

March 23rd, 2017, 10:00 am by Sara

Opening

Sandra Allen: Beacon @ Schick Art Gallery

Sandra Allen: Beacon @ Schick Art Gallery

Graphite Vision @ Schick Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs. A 15-artist exhibition of extraordinary works made from ordinary graphite, with works by Sandra Allen, Robert Bauer, Brett Bigbee, Matt Bollinger, Jessica Drenk, Renée French, Karel Havlícek, Dan Healey, Hipkiss, Anne Lindberg, M’onma, Catherine Murphy, Seana Reilly, Peter Schulte and Joseph Yoakum. Opening reception: Friday, March 24, 5–7 pm with an artists’ talk at 6pm. (Through April 23)

Stacey Robinson: Afrotopia @  Schaffer Library Learning Common

Stacey Robinson: Afrotopia @ Schaffer Library Learning Common

Branding the AfroFuture @ Schaffer Library Learning Common, Schenectady. Works by Stacey Robinson that explore ideas of “Black Utopias” as spaces of peace away from colonial influence by considering Black protest movements and the art movements that document(ed) them. Opening reception: Friday, March 31, 12:55-1:45pm. (Through March, 2018)

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ArtBeat: Photography Regional Select Opens @ Albany Center Gallery

March 17th, 2017, 1:30 pm by Greg

The 39th annual Photography Regional Select show opens today (Friday, March 17) at Albany Center Gallery with an opening reception from 5pm-9pm (with awards presentations at 7pm). Admission is free.

The exhibit’s jurors, Tara Fracalossi and Danny Goodwin, selected the works of 52 Greater Nippertown photographers for the exhibition, which will remain on view through April 21.

Congratulations to the photographers whose art was selected for inclusion in the 39th Annual Photography Regional:

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ArtBeat: What To See

March 16th, 2017, 11:00 am by Sara

Opening

Works by Robert Gullie @ Inky Editions

Works by Robert Gullie @ Inky Editions

Collage Chambers @ Inky Editions, Hudson. A survey of collage paintings and printed editions by Robert Gullie. Opening reception: Saturday, March 18, 4-6pm. (Through April 29)

Meleko Mokgosi: Democratic Intuition @ Williams College Museum of Art

Meleko Mokgosi: Democratic Intuition @ Williams College Museum of Art

Lex and Love @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. In two new chapters in his Democratic Intuition project, Meleko Mokgosi investigates the daily experiences of diverse populations who occupy southern Africa, exploring the role that gendering plays in specific cultural and socio-economic relations.

Also on display: Robert Rauschenberg: Autobiography, an exhibition that combines archival documents and original works of art that speak to the ways in which Rauschenberg both found himself and inserted himself in the world; and Accession Number, an exhibition that explores the prioritization and valuation of museum acquisitions. Opens Friday, March 17. (Through September 17)

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