Posts Tagged ‘museum’

Hanging Out @ The Tang Museum, 10/21/09

Monday, October 26th, 2009

We were in Saratoga last Wednesday for a meeting and decided to stop by the Tang Museum to see what’s new and get fresh dose of inspiration. Here’s what caught our eye:

Type A: Barrier

Type A: Barrier


Walking into the atrium, we were immediately annoyed by Type A’s Barrier installation, which is precisely the point. It’s in the way. It impedes the view. You have to walk around it. Post-911, concrete barriers are ubiquitous; these barriers, gracefully arching, as smooth as marble and beautifully made, force the viewer’s attention both to their physical presence and their space-controlling function.

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Real Good for Free: The Industrial Jazz Group @ the Berkshire Museum, 10/15/09

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Tonight, the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival coincides with the final Third Thursday arts walk, so you know that the streets of Pittsfield, Mass. will be swinging mightily.

One of the premiere events will be a free concert by the Industrial Jazz Group at the Berkshire Museum from 5-7pm today.

Outta the wilds of Portland, Oregon comes the Industrial Jazz Group – a novel, adventurous big band (currently 16 pieces) showcasing the music of composer Andrew Durkin and the talents of some of the jazz world’s pluckiest, most charismatic players. Frustrated by the limitations of “Jazz, the Institution,” and bored by the mediocrity of much modern pop, the IJG has slowly pioneered the concept of “avant-garde party music”: an idiosyncratic, charming and/or disarming blend of jazz, rock, cartoon soundtracks, humor, blues, funk, costumes, doo wop, dada, and a lot of other stuff. It’s not really “industrial,” and it’s not really “jazz”: the IJG attempts to demonstrate that music can indeed be complex, sophisticated, sexy, fun, funny, critical, smart, and groovy all at once.

Previously:
Real Good for Free: Silent Film Spectacular
Real Good For Free: Music @ Noon at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (second Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Quintessence (Weekends)
Real Good for Free: Colleen Pratt @ the Van Dyck (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Tuesdays @ Revolution Hall (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: Happy Traum @ the Crandall Library (10/15/09)
Real Good for Free: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda (4th Thursdays)

Saturday September 26 2009 is Museum Day!

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Tomorrow is Museum Day, and thanks to Smithsonian Magazine, you can get free admission to hundreds of museums nationwide. You’ll just need to go to their website and download an admission card.

Here’s just some of the names we saw on the list of participating museums:

  • The Children’s Museum of Science and Technology, Saratoga
  • The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown
  • The Museum at Bethel Woods
  • USS SLATER, Albany
  • Iroquois Indian Museum, Howes Cave
  • Olana State Historic Site, Hudson
  • Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium
  • Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge
  • Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown

Here’s the full list of of participating museums.

Here’s where you can download the admission card.

Weekend Roundup

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

This just might be the single busiest weekend of the year, so we really don’t want to hear a single peep out of anyone complaining that there’s nothing to do in Nippertown. Seriously.

Here are just a few suggestions:

Los Lobos

Los Lobos

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
Lecture and opening reception for Jennifer Dalton‘s “Is It Just Me?” @ the Teaching Gallery @ Hudson Valley Community College, Troy (FREE)
“Capital Region’s Got Talent” @ Revolution Hall, Troy (FREE)
Colleen Pratt & Friends @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady (FREE)
3rd Thursday arts walk @ various locations in Pittsfield, Mass. (FREE)
Los Lobos with Jonah Smith @ the Calvin Theater, Northampton, Mass.
Discussion with Annea Lockwood, Margaret Cogswell and Ian Berry @ the Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs (FREE)

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Annea Lockwood: Take me to the river…

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

AnneaLockwoodAnnea Lockwood was born nearly 9,000 miles away in New Zealand, but she is on more intimate terms with the Hudson River than most of us who have lived near its banks for our entire lives.

During 1980 and 1981, composer and sound artist Lockwood explored the length of the Hudson, stopping at 15 different sites along the river to collect tape-recorded sound samples of the water. Commissioned by the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, she wove the recordings together into a captivating two-hour audio installation, “A Sound Map of the Hudson River,” which became part of the museum’s permanent “Riverama” exhibit in 2003.

A condensed, 72-minute version of the installation has also been issued on compact disc by the adventurous, NYC-based new-music label, Lovely Music, Ltd.

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ArtBeat: Uncharted @ The University Art Museum at UAlbany

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Newly opened at The University Art Museum , “Uncharted” showcases 10 artists, working in a broad variety of media, illustrating themes of travel, exploration and discovery.

The exhibition is dwarfed by David Herbert’s “Holiday,” a galleon-like wooden sculpture modeled loosely on the U.S.S. Constitution and home to a small army of paper Scrooge McDucks.

David Herbert: Holiday

David Herbert: Holiday


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ArtBeat: Jump In!

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

jumpinHead first!
Feet first!
Heart first!

It doesn’t really matter which way you jump, but JUMP IN!

From 5:30-8pm on Friday, September 4, the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts at 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield, Mass. hosts the opening reception for the group exhibition, “Jump In!,” celebrating water in the landscape.

Co-sponsored by the yet-to-be-built Housatonic River Museum, the exhibition features photographs, paintings, drawings, sculpture, writing and video inspired by the waters of the region.

“Jump In!” also serves as the premiere of “A Sound Map of the Housatonic River,” a commissioned sound installation by internationally acclaimed sound artist/musician Annea Lockwood.

Nearly two dozen other artists are represented in the exhibition, including Tim Prentice, Fern Leslie, Kevin Sprague, Laurie McLeod, Suzanne Howe-Stevens, Peter Kitchell, Michael Boroniec, Monika Pizzichemi and Leila Daw.

Water-related events and entertainment will compliment the artful offerings at the gallery.

The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition will remain on view through Saturday, October 31.

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Real Good for Free: Red Hen X 2

Friday, August 7th, 2009

redhen

Fans will have two opportunities this weekend to catch the old-timey quartet Red Hen in action.

At 7pm Friday, August 7, the band will take to the roof of Skidmore College’s Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs, as part of the ongoing free Upbeat on the roof concert series. Bandmembers Jane Rothfield, Allan Carr, Dave Kiphuth and Linda Schrade are all well-known regional performers who perform frequently in a variety of solo, duo and group settings.

Then on Sunday, August 9, Mona Golub and the fine folks at the Music Haven in Schenectady’s Central Park have something special cooked up.

Literally.

Instead of the usual 7pm starting time for the concerts in the free weekly series, Sunday’s bash kicks off early – 5:30pm. The roots-oriented acoustic music for the evening will feature a round-up of some of Nippertown’s best – John Kirk and Trish Miller with Ed Lowman and friends, the Stillhouse Rounders, the Whippersnappers and headliners Red Hen.

But wait, there’s more…

Art Night Schenectady is the third-Friday-of the-month arts walk in Schenectady, but you don’t have to wait til August 21 this month, as painters, sculptors and visual artists of all stripes will be displaying their art works in the park.

And to wrap up the triple-threat evening into one great big complete package, the folks from Homestyle Catering will be on hand serving up mouth-watering barbecue.

Now, that’s one serious down-home evening…

Previously:
Real Good for Free: Capital District Caribbean Carnival, 8/8/09
Real Good for Free: Riverfront Park, Athens (Fridays)
Real Good For Free: The Ballston Spa Film Festival, 8/6-8
Real Good for Free: Albany Jazz Festival @ Riverfront Park (Sept. 12)
Real Good for Free: The Fabulous Folk Fest @ Bolton Landing (Sept. 6)
Real Good for Free: Spencer Day in Hudson(Friday, August 21)
Real Good For Free: CanalFest @ Mabee Farm (Aug. 8-9)
Real Good for Free: Big Soul Ensemble @ Tess’ Lark Tavern (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: :30 Live! @ Berkshire Fringe (Mon / Wed)
Real Good for Free: Lake Luzerne (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: The Crossings in Colonie (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Rensselaer Riverfront Park (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Kids’ shows in Troy (Wednesdays at noon)
Real Good for Free: Valatie’s Glynn Square (Sundays)
Real Good for Free: Schaghticoke Town Hall Gazebo (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Brunswick Community Center (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: Thurman (Mondays)
Real Good for Free: Sharon Springs (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Rock-It in Schenectady (Fridays)
Real Good for Free: Bethlehem Public Library (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: East Greenbush Comm. Library (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Stony Creek Town Park (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: RiverLink Park, Amsterdam (Saturdays)
Real Good For Free: Halfmoon (Wednesdays)
Real Good For Free: Chestertown (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Bolton Landing (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: Greenport Park, Hudson (Fridays)
Real Good for Free: The Sounds of Salem (Saturday mornings)
Real Good for Free: Latin Fest @ Washington Park (Sat. Aug. 29)
Real Good for Free: The Clark @ Williamstown (Tuedays)
Real Good For Free: Schenectady Central Park (Sunday afternoons)
Real Good For Free: Clifton Park (Sundays)
Real Good for Free: Albany Public Library (Third Fridays)
Real Good for Free: At The Plaza, Albany (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Skidmore’s Tang Museum (Fridays)
Real Good For Free: Rockin’ on the River, Troy (Wednesdays)
Real Good For Free: Pearl Street Live (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Freedom Park, Scotia (Various days)
Real Good For Free: Jazz on Jay (Thursdays at noon)
Real Good For Free: Cook Park, Colonie (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Lake George (Wednesdays)
Real Good For Free: Canajoharie (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Guilderland (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Alive @ 5 (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Powers Park (Saturdays)

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