ArtBeat: What To See
Jewels of Black Velvet! @ Lake George Arts, Lake George. An art exhibition showcasing works purchased during the 23 years of the Black Velvet Art Party, an annual fund raising event sponsored by the Lake George Arts Project. The multi-media 2-D and 3-D work displayed incorporate black velvet in each piece. The exhibit will be open for the Third Thursday Art Walk on October 18 and a reception will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 PM on Friday, October 26th.
1937: A New Deal For Artists @ The New York State Museum, Albany. During the Great Depression, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt promised a “new deal for the American people,” initiating government programs to foster economic recovery. Roosevelt’s pledge to help “the forgotten man” also embraced America’s artists. The Public Works of Art Project (PWAP) enlisted artists to capture “the American Scene” in works of art that would embellish public buildings across the country. They painted regional, recognizable subjects — ranging from portraits, to cityscapes and images of city life, to landscapes and depictions of rural life — that reminded the public of quintessential American values such as hard work, community and optimism. (Through January 20, 2013)
The Shape of the Earth @ The Teaching Gallery, Troy. Linda Cross’s paintings – or relief sculptures, as many in the art world consider them – are of riverbeds and geographical sites, mostly inspired by the Hudson River Valley. (Through October 20)
Die Formeister: The Masters of the Form @ MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams. Experimental animation, three dimensional work, glass, textile, prints, paintings, ceramics, jewelry and a site-specific installation by ten Berkshire-based artists and art teachers: Yura Adams, Karen Arp-Sandel, Michael Vincent Bushy, Janet Cooper, Helen Febbo, Linda Kayes-Moses, Fay O’Meara, Dina Noto, Glenn Shalan and Paula Shalan. (Through October 21)
A Rising Tide; Imagining a Warmer Climate in the Hudson Valley@ Athens Cultural Center. The Center’s first-ever outdoor sculpture festival, mounted at three sites in and near the village of Athens, features 13 artists in a vast array of styles pondering the past, present and future of the Hudson River. (Through October 21)
Selected Faculty Exhibit @ The Schick Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs. This year’s exhibiting faculty are Trish Lyell, drawings; Deborah Morris, paintings; Victoria Palermo, sculpture and Matt Wilt, ceramics. (Through October 21)
Unearthed: Recent Archaeological Discoveries from Northern China @ The Clark, Williamstown. A selection of antiquities recently excavated from three separate ancient tombs in the Shanxi and Gansu Provinces. The centerpiece of this exhibition is a monumental fifth-century stone sarcophagus in the form of a traditional Chinese house measuring nearly 8 ft. x 12 ft. and weighing more than 10 tons. (Through October 21)
Battle of the Naked Men: New Work by Ed Smith @ BCB Art, Hudson. Life-sizes bronze sculptures depicting heroic pugilists – men constantly at battle with the world and with themselves. Also on view will be a new video by Bill Seaman, “A China of many Senses,” a poetic documentation focusing on small moments in a country undergoing political and artistic change. Opening reception: Saturday, September 22, 6-8pm. (Through October 21)
Always Is Where It Always Is @ Foundry for Art Design + Culture, Cohoes. Paintings by singer-songwriter-poet-novelist-painter Patrick Porter. Live musical performance: Friday, October 12, 7-9:30pm. (Through October 21)
Impressions @ Clement Art Gallery, Troy. Seven printmakers with different techniques explore subject matter ranging from abstract to realism to surrealism. Featuring artists Thom O’Connor, Channing Lefebvre, Steven Hazard, Sandra Wimer, Sunghee Park, Pattie Lipman and George Dirolf. (Through October 24)
A Promising Venture: Shaker Photographs from the WPA @ Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield. Nearly 200 black and white photographs taken by Noel Vicentini in 1936 to document Shaker furniture, architecture and craft for a Works Progress Administration project of cataloging important American art. (Through October 26)
Sports! A Rockwell Celebration @ The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. Though not necessarily a sportsman himself, Norman Rockwell was frequently called upon to create images celebrating our national love of athletics, from baseball, the Great American Pastime, to football, fishing, basketball, boxing and bicycle-riding.(Through October 28)
Works on Paper @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. 17 artists who use a wide array of conventional and unconventional techniques working on and with paper, including Claudia McNulty, David Paulson, Meg Lipke, Madelon Jones, Scott Nelson Foster, Maria Cristina Brusca, Jeannie Weissglass, David Dew Bruner, Mihail Chemiakin and the photography duo Kahn and Selesnick. Some of the less traditional uses of paper include that of Paul Chojnowski who burns images into the paper itself, drawing with a blowtorch and water. Sarah Berney and Ken Polinskie create images from different colors of paper pulp which are then pressed together. Jenny Kemp uses paper cut-outs and Valerie Hammond sews beads to the delicate handmade paper. Both Ralph Stout and Perrine Simon collage layers of paper, while Louise Laplante uses collaged antique paper as the surface for her chalk drawings. (Through October 28)
Connections: Exploring the Ties between Poet Jim McCord and Painter Bruce McColl @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. The chance meeting over ten years ago between poet Jim McCord and painter Bruce McColl started a relationship that would influence both the form and content of their art. The paintings of McColl drew McCord away from re-presenting aspects of nature to examining the intimacy of human interiors spaces. Bruce McColl, on the other hand, became more conscious of emphasizing basic elements in his painting such as line and color, and his work became more abstract. Tour and discussion with Jim McCord: Thursday, October 18, 1-2pm. (Through October 28)
Howard Pyle: American Master Rediscovered @ The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. Paintings, drawings, prints, and archival materials make up this first comprehensive, critical assessment of the influential artist who is often referred to as the grandfather of American illustration. (Through October 28)
Jane Philbrick: The Expanded Field @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. An immersive 1.5-acre landscape consisting of a progressive sequence of site-specific elements, including The Asphalt Meadow, which transforms the back access road and disintegrating asphalt lots into a welcoming green space; The Rounds, made of rammed earth and dry stack stone; and The Body Pockets, planted with elfin thyme and cut into the diagonal slope of the three-tiered stonewall (formerly the foundation and retaining walls for a building razed in 2004.) Open seasonally May through October.
All Utopias Fell @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Michael Oatman’s ambitious vision re-purposes an Airstream trailer into a crashed satellite, complete with parachutes and solar panels.(Through October)
Liz Whitney Quisgard: Kaleidoscope @ The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. In this exhibition featuring paintings, sculptures and fiber wall hangings, Liz Whitney Quisgard uses an exuberant palette to produce intricate geometric patterns comprised of marks placed in a mesmerizing array of triangles, spirals, lines and circles. (Through October 21)
Power Runs in Man Channels: Diversity in Nigerian Art @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. An exhibition that highlight the artistry of the Igbo and Yoruba people, the most populous ethnic groups whose artwork is widely collected by American museums, as well as artworks by smaller, less well-known cultures such as the Mumuye and Jukun peoples. (Through October 21)
Jazz Exhibition @ Hudson Opera House, Hudson. Paintings by Wilson McLean and Henk Mommaas. (Through October 27)
Seasons @ Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield. Scenes of Hancock Shaker Village painted earlier this year by Marguerite Bride, Michael Cohen, Ivor Parry and Scott Taylor. (Through October 28)
Rosalind Tobias: Alphabet @ GCCA Catskill Gallery, Catskill. A solo exhibition of abstract paintings based on letterforms. Also on display: TYPO, a group exhibition in all media by artists using words, letters, numbers and symbols, including works by Fern Apfel, William Barnds, Leonard Seastone, Bez Ocko, Esther Smith, Kate Boyer and more. (Through November 2)
Casey Lupini, Shana Goetsch, Gary Larson, Lauren Smith @ Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, Blue Mountain Lake. Four shows by regional artists: Casey Lupini: Untitled (multimedia); Shana Goetsch: Tributaries (collagraph prints); Gary Larson: Paths in Life (infrared photographs) and Lauren Smith: Urban Planning (drawings). Closing reception: Saturday, November 3, 5:30-7pm. (Through November 3)
Fran Shalom @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Seven solo exhibitions: abstract paintings by Fran Shalom, installation by Leticia Ortega and Dionisio Cortes, sculpture by Bruce Gagnier and paintings by Cynthia Carlson, Carrie Waldman, Lois Dickson and McWillie Chambers. (Through November 4)
All Those Vanished Engines @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. A layered sound installation by sound artist Stephen Vitiello created especially for the MASS MoCA boiler house, a relic from the industrial past of the site that was once used to heat the factory buildings that now make up the museum. (Through November 4)
John Chervinsky and John Cyr @ Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson. John Chervinsky’s images from his series “Studio Physics,” exploring the passage of time, are created via four steps:
1) Compose and photograph a still life
2) Crop a subset of the image and send that file digitally to a painting factory in China.
3) Wait (weeks) for an anonymous artist in China to complete an oil painting of the cropped section and send it back to Chervinsky in the mail.
4) Reinsert the painting into the original setup and rephotograph.
John Cyr’s “Developer Trays” is a series documenting, yes, developer trays: specific, tangible printing tools that have been a seminal part of the photographic experience for the past hundred years. By titling each tray with its owner’s name, he references the historical significance of these objects in a minimal manner that evokes thoughts about the images that have passed through each artist’s tray. Also on view: portfolio showcases of Elaine Mayes and David Torcoletti. Reception: Saturday, October 20, 6-8pm (Through November 11)
Laylah Ali: The Greenheads Series @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. The figures inhabiting Laylah Ali’s works in The Greenheads Series are enigmatic round-headed beings of indeterminate sex and race who inhabit a regimented, dystopian world where odd and menacing, though sometimes strangely humorous, encounters prevail. Season opening celebration: Friday, September 28, 5-7pm. (Through November 25)
Vote For Me And I’ll Set You Free: Works From The Collection of Lawrence B. Beneson @ Art Omi, Ghent. An exhibit that draws on historical documents, artifacts and works of contemporary art to create a kaleidoscopic view of the political process of voting and the role of the public and the artist in the political process. (Through November 30)
Terry Adkins: Recital @ The Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery, Saratoga Springs. a selection of work from the past thirty years by artist and musician Terry Adkins, who stages installation-based experiences that activate architecture, sculpture, video and photography with live happenings. Also on view is Dance/Draw, a large group show that examines the blurring of formal distintions between media. (Through December 2)
Tami Bone: Mythos @ Galerie BMG, Woodstock. Dreamlike, soft-focused black and white images, woven into a personal and poetic narrative, taken from fragments of memory and figments of imagination from a childhood spent growing up in deep South Texas.(Through December 3)
The Fields Sculpture Park Annual Exhibition Opening @ Art Omi, Ghent. Ten new works by noted artists join the nearly 70 contemporary sculptures on view throughout the sculpture park.
Rachel Foullon: The Braided Sun and Dana Hoey: The Phantom Sex @ University Art Museum, Albany. Rachel Foullon’s sculptures constructed from custom-milled cedar boards and hand-dyed, hand-sewn canvas reference a former agrarian existence based on utilitarian need that has long been subsumed by modern progress. Dana Hoey has examined what it means to be female through her photography for more than 20 years, exploring issues of gender and culture using both staged and directed photography. (Through December 8)
Orchids @ Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. A selection of photographs by Edwin Hale Lincoln (1848-1938), botanical illustrations by Mary Emily Eaton (1873-1961) and watercolors by Mary Vaux Walcott (1860-1940), all featuring the orchid, as well as live orchids displayed in terrariums. (Through December 9)
Cosmologies @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. An exhibit that considers just a few of the many ways in which art can explore the complex themes of cosmological thought, including works by Kiki Smith, Vija Celmins, Thomas Ruff, Duane Michals, June Wayne, Bernard Cohen, Lynn Chadwick, Joseph Cornell, Wallace Berman, Adolph Gottlieb, Robert Rauschenberg, Vik Muniz and Barbara Takenaga. (Through December 16)
Tasha Tudor: Around The Year @ Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. An exhibit that illustrates the changing seasons and their special celebrations with over 100 outstanding examples of this beloved author and illustrator’s original art for children’s books and greeting cards. (Through December 31)
Dance Masks of Guatemala: The Collection of Ed & Carmen Contento @ The Folklife Gallery, Glens Falls. Gallery talks/short films/dance demonstrations by Ed & Carmen Contento: Wednesday, October 17, 7-8pm and Thursday, November 29, 7-8pm. (Through December 31)
Clark Remix @ The Clark, Williamstown. A salon-style installation of works from The Clark’s permanent collection, including some 80 paintings, 20 sculptures and 300 examples of decorative arts. Visitors will be able to create their own “curatorial remix” of the collection through an interactive project called uCurate, available in the gallery and on the Clark’s website and can then submit them to a gallery that will be featured at clarkart.edu. The Clark’s curatorial team will regularly review the submissions, and will select the best of these for exhibitions that will be presented at the Clark. (Through Jan. 1, 2014)
Anna Betbeze: New Work @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Using Greek Flokati carpets as a ground for a mix of pigments that range from brilliant to muddy, Anna Betbeze creates unexpectedly textural paintings that verge on the sculptural. (Through January 1, 2013)
Making Room: The Space Between Two & Three Dimension @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Works by an international group of artists who combine two- and three-dimensional media in a single work using a marriage of new technology with more hand-crafted or out-of-date processes. By using traditional or analog media, these artists reflect a shared yearning for deceleration in the digital age and nostalgia for simpler technologies. Artists include Daniel Arsham and Jonah Bokaer, Dawn Clements, Inci Eviner, Claire Harvey, Laleh Khorramian, Kakyoung Lee, Chloë Østmo, Laura Riboli, and Luke Stettner.(Through January 2, 2013)
Rethink! American Indian Art @ The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. Contemporary works in a range of media and techniques, from video installations, contemporary basketry, and beadwork to ceramics, sculpture, and glass, by accomplished artists Marcus Amerman, Jeremy Frey, Teri Greeves, Diego Romero, Preston Singletary and Bently Spang. The exhibition also will include historic Native American art objects from Berkshire Museum’s permanent collections. (Through January 6, 2012)
Seneca Ray Stoddard: Capturing the Adirondacks @ The New York State Museum, Albany. Works by Adirondack photographer and conservationist Seneca Ray Stoddard, who was instrumental in the establishment of the “forever wild” Adirondack Park, including over 100 of his photographs, an Adirondack guideboat, freight boat, camera, copies of his books and several of his paintings. (Through February 24, 2012)
We The People @ The Tang Teaching Gallery, Saratoga Springs. An exhibition and event series that explores constitutions and how they act to create order, configure communities, and form a collective identity featuring Allison Smith, Francis Cape, and Nari Ward. (Through April 7)
Skyline Adrift: Cuban Art and Architecture @ Omi International Arts Center, Ghent.
Large-scale architectonic installations by Cuban architects Yilena Lourdes Feitó Echarri and Yoandy Rizo Fiallo and internationally renowned Cuban visual artists Alexandre Arrechea and Armando Mariño Calzado. (Through May, 2013)
Invisible Cities @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Titled after Italo Calvino’s beloved book – which imagines Marco Polo’s vivid descriptions of numerous cities of a fading empire to Kublai Khan – the exhibition features the work of ten diverse artists who re-imagine urban landscapes both familiar and fantastical, exploring how our perceptions of place are shaped by personal influences as diverse as memory, desire, and loss, as well as by cultural forces such as history and the media. The show includes work by Lee Bul, Carlos Garaicoa, and Sopheap Pich, as well as major new commissions by Diana Al Hadid, Francesco Simeti, Miha Strukelj, and local artists Kim Faler and Mary Lum. (Through March 1, 2013)
Wink: Pairings From Berkshire Museum’s Collection @ Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. Guest artist Maggie Mailer has organized an exhibition that features pairs of paintings, photography, and prints from the Berkshire Museum’s permanent collection. (Through March 31, 2013)
Oh, Canada @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. The largest survey of contemporary Canadian art ever produced outside Canada, this show features work by more than 60 artists who hail from every province and nearly every territory in the country, spanning multiple generations and working in all media. (Through April 1, 2013)