ArtBeat: What To See

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Opening:

Ellsworth Kelly: Tableau Vert @ The Clark Art Institute
Ellsworth Kelly: Tableau Vert @ The Clark Art Institute
Monet | Kelly @ The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. An exhibition that focuses on the significant role Claude Monet’s motifs and the sites that inspired his paintings have played in the work of American painter Ellsworth Kelly. Opens Sunday, November 23. (Through February 15)

The 26th Annual Black Velvet Art Party to benefit the Lake George Arts Project
The 26th Annual Black Velvet Art Party to benefit the Lake George Arts Project
The 26th Annual Black Velvet Art Party @ The Georgian Resort, Lake George. Black velvet paintings and over-the-top apparel, a silent auction, fashion awards, limbo contest and dancing, all to help fund the Lake George Arts Project and its gallery exhibition series. Saturday, November 22, 7 – 11pm. Tickets: $25.

Fathi Hassan: Carpet @ Williams College Museum of Art
Fathi Hassan: Carpet @ Williams College Museum of Art
Fathi Hassan: Migration of Signs @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. Fathi Hassan transforms Arabic script into illegible text to illustrate the uncertainty embedded in the experience of migration and displacement. His most recent works explore the idea of Nubia, Egypt and the Middle East as mythical and nostalgic space. They serve as allegories of the diasporic condition, spiritual journeys and key reform movements like the Arab Spring. Opens Saturday, November 22. (Through April 26)

Anne Morgan Spalter: Water Tower of Babble @ IAP
Anne Morgan Spalter: Water Tower of Babble @ IAP
Anne Morgan Spalter: Modern Renaissance @ Independent Art Projects, North Adams. Anne Morgan Spalter creates a unique spatial experience by integrating printed and moving imagery, using both traditional photography as well as computational tools. Continuing her exploration of modern and past landscapes, Spalter combines aerial urbanscapes with video works based on Renaissance painting and cathedral imagery. Artist’s talk: Saturday, November 22, 6pm. (Through February 22)

Frances Palmer: Oval footed bowl tree @ IAP
Frances Palmer: Oval footed bowl tree @ IAP
artKamp: indigo mass @ Independent Art Projects, North Adams. A collaborative group exhibition of selected ceramic works created during artKamp — a two-week international residency featuring eight artists working collaboratively to create a unified tablescape. artKamp artists include Ben Carter, Chase Gamblin, Alexandra Jelleberg, Frances Palmer, Bonnie Smith, Mara Superior, Vipoo Srivilasa and Elenor Wilson. Reception: Saturday, November 22, 5-7pm. (Through February 22)

Christie Scheele: Cloud @ Thompson Giroux Gallery
Christie Scheele: Cloud @ Thompson Giroux Gallery
EN MASSE @ Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham. A salon exhibition of small (6″x6″) works in a wide variety of media by more than 40 artists. Opening reception: Saturday, November 22, 4-6pm. (Through January 4)

Norman Rockwell: Christmas Trio @ Norman Rockwell Museum
Norman Rockwell: Christmas Trio @ Norman Rockwell Museum
Norman Rockwell: Home for the Holidays @ Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. A holiday installation of original artworks and objects including original drawings for Hallmark cards, paintings inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, a point-of-purchase Coca-Cola Santa, and costumes and props featured in Rockwell’s artwork will be on view. Opens Saturday, November 22 (Through February 8)

Tina Chaden: Birds and Eggs @ Athens Cultural Center
Tina Chaden: Birds and Eggs @ Athens Cultural Center
Small Works Holiday Show @ Athens Cultural Center, Athens. Members’ works in oil, acrylics, watercolor, ceramics, book arts, photography and more. Opening reception: Saturday, November 22, 5-8pm. (Through December 13 – Athens Victorian Stroll)

Joanie Ciolfi: Grateful @ Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
Joanie Ciolfi: Grateful @ Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
Holiday Pop Up Art Sale @ The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield. Featured artists: Michael Boroniec, Mario Caluori, ‎Lucie Castaldo, Tom Ciaburri, Joanie Ciolfi, Peg Dotchin, Crispina Ffrench, John Houseman, Michelle Iglesias, Edward J. Moran, Stephanie Quetti, Allan Seppa, Ellie Spangler, Scott Taylor, Donna Tukel, Vinny Vienneau and Nicole Webster. Open Thursday, November 19 through Saturday, November 22, 11am-4pm and again on Saturday, November 29, 11am-4pm. (Through Saturday, November 29)


Last Chance To See:

Alexandra Dauz: The Smiths @ Limner Gallery
Alexandra Dauz: The Smiths @ Limner Gallery
A Show of Heads @ Limner Gallery, Hudson. The Limner’s annual group portraiture show, in a wide variety of media. (Through November 22)

Works by Henrietta Mantooth @ Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts
Works by Henrietta Mantooth @ Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts
Henrietta Mantooth: Jail Birds and Flowers @ Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock. A solo exhibition of works by Henrietta Mantooth featuring a large installation examining the prison system in the United States. Panel discussion: Saturday, November 15, 3-5pm. (Through November 23)

World of Shojo Manga! Mirrors of Girls' Desires @ The Palmer Gallery and The Washington Gallery
World of Shojo Manga! Mirrors of Girls’ Desires @ the Palmer Gallery and the Washington Gallery
World of Shojo Manga! Mirrors of Girls’ Desires @ The Palmer Gallery at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie and The Mildred I. Washington Gallery at Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie. An extensive traveling exhibition that explores the history of shojo manga featuring more than 60 works dating from the 1950s to the present. (Through November 21)


Continuing:

Works by Nick Patten and Chester Dewitt Rose  @ Clement Art Gallery
Works by Nick Patten and Chester Dewitt Rose @ Clement Art Gallery
Light & Shadow: Still Lifes & Interiors @ Clement Art Gallery, Troy. Realist still lifes by Chester Dewitt Rose and Nick Patten, two artists who both convey quiet drama through the glowing light of their paintings. (Through November 27)

Works by Laura Von Rocks and Robert Augstell  @ The Laffer Gallery
Works by Laura Von Rocks and Robert Augstell @ The Laffer Gallery
Upstate Invitational @ The Laffer Gallery, Schuylerville. A group show by artists that were awarded Best in Show honors at the Laffer Gallery’s Upstate Artists show last year: sculpture by Robert Augstell, abstract paintings by Susan Stuart and landscape paintings by Laura Von Rosk. (Through November 30)

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Imperialism @ Mandeville Gallery
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Imperialism @ Mandeville Gallery
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. Works by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, who uses humor and satire to examine myths, stereotypes and the paradox of Native American life in contrast to the consumerism of American society. (Through November 30)

Kate Knapp: Calder on 57th @ 510 Warren Street Gallery
Kate Knapp: Calder on 57th @ 510 Warren Street Gallery
Kate Knapp: The Manhattan Paintings @ 510 Warren Street Gallery, Hudson. Impressionist oil paintings of New York City. (Through November 30)

Works by Marina Zurkow and Oliver Kellhammer @ The Sanctuary for Independent Media
Works by Marina Zurkow and Oliver Kellhammer @ The Sanctuary for Independent Media
Dear Climate @ The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Artists Marina Zurkow and Oliver Kellhammer in an ongoing conversation about climate change, on both the local and international level. (Through November 30)

Works by Theodore Roszak @ John Davis Gallery
Works by Theodore Roszak @ John Davis Gallery
Theodore Roszak @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. A solo exhibition of lithographs from the estate of Theodore Roszak, curated by Anne MacDougall. Also on display: sculpture by Bruce Gagnier. Reception: Saturday, November 15, 6-8pm. (Through November 30)

Paper Dresses @ PRESS Gallery
Paper Dresses @ PRESS Gallery
Paper Dresses @ PRESS Gallery, North Adams. Throughout the summer, the twelve “Paper Dresses” artists have been experimenting and creating work at PRESS that explores the tension between freedom and confinement within the dress form. Participating artists include Karen Arp-Sandel, Suzi Banks Baum, Kate Barber, Valerie Carrigan, Adrienne Gale, Anne-Maree Hunter, Melanie Mowinski, Tara O’Brien, Tammi Lee Oak, Diane Sullivan, Erin Sweeney and Yudelka Tavera. (Through November 30)

Anselm Kiefer:  Étroits sont les Vaisseaux (Narrow are the Vessels) @ MASS MoCA
Anselm Kiefer: Étroits sont les Vaisseaux (Narrow are the Vessels) @ MASS MoCA
Anselm Kiefer @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. MASS MoCA opens a 10,000 square-foot building devoted to the art of Anselm Kiefer. The exhibition will include Étroits sont les Vaisseaux (Narrow are the Vessels), an 82-foot long, undulating wave-like sculpture made of cast concrete, exposed rebar, and lead; The Women of the Revolution (Les Femmes de la Revolution) , comprised of more than twenty lead beds with photographs and wall text; Velimir Chlebnikov , a steel pavilion containing 30 paintings dealing with nautical warfare and inspired by the quixotic theories of the Russian mathematical experimentalist Velimir Chlebnikov; and a new, large-format commission created by the artist specifically for the installation at MASS MoCA. (Through December 1)

Thomas Lail Untitled 360 (Hippie Swim) and Tara Fracalossi Archive (5 from green) @ The Teaching Gallery
Thomas Lail Untitled 360 (Hippie Swim) and Tara Fracalossi Archive (5 from green) @ The Teaching Gallery
Fine Arts and Digital Media Faculty Exhibition @ The Teaching Gallery, Troy. Works in a variety of media by Hudson Valley’s Fine Arts and Digital Media faculty: photography by Justin Baker, Milt Connors, Tara Fracalossi and William Jaeger; painting by Richard Garrison, Adam Daily and Gail Roberts; video by Kyra Garrigue and xerographic collages by Thomas Lail. Artist discussions: Wednesday, Nov. 19, 12-12:45pm. with Kyra Garrigue; Tuesday, Nov. 25, 12-12:45pm. with Justin Baker and Wednesday, Dec. 3, 12-12:45 with Thomas Lail. (Through December 6)

Daniella Dooling: Trailer (for My Mother) @ Esther Massry Gallery
Daniella Dooling: Trailer (for My Mother) @ Esther Massry Gallery
Bloody Dick Road in the Big Hole Valley: Files From the Girl in Room 10 @ Esther Massry Gallery, Albany. Daniella Dooling’s mixed media installation is a transgression of borders: sculpture/archive/adolescence/adulthood/sobriety/hallucinogenic/drugs/gender/sexuality. (Through December 7)

Works by Patricia Larsen @ Hudson Opera House
Works by Patricia Larsen @ Hudson Opera House
Patricia Larsen: Harvest @ Hudson Opera House, Hudson. A solo exhibition of Patricia Larsen’slarge, Astract Expressionist paintings, as well as small works in clay and textiles. (Through December 14)

Works by Pete Schulte and John Dilg @ Jeff Bailey Gallery
Works by Pete Schulte and John Dilg @ Jeff Bailey Gallery
John Dilg: Paintings and Pete Schulte: Drawings @ Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson. Landscape paintings by John Dilg and abstract drawings by Pete Shulte, both of whom use subtle gradations of color and tone with sharp lines to create both tension and calm. Also on view are multi-layered paintings and works on paper by Jered Sprecher. (Through December 14)

Jane Bloodgood-Adams: The Roiling Sky
Jane Bloodgood-Adams: The Roiling Sky @ Carrie Haddad Gallery
Landscapes and Bodyscapes @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. Recent Hudson Valley landscapes by Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, landscape paintings by Dan Rupe and figure paintings by Mark Beard. (Through December 14)

Photographs by Ian Creitz and Robert Feero @ The Photography Center of the Capital District
Photographs by Ian Creitz and Robert Feero @ The Photography Center of the Capital District
Structures @ Photography Center of the Capital District, Troy. Photographs by Ian Creitz and Robert Feero. (Through December 15)

Hotel Palenque Is Not in Yucatán @ CCS Bard/Hessel Museum of Art
Hotel Palenque Is Not in Yucatán @ CCS Bard/Hessel Museum of Art
Hotel Palenque is not in Yucatan @ CCS Bard/Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson. An exhibition and pavilion that takes its starting point from the narrative in Robert Smithson’s Hotel Palenque (1969-72), a slide projection taken from a lecture originally delivered by the artist at the University of Utah. The show is constructed through the work of A.L. Steiner & Robbinschilds, Adriana Lara, Alex Hubbard, Luc Tuymans, Pablo Sigg, Pedro&Juana, Tania Pérez Córdova, Ulla Von Brandenburg and a selection of Pre-Hispanic pieces from a private collection. (Through December 19)

Gary Griffin: Scale Model, Entrance Gates, Cranbrook Academy of Art
Gary Griffin: Scale Model, Entrance Gates, Cranbrook Academy of Art @ Schick Art Gallery
Craft Matters @ Schick Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs. An exhibition of fine craftwork in fibers, metals, ceramics, wood and glass by 19 internationally renowned artists, including (grouped by media) ceramics: Wayne Higby, Rick Hirsch, Sergei Isupov, Toshiko Takaezu, Kurt Weiser and Betty Woodman; fibers: Lia Cook, Joan Livingstone, John McQueen, Warren Seelig and Anne Wilson; metals: Albert Paley, Gary Griffin, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray and Leonard Urso; jewelry: Sharon Church and Jamie Bennett; furniture: Wendell Castle; glassworks: Tom Patti. (Through December 19)

Spectres @ CCS Bard/Hessel Museum of Art
Spectres @ CCS Bard/Hessel Museum of Art
Spectres @ CCS Bard/Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson. Spectres, an ongoing project of Belgian artist Sven Augustijnen, revisits one of the most shameful events of European colonial history: the abduction, torture, and execution of Patrice Lumumba, the first elected Prime Minister of independent Congo. Augustijnen’s film follows Jacques Brassinne de La Buissière, a French-speaking Belgian who was a civil servant based in Katanga at the time of Lumumba’s assassination. Now a historian haunted by the “Congo crisis,” Brassinne serves as the film’s guide through locations in Belgium and the DR Congo, searching for the truth of these traumatic events through his own construction of historical narrative. Opens November 6 with daily screenings of the 103 minute film at 11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm. (Through December 19)

Elizabeth Coyne: When All the Words are Used Up for Other Things @ Courthouse Gallery
Elizabeth Coyne: When All the Words are Used Up for Other Things @ Courthouse Gallery
10,000 Days: New Work by Elizabeth Coyne @ Courthouse Gallery, Lake George. Elizabeth Coyne’s paintings employ a personal invented visual language of images and symbols based on the natural world, from sources as varied as plant structures, wind patterns, brain structures, cells, DNA and ocean life. (Through December 19)

Sculpture by Ed Smith @ BCB Art
Sculpture by Ed Smith @ BCB Art
Multum in Parvo @ BCB Art, Hudson. Multum in Parvo, Latin for “much in little” or “in brief,” is an exhibition of small bronze sculptures by renowned artist Ed Smith, developed while he was hospitalized for a back injury. Also on view: work by Antonio Alvarez, Garth Evans, Eric Fischl, Emily Gui, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, John Newman, Scott Reynolds and others. (Through December 21)

PHOTOBOOK 2014 @ Davis Orton Gallery
PHOTOBOOK 2014 @ Davis Orton Gallery
PHOTOBOOK 2014 @ Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson. This 5th annual international juried exhibition features 20 photo books and photographs by the four winners of the best in show award: Miki Hasegawa, Michael Hunold, Linda Morrow and Rebecca Sittlerbest. Artists’ reception: Saturday, November 15, 6-8pm (DINE/ART BeLo3rd Artswalk) (Through December 21)

Works by Mike Glier @ Opalka Gallery
Works by Mike Glier @ Opalka Gallery
Meander, Because You Can’t See Much While Marching @ Opalka Gallery, Albany. A career retrospective of Mike Glier, including 80 works from 1979 to 2013. Reception: Friday, November 7, 6-8pm. (Through December 21)

Works by S. Gayle Stevens @ Matteawan Gallery
Works by S. Gayle Stevens @ Matteawan Gallery
Chemistry @ Matteawan Gallery, Beacon. A group photography exhibition featuring works by Jill Enfield, Anne Arden McDonald, Amanda Means and S. Gayle Stevens. (Through December 21)

Works by Colin Boyd and Michael Oatman @ The Arts Center
Works by Colin Boyd and Michael Oatman @ The Arts Center
Abecedarius | 26 + 1 Recent Works by Colin Boyd + Michael Oatman@ The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Colin Boyd and Michael Oatman have teamed up to present an exhibition and book that looks at the natural world and the roles humans have in misshaping it. Using the literary format of the Abecedarius (e.g., “A is for Apple”, “B is for Bear”, “C is for Crops Patented by Monsanto,” etc.), the two artists will turn the gallery into a walk-able cautionary tale – with a few nervous laughs for good measure. (Through December 23)

The Dying of the Light: Film as Medium and Metaphor @ MASS MoCA
The Dying of the Light: Film as Medium and Metaphor @ MASS MoCA
The Dying of the Light: Film as Medium and Metaphor @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. A mix of atmospheric, documentary and sculptural works, this exhibition features the work of 6 artists — Rosa Barba, Matthew Buckingham, Tacita Dean, Rodney Graham, Lisa Oppenheim and Simon Starling — who capitalize on film’s particular visual, material, aural and even metaphoric characteristics.

Frank Rapant: Flight #2 @ Burns Art Atrium Gallery
Frank Rapant: Flight #2 @ Burns Art Atrium Gallery
On Longing @ Burns Art Atrium Gallery, Schenectady. Works by photographer Frank Rapant that examine the grieving process and how a person might approach this from a faithless standpoint. (Through December 24)

Jeff Sonhouse: Exhibit A: Cardinal Francis Arinze @ The Tang
Jeff Sonhouse: Exhibit A: Cardinal Francis Arinze @ The Tang
Opener 26: Jeff Sonhouse @ Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Over the past ten years, New York-based artist Jeff Sonhouse has created a powerful body of portrait paintings depicting often-masked black male figures that consistently defy and obscure classification. Adept at mixing pattern, color, and material, Sonhouse’s paintings feature a variety of unusual materials such as matchsticks, steel wool and cowry shells, and include references to art historical figures from Ed Paschke to Pablo Picasso. (Through January 4, 2015)

Richard Pousette-Dart: Self-Portrait with Glasses @ Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute
Richard Pousette-Dart: Self-Portrait with Glasses @ Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute
Absence / Presence: Richard Pousette-Dart as Photographer @ Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica. The first museum survey of noted Abstract Expressionist painter Richard Pousette-Dart’s photographic work. The exhibition draws together approximately 45 vintage photographs printed by the artist between the 1930s and 1980s, including unique examples with hand-applied pigments. (Through January 4)

Kay Rosen: Wanderful!
Kay Rosen: Wanderful!
I was a double @ The Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Visual artists who are rule makers, across a wide variety of styles and disciplines; all of the artists in this show invent rules and then follow them; whether written or not: Suzanne Bocanegra, Regina Bogat, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, André Cadere, Sarah Cain, Karin Davie, Taylor Davis, David Dupuis, Tony Feher, Alfred Jensen. Chris Johanson and Johanna Jackson, Sol LeWitt, Chris Martin, Gabriel Orozco, Bruce Pearson, Ciara Phillips, Kay Rosen, Wolfgang Tillmans, Fred Tomaselli, Johannes VanDerBeek, Ruth Vollmer, Stanley Whitney and Christopher Wool. (Through January 4, 2015)

Beverly Semmes: Angel @ The Tang
Beverly Semmes: Angel @ The Tang
Opener 27: Beverly Semmes: FRP @ Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery, Saratoga Springs. The Feminist Responsibility Project (FRP) by New York-based artist Beverly Semmes includes drawings, video, ceramics, and illuminated glass forms that are suspended throughout the gallery. At the heart of the exhibition is a collection of works on paper that features rough gestural applications of ink and paint that conceal and reveal the body as depicted in pornographic magazines. (Through January 4)

Works by Louis Comfort Tiffany @ Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute
Works by Louis Comfort Tiffany @ Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute
In Company with Angels and Tiffany @ Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica. Opens October 25. An exhibition of stained glass angels created in 1902 in the renowned studios of one of the most illustrious designers of the early 20th century, Louis Comfort Tiffany. (Through January 4)

A Century of Olmsted: Utica and Beyond @ Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute
A Century of Olmsted: Utica and Beyond @ Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute
A Century of Olmsted: Utica and Beyond @ Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica. In the early 20th century, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. (1870-1957) and Thomas R. Proctor (1844-1920) led the way in the transformation of the Utica landscape, creating beautiful and naturalistic recreational spaces that provided escapes from the city and enhanced the quality of life for its inhabitants. This exhibition explores the creation of some of Utica’s most beautiful natural places, including contemporary photographs by Lee Friedlander. (Through January 4)

Mary Cassatt: Mother and Two Children and Rembrandt Peale: Portrait of George Washington @ The Hyde Collection
Mary Cassatt: Mother and Two Children and Rembrandt Peale: Portrait of George Washington @ The Hyde Collection
Picturing America @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. From the 1758 Portrait of John Gardiner by John Singleton Copley to Milton Avery’s Arrangement with Plants of 1948, the exhibition presents 57 paintings and sculptures that describe the American experience from the Colonial period to early Modernism. Other renowned artists from the two hundred year span represented in this selection include Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Susan MacDowell Eakins, Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, George Inness, Paul Manship, John Singer Sargent and Benjamin West as well as Charles Willson Peale and his children Rembrandt, Rubens and Mary Jane. (Through January 4)

Works by Leah MacDonald @ Galerie BMG
Works by Leah MacDonald @ Galerie BMG
Unlocking Whimsy @ Galerie BMG, Bearsville. A new series of encaustic and mixed media photographs by Leah Macdonald, whose sensuous narratives of women are the culmination of a personal exchange with her subjects, sharing stories and secrets and revealing the intimate aspects of their true selves. Artist’s talk/demonstration: Saturday, November 8, 4-7pm. (Through January 4)

Anne Diggory: Floating (Lake George) @ The Hyde Collection
Anne Diggory: Floating (Lake George) @ The Hyde Collection
Anne Diggory: Hybrid Visions @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. Recent works by Anne Diggory that explore “hybrid media,” a multi-layered process combining sections of photography and painting. The exhibition will feature a selection of her dramatic landscapes that juxtapose moving water and changing skies against the seeming permanence of the land. (Through January 4)

Michael Nichols: Member of Vumbi pride @ Berkshire Museum
Michael Nichols: Member of Vumbi pride @ Berkshire Museum
Lions & Tigers & Bears @ Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. An exhibition of compelling wildlife photography featuring 50 photos from three of National Geographic’s top photojournalists: Michael “Nick” Nichols, Steve Winter and Paul Nicklen. In addition to the photographs, the exhibition will include natural immersive vignettes featuring science specimens of animals critical to the ecosystems where these apex predators make their homes. Art and cultural objects from the Berkshire Museum’s collections, including ceramics, Chinese imperial lions, Roman bronze pieces, Native American jewelry and ceremonial instruments and 20th-century sculpture, will also demonstrate the impact that these animals have had on us. This show will be on view concurrently with Festival of Trees On Safari, Berkshire Museum’s annual holiday exhibition. (Through Sunday January 4)

Craig Barber: Aileah with Scythe @ The Center for Photography at Woodstock
Craig Barber: Aileah with Scythe @ The Center for Photography at Woodstock
Home Grown: Fellowship Recipients 2005-2014 @ The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. Works by Craig J. Barber, Karen Davis, Isaac Diggs, Tara Fracalossi, Danny Goodwin, Deb Hall, James Heil, Yumiko Izu, Chad Kleitsch, Kristina E. Knipe, Mark Lyon, Tanya Marcuse, Jennifer Lynn Morse, Harvey Osterhoudt and Phil Underdown. (Through January 11)

Works by Michael Van Winkle @ Yates Gallery
Works by Michael Van Winkle @ Yates Gallery
A Sum of Limited Views @ Yates Gallery. Works by Michael Van Winkle. (Through January 22)

Works by Franz West @ Williams College Museum of Art
Works by Franz West @ Williams College Museum of Art
Franz West @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. Franz West (Austrian, 1947-2012) is known for willfully un-serious, non-ideological and sometimes mischievously erotic mixed-media drawings, sculptures and furniture. Intentionally crude collages combine awkwardly isolated figures from magazine ads with slapdash coats of thick paint and representations of the artist’s own sculptures. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Hall Art Foundation’s installation of West’s monumental outdoor sculpture Les Pommes d’Adam at MASS MoCA. (Through January 25)

Darren Waterston: Uncertain Beauty @ MASS MoCA
Darren Waterston: Uncertain Beauty @ MASS MoCA
Darren Waterston: Uncertain Beauty @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Painter Darren Waterston’s installation Filthy Lucre — the centerpiece of Uncertain Beauty — is a contemporary re-imagining of James McNeill Whistler’s 1876 decorative masterpiece Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room, reconstructed as a sumptuous ruin. Inside, viewers will find Waterston’s re-interpretations of Whistler’s paintings, along with stalactite-like ceiling fixtures and crumbling shelving replete with 250 hand-painted ceramic vessels. Glaze will appear to ooze down the wall, and the shimmering central peacock mural will partially melt into the floor in a puddle of gold. A soundscape featuring voice and cello composed by the New York-based trio BETTY will be heard intermittently through the space, punctuating the silence with hauntingly beautiful reverberations. The installation hints at parallels between the excesses and inequities of the Gilded Age and the social and economic disparities of our own time. At the same time, the work raises questions about patronage and the relationships between artists, collectors, and institutions. (Through February 1

Works by Brian Cirmo @ Massry Center for the Arts
Works by Brian Cirmo @ Massry Center for the Arts
Black @ Standish Atrium Gallery, Albany. This new series by Brian Cirmo studies the darker, depraved side of American life, as the bespectacled, bearded and slightly balding protagonist travels around the country to discover what it means to be American. (Through February 25)

Undercover: Revealing Design in Quilts, Coverlets and Bed Hangings @ Albany Institute of History and Art
Undercover: Revealing Design in Quilts, Coverlets and Bed Hangings @ Albany Institute of History and Art
Undercover: Revealing Design in Quilts, Coverlets and Bed Hangings @ Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany. An exhibition investigating the designs and patterns that decorate American bed covers of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. More than 30 bed covers and complementary objects such as illustrated books, paintings, ceramics and botanical specimens reveal a variety of design sources used by American women and men to decorate their beds. (Through March 8)

Eugene Speicher: Detail: Girl in a Coral Necklace (Joyce) @ New York State Museum
Eugene Speicher: Detail: Girl in a Coral Necklace (Joyce) @ New York State Museum
Along His Own Lines: A Retrospective of New York Realist Eugene Speicher @ New York State Museum. An exhibition of 39 paintings and 35 drawings and works on paper by the noted American realist and founding member of the Woodstock Artists Colony. (Through March 22)

Eclipse @ MASS MoCA
Eclipse @ MASS MoCA
Eclipse @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. An installation that combines video, sound, and text to create an immersive and contemplative exhibition that examines species extinction through the passenger pigeon, whose once-massive population disappeared 100 years ago. (Through March 31)

Lee Boroson
Works by Lee Boroson @ MASS MoCA
Lee Boronson: Plastic Fantastic @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Lee Boroson’s large-scale installations, using inflatables, fabric and glass, create a phenomenological and immersive audience experience based on the elemental forces in nature: air, fog, smoke, fire and the cosmos.

Jackie Ferrara: Ribbed Dome (rebuilt) and Alexandre Arrechea: Helmsley @ Art Omi
Jackie Ferrara: Ribbed Dome (rebuilt) and Alexandre Arrechea: Helmsley @ Art Omi
2014 Fall Exhibition @ Art Omi, Ghent. New works by Alexandre Arrechea, Jackie Ferrara, Guy Goldstein, Harrison Atelier, Paula Hayes, Catherine Lee and Joan Linder.

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