ArtBeat: What To See
Keepers of the Flame: Parrish, Wyeth, Rockwell and the Narrative Tradition @ Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. More than 85 works by American and European masters spanning 500 years that trace the student-to-teacher lineage of illustrators Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell to their artistic forbearers in the Italian Renaissance. (Through October 28)
They Made The Cut @ Spencertown Academy Arts Center, Spencertown. Works by six local artists who each use cutting as an integral part of their artwork. Opening reception: Saturday, July 21, 4-6pm. (Through August 12)
Horse and Rider @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. An exhibition that explores the relationship between man and beast in the contexts of sport, pleasure and work. The exhibition comprises ten works from the permanent collection by artists such as Edgar Degas, Frederick Remington, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Anna Hyatt Huntington, Wilke, James Brooks and Danny Lyon. Opens Friday, July 20. (Through September 2)
Christopher Cairns @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Sculpture by Christopher Cairns in the main gallery and sculpture garden. Also on display: solo shows by Samuel Levy, Maryna Bilak, Scrap Wrenn and Jon Isherwood. Opening reception: Saturday, July 21, 6-8pm. (Through August 12)
Out Of Line @ September Gallery, Hudson. A group exhibition examining words and language. Opening Reception: Saturday, July 21, 6-8pm. (Through September 2)
Escape Factory @ Installation Space, North Adams. A solo exhibition of three video works by François-Xavier de Costerd. Opening reception: Thursday, July 26, 6-8pm. Artist’s talk: Friday, August 3, 6pm. (Through September 2)
Rockwell Kent @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. Complementary exhibitions celebrate Rockwell Kent (1882 – 1971), the American painter, printer, and illustrator, who settled in the Adirondacks in 1928. He painted many of his works in his Adirondack studio based on drawings, sketches, and notes taken during extensive travels to Greenland, Alaska, Ireland, and other extreme locations. In addition, Curator Caroline Welsh has drawn together paintings from North Country collections, some seldom seen publicly. Opens Sunday, April 8. (Through July 22)
Directions @ Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams. A solo exhibit by ceramic artist Sergei Isupov (Through July 22)
Concepts & Color @ Laffer Gallery, Schuylerville. As the name implies, colorful works by James Paterson, Victoria Crowell and Wendy Ide Williams. (Through July 22)
Figures We Fancy @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. A group exhibit of contemporary figurative painters, both real and imagined, including Mark Beard’s invented persona “Bruce Sargeant,” David Austin, Robert Goldstrom, Greg Decker, Abel Ramirez, David Dew Bruner and Louise Laplante. (Through July 29)
Objects of Desire @ Eclipse Mill Gallery, North Adams. Sculpture by Larry Alice and paintings by Joan Kiley. (Through July 29)
Trees and the American Dream @ Athens Cultural Center, Athens. Historic and contemporary photos of the village of Athens with a focus on streets with trees predominating and contrasting before and after images. (Through August 5)
A Certain Light @ Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham. Figurative works, including older paintings and recent sculpture, by Mark LaRiviere. (Through August 5)
The Order of Beauty @ Sienna Patti, Lenox. Drawings and jewelry by Tina Rath that take inspiration from the Islamic usage of geometry and pattern. (Through August 5)
Francine Hunter McGivern: Episodic Memory | 1977 – Present @ Hudson Hall, Hudson. (Through August 10)
Fourth Annual Group Show @ Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson. Photography, photo-based works and video by 51 artists chosen by juror Paula Tognarelli of the Griffen Museum of Photography. (Through August 12)
Dona Nelson: Stand Alone Paintings @ The Tang, Saratoga Springs. An exhibition of artworks from the last four decades to demonstrate the breadth and continuity of Dona Nelson’s influential painting career. (Through August 12)
The Unimportance of Time @ Martinez Gallery, Troy. This exhibition, celebrating the gallery’s 17th diversionary, includes works by Latino artists Roxanna Melendez, Jaime Suarez, Kathy Vargas and Alexis Mendoza as well as regional artists George Hofmann, Gary Masline, Tina Lincer, George Simmons, Grace Tatara and Willie Marlowe. (Through August 13)
Happinessisthespace betweensorrows @ BCB Art, Hudson. New paintings and works on paper by Richard Butler, perhaps better known for his work in The Psychedelic Furs. (Through August 19)
Summer Juried Art Show @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Works by 15 regional artists selected based the song titled “That’s What I Hear” by the late singer-songwriter Phil Ochs. (Through August 31)
Concinnitas Portfolio @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. A portfolio of ten fine art aquatint prints featuring equations, expressions or formulas transcribed by ten notable mathematicians and physicists, in response to the prompt to record their ‘most beautiful mathematical expression.’ Each image was hand-drawn by each of the following participants: Sir Michael Atiyah, Enrico Bombieri, Simon K. Donaldson, Freeman Dyson, Murray Gell-Mann, Richard Karp, Peter Lax, David Mumford, Stephen Smale and Steven Weinberg. (Through August 31)
The River Art Project @ Stockbridge Station, Stockbridge. An exhibition to raise awareness of the beauty and importance of the river environment and offer educational opportunities on protecting this resource, including works by Berkshire painters Bart Elsbach, Michael Filmus, Harriet Joffe, Scott Prior, Jim Schantz and Gabrielle Senza. Panel discussion: Wednesday, August 15, 6pm (Through September 2)
Light + Dark @ Sohn Fine Art, Lenox. A camera-less photography exhibition featuring work by Garry Fabian Miller and Chuck Kelton. (Through September 2)
Women Artists in Paris, 1850-1900 @ The Clark, Williamstown. This exhibition showcases the remarkable artistic production of women artists working in Paris during the latter half of the nineteenth century, including Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt and Rosa Bonheur as well as less well-known artists. Opens Saturday, June 9. (Through September 3)
Francis Greenburger Selects @ Love Apple Art Space, Ghent. The founder of Art Omi and current owner of Love Apple Farms curated this exhibition of contemporary works by Claus Brunsmann, Margaret Evangeline, John Morra and Sandi Slone.
Anything But Simple: Shaker Gift Drawings and the Women Who Made Them @ Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield. The Museum exhibits its rare and surprisingly ornate Shaker “gift” or “spirit” drawings for the first time in decades. (Through September 3)
Thomas Nozkowski @ Art Omi, Ghent. Abstract paintings by Thomas Nozkowski in the Benenson Visitors Center. (Through September 4)
Liz Glynn: The Archaeology of Another Possible Future @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Los Angeles-based Liz Glynn will present her largest and most ambitious project to date in Building 5, MASS MoCA’s largest gallery — a sprawling multi-sensory sculptural experience of sight, sensation, sound, and scent stretching nearly a football field in length. The exhibition expands Glynn’s interest in the rise and fall of empires, labor, and shifting cultural values, in order to speculate upon our uncertain future. (Through Labor Day 2018)
Younger Than Today: Photographs of Children (and sometimes their mothers) by Andy Warhol @ University Art Museum, Albany. 50 polaroids and photographs related to childhood, sibling relationships and the influence of the maternal. Also on display: Mickey Mouse has grown up a Cow featuring videos by Kalup Linzy, Yoshie Sakai, Frances Stark and Abbey Williams that address the represenation of children and parenting; and Triple: an exhibition of contemporary portrait paintings by Alex Bradley Cohen, Louis Fratino and Tschabalala Self. (Through September 15)
The Art of Iron @ The Clark, Williamstown. An exhibit of 36 wrought iron objects on loan from The Musée Le Secq des Tournelles in Rouen, France. (Through September 16)
Wherever the Mushrooms Grown @ Wikoff Student Gallery, Schenectady. A solo exhibition of works by Natalya Brill that combine incongruous phrases with digitally altered drawings to create curious, ambiguous ether for viewers to meander through. Closing reception: September 14, 5-6pm. (Through September 16)
give a damn @ The Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs. Recent acquisitions from artists such as Dawoud Bey, Corita Kent, Ana Mendiata, Zanele Muholi, Lari Pittman, Wendy Red Star and others whose work advocates for justice, for the marginalized, and for freedom, equality and understanding (Through September 30)
Travelogue @ The School, Kinderhook. A survey exhibition of works by Radcliffe Bailey that incorporate found objects and photographs into textured compositions that address history, ancestry, migration and collective memory. Also on display are solo exhibitions by Nina Chanel Abney, Shimon Attie, Math Bass, Valérie Blass, Vibha Galhotra, Brad Kahlhamer, Margaret Kilgallen, Lyne Lapointe, Gordon Parks and Leslie Wayne. (Through October 6)
Contemporary Sculpture At Chesterwood: 40 YRS @ Chesterwood, Stockbridge. An exhibition of 12 outdoor sculptures, the majority of which are kinetic, including works by noted artists with local ties such as Alexander Calder and George Rickey and a new kinetic sculpture by contemporary artist Pedro S. de Movellán. (Through October 8)
Ellsworth Kelly: Plant Lithographs @ Bershire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge. This first major exhibition in the Garden’s Center House Leonhardt Galleries features Ellsworth Kelly’s iconic plant lithographs, created during his stay in southern France between late 1964 and the summer of 1965. (Through October 8)
A Cold Hole + Assembled Audience @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. In these two new installation-based commissions, artist Taryn Simon activates the rituals of applause and the cold water plunge, examining individuals’ campaigns for public admiration, the status of physical community spaces in the digital age, and our persistent desire for a quick fix. In the first installation, participants jump into icy water while visitors in an adjacent gallery watch through a cinemascopic aperture.
RAWR! A WCMA Bestiary @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. An exhibit that considers how art has helped to create arbitrary distinctions between the human and the animal, with works from WCMA’s encyclopedic collection exploring the representation of animals in art and artifacts across time and across the globe. (Through October 31)
Pitch @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Allison Janae Hamilton’s photographs, videos, sculptures and installations feature environments familiar to the north Florida and Tennessee landscapes that are home to her family.
The Lure of the Dark @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Over a dozen contemporary artists, including Patrick Bermingham, William Binnie, Cynthia Daignault, TM Davy, Jeronimo Elespe, Cy Gavin, Shara Hughes, Josephine Halvorson, Sam McKinniss, Wilhelm Neusser, Dana Powell, Kenny Rivero and Alexandria Smith, illustrate the ways in which the hours of darkness continue to provoke the contemporary imagination.
Natasha Bowdoin: Maneater @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Houston, TX-based artist Natasha Bowdoin builds wall-works with words. In her largest-ever cut paper and collage installation, she investigates the intersections of the visual, the experiential, and the literary, treating language and nature as kindred phenomena.
Rachel Howard: Paintings of Violence (Why I am not a mere Christian) @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. In her first U.S. solo museum show, London-based painter Rachel Howard examines human cruelty; the work’s title references both C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity and Bertrand Russell’s “Why I am not a Christian,” texts which argue respectively for and against adherence to Christianity.
The Conditions of Being Art: Pat Hearn Gallery & American Fine Arts, Co. (1983-2004) @ The Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale-on-Hudson. The first US exhibition to examine the shared histories, art and programming activities of Pat Hearn Gallery and American Fine Arts, Co., Colin de Land Fine Art, with works by over 40 artists, including Roy Arden, Alex Bag, Art Club 2000, Lutz Bacher, Dennis Balk, Bernadette Corporation, J. St. Bernard, Tom Burr, Moyra Davey, Jimmy DeSana, Jessica Diamond, Stephan Dillemuth, Mark Dion, John Dogg, Andrea Fraser, Peter Fend, Renée Green, Pat de Groot, Mary Heilmann, Susan Hiller, Joan Jonas, John Knight, Jutta Koether, Silvia Kolbowski, John Miller, Simon Leung, Ana Mendieta, Marlene McCarty, Mariko Mori, Mark Morrisroe, Claire Pentecost with the Critical Art Ensemble, Christian Philipp-Müller, Kembra Pfahler, Jack Pierson, Julia Scher, Pieter Schoolwerth, Peter Schuyff, Jason Simon, Jessica Stockholder, Spencer Sweeney, Philip Taaffe, Tishan Hsu, Lincoln Tobier and John Waters and more. (Through December 14)
Come to your Senses @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Sally Taylor, daughter of James Taylor and Carly Simon, curates this exhibit in MASS MoCA’s Kidspace gallery and art-making studio, which will include new music by both of her parents. A program of Taylor’s long-running Consenses project, the show asks visual artists, poets, dancers, musicians, perfumers, chefs and sculptors to use one another’s art as a catalyst to create their own work.
A Menagerie of Whimsey: The Art of William B. Schade @ Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany. Works by Albany native William B. Schade including prints, sculptures, paintings and ceramics. Also on display: Birds & Beasts: The Scary, Magical, and Adorable Animals of the Albany Institute, an animal-inspired exhibition drawn from the Institute’s collection that explores animals as iconic elements of art and as cherished household members. (Through December 30)
Josh Simpson: Galactic Landscapes @ Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. A solo show of woks in glass by Josh Simpson. (Through January 6)