ArtBeat: What To See


Freedom Through Collective Improvisation: iEAR Presents! Free Jazz from the Sanctuary @ Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Photographs (including those by our own Andrzej Pilarczyk) and videos that celebrate performances by some of the world’s most talented jazz improvisers. Opening reception tonight, Thursday, April 1, 6pm. (Through April 30)

John Sideli: Powerball
John Sideli: Powerball

John Siddeli: Altered States @ Park Row Gallery, Chatham. Sparingly composed constructions from found objects. Opens Thursday, April 1. Artist’s reception: Saturday, April 10, 4-6pm. (Through May 31)

Martin Bromirski
Martin Bromirski

Cro-Mirski: in Nega-View @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Martin Bromirski’s explorations of positive and negative space in the form of small, abstract layerings of paint, sand and paper discs. Opens Thursday, April 1. Opening reception on Saturday, April 3 from 6-8pm. (Through April 28)

Kendra Yapyapan
Kendra Yapyapan: Mermaid Sushi

Digital Art Extravaganza @ Limner Gallery, Hudson. Large group show of digital prints learning towards the surreal and fantastic. Opens Thursday, April 1. Opening reception on Saturday, April 10, 4-6pm. (Through April 24)

Charles Bremer
Charles Bremer

Beeswax & Lampblack: Materials of the Artist & Other Objects of Fascination @ Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown. Charles Bremer’s assemblages combine photography, old art supplies, found objects and encaustic wax. Opens Friday, April 2. Opening reception Friday, April 9, 5-7pm. (Through April 28)

The Thread That Binds
The Thread That Binds

The Thread That Binds: Jennifer Hunold + Sierra Furtwangler @ Albany Center Gallery, Albany. Works that merge traditional and historical references with popular culture using fiber as a dominant medium. Here’s David Brickman’s review. Closing reception Friday, 4/2, 6-8 PM. (Through April 17)

Paul Graubard: Jonah Gets Hungry
Paul Graubard: Jonah Gets Hungry

Paul Graubard: Stories from the Bible and Other Places @ Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield. Colorful constructed paintings from this Outsider artist now residing in Lenox. Artist reception on Wednesday, April 7, 5:30-6:30pm followed by an interview and discussion with the artist from 6:30-7:30pm.

Also Noted:

Eileen Cowin @ Posie Kviat Gallery, Hudson Opens Saturday, April 3. Opening reception Saturday, April 10. 6-8pm. Video installations and photography. (Through May 3)

Stephanie Brody Lederman: Stories That Add Up @ Hudson Opera House. Recent paintings. Opening reception with the artist on Saturday, April 3 from 6-8pm. (Through May 1.)

Albany First Friday Arts Walk @ various locations in Albany, Friday, April 2, 6-9pm.

First Friday Ballston Spa @ various locations, Ballston Spa, Friday, April 2, 6-9pm.

First Saturday Arts Night, various locations, Saratoga Springs, Saturday, April 3, 5-8pm. Stop by Saratoga Arts at the Arts Center to pick up a map of First Saturday participants as well as a listing for their Art in Public Spaces exhibitions. Currently exhibiting at the Arts Center is Natura, paintings and drawings by Ryan Parr and Naomi Lewis. (Through May 29)

Via Rural Intelligence we just learned about the Spring Revel (PDF) @ Art Omi in Ghent. If you yearn to partake of some family fun surrounded by giant modern outdoor sculptures (and really, who doesn’t?) Art Omi is hosting an afternoon of celebrations centered around the theme of rebirth as symbolized by the egg, and featuring a variety of egg-citing activities including free games, music, prizes and family fun. Saturday, April 3 from 12noon on. Free.

Last Chance To See:

Carroll Dunham Prints: A Survey @ University Art Museum, UAlbany. Widely known for his comic, hallucinatory paintings, this survey features over 100 prints including lithographs, etchings, drypoints, linocuts, wood engravings, screen prints, digital prints and monoprints all made since 1984. UPDATE: David Brickman reviews the show here. (Through April 3).


Dancing on the Ceiling: Art & Zero Gravity @ EMPAC, Troy. A group exhibition exploring weightlessness on earth. Displayed in public spaces through the building, the show features works by Benjamin Bergmann, Denis Darzacq, Edith Dekyndt, Chris Doyle, Thom Kubli, William Forsythe, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Tomas Saraceno, Jane & Louise Wilson, and Xu Zhen. (Through April 10)

Lumina @ Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill. A juried photography exhibition exploring light as theme, concept and process. (through April 10)

What Are You Doing Now? @ Martinez Gallery, Troy. Eighteen artists respond to that question by providing an example of their most current work, from paintings and prints to sculpture, as well commenting on the issues they explore. Includes works by Dan Burkholder, Armando Soto, George Hofmann, Caren Canier, Willie Marlowe, Arlene Baker, Leigh Wen, Tim Cahill, Gay Malin, Dorothy Englander, George Simmons , Sylvie Kantarowitz, Jim Flosdorf, and Anthony Montes, Colin Boyd, Brynna Carpenter and Sean Calhoun. (Through April 11)

“Material Witnesses: Photographs of Things” @ Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. This focused exhibition considers how documentary images stand not only as material witnesses to times and places past, but as aesthetic objects that are at once accessible and uncanny. (Through April 11)

Small Wonders: The Perspective Boxes of Charles Steckler @ The Butzel Gallery at John Sayles School of Fine Arts, Schenectady, NY. Recent and classical dioramas. (Through April 12)

Inside/Outside: Paintings by Dana Clancy and Ben Schwab @ Lake George Arts Project, Courthouse Gallery, Lake George. Two painters examine our spatial relationships with the built world, interior and exterior architecture (Through April 16)

The Thread That Binds: Jennifer Hunold + Sierra Furtwangler @ Albany Center Gallery, Albany. Works that merge traditional and historical references with popular culture using fiber as a dominant medium. Closing reception 4/2, 6-8 PM. (Through April 17)

Randy Garber: Reverberations @ Opalka Gallery, Sage College, Albany. (Through April 18)

Rock, Paper Scissors @ Windham Fine Arts, Windham. Works in stone, works on paper, and works in metal. Artists include Peter Diepenbrock, Lisbeth Firmin, Antonio Perez, Kevin VanHentenryck and Kristine Corso. (Through April 18)

Ida Weygandt: Walking Home @ Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson. Large format color photographs. Also featured is work by Elliot Kaufman and Kelly Shimoda. (Through April 18)

Sexpectations @ MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams. An exhibition exploring how media and pop culture contorts, misrepresents and informs one’s perception of oneself and others, featuring Chris Antemann, Martha Colburn, Autumn Doyle, Raymond Felix, Robert Gullie, Sean Hovendick, Joan Kiley, Portia Munson, Nate Page, Laurie Simmons, and Thor Wickstrom. (Through April 22) Other events during this show:

  • Thursday, April 1, 6:30pm: the Gender Bender Film Festival featuring Killing Us Softly and Tough Guys.
  • Thursday, April 15, 5:30pm: Dr. Sue Birns, a member of MCLA sociology department and director of MCLA’w Women’s Center, leads a discussion inspired by the show’s theme.
  • Thursday, April 22, 6:30pm: Closing party featuring the MCLA student band “Not Enough Glitter.”

Haitian Paintings from a Private Collection @ Nicole Fiacco Gallery, Hudson. (Through April 24)

Abbey Saunders and Kim Schaller: Walking Through the Electric Garden @ ArtCentric Gift Gallery (Through April 27)

Stations of the Cross @ Terra Nova Gallery. Lino prints by Sarah Gorss. (Through April 27)

2010 Season Opener @ Riverfront Studios, Schuylerville. Featuring works by Leah McCloskey in the West Gallery and works by Shira Toren in the East Gallery. Also featuring sculptures by Cheryl Horning, Robin Starke, and Linda Van Alstyne. (Through April 23)

Giovanni Boldini in Impressionist Paris @ The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. (Through April 25)

Lifelike @ BCB Art, Hudson. Work by Ching Ho Cheng, Lynn Itzkowitz, Camilo Kerrigan, Joy Taylor and Lucio Pozzi in a show that reworks the traditional idea of “still life.” (Through April 25)

Shifting: Sergio Sericolo and Wendy Ide Williams @ Clement Gallery (Through April 28)

The 3rd Annual College Student Show @ The Photography Center. Work from regional college students. (Through April 29)

Upstate: Paintings and Constructed Paintings by Russell DeYoung @ Albany Art Room. Work inspired by and evoking post-industrial upstate New York. (Through April 30)

Reality Show: Works by Chris Murray and Jon Gernon @Yates Gallery, Siena College. Artist Lecture: Thursday April 15 4-4:30pm. Opening reception Thursday, April 15 4:30-6pm. (Through April 30)

Fe-Mail: Mail Art by Karen Arp-Sandel and Suzi Banks Baum @ Berkshire Art Kitchen, Great Barrington. In conjunction with Women’s History Month and aimed to celebrate women artists, the events focus on the daily-ness of art and the challenges of juggling mothering and creativity. (Through April 30)

Seeing Ourselves: Masterpieces of American Photography from the George Eastman House Collection @ The State Museum, Empire State Plaza, Albany. Photographs of historic and contemporary moments in American history by Ansel Adams, Mathew B. Brady, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Dorothea Lange, Eli Reed, Alfred Stieglitz and many others. (Through May 9)

“To Rockwell, With Love: Fan Mail and The Saturday Evening Post” @ Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. Fan correspondence received by Norman Rockwell, archival photographs and the original Saturday Evening Post tearsheets that inspired such lively public response will be on view. (Through May 16).

Upstate Figurative @ Fulton Street Gallery. Group show featuring Sean Calhoun, Michael Gwozdz, Jenny Hutchinson, Deborah Morris. (Through May 22)

Living Under The Same Roof @ Hessel Museum of Art and CCS Galleries, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. An exhibition that examines the idea of the museum’s collection as a system with variable entrances. The public is invited to select works from storage to be seen in a viewing room, with the work displayed in a rotating system according to weekly requests. (Through May 23).

PQ:100 @ The Center For Photography, Woodstock. Works that have been featured on the first 100 covers of CPW’s journal, PQ (Photography Quarterly). Artists include: Anonymous, Shelby Lee Adams, Thomas Allen,Lili Almog, Eugene Atget, Christine Back, Lillian Bassman, Dawoud Bey, Martin Brading, Tim Bradley, Debbie Fleming Caffery,Keith Carter, Linda Connor, Joseph Cornell, Tony Culver, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Judy Dater, Bruce Davidson, Jen Davis, Mike Disfarmer, Will Faller, James Fee, Michael Feinberg, Donna Ferrato, Ann Fessler, Michael Fredericks, Ralph Gibson, Jaimie Lyle Gordon, Ruzzie Green, Kathy Grove, Betty Hahn, Judith Harold-Steinhauser, Richard Hill, Dana Hoey, Horst P. Horst, Kevin Hyde, Graciela Iturbide, Derek Johnston, Larry Jordan, Colleen Kenyon, Kathleen Kenyon,Birgit Kleber, John Kleinhans,Eric Krieger, Barbara Kruger, Nina Kuo, Andrea Land, Gay Leonhardt, Eric Lindbloom, Carlos Loret de Mola, Mary Mattingly,Tim Maul, Dan McCormack, Sheila Metzner, Mark Mignogna, Brad Moore,Stacy Renee Morrison, Sarah Morthland, Patrick Nagatani & Andree Tracey, Luciana Napchan, Bea Nettles, Gary Nickard, Elaine Tin Nyo, Yong Soon Min, Timothy O’Sullivan, Jose Picayo, Tim Portlock, Linda Post, Michael Prince, Vicki Ragan, Lilo Raymond, Martha Rosler, Elliott Schwartz, Jay Seeley, Cindy Sherman, Bernard Silberstein, Aaron Siskind, Mickey Smith, Andrea Barrist Stern, Kunié Sugiura, Robert Toedter, Neil Trager, Hanneke Van Velzen, Robert J. Vizzini, Brian Weil, Edward Weston, Susan Wides, Joel Peter Witkin, and James Wojcik. (Through May 31)

Armed & Dangerous: Art of the Arsenal @ Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. A showcase, suitable for the entire family, of a large swath of history illustrated by arms and armament. (Through June 6).

The Eternal Light of Egypt: The Photography of Sarite Sanders @ Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany. Egyptian ruins, photographed with infrared film, capture the mysterious radiance and residual spirituality of the land. (Through June 13).

Material Witness @ Albany International Airport Gallery. Drawings, photographs, study models and site specific installations by Rensselaer students imagining new spatial and structural possibilities in found, discard or recycled materials. (Through June 20).

Also, Constable and After: Sir Edwin Manton and the British Landscape @ Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. An exhibition of art patron Manton’s landscape collection, including John Constable, a pioneer in landscape art and precursor to the Impressionists. (Through June 23)

World War 3 Illustrated @ The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. 30th anniversary exhibition of America’s longest running political comic book. (Through June 26)

Tristan Lowe: Mocha Dick @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. Loew has constructed a 52-foot-long sculpture of the fabled whale from industrial wool felt. (Through August 8)

In a Labyrinth: The Dance of Butoh @ The National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs. Photographer Michael Manheim’s exhibition of professional Butoh dancers – a dance genre stemming from post-war Japan. (Through March, 2011)

  1. Kathy, Ed and Evan says

    Andrzej (Andre) – your photography rocks!!! Great that your work will be on display during the month of April – we hope to get out to the Arts Center and check them out!! Congratulations Andre!

  2. Romulus Smyth says

    Dateline: April 1, 2010

    The local art community is still trying to make sense of a bizarre incident that occurred at The Butzel Gallery which is currently hosting the show “Small Wonders: The Perspective Boxes of Charles Steckler”. Another regional artist, known only as The Crazy Boxman from Hudson, began ranting and making a scene and claiming he was the only true box artist and he was being ripped off by others “cheap knockoffs” of his works. He said they had all the artistry of “the contents of a shipping box that fell out of a mail truck” and that “I am the true heavy weight boxing champion”.

    The Crazy Boxman continued to rant for several minutes but was finally calmed down by several glasses of cheap white wine which is regularly available in large quantities at these functions.

    Local art lawyer F. Lee Harvey made a statement that “The Crazy Boxman was simply performing a conceptual art piece that, in fact, intended to and succeeded in bringing a great deal of attention to Steckler’s work.“ This explanation was totally accepted by all the artists who were present, many of whom commented they “knew that all along”.

  3. Andy M. says

    Was the wine boxed as well?

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