ArtBeat: What To See


Opening:

Works by Douglas Truth @ Good Purpose Gallery
Photographs by Douglas Truth @ Good Purpose Gallery
Elements of Life @ Good Purpose Gallery, Lee. A photography show featuring works by Michael McManmon, Pamela Crimmins, Diane Firtell and Douglass Truth, as well as high school photographers Hannah Flynn and Sina Zabian. Opening reception: February 20, 5-7pm. (Through April 6)

David Miller: Heaven Is Waiting @ The Laffer Gallery
David Miller: Heaven Is Waiting @ The Laffer Gallery
Matter of Form @ The Laffer Gallery, Schuylerville. Works by Timothy Kadish, David Miller and Gary Zack, three artists who embrace form as a way to unite the visible elements in their works, such as color, light, line, shape and dimension. Opening reception: Saturday, February 21, 5-8pm. (Through March 29)

Works by Bruno Pasquier-Desvignes @ Hudson Opera House
Works by Bruno Pasquier-Desvignes @ Hudson Opera House
Caprices: The Sculptures of Bruno Pasquier-Desvignes, Curated by R.O. Blechman @ Hudson Opera House, Hudson. On view will be a selection of Bruno Pasquier-Desvignes’ sculptures made from recycled and found materials including wooden wine crates, cardboard boxes, wire hangers, plastic bottles and bicycle wheels. Opening reception: Saturday, February 21, 5-7pm. (Through March 29)

Paintings by Meleko Mokgosi @ The School
Paintings by Meleko Mokgosi @ The School
Meleko Mokgosi @ The School, Kinderhook. Large-scale works by Meleko Mokgosi that examine notions of national identity and post-colonial aesthetics using Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe as case studies. Also on display is a group exhibition, Status Quo, that includes work by Vito Acconci, El Anatsui, Radcliffe Bailey, Tim Bavington, Nayland Blake, Yoan Capote, Nick Cave, Gehard Demetz, Vibha Galhotra, Isa Genzken, Kay Hassan, David Ireland, Titus Kaphar, Kerry James Marshall, Enrique Martínez Celaya, Richard Mosse, Reinhard Mucha, Adi Nes, Jackie Nickerson, Manuel Ocampo, Odili Donald Odita, Toyin Odutola, Susana Solano, Jessica Stockholder, Leslie Wayne, Carrie Mae Weems, James Welling, Hank Willis Thomas and Carlos Vega. (Through April 25)


Last Chance To See:

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. (Through February 22)

Lucy Sarneel: Beltbunch #2 Chatelaine @ Sienna Patti Gallery
Lucy Sarneel: Beltbunch #2 Chatelaine @ Sienna Patti Gallery
Lucy Sarneel: windmill mindblows @ Sienna Patti Gallery, Lenox. Lucy Sarneel’s distinctive use of fabricated zinc is inspired by the material’s omnipresence in the objects and architecture of her native Netherlands. The material represents the blue-grey sky and sea and the color of the subconscious. (Through February 22)

Works by Ilse Schreiber-Noll @ Theo Ganz Studio
Works by Ilse Schreiber-Noll @ Theo Ganz Studio
Searching for a New Planet (Only History Remains) @ Theo Ganz Studio, Beacon. Ilse Schreiber-Noll’s ongoing multimedia series is a meditation on the plight of our planet from a child’s perspective. (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. (Through February 22)

The annual Erotica Show and Fundraiser @ Tivoli Artists Gallery
The annual Erotica Show and Fundraiser @ Tivoli Artists Gallery
Erotica Show and Fundraiser @ The Tivoli Artists Gallery, Tivoli. Works by 35 artists explore the sexual and sensual in this annual fundraiser for the gallery: Ania Aldrich, Anne Alexander, Alan Appel, John Atchley, Frana Baruch, John Bonsignore, Jean Campbell, Denise Chandler, Charlotte Chene, Barbara Eichen, Olive Farrell, Peggy Farrington, Susan Fowler-Gallagher, Dan Goldman, Gretchen Kelly, Laurie Kilgore, Lana Hirsch, Laurance Illges, Anita Kiewra, Richard Lisle, Linda Puliatti, Daniel Region, Dana Matthews, Dan McCormack, Rich Morris, Phyllis Palmer, Gilbert Rios, Valerie Shaff, Marsha Slatkin, Barbara Todd, Karl Volk, Marsha Walton, Riva Weinstein and Jeremy Wolff. (Through February 22)

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)


Continuing:

Works by Vilma Mare @ McDaris Fine Art
Works by Vilma Mare @ McDaris Fine Art
Queen of Serpents @ McDaris Fine Art, Hudson. Works by Lithuanian-born, regionally-based fashion designer Vilma Mare, who examines contemporary culture through the lens of her Baltic heritage. The exhibition will be comprised of artisanal clothing styles including coats, skirts and other vestments as well as five large sartorial tapestries based on characters from a mythical story and nine large original flags depicting a traditional celebration. Closing reception and artist talk: Sunday, February 22, 2-4pm. (Through February 28)

Photographs by Erik Hoffner @ Galerie Giroux
Photographs by Erik Hoffner @ Galerie Giroux
Heritage Homecoming: Heifer Project International in Poland @ Galerie Giroux at Griffin, Great Barrington. Photojournalist Erik Hoffner will display a collection of photographs that document heritage breeds of livestock that US-based Heifer Project International saved from extinction and the lives of small-scale farmers to which the animals gave new strength and hope. Gallery talk and slide show: Thursday, February 5, 7pm. (Through February 28)

Musho Rodney Alan GReenblat: The girl who wakes up in the night @ BCB ART
Musho Rodney Alan GReenblat: The girl who wakes up in the night @ BCB ART
Round Up @ BCB ART, Hudson. Highlights of the gallery’s exhibitions from the past year as well as previews of its upcoming schedule, featuring works by Antonio Alvarez, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Eric Fischl, John Foxx, Lynn Itzkowitz, Bill Seaman, Liz Ainslie, Marcy Rosenblat, Sasha Chermayeff,Christy Rupp, Ed Smith, Rick Finkenstein, Eric Rhein, Musho Rodney Alan Greenblat, Dan Welden, Susan Fowler-Gallagher,Benjamin Swett,Karen Moss,John Foxx, Ching Ho Cheng, Sedat Pakay, Eniy Gui, Chris Burden, Julian Opie and others. (Through February 28)

Anne Christman: Mysterious Lure @ GCCA Catskill Gallery
Anne Christman: Mysterious Lure @ GCCA Catskill Gallery
Action/Reaction @ GCCA Catskill Gallery, Catskill. A solo show by Anne Christman, whose layered paintings are reminiscent of geological surfaces – burnished geodes, fool’s gold or flecks of mica in granite – and appear to transform like quicksilver as the viewer moves through the curated space. (Through February 28)

Eva Melas: Coffee Cups @  GCCA Catskill Gallery
Eva Melas: Coffee Cups @ GCCA Catskill Gallery
Extreme Surfaces @ GCCA Catskill Gallery, Catskill. Works by regional artists with national and international acclaim featuring John Lees, Portia Munson, Linda B Horn, Lorrie Fredette, Kate Hamilton and Paula De Luccia as well as others. (Through February 28)

Ten Spot Art Show @ Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
Ten Spot Art Show @ Lichtenstein Center for the Arts

Ten Spot Art Show @ Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield. An annual invitational show that features contemporary artists in the Berkshires and surrounding area, each of whom will have a work featured on a billboard placed somewhere in Berkshire County, bringing the gallery out to the streets. The 2015 Ten Spot Artists are: Judy Bates, Marge Bride, Debbie Carter, Frank Jackson, Tatiana Klacsmann, Eli Merritt, Melanie Mowinski, Karin Stack, Rebecca Weinman and Bill Wright. (Through February 28)

Thomas Micchelli: Bacchante (back) @ John Davis Gallery
Thomas Micchelli: Bacchante (back) @ John Davis Gallery
Bacchantes and Bivalves @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Two bodies of work by Thomas Micchelli: Bacchantes, an ongoing series of paintings and drawings, and Bivalves, a set of two-part drawings. (Through March 1)

Take Shape @ Albany Center Gallery
Take Shape @ Albany Center Gallery
Take Shape @ Albany Center Gallery, Albany. An exhibit that focuses on pattern, texture, color and movement, featuring Amanda Michael Harris, Sara Pruiksma, Terry Slade and Wendy Ide Williams. (Through March 6)

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)

Palpably Synthetic @ Union College Wikoff Student Gallery
Palpably Synthetic @ Union College Wikoff Student Gallery
Palpably Synthetic: 3D Prints, Printing and Animation @ Union College Wikoff Student Gallery, Schenectady. An exhibition of student works created with 3D modeling technology featuring Frank Chiarulli, John Famulare, Kristofer Hammer, Melissa Harvey, John Hatheway, Mark Hilbert, Sheila Kang, Joshua Loew, Sarka Sochorova and Michael Vallejo. (Through March 8)

John Newman: Ask the fact for the form (red collapse) @ Jeff Bailey Gallery
John Newman: Ask the fact for the form (red collapse) @ Jeff Bailey Gallery
The Musical Box @ Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson. An exhibition featuring two pairings of artists: John Newman with Cary Smith and Evie Falci with Robert Otto Epstein. (Through March 8)

Bill Sullivan: Midtown Twilight @ Carrie Haddad Gallery
Bill Sullivan: Midtown Twilight @ Carrie Haddad Gallery
Cityscapes @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. A group show of urban scenes painted in oil and acrylic, water and fire featuring painted works by Margaret Crenson, Darshan Russell, Arthur Hammer, Robert Goldstrom, Dan Rupe, Joseph Maresca, Bill Sullivan, Patty Neal, Edward Avedisian and Richard Merkin,/strong> as well as burned and scorched works on paper by Paul Chojnowski and watercolors by Scott Nelson Foster. (Through March 8)

(left) Laura Kaufman: Shrug and (right) Matt Frieburghaus: Valley @ Matteawan Gallery
(left) Laura Kaufman: Shrug and (right) Matt Frieburghaus: Valley @ Matteawan Gallery
duets @ Matteawan Gallery, Beacon. A group exhibition featuring the work of four couples: Jill Baroff & Stefana McClure, Karlos Carcamo & Eleanor White, Matt Frieburghaus & Laura Kaufman and Meg Hitchcock & Kurt Steger. (Through March 8)

Shanti Grumbine: Zero (detail) @ Mandeville Gallery
Shanti Grumbine: Zero (detail) @ Mandeville Gallery
Textual @ Mandeville Gallery, Schnenectady. An exhibition of contemporary works that employ letters and words within the visual art context to convey satirical humor, voice political opinion, question linguistic meaning and examine communication. Artists: Alex Gingrow, Michael Scoggins, Bang Geul Han, Cui Fei, Amanda Tiller, Shanti Grumbine, Sujin Lee and William Powhida. Also on display: Artists’ Books: Where to put the apostrophe? featuring artists’ books by Joseph Kosuth, Dieter Roth, Edward Ruscha and Lawrence Weiner. (Through March 15)

The Stone Palette @ The Hyde Collection
The Stone Palette @ The Hyde Collection
The Stone Palette: Lithographs in 19th-Century France @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. Thirty-one prints from The Hyde’s Tobin Sparling Family Collection explore lithography as a creative medium in 19th-century France. (Through March 15)

Pops Peterson: Reinventing Rockwell @ Sohn Fine Art
Pops Peterson: Reinventing Rockwell @ Sohn Fine Art
Reinventing Rockwell, Pops Peterson @ Sohn Fine Art Gallery, Lenox. Pops Peterson re-imagines the paintings of Norman Rockwell for the 21st century. Artist’s reception: Saturday, March 7, 4-6:30pm. (Through March 15)

ARTIST UNKNOWN (installation view) @ HVCC Teaching Gallery
ARTIST UNKNOWN (installation view) @ HVCC Teaching Gallery
ARTIST UNKNOWN: Oliver Wasow with Pete Mauney @ HVCC Teaching Gallery, Troy. An exhibition of found images by anonymous photographers, re-presented by Oliver Wasow and Pete Mauney. (Through March 21)

On & Off The Wall @ CCCA Gallery
On & Off The Wall @ CCCA Gallery
On & Off The Wall @ CCCA Gallery, Hudson. An exhibition selected by Chatham sculptor John Cooley featuring works by C. Michael Bufi, Dot Chast, Janet Cooper, Steven Dono, Julia Fingar, Dennis Herbert, Ellen Jouret-Epstein, Scott Keidong, Jack Kelly, Steve Kubicek, Clarke Olsen, Daniel Region, RJ Rosegarten and Marlene Vidabor. (Through March 21)

John Cleater: Rafter @ Thompson Giroux Gallery
John Cleater: Rafter @ Thompson Giroux Gallery
John Cleater: Rafter @ Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham. A sculpture exhibition that calls on viewers to attempt to connect the dots and simultaneously avoid doing so. . (Through March 22)

Winter Green @ MCLA Gallery 51
Winter Green @ MCLA Gallery 51
Winter Green @ MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams. An artistic and scientific botanical dialogue featuring works by Elizabeth Bisbing, Anna Collette, Joan Edwards, Melanie Mowinski, Vanessa Nesvig and Lynnell Rubright. (Through March 22)

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)

Works by Gabe Brown and  Andrea Hersh @ Saratoga Arts
Works by Gabe Brown and Andrea Hersh @ Saratoga Arts
Dual Nature: Ends With Beginnings @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Works by Gabe Brown and Andrea Hersh, two artists who seek a better understanding of the correlation between nature and humanity. Through the exploration of various media and observation, they strive to speak to the similarities and differences between society and the world we inhabit. (Through March 28)

Roger Brown: The Final Arbiter @ The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Roger Brown: The Final Arbiter @ The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
XL: Large-Scale Paintings from the Permanent Collection @ The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie. An exhibition of larger-than-life canvases that invite an extraordinary visual experience in which the viewer is immersed in the field of painting, including work by Kevin Appel, Roger Brown, Nancy Graves, Joyce Kozloff, Alfred Leslie, Agnes Martin, Joan Mitchell and Jules Olitski. (Through March 29)

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)

Felix Lembersky A Woman in Recline: The Siege of Leningrad @ The Yiddish Book Center
Felix Lembersky A Woman in Recline: The Siege of Leningrad @ The Yiddish Book Center
Soviet Form, Jewish Context @ The Yiddish Book Center, Amherst. Paintings by Soviet Jewish painter Felix Lembersky. (Through March 31)

Anna Craycroft: The Agency of the Orphan @ University Art Museum
Anna Craycroft: The Agency of the Orphan @ University Art Museum
The Ties That Bind: Artists and Archives @ The University Art Museum, Albany. Working in a wide variety of media, seven artists use the archive in its myriad forms to explore our collective histories and shared humanity: Anna Craycroft, Aurélien Froment, Elise McMahon, Michael Oatman, Kateřina Šedá, Shane Aslan Selzer and Bryan Zanisnik. Opens Tuesday, February 17. Artists’ reception: Tuesday, March 10, 5-7pm. Lecture by exhibiting artist Anna Craycroft: Tuesday, February 25, 7pm. (Through April 4)

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. (Through April 26)

Unknown Artist, A Ruler Worshiping Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, and Hanuman @ The Tang
Unknown Artist, A Ruler Worshiping Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, and Hanuman @ The Tang
Realms of Earth and Sky: Indian Painting from the Fifteenth to the Nineteenth Century @ The Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs. Exploring important cultural narratives that remain central to living belief systems on the Indian subcontinent, this exhibition includes 43 historic South Asian paintings spanning the fifteenth to nineteenth centuries, from the opulence of the Mughal court to stories of gods in human form, from battle scenes to intimate depictions of courtly love. A series of free events includes acclaimed artists, art-making, dance, music and tours. (Through May 17)

Frank Lloyd Wright: Wasmuth Portfolio @ Williams College Museum of Art
Frank Lloyd Wright: Wasmuth Portfolio @ Williams College Museum of Art
Frank Lloyd Wright: Early Work @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. One of the most prodigious architects of the 20th century, Frank Lloyd Wright published his early works in a luxurious portfolio of 100 plates in Berlin in 1910. In conjunction with Professor Eugene J. Johnson’s seminar Wright Writing, twenty-six of these plates of Wright’s architectural designs come to WCMA from Chapin Library. (Through May 24)

Oil paintings by Lisa David @ Mabee Farm Historic Site
Oil paintings by Lisa David @ Mabee Farm Historic Site
Second Look: Oil Paintings by Lisa David @ Mabee Farm Historic Site, Rotterdam Junction. Inspired by what others neglect to see, Lisa David captures the essence of a moment by focusing on subtle differences in light. (Through May 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.

George Inness: Twilight @ Williams College Museum of Art
George Inness: Twilight @ Williams College Museum of Art
Three Centuries of American Art @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. Familiar favorites along with artwork new to WCMA’s collection provide a panoply of American creativity. Edward Hopper’s Morning in a City, back on view after its international tour, joins a colorful geometric gouache painting by Stuart Davis. Portrait paintings by John Smibert and Thomas Eakins coalesce with sculpture, decorative arts, and beloved works by Maurice Prendergast. Curator tour: Tuesday, February 24, 12noon. (Through October 4)

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