ArtBeat: What to See
Community Day @ Hudson Hall, Hudson. The newly-renamed Hudson Hall (formerly the Hudson Opera House) opens its doors to the public to show off its newly restored performance hall, with workshops and performances by Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. Sunday, May 21, 12-5pm.
Art From Farm to Table @ Spencertown Academy Gallery, Spencertown. An invitational gallery show, featuring the work of regional artists, that includes depictions and interpretations in various media of landscapes, buildings, farm life, flowers, vegetables, insects and animals. Opening reception: Saturday, Saturday, May 20, 4-6pm. (Through June 18)
The Rodney Shop @ The Rodney Shop, Catskill. Musho Rodney Alan Greenblat opens his first retail shop with original artworks, prints that were produced in Japan and Japanese products from the 1990’s and 2000’s. Grand opening: Saturday May 20, 2-6pm.
Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World @ Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. A family-friendly installation that examines the science, sound, and cultural impact of the guitar and contains more than 70 instruments, from the rare and antique to the popular and innovative, as well as performance videos, audio stations, hands-on interactives, models, touchscreens and photographs. Debut party and fundraiser: Friday, May 19, 5:30-7:30pm. (Through September 4)
TOTEM @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. Union College junior Abby Golodik finds inspiration in the repeated creation of a single shape, a “totem,” which she crafts in a multitude of media in both two and three dimensions. With each iteration, the totem affects more closely its creator’s intention. (Through August 21)
Street Photography and the Urban Scene @ Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson. Richard Sandler’s The Eyes of the City features photographs made in the gritty New York City of 1977-2001. William Hellermann’s Lights at the End of the Tunnel is a collection of color photographs of Hell’s Kitchen in New York City in the 1980’s. Also on display are portfolio showcases by Susan Bowen and Peter Donahoe. Artists’ reception: Saturday, May 20, 5-7pm. (Through June 18)
Grand Opening @ Scarlet Seven Fine Art Gallery, Troy. Jon Christopher Gernon, formerly the gallery director at Clement Frame Shop in Troy, is opening his new gallery with partner Jillian Platt with this exhibit featuring works by David Austin, Jon Gernon, John Hampshire, Willie Marlowe, Jillian Platt, D. Jack Solomon, Yeachin Tsai, Stephen Tyson, Jeff Wigman, Julie Branch, Susan Spencer Crowe and Randi Kish. Opening reception: Friday, May 26 (Troy Night Out) 6-9pm.
Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition @ University Art Museum, Albany. Works by MFA candidates Berly Brown, Kyle M. Contestabile. Matt Crane, John Kading, Elizabeth Mathis. Theresa McTague, Samuel W. Negrich, Stephanie Palazeke and Jackie Zysk. Artists’ reception: Friday, May 12, 5-7pm. (Through May 21)
Time and Tide @ Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham. Paintings and prints by Frank Curran of his repeated trips to Percé, Quebec, Canada and Monhegan Island, Maine. (Through May 21)
Joseph Haske @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Layered acrylic paintings by Joseph Haske. (Through May 21)
MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams. Works by senior art majors Elizabeth Erdeski, Samwise Fox, Kaitlyn Russell and Isaac Wood. (Through May 21)
Captured Moments: 170 Years of Photography from the Albany Institute @ Albany Insitute of History and Art, Albany. More than 100 images from the Albany Institute’s extensive photography collections. (Through May 21)
Active Turn: The Devil’s Wheel @ Art Omi, Ghent. Photographers Kahn + Selesnick have created a new work for use in Freya Powell’s zoetrope. (Through May 28)
CELLS: Two Hour Portraits @ 510 Warren Street, Hudson. Paintings by Carl Grauer. Also on display: insideOUTthere, an installation by guest artist George Guarino. Art-Hypnosis demonstration by George Guarino: Sunday, May 21, 3-6pm. (Through May 28)
Hanna-Barbera: The Architects Of Saturday Morning @ Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. The first museum exhibition on the world’s most successful animation partnership, providing a glimpse of the extraordinary story of how two astute businessmen reacted to a dying film animation industry and revolutionized a new format for their product, while hiring the best talent in the business, and exploring how their product transformed over the years. (Through May 29)
Fulton-Montgomery Art Show @ Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, Gloversville. Johnstown native Barney Bellinger exhibits a new body of work featuring paintings, photography, steel sculptural furniture, industrial sculpted lighting and abstract forms made of wood, iron, copper and other metals.
State of Affairs @ Martinez Gallery, Troy. A group exhibition, opening on Cinco de Mayo, celebrates the gallery’s 16th anniversary. (Through May 31)
Amy Modesti’s Folk Art Experience @ Alacrity Frame Workshop, Albany. (Through May 31)
From a House on a Hill @ The Chatham Bookstore, Chatham. Oil paintings by Juliet Teng, inspired by her home in the Hudson Valley and the surrounding landscape. (Through May 31)
Ghana ThinkTank @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. An installation that explores what happens when power dynamics are flipped, and perspectives of people across the world are brought to bear on problems in our own backyard. (Through June 4)
Fields of View @ Laffer Gallery, Schuylerville. Works by inspired by the natural world by Ann Larsen, James Coe and Virgina McNeice. (Through June 4)
Fieldwork @ Matteawan Gallery, Beacon. Recent paintings, sculpture and works on paper by Greg Slick. (Through June 4)
Catching the Light @ Betsy Jacaruso Gallery, Rhinebeck. An annual salon of works in watercolor by artists studying at the gallery. Closing reception: Sunday, June 4, 2-5pm. (Through June 4)
The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. Selections from the museum’s permanent collection of works by American artists inspired by their travels: Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Frank Duveneck, Elihu Vedder and Leonard Freed, among others. (Through June 11)
Open Spaces @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. Works by
Wampum World: An Art Installation by Renée Ridgway @ Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany. This multimedia exhibition is an artist’s interpretation of the changing meaning of wampum from culture to culture and time period to time period. It combines video installations and the artist’s watercolors and collage works with objects that the artist has selected from the museum’s collection of Dutch colonial materials. No physical wampum is exhibited in this exhibition. (Through June 18)
Radical Kingdoms @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. An overview of natural history illustration by early practioners such as John James Audubon, J. Sowerby, Mary Peart and Georg Dionysius Ehret as well as works by contemporary artists including George Boorujy, Portia Munson, Juan Fontanive, Amy Ross and Anne Siems. (Through June 18)
Gathering Ground @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. A group exhibit of figurative painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and works on paper that blur the lines between painting and photography, featuring works by David Konigsberg, Birgit Blyth, David Dew Bruner and Linda Cross. (Through June 18)
Following Frames and Huddle @ Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson. Sculptural works by Tamara Zahaykevich and Carl D’Alvia. (Through June 18)
Kenneth Young @ Neumann Fine Art, Hillsdale. A solo exhibition of oil paintings by Kenneth Young, includes a number of Young’s popular Warren Street paintings, as well as other recent work. (Through June 24)
In the Light of Naples: The Art of Francesco de Mura @ Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie. The first monographic presentation of Francesco de Mura’s art includes over 40 loans from Italian collections as well as those from the U.S. including the Metropolitan Museum, Art Institute of Chicago and the National Gallery of Art. (Through July 2)
Janine Antoni & Stephen Petronio: Entangle @ The Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs. An exhibition featuring video and choreographed performance in three phases over the show’s six months. Rope Dance (January 28-March 19), an interactive experience created by legendary movement artist Anna Halprin, with Antoni and Petronio; On the Table (April 6-April 30) in which the gallery is at once a set and a dinning room, featuring a tablecloth woven out of 200 neckties; and Honey Baby (May 13-July 16), an immersive experience created by Antoni and Petronio in which the spectator reclines on the horizontal plane to view the video above, confounding our notion of the body’s relation to gravity. (Through July 16)
Bouquet @ Hudson Hall, Hudson. To celebrate the re-opening of Hudson Hall after its recent restoration, Michael St. John has been commissioned to make 20 paintings of flowers to benefit Hudson Hall. Each work will bear a hand-written name of one of the many distinguished speakers, poets, artists, and performers who appeared at the Opera House over the generations. (Through July 30)
Cloudlands @ Albany International Airport Gallery, Albany. Investigations of elusive and ethereal worlds by Julie Evans, Joshua Field, Dana Filibert, Edward Mayer, Susan Meyer, Gina Ruggeri and Naoe Suzuki. (Through July 31)
An Inner World: Seventeenth-Century Dutch Genre Painting @ The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. Genre paintings, or scenes of everyday life, flourished in the Dutch Republic in the seventeenth century. This exhibition explores the work of Gerrit Dou and his contemporaries by considering tradition and innovation in the representation of figures in interior spaces, individuals in moments of contemplation or quiet exchange, and the enduring taste among collectors for works created by fijnschilders, or fine painters. Also on display: Looking North and South: European Prints and Drawings, 1500-1650, an examination of how artists responded to the work of their contemporaries in different regions of early modern Europe. (Through September 17)
Lex and Love @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. In two new chapters in his Democratic Intuition project, Meleko Mokgosi investigates the daily experiences of diverse populations who occupy southern Africa, exploring the role that gendering plays in specific cultural and socio-economic relations.
Also on display: Robert Rauschenberg: Autobiography, an exhibition that combines archival documents and original works of art that speak to the ways in which Rauschenberg both found himself and inserted himself in the world; and Accession Number, an exhibition that explores the prioritization and valuation of museum acquisitions. (Through September 17)
If I had Possession over Judgment Day – Collections of Claude Simard @ The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Examples from Simard’s collection show a diversity of art and artifacts that is unparalleled, from medium to country of origin to subject matter, including works by Radcliffe Bailey, Matthew Barney, Alighiero e Boetti, Nick Cave, Geoffrey Chadsey, Pierre Dorion, Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Louise Fishman, Phil Frost, Leon Golub, David Ireland, Brad Kahlhamer, Titus Kaphar, Bharti Kher, Andrew Lord, Kerry James Marshall, Roberto Matta, Jackie Nickerson, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Chris Ofili, Gabriel Orozco, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Malick Sidibé, Jeff Sonhouse, Nancy Spero, Jessica Stockholder, Claude Tousignant, Carlos Vega, Leslie Wayne, Hank Willis Thomas and B. Wurtz. (Through September 24)
Elizabeth King: Radical Small MASS MoCA, North Adams. A solo exhibition combining small sculptures and large videos, by Richmond, Virginia-based artist Elizabeth King.
Branding the AfroFuture @ Schaffer Library Learning Common, Schenectady. Works by Stacey Robinson that explore ideas of “Black Utopias” as spaces of peace away from colonial influence by considering Black protest movements and the art movements that document(ed) them. (Through March, 2018)
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 2018)