ArtBeat: What To See
Ellsworth Kelly @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. Two companion exhibitions: Ellsworth Kelly: Slow Curve, which includes seventy prints that examine the artist’s experimentation with curved fields of color, and Ellsworth Kelly: Fruits & Flowers, twenty-six lithographs that reveal the sources of Kelly’s non-rectilinear shapes. Opens Saturday, June 24. (Through September 17)
Architecture Opening & Solstice Celebration @ Art Omi, Ghent. Art Omi celebrates its newest addition to Architecture Field 02, Craig Shilitto’s Barbacoa, with a preview of the new installation, an on-site pig roast and a contemplation of the summer solstice. Saturday, June 2, 5-8pm.
The Coffins of Paa Joe and the Pursuit of Happiness @ The School, Kinderhook. A large-scale exhibition that honors the Ghanaian legacy of abebuu adekai, or fantasy coffins, that celebrate death and the afterlife, sculpted in the form of objects representative of the deceased and their interests. In 2004, Claude Simard, the late co-founder of Jack Shainman Gallery, commissioned thirteen coffins in the form of European castles erected along the Gold Coast in the 15th century, which served as holding pens for America-bound slaves. Opening reception: Saturday, June 24, 2-6pm.
You Lose Yourself, You Reappear @ BCB ART, Hudson. Miniature tableaux, installations, drawings and photographs by Richard Finkelstein that explore a common thread of cinematic isolation. Also on view will be work by gallery artists Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Musho Rodney Alan Greenblat, Richard Butler, Barbara Friedman, Julian Opie and Dan Welden. Opening reception: Saturday, June 24, 6-8pm. (Belo 3rd Arts Stroll)
Belo 3rd Gallery Stroll @ Warren Street, Hudson. The Belo 3rd art and design galleries will hold their second evening arts walk of the 2017 season. Saturday, June 24, 5-7pm.
Farrell Brickhouse: New Work @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Also on display: sculpture by Howard Kalish and solo shows of paintings by Kathy Osborn, Rosie Lopeman, Alison Fox and Jenny Snider. Artists’ reception: Saturday, June 24, 6-8pm.
Ken Polinskie: Infinite Paper @ 508 Warren Street, Hudson. A pop-up exhibition of master papermaker Ken Polinskie’s vibrantly pigmented paintings made of pressed paper pulp; ink and gouache drawings, three dimensional objects; prints and artist’s books. Opens Saturday, June 24. Artist’s talk: Saturday, July 22, 2pm. (Through August 6)
Summer Exhibit @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. A group show of paintings by Mark Beard and Corinne Robbins, as well as works on paper by Claire Lofrese, Anne Francey, Sue Bryan, David Seiler and Kahn & Selesnick. Artists’ reception: Saturday, June 24, 5-7pm. (Through August 6)
Awakening @ Spencertown Academy Arts Center, Spencertown. Over 40 works by regional artists were selected by juror Jack Shear in the Center’s first juried photography exhibit, which will become an annual event. Opening reception: Saturday, June 24, 4-6pm. (Through July 16)
Out of Site: Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood @ Chesterwood, Home of Daniel Chester French, Stockbridge. Works by 14 artists invited by guest curator Sharon Bates to develop new projects or to adapt existing works that directly respond to the environmental, cultural and aesthetic attributes of the landscape at Chesterwood. Artists include: Roberley Bell, Colin C. Boyd, Matt Crane, Roger Bisbing, Chrissy Scolaro, Brian Kane, Michael Oatman, Portia Munson, Derek Parker, Deborah Zlotsky, Amy Podmore, Douglas Culhane, Matt La Fleur and Amelia Toelke. Opening reception: Sunday, June 25, 3-5pm.
Prison @ Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson. Photographs by Joe Librandi-Cowan and Isadora Kosofsky. Also on display: portfolio showcases of prison related photography by Jason Koxvold and Dana Ullman. Artists’ reception and talk: Saturday, June 24, 5-7pm. (Through July 23)
No to the Invasion: Breakdowns and Side Effects @ Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale-on-Hudson. An exhibition of works drawn from the collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation, a collecting philanthropic institution based in the United Arab Emirates, featuring works dating from 1990 to 2016 that examine social, political, and economic histories from the shared geo-political space of the Arab-speaking world. Also on display: Picture Industry, a historical survey of photography. (Through October 29)
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)
Face Them @ Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield. An exhibition that examines current social and ecological issues with works by Craig Walker, John Stanmeyer, Thom Smith, Barbara Arpante, Roselle Chartock and Peggy Braun. (Through June 24)
All That Jazz @ 510 Warren Street Gallery, Hudson. New iPad paintings by Nina Lipkowitz. (Through June 25)
Light @ Tivoli Artists Gallery, Tivoli. The theme of light as interpreted by 21 member artists includes cyanotypes, hand dyed silks, light boxes, light fixtures, cast glass, paintings, drawings, collages and photographs. (Through June 25)
Made in N.E. @ Schantz Galleries, Stockbridge. An exhibition of blown, cast, cut, fused, laminated, and sculpted works in glass created by 14 artists living and working in New England. Artists’ reception: Friday, June 23, 4-6pm. (Through June 25)
Babel’s Bricks @ MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams. A large group show that investigates the theme of artwork as building block, part of a double exhibition curated by Corwin Levi, along with Reconstructions, on view at The Eclipse Mill Gallery. (Through June 25)
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.
Selections From Hidden Messages @ Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams. Spanning the 20 years Sergei Isupov has lived and worked in America, the exhibition “Hidden Messages” at the Erie Art Museum earlier this year formed a semi-autobiographical wunderkammer — a collection of curiosities. Highlights from this show are now on view at Ferrin Contemporary, including a larger-than-life figural sculpture, with smaller works blown across a full wall of wind and shadows. (Through June 30)
Kurt Weiser @ Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams. Highly detailed, large-format linoleum cut prints and related ceramics by Kurt Weiser.
Blotched Surface @ Time + Space, Hudson. Wayne Montecalvo’s mixed-media works incorporate silkscreen printing on a variety of surfaces, which he then manipulates to create one-of-a-kind pieces. This exhibition features recent studio projects and work produced during a two-month residency at Awagami Paper Factory in Tokushima, Japan, where he learned Japanese paper-making methods. (Through July 1)
Paper Covers Rock @ September Gallery, Hudson. Works by Brie Ruais and Letha Wilson. (Through July 2)
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)
Dislocation @ Matteawan Gallery, Beacon. A solo exhibition by Krista Svalbonas of recent photo-based wall sculptures and works on paper examining the themes of home and dislocation. (Through July 3)
Figure 2: The Sense of Being @ Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham. Sculpture, works on paper and etchings by Spencer Hall and pastel drawings by David Paulson in a show that examines what it means to be human, in both form and context. (Through July 9)
Seeds @ Sohn Fine Art, Lenox. Works by John Atchley, Peter J. Baumgartner, Peggy Braun, Denise B. Chandler, John Clarke, Jenna Gazaille, Martin Greene, Katherine Gulla, Eric Korenman, Yvette Lucas, Cassandra Sohn and Kevin Sprague. (Through July 9)
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)
Makers @ Albany Center Gallery, Albany. Photographer Richard Lovrich captured portraits of 365 inspirational individuals who contribute to the creative world around them, all of whom reside in or have passed through the Capital Region. Once this show closes, the exhibition travels on to locations in seven more Capital Region counties. More information available here. (Through July 21)
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)
Cartography & Choreography @ The Laffer Gallery, Schuylerville. An exhibition celebrating the 5th anniversary of the gallery featuring works by Erik Laffer and John Van Alstine. (Through July 30)
Location @ No. Six Depot Cafe, West Stockbridge. Paintings by Julie Shapiro, inspired by the natural world. (Through July 31)
To Distribute and Multiply: The Feibes & Schmitt Gift @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. The Hyde Collection celebrates the opening of its first gallery dedicated to Modern and Contemporary art, the Feibes & Schmitt Gallery, with forty works drawn from the collection donated by Werner Feibes and the late James Schmitt in 2016, including works by Josef Albers, Jean (Hans) Arp, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Louise Nevelson, George Rickey, Bridget Riley and Andy Warhol.
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)
Troy, New York: A Tarnished City Alive Again @ The Chatham Bookstore, Chatham. Susan Anthony’s photographs of Troy’s history depict the juxtaposition of past and present. (Through August 6)
A Declaration of Sentiments @ Athens Cultural Center, Athens. An exhibition celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York, featuring work by 18 contemporary women artists jutaposed with varied artifacts and images of the 19th century. Lecture by author Sally Roesch Wagner: Saturday June 17, 7pm. (Through August 20)
Shaun O’Boyle @ Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. Berkshire-based photographer Shaun O’Boyle was selected to participate in the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers program from October to December 2015. This exhibition includes scenes of nature as well as architecture — both the historic huts built over 100 years ago during the first explorations of the continent and present day science stations and field camps. (Through August 21)
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)
Picasso: Encounters @ The Clark, Williamstown. An exhibition that explores Pablo Picasso’s interest in and experimentation with large-scale printmaking throughout his career. (Through August 27)
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. (Through September 4)
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)
2017 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region @ Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany. Established in 1936, this annual, juried exhibition documents the work of artists working within a 100-mile radius of the Capital District. (Through September 3)
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)
Inventing America: Rockwell and Warhol @ Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. The first exhibition linking Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol, two iconic visual communicators who embraced populism, shaped national identity and opened new ways of seeing in twentieth century America. The show includes original iconic artworks; process materials and studies; archival photography, manuscripts and documents; film/video footage and personal artifacts. (Through October 29)
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)
Summer Season Opening @ Art Omi, Ghent. The summer season opens with new sculptures on view in the Fields by Tony Tasset, Tom Burr, Angela Bulloch and Matt Wedel. In the Benenson Visitors Center, a site-specific installation by André Kruysen will be shown with drawings by Joan Banach.
Downtown is Pawsome Garden Party @ Tricentennial Park, Albany. Celebrating a local landmark and American icon, regional artists have customized twenty 3-foot-tall sculptures of Albany’s famous canine resident Nipper. The painted pups will grace various locations in downtown Albany throughout the next year. Proceeds from the Garden Party will benefit programs of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, as well as the continued revitalization of downtown Albany. (Through May, 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)
Building 6 Grand Opening @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. MASS MoCA doubles in in size beginning May 28, with an all-day celebration featuring a members’ preview, a Soundsuit performance and a concert with veteran rockers CAKE. The galleries will feature long-term exhibits of works by Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Bourgeois, James Turrell, Jenny Holzer, Laurie Anderson and Gunnar Schonbeck. Additional artists to be shown in Building 6 include Spencer Finch, Dawn DeDeaux, Lonnie Holley, Mary Lum, Barbara Ernst Prey, Janice Kerbel, Joe Wardwell, Sarah Crowner, Richard Nonas and the Optics Division of the Metabolic Studio.