ArtBeat: What To See
For Freedoms: 50 State Initiative @ Union College, Schenectady. The Mandeville Gallery presents this group exhibition in the green space between the historic Nott Memorial and Schaffer Library. Event participants will be encouraged to produce and publicly display their own definition of freedom by completing signs that begin with the phrases: Freedom Of…, Freedom From…, Freedom For…, and Freedom To…. Opens Monday, September 17, 12:55-1:45pm, followed by a selection of signs exhibited in the Learning Commons at Schaffer Library from September 18 to March 21, 2019.
Then & Now: Mark McCarty @ Albany Center Gallery, Albany. Photographic works by noted area photographer Mark McCarty. Opens Tuesday, September 11. Artist’s reception: Friday, September 14, 5-8pm. Artist’s talk: Thursday, September 27, 6pm. (Through Saturday, October 13)
Tides + Falls @ Sohn Fine Art, Lenox. Photographic works by John Atchley, Valda Bailey, Seth Resnick, Cassandra Sohn and Rachael Talibart. Opens Friday, September 7. Reception: Saturday, September 15, 5-7pm. (Through November 12)
One Leaf Does Not a Cypress Make @ The Teaching Gallery, Troy. An exhibition by Philadelphia photographer Shawn Theodore. Also on display: Garden, an ongoing, site‐specific installation by Thomas Lail. Artist’s talk: Thursday, September 13, 3-4pm. Reception: Thursday, September 13, 4-6pm. (Through October 20)
human @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Six solo shows of works by Herbert Reichert, Christopher Cairns, Joel Longenecker, John Lippert, Jiang Weixian and Fran Shalom. (Through September 9)
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)
Picturing Mental Illness @ Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson. Two solo shows: Tamara Staples, Side Effects May Include and Kholood Eid, Diagnosed, examine themes of mental illness. Also on display are portfolio showcases by Talya Arbisser and Deyva Arthur. (Through September 16)
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)
Photography @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. A group exhibit that demonstrates the power of technology to enhance our experience through magnification, distillation and narration in the digital age, including selections from Robert Hite, David Halliday, Jeri Eisenberg, David Seiler, James Bleeker, Lependorf + Shire, Lisa Frank, Stephanie Blumenthal, Andrew Buck and Elliott Kaufman. (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)
Subtlety and Substance @ The Laffer Gallery, Schuylerville. Featuring the artwork of Bruno LaVerdiere and Connie Saddlemire. (Through September 16)
No Nudes, No Sunsets @ Green County Council on the Arts, Catskill. A large group exhibition of photography, curated by Alon Koppel. (Through September 22)
SHEL•TER @ @ MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams. 19 regional and national artists present their work as a response to the multitude of conceptual, physical, emotional, political and social interpretations of shelter, with works by William Archer, Deborah Bouchette, Doug Breault, Valerie Carrigan, Laura Christensen, Michelle Daly , Julia Dixon, Peter Dudek, Mar Goman, Heidi Kirkpatrick, Melanie Mowinski, Linda and Opie O’Brien, Sara Farrell Okamura, Thomas Orr, Stacey Piwinski, Jackie Sedlock Pottery, Stephanie Serpick and Max Spitzer.
Undiscovered Country @ Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham. Works by Marie-Claude Giroux, Jim Holl and Arthur Sordillo. (Through September 23)
Harris Diamant: A Retrospective @ Wired Gallery, High Falls. An exhibition of works featuring Diamant’s iconic sculptures of fabricated heads as well as paintings, drawings, wood carvings and steel and lead sculptures. (Through September 23)
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)
Liminal @ Cynthia Reeves Gallery, North Adams. Photographic works by David Burdeny and Georg Küttinger. (Through September 30)
Daniel Kruger: In Decorum @ Sienna Patti, Lenox. Works by South African artist Daniel Kruger. (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)
Hudson Valley Landscape Painters Exhibition @ Athens Cultural Center, Athens. Works by landscape artists of the Hudson Valley region: Sasha Chermayeff, John Kelly, Rick Leon, Gail Nicholson, Harry Orlyk, Marne Rizika, Barbara J. Sussman and Peter Homitzky. (Through October 7)
P P P: New Work by Dan Welden @ BCB Art, Hudson. Paintings, prints and photographs by Dan Welden, who uses observations from his travels – such as tracks made by sheep on the New Zealand mountains or trodden down grass on a wildlife preserve – to infuse his work. Also on view will be work by gallery artists: Meg Atkinson, Jef Bourgeau, Richard Butler, Will Cotton, Ching Ho Cheng, Garth Evans, Barbara Friedman, Emily Gui, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Benjamin Swett and others. (Through October 7)
It’s About Time @ Matteawan Gallery, Beacon. Sculpture and drawings by Eleanor White. (Through October 7)
Cross-Section @ Eclipse Mill Gallery, North Adams. A diverse survey of work in fiber by the members of North Adams Fiber Artists (NAFA), a new collaborative network of fiber artists. (Through October 8)
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)
Harry Orlyk: Recent Paintings @ Clement Art Gallery, Troy. Recent oil paintings by noted landscape artist Harry Orlyk. (Through October 9)
Sharon Bates: Exhibit B @ Opalka Gallery, Albany. In her first solo show since 1986, this exhibition of site-specific installations, mixed-media assemblages and drawings serves as a survey of the work of Sharon Bates: visual artist, independent curator and the Founding Director of the Albany International Airport Art & Culture Program. Artist’s tour and lecture: Tuesday, September 25, 5:30pm. (Through October 13)
Gesche Würfel: At the Hands of People Unknown @ The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. A move to North Carolina compelled Gesche Würfel, a German woman with an African-American husband and their mixed race son, to face the South’s complicated history of race and lynching. Würfel soon came to view grand southern trees as persistent reminders of over 4,700 recorded lynchings, most of which targeted African American males, but at least 170 black and white females as well. This photographic series combines Würfel’s concern for female lynching victims with the idea of trees as silent witnesses that remained after the mob dispersed. Also on display: Re-membrance of the Remembrance, an exhibition by Hye-Ryoung Min in which she revisits a past of her younger self in the form of over seventy meticulously written diaries, and re-imagines this past through the eyes of adult maturity. (Through October 14)
Still Life @ September Gallery, Hudson. Works by Theodora Allen, Julia Bland, Jamie Israelow, Anne Lindberg, Kate Newby, Jenny Perlin, Nori Pao, Carrie Schneider and Letha Wilson. (Through October 28)
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.
Two Perspective @ Good Purpose Gallery, Lee.Watercolors by Pat Hogan and oil paintings by Marcelene I. Mosca. Opens September 12. Opening reception: Friday, September 28, 4:30-6:30pm. (Through November 13)
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)
After Disruption, What…. @ Martinez Gallery, Troy. Works by regional artists Dorothy Englander, Alexandra Higgins, Angela Kanaan and Armando Soto in an exhibition that explores how artists address disruption in their works, whether arising from personal, psychological or political conditions. Opening reception: Friday, September 31, 6-8pm. (Through October 30)
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)
Swatches: New Works by Patrick Healy @ Feigenbaum Center for the Arts, Schenectady. An exhibition of sculpture and 3D works. Reception: Thursday, October 11, 4:30-6:30pm. (Through November 30)
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.
Jenny Kemp: Slow Grow @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. Organic, biomorphic abstract paintings by Jenny Kemp. (Through December 9)
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)
3-D Doings: The Imagist Object in Chicago Art, 1964-1980 @ The Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs. The first exhibition devoted to the three-dimensional work of a group of Chicago artists collectively known as the Chicago Imagists. 3-D Doings Symposium: October 25-26, featuring public events with many of the artists in the show. (Through January 6)