ArtBeat: What to See
The Enemy is Refortifying Ticonderoga @ Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga. In honor of Veteran’s Day, Fort Ticonderoga will display one of the rarest and most significant artifacts to survive from the Revolutionary War in this one-day event: the knapsack and accompanying note carried by Connecticut soldier Benjamin Warner during his service with the Continental Army. As a veteran of some of the most difficult campaigns of the Revolution, Warner preserved his pack with a note to his children to keep it for posterity as a humble but lasting reminder of the sacrifices made to achieve independence and liberty. One day only: Monday, November 12.
Peter Pincus: Channeling Josiah Wedgwood @ Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams. Ceramist Peter Pincus will debut a new collection of cast vases interpreting the historic Wedgwood Collection, providing a contemporary perspective on these historical works. Reception and artist talk: Saturday, November 10, 5-7pm. (Through December 29)
Landscapes: Capturing the View @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. A group exhibit of noted local landscape artists: Tracy Helgeson, Sue Bryan, Susan Hope Fogel, Harry Orlyk, David Konigsberg, Eileen Murphy, Paul Chojnowski, Forrest Burch, John Kelly, Jane Bloodgood-Abrams and Betsy Weis. Arists’ reception: Saturday, November 10, 5-7pm. (Through January 6)
Jarvis Rockwell: Us @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. A new large-scale installation in which figures from Rockwell’s massive collection of toys and figurines interact and organize themselves on glass panels, soaring over visitors’ heads in the historic light well of the newly renovated B6: Robert W. Wilson Building. Members opening reception: Saturday, November 10, 4pm.
Pamela Cardwell @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Abstract oil paintings by Pamela Cardwell. Opening reception: Saturday, November 10, 6-8pm. (Through December 2)
Frank E. Schoonover: American Visions @ Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. An exhibition of artworks by the noted Golden Age illustrator, including paintings for such classic stories as Kidnapped, Robinson Crusoe, Swiss Family Robinson, and Ivanhoe, as well as illustrations for the novels of Zane Grey. Opens Saturday, November 10. (Through May 27)
Gregory Manchess: Above the Timberline @ Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. Working in the tradition of Frank E. Schoonover and the Golden Age masters, renowned illustrator Gregory Manchess has created a lavishly painted novel about the son of a famed polar explorer searching for his stranded father, and a lost city buried under snow in an alternate future. Opens Saturday, November 10. Artist talk and book signing: Sunday, November 18, 1pm. (Through February 24)
Extreme Nature @ The Clark, Williamstown. An exhibition that explores how nature’s extremes – remote, fantastical and unpredictable – permeated artistic imagery throughout the nineteenth century. Opens Saturday, November 10. (Through February 3)
Bright Future Group Show @ Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill. A show of works by six emerging artists: Louise Smith, Marty Katzoff, Becca Van K, Elbert Perez, Simeon Amstutz and Sonia Corina Ruscoe alongside NYC downtown scene veterans Jack Walls and David Aron. (Through November 10)
A Show of Heads @ Limner Gallery, Hudson. Works based on the human head by 27 national and regional artists. (Through November 10)
Tides + Falls @ Sohn Fine Art, Lenox. Photographic works by John Atchley, Valda Bailey, Seth Resnick, Cassandra Sohn and Rachael Talibart. (Through November 12)
Two Perspective @ Good Purpose Gallery, Lee.Watercolors by Pat Hogan and oil paintings by Marcelene I. Mosca. (Through November 13)
Miriam Laufer (1918-1980): Selections from the Artist’s Estate @ Caldwell Gallery, Hudson. For the first time since her passing in 1980, Miriam Laufer’s feminist and politically charged artworks — both ahead of their time and topical today — will be available for sale. (Through November 18)
Places: Artworks by Sara Pruiksma @ The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Sara Pruiksma exhibits a series of paintings rooted in sentimentality, focusing on the home. Artist’s talk: Thursday, November 8, 7pm. (Through November 18)
Benjamin Swett: Recent Photographs (2016-18) @ BCB ART, Hudson. Benjamin Swett’s photographic exhibition examines the halls and rooms of buildings constructed during the 18th century by the American Shakers and their use of natural light. Also on view will be works by gallery artists Meg Atkinson, Lynn Dreese Breslin, Richard Butler, Barbara Friedman, Lynn Itzkowitz, Dan Welden and others. (Through November 18)
Moved to Act! @ Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson. 37 photographers document women’s marches, Black Lives Matter, Standing Rock, March for Our Lives and other demonstrations, marches and political action. Also on display will be a slide show of Hudson area actions and demonstrations by local area residents. (Through November 25)
The Virginia Project @ Wired Gallery, High Falls. A collaboration between one woman writer and 14 women visual artists celebrates both Virginia Haggard, who was the artist Marc Chagall’s lover and the mother of his son, and Jean McNeil, Haggard’s daughter. (Through November 25)
Small Show of Big Drawings @ Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham. Works by Jared French, Nancy Grossman, Richard Haas, Ellsworth Kelly, Patrick Lee, Roy Lichtenstein, Agnes Martin, Jim Nutt, Claes Oldenburg, Martin Puryear, Richard Serra, Terry Winters and Joseph Yetto. Reception: Saturday, November 17, 4-6pm. (Through November 25)
6th Annual Upstate Invitational @ The Laffer Gallery, Schuylerville. Artwork by regional artists Julie Branch, Anne Francey and George Dirolf, chosen for this year’s “6th Annual Upstate Artists” Best in Show Award, juried by Robert Gullie. (Through November 25)
Robert Moylan: Recent Work @ Clement Frame Shop, Troy. Panoramic landscapes by gouache master Robert Moylan. Artist’s reception: Friday, October 26, 6-9pm. (Through November 26)
Pressed: Six Contemporary Printmakers @ Schick Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Works by Miguel Aragón, Sean Caulfield, Tony de los Reyes, Tom Huck, Karen Kunc and Kathryn Polk, artists from across the United States who push the limits of printmaking and are masters of their craft. (Through November 28)
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.
Sculptors Recollected @ Esther Massry Gallery, Albany. Works by Francis Cape, James Clark and Judy Pfaff. Reception: Friday, November 2, 6-8pm. (Through December 8)
2018 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region @ University Art Museum, Albany. Among the longest-running regionals in the country, this exhibition focuses on contemporary artists living and working within a 100-mile radius of the Capital Region. Also on display: Flow: Alumni Artists from Mohawk Hudson Region Exhibitions 2009-2017, highlighting eleven alumni artists working in a range of media including painting, photography, sculpture, and video. (Through December 8)
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)
The 3rd Screenprint Biennial @ Opalka Gallery, Albany. An exhibition that seeks to showcase a range of screenprint-based art applications, from framed, editioned prints to installation, sculpture, video, ephemera and posters. See the website for a variety of related events. (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)
Ukiyo-e to Shin Hanga: Japanese Woodcuts from the Syracuse University Art Collection @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. An exhibition that chronicles the development of Japanese woodcuts during a key period in the nation’s history and highlights examples of their influence on modern Western artists. (Through December 30)
KAHNSCIOUS – Photographing Architecture @ Hudson Hall, Hudson. Architect and photographer Scott Benedict takes viewers through a journey across twenty-six of the renowned architect Louis I. Kahn’s private and public creations. (Through January 2)
From NY to LA: Landscapes of the Hudson Valley and California Desert @ The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Landscape paintings and oil sketches by Tom Nelson comparing the Catskills and the Vasquez Rock formations east of Los Angeles, California. Artist’s talk: Friday, November 30, 6pm. (Through January 3)
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)
When We Are Dancing (I Get Ideas) @ The Tang, Saratoga Springs. A solo exhibition of Tim Davis’ recent work in video, sound, installation, photography and more, featuring more than 30 recent works that provide an in-depth look at the creative process of an artist, musician and writer whose visual art riffs heavily on his initial start as a poet. Also on display: Where and When I Enter, an exhibition that examines the social construction of whiteness, including how ethnic and racial groups have suffered political and economic disenfranchisement for being non-white. (Through January 6)
Betty Parsons: Blue sky very high @ Art Omi, Ghent. An exhibition of paintings and sculpture spanning over two decades by the artist and noted gallerist Betty Parsons. . (Through January 6)
Nicholas Whitman @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Nicholas Whitman’s 1988 documentary photographs of the abandoned Sprague Electric Company factory that would become the MASS MoCA campus.
Two Perspective @ Good Purpose Gallery, Lee.Watercolors by Pat Hogan and oil paintings by Marcelene I. Mosca. (Through November 13)
Landmark @ Albany International Airport Gallery, Albany. The gallery celebrates its 20th anniversary with this exhibition of visual artists and writers reflecting upon a changing American landscape. (Through March 25)