ArtBeat: What To See
Donna Fitzgerald: Italy & Vietnam and Mark McCarty: Skin @ Feigenbaum Center For Visual Arts, Schenectady. Solo exhibitions by two noted Nippertown photographers. Opens Monday, January 7. Artist talk and reception: Thursday, January 24, 3:30pm. (Through March 12)
Brian Rego: Tiny Mirrors @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Landscape paintings by Brian Rego. Also on display: sculpture by Bruce Gagnier in the sculpture garden. Artist’s reception: Saturday, January 5, 6-8pm. (Through January 27)
Friends of the Gallery @ Art Associates Gallery, Albany. The second installment of this exhibition celebrating the gallery’s relocation includes works by Rafael Arenos, “Just Deb” Carpenter, Peter Guest, Rit Lastarza, Michael Melnick, Dino Petrocelli Sr., Dino Petrocelli Jr., Mick Richards, Anthony Salamone, Susan Gill Spellmeyer, Charles Szuberia, Marianne Szuberia, Mary Pat Wager and William B. Westwood. Opening reception: Friday, January 4, 5-9pm. (Through January 28)
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)
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. (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)
Upstate Artists: The 7th Annual Juried Group Show @ The Laffer Gallery, Schuylerville. A large group show featuring work by Anne Sutherland, Audrie Sturnman, Betty O’Brien, Chris DeMarco, Dan Greenfeld, David Painter, Deb Hall, Dorothy Englander, Fern Apfel, Ian Creitz, James Flosdorf, Janene Bouck, Judith Plotner, Karen Elem, Leslie Parke, Linde Caughey, Lori Lawrence, Patricia Collins, Randi Kish, Rob O’Neil, Robert Gullie, Robyn Morgan Giddings, Rusell Serrianne, Steve Rosenzweig, Susan Hoffer, Tom Crowell and Tracy Helgeson. (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)
The Singular Elegance of Trees @ Galerie Gris, Hudson. New watercolor paintings by Katie DeGroot of tree branches thick with accretions of fungi, moss, and vine, their bark skin loose and peeling. (Through January 18)
Members Show @ Albany Center Gallery, Albany. The galley’s annual members show is curated this year by Erik Laffer. (Through January 18)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Extreme Nature @ The Clark, Williamstown. An exhibition that explores how nature’s extremes – remote, fantastical and unpredictable – permeated artistic imagery throughout the nineteenth century. (Through February 3)
Lyrical @ Sohn Fine Art, Lenox. Recent mixed-media works by John Clarke. (Through February 3)
Our Earth, Our Bodies @ Martinez Gallery, Troy. An exhibition that explores the ways humans are linked to the natural environment featuring works by Caren Canier, Miguel Martinez-Riddle, Sara Guerric, Karen Greendale, Eduardo Abade and Emma Chan. (Through February 7)
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. Artist talk and book signing: Sunday, November 18, 1pm. (Through February 24)
Parking on Pavement @ The School, Kinderhook. A large group show that examines the paradoxes and schisms of contemporary life, featuring works by El Anatsui, Andrea Bowers, Yoan Capote, Derrick Alexis Coard, Charles Cohen, Elizabeth Crawford, Terry Evans, Till Freiwald, Kay Hassan, Magdalena Jetelova, Goshka Macuga, Kerry James Marshall, Stefana McClure, Donna Moylan, Adi Nes, Odili Donald Odita, Anila Quayyum Agha, Paul Anthony Smith, Michael Snow, Hank Willis Thomas, Padraig Timoney, Stephen Towns and Carrie Mae Weems. (Through March 2)
Turner and Constable: The Inhabited Landscape @ The Clark, Williamstown. An exhibition of more than 50 oil paintings, watercolors, drawings and prints that explore the importance of the built environment and the human figure within the landscape by contemporaries Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851) and John Constable (1776–1837), landscape painters who rose to prominence in early nineteenth–century England. (Through March 10)
Thomas Gainsborough @ The Clark, Mixed-media drawings by Thomas Gainsborough, an 18th-century artist more renowned for his portraiture. Williamstown. (Through March 17)
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)
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. (Through May 27)
Heavy Metal: Cast Iron Stoves of the Capital Region @ Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany. During the nineteenth century, Albany and Troy manufacturers were considered to be among the largest producers of cast-iron stoves in the world. This exhibition of 25 cast stoves from the Institute’s collection showcases these utilitarian objects as both works of art and technological innovations that made the home more comfortable as well as beautiful. . (Through August 18)