School vacations are upon us! In addition, a welcome sign winter will not last forever-new spring exhibits are beginning to pop up everywhere! You can drive within an hour and view a recently opened exhibit composed of internationally renowned artists whose work has focused on sugar, both the sweet and sour aspects, at the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs to a beautiful group exhibit, Be Mine, presenting the many interpretations of love curated by Julie Torres at LABspace in Hillsdale, New York, or stay in your own back yard and finally try out the free snowshoes at the Clark Art Institute.
Friday, February 15
EMPAC, Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media
and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer
On the corner of 8th Street and College Avenue
Troy, New York
Johannes Goebel will present some of his work from the time before he came to Rensselaer to become EMPAC’s founding director. The perspectives and positions shining through his personal music, texts, and projects may shed some light on foundational aspects of EMPAC’s building and program.
The program of the evening will be a collage of widely varying projects ranging from computer-generated music and music for custom-built instruments to the recitation of non-scientific reflections on computers, artificial intelligence, and human-computer interaction. It will include examples from his years in the field of “free improvisation with non-traditional instruments” to projects realized with dancers, architects, and visual artists.
Drinks and snacks will be served.
2247 13th Street
Troy, New York
Wandering Beret Projects presents a group show about sin and repentance, curated by Katherine J. Kim.
Artists: Susannah Auferoth, Thomas Whittaker Kidd, Madison LaVallee, Hideyo Okamura, Stacy Petty, Michael Tong
There are seven sacraments in Catholicism, one of which is Reconciliation. This is when baptized parishioners who are sorry or contrite for misdeeds confess their sins to a priest, who possesses the power to administer the sacrament of Reconciliation. When the priest hears the confession, he issues a penance to be fulfilled by the sinner in order to be fully forgiven for transgressions. Traditionally, the routine penance includes reciting the Hail Mary prayer.
This exhibit is about sin and repentance and is installed in traditional confessionals in a deconsecrated Catholic church where the guilt ridden have, for generations, confessed their sins
Friday, February 15
Annual Mohawk-Hudson Regional Invitational
Exhibiting Artists: Amy Cheng, Susan Meyer, Karin Schaefer, and Amelia Toelke
Exhibition Dates: February 8 – March 16, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, February 8, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Albany Center Gallery
488 Broadway, Albany, New York
The 2019 Mohawk-Hudson Regional Invitational Exhibition features the work of regional artists Amy Cheng, Susan Meyer, Karin Schaefer, and Amelia Toelke. An artists’ reception will be held at ACG from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2019.The public is invited to attend.
Exhibit Sponsors: Ann Pfau & David Hochfelder, ParkAlbany, New York State Council on the Arts, and The Albany Wine and Dine for the Arts Festival.
17 Years Boy: Epilogue, New work by Imo Nse Imeh
February 8, 2019 – March 15, 2019
Opening reception February 8, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
532 Main Street
“To me, this new body of work symbolizes the challenging, yet beautiful, journey down the path of healing, to transform the horror of unspeakable tragedy into a renewed sense of life and celebration. I wanted to make something new. I wanted it to be reflective of a dark past, but also hopeful for the future. It needed to be about healing and the celebration of Black boys.” Dr. Imo Nse Imeh
Smith College Museum of Art
20 Elm Street
Plastic Entanglements, Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials
February 8 – July 28, 2019
The story of plastic is as complex as the polymer chains that make up its unique material properties. Plastic Entanglements brings together sixty works by thirty contemporary artists to explore the environmental, aesthetic, and technological entanglements of our ongoing love affair with this paradoxical, infinitely malleable substance. Both miraculous and malignant, ephemeral yet relentlessly present, plastic infiltrates our global networks, our planet, and even our bodies.
This major loan exhibition features work by an international roster of emerging and mid-career artists, including Moreshin Allahyari, Ifeoma U. Anyaeji, Dianna Cohen, Willie Cole, Mark Dion, Brian Jungen, Zanele Muholi, Aurora Robson, Tejal Shah, Jessica Stockholder, Deb Todd Wheeler and Kelly Wood. Visitors will encounter a varied array of artwork, from meticulous drawings, photographs, and video installations to 3D-printed objects and sculptures fabricated from found plastic.
Plastic Entanglements unfolds in three sections, charting a timeline—past, present, and future—of our ongoing engagement with this ubiquitous manmade material.
Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials was organized by the Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, and curated by Joyce Robinson, curator, with guest co-curators Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor, Penn State professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies and English, and Heather Davis, assistant professor of culture and media, The New School. SCMA’s presentation is led by Emma Chubb, Charlotte Feng Ford ’83 Curator of Contemporary Art.
This exhibition and related programs at SCMA are made possible by the support of the Suzannah J. Fabing Programs Fund; the Carlyn Steiner ’67 and George Steiner Endowed Fund, in honor of Joan Smith Koch; the Judith Plesser Targan, class of 1953, and the Enid Silver Winslow, class of 1954, Art Museum Funds; and the Tryon Associates.
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College
815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, New York
Tuesday – Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(extended hours on Thursdays, until 9:00 p.m.)
Admission: free, donations are suggested.
Like Sugar — on view through June 23
The Second Buddha — on view through May 19
Our taste for sweetness is a powerful force. It is one of the foundations of empires; of slavery; of ecological devastation; and of modern health epidemics and food injustice. Even knowing this, we love it. Flowers and fruits seduce birds and insects with their nectars; for human beings, sugar starts as cane, beets, or corn, and people have harvested and manipulated and packaged it to suit consumers’ fancies.
We continually construct and reconstruct its meanings. Like Sugar will explore both the problematic and the joyful aspects of sugar, complicating our view of how this multi-layered substance affects us. Through artwork by contemporary artists such as Vik Muniz, Julia Jacquette, Zineb Sedira, Laurie Simmons, and others; historical materials such as maps, prints, and books; and material culture such as cane-cutting tools and sugar dishes, the show will raise questions and provide a space for dialogue about sugar in our lives.
Like Sugar is organized by Rachel Seligman, Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs and Malloy Curator, and Sarah Goodwin, Professor of English, Skidmore College; with Skidmore faculty Nurcan Atalan-Helicke, Associate Professor Environmental Studies; Trish Lyell, Teaching Professor of Art; and Monica Raveret Richter, Associate Professor of Biology.
The Second Buddha
The Second Buddha explores the visual and material world centered on Padmasambhava through sculpture, Tibetan scroll paintings (thangkas), textiles, and manuscripts from the 13th through 19th centuries. The exhibition will also include interactive tablets with augmented reality technology that visitors can use to further explore the artworks and discover the past, present and projected teachings of Padmasambava.
The Second Buddha: Master of Time is presented by the Rubin Museum of Art and the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College. The exhibition is curated by Rubin Museum Curator of Himalayan Art Elena Pakhoutova and organized for the Tang Museum by Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs and Malloy Curator Rachel Seligman.
2642 NY Route 23, Hillsdale New York
On view through March 24
On view through March 24
Winter viewing hours: Saturdays 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., and by appointment
Opening Reception: Sunday February 10, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Amy Lincoln, Barbara Slitkin, Cathy Wysocki, David Ambrose, Dina Bursztyn, Elisa Pritzker, Jackie Shatz, Julie Chase, Melissa Stern, Polly Shindler, Sascha Mallon, Wayne Hopkins
75 Main Street
Hours: November through May: Thursday – Tuesday (closed Wednesday)
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed month of January, Easter, Thanksgiving Day,
Current Exhibitions, Special Exhibition
Vermont Folk Sculpture: Recent Acquisition
Works on Paper: A Decade of Collecting
The Mind’s Eye: Paintings, Sculpture, and Books by Paul Katz
February 1 through May 5
621 River Street
Troy, New York
January 25 – March 16, 2019
Hours: Thursday & Friday, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Recent MFA Graduates residing in New York State
Artists: Emily Furr, Aysha Hamouda, T. Eliott Mansa, Vanessa Mastronardi, Martian (Komikka Patton), Ann Moody, Gaku Tsutaja, Barrett White.
Curated by Sean Fuller and Monica Bill Hughes
Geoffrey Young Gallery,
40 Railroad Street, 2nd Floor
Great Barrington, Mass.
Through February 24
Hours: Thursdays – Sundays, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., or by appointment.
Guest curators: Hope Davis and Sharon Gregory, will explore the intriguing subject of ESCAPE, and its role in the work of local artists.
David Ambrose, Stephanie Anderson, Derek Buckner, Morgan Bulkeley, Tom Burckhardt, Roselle Chartock, Carol Diehl, Warner Friedman, Ann Getsinger, Michael Glier, Tom Goldenberg, Sutton Hays, Philip Knoll, Maggie Mailer, Dan Perkins, Alex Ross, Charles Schweigert, Gabriel Senza, Rosemary Starace, Linda Stillman.
MCLA Gallery 51
Massachusetts College of Liberal Art
51 Main Street
North Adams, Mass.
Colour and Form: Beauty in Abstraction
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Kathline Carr, Dawn Nelson, Sarah Sutro
Curated by Arthur De Bow
Work explores the beauty, complexities, and depth of abstract art, and how it inspires our curiosity.
10 Ashland Street
Hours: Friday & Saturday 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
You don’t have to be a hedge fund success story or a part of the 1% to buy artwork. A selection of original work by Outside’s artists thoughtfully curated, flat formated and affordably priced, Portfolio allows you to bring a piece of outside into your home. Before you go, view work on their website.
University Museum of Contemporary Art, Fine Arts Center
151 Presidents Drive
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.;
Saturday & Sunday 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m, 1st Thursday of each Month.
Closed: Mondays, Academic Breaks, State Holidays
Xylor Jane: Counterclockwise
January 31 – April 28, 2019
Xylor Jane’s hypnotic paintings are rooted in mathematical concepts, numerology, and love. Devotional portraits of gridded Arabic numerals hold personal significance to the artist but are intended to spark a spell-like visceral experience for the viewer. The subjects include tetradic primes, Fibonacci sequences, and Magic Squares. The colors emerge from a seven-hue system that holds space for our curiosity, despair, and aspiration.
Xylor Jane is a Greenfield, Massachusetts-based painter, represented by CANADA Gallery, New York.
With special thanks to CANADA Gallery, New York.
Terry Winters: Facts and Fictions
January 31 – April 28, 2019
A leading figure in the art world for four decades, Terry Winters became well-known in the 1980s for his materially-conscious drawings, prints and paintings. Organized by The Drawing Center, NY, this exhibition presents an overview of Winters’s drawings from 1980 to the present, the first such exhibition in the US. Organized by Claire Gilman, Chief Curator, The Drawing Center, New York.
Terry Winters: Facts and Fictions is made possible by Jack Shear; Agnes Gund; Kathy and Richard Fuld; The Ellsworth Kelly Foundation; Jane Dresner Sadaka and Ned Sadaka; Waqas Wajahat; and Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson.
Special thanks to Matthew Marks Gallery, New York.
Williams College Museum of Art
15 Lawrence Hall Drive
22 works documenting life in Harlem, including images of African American high society, the Harlem Renaissance, and daily cultural life in Harlem during the first half of the 20th century.
Curated by Horace Ballard, Assistant Curator and Kevin Murphy, Eugenie Prendergast Senior Curator of American Art, in collaboration with Lisa Conathan, Head of Special Collections, Sawyer Library