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April Art Highlights

Through April- THE UPSTATE NEW YORK OLYMPICS: TIM DAVIS, and THICK AND THIN: KEN LANDAUER and JULIANNE SWARTZ, at the Samuel Dorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz—April is a busy month at the Dorsky, starting with a special gallery tour “Fancy Meeting You Here” (Fr 4/1, 5 PM) with comedians Carl Arnheiter and Dave Hill, and the tail end of Marco Maggi’s “From Huguenot to Microwave” show, closing April 15. Malawi-born Tim Davis, a graduate of Bard College and Yale University, is an artist and poet who blends his ongoing interests in performance, photography, sculpture, and poetry into a series of video and installation works and objects entitled “The Upstate New York Olympics.” A suite of twelve to fifteen videos are accompanied by bronze trophies and other commemorative objects, project documentation, and a small artist-designed publication, all commenting on the artist’s concerns with the fundamentals of performance art, personal expression, regionalism, and the risks and rewards of the creative life (Greenberg Gallery). Also starting in early April is “Thick and Thin: Ken Landauer and Julianne Swartz” (Bedrick Gallery), a duo show by a married couple who create independently and have never shown together before, but have realized resonant ways to present their work in tandem. Landauer’s drawings and objects play with scale and humor to provoke realizations about expectations about representation and abstraction, while Swartz’s sculptures, installations, and architectural interventions shift our perceptions of space, form, and light. Both artists have received accolades: Landauer’s work has shown at The Fields/Art Omi, at Socrates Sculpture Park, with the Public Art Fund, and at AH Gallery; Swartz has created projects for BBC 3, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the 2004 Whitney Biennial, and for other group exhibitions at Tate Museum and the New Museum for Contemporary Art. The Samuel Dorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz,, 845.257.3844. “The Upstate New York Olympics: Tim Davis”: opening reception Fr 4/8 5-7 PM, Student Art Alliance lecture Fr 4/28, Lecture Center Rm. 102, 7 PM. “Thick and Thin: Ken Landauer and Julianne Swartz”: opening reception Fr 4/8 5-7 PM.

4/8 through 5/23- “PANOPTICON,” photographs by Jessica M. Kaufman, at Galerie BMG, Woodstock—Visitors to Woodstock can easily overlook Galerie BMG, Judi and Bernard Gerson’s cozy studio/gallery just off the main drag (around the corner from the Center for Photography at Woodstock). You should make the turn sometime, as they always have a compelling (usually solo) exhibit showing, and this month is no exception. From the press release: “The images in Jessica Kaufman’s ‘Panopticon’ series of photographs are beautiful, yet haunting, particularly when one is unaware of the context. The ominous quality becomes more pronounced when the viewer learns that they are taken on the grounds of Nazi concentration camps. The title refers to a prison structure which allows unknown observation of those being watched, which meshes with the artist’s own description of herself as an ‘astute observer, rather than a documentarian.’ Indeed, rather than documenting the horrors of the past with graphic imagery, Jessica uses her traditional landscape theme to show the natural world bearing witness to atrocities and ‘fusing indeterminate disturbance with transcendent beauty.’” The silver gelatin prints—using Polaroid Type 55 film—yields a mysterious painterly effect that makes the image difficult to place in time. Galerie BMG, 12 Tannery Brook Rd., Woodstock,, 845.679.0027. Gallery hours are Mo, Fr 12-5 PM, Sa, Su 11 AM-6 PM or by appt. Opening artist reception Sa 4/9 5-7 PM

Through 5/22- The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) presents “CLAP”, at the Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson—There’s a good reason why the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College is considered one of the finest places to study art curation: The Marieluise Hessel Collection. 1,780 paintings, sculptures, photographs, works on paper, artists’ books, videos, and video installations from the mid-1960s to the present, from over 900 artists provide a bountiful palette for the student curator to create compelling exhibitions in the Hessel Museum of Art, on the Bard College campus. Taking advantage of some recent acquisitions, CCS Bard graduate students Nova Benway, Michelle Hyun, Nathan Lee and Dylan Peet (with CCS Bard executive director Tom Eccles) present CLAP, featuring over 60 works from the collection including new works by John Bock, Cosima Von Bonin, Paul Chan, Charline Von Heyl, William Pope.L, Ryan Trecartin, and Tony Oursler. From the press release: “The title of the exhibition takes its inspiration from minimalist composer Steve Reich’s Clapping Music (1972), an audio work in the Hessel Collection. Clapping Music is an early example and innovation of “phasing,” in which repetitive patterns or phrases of music fall in and out of unison with each other based on the subtle shift of one note. The physical gesture of the clap, meaningless in and of itself, produces a sound that becomes meaningful in context. This exhibition sets the stage for artworks to resonate in polyphonic ways—to clash, clang, jar against each other, and even occasionally harmonize. Rather than seeking to draw out the inner psychological life of artworks, CLAP asks what we can discern from their outsides—and what they can find in each other. Interpretation here becomes a byproduct, rather than a starting point: looking to gestures instead of identities, connections rather than histories, encounters versus explanations—the exhibition is less about applause, rather it brings things together, making noise.” Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson,, 845.758.7598. We-Su 1-5 PM

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