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February Art Highlights

Through March- TRISHA BROWN DANCE COMPANY, ST. LUKE’S CHAMBER ENSEMBLE, and Gallery Talks at Dia: Beacon, Riggio Galleries, Beacon—February is a particularly busy month for the good folks at Dia: Beacon, the Hudson Valley’s largest multi-gallery installation site for contemporary art. The enormous almost airport-like space was once a Nabisco box factory, and is now home to some of the leading artistic lights of the last 50 years: Andy Warhol, Sol LeWitt, Imi Knoebel, Zoe Leonard, Joseph Beuys, On Kawara, Donald Judd…to name a few. The large-scale works also provide provocative backdrops and environments for movement; the Merce Cunningham Dance Company has performed at Dia:Beacon many times over the past years. This month features the Trisha Brown Dance Company (Sa/Su 2/13 & 14, 12 & 2 PM), and a Gallery Talk with Brown, curator Klaus Kertess, and Dia director Philippe Vergne (Sa 2/13, 3 PM). The wide space at Dia:Beacon, along with the sonically diffusive properties of the artworks themselves, also makes for an interesting space to hear a musical performance. St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble performs their “Magical History Tour,” covering four centuries of music with works by Henry Purcell, John Adams (the composer), Arthur Foote, and a world premiere of a new work by Joan Tower (Su 2/28, 2 PM). All this, plus a Gallery Talk with Bettina Funcke and Johanna Burton on Zoe Leonard (Sa 2/27, 1 PM). Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman St., Beacon,, 845.440.0100.

3/5 through 3/27- EMERGING ARTISTS 2010 at the Limner Gallery, Hudson—Without a doubt, Hudson’s main thoroughfare Warren Street is one of the Hudson Valley’s great cultural spots, with an impressive array of art, antiques, warm little restaurants, and hardy mercantiles. But as it flows toward the river (and the train station) into a more residential area, you find the Limner Gallery, which seems to exist almost in direct response to the more mainstream art in galleries uphill. Originally started in 1987 in the East Village, Limner expanded to a SoHo location in the mid 90s, then to the Avenue of the Americas in 1998. Post 9-11, they moved to Phoenicia in 2003, and now occupy their present location on Warren Street, Hudson. For lack of better terminology, they’re the really great punk/alternative club with the weird—and often really interesting—bands down at the dark end of the street…of the gallery scene. This multi-genre show features Charles Belfoure, E. Thurston Belmer, Abraham Camayd, John Doherty, Pamela Gordon, Bruce Hanke, Marcus Howell, Shaun Kavanaugh, Leslie Kelman, Ignatio Montano, Roberto Osti, Jon Renzella, Vlad Shilinis, Mark Stanley, Tamara Staser-Meltzer, Caleb Weintraub, Gavin Weir, and Eric White. Limner Gallery, 123 Warren St., Hudson,, 518.828.2343. Opening reception Sa 3/6 4-6 PM

2/5 through 2/28- GEOFFREY DETRANI, JILL SKUPIN BURKHOLDER, and MATT FRIEBURGHAUS at Garrison Art Center, Garrison—The snug little train-stop town of Garrison—just between Beacon and Cold Spring—may seem a little out of the way, but the Garrison Art Center makes the sojourn worthwhile, with quality shows that give unique artists opportunities to show works in a solo exhibition format. This month featured artists include artist/writer Geoffrey Detrani, who at one time was the artist-in-residence at the World Trade Center, and whose artist’s books are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

In this Gillette Gallery show—titled Ersatz Landscape—Detrani’s paintings feel like faded ancient prints with odd, modern juxtapositions and casual repetitions. Jill Skupin Burkholder is in the Balter Gallery with Still Lives, After Katrina, capturing a series of stark images using the Bromoil process of photography, which results in an impressionistic and textural effect similar to brushwork. This show also features a video installation—Mapping Perception—by digital media artist and educator Matt Frieburghaus. Garrison Art Center, 23 Depot Square on Garrison’s Landing, Garrison,, 845.424.3960. Gallery Hours Tu-Su 10 AM-5 PM

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