With the end of summer fast approaching, it is time to turn our attention to autumn. If you’re a transplant to the Hudson Valley — or if you’re a HV native to whom leaving never appealed — this season may very well be why. The multicolored leaves on the Catskills, the brisk breezes, and that back-to-school feel in the air bring new energy to the sense of “get up and go.”
First, go to the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz (1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz) for Artists as Innovators: Celebrating Three Decades of New York State Council on the Arts/New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships. This is a group exhibition showcasing a program that has supported over 4,000 artists in various fields in the visual arts, performing arts, and literature. NYSCA/NYFA Fellows have a history of addressing pressing and often controversial issues such as the status of women, sexual orientation, equality, consumerism, globalization, and more. Artists as Innovators opens on August 30 and will be on view until November 12, with a public opening reception on September 9, 5-7pm. (A more in-depth piece on this show and the programs that accompany it will be coming soon.)
At Davis-Orton Gallery in Hudson, NY (114 Warren St), Hudson Valley artist Pat Horner presents her solo show Collage Montage. For Horner, whose practice early in her career was in photography, collage is a form of visual writing. Drawing from her imagination, memories, dreams and beliefs, she works with themes of family, nature, feminism and gender, and politics. In her hands, mixed media becomes a common language to express her feelings and stimulate an emotional response in the viewer. Horner’s work tells stories about relationships between the sexes, war, fashion, indifference, and power. In addition to using photographs, several pieces in this exhibit have added texture using fabric, thread, digital reproductions, cutouts and paint. Collage Montage runs from September 2 to October 1, 2017. The artist’s reception is on Saturday, September 9, 5-7pm.
Also in Hudson, opening on September 16, the John Davis Gallery (362½ Warren St) presents four shows in its Main Galleries, Sculpture Garden, and Carriage House. In the Main Galleries and Sculpture Garden, Benjamin Butler shows his New Work. Describing his art practice, Butler says, “My sculptures and drawings reflect the sensibility that all complex forms and phenomena emerge from simple but persistent processes.”
On the first and third floors of the Carriage House, Louis and Henry Finkelstein present a selection of paintings titled Seeing; Here, Together, Now. Louis Finkelstein, a second generation Abstract Expressionist, raised his son Henry to carry on his practice. With similarities and differences of approach, motif, manner, and influence, the works in this exhibition offer a glimpse into the nature of the relationship between father and son.
Also exhibiting at John Davis Gallery are Laurel Sucsy on the second floor of the Carriage House and Lee Marshall on the fourth. The works of all five artists will be on view until October 8, with an opening reception on Saturday, September 16 from 6-8pm.
In Woodstock, Ken Dreyfack’s solo photography exhibition Silent Stages opens at the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum (WAAM, 28 Tinker Street) on Saturday, September 2. There will be an artist’s talk at 3pm and opening reception will continue from 4-6pm. This show consists of 16 black and white images shot over the past three years. In his artist’s statement, Dreyfack writes, “I want to amass the right mix of ingredients to spark the idea of a story, not one that I’ve imagined but stories that viewers conjure up on their own, unresolved narratives laced with mystery, alienation and maybe even a touch of evil.” Dreyfack’s work will be on view until October 1.
Also opening at WAAM this September is a group show of works by WAAM members and, in the museum wing, L’heure entre chien et loup (the hour between the dog and the wolf), a selection of works from the Hudson Valley Visual Art Collections Consortium including a drawing by Philip Guston that wonderfully echoes the title, continues through October 1. This is curated by painter/printmaker and Columbia University, Professor Gregory Amenoff.
In October, WAAM will present three new shows including FOCUS: Technology Friend or Foe juried by Bryan Czibesz of SUNY New Paltz, a solo show of recent works by Matt Frieburghaus, and Book Art curated by poet and critic John Yau
Across the river, at Bard College’s Hessel Museum (30 Campus Rd, Annandale-on-Hudson), the Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS Bard) presents No to the Invasion: Breakdowns and Side Effects. The exhibition, which opened on June 24 and will be on display until October 29, showcases work from the Barjeel Art Foundation Collection, dating from 1990 to 2016, and referencing significant histories and conflicts across the Arabic-speaking world. No to the Invasion examines how art operates within volatile social structures, political regimes, and economic systems. Its timespan recalls a sociopolitical landscape inflamed by the shifting regimes of power following the fall of Pan-Arabism, the end of the Cold War, the start of the Kuwait War, and the end of the Lebanese Civil War. The exhibition title is borrowed from a 1990 linocut print of the same name by Kuwaiti artist Thuraya Al-Baqsami, produced three days after the start of the Iraq-Kuwait war and intended as a resistance poster against the invasion.
No to the Invasion is especially relevant today, with radicalism and neoliberal capitalism thriving and people increasingly displaced by battles in Syria and Iraq. Drawing upon events both current and historical, the exhibition follows the course of artistic practices and sociopolitical narratives from 1990 to today to examine where art and politics meet. The exhibition proposes an expanded meaning of the term ‘invasion,’ going beyond connotations of incursion, trespassing, and violation to conjure a sudden surge or confrontation. These works investigate and refuse such invasions on one’s space or body by the media, global capital, or regional magnates.
Also showing at the Hessel Museum is Picture Industry. This group show, featuring works by over 80 artists, reflects upon transformations in the production and distribution of photography, beginning with its origins as a scientific tool. Picture Industry, which opened alongside No to the Invasion on June 24, is on view until December 15.
Other Exhibitons opening in the Hudson Valley this September include:
Cross Contemporary Art in Saugerties ( 99 Partition Street): Brian Woods’ solo show through September 25 is followed by Christy Rupp’s newest fantastic creations on September 30, reception 5 – 8 pm. Rupp’s exhibition coincides with the month-long “Shout Out Saugerties” cultural festival — four weekends of programing celebrating art, literature, dance, theater, human rights, ecology, and more. Not to be missed.
In Woodstock at the Woodstock School of Art (2470 Route 212): the Woodstock Monoprint Invitational Exhibition, September 2 – October 14. Opening reception is Saturday 2, 3 – 5 pm. This exhibition will showcase prints created in the school’s new print studio – a must-see for all fans of fine print media.
Also in Woodstock at The Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, (34 Tinker St.): Drawing Sound, an exhibition and live performance of graphic scores by artists Marilyn Crispell, Jo Ganter, and Raymond MacDonald. This is an active collaborative venture between music and visual art and runs through October 8.
Wired Gallery in High Falls (11 Mohonk Rd.): Ulster Alums, September 2 – 24 with a reception on the 2nd from 5 – 7 pm. Wired Gallery is showcasing the work of a select group of SUNY Ulster alumni artists curated by Cheyenne Rossler. Wired will follow this on Sept 30 by what promises to be an exciting exhibition of new work by Roberto Azank.
PS 209 POP-UP in Stone Ridge (3670 Main Street): Ingrid Lisowski and Lori Van Houten are showing new work in an exhibition titled Elements. The opening is September 16 from 5-7pm. The show also includes a collaborative installation by the two artists.
The Matteawan Gallery, Beacon (436 Main St.): Ky Anderson’s first exhibition at this gallery, titled Small Stories, opens on September 9 with a reception from 6 – 9 pm and runs through October 1.
Also in Beacon, Theo Ganz Studio (149 Main St), is pleased to present The Art of Cape Dorset — a selection of prints and sculpture, September 2 through October 1, 2017. Highlights will include two works from the late Tim Pitsiulak based on his iconic Arctic wildlife drawings.
Featured Image: Pat Horner, “Kiki,” 2016, mixed media collage, 11 x 16.5 inches
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