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  This week, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College announced a new upcoming exhibition entitled Dismantling The House, which opens Friday, August 21, and runs through October 18.

Ian Berry is the Director of The Tang and joins us now to tell us more about that and to fill us in on all other things Tang – including their UpBeat on the Roof summer concert series.

  Yesterday marked the 125th anniversary of the death of artist Vincent van Gogh.

For van Gogh, nature was the defining subject of his art. Over the course of his short but intense working life, Van Gogh studied and depicted nature in all its forms and there is a fantastic and extensive exhibition of this work at The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown Massachusetts through September 13th.

The exhibition is curated by Richard Kendall - our guide on this audio tour.

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  World renowned, New York-based painter and sculptor, Zigi Ben-Haim's exhibit Made in the USA is now up at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

Made in the USA exhibits a cross section of works: paintings, sculptures and drawings. It also includes a new series of paintings on burlap, created in 2015.  Ben-Haim has stated that his paintings on aluminum address the current state of environmental affairs, which concerns humanity's place in the universe. The large-scale, multi-layered works present nature as simultaneously fragmented and grand.

  Charles Burchifeld is best known today for his fantastic watercolor landscapes, but from November 1921 to August 1929, he worked at the M. H. Birge & Sons Company, eventually becoming one of their best wallpaper designers.

His designs were so highly regarded that they printed his name in the selvage. He based many of his early designs on watercolors he had produced in Salem, Ohio. Later designs were either company determined variations on traditional themes, or imaginative designs based on his special view of nature.

The new exhibit - Surrounded: Sampling Burchfield's Wallpaper – at The Arkell Museum at Canajoharie highlights works from the collection including color variations of wallpapers produced with rollers, original painted designs for wallpapers and coordinating fabrics.

We welcome Museum Director Diane Forsberg and Steve Larson co-owner of Adelphi Paper Hangings who will talk about the tour of his company scheduled for July 25th.

  Two iconic American artists, Andy Warhol and Winslow Homer, are featured in major exhibitions at The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY this summer.

The Late Drawings of Andy Warhol: 1973-1987 features 50 drawings, some of which are on view to the public for the very first time. This exhibition has been organized by The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

Homer’s America: Selections from the Permanent Collection presents approximately two dozen works, including engravings, etchings and paintings that chronicle American life.

Both exhibits opened on June 21 and will be on view into September. Our friend Erin Coe is the Director of The Hyde and she joins us now.

  The Sendak Fellowship is a residency program that supports artists who tell stories with illustration. The Fellowship offers a four-week summer retreat for several artists to live and work at Scotch Hill Farm in Cambridge, New York.

The goal of the Sendak Fellowship, in Maurice’s words, was for the Fellows to “create work that is not vapid, stupid, or sexy, but original. Work that excites and incites. Illustration is like dance; it should move like—and to—music.” The Sendak Fellowship was inaugurated in 2010.

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  Roz Chast has loved to draw cartoons since she was a child growing up in Brooklyn and began selling cartoons to The New Yorker as soon as she submitted them in 1978. Her cartoons have also been published in many other magazines, she has illustrated several books and won many awards for her work.

In her first memoir, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Chast brought her signature wit to the topic of aging parents.

The memoir and her other work is currently featured in an exhibition at The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA.

  Basilica Screenings is a film series that presents an array of works from new and repertory narrative features, documentaries, experimental films – programmed by Basilica Hudson’s film curator, Aily Nash, and creative directors Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone.

Melissa joins us now along with artist, Jack Walls whose exhibition “Paintings, Et Cetera” will open in the back gallery at Basilica Hudson this Friday and be on display through August 1st.

Jack Walls has been a fixture of the New York creative scene since the early 1980s, working primarily in collage and painting. He is also a poet and will read from The Ebony Prick of the White Rose’s Thorn with musical accompaniment by Harbour to celebrate the exhibition opening this Thursday. The opening event will also include a screening of the 1989 short doc, Eye to Eye – a film about Robert Mapplethorpe – Wall’s longtime partner and fellow artist.

Melissa Auf der Maur and Jack Walls join us.

Art Omi Weekend 2015

Jul 8, 2015

  The Art Omi Weekend is a celebration with 30 artists who hail from 24 diverse countries. It is an annual event attended by hundreds of art professionals, art lovers, neighbors and friends.

On Saturday, they will lead private tours of selected artist studios. At night, you can kick off your shoes and grab a glass of wine to celebrate the culmination of this years' artist’s residency.

On Sunday, a buffet Country Brunch takes place in an outdoor tent overlooking The Fields Sculpture Park. The brunch is followed by a short walk down the road for the Open Studio Tours, where visitors will see the work the artists have been making for the last four weeks.

To tell us more we welcome Ruth Adams, Omi's Administrative Director, and two artists in the Art Omi residency program. The artists are Tirzo Martha from Curacao - the first resident they've had from there and Anna Kubelik from Switzerland/Germany.

  The Lower Adirondack Arts Council – better known as LARAC – will be holding their 43rd annual June Arts Festival this coming weekend in Downtown Glens Falls.

The Festival is one of the premier summer events in the southern Adirondack Region, drawing crowds of 20,000. It features about 200 exhibitors offering shoppers a variety of products such as jewelry, home items, food items, fine art, textiles, garden decorations, and more. The Festival takes place rain or shine, in Downtown Glens Falls’ City Park.

The festival also includes not for profit booths, arts demonstrations, children’s activities, food concessions, and live entertainment by local musicians.

To tell us more we welcome: Phil Casabona - Festivals and Shop Coordinator, Jenny Hutchinson - Gallery Curator and Program Coordinator and Ellen Butz – LARAC’s Executive Director.

  This Saturday, May 16th, Greene County Council on the Arts (GCCA) will present a fundraiser at Catskill Mill in Catskill, NY.

The fundraiser, entitled ‘between the lines,’ will be presented in three parts: an auction, a dance performance, and a dance party.

Here to tell us more are Nancey Rosensweig, GCCA board-member, midwife, and dancer and Kay Stamer, Executive Director of GCCA.

Ellie Ga At EMPAC

May 5, 2015
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  Ellie Ga is closing out the Spring EMPAC season on May 7 and 8. Ellie Ga's multimedia essays are part field dispatch, part artist’s notebook, part home-movie, part poem.

On Thursday, May 7, at 8PM, Ga will perform The Fortunetellers, a narrative performance inspired by her six-month residency on the Tara, a research boat drifting near the North Pole to gather scientific data.

On Friday, May 8, at 8PM, she will perform Eureka, a lighthouse play - Commissioned by EMPAC, Eureka centers on the Great Lighthouse of Alexandria and recounts Ga’s journey, beginning in 2012 when she joined a marine archaeology program at Alexandria University in pursuit of the lighthouse.

Ellie Ga joins us now along with Victoria Brooks, a Curator at EMPAC.

  The Thomas Cole National Historic Site and The Olana Partnership/Olana State Historic Site announced today that they will co-host a landmark exhibition of contemporary art to highlight the pivotal role that the two historic properties – and the artists who lived and worked there – played in shaping America’s culture of contemporary art. The exhibition – “River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home” – will open on May 3rd and run through November 1st.

  The exhibition is curated by Stephen Hannock, the celebrated painter, and Jason Rosenfeld, PhD, the art historian who recently curated two enormously popular exhibitions at Tate Britain in London and the National Gallery in Washington, DC.

Here to tell us more are Betsy Jacks, Director of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Mark Prezorski, Landscape Curator at Olana.

  In December 1969, the Museum of Fine Arts announced the acquisition of an unknown and un-catalogued painting attributed to Raphael. Boston’s coup made headlines around the world. Soon afterward, an Italian art sleuth began investigating the details of the painting’s export from Italy, challenging the museum’s right to ownership. Simultaneously, experts on both sides of the Atlantic debated its authenticity.

Belinda Rathbone, daughter of Perry Rathbone, the director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from 1955 to 1972, will discuss her book: The Boston Raphael: A Mysterious Painting, an Embattled Museum in an Era of Change, and a Daughter’s Search for the Truth at the Clark Art Institute on Sunday, April 26th at 3 pm.

  The Clark Art Institute's collection includes around 300 teacups from different eras and continents. Artist Molly Hatch gained access to the pieces and her collected illustrations of them are gathered in the new book, A Teacup Collection: Paintings of Porcelain Treasures.

The Clark will celebrate the book beginning at 1:30pm this Sunday – with a tea in their Café Seven, an author’s talk at 3pm in The Clark Center, and a book signing in the Museum Store at 4pm.

Molly Hatch joins us now to tell us more and she is joined by Kathleen M. Morris, the Sylvia and Leonard Marx Director of Collections and Exhibitions and Curator of Decorative Arts. She worked with Molly on the book and wrote the forward.

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  The first US exhibition to concentrate on artist Andy Warhol’s book work, Warhol by the Book opened at the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) March 7 and will be on view through August 16.

We are very happy to continue our regular feature – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities.

Today we'll be talking about the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock, New York, the role it played in the arts and crafts movement in upstate New York, and plans to develop an app for visitors and history enthusiasts around the site.

We're joined by Thomas A. Guiler is a PhD Candidate in American History in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Thomas is also the curator and project manager for UpstateHistorical which uses smart phone and GPS technology to provide walking tours and public history infrastructure to key locales across Upstate New York with audio, visual, and textual accompaniment.

The project is made possible in part through a grant from The New York Council for the Humanities.

COURTESY OF BRATTLEBORO MUSEUM

  The Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, based in Brattleboro, Vermont, is an independent, non-collecting museum which showcases a plethora of contemporary art from regional artists to international icons alike.

On Saturday March 14th, five new exhibits opened at the museum. Collectively, three exhibits serve as an exploration fiber art and the other two showcase the work of southern Vermont artists.

They are entitled: Gathering Threads, Dialogue: Lindenfeld + Lindenfeld, Children of the Oasis, Donald Saaf: Contemporary Folk Tales, and Love, Labor, Worship: The People of Basin Farm.

Here to tell us more about the museum’s new exhibits is director of the BMAC, Danny Lichtenfeld.

  During and just after World Wars I and II in Britain - in an era known as the Machine Age, the tumultuous political climate and the prevalence of industry and mechanization influenced the art created at that time.

Machine Age Modernism: Prints from the Daniel Cowin Collection is a new exhibition at The Clark in Williamstown, MA. The exhibition features a wide range of lithographs, dry points, woodcut prints and linocuts produced during the period exploring themes such as cityscapes, war, industrial technology, rural farming, sport, and leisure activity.

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  This month, the Toledo Museum of Art debuts the first exhibition that focuses solely on the wondrous artist books and works on paper by renowned German-born artist Werner Pfeiffer. Nearly 200 one-of-a-kind and limited edition artist books, dimensional prints, collages and experimental works will be shown in Drawn, Cut & Layered: The Art of Werner Pfeiffer. Some of the works will be seen publicly for the first time.

  Why are we mentioning an exhibition at a museum in Ohio, you ask? Because Werner Pfeiffer is a resident of Red Hook and we couldn’t let those Toledo-ans have all the fun.

Pfeiffer's interest in paper and books was born of his early years in Germany during and after World War II, when paper was limited and books were censored. The artist joins us to talk about his work and career.

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    Miranda July is a filmmaker, artist, and writer. Her collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You, won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. She wrote, directed, and starred in the feature films The Future and Me and You and Everyone We Know.

Her debut novel is The First Bad Man: A Novel.

  Artist James Gurney is one of our favorite guests. He is best known for his illustrated book series Dinotopia. He specializes in painting realistic images of scenes that can’t be photographed, from dinosaurs to ancient civilizations. His new art instruction video is “Watercolor in the Wild.”

Plus, Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney - an exhibition of original oil paintings from The New York Times bestselling Dinotopia series – will be opening on Valentine’s Day at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center in Stamford, CT.

Metroland 1/29/15

Jan 29, 2015

  Shawn Stone, the Arts Editor of Metroland, lets us know what is coming to area stages and screens this week.

  Located in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the Berkshire Museum has been a Smithsonian Affiliate since 2013. Established in 1903, the Berkshire Museum integrates art, history, and natural science in a wide range of programs and exhibitions that inspire educational connections between the disciplines.

The new exhibition If/Then opens this Saturday, January 24 at the Berkshire Museum. Visitors to If/Then will enter a topsy-turvy world of experience, where senses rule. They will traverse the horizontal climbing wall; dodge an obstacle course of pretend laser beams; and use dots and dashes to mark their height on a drawing wall.

  Now we look to the summer exhibitions at The Clark which include Van Gogh and Nature -- an exhibition that will be on view at the Clark from June 14th through Sept. 13th. The show will include 53 works, mostly paintings, but also some of the artist’s drawings on loan from museums and private collections around the world. Richard Kendall, is Curator at Large at The Clark and we will speak with him about Van Gogh in a moment.

But first we must also mention two more exhibits - Photography and Discovery which will be on view May 17th through August 30th; and A Century of Japanese Woodblock Prints from Hiroshige to Saitō: Gifts from the Rodbell Family Collection which will be on view from July 5th to September 27th. Both are curated by Jay Clarke – the Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Clark who joins us now along with the aforementioned Richard Kendall.

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  Since opening in 1999, MASS MoCA has become one of the world's premier centers for making and showing the best art of our time - it ranks among the most visited institutions in the United States dedicated to new art. More than 80 major new works of art and more than 50 performances have been created through fabrication and rehearsal residencies in North Adams.

In addition to challenging and inspiring visual art, MASS MoCA brings valuable performing arts to the region including film, theatre, dance, and music in just about any genre you can imagine. MASS MoCA’s Director, Joe Thompson and Director of Communications, Jodi Joseph join us to tell us more.

    Founded in 1926 the Williams College Museum of Art is one of the oldest museums in the county and features changing exhibitions of its permanent collection as well as travelling shows. Located in the heart of the Williams campus just a few steps off Spring Street in Williamston, the museum is open year round and admission is always free.

The museum has more than 14,000 objects in its collection including the largest collection in the world of work by brothers Charles and Maurice Prendergast. Their current exhibitions include – but are not limited to - Frank Lloyd Wright: Early Work; Looking At and Looking Through: Rethinking Portraiture; and Immortal Scripts.

Lisa Dorin, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and Kevin Murphy, Eugenie Prendergast Curator of American Art are here today to let us know what's on view and what's coming up at the museum this spring.

    The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute started as a rural refuge to house the Clarks’ substantial Art Collection. In 1955, the museum was opened to the public and became one of the premiere art institutions in the Berkshires.

In addition to its many remarkable collections and natural setting, the Clark is also home to extensive research and academic programs, including a significant research library. In this segment, we want to focus on the museum’s permanent collection. And it is impressive. To share just how impressive, we welcome - Richard Rand - the Clark’s Senior Curator and Curator of Paintings and Sculpture.

  On November 23 of last year, The Clark Art Institute opened Monet/Kelly, the first exhibition to consider the influence of Impressionist painter Claude Monet on the works of leading contemporary American artist Ellsworth Kelly. The works in the exhibition were selected by Kelly and include two paintings and eighteen unpublished drawings by the artist, together with nine paintings by Monet.

The exhibition examines how both Monet’s motifs and the sites that inspired his paintings have shaped Kelly’s approach to his work. Monet/Kelly will be on view through February 15, 2015.

Here to tell us more are David Breslin, Associate Director of the Research and Academic Program and Associate Curator of Contemporary Projects at the Clark Art Institute and artist Stephen Hannock. 

Courtesy Clark Art Institute, ©Jeff Goldberg/Esto

  On arriving at The Clark, many visitors are surprised by the depth and variety of art available at this museum in the Northern Berkshires. In addition to an impressive collection of the works of Impressionist painters, the Clark boasts work from the Renaissance up through modern times.

In addition to their collections, director Michael Conforti has made it a priority to develop the research and academic wings of the Clark’s activities. Partly as a result of his efforts, the Clark boasts one of the most accessible and extensive art libraries in Massachusetts.

Director Michael Conforti joins us today to talk about the Clark, and all that it has to offer.

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