Visual arts

The best displays of visual arts coming in 2016.
Jenny Kemp, whose 'Slow Crown' is shown here, and Richard Garrison will exhibit work at the Arts Center of the Capital Region. (Provided photo)
Jenny Kemp, whose 'Slow Crown' is shown here, and Richard Garrison will exhibit work at the Arts Center of the Capital Region. (Provided photo)

2016 Arts Preview

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• American filmmaker John Knecht, known since the 1970s for experimental and avant-garde film and video, brings new video work, paintings and works on paper to The College of Saint Rose. “Animating Destiny” opens Jan. 24 in the Esther Massry Gallery. Knecht will give a talk on Jan. 29.

• The Hyde Collection turns back the clock about half a century with two exhibits. Traveling from the George Eastman Museum in Rochester is “60 from the 60s,” with photos depicting societal upheaval during that era. That show opens Jan. 24. In the smaller Hoopes Gallery, we’ll see “Norman Rockwell in the 1960s,” which opens Jan. 16.

• “Kate Teale: The Housed,” large-scale, atmospheric paintings and drawings, opens Jan. 26 in the Opalka Gallery. The exhibit by the London-born, New York City artist travels to the Sage College of Albany from Western Michigan University.

• On Jan. 29, with the exhibit “Living Color,” the Arts Center of the Capital Region showcases the complex color work of Jenny Kemp and Richard Garrison, winners of its annual artist awards. The duo will give a talk on Feb. 9.

• On Feb. 2, the University Art Museum unwraps “Race, Love and Labor: New Work from the Center for Photography at Woodstock” and “Keltie Ferris: Bodyprints and Paintings.” The 20 artists from the Woodstock school boldly probe the challenges of contemporary life. Ferris creates her works by imprinting her painted body, naked and clothed, onto canvas.

• The Tang Teaching Museum offers Expressionist paintings and a visual history of photography from 1840 to the present day. “Alma Thomas” traces the career of the African-American artist. “Borrowed Light” is a selection of 150 images from the collection of Jack Shear. Both exhibits open on Feb. 6.

• The Photography Regional is in Troy this year. It will kick off with a salon of all entries from Jan. 29-Feb. 12 at Fulton Street Gallery and the Photo Center of the Capital District. The juried exhibit, selected by Dan Burkholder, opens Feb. 20 at Fulton Street.

Visual arts calendar

Albany Center Gallery, Albany. 462-4775,

Through Jan. 16: 11th Annual Members Show

Feb. 2-March 12: “Unrestricted,” work by Albany video game company Vicarious Visions, reception: Feb. 5

April 1-23: High School Regional

Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake. 352-7311,

(Closed until May 20)

Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany. 463-4478,

Through April 3: “The Capital Region in 50 Objects,” objects from museums and libraries in four counties

April 30-Oct. 16: “Masterworks: Paper”

Through Sept. 4: “Masterworks: 225 Years of Collecting”

Albany International Airport Gallery, Colonie. 242-2241,

Through May 8: “Folk Modern,” Anima Katz, Matt LaFleur, Jack Metzger, John McQueen, Nancy Natale, Giselle Potter, Steve Rein, Susanna Starr

Arkell Museum at Canajoharie, Canajoharie. 673-2314,

(Closed from Jan. 4-Feb. 29. Opens March 1)

Through Jan. 3: “Picturing Winter,” 19th and early 20th century paintings by American artists, and “William Joyce: Guardian of Childhood”

Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. 273-0552,

Jan. 29-March 5: “Quiet Strength/Jeannie Thomma,” reception: Jan. 29

Jan. 29-March 19: “Living Color: Jenny Kemp + Richard Garrison,” reception: Jan. 29, talk & reception: Feb. 9 and “Abandoned/Greg Cuda,” reception: Jan. 29

March 25-April 24: “Every Which Way/Abraham Ferraro,” reception: March 25, talk & reception: April 24; “Hudson Valley Seed Packs/The Art of the Heirloom,” reception: March 24; and “Human Trafficking in Our Neighborhoods: A Community Responds: Joanne Van Genderen,” reception: March 25

Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Mass. 413-443-7171,

Through Jan. 3: “Festival of Trees 2015: Westward Ho Ho Ho”

Jan. 23-May 1: “artZOO: Galleries Gone Wild,” artwork depicting animals, arranged by species

Through Feb. 21: “Berkshire Now: Peter Gordon,” paintings and collages

Chapman Historical Museum, Glens Falls. 793-2826,

Through Jan. 3: “Merry Christmas and Votes for Women 1912” and “Hunting in the Adirondacks”

Through March 31: “Fifty at 50: Highlights of a Half Century”

Courthouse Gallery, Lake George Arts Project, Lake George. 668-2616,

Jan. 23-Feb. 23: Eric Nelson, reception: Jan. 23

March 12-April 15: Susan Meyer, reception: March 12

May 7-June 10: Laura Gurton, reception: May 7

Esther Massry Art Gallery, Massry Center for the Arts, The College of Saint Rose, Albany. 337-4871,

Jan. 24-Feb. 28: “Animating Destiny: Electric Paintings and Other Works,” new video, paintings and works on paper by filmmaker John Knecht

Through Feb. 2: “David Austin: Wild Strawberries,” paintings inspired by Ingmar Bergman film

Fulton Street Gallery, Troy. 331-0217,

Jan. 29-Feb. 12: Photography Regional salon of all entries

Feb. 20-April 2: Photography Regional select show, Dan Burkholder is juror. Receptions on Feb. 26 and March 25.

The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. 792-1761,

Through Jan. 3: “Audrey Flack: Heroines”

Through Jan. 10: “Pulled, Pressed and Screened: Important American Prints”

Jan. 16-April 3: “Norman Rockwell in the 1960s”

Jan. 24–April 3: “60 from the 60s: Selections from George Eastman Museum”

Iroquois Indian Museum, Howe Caverns. 296-8949,

(Closed until April 1)

Lapham Gallery, Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council, Glens Falls. 798-1144,

Jan. 15-Feb. 12: “Nurture by Nature,” jewelry, collage, fiber and mixed media artworks, reception: Jan. 15

Feb. 26-March 25: “120° Intercollegiate Art Regional,” reception: Feb. 27

April 8-May 6: “Space and Time,” reception: April 8

May 20-June 24: LARAC Members Show, reception: May 20

MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass. 413-662-2111,

Open, with closing date TBA: “Ran Hwang: Untethered,” “Barbara Takenaga,”

“Walk in My Shoes,” “Ai Weiwei: Collection Point” and “Tanya Hollander: are you really my friend?”

Through Jan. 3: “Francesco Clemente: Encampment,” “Jim Shaw: Entertaining Doubts”

Feb. 13-TBA: Richard Nonas

March 26-TBA: “Alex DaCorte: Free Roses”

Through March: “Bibliothecaphilia”

April 16-TBA: “Sarah Crowner: Beetle in the Leaves”

Through April 17: “Clifford Ross: Landscape Seen & Imagined”

Through April 24: “Liz Deschenes” and “Artist’s Choice: An Expanded Field of Photography”

National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs. 584-4515,

Through Spring 2016: “Making Art Dance,” “Tango” and “Art in the Foyer”

New York State Museum, Albany. 474-5877,

Through Jan. 17: “The Empire State Plaza at 50”

Through Feb. 21: “The Coast & the Sea,” 50 maritime paintings from 1750 to 1904

Through March 6: “A Promising Venture: Shaker Photographs from the WPA” and “The Shakers: America’s Quiet Revolutionaries”

Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Mass. 413-298-4100,

Through Jan. 5: “Love a Vet: Honoring Our Veterans”

Through Jan. 8: “Norman Rockwell’s Spirit of the Holidays”

Feb. 6-March 6: 30th Annual Berkshire County High School Art Show

Through March 6: “Masters of the Golden Age: Harvey Dunn and His Students”

March 19-June 19: “Mac Conner: A New York Life”

Nott Memorial, Union College, Schenectady. 388-6000,

Mandeville Gallery:

Through April 10: “Recurrence,” reception: Jan. 20

Wikoff Gallery:

Through March 20: “LIFE as Art: Digital Prints by Arielle Seger,” reception: Feb. 3

Also, in Schaffer Library:

Through March: “Art Installation Series: Episodic Drift #8 by Jennifer Williams”

Also, in Wold Atrium:

Jan. 8-Nov.: “Art Installation Series: Slippery Slope by Georgie Friedman,” talk and reception: Jan. 8

Opalka Gallery, Sage College of Albany. 292-7742,

Jan. 26-April 10: “Kate Teale: The Housed,” large-scale, atmospheric drawings

Photo Center of the Capital District, Troy. 273-0100,

Jan. 29-Feb. 12: Photography Regional salon of all entries.

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass., 413-488-2303,

Through April 10: “An Eye for Excellence”

Through Oct. 9, 2017: “Schutte: Crystal”

Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs. 580-8080,

Through Jan. 3: “Affinity Atlas” and “Machine Project, The Platinum Collective (Live by Special Request)”

Feb. 6-June 5: “Alma Thomas,” survey of African-American Expressionist

Feb. 6-Aug. 14: “Borrowed Light: Selections from the Jack Shear Collection,” photographs from 1840s to present

Through March 13: “No Place to Hide”

University Art Museum, University at Albany, Albany. 442-4035,

Feb. 2-April 2: “Race, Love and Labor: New Work from the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Artist-in-Residence Program”; “Gerald and Kelly: Reference Documents” and “Keltie Ferris: Bodyprints and Paintings”

Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. 694-3090,

Through Jan. 22: “Re-Gift”

Feb. 5-26: “Be Still”

March 4-25: “Abstract Existence”

Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Mass. 413-597-2429,

Through Jan. 3: “Faculty Off the Cuff: Labeltalk 2015” and “Your Smarter Than Me, i Don’t Care”

Jan. 22-Aug. 7: “Object Lab”

Jan. 29-Aug. 28: “African Art Against the State”

Through Feb. 7: “WALLS: Evolves”

Feb. 12-Sept. 25: “Both Sides Now: Lexa and Dan Walsh”

March 11-Aug. 21: “The Art and Science of Abbott Handerson Thayer”

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