Strolling through Collar Works or the Hyde Collection during a quiet afternoon might have seemed commonplace in 2019.
In 2020, it seems like a luxury.
It’s been several months since art galleries in the Capital Region have been physically open to the public due to COVID-19. That’s been hard on the galleries as well as on the patrons. Yet curators and educators at galleries and art institutions across the Capital Region and beyond stepped up to recreate the gallery-wandering experience virtually.
Each institution has its own way of presenting exhibitions and artwork. Some offer their collections via searchable databases while others take a slideshow approach, and still others utilize video.
Here’s a look at some local galleries The Gazette has been visiting — virtually — lately.
The Saratoga Springs-based nonprofit was one of the first to get to work on offering virtual exhibitions. It opened with “The 120° Intercollegiate Regional Exhibition,” which featured the work of 68 college students from around the area. Most recently, it installed “Breaking the Grid: An Online Community Art Show and
Fundraiser for Saratoga Arts,” which is on view through Sept. 5.
For each exhibit, all the featured works are displayed on one exhibition landing page. There’s also information about the artists and links to their websites.
In place of its traditional “Art in Public Places” program, Saratoga Arts compiled works of each artist scheduled for June on one landing page, including Michele Benton, Sakthi Muthukrishnan, Garrett Schaff and others. To see these exhibitions and learn more about upcoming programming, visit saratoga-arts.org.
While this gem of a gallery has had to close its doors in Troy, you can still explore some of the featured artwork.
Images of its Flate Files collection are right on its website. The collection is meant to highlight emerging and underrepresented artists, and to offer affordable art to patrons. The works range in medium from photographs to mixed media and more.
Selected works from the Flat Files collection are displayed online, including works from Fern T. Apfel, Yura Adams, Michael Bach, Saskia Fleishman and more. To view the work, visit collarworks.org.
Albany Center Gallery
This community-oriented organization has been offering “360 Tours” of past exhibits, including the 2020 Mohawk Hudson Regional Invitational. Rather than using a slideshow method, the Albany Center Gallery uses Matterport technology to create a tour of the exhibition. Viewers can feel as though they’re walking through rather than clicking through the exhibitions, getting up close to the works and seeing how they interact with one another.
Other featured exhibits include “Beyond Limits,” “Interact,” the 20th annual High School Regional Exhibition and others. To view, visit albanycentergallery.org.
University at Albany
Like many seniors across the country, those in the art department at the University at Albany missed out on end-of-year traditions such as their Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition.
Instead, the exhibition is online, featuring photos of the artists’ installations and works, along with descriptions and background information.
To view the exhibit, visit albany.edu/museum.
The Glens Falls institution was packed with exhibitions when it had to physically close its doors in March.
Some of those are now available to view online, along with a few new ones such as “Images of the People: Russian Laquer Painting,” the High School Juried Show and the Hyde’s permanent collection.
Each exhibition is laid out on a PDF with background information for each piece of artwork, placing it in a cultural and historical context. The Hyde has also released weekly videos via Facebook, sharing stories about the artwork. To view these exhibitions and more, visit hydecollection.org.
While the doors of this Albany gallery have been closed to both the Russell Sage College campus and the public, online the gallery is turning to local students.
The 2020 Sage Art + Design BFA exhibition is available to view online, as is the 21st High School Regional exhibition. Each features works from local student artists, including videos, photos, paintings and more.
To view both exhibitions, visit opalka.sage.edu.
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Hamilton Hill Arts Center
The Jerry Burrell Gallery in the Arts Center has gone virtual, offering several exhibition slideshows.
One features work by Obaro, an artist whose work explores the evolution of caricature identities. Another examines protests of the 1960s and ’70s, with photographs from Dave Tyson and Nicholas Amplo showing protesters carrying signs saying “Federal troops to Selma now!” and “Freedom is really on the line in the U.S.A!”
To view the exhibitions, visit hamiltonhillartscenter.org/
Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council
Many of the programs and events held by LARAC were canceled or postponed, but organizers were able to put the annual Members Show online.
There are two ways to view it. One is via video, which takes viewers through the Lapham Gallery, where the exhibition is featured. Another is through LARAC’s website, which has photos of each work included in the exhibition. To view it, visit larac.org.