• At Union College, the Mandeville Gallery has just opened “Art or Evidence: The Power of Photojournalism,” images that award-winning French photographer Gilles Peress took in Northern Ireland, Iran, Rwanda and Bosnia.
• On Saturday, the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College unveils “Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent,” the first full-scale survey of 30 years of her work. In the 1960s and 1970s, the Los Angeles nun was known for silk-screened artwork with messages of love and peace. In 1985, a year before she died, Sister Corita designed the country’s “love” postage stamp.
• The Esther Massry Gallery at The College of Saint Rose explores the frozen reaches of our planet with “BiPolar,” artwork created by three New York City artists who each spent time in a different cold clime, including Antarctica, the Arctic Circle and Newfoundland. That exhibit opens Sunday, Jan. 20.
• The Albany Institute of History & Art, The Hyde Collection and the New York State Museum open shows on Jan. 26. At the Institute, we learn how the Hudson River School of Art evolved in the 19th century in “More Than the Eye Beholds.” The Hyde starts the new year by celebrating its half-century anniversary. Curated by Erin Budis Coe, “50 at 50” features art that has been donated over the years. Among the artists are Albrecht Durer, Keith Haring and David Smith. At the State Museum, we’ll see photographs of African-Americans taken in the early 1940s by photographer, musician and film director Gordon Parks.
• Forty-eight photographs by Ansel Adams, one of America’s most beloved landscape photographers and environmentalists, will be exhibited at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass. The show opens Feb. 9 and runs through June 2.
• Two other must-see exhibits opened in December, but will hang around for several months in 2013. At MASS MoCA, Xu Bing’s two 12-ton birds are suspended in Building No. 5, the largest gallery. In The Annex, the new art space on the second floor of Albany International Airport, there’s a solo show by Cohoes artist Robert Gullie.
• During the winter and spring school vacations, families should head to western Massachusetts. At the Berkshire Museum, “Bats: Creatures of the Night” opens Saturday and runs through May 12. At the Clark Art Institute, there’s “Kidspace@The Clark: Lions and Tigers and Museums, Oh My,” through Sept. 8.
— Gazette visual arts writer Karen Bjornland