Hudson Valley Art Scene

Arts & Culture

Arts and culture are what define the Hudson Valley.
The communities along the river are cultural wellsprings, with an abundance of performances, like music and dance, and creative communities for artists and writers. The region also boasts world-class theaters and museums, like Dia:Beacon, Bard’s Fisher Center, and the Bardavon. The region’s vibrant culture can only be matched by the Hudson Valley’s history, still evident in the form of its historic buildings, streets, and landmarks.


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From world-class live music to a woodworker’s dream sale and Hudson’s hippest reading series, it’s all here, waiting for you.

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AMR Spring Art Show at the Commons Building

The Spring Show hosted by the AMR Artists, which opens on April 19 at Upstairs at the Commons gallery in Margaretville and remains on view through May 13, will include works by 20 participants working in different disciplines: painting, monotypes, photography, tapestry, installation, and even jewelry.

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Turkuaz & Brass Against Play BSP Kingston on April 19

Radio Woodstock and BSP Kingston have teamed up to bring something very funky to Uptown Kingston this Spring. On Friday, April 19, the nine-piece power-funk ensemble Turkuaz takes their rainbow-themed, dance-heavy show to BSP Kingston’s historic back room theater.

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New Genesis Productions Gears Up the 2019 Season of Youth Theater

This summer, for the 17th year running, New Genesis Productions in Shokan will bring youth theater training to Hudson Valley kids and teens. Each two-week Shakespeare Intensive culminates in the public staging of a play. This summer featured plays are “As You Like It” (ages 7-10), “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (ages 11-13), and Romeo and Juliet (ages 14-17).

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Chronogram Poetry | April 2019

A selection of poems submitted by readers and edited by Phillip X. Levine.

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Gretchen Primack on Her New Book & Teaching Poetry in Prisons

A conversation with poet Gretchen Primack about her recent book of poems, Visiting Days, and her work with bringing poetry into prisons.

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Your April Reading List

From a nail-biting gothic thriller to a comical memoir by caterer to the stars Mary Giuliani to a dystopian novel about post-Trump America under Russian rule, seven short book reviews.

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4 Fresh Albums to Listen to in April

New Music by Amy Helm, The Parlor, Liam Singer, and Joel Weiskopf
Reviews of four new albums by Hudson Valley musicians.

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“We are Golden” Exhibit at Bethel Woods Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock Festival

An art exhibit celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival.

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Angelique Kidjo Performs Talking Heads' Remain in the Light at UPAC

A Q&A with the Iconic Beninese Singer
Beninese diva Angelique Kidjo performs the Talking Heads’ Remain in the Light at UPAC.

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The Deliberately 2-Dimensional Photographs of Brian Nice

After a coma and a congenital brain condition caused Brian Nice's perception to change, he has dedicated his photography to trying to capture and convey his visual experience to others. Nice's photos are on display at Buster Levi Gallery.

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Remembering Pioneering Artist Carolee Schneeman

Painter, performance artist, and serial disruptor Carolee Schneemann died away on March 6. A tribute.

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Remembering Hudson Valley Artist Don Nice

In remembrance of Don Nice, whose artistic career spanned from pop art to landscape.

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6 Live Music Shows to See in April in the Hudson Valley

Six live music shows to pencil in, from 24-Hour Drone to Habibi and Y La Bamba.

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Artist Lindsey Wolkowicz's Dynamic Body Studies

Kingston painter Lindsey Wolkowicz eschews the fragile. Using the textural movement of wood and paper as a foundation, she delves into the rough-and-tumble reality of the lived experience.

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Michael Musgrave Plays Schumann in Cold Spring

The pianist and scholar will hold forth on the German composer on April 14.

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Afropop Quartet Billy Wylder Performs in Kingston

The New England-based band will appear with M'Bollo and Datura Road at BSP on Friday.

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Kickstarter Campaign Launched for David Greenberger Documentary

The film will chronicle the phenomenon of the Greenwich resident and spoken word performer's beloved zine, The Duplex Planet.

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Andy Frasco & the U.N. Play Colony on March 23

On March 23, Radio Woodstock partners with the Colony to welcome Andy Frasco & the U.N. back to the Hudson Valley. With locally grown opening act Wild Adriatic, this show is sure to be energetic and interactive show.

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Figurative Sculpture in Social Critique: Curating the Straus Family Collection

A Panel Discussion at Hudson Valley MOCA
On March 17, curator Tim Hawkinson, collector/curator Sarena Straus, the New Museum’s Kraus Family Curator Gary Carrion-Murayari, and editor/professor Yasme

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5 Things to Do in the Hudson Valley Before Winter is Over

Whether you subscribe to the Farmer’s Almanac or you go by the standard Gregorian calendar, the official first day of Spring varies, but without a doubt it is coming soon. On February 2, trusty ol’ groundhog Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow, a sure omen of early spring (only the 18th time this has happened since the tradition started in 1887). We are all more than ready for longer days, birdsong, and the bright green of new buds, but before that let’s squeeze out the last of what winter has to offer. Here are five things to do in the Hudson Valley before winter is good and done. 1. Go Ice Skating While ice skating doesn't compare to the adrenaline rush of skiing down a Black Diamond slope, it has its own elegant exhilaration. The pleasure of gliding weightlessly across ice (until you invariably fall) offers a sensory experience unlike any other. Ice skating is a terrific wintertime cardio workout that builds core and posterior-chain strength, and it has lasting benefits for balance and proprioception, that sense of bodily awareness that gives us grace and poise. On a crisp winter's day, lots of Hudson Valley park ponds are open for skating, or if you'd prefer a Zambonied rink, here are 6 Hudson Valley skating destinations. 2. Winter Walk through Art Omi Set on 120 acres in rural Columbia County, Art Omi is a remote sculpture and architecture park and gallery well worth the pilgrimage. Installed at the Fields Sculpture Park at Art Omi in January, Christopher Wool's Untitled is a large-scale bronze and copper plated steel sculpture with a quicksilver personality. From one angle, the sculpture—made from ranching wire found on his property in Texas—looks like a tangled nest of telephone cable; from another, a free-form take on a motorcycle in motion. Untitled adds to the profusion of wondrous outdoor sculpture at this year-round art attraction in Ghent. Through December 31. 3. Delve into Dia:Beacon If trekking through the snow to see art is not on your list of fun ways to spend a Saturday, why not take advantage of the off-season to tour Dia:Beacon, Dutchess County’s world-class contemporary art museum. Dia is home to an impressive collection of work by modern titans ranging from Louise Bourgeois to Dan Flavin. Here’s a pro tip: to skip the $15 admission, head to Dia:Beacon on the last Sunday of any given month for Community Free Day. (Beacon residents enter free every weekend.) Take advantage of the gratis entry to wander through the colossal, rusted steel sculptures of Richard Serra and ponder the mind-bending string works of Fred Sandback. On March 8, the museum debuted a new Charlotte Posenenske exhibition— first American retrospective in 51 years since she renounced art. "Charlotte Posenenske: Work in Progress" will remain on display through September 9. 4. Sip a Winter Cocktail Winter cocktails typically come in the form of toddies, mulled wine and ciders, flips, milk punches, and other cocktail styles that have a way of warming the body (and soul). While a hot drink is comforting, sometimes a balanced bourbon-based sour has everything that you need to stay warm during the winter months. Seek out any craft cocktail bar worth its margarita salt and you’re sure to find a bevy of seasonal drinks. Or check out our list of top 5 winter cocktails in the Hudson Valley. 5. Host a Wintercue Grill culture in America is going strong, especially as the variety of cooking methods available has increased. While gas grills reigned supreme for nearly a decade, new technology offers pellet, wood-fired, and convection grills to name a few. Charcoal is vying for a comeback, smoking is on the rise, and Kamado-style cooking has taken off. No longer is barbequing just a thing to do summer while you’re already lounging on the deck. People love their grills so much they are taking to the outdoors in winter to grill in a new phenomenon called wintercuing. Unsure of how to proceed with your winter BBQ? There is a whole website to help you out. ...

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The Abstract Language of Jenny Nelson

"Contemporary Artists" on View at Carrie Haddad March 6-April 21
Woodstock-based painter Jenny Nelson brings a long history of drawing to the canvas, which informs her sense of space, structure, and color relationships. Beginning with an extensive palette of custom-mixed colors, Nelson begins with exuberant bursts of color, which are refined into a thoughtful composition over the course of layers and layers of subtraction and addition.

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On the Cover: Karsten Krejcarek | March 2019

For a new exhibit at Mother Gallery in Beacon, contemporary artist Karsten Krejcarek and others work under the assumption that time is non-linear, reality is amorphous, and dimensions are permeable.

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A Conversation with Laurent Rejto of Hudson Valley Film Commission

A Q and A with Laurent Rejto, the founder of the Woodstock Film Festival and the Hudson Valley Film Commission.

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From the Archives: Oatmeal, A Short Story

From Cathleen Bell, author of seven YA novels, comes this Odyssey-like short story about a woman awaiting her husband’s return.

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Metaphysical Containers: The Art of Carole Kunstadt

Carole Kunstadt’s textural sculpture deconstructs familiar shapes and vessels and reassembles them in provocative new configurations.

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Too Tough to Die: Richie Ramone on His New Autobiography

Chronogram arts editor and co-author of Richie Ramone’s new autobiography, Peter Aaron, speaks with the rockstar about the new book, plus an excerpt.

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Album Review: David Garland | Verdancy

Peter Aaron reviews of Verdancy by David Garland.

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Album Review: Girl Gaze | Fade Out

Mike Campbell reviews Fade Out by Girl Gaze.

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Album Review: Jeff Siegel | London Live

James Keepnews reviews London Live by Jeff “Siege” Siegel Quartet.

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Album Review: Rebecca Haviland | Bright City Lights

Michael Eck reviews Bright City Lights by Rebecca Haviland and Whiskey Heart.

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Hold onto your Dust Jackets: Woodstock Bookfest Turns 10

What's to come in the next 'Woodstock Book Festival' which turns 10 this year.

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Earmark These 7 Books for March Reading

From Gurdjieff reconsidered to a manifesto for black farmers, seven short book reviews.

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Hudson Valley Events

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The Sheepdogs @ The Hollow

The Sheepdogs

Fri., April 19, 8 p.m.
Swing Dance with the Useless Cans @ Dewey Hall (Oldtone)

Swing Dance with the Useless Cans

Fri., April 19, 8-11 p.m. — Doors open at 7:30, Lesson with Jason Fenton at 8:00, Live music...

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