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.


Saratoga Jazz Festival Brings Together Hometown Heroes and Jazz Greats

The Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival will take place on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Spa State Park and will feature star-studded headliners alongside local musicians from area school jazz programs.

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Rhinebeck Crafts Festival Offers a Curated Shopping Experience with 200 Makers

Spend the day in the heart of the Hudson Valley shopping for uncommon handcrafted items from over 200 of America’s best modern makers and artists at the seventh-annual Rhinebeck Crafts Festival on June 22 and 23. These exceptional indie artists infuse each of their pieces with a distinctive creative vision making this show one of the region’s most anticipated events of the year. Come find one-of-a-kind and limited-edition jewelry, wearable art, and accessories; furniture and home décor pieces; functional and sculptural works in ceramics, glass, metal, wood, and mixed media; and fine art painting, printmaking, drawing, and photography. In addition to great shopping, this diverse experience includes small batch gourmet specialties, Hudson Valley distillery and winery tastings, and interactive craft demonstrations (like canoe building, letterpress, silk painting, loom weaving, hand-building pottery, metal welding, furniture finishing, gourd carving). There will also be fun family activities (interactive puppet theater, face painting, balloon animals, and stilt walkers) and a special interior design booth by the Kingston Design Connection featuring work made by the artists at the show! The Rhinebeck Crafts Festival is held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds (6636 Spring Brook Avenue, Route 9 in Rhinebeck). There is free parking and the show is held indoors and under tents, rain or shine. Sorry, while we love our furry friends, no pets are allowed at the fairgrounds. Festival hours are Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10, seniors are $9, children 6-16 are $4, and children under 6 are free. The Rhinebeck Crafts Festival is produced by Artrider Productions Inc. who currently produce seven contemporary, fine craft shows including Spring and Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst, CraftNewYork at Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, Spring and Holiday CraftMorristown and CraftWestport. Full details and exhibitor lists are available at Make sure to follow @ArtriderCrafts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter....

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“Landscapes and Figures”: A Solo Exhibit by Ralph Moseley At Lockwood Gallery

For his first solo exhibit since the 1970s, one-time color field painter Ralph Moseley will exhibit 10 or so large-scale landscapes and figure paintings, along with half a dozen smaller realistic landscapes and a selection of Moseley’s abstract line drawings, at Lockwood Art Gallery in Kingston, NY.

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Where to Catch Outdoor Movies This Summer in the Hudson Valley

Warm nights call for more time spent outside, and what's more fun than an outdoor movie. We've gathered up a list of all the spots places to see films al fresco in the Hudson Valley this summer—from drive-ins to deserted islands.

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LUMBERYARD Boasts a Summer Series Stacked with World-Class Performances

LUMBERYARD is gearing up once again for a summer of theatre and fun at their venue. When they're not teaching the arts to low-income students, they are hosting some of the best up-and-coming acts before they reach NYC. This summer, some heavy-hitting performers are testing out their latest works at the venue, allowing for a rare look into these visionaries' creative process.

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Five Things to Do in the Hudson Valley This Week

Photography, dance, live music, and a giant yard sale for a good cause—you can’t go wrong with this week’s lineup of cool Hudson Valley happenings.

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Kaatsbaan's 2019 Season

On the Cover: June 2019
Dancer Lauren Post hits the stage again after recovering from a dance related injury and is headed this way. You can see Post at CoLab on August 31 at 7:30pm as well as the Kaatsbaan Culture Park for Dance in Tivoli.

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A Conversation with Journalist Amy Wu

Journalist Amy Wu tries to inspire and encourage a new generation of women entrepreneurs working on the forefront between farming and science with her new documentary film.

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Chronogram 2019 Summer Arts Preview

Your Guide to a Cultured Hudson Valley Summer
From Uma Thurman in a production of “Ghosts” at Williamstown Theater Festival to Adam Sandler at Bethel Woods, we know what you’re doing this summer.

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8 Hudson Valley Music Festivals to Check Out

A list of 6 music festivals taking place in the Hudson Valley over the summer 2019.

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Maverick Concerts 2019 Season

A list of summer concerts at Maverick Concert Inc.

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Top 10 Hudson Valley Concerts to See in 2019

A list of 10 not to miss concerts happening this summer.

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Bard SummerScape 2019 Season

A list of happenings on stage at Bard this summer.

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Summer Drama: Get Your Theater Fix at these 6 Upstate Spots

A list of four venues brining you a summer of theater fun.

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Spotted: 5 Celebs on Stage in the Region This Summer

A list of five celebrities to see on stage this summer in the region.

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Ancram Opera House 2019 Season

A list of happenings this summer at the Ancram Opera House.

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Gallery Guide: 10 Art Exhibits to Check out This Summer in the Hudson Valley

A list of ten art gallery exhibits and installations going on the summer.

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7 Defining Moments in Hudson Valley Art History

A look at the evolution of art in the Hudson Valley through history.

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6 Hudson Valley Dance Venues to Visit This Summer

A list of six venues where you can catch some dance performances this summer 2019.

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5 Great Choreographers and Their Hudson Valley Area Connections

Five famous choreographers and their connection to the Hudson Valley.

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The Borscht Belt's Comedy Legacy

Why "The Catskills" are synonymous with the phrase "The Borscht Belt".

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5 Comedy Acts To See This Summer in the Hudson Valley

Five comedy acts coming to the Hudson Valley this summer.

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Your June Reading List

From a riotously funny first-person novel set in a fictional Dutchess County prison to an apocalyptic survivor story to a canine-friendly kids book, here are seven short book reviews for June reading.

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Album Review: Amy Rigby | The Old Guys

A review of Amy Rigby’s new album The Old Guys.

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Album Review: Kyle Gann | Hyperchromatica

An review Kyle Gann's new album Hyperchromatica.

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Album Review: Rechorduroys Self-Titled Debut

An album review of Rechorduroys' self-titled record.

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Album Review: Yard Sale | Every Day

A review of Yard Sale's new record Every Day.

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Stephen Petronio Company at Hudson Hall

Stephen Petronio and his troupe have performed at prestigious venues in more than 40 countries and at New York's Joyce Theater for a staggering 24 seasons. Hudson Hall will host the company for a series of performances that includes two of Merce Cunningham's landmark pieces.

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"Basquiat x Warhol" at The School in Kinderhook

It feels safe to say that no two modern artists are more emblematic of Downtown New York than Jean Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) and Andy Warhol (1928-1987). Warhol was the Originator, the daddy of Downtown cool and the father of pop art; Basquiat was the next-gen upstart, the erstwhile graffiti writer whose jagged, colorful, neoexpressionist images smashed together the late 1970s/early 1980s Lower East Side mashup of rap, punk, and street art. Swirling about in the city's club scene and edgier art world of the time, it seems natural, in retrospect, that the two maverick masters would find each other—and work together. The series of collaborative paintings the pair made circa 1984-1985 is the core of "Basquiat x Warhol," an exhibition at the Jack Shainman Gallery's the School in Kinderhook through September 7. On the surface, the union between the two—always platonic, according to those close around them—was also perplexing to many. By the time they met, Warhol, his '60s Factory days long behind him, had slipped into becoming part of the Uptown high-art establishment. His street cred was diminished, and many of the rebels he'd first inspired saw him as staid and irrelevant. Basquiat, by contrast, was the disheveled enfant terrible, a street kid of Haitian and Puerto Rican heritage who peddled his postcard-sized paintings on the sidewalk by day and tagged the walls by night. (The story of their friendship, depicted in Julian Schnabel's 1996 biopic Basquiat—with David Bowie playing Warhol—goes that it began when the audacious Basquiat spied Warhol in a restaurant and sold the elder artist some of his miniature works.) "It was like some crazy-art world marriage and they were the odd couple," Warhol's studio assistant Ronnie Cutrone told Sleek magazine in 2017. "The relationship was symbiotic. Jean-Michel thought he needed Andy's fame, and Andy thought he needed Jean-Michel's new blood. Jean-Michel gave Andy a rebellious image again." That new blood and its reciprocal rebelliousness is all over the works featured in "Basquiat x Warhol"—although at the time much of it was first shown, in 1985, the critical reception was mixed. "[T]he collaboration looks like one of Warhol's manipulations," said the New York Times. "Basquiat, meanwhile, comes across as the all too willing accessory." Whatever the public's perceptions were, though, in the end the team-up proved short-lived. After a falling out, Warhol died at 59 in 1987 from complications following gall bladder surgery; Basquiat fell to heroin at 27 in 1988. Along with the cream of their collaborations, "Basquiat x Warhol" features iconic and obscure works by both artists. The former grouping includes Warhol's Last Supper (Camel/57) and several large-scale oil and acrylic paintings by Basquiat; among the show's lesser-known items are Warhol's torso paintings and Basquiat's anatomy prints. Supplementing the exhibition are projections of Warhol films and a screening of the PBS American Masters documentary Basquiat: Rage to Riches. "Basquiat x Warhol" is on view June 1-September 7. ...

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9 Exhibits to check out this Summer

A list of 9 Exhibits to see this Summer.

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Brice Marden at 'T' space

Downtown Manhattan art scene veteran Brice Marden exhibits his “Cold Mountain Studies” at ‘T’ Space.

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10 Things to Do in the Hudson Valley this June

A list of 10 Event to see this Summer around the Hudson Valley.

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"Memoirs of a Forgotten Man" At Shadowland Stages

“Memoirs of a Forgotten Man,” performed at Shadowland Stages, is based on a real case study of a Soviet reporter with perfect recall.

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“Mortals, Saints, and Myths” at Carrie Haddad Gallery

Upcoming gallery shows at Carrie Haddad Gallery.

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The Annual Summer Hoot Festival Returns to Ashokan

Get ready to immerse yourself in music, flavor, and craft activities at the Annual Summer Hoot Festival in Ashokan.

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6 Live Music Shows to See this Summer

Six live music shows to pencil in, from Todd Rundgren to Mdou Moctar and Geezer.

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Vivien Collens at Holland Tunnel Gallery

A solo exhibition of Vivien Collens’ new sculpture contains over 30 works ranging from intimate studies to large-scale constructions.

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Parting Shot

Michael Scudder, a photographer and veteran of the informaiton technology field, captures the historic testing of a submarine decoy.

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Chronogram Poetry | June 2019

A selection of poems submitted by Chronogram readers.

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Natural Progressions @ Rockland Center for the Arts

Natural Progressions

April 27-30, 2-5 p.m. — Site Specific installations in The Catherine Konner Sculpture Park at RoCA. Large...
Works in Wood Exhibit by Joann Vandecarr @ East Fishkill Community Library

Works in Wood Exhibit by Joann Vandecarr

June 1-30 — Joann Vandecarr is an award-winning artist and craftsman. She has worked in...

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