Renowned painter Robert Bordo, sculptor Emil Alzmora, and Richard Segalman are just a few of the talented artists exhibiting artwork in the Hudson Valley this fall.
“Of Objects and Shadows / De Objetos y Sombras” at CPW | September 17-December 31
A group exhibition of emerging Latino artists living and working upstate, including recent and former participants of the Center for Photography at Woodstock’s artist-in-residence program. Curated by Qiana Mestrich, this exhibition considers the political, spiritual, and cultural allusions in their photographic depictions of objects and (their) shadows. Featured artists in this exhibition are Genesis Baez (Puerto Rico/USA), Nydia Blas (Panama/USA), William Camargo (Mexico/USA), Steven Molina Contreras (El Salvador), Zoraida Lopez-Diago (Panama/USA), and Qiana Mestrich (Panama/USA).
“Holograms: Dimensions in Light” at Cornell Creative Arts Center
Through October 31
New York City’s HoloCenter, an organization dedicated to the holographic arts, has temporarily moved into the Cornell Creative Arts Center while it relocates permanently to Kingston. “Holograms: Dimensions in Light” features work from the center’s 23-year history, including art by those at the forefront of holographic media: Rudie Berkhout, Betsy Connors, Melissa Crenshaw, Jacques Desbiens, Eva Davidova, Matthew Gantt, Linda Law, Sam Moree, Martina Mrongovius, August Muth, Ikuo Nakamura, Ana Maria Nicholson, and Dan Schweitzer. These 3-D photographs possess a spectral quality that seemingly connects to the spirit world via technology and are quite unlike anything else on view this season.
“Kurt Seligmann: Beyond the Quotidian” at the Kurt Seligmann Center
October 14-November 30
A Swiss-American Surrealist, Kurt Seligmann (1900-1962) was one of the first in the movement to emigrate from Europe to the US in the 1930s. This exhibition presents the juxtaposition of the mysteries of the subconscious embedded in ordinary domestic life through the catalyzing setting of the Seligmann homestead in Sugar Loaf. Through the lens of the Seligmann homestead, these works, together with various ephemera, photos, and other artifacts, present an understanding of the artist as depicted through the trivialities of everydayness.
“Sowing Seeds of Emptiness” at Garrison Art Center
Through November 6
Jayoung Yoon is a South Korean-born, New York-based artist whose primary medium is her own hair. Her work—which employs lengths of hair crossed and woven together to create semi-transparent sculptural forms and two-dimensional geometric images—draws upon the mind-matter phenomenon, exploring memory, perception, and bodily sensations. The delicate and tactile nature of the medium demands attention and presence to work that can shift as a result of subtle changes in airflow.
“Robert Bordo” at Foreland
October 15-November 27
Bortolami Gallery takes over Foreland’s largest gallery space in Catskill to present new and past works by renowned painter Robert Bordo. The New York-based, Canadian-American artist is known for paintings positioned between representation and abstraction that blend modernist formal concerns with postmodern approaches to image, subject matter, and metaphor. Bordo’s ultimate subject may be painting itself and his body of work a conversation between its various forms and functions.
“A Memorial to Ice at the Dead Deer Disco” at Thomas Cole Historic Site and Mass MoCA
Through November 27 at Thomas Cole and January 1 at Mass MoCA
Using sculpture as a starting point, Marc Swanson’s work is infused with a sense of macabre, camp, mourning, foreboding, and a dark sense of humor. His installations are at times grand in scale and conceptual prowess, combining elements of diorama, stage design, taxidermy, and funeral service aesthetics to reflect on the disastrous effects of the climate crisis and its parallels with the AIDS crisis. For Swanson, the shrinking sublimity of the natural world recalls the nightclub scene of his youth, and with that the dwindling of spaces for which a feeling of belonging and where unchecked, wild self-expression is possible.
“Man Saves Shark” at Garage Gallery
Beacon-based sculptor Emil Alzamora has achieved international renown exploring the boundaries and meaning of the human form in his work. His sculptures of the human form are beautiful grotesques that reveal hidden meanings in their distortion. “Man Saves Shark” is Alzamora’s first foray into the intersection of humans and the animal kingdom—and we’re very much here for it. He’s made sharks cuddly. The exhibit’s centerpiece at Beacon’s Garage Gallery, Man Saves Shark, is as sensual a depiction of two beings as Rodin’s The Kiss.
“A Spell is a Map to What is Meant for You” at Fridman Gallery
Through October 30
Alisa Sikelianos-Carter’s mixed-media works on paper explore connections between Black ancestry, power, intuition, and the divine at Fridman Gallery in Beacon. Her work engages closely with texture—hard ground, velvety gouache, glittery mica, and other luminescent materials—mapping the diversity of the color black and of the Black experience.
Sikelianos-Carter creates devotional objects that assert that Black features are a manifestation of a sacred and divine technology that has served as a means of survival, both physically and metaphysically.
“Richard Segalman: Contemporary American Impressionist” at WAAM
October 14-December 31
Richard Segalman (1934-2021) is best known for his light-filled large-scale paintings of women on the beach clothed in voluminous dresses, showcasing masterful painterly technique. This retrospective, curated by WAAM’s Executive Director Nicole Goldberg spans Segalman’s six-decade career and features 24 works of art including oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, drawings, and monotypes. The works are drawn from regionally based collectors, the artist’s estate, and WAAM’s permanent collection.