Winter/Spring 2012 Best Bets: Visual Arts
Bird lovers of the Capital Region will be heading east starting this Saturday, when the exhibit “Taking Flight: Audubon and the World of Birds” opens at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass. More than 20 Havell edition prints from John James Audubon’s original “Birds of America” folio will be shown, and each illustration will be paired with a taxidermy-model bird from the collection. Jan. 21-June 17.
The gargantuan gallery known as Building No. 5 at MASS MoCA will be the scene of a film-video-sculpture-music installation by Sanford Biggers, an award-winning artist known for works that reference African-American ethnography, hip-hop music and urban culture. The inspiration for “The Cartographer’s Conundrum” was Biggers’ cousin, the late John Biggers, a prominent African-American muralist. Opens Feb. 5.
Eight artists explore everyday materials and labors such as staining, pasting, bleaching, mending, stretching and taping in “Material Occupation” at the University Art Museum in Albany. Expect to see a wide range of unusual media transformed into poetic abstract forms. Feb. 7-April 7.
Students from RPI’s School of Architecture present their best ideas — drawings, models and sketches — for how The Hyde Collection museum could unify its campus and open all three of its historic homes to the public in the exhibit “Building Futures: Re-Envisioning The Hyde at Rensselaer” at The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls. Troy artist and RPI architecture prof Michael Oatman has been helping the students with the brainstorming. Feb. 11-April 15.
It’s the Opalka Gallery’s turn to do the Photography Regional, and for the third time it will be an invitational instead of an open, juried show. Danny Goodwin, professor of digital media and photography at University at Albany, is the curator. March 12-April 22.
The Bennington Museum takes a peek at the petticoats and corsets that great-granny wore in “Revealed: A Century of Women’s Underwear.” The unmentionables include union suits and undershirts made long ago in Bennington’s mills. March 17-May 15.