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“Oh, Canada,” the largest survey of contemporary Canadian art every produced outside Canada, opened Saturday at MASS MoCA. Curator Denise Markonish traveled across that vast country, visiting the studios of 400 artists and inviting more than 60 to show their work.
Inspired by a 1908 trip to China by its founder Sterling Clark, the Clark Art Institute presents “Unearthed,” objects recently excavated from ancient Chinese tombs, including a 10-ton sarcophagus from the fifth century. Opening June 16, the show has two companion exhibits: “Then and Now: Photographs of Northern China” at the Clark's Stone Hill Center and “Phantoms of the Clark Expedition,” a contemporary art installation by Mark Dion at The Explorers Club in Manhattan.
“Summer of Light” is the theme at The Hyde Collection, where the big show is “New Light: Stephen Knapp,” wall installations made from highly reflective cut and polished glass. “New Light” opens June 17, along with an exhibit of Tiffany glass lamps and windows from the Neustadt Collection of New York City.
June 28 is opening day for “2012 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region” at the University Art Museum at the University at Albany. Nato Thompson, curator of Creative Time in New York City and former MASS MoCA curator, is the juror.
The New York State Museum is exhibiting 100 images by Seneca Ray Stoddard, the Wilton-born photographer who traveled around the world but is best known for his images of the late 19th century Adirondacks. That show opens June 29.
On July 14, the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery will unwrap “Terry Atkins: Recital.” Adkins combines sculpture made with found objects and pieces of musical instruments with live performance to pay tribute to Bessie Smith, Ralph Ellison and other figures from African-American history.