CURRENT EXHIBITION + EVENTS

 

"What is that leaping in your chest?"

Susan Anthony, Fern T. Apfel, Simone Bailey, Joyce Chan, Ryan Chase Clow, Megan Galbraith, Alexandra Hammond, Tatana Kellner, Darian Longmire, Rob O'Neil, Fernando Orellana, Vincent Romaniello, Allie Wilkinson, Holly Wilson, Quay Quinn Wolf, and Mike Yood.

Guest Curated by Alexandra Foradas, Assistant Curator at Mass MOCA

November 10 - December 30, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, November 10, 5-8pm

 

Image: Alexandra Hammond, Walliecamp: Modular Epic Landscape

Image: Alexandra Hammond, Walliecamp: Modular Epic Landscape

Curatorial Statement

Why and by whose power were you sent?

What do you see that you may wish to steal?
Why all this dancing? Why do your dark bodies
Drink up the light? What are you demanding
That we feel? Have you stolen something? Then
What is that leaping in your chest? What is
The nature of your mission? 

 From Tracy K Smith, “The United States Welcomes You”

 When he coined the term “American Dream” in 1931, historian James Truslow Adams described it as “a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.”

Ever since, if not before, the status of the American Dream has been in question. Is it truly a promise offered to all? Or is it just that, a dream? To quote Malcolm X speaking in 1964 and, more recently, Bernie Sanders: was America always for some, or has it become, a nightmare?

Can we tell our children, in the words of the United States’ 44th president, that “America is big enough to accommodate all their dreams,” or is the American Dream, in the words of the 45th president, “dead"?

In a moment where the circumstances of individuals’ birth and position are increasingly the focus of scrutiny, the artists in this exhibition interrogate the uncertainty of access to the American Dream.

Alexandra Foradas, Curator

Alexandra Foradas is Assistant Curator of Visual Arts at MASS MoCA, where she has organized exhibitions including Bibliothecaphilia (2015), Janice Kerbel: Slip (2017), and Jenny Holzer (2017), and co-curated the exhibition Gunnar Schonbeck: No Experience Required (2017) with Mark Stewart. Her upcoming projects include exhibitions of work by Robert Rauschenberg and Taryn Simon. She holds an MA in Art History from Williams College. 

 

Artist Statements + Bios for What is that leaping in your chest?


PAST EXHIBITIONS

The Feminist Art Project of Upstate NY is organizing a weekend festival of arts events in Troy, NY that serves to demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, and abortion rights. It will serve as a fundraiser in support of The Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood during this uncertain time. 100% of sales from artwork will be donated to our local Planned Parenthood.

The Feminist Art Project of Upstate NY is organizing a weekend festival of arts events in Troy, NY that serves to demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, and abortion rights. It will serve as a fundraiser in support of The Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood during this uncertain time. 100% of sales from artwork will be donated to our local Planned Parenthood.


   NASTY Women of the North Special Preview + Benefit Dinner: MAKING IN THE MARGINS

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26th, 6pm

Making in the Margins 'zero waste' Dinner + Special Preview of the Nasty Women of the North Exhibit

Collar Works Gallery

$75 per person

This zero waste dinner focuses on art and feminism, using food as a catalyst to talk about the lineage of women artists. Each of the five courses developed by Chef Brandon Schatko (Executive Chef of Plumb Oyster Bar, voted Best Chef Detroit 2016 by The Metro Times), will pair with wine and a feminist artwork, film, or essay. Hosted within the Collar Works gallery, attendees will enjoy private preview access to the Nasty Women of the North Art Exhibition (100% proceeds benefit Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, all artwork is priced under $100), and guests will leave with a sculpture cast in soap! This dinner will benefit Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood and provide a scholarship for a woman artist living in the Capital Region. 

For the menu and to purchase tickets, click here.

Above Artwork: Laurel McKinstry Petersen, Women Extraterrestrials Supporting Hillary 2016, 12 x 22", $75.00. This artwork is a part of the Nasty Women of the North Exhibition and is available for purchase during the event on Friday, October 27th at Collar Works.

 


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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27th

5pm-9pm at Collar Works:

Nasty Women of the North Exhibition + Art Auction: Featuring local and international artists, curated by Angel Bellaran, curator for "the original" Nasty Women NYC show at the Knockdown Center in Queens.  The Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood team will be on site and 100% of the proceeds benefit Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, all artwork is priced between $25 and $100.

Participate in Feminist Love Letters, a project developed by social engagement artist Melissa Sarris

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28th


11am-1pm at Collar Works: Participate in our MoonBee (SewingBee): “The MoonCatcher Project provide reusable, washable, menstrual pads that can be worn without underwear to girls in the poorest communities worldwide. These pads make going to school while menstruating possible and this helps keep girls in school.”

12pm at Collar Works: Poetry and Discussion: Women Writers/Poets and The Elephant in the Room: What's Race Got to Do with Me and My Creative Work. “An open discussion of the presence--or absence--of race in creative work, with special attention to the influences and effects of institutional racism.” Organized by Dawn Marar

1pm Live Concert at the Arts Center: The Magdalens: a female fronted, feminist, alt-folk/rock band based in Albany, N.Y.

3pm at the Arts Center: !Women Art Revolution Film Screening and Roundtable Discussion
A film by Lynn Hershman Leeson
Through intimate interviews, art, and rarely seen archival film and video footage, !Women Art Revolution reveals how the Feminist Art Movement fused free speech and politics into an art that radically transformed the art and culture of our times.

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SUNDAY, October 29th

2pm at the Arts Center: Creative Action Unlimited presents "Our Now". “Our Now is a 40-45 minute documentary theater performance which focuses on issues of class, race, gender, inequality, equity and balance.”

3pm at the Arts Center: Rite of Passage: “A participatory performance piece that explores death, liminality, and rebirth through the lens of Erin Helfert’s five-year rape trial in a Moroccan court.” - Erin Helfert, performance artist + Nina C. Young, composer and sound artist
 

Events are happening at these two locations between October 26-29:

Collar Works: 621 River St, Troy, NY 12180 

The Arts Center of the Capital Region: 265 River St, Troy, NY 12180


We are running off 100% volunteer power and could really use YOUR help to promote- and most importantly, come to our exhibition opening and weekend events!

 


 

That. Was. EPIC!!! when quotidian becomes lore 

August 25 - October 14

Troy Night Out August: Friday, August 25, 5-8pm

Artist Reception: Friday, September 29, 5-8pm

Exhibiting Artists: Cody Arnall, David Carpenter, Tehniyet Masood, Dylan Redford, Dane Winkler, Georgia Wohnsen

Curated by Sanford Mirling

 

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How does the banal rise to the occasion of myth?

Out of pure necessity.

Myths are born from mundanity. 

None of us walk in a world of mythic proportion.  Life is generally comprised of the monotony of small acts. 

Subtlety at some point becomes extravagant; even if only for the briefest of moments, and makes an impact. Transferring into a ripple: it reaches out gently, brushing against all it comes in contact with, and leaving its mark.   The saturation of those marks on all of us, in turn, creates lore.

The sculptures, performances, and installations in “That. Was. EPIC!!!”  are desperate to make sense of how certain moments, objects, and experiences cross over from the quotidian of life to become those indelible gestures.

 


an Epic Poetry Reading to celebrate David Lehman’s Poems in the Manner Of With special guests Daniel Nester and Susan Comninos Wednesday, September 13 at 7pm Join us for an Epic Poetry Reading to celebrate 'Poems in the Manner Of', poet and editor David Lehman’s illuminating journey through centuries of writers who continue to influence new work today. Lehman’s newest collection channels, translates, and imagines a collection of “poems in the manner of” Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Shakespeare, W.B. Yeats, Rilke, William Carlos Williams, Walt Whitman, Sylvia Plath, and more. A respected poet, critic, and series editor of The Best American Poetry, David Lehman has been writing “poems in the manner of” for years, in homage to the poems and people that have left an impression, experimenting with styles and voices that have lingered in his mind. He has gathered these pieces in a striking book of poems that channels poets from Walt Whitman to Sylvia Plath and also calls upon jazz standards, Freudian questionnaires, and astrological profiles for inspiration.  Books will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be served.   Writer Biographies David Lehman, the series editor of The Best American Poetry, is also the editor of the Oxford Book of American Poetry. His newest book of poetry is Poems in the Manner Of. Other poetry books include New and Selected Poems, Yeshiva Boys, When a Woman Loves a Man, and The Daily Mirror. His most recent nonfiction book is Sinatra’s Century. He teaches at The New School and lives in New York City and Ithaca, New York. Daniel Nester is an essayist, poet, journalist, editor, teacher, and Queen fan. He is the author most recently of Shader: 99 Notes on Car Washes, Making Out in Church, Grief, and Other Unlearnable Subjects. His previous books include How to Be Inappropriate (Soft Skull, 2010), God Save My Queen I and II, and The Incredible Sestina Anthology, which he edited. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the New York Times, Buzzfeed, The Atlantic, and American Poetry Review, and collected in Best American Poetry, Third Rail: The Poetry of Rock and Roll, and Now Write! Nonfiction. He is associate professor of English at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.  Susan Comninos is a freelance arts journalist and poet. Her book reviews, author profiles and trend stories have appeared in The Atlantic Online, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor and Jewish Daily Forward, among others. Her poetry’s most recently appeared in literary journals including Rattle, Harvard Review Online, Subtropics, TriQuarterly, Quarterly West, The Cortland Review, Nashville Review, The Common, Hobart and Southern Humanities Review. In 2010, she won the Yehuda Halevi Poetry Contest run by Tablet. Last year, she won a Tishman Review Staff Favorite prize, a VQR Writers’ Conference Scholarship award and a Poets Respond (to the news) contest run by Rattle. She has taught at The University of Michigan, RPI, Schenectady JCC, Temple Sinai in Saratoga and The Arts Center for the Capital Region.

an Epic Poetry Reading
to celebrate David Lehman’s Poems in the Manner Of
With special guests Daniel Nester and Susan Comninos
Wednesday, September 13 at 7pm


Join us for an Epic Poetry Reading to celebrate 'Poems in the Manner Of', poet and editor David Lehman’s illuminating journey through centuries of writers who continue to influence new work today. Lehman’s newest collection channels, translates, and imagines a collection of “poems in the manner of” Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Shakespeare, W.B. Yeats, Rilke, William Carlos Williams, Walt Whitman, Sylvia Plath, and more.

A respected poet, critic, and series editor of The Best American Poetry, David Lehman has been writing “poems in the manner of” for years, in homage to the poems and people that have left an impression, experimenting with styles and voices that have lingered in his mind. He has gathered these pieces in a striking book of poems that channels poets from Walt Whitman to Sylvia Plath and also calls upon jazz standards, Freudian questionnaires, and astrological profiles for inspiration. 

Books will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be served.

 

Writer Biographies

David Lehman, the series editor of The Best American Poetry, is also the editor of the Oxford Book of American Poetry. His newest book of poetry is Poems in the Manner Of. Other poetry books include New and Selected Poems, Yeshiva Boys, When a Woman Loves a Man, and The Daily Mirror. His most recent nonfiction book is Sinatra’s Century. He teaches at The New School and lives in New York City and Ithaca, New York.

Daniel Nester is an essayist, poet, journalist, editor, teacher, and Queen fan. He is the author most recently of Shader: 99 Notes on Car Washes, Making Out in Church, Grief, and Other Unlearnable Subjects. His previous books include How to Be Inappropriate (Soft Skull, 2010), God Save My Queen I and II, and The Incredible Sestina Anthology, which he edited. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the New York Times, Buzzfeed, The Atlantic, and American Poetry Review, and collected in Best American Poetry, Third Rail: The Poetry of Rock and Roll, and Now Write! Nonfiction. He is associate professor of English at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. 

Susan Comninos is a freelance arts journalist and poet. Her book reviews, author profiles and trend stories have appeared in The Atlantic Online, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor and Jewish Daily Forward, among others. Her poetry’s most recently appeared in literary journals including Rattle, Harvard Review Online, Subtropics, TriQuarterly, Quarterly West, The Cortland Review, Nashville Review, The Common, Hobart and Southern Humanities Review. In 2010, she won the Yehuda Halevi Poetry Contest run by Tablet. Last year, she won a Tishman Review Staff Favorite prize, a VQR Writers’ Conference Scholarship award and a Poets Respond (to the news) contest run by Rattle. She has taught at The University of Michigan, RPI, Schenectady JCC, Temple Sinai in Saratoga and The Arts Center for the Capital Region.


STILL EDEN: artists in the realm of nature

May 26 - July 22, 2017

Exhibiting Artists: Richard Barlow, Coby Berger, Terry James Conrad, Laura Moriarty, Phil Underdown, Jacqueline Weaver, and Michael Van Winkle.

Opening Reception: Friday, May 26, 5-8pm

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Michael Van Winkle, Untitled (A Couple Near Shore), 2016

We are still in Eden; the wall that shuts us out is our own ignorance and folly.”

Thomas Cole

The Hudson River School reawakened in artists a marveling at the beauty and mystery of the natural world.

For Cole, the river valley became a place of sacred reflection for the human soul.  He rebuked industry for decimating the wonders of the landscape, and believed art could ignite environmental awareness and responsible socio-political progress.

The artists represented in Still Eden project inwardly, as Cole did, while contemplating the current cultural fixation with place. With nature as muse, each artist sets out to define our varied relationships to the natural world -- the inspiration, alteration, and regeneration of the natural element and its boundaries.  Exhibiting artists include: Richard Barlow, Coby Berger, Terry James Conrad, Laura Moriarty, Phil Underdown, Jacqueline Weaver, and Michael Van Winkle.

Still Eden Artist Statements + Bios