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