Like all museums, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art depends on the generosity of others when it comes to expanding its permanent collection. This exhibition focuses on a representative selection of both two-and three-dimensional artworks created by artists from around the world which have come into the museum's collection from 2008 through 2012. A short list of artists includes W. Eugene Smith, Andy Warhol, Richard Hunt, Dorothy Dehner, Harold Edgerton, Mary Frank and Utagawa Hiroshige.
In our post-modern society, the art world is both more connected and more fragmented than ever before. New York City, once the capital of that world, is now just one of a network of regional centers spanning the globe. And close-up, contemporary practices appear to be a mash-up of disparate concepts, political agendas, media, and styles. Fields of Vision explores how art and design being made by full-time Department of Art faculty at the State University of New York at New Paltz fits into this local/global picture.
In "Screen Play", the Dorsky Museum's annual exhibition of Hudson Valley artists, fifteen artists respond to or use screens as a material, process, or metaphor. Screens as varied as textiles, painted canvases, projected images, and digital monitors serve as poetic and practical means to translate pictures from one realm to another. Participating artists include Diann Bauer, Amy Brenner, Vernon M. Byron III, Adriana Farmiga, Shanti Grumbine, Patrick Kelley, Linda Kuehne, AbshalomJacLahav, LoVid, Rachel Rampleman, Stever Rossi, Adie Russell, K. Velis Turan, Jonathan Wang and Harvey Weiss.