Current Exhibitions

CAMPSITE: Hudson Valley Artists 2016

Curated by Corinna Ripps Schaming

June 18 — November 13, 2016
Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery and North Gallery

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Jessica Baker, Circle of Change, 2016, Tree logs, coins, courtesy the artist

CAMPSITE: Hudson Valley Artists 2016
draws inspiration from the traditions, rituals, and aesthetics associated with the region’s rich history of summer camps. From tent grounds to sleepaway camps to pleasure resorts, these sites conjure up the promise of new adventures, diversions, libidinal pursuits, and unfettered experimentation. Summer camp can be an escape, a state of mind, or a metaphor by which to confront emotional longings and dislocations of daily life. Moving freely across artistic disciplines and mediums, including performance, textiles, painting, drawing, installation, video, and photography, CAMPSITE promises to transform the museum space into a locus of visual pleasures and unexpected activities where playful exploration leads to more serious engagement with the larger world.

The 14 participating artists are: Jessica Baker, Black Lake (Susan Jennings and Slink Moss), Elizabeth Ennis, Tara Fracalossi, Chris Freeman, Laura Kaufman, Thomas Lail, Meg Lipke, Michael Covello Odalla, Ruby Palmer, Jeff Starr, Amy Taluto, Katharine Umsted, and Chris Victor.


Made for You: New Directions in Contemporary Design

Curated by Jennifer Scanlan

February 6 – July 10, 2016
Morgan Anderson and Corridor Galleries

Opening reception Saturday, February 6, 2016, 5–7 pm

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Kieren Kinsella, Stools, 2014-15, Photo: Craig Hoeksema

In the 21st century, design has become personal. Bombarded by an endless array of mass-produced objects in big box stores and on the Internet, people are increasingly attracted to the unique and custom-made. Drawing on designers and makers in the Hudson Valley and environs, this exhibition considers the ways in which the contemporary design object is customized for the individual, from the one-of-a-kind objects made by craft techniques to the latest technological advances of 3D printing. The exhibition will include approximately 25 designers/makers and demonstrate a range of approaches to design.

Dutch Prints of Daily Life: A Recent Gift from the Collection of Wendell J. and Karen Van Lare

February 6 — July 10, 2016
Seminar Room

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Adriaen Van Ostade, Peasant Family/The Family, 1647, etching, gift in memory of Wendall J. Van Lare, class of 1967, from his family

The prints on display in this room are a recent gift made to The Dorsky Museum by the family of Wendell J. and Karen Van Lare. Donated largely for purposes of student research and education, they are displayed in their new home for the first time. Wendell Van Lare, a former New Paltz Foundation Board Director, graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 1967 with an education degree. Inspired by their Dutch heritage, the Van Lares assembled a collection of about forty engravings and etchings of daily life and landscapes by the major artists of Dutch 17th-century printmaking. The prints’ depictions of life in Holland also hold special meaning for the village of New Paltz, as it was originally part of New Netherland, a colonial province of the Seven United Netherlands located on the east coast of North America.




The Floating World: Holograms by Rudie Berkhout

Curated by Daniel Belasco

February 6 – July 10, 2016
Sara Bedrick Gallery

Opening reception Saturday, February 6, 2016, 5–7 pm

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Rudie Berkhout, The New Territories (detail), 1984, Transmission hologram mounted on glass, two parts, 12 x 16 in. each, Estate of Rudie Berkhout

Holography first became available to artists in the late 1960s. Within its first decade, Rudie Berkhout (1946–2008) emerged as one of the new medium's leading innovators. The Floating World will feature the Dutch-born, New York-based artist's captivating "Transmission" works of the 1970s and 80s. Rear-mounted lights illuminate glass plates to project holographic images into space. The viewer steps into and away from the plates to interact with the ever-changing geometrical forms and organic textures, which reference electronic music, Asian cultures, and local landscape. The exhibition will be accompanied by the first catalogue dedicated to Berkhout, published in partnership with the Center for the Holographic Arts, New York.


On the Street and in the Studio: Photographs Donated by Howard Greenberg

Curated by Daniel Belasco

Howard Greenberg Family Gallery
February 6 – July 10, 2016 (Part I)August 31 – December 11, 2016 (Part II)

Opening reception Saturday, February 6, 2016, 5–7 pm

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Eugène Atget, Prison (Demoli), c. 1900, Albumen print on paper, 7 x 8 5/8 in., Gift of Howard Greenberg

Dealer and specialist Howard Greenberg has significantly impacted the study and collecting of photography over the past four decades, expanding the field to include once underappreciated artists and movements around the globe. Among his legacies are 1,145 photographs donated to The Dorsky Museum, forming a rich study collection of works by 101 artists, from singular prints by European masters Eugène Atget and Julia Margaret Cameron to in-depth holdings of over 100 prints by New Yorkers Morris Huberland and Carl Van Vechten. On the Street and in the Studio is a two-part exhibition that evaluates more than 70 highlights and novelties. Part I will focus on street photography, defined as spontaneous photographs taken in urban public spaces. Part II focuses on portraiture and the personal relationship between photographer and subject. Many of these prints have never been exhibited. The two exhibitions affirm the history of photography as a continual work-in-progress.

If you are a person with a disability who will require special accommodations please contact Amy Pickering at 845.257.3844
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